Coming off a difficult pandemic year that has limited rugby play, Robert Balmer, chair of the Foundation, said the board is laying the groundwork to execute a plan this summer that will energize alumni and transform Carolina rugby as the Gamecocks return to full-play in the fall.
Those elected to the Foundation, he said, will be the driving force behind this exciting yet-to-be announced plan.
“In the coming months, the Foundation will be calling on our collective alumni to support Carolina rugby,” said Balmer, a member of the Class of 1989. ““We want our rugby community to submit nominees for these offices. We need folks who are willing to commit their time and treasure to the University of South Carolina men’s rugby program.”
Most recently, Geoff Mason stepped down as board chair to pursue other rugby interests. Robert Balmer, a financial advisor has been serving as acting chair since Mason’s departure. Other members of the current board include:
Chairman: Robert Balmer
Vice Chairman: Jeff Smolka
Secretary: Phillip Rockefeller
Treasurer: Micah Stewart
Sergeant at Arms: Chris Murphy
Each position and corresponding job responsibilities are posted in the by laws. According to these laws any member of the University of South Carolina rugby community may submit a nomination. Only members of the Carolina Rugby Foundation (those who have made a gift to Foundation during the past year) may vote on the nominations.
If you would like to become a voting member and have not made a gift, you may do so by visiting this site and make your gift before May 2.
If you would like to nominate a candidate, please send the nominee’s name, positions you are nominating him/her for and the nominee’s contact information by visiting this page by May 2.
All nominees will be notified on May 2 and have five days to reject or accept the nomination. Voting will held through electronic mail on May 10-11, with the winners declared May 12.
Chris Murphy, a member of the Class of 1991, the Foundation’s Sergeant at Arms and an operating partner at Luminate Capital Partners said the Foundation is laying the groundwork to galvanize Carolina Rugby Alumni as the Gamecocks return to full play in the Fall.
“Given the impact of the pandemic, the past year has been challenging for Carolina Rugby,” he said. “The Carolina Rugby Foundation is now focused on implementing a plan to create a significant amount of momentum going into the Fall 2021 season. There is so much exciting detail that will be shared in the coming months, but first we need your help by nominating energetic board candidates, completing our contact form and making a gift to Carolina rugby.”