May Membership Meeting – May 17th 2020

The Semi-Annual General Membership Meeting was held Sunday May 17th, 2020, under unique circumstances, due to Covid-19.

The new officers recommended by the Board and/or Nominating Committee were voted in favor; specifically:

2020-21 Board of Directors

President:  Yuko Kawasaki
Vice President:  Dean Schoppe
Treasurer:  Terence Tchen
Secretary:  Jody Leventhal
Adult Badminton: Dede Tran
Junior Badminton: Hong Li
Entertainment: Jeff Gurman
House Chair:  Bob Steinberg
New Construction:  Mike Hopkins
Communications:  Lynn O’Connell
Past President:  Art Merkin


College Scholarship Opportunities

Arizona Collegiate Badminton Scholarships available for Fall 2020

Three universities in the Phoenix area (Arizona Christian University, Benedictine University Mesa, Ottawa University Surprise) have announced Badminton Scholarships for Fall 2020 admittance.  Click here for more information about these great opportunities.

Membership Meeting Recap – November 3rd 2019

The Semi-Annual General Membership Meeting was held Sunday November 3rd, 2019.

All items recommended by the Board were voted in favor; specifically:

  • Award Honorary status to Stephani Armstrong
  • Up to $45,000 for architectural costs to develop Facilities Plan and 1st phase drawings
  • Revision to the By-Laws

Final Proposals for Nov 2019 Membership Meeting

Dear Members,

Thank you all for your feedback on the preliminary proposals, which resulted in a few very helpful changes.  Please find enclosed information for your review, on the key issues that will be voted on at the Semi-Annual Meeting on Sunday November 3rd.

There will be two main proposals.

Facilities:  Develop architectural drawings for an Integrated Facility Plan, and for Phase 1

The Board would like membership approval to take next steps towards updating our facilities.

First, a quick summary of what has been done to date:

  • 2018 – Early 2019:  Following the member survey, our New Construction Chair led Mini-Committees and discussion of which areas members want to improve.  Five key areas were identified — bathrooms, kitchen/lounge, barbeque area, fitness center, and pool infrastructure. We also met with three local architect firms for bids and proposals.
  • May 2019:  Members approved a dues increase, primarily to pay for major improvements in a phased approach, likely to span 5-10 years.
  • Mid 2019:   The Club hired Tomaro Architecture to develop some preliminary concepts and meet with City of Manhattan Beach to assess potential feasibility; at a cost not to exceed $5,000.  The City provided guidance as to which changes could be made, and others that would not be allowed. Based on that information, we learned the scope and areas of the property that would most-likely get approval.

Proposal:  Develop architectural drawings for an Integrated Facility Plan and Phase 1; not to exceed $45,000.  Funds to be used as follows:

  • Retain Tomaro Architecture at a cost not to exceed $35,000.  
    1. Develop schematic designs of all key areas to be remodeled (ADA bathrooms, BBQ area, kitchen/lounge, fitness center, pool equipment), at a cost not to exceed $20,000; to include meetings to ascertain requirements, schematic design documents, drawings and scale documents, additional feasibility meetings with the City, best order of new construction phases, and assistance to get preliminary construction estimates from contractors.
    2. Remaining funds (approx. $15,000) to begin design and construction documents for Phase 1, to be determined based after developing the Facility Plan; or for other expenses directly related to the Facility Plan.
  • Spend up to $10,000 for associated fees such as site survey updates and engineering studies (geotechnical, etc).

Bylaws:  Changes to correct, clarify wording, and remove inconsistencies

The Board is proposing a ByLaws revision to improve wording, remove outdated sections, and fix inconsistencies with current policy.  The effort started as a small review, but expanded as we enlisted the assistance of a California corporate attorney. Numerous changes were recommended on almost every page, to improve readability, interpretation, and clarity.

Please note:  We are not proposing any changes to current policies, rules, authority, or privileges of any members or officers.  Rather our objective is to “Clean Up” the Bylaws so that they properly define current existing practices, and serve as an accurate and easy-to-understand set of rules for how MBBC operates. 

The revisions fall into 2  general groups:

  1. Improved wording for clarification, or to correct typos, grammar, and duplication
  2. Inconsistency between By-Laws and current policy

The first group of changes are self-explanatory.  

The second group are summarized here:

  • In the Bylaws, Children are classified as Members.  But in practice, children are not members. They do not have the privileges of members and cannot use the Club without their parents.  We recommend removing the “Junior Member” classification for children, as it is confusing and problematic to call them members.
  • The Bylaws state that new members pay $350 of their initial membership fee upon joining, and the balance later.  But for the last 5+ years, new members have paid their initial membership fee in full, not in two phases.    
  • Our Bylaws reference stock certificates in many places.  In practice, the Club has not issued any stock or membership certificates in over 20 years — and our attorney confirms that certificates are not required to prove membership (California Mutual Benefit Nonprofit Corporation).
  • The Bylaws say Playing Memberships are for only 6 months, and must be individually reviewed by the Board and renewed every 6 months.  But this is not what we do in practice, and not necessary. We have also updated the classifications and qualifications for Playing Members to be more consistent with how the Club admits new members.
  • The Bylaws state the Club must elect a Badminton Committee with staggered terms, which has not been done for many years.  We have modified the requirement to be discretionary, and the wording to be less onerous; so that future Boards can more easily follow this procedure.

Proposal:  Move to adopt the proposed Bylaws revision, as defined in the Commented Bylaws Proposal, or the pdf Bylaws Redline Proposal.  The Bylaws as they will read if the proposed revision is adopted is also available here: Bylaws Proposed Revisions.

Membership Poll:  Minimum Age for Jacuzzi

Earlier this year, the Board amended the jacuzzi rules on a trial basis.

Based on requests from many families, and in accordance with the CDC and the Red Cross, which advise an age limit of 5 and over for jacuzzis, the Board decided to allow children age 5 and over to use the jacuzzi.  (Previous age was 10 and over.)  As a family friendly club, we hoped this policy would allow for more people to enjoy the facilities.

Now with the end of the summer, we are polling the members — and based on your feedback, will make these changes permanent, or revert to the previous rule that children under 10 are not permitted.

Please note, the following important rules would still apply:

  1.  All children under 18 must be closely supervised by an adult member at all times
  2.  Adult Members have priority for jacuzzi use at all times
  3.  The “no children under 5 rule” will be strictly enforced
Poll is now closed (10/15).   thank you for your input!

What should be the minimum age for children in the Jacuzzi?

  • 5 and older (71%, 50 Votes)
  • 10 and older (29%, 20 Votes)

Total Responses: 70

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NBC Sports profiles Matt Fogarty

Why a 62-year-old played at the world badminton championships
By Nick ZaccardiAug 19, 2019, 4:21 PM EDT


Mathew Fogarty said badminton’s European elite made fun of him for playing professionally at age 59. That was three years ago. Fogarty still competes at the sport’s highest level, taking part in the world championships that began Monday in Basel, Switzerland.
Fogarty, who turns 63 on Oct. 30, is older than any U.S. Olympian in any sport since the St. Louis 1904 Games, according to the OlyMADMen.
“I play because I can, and I’m a doctor, and I think sports is a really important part of people’s health and fitness,” said Fogarty, who has played competitively since age 7, whose full-time job is a psychoanalyst and who is based in the Los Angeles area. “I’ll stop badminton when I can no longer qualify. There’s still opportunity, and I love the sport. I’m going to continue to do the best I can.”
He lost in the first round of mixed doubles at worlds on Monday. Fogarty and partner Isabel Zhong, a 27-year-old with an IMBD profile, saw their world championships end in 23 minutes, a 21-9, 21-10 loss to a Ukrainian pair.
That was more competitive than Fogarty’s last two worlds appearances — a 21-6, 21-4 loss with Zhong in 2018 and a 21-2, 21-4 loss with another partner in 2017. Fogarty’s only international match wins in the last two years came via walkover or the one time his singles opponent retired after three points, according to his World Badminton Federation profile. He won an international tournament as recently as 2011 and said his career-high mixed doubles world ranking was 32.
He and Zhong paired because they were part of the same Manhattan Beach Badminton Club, and she wanted to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games, Fogarty said. Zhong did not respond to an interview request.
“I told her I didn’t know if we could do it, but we could try,” Fogarty said. “It’s extremely remote [chances] … slim to nil.”
The top mixed doubles team from the North and South American region is in line to qualify for the Olympics. The leaders in qualifying so far are Canadians ranked 19th in the world. Fogarty and Zhong, though they are the only U.S. mixed doubles team at worlds, are 67th in the world in Olympic qualifying and third among Americans.
The U.S. has never earned an Olympic medal in badminton, which debuted at the 1992 Barcelona Games. Mixed doubles was added starting at Atlanta 1996, but the U.S. has put just one mixed team into an Olympics, getting swept out of pool play in Rio.
Fogarty, who has never played at the Olympics, is able to play at worlds for a few reasons: he can fund his way to international events to accumulate ranking points; the U.S. is historically weak and has a lack of players with professional ambitions; mixed doubles is the least common of the Olympic disciplines.
“Matt takes it seriously,” said Dean Schoppe, a fellow 62-year-old who has known and played with Fogarty for nearly a half-century. Schoppe recently retired from pro badminton himself. “Matt still approaches the matches with the actual idea of winning,”
Schoppe called Fogarty the best American junior player of his generation in the late 1970s.
“Most badminton players retire at about 26 or 27 with their first catastrophic injury, which is usually a torn Achilles,” he said. “There are people who are born [to play], you see it in every sport. Magic Johnson, they have the peripheral vision. They have the balance. They have all the intangibles that other people have to try to learn and can’t.
“He has the gift. He can look at you peripherally and see that you’re leaning. … Fogarty can hold the serve and turn his shoulders and do crap that makes you fall over, and that infuriates.”

Fogarty took breaks from the sport for medical school in the 1980s and ’90s. He returned in the late 1990s and kept playing deep into his 40s, 50s and now 60s in part, he said, to challenge corruption within the sport.
Fogarty had legal battles with USA Badminton. He said that past officials broke up his Olympic hopeful partnership with a teenager in men’s doubles to push others toward the 2000 Sydney Games.
“The last thing they wanted was a 42-year-old with an 18-year-old trying to make the Olympics,” Schoppe said.
USA Badminton recently had mass resignations among its board and top officials amid reports of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee threatening decertification.
USA Badminton’s new interim CEO, 1992 and 1996 Olympian Linda French, declined comment on Fogarty’s past issues with the organization because she was not formally involved at the time.
“We’re hopeful to move forward in a positive manner and wish all our athletes continued success,” French said.
Fogarty does not know how much longer he will travel the world, or even the U.S., to play competitively. A 43-year-old told him at a recent event that Fogarty was his inspiration to keep playing.
“The nature of sports is you can’t predict what it’s going to be,” Fogarty said.
Schoppe dismissed a question of whether it’s easier to play badminton at such a ripe age than other physically demanding sports.
“Imagine pulling out James Worthy and say, OK, James you are now starting for Golden State and you’re playing the Lakers tomorrow,” Schoppe said. “You cannot be old in badminton and do well in badminton. It’s nothing like baseball.
“We were the anomaly of anomalies to have success in our 40s. Nobody does.”


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