The NSWTA founders created competitive tennis opportunities for women nearly fifty years ago. We thank them and the past presidents as we continue to grow and change, providing greater opportunities for our members to participate, even into their nineties.
I’m excited to announce a number of enhancements that our NSWTA board has recently approved and will be presenting to our members for a vote at our annual meeting in Houston on March 30th. The proposed changes reflect the evolution of NSWTA and refresh our name and image. We strive to connect with more players, encouraging them to become members and participate in more tournaments. That’s how we form the life-long friendships we treasure while pursuing our passion of playing the great game of tennis.
The Changes We’re Making That Members Must Approve - Please Vote!
1) A New Name: We propose National Women’s Tennis Organization (NWTO). Our new name expresses inclusivity. We are no longer a limited group of senior women, but now we span a broad range of ages between 30 and 90+. The acronym NWTO is unique enough to set it apart from the other major tennis associations: the USTA, and WTA.
2) A New Logo: A contemporary symbol with 3 background colors: white, grey, and black.
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3) New 501(c) (3) Status. The board seeks to convert the corporate status from 501(c)(4) to 501(c)(3) enabling our organization to solicit tax deductible donations. With the new status, we will be able to raise substantial funds to benefit both our members and charitable organizations supporting young women.
501(c)(3) Application 501(c)(3) Attachment
4) New Bylaws: A change to 501(c)(3) requires new bylaws. New provisions include:
5) Bylaws: Click here
- The board has the power to call special membership meetings.
- Statement of purpose for charitable and educational purposes and for amateur tennis competition.
- The board has the power to amend the bylaws with a two-thirds vote.
6) New Conflict of Interest Document: Florida law requires that directors of a non-profit sign a
Conflict of Interest document
7) New Articles of Restatement of NSWTA and Amended & Restated Articles of Incorporation for NSWTA: These legal documents are required to be filed with the Division of Corporations, Florida Department of State, to change the name from NSWTA to NWTO. New Name Corporate Document
8) 2019 Annual Membership Meeting Minutes
I am confident that these changes will help to move us further along our journey to become a more professional organization and one that you’ll want to continue to be affiliated with. I am prouder than ever to be a part of NSWTA. I hope you are too.
See you on the courts, and hopefully in Houston to vote at the member meeting!