2022 Shufu Elections Request for Nominations

January 24, 2022



To:          Shufu Board of Directors

From:    Robert Hunt

                Shufu Election Committee Chair


The purpose of this memo is to inform the Shufu Board of Directors of the upcoming 2022 Shufu Elections as well as some of the details of the process.


Article 5 of the Shufu Constitution specifies that all registered black belts with paid yearly membership dues are voting members of the Shufu Board of Directors. Voting members who have not paid the annual membership dues are not permitted to hold active membership in any committee or board, or to make recommendations for promotions. Please renew your Shufu/USJF membership if it has lapsed since individuals with a lapsed membership will be unable to vote in this year’s election.


The election committee is currently accepting nominations for the offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Nominations can come from any member of the Shufu Board of Directors. You are also welcome to nominate yourself for office.


The Shufu Constitution and By-Laws contain the requirements and duties for each elected office. These documents are available for download from the Shufu website https://shufujudo.org/ using the links listed below:





Nominations must be received prior to February 26, 2022 to be included on the ballot. Nominations may still be made after February 26, 2022 up to and including at the 2022 Spring Board of Directors Meeting. Nominations received after February 26, 2022 will be write-in candidates.


The election committee will be working with the nominees and the USJF office to verify eligibility to hold office. The election committee will also work with nominees to put together a short background and statement of purpose for distribution to the Shufu Board of Directors. Any contested office will be decided by secret ballot at the Spring Promotional Meeting.


Roy Englert has expressed his desire not to run for office this year.

Eric Spears has expressed his desire not to run for office this year.

Gaiv Tata has expressed his desire to continue to serve as Treasurer.

Diane Jackson has expressed her desire to continue to serve as Secretary.



Please submit nominations via email to Robert Hunt at bh_921@hotmail.com.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this year’s election process.


Thank you,


Robert Hunt

Shufu Election Committee Chair


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This newsletter is presented in memory of Malcolm Hodges who was a dedicated Shufu and Washington Judo Club member for many years and wrote and was the editor of the monthly Shufu Shinbun newsletter.




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SafeSport Certification is now required for all USJF registered clubs. If you have already completed the course and submitted a copy of your certificate, you do not need to resubmit. For more information or to take the course, please visit https://athletesafety.org/

Heads Up concussion training, through the CDC’s website, is a requirement for all members of your USJF registered club who function as teachers at any time. Please advise all of your instructors and assistant instructors of this requirement. The training can be accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/

Hilaire Notewo Seeking Donations for Judo Programs in the Ivory Coast, Needs Gis and Equipment

Longtime Shufu Judo member Hilaire Notewo is planning to relocate to Côte D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Africa in late November/December. He will be supporting judo programs, but equipment (esp. judo uniforms) are difficult to come by.  Hilaire is looking for gently used judo gis and other equipment.  Hilaire will also be visiting and donating goods to orphanages.  Should you have gently used shoes, clothes for teenagers, youths, and toddlers, kindly make them available to Hilaire.

If you would like to donate to this effort, you can send your donation to the following address:

Hilaire Notewo

7401 New Hampshire Ave. #1003

Takoma Park, MD  20912

Or contact him via his email address: hilson79@gmail.com 202 945 3781.