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AIA UPDATE 12.3.2020

REMINDER: PLEASE RSVP ASAP for the AIA Annual Meeting on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH!

The AIA Annual meeting will take place on Sunday, December 6th at 1:00pm. We will be utilizing a virtual meeting format through GoToWebinar and voting through Competition Suite. In order to utilize the Competition Suite voting process, each organization will need to RSVP to the meeting so the EBOD can set up your designated staff member in the system to represent your organization as the “delegate.” A person may only represent one organization, so if you are the director of multiple organizations you will need to make sure you have another person in place to represent your other group. (A reminder that votes are counted per organization, not per unit. If you have both a guard and a percussion unit under your school name/membership you will only be able to cast one vote for the organization). Your choice for delegate MUST be listed in your competition suite staff list in order for the EBOD to select them through the program, and all delegates must attend the online GoToWebinar meeting for their vote to count. RSVPs for the Annual meeting must be turned in by 11:59pm on Saturday, December 5th in order for us to have time to input the data into Competition Suite.

*How to add a staff member to your competition suite account:
1.) Have an administrator of your account logon to www.competitionsuite.com
2.) Click on your group name on the left-hand side of the screen.
3.) Click on “Staff Management” along the top of the screen
4.) Enter staff email address and then click “Add staff member”

*RSVP as a voting delegate for the meeting here:
https://forms.gle/Zn52phD8ZqLFfCHH8

You only need to RSVP if you are a voting delegate for your school/organization. All others will be able to log on to the GoToWebinar just to listen and discuss.

*How to vote in competition suite during the meeting:
1.) Open Competition Suite in a web browser (either a mobile or desktop web browser will work, however the app will not work)
2.) At the top of your Overview home screen you will see “AIA Annual Meeting 2020” and then your organization’s name listed below – click on “Launch Ballot”
3.) Your screen will show “There are no open items to vote on!” until the EBOD triggers the voting process during the meeting. When voting is open you will see the options “Yes, No, and Abstain.” Please select your vote for your organization by clicking your response to the proposal on your screen. You will have the ability to change your vote until the EBOD closes the vote for each proposal.
4.) Votes are automatically tallied by the competition suite software.

*FIRST, Login to the AIA Annual Meeting discussion with GoToWebinar at 1:00pm with the following information:
Join my webinar! Dec 6, 2020 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4164997736409969935

AIA North Breakout Meeting (we will give instructions in the full meeting for when to use this link):
GoToWebinar
Sun Dec 6, 2020 3pm-4pm EST. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4647737217073403919

AIA South Breakout Meeting (we will give instructions in the full meeting for when to use this link):
Google Meet
Sun Dec 6, 2020 3pm-4pm EST
meet.google.com/thv-iskm-fty

Proposals to be voted on can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1x1QXVBV1Pt0e8wpKjRyC62lfaynZQJEwPFPOJ3JfPBA/edit?usp=sharing

If you have any questions about this process please contact your regional president – carly.philp@atlanticindoor.org (North) or les.simms@atlanticindoor.org (South)

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Code of Conduct & Reporting Resources:

The Atlantic Indoor Association would like to take a moment to remind the AIA community of our reporting resources and processes that are in place and where units, staff, and members can inform AIA and/or WGI of any breach of the code of conduct.

As an Official Circuit Partner of WGI, AIA and all AIA member units must comply with all WGI policies and guidelines, including the WGI Code of Conduct.

Situations that arise involving performing members or staff of any participating unit in which questionable or improper behavior has been exhibited in such a way as to offend, threaten or violate another member or unit will be reviewed immediately by the Governance Board, and appropriate action will be taken.

Section 6.2 in the AIA Regulations states: (http://atlanticindoor.org/governing-documents/)
6.2 Conduct of a member unit, its staff and personnel must be above reproach at all times. Violation of the same will result in review and investigation by the EBOD. Consequences for violation of this section may range from written reprimand to suspension from a given contest to suspension of the unit from AIA, without monetary reparations. In all cases, the unit’s administration will be notified of the action. Repeat violators will be referred to the EBOD for action.

Units questioning the conduct of another member unit, director, or marching member must submit observations in writing to the Governance Board at which time an investigation will determine that a violation actually took place, and the Board will decide the extent of discipline necessary. Units/individuals in question will receive copies of complaints and have the opportunity to defend themselves to the board prior to any action.

The Atlantic Indoor Association currently has a place on our website (http://atlanticindoor.org/code-of-conduct/) where members, directors, judges, and staff can go to review the code of conduct and to report to the North or South President, or to WGI directly. This report can be anonymous if so desired. Members can decide to email the North and/or South President, or go through the linked WGI reporting system. Units that are not affiliated with WGI can also use the WGI reporting system, if so desired, because we are a WGI Circuit Partner. WGI would then be acting as an intermediary to the person making the report.

AIA would also like to remind our membership that policies like the above mentioned are reviewed and discussed at our June Caucus Meetings, as well as voted upon at our Annual Meeting in September. The Atlantic Indoor Association takes the safety of our students, members, units, staff, and volunteers as our highest priority and want to make sure that we provide a safe environment and resources for where they can report any inappropriate behavior.

Thank you,

Carly Philp, AIA North President
Les Simms, AIA South President

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AIA UPDATE 9.13.2020:

Hello everyone! We just wanted to take a minute to fill everyone in on what has been going on in the process for planning for the 2021 winter season.  A couple of weeks ago we attended a virtual WGI meeting with the other circuit partners to gather information about how everyone across the country is planning for their 2021 season.  Different circuits shared their ideas and plans, but everyone was on the same page with the fact that we didn’t want to rush into a decision on the season at this point in time.  AIA will be sending out a survey to poll the units about fall meeting options, what they think their situation may look like for the season, and what options you are most interested in if we need to stray from the “norm.”  Thank you all for your patience as we navigate through these times and try to provide the best scenarios for our students!

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COMBINED SCHOOLS POLICY:

WGI recently changed their policy for those schools combining members from multiple schools within a school district.  As a WGI circuit partner we follow all WGI policies and will be reviewing each combined program on a case-by-case basis.  If your scholastic program combines students from multiple schools, please read the information below and then follow the link to the application so we can review your situation.  

All participants of any group competing in any scholastic class must have approval for participation in any AIA-sanctioned event by the administration of the sponsoring school(s). Scholastic groups are defined as follows:

Single School:

A group whose total membership are students from the same school, schools that directly feed into that school, or home-schooled students that reside within the school district boundaries. (You DO NOT need to fill out this application if you are a single school unit)

Combined School:

A group in any scholastic class may apply for approval to combine students from multiple schools within a school district under the following guidelines:

• Groups combining students from multiple schools within a school district may not have another group in the same division (Color Guard, Percussion, or Winds) participating locally with AIA unless there are extenuating circumstances.

• School districts with multiple competitive field marching band programs within the district will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for approval to combine students from multiple schools.

• If approved, all combined groups must compete using the school district name only.

• Scholastic groups utilizing students from parochial, vocational, or charter schools, must apply for approval under combined school guidelines.

AIA & WGI will have the final determination on whether a group will be permitted to combine students from multiple schools.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

If your application is accepted, a letter from the principals of the participating schools approving the combined program will be required by January 1st, 2020. 

This application must be submitted by October 26th, 2019 if you would like your application reviewed before the November 1st registration date. Otherwise, applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Application Link:

(This link will be updated for the 2021 season)