Following is email Leonard requested I send to you on the Tuesday
the 13th of the month. I received it at
9:37am and it was sent to you at 10:14am, 11:33am and 11:36am.
It was twice returned to me with failure
notices. I will send you copies of the failure notices is
you so desire.
Dear Karen and Frank.......
Leonard asked that I send you a copy of the USWA/USAA proposal.
Frank and Karen,
This letter is concerning the unification of Armsports in
the United States.
The United States Armwrestling Association proposal to AAA
is as follows:
1) The AAA would
a member of the “umbrella organization” called U.S.A. known as United
2) The organization
observe “Roberts Rules of Order:”
3) The U.S.A. does not
collect any dues from members. U.S.A.’s only revenue comes from
50% return of net
profits from the Unified Nationals.
4) The AAA, USWA/USAA,
WWC and IAF would be the members of the Executive Board of this
AAA would have 6 people on the Executive Board, with WWC, USWA/USAA and
IAF each having 2.
5) From that Executive
Board of 12 they would elect a President. Leaving 11 persons on
Executive Board plus a
6) Each association
retain their individual association structures including their Board of
Directors and State
7) All other
joining the United States Armsports would be general members.
8) The United States
would represent all associations in the U.S. as a member of W.A.F.
9) The Executive
by a simple majority, would vote on the site for the Unified Nationals
from bids submitted. All
bids must adhere to the approved bid form.
10) All members of U.S.A. would be eligible to
submit a bid for the Unified Nationals.
11) The President would vote only in the case
of a tie.
12) The President would be voted to the
by a simple majority of the Executive Board.
13) The election of officers will be held
14) Any independent association can be a
of United States Armsports. They can only be added to the
Board with a 2/3
15) All other duties and/or responsibilities
be voted on by the current Executive Board. Approval will be by a 2/3
16) The President would be the U.S.A.’s
The need for
has never been greater. As you know U.S.A. and AAA are both
the U.S. in two different WAF’s. There are now two different
Armsports Federations. It appears they are on the way to
Let us not be the only continent that has not made this step for our
The need for only one WAF is very vital for
all over the world.
Ignoring our problems in the U.S. has not been
This proposal will not hurt AAA or change how you do
tournaments, it will make a big difference in what happens through out
President United States Armwrestling
Executive Director USAA/USWA
November 24, 2001
Leonard & Denise,
We thank you for your proposal from the United States Armwrestling
We appreciate your offer to become a member of the "umbrella
known as United States Armsports (U.S.A.).
As in every day business, any time one entity is approached to
with another, there must be a complete and total knowledge of exactly
and what they are possibly merging with. As soon as we know some
details of the "umbrella organization" that you have asked us to join,
then we will know how we may move forward to operate together.
as you, the USAA, are already a member of the "umbrella organization"
States Armsports, we ask you the following:
1. Who owns United States Armsports?
2. Is it a legally registered company, corporation, LLC, or DBA?
3. Who are the legally registered officers of United States
4. Is it legally registered as profit or non profit?
5. Can you please provide us with a copy of the United States
Armsports Constitution & By-Laws?
Please do not consider any of our questions as negative. These
negotiations must be considered business and are not personal. We
are merely trying to establish what exactly the umbrella organization
is and how it operates before making any committments.
We look forward to your response,
Frank & Karen
November 26, 2001
First of all, we were glad to get your response so quickly.
We will answer your questions so you can make a more informed
First let me say that the invitation is for AAA to join United States
There is no merger part of the proposal. I will send you a copy
the constitution of USA also.
Your questions are answered in the order that you gave
I will also send you the forms we use for bidding for the USA Unified
and also the forms and regulations for joining United States ArmSports.
#1 “Who owns United States Armsports?”
USA is not owned by anyone but is run by the Executive Board
#2 “Is it a legally registered company, corporation, LLC,
We are registered with the Federal Government and have a Federal
tax ID number.
#3 “Who are the legally registered officers of United
WWC – Dave Devoto, Bill Sobranes, USAA/USWA –
Wattles, Leonard Harkless, IAF – Bill Cox, Gerri
#4 “Is USA legally registered as profit or non-profit?”
Because the annual income is less than the minimum required to
taxes, the USA is not registered as non-profit. The USA has no payroll
and no membership fees. The only income generated is from half of
the net profit from the Unified National tournament. In the past this
has totaled less than $1200 annually. The $1200 is distributed toward
annual WAF dues, postage, copies and phone calls.
#5 “Can you please provide us with a copy of the United
Armsports Constitution and By-Laws?”
Yes I will.
We look forward to your response.
United States Armwrestling
United States Armwrestling Association
November 27, 2001
We thank you for your answer. We look forward to receiving a
of the United States Armsport's Constitution & By-Laws. We
look forward to receiving all other documents regarding bid procedures,
application, etc. Are we to receive this via email or postal
You have answered question #1 and #2, stating "USA is not owned
anyone..." and, "We are registered with the Federal Government
have a Federal tax ID number". As such, one person or
persons have to be registered as legal owner(s), and, in order to
a federal tax ID number, United States Armsports much be a company,
How and Whose name(s) is United States Armsports registered under?
You have answered question #3, stating the legally registered
of USA are "WWC – Dave Devoto, Bill Sobranes, USAA/USWA
– Denise Wattles, Leonard Harkless, IAF – Bill Cox, Gerri Cox".
Are you telling us that United States Armsports is legally registered
with the Federal government with all 6 people you have listed owning
We are somewhat confused on one issue. We received a proposal
from you, Leonard & Denise, the USAA. This proposal was sent
to us from Dave Devoto, not you. As we were having a problem with
our email program, we assumed this must have been the reason. We
replied to you, Leonard & Denise, the USAA and we now have received
your response. Again, from Dave Devoto, not you. What is
reason that you, yourselves, are not directly communicating with us?
This is not to say that the other entities involved, the WWC and the
IAF, should not be kept abreast of these communications, however, we
understand the necessity of a "middle man". Could you please
December 11, 2001
Frank & Karen,
I’m sorry that this response to your last letter has taken so
Denise and myself had to prepare for Poland. We just got back last
and the paperwork will be sent to you today overnight U.S.P.S. .
In answer to your question about the U.S.A. umbrella; United
ArmSports is legally classified as a "Trust". The USA constitution
how the "Trust" is operated. Our Federal ID # application was filed in
1999 as a "Trust" with Denise Wattles as the agent for the "Trust".
Executive Director U.S.A.A.
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