Columbus Ohio Division (COD) USFA was formed under the Amateur Fencers League of America on March 30th, 1927 and by its charter served the geographic area within a 50 mile radius of downtown Columbus, Ohio.
In the summer of 2014 the boundary lines of the three Ohio Divisions of USFA were more formally defined by naming the Ohio counties included in each. COD now includes: Franklin, Madison, Union, Marion, Delaware, Morrow, Knox, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Hocking, Vinton, Jackson, Gallia, Lawrence, Meigs, Athens, Perry, Morgan, Muskingum, Coschocton, Holmes, Tuscarawas, Guernsey, Noble, Washington, Monroe, Belmont, Harrison, Carroll, and Jefferson county. See Ohio Divisions map.
The latest COD Code of Regulations was adopted on April 19, 2013.
The COD Policy on coaching from the strip can be found here.
Columbus Ohio Division includes five member fencing clubs and over 100 individual competitive members. In addition to serving members of the USFA, COD acts as an information center for non-member clubs and individuals both inside and outside the division boundaries. COD members are active in competition, fencing instruction, promoting fencing to the general public through fencing demonstrations, short Introduction to Fencing classes for the general public, and WWW pages such as this one.
Columbus Ohio Division sponsors the following fencing events each year:
Our COD Member Clubs sponsor many additional events each year.
The COD Board of Directors and Officers meet roughly monthly. Proceeds from COD sponsored tournament registration fees are used to purchase and maintain electrical scoring equipment.
Officers and Directors are nominated informally throughout the year and a slate of candidates is finalized by the Nominating Committee. Elections are held at the final COD sponsored event of the year (usually the Columbus Divisional Qualifiers), which also serves as the Division's annual general meeting.
2018-2019 officers are:
Columbus Ohio Division, USFA, Inc. is a not for profit corporation, and is the same as "Columbus Ohio Division" above. Articles of incorporation are kept by Mark Hedien and are available for public inspection.
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