Kristin Moore – Stepping Down

Kristin Moore – Stepping Down

To:  Region 5
Date:  April 10, 2013
From:  Kristin Moore, Region 5 Apparel Coordinator

The time has come for me to step down as Region 5 Apparel Coordinator.  For the past 6 years I have truly loved volunteering my time for all the amazing athletes and coaches of Region 5.  The incredible feeling of pride for Region 5 is something I will carry with me for a lifetime.

It’s hard to describe the joy that comes from witnessing our athletes qualify to Nationals and then watching as they are showered with apparel, luggage and more. It’s a fantastic feeling knowing that these deserving athletes are so well cared for in our wonderful region.

It was not my original intention to give up my responsibilities this year.  However, the recent change of committee members, who I was assisting on the Region 5 Board, caused me to re-assess my volunteer role.  I quickly determined that without John leading the way as J.O. Chair, and Dave managing training camps, the exit door was opened.  I have always supported John, Dave’s and the Region’s missions 100%.

What began as a simple project to assist with a group hotel reservation for 120 rooms, 6 years ago, has somehow evolved into a year-round project.  As one event is wrapping up, planning for the next event begins.  I would like to thank everyone in Region 5 for putting their faith and trust in me to carry out all of the duties that I have accumulated throughout these past 6 years.   I would also like to thank Region 5 for recognizing the months of preparations and the hundreds of hours that go into preparing for the Apparel process alone.  For this I have received a monetary token gift of appreciation each year.  Being a single mom of 4 children, this is greatly appreciated!

I have been privileged to be involved in these areas:

  • Assistant for Regional Apparel design, shopping, ordering, and processing of athletes at Regionals
  • Appointed as Region 5 Apparel Coordinator
  • Developing the “Region 5 Store.”
  • Region 5 Dream Team communications and hotel reservation arrangements and developing the “Region5DreamTeam” website to help with this process.
  • Attending Nationals as Apparel Coordinator
  • Working the Auction at Region 5 Congress
  • Region 5 Banquet Invitations, Decorations, Event Programming and Video Production
  • Creating Congress and Banquet Posters for Award Winners
  • Designing and Ordering Committee Apparel for Congress
  • Maintaining the Region 5 Store for Congress
  • Processing and mailing special orders for Apparel
  • Allstar Team Trip Flight Arrangements and Athlete/ Coach Coordination and Communication.
  • Allstar Trip chaperon on two trips
  • T-shirt design for Allstar Team Trips
  • Training Camps assistant to Dave Rawles for camp administration, and developing the “Region5Camps” website to assist Dave.
  • T-shirt design for Region 5 Camps

I will continue to act as webmaster for the main website as this is a position I accepted on a paid basis for a standard “webmaster” monthly fee a couple years ago.  This responsibility is completely separate from my volunteer activities.  In fact, I am already in the process of implementing a new design for that website to reflect the new “Blue” color for Region 5 and bring an updated look and functionality to the site.

It has been an absolute honor to be involved with all of these projects, and I LOVED every minute of them.  I will miss working with the people who have made Region 5 so amazing, including Bobbi Montanari, Dave Rawles and Char Christensen along with the rest of the Region 5 committee members.  I wish the next team the best of luck as they carry on the traditions we have come to know and love in Region 5!

Officially, my duties will come to an end following the J.O. National Championships in May (after all special orders for apparel have been packed and delivered.)

Thank you again for your trust and support for the past several years!

To Your Success!
Kristin Moore



Judges can take the exams for the new ratings at Region 5 Congress in Columbus, Ohio.

The Compulsory Levels will be given on Thursday, September 12 from 7:30-9:00pm and Optional Levels will be given on Sunday, September 15 from 1:00-5:00.

Many judging and coaching sessions are planned for both the new compulsory routines and for the new optional rules. Come to join us for education and testing!

Letter to Region 5 from Kittia Carpenter

Region 5 USA Gymnastics Professional Members,

I have been reading with great interest recent emails and postings relating to the Region 5 J.O Chair position and since I am the one everyone is referring to I thought it would be fitting if I introduced myself. My name is Kittia Carpenter and I have been coaching and judging in Region 5 for 30 years.  Please email Bobbi Montanari if you wish to receive a copy of my resume that I submitted for RJOCC.

I was honored to have been nominated to run for the J.O. Chair position back in February and I accepted the nomination. I fully expected to stand for election, but I ran unopposed. I plan to build on the tradition of excellence that has been established in our region. Our success and camaraderie is something to be very proud of and is one that is not to be matched in any other region.  The Region 5 tradition will be carried on! It is what separates us from the others.

Upon acceptance of my position, I was instructed to start organizing a plan and people to help keep the Region going.  I would like to introduce and welcome Sandy Sabo of Youngstown Gymnastics Center as the newly appointed regional training camp coordinator.  Sandy has already started work building on the foundation that has been set by her predecessors.

My term as Regional JO Chair does not start until July 1, but the important planning within the region will not wait until summer so I have already started work on several projects that will continue to move the Region forward. I would like to share two of these projects with you now.

Training Camps: One exciting new possible opportunity I would like to announce for this Fall is a double Showcase Camp for our Level 10 gymnasts. Thanks to University of Michigan coaches for recommending this for our region.
•    Hi Tech Showcase camp (running 8-2 Fri & Sat and a session on Sunday)
•    Hi Performance Showcase camp (running 2-8 Fri & Sat and a session on Sunday)
Their recommendation will make the best use of their superb facility and will provide additional opportunities for the college coaches to see more of our region’s high level gymnasts.

More information and details soon. Other regional camps are also being organized.  If your club would be interested in hosting a camp, please contact us.

Regional All Star Trip:
I am looking at two very special opportunities for the 2013 Regional All Star trip.
•    The first will have the team head for Europe for training and to take in the World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium (Sept 25- Oct 7, 2013). What an inspiration that would be!

•    The second would have the team travel to the Bahamas for a competition hosted by a Region 5 gym combined with a clinic put on by our gymnasts and awesome coaches for the benefit of the gymnasts and coaches in the Bahamas.

I am in the very early stages of planning for the Regional All Star trip and I welcome your thoughts and feedback on what trip to take and ways to make the trip even more worthwhile for our gymnasts and coaches.

You can probably sense how excited I am to get to work for the Region. I look forward to working with all of you to insure that every gym in the region has a fair and equal opportunity to go as far as their hard work and talent will take them and to provide the knowledge and confidence in each club that their gymnasts can achieve their dreams.

I want to wish all of you the best of luck next weekend at Regionals.  Prepare hard for consistency and compete confidently so our region will once again shine at nationals!

Best wishes for your gymnasts and your club. Go Region 5!

Kittia Carpenter