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3:25 AM - Feb 25, 2018 #11

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
"I posted this Apology Letter on the 2017 Team USA Senior A Mixed and Open Secret/Private Facebook page. I was thinking that we all needed to be aware of this. However, my post disappeared. Thinking that I made a mistake and maybe it didn’t post, I posted it again. I know it did post because five people saw it. A few minutes later I could no longer access this group. I was kicked out. Even though I raced with this team in China. I was kicked out of the group because I posted an official USDBF document that obviously was not to the like of who deleted it and kicked me out. Only the administrator of the group can do this, and I’m sorry to say the administrator is Coach Jeff Kuhn ."
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11:03 AM - Feb 25, 2018 #12

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
Times certainly have changed. Unfortunately for the worse. What used to be called a diss or an insult is now called aggression which then warrants an aggressive response. As a kid I used to say sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me. And we moved on. Today, micro aggressions keep attorneys on speed dial. And we all lose. Might as well just stop talking to one another since pretty much anything could be taken as a micro aggression since it is the person on the receiving end who seems to have the right to decide and the right to sue and the right to receive a reward. What a bunch of sissies. All of you.
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2:08 PM - Feb 25, 2018 #13

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
^ Another white male in America.
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5:26 PM - Feb 25, 2018 #14

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
^says another white male with a cuck complex
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9:42 PM - Feb 25, 2018 #15

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
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9:49 PM - Feb 25, 2018 #16

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
"The USDBF did try to mediate early on, but then all hell broke loose."

Mediation was Barb talking to the accused for his side of the story and then deciding there was no issue.

Barb should stick to posting recipes for calorie-laden recipes and jello-shots on social media.
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11:22 PM - Feb 25, 2018 #17

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
Except that there was no issue..
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2:52 PM - Feb 26, 2018 #18

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
And why is this being put on a public forum????? Nobody cares about the USDBF.
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11:02 PM - Feb 26, 2018 #19

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
#timesup
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3:53 AM - Mar 03, 2018 #20

To the members of the USDBF paddling community,
Over the past few years our organization has experienced turmoil arising out of
concerns expressed by many dragon boat participants regarding inappropriate and
offensive behavior, and regarding the appropriate procedures for addressing such
behavior and preventing its recurrence. These concerns crystallized due to a series of
unfortunate incidents that occurred at the 2015 IDBF World Championships held in
Welland, Canada. The manner in which these incidents were addressed over the
subsequent months led to many negative repercussions for those who first brought these
concerns to our attention. For that we are truly sorry.
We also recognize that up until now, we -- the Board and officers of the USBDF --
did not have a clearly stated code of ethics or a well-established and easily understood
procedure in place to address complaints of inappropriate and offensive behavior or other
misconduct that should not be tolerated within the dragon boat community. Because of
that, there were times when we took actions, modified, or reversed actions or otherwise
may have acted (or refrained from acting) in ways that left many in our community
confused, angered and, in some instances, feeling that inappropriate or offensive behavior
was not being properly and timely addressed.
To remedy these situations and to endeavor to prevent their recurrence, we have
now adopted the attached Code of Ethics, which not only outlines what the USDBF
deems to be inappropriate and offensive behavior but also outlines the means by which
any instance of such behavior will be reported to and addressed by the Officers and Board
of Directors of the USDBF. In so doing, we are specifically addressing what many have
deemed, with reason, to be a prior lack of a clear code of conduct for our participants and
a lack of thorough and accessible means by which to address and remedy any violation of
that code. In so doing we are acting to remedy any prior inadequacy in addressing the
events that have caused so much turmoil in our community. We recognize that we need
to do more -- and are doing so now.
We would be remiss in not acknowledging that these needed changes are due in
large measure to the concerns raised by Dr. Hype Mattingly and her co-complainants who
raised the issue nearly two years ago. We owe them an apology for not having handled
these matters as well or swiftly as we would have liked and we acknowledge the often
painful repercussions they have experienced in the intervening period. Because we value
all those who have committed so much time and energy to our community, we are taking
this forward looking approach. We do so in the hope and expectation that all of us
recognize that the best thing for the dragon boat community in the United States is to
treat each other with respect, to channel our competitive spirit into the physical challenge
of the sport itself as opposed to interpersonal conflicts. And finally, to encourage –
indeed, insist upon -- proper behavior going forward, whether on or off the water. We
hope you will all join us in this effort.
Respectfully submitted, The USDBF Board of Directors
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