October 31, 2003

EUSPBA Establishes Two New Branches

The executive committee of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) has approved the creation of two new branches for the organization. The “Ohio Valley” and “Southwestern” branches bring the organization’s total to six, with the two joining the existing Metro, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Southern jurisdictions.

According to EUSPBA president Al McMullin, the Ohio Valley branch will likely include western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, which are currently governed by the association’s Mid-Atlantic and Southern branches. The Southwest branch is likely to include east Texas and Louisiana, which are currently in the Southern branch.

“The boundaries of the new branches are being worked out since both will encompass some ‘territory’ from existing branches,” McMullin commented. “New territory will be the state of Ohio for Ohio Valley and Arkansas, west Texas and Oklahoma for the Southwest.”

According to the MidWest Pipe Band Association‘s (MWPBA) Web site, that organization is intended to include Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas in its governance – areas now included in the new EUSPBA branches’ jurisdictions.

“To the best of my knowledge, all North American associations continue to be run primarily by unpaid volunteers,” McMullin added. “It is my hope the EUSPBA will be able to meet the challenges and expectations attached to these recent additions.”


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