6-30 2005 Meeting Recap
The following is a recap of the decisions made at the HubFest 5K planning meeting on Thursday night, 6/30/05. Thanks to each of you who stuck around to offer their suggestions.
Keith Barrett – Race Director, securing a lead vehicle
Deborah Barrett – Registration, securing a national anthem singer
Becky Ryder – Securing of course monitors, Measuring
Barbara Ross? – Restrooms
Steve Ulery – registration forms
Jim Coll – publicity
Keep in mind Keith will need help in many more areas, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to offer your assistance.
No other items were discussed.
As always I welcome your input.
06/30/05 We will have a HubFest 5K planning meeting immediately following the Trek the Trace event on Thursday evening 6/30. Much to the collective chagrin of club members I am sure, I would like to add a few items to the agenda that I feel like we should address to keep the club moving in a positive direction. In the interest of those of you only interested in meeting about HubFest, I’ll wait until after the HubFest portion of the meeting to address other items. If you have any comments about any of these items, but can not attend the meeting, please send them my way -- email@example.com – and I will pass your comments along to the rest of the club.
Below are the items I want to address time permitting:
1. HubFest 5K – Of primary importance is the selection of a time and date, as well as job allocations. I believe last year we had everyone fill the roles they did in 2003. I’m assuming that unless Keith tells us differently, we all agree he should continue as race director. I’m also hoping that we have additional volunteers whom we can use to lighten the load for others who carry a heavy burden each year. I suggest we set a goal of 170 runners and walkers in the 5K this year, and let’s be creative on how we can get there.
2. 5K series – We need to set dates, times and location(s) for our yearly 5K series leading up to HubFest, assuming that is that we want to continue holding those events.
3. E-mail responses – I would like to address how we handle e-mails that are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . My concern is that some are not responded to.
4. Strategic Plan – As I have mentioned to several of you in recent months, I would like for the club to establish some long term goals, i.e. – Do we want to grow the club to a certain number of members? Is the current slate of events/races sufficient, just right, too much? I also want to review our slate of offices – not the people, but the positions. For instance, we have positions that are not being utilized simply b/c little or none of the work falls in the job description. I believe that we need to either 1. re-distribute the workload under the current slate of offices or 2. change our offices to reflect our current slate of activities and needs. I’ll elaborate further at the meeting.
5. End of the year meeting – Traditionally we have held club elections and Christmas party as one event at the end of each year, but with the Steam Whistle 12K becoming one of the most important events on the Pacer calendar, I recommend that we hold club elections and an end of the year "banquet" the same day as the Steam Whistle run anticipating will get more participation and input by doing so. We can honor the winners of our Gran Prix series divisions on that day as well. Additionally, each year in the months preceding the Steam Whistle 12K I would like for the club to consider each year nominations for Lifetime Member Awards. To refresh everyone’s memory, a few months back we named Khalid Khannouchi the first "Lifetime Pacer." Basically it is a way to honor people who have given a great deal to the club. In addition, we said that "Lifetime Pacers" would no longer be required to pay the $15 yearly fee to maintain their memberships. (Although this certainly does not mean we forbid them from paying dues should they desire to continue paying.) Lifetime Pacer awards (if any are given) would be distributed at the end of the year "banquet" as well.
6. Logo – We have talked for some time about developing a new logo for the club – it is time to make some progress on this topic.
7. Membership cards – Yousri and I have talked about the possibility of approaching running/walking-related businesses in the area about a discount card for our members. In other words, we would develop a card that on one side would contain a person’s membership information and on the other the list of businesses offering discounts. In exchange for participating, we’ll offer the business an opportunity to place a button on our highly-successful Web site with a link to their Web page if they desire. This membership card would work well with our Gran Prix series as well. For races offering discounts to our members, a membership card would be an easy way to identify a person as a Pine Belt Pacer.
8. Clock – The old MTC clock is sitting in my office, and unfortunately I have not had time to take a look at it. I am of the opinion, although a few others have voiced to me they differ, that if this clock functions properly, and we decide that it will for the foreseeable future, we forgo purchasing a new clock. If that is the decision we come to, we need to talk about the donations (in some cases, large) people have made toward the clock.
I look forward to seeing each of you on Thursday, although I’m certain I’ve scared a few with the length of the agenda.