A meeting of the Executive Committee of the United States Sailing
Association was held by telephone conference at 2000 (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, April 20,
1999. President Muldoon presided, and Secretary Everingham recorded the minutes.
1. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests. All members of the Executive Committee
were present except Messrs. Colgate and White and Ms. Seidenspinner. Also present were
Executive Director Terry Harper and, at the invitation of the President, Board member Glen
Brandenburg. Director Phil Eaton was invited but was unable to attend.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. The minutes of the March 21, 1999 meetings of the
Executive Committee and the Board of Directors were approved as distributed before the
3. President's Remarks. Mr. Muldoon commented on recent favorable US
SAILING-related items in Scuttlebutt. He also reported that he is attending to the
National Safe Boating Conference in Oregon and will report to the Executive Committee
after he returns.
4. Treasurer's Report. Treasurer Lane discussed the financial statements for the
six-month period ended March 31, 1999, that were distributed to the Executive Committee by
mail the week before the meeting.
5. Executive Director's Report. The Executive Directors report was
distributed before the meeting.
5a. Membership Report - Mr. Harper reviewed the generally encouraging
statistical information that was distributed to the Executive Committee before the meeting
and discussed in his report.
5b. Meeting Sites - The Executive Committee discussed meeting sites. Mr.
Chamberlain will bring the Site Selection Committees recommendation for the 2001
Spring Meeting to the May 18 Executive Committee meeting. The Executive Committee approved
Marina del Rey as the site for the 2002 Annual General Meeting (Mr. Haenel abstaining).
6. Unfinished Business
6a. Website Update Mr. Schoettle reported that the first priority has
been establishing website pages for committees and councils. There currently are
approximately 35 web liaisons with pages activated. Mr. Signorello will monitor newly
posted material daily. Mr. Schoettle referred to his guidelines (distributed before the
meeting. The guidelines will be revised to prohibit endorsements of products or services.
The home page is the second priority. The third priority is databases.
The consensus was that initially US SAILING should not charge a fee to have a link on
the US SAILING site and that links should be provided for classes that are not members of
Financial information should not be posted because of the likelihood that it will be
misunderstood or misused and because of the anticipated burden on the staff in responding
to related questions. Ms. Baxter will work on a simplified financial presentation.
6b. Portsmouth Office Lease - Mr. Lane reported on discussions concerning the
office lease. Messrs. Lane and Harper will continue negotiations and bring a proposal and
recommendation to the Executive Committee in 30 to 60 days.
6c. Merchandise Program - Mr. Harper summarized the report on the merchandise
program that he distributed to the Executive Committee before the meeting.
6d. USOC Compliance - Mr. Everingham reported.
7. New Business
7a. Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal - No action was taken.
7b. National Boating Federation & United Safe Boating Institute - Mr.
Muldoon requested information about these organizations.
7c. GMC Contract - Mr. Harper outlined the proposed GMC contract described in
the report that he distributed before the meeting. The Executive Committee appointed
Messrs. Chamberlain, Rosekrans, Schoettle and Harper to decide whether to proceed with the
7d. Membership Requirements for Board Members and Council & Committee Chairs
The Executive Committee concluded that Article Three, Section 2; Article Five,
Section 2; Article Eleven, Section 1(b) adequately address this requirement.
7e. ISAF Recognition International One Design (IOD) Class
The Executive Committee approved endorsing the IOD Class application for ISAF recognition.
7f. Recertification of Rowland F. Smith, Jr. The Executive
Committee approved Mr. Smiths application for recertification as an International
Measurer for the Tornado Class.
7g. "Where to Sail" Database After discussion, Ms. Baxter was
appointed to manage the expansion or creation of a Where to Sail database that will be
available in searchable format on the website and include many types of sailing programs.
She was directed to minimize reliance on outside vendors, but to pursue outreach-type
7h. Sailors with Special Needs Committee The Executive Committee approved
the appointment of Richard Hughes to the Sailors with Special Needs Committee.
8. Executive Session - Mr. Brandenburg were excused, and the Executive Committee
and Mr. Harper continued in executive session.
9. Article 14/Rule 69 Issues - The Executive Committee acknowledged receipt of
correspondence from the Chairman of the Judges Committee respecting 98-14-02.
The meeting adjourned at 2226 (Eastern Time). The next meeting will be by telephone
conference call at 2000 (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, May 18, 1999.
J. Theodore Everingham, Secretary