Executive Committee Meeting
March 22, 2001
p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Mark Hotel, Charlotte, NC
Roll Call and Introduction of Guests. Executive
Committee members Sarah Alger, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Ted Everingham,
Louise van Voorhis Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Stephen Jeffries, Linda
Kessler, Dave Rosekrans, John Ross, Mike Schoettle, and Larry White were
present. Charley Cook joined the meeting during the discussion of item
11. Also present were Executive Director Terry Harper and, at the
invitation of the President, facilitator Larry Ledgerwood, and Budget
chair Donna Hobbs.
Motion: a motion was
seconded and approved to approve the February 20, 2001 minutes,
previously distributed and as amended.
A proposed amendment to
the bylaws, written and approved by the Bylaws Committee, was
distributed. This fulfills the January 23, 2001 motion of the Executive
Committee that appeals of Rule 69 decisions are to be handled by the
Article 14 Review board only.
Donna Hobbs distributed a revised budget that reflects the additional
cost of the Rulebook and the revised Offshore budget. The revised budget
reflects a 3% surplus. Summaries of US SAILING’s year-to-date revenues
and expenses were distributed.
– A decision on production of a 2002 Directory was deferred until a
recommendation can be made as part of a communications plan.
A motion was seconded and approved to limit the deficit of the NSPS for
2002 to $15,000.
a motion was seconded and approved that the JOs are to be redesigned to
reduce labor costs and increase the number of events and participation,
and that this task is assigned to the new Youth Advisory Board, which
should report recommendations at the fall meeting.
Bruce Eissner reported that we require that 30% of the crew of category
1 and 0 boats be US SAILING safety certified. At the request of Bruce
Eissner, Glenn McCarthy has developed a concept paper for a CD-based
electronic US SAILING Safety-at-Sea certification program, which he will
be presenting to Safety-at-Sea and Training.
Remarks. President Rosekrans asked Fred Hagedorn to review the Vacancies item
that will be on Friday’s Board of Directors agenda. Fred Hagedorn
noted that he will resign as the Youth Representative to the Board, and
then will ask the board to nominate James Appel as the Youth Rep. A
Youth Advisory Board will be named by President Rosekrans.
President Rosekrans noted that Steve Leo disclosed that he will
be doing business with US SAILING, providing medals for the US SAILING
US SAILING has applied for four grants from the US Coast Guard to
support grassroots sailing initiatives.
Mike Schoettle is designated as the spokesperson for electronic
news for US SAILING for the month of April.
Report. Stephen Jeffries distributed a Treasurer’s Report that
included the Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2000, Balance Sheet
Comparison, YTD Revenue and Expenses, a Balance Sheet for January, End
of Year Audited Balance Sheet.
Director’s Report. Terry
Harper reported that individual membership renewals are progressing
well. President’s Club memberships have increased. Sailing
organization memberships, however, have dropped significantly. A letter
reminding people that the West Marine coupon was soon to expire resulted
in a spike in membership renewals. Also distributed was a chart showing
month-by-month Membership Acquisitions and Renewals, FY99-FY2001. In
addition, to date $65,000 has been received for years 2002 and 2003 due
to multi-year membership renewals. The letter to members asking them to
renew was rewritten and signed by two Olympic athletes, and it drew a
significantly increased response compared to last year.
A report on this project was distributed, and Mike Schoettle
noted that this project could prove to be helpful to US SAILING, three
individuals are looking at it, but to date, insufficient information is
available to make a decision. Further discussion was tabled until
Sunday’s meeting. It was noted that US SAILING needs to register
domain names, and a report was requested for next month’s meeting.
USOC, through the Ted Stevens Act, must provide a report on
women, minorities and disabled athletes in all Olympic sports. Most of
this data is not tracked by US SAILING.
Sailing World is doing a survey that will include some questions
regarding demographics. However, we may need to begin collecting this
information from our members in the future.
The Compliance Questionnaire regarding athlete representation was
submitted to USOC and its receipt acknowledged.
USOC will be meeting in April and may have additional revisions
to the athlete representation requirements. Following this USOC meeting,
revisions to the US SAILING bylaws will be reviewed by the Bylaws
Committee. They then will be distributed to the Board for review and
approval by mail.
The training program intends to collect information on Junior
instructors and program directors. The purpose of the database would be
to market the National Sailing Program Symposium, instructor training
programs. It was noted that any survey of clubs by or for US SAILING
must request complete contact information. Funding must come out of the
existing budget, unless someone else fully funds the project, US SAILING
selects the individuals or firm to do the surveying, and the ownership
rights remain with US SAILING.
Meeting. Charley Cook noted that a request was submitted by the
International Soling Class, among others, to reopen the list of
equipment for the Olympics. US SAILING voted not to reopen the list, as
a change at this stage would be detrimental to sailors who already are
preparing for the Olympics.
RRS and ORC Regulations.
Marion-to-Bermuda Race is a biennial race organized by the
Marion-Bermuda association. This is a category 1 offshore race. US
SAILING was contacted at an earlier date regarding safety training. It
was suggested that Safety-at-Sea contact them and offer their assistance
in ensuring that they meet US SAILING safety certification requirements.
Sanctioning of Events.
Rosekrans proposed that a working party be established to explore
was noted to be proactive on this issue and draft a document that
describes athlete’s right to compete.
17. West Marine Contract. Terry Harper distributed a copy of the draft contract with revisions. Some additional revisions were suggested. Further discussion was deferred until Sunday pending ExCom review.
Motion: A motion was made, seconded and approved that the liaisons to
government organizations shall report to the Vice President, Government
Liaisons. This does not include liaisons to industrial organizations
such as Sail America.
Article 14 and
RRS 69 Issues. A report was
Executive Session (Executive
Committee members only)
The meeting was adjourned at
Executive Committee meeting - Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 7:00 am