Present were Executive Committee members Sarah Alger, Jim Capron, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Louise Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Stephen Jeffries, Jim Muldoon, Joni Palmer, Dave Rosekrans, and Mike Schoettle. Also present were Executive Director Nick Craw and, at the invitation of the President, board member Bill Ross. Paul Callahan and Tom Hubbell joined late.
1. Approval of the March 17, 2002, Board Minutes.
2. Presidentís Remarks. Dave Rosekrans reported that he recently visited the Lake Thunderbird BoatHouse in Norman, Oklahoma. This community sailing center represents many sailing organizations, and they are great boosters of US SAILING. Last weekend, he went to Buckeye Intersectional ICSA championships. Again, all were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about US SAILING.
3. Treasurerís Report. Financial Report is contained within the Executive Directorís Report. Three firms have been sent requests for proposals for the audit, with a due date of May 15.
4. Executive Directorís Report. Nick Craw noted that the UBS contract was signed, and the UBS Match Racing events for California and Chicago are already oversubscribed. He reported that the Sailrater program is days away from going live on the web site. Americap II has been receiving good reviews, and the brochure on Americap II is at the printer. Dave Rosekrans also noted that a request for proposals has been sent out to possible suppliers for new software accounting and membership database systems. He asked Stephen Jeffries to chair a task force to review the proposals. Three Executive Committee members volunteered to serve as task force members: Bruce Eissner, Mike Schoettle, and Fred Hagedorn.
5. Rolex International Womenís Keelboat. Dave Rosekrans reported that the Annapolis Yacht Club has asked if they can be a co-organizing authority with US SAILING. Dave Rosekrans, the Legal Committee, and the staff will explore the options.
6. Sanction of the 2002 Figawi. Bruce Eissner stated
that the 2002 Figawi has once again requested a US SAILING sanction.
Nick Craw added that the staff is currently reviewing the sanctioning
guidelines and plans to have a recommended plan in time for the AGM.
7. Spring Meeting 2004. Dave Rosekrans noted that the Mobile, AL, club was disappointed that at its spring meeting US SAILING had decided not to come to Mobile and asked that the decision be reconsidered. The Executive Committee considered the request, discussing the accessibility of Mobile and weighing the relative importance of finding strong support from the host club.
8. Olympic Sailing Committee Report. Fred Hagedorn reported that, as stated in the press release that went out, the Olympic Sailing Committee has received a significant grant from the America One foundation. He noted that almost all of the US SAILING team has been named, except for the 49ers, which will be named shortly, and the Stars. The disabled team is also about to be named. The OSCís fundraising consultant, Campbell and Company, is sending out letters today, asking selected individuals if they would be willing to be interviewed for the Feasability Study. Campbell and Company is hoping to have the interviews completed by the end of May.
9. Planning Meeting. Dave Rosekrans noted that the first day of the May Executive Committee planning meeting, Thursday, would be set aside to discuss youth programs. Offshore also will be discussed on Thursday. On Friday morning membership will be discussed, with the general planning discussion to begin Saturday. The May Executive Committee meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
10. Financial Regulations. In response to the Management Letter, Stephen Jeffries reviewed the Financial Regulations (7.0) that need to be updated. Stephen Jeffries suggested (1) substantially rewriting 7.08, 7.13 and 7.14.
These recommended changes are to be forwarded to the Bylaws Committee for drafting, then the proposed, revised regulations distributed for review and approval by the Executive Committee at its next meeting. They will then be presented to the Board for ratification.
11. Old Business.
11.a. Committee Member Ratification. A new Communications Committee member, Melinda Berge, was approved by the Executive Committee.
12. New Business.
13. Executive Session (Executive Committee members and
Executive Director only)