1. Presentation of the Colors. The Air Force Academy color guard presented the colors.
2. Roll Call. Present were Sarah Alger, James Appel, Janet Baxter, Melinda Berge, Stan Betts, Terry Bischoff, Dean Brenner, Craig Brown, Bruce Campbell, Jim Capron, Charley Cook, Means Davis, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Susan Epstein, Chuck Fuller, Louise Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries, Gene McCarthy, Joseph Melino, Ken Morrison, Jim Muldoon, Bill Munster, Joni Palmer, Mark Reynolds, Dave Rosekrans, John Ross, William Ross, Jack Rudy, Mike Schoettle, Vicki Sodaro, Art Stevens, and T.K. Wegg.
3. Welcome to Colorado Springs and the USOC. Dr. John Smyth, Director of Olympic Training Centers, welcomed US SAILING to Colorado Springs and to the headquarters of the US Olympic Committee and to the Olympic Training Center.
4. Remembrance of Departed Comrades. Dave Rosekrans asked for a moment of silence to remember our fallen comrades who have departed during the past six months.
5. Introductions of First Time Attendees. Dave Rosekrans asked that those who are attending a US SAILING meeting for the first time introduce themselves.
6. President’s Remarks. Dave Rosekrans reviewed the past 18 months of his term as President, reviewing seven projects in particular. He introduced Nick Craw, the organization’s new executive director, and thanked Bill Placke for his leadership as interim executive director. Full text of his remarks is at www.ussailing.org.
7. Olympic Sailing Committee Report. Fred Hagedorn reported on the accomplishments over the past year and activities underway by the Olympic Sailing Committee on behalf of the association. He reported that US SAILING has a strong program and is looking toward success in Athens in 2005.
8. Executive Director’s Report. Nick Craw reported that US SAILING has gone through a rough patch of water, but is moving forward to establish new systems, infrastructure, and relationships.
9. Treasurer’s Report. Stephen Jeffries reported that the audited 2001 financial statements from Rooney Plotkin & Willey, the management letter, fiscal year 2001 summary of revenue and expenses (audited), Executive Director’s Report, and Operation Hullspeed report have been distributed.
10. Sailor Athlete Advisory Council. Louise van Voorhis Gleason noted that the Sailor Athlete Advisory Board was established last year, in response to the mandates of the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and to bring the voices of athletes directly to the leadership of the organization. The S-AAC strives to represent all athletes, not simply Olympians. She urged people to register on-line so they can learn what level athlete they are, and get a vote to elect the council members.
11. Focus Group Research. Nel Roberts reported on the results of the nine focus groups that were conducted. This qualitative marketing research involved small groups of current members, lapsed members and nonmembers in Detroit, Boston and Los Angeles.
12. National Women’s Sailing Association. Janet Baxter noted that a report on the NWSA’s strategic planning meeting March 14, 2002, has been distributed, and introduced its founder Doris Colgate and the other members of the NWSA who are present. The NWSA seeks to reach out to women sailors through a variety of programs aimed primarily at intermediate-level sailors.
13. Presentation of Draft Strategic Objectives. Mike Schoettle reported that the Executive Committee spent all day yesterday in a strategic planning with Larry Ledgerwood serving as facilitator. A draft of the long-term strategic objectives have been distributed.
14. Introduction of a Resolution for a Cruising Council. Greg Norwine introduced a resolution to create a Cruising Council. This would help strengthen our ties to cruising sailors, who through the Keelboat program compose 19 percent of our membership.
15.a.C.R.E.W. award. Dave Rosekrans noted that forms for nominating an outstanding volunteer C.R.E.W. member are available.
15.b.Racing Rules. Dick Rose noted that in the registration packet a copy of the abbreviated rules, which US SAILING has had in place for 20 years, was distributed. He also requested input from attendees as to their thoughts on the elimination of the protest flag in small boat protests. He also solicited input for optional protest processes.
16. The meeting was adjourned at 9:41 a.m.
Next Board of Directors meeting - Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 8:00 am
Sarah J. Alger