Board of Directors Minutes
March 12, 2004
Spring Meeting in Mobile, AL
1. President Janet Baxter called the meeting to order
at 8:00 a.m., Central Standard Time.
2. A video on grass roots sailing, featuring the young sailors at the
Mayfield, N.J. Yacht Club, was introduced by Vice President Joni Palmer. US
SAILING Director Norton Brooker welcomed the mid-year meeting of US SAILING
3. Directors present were: Janet Baxter, Betsy Beddow, Faye Bennet, Stan
Betts, Jerelyn Biehl, Dean Brenner, Mitch Brindley, Norton Brooker, Larry
Bulman, Jim Capron, Clark Chapin, Ruth Creighton, Dan Doyle, Peter Durant,
Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Susan Epstein, Art Fox, Fred Hagedorn, Dick
Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Charles Ivey, Leslie Keller, Patty Lawrence, Dan
Mangus, Joe Melino, Clay Mock, Ken Morrison, Jim Muldoon, Bill Munster, Joni
Palmer, Bill Ross, John Rudy, Betty Sue Sherman. Absent were: John Amos,
James Appel, Terry Bischoff, Craig Brown, Paul Callahan, Tom Carruthers,
Means Davis, Louise Gleason, Joey Harris, Mark Herrmann, Hart Kelley, Gene
McCarthy, Greg Norwine, Martha Parker, Mark Reynolds, Bill Stump, and Adam
4. A moment of silence was observed for those sailors who have died since
our last meeting.
5. First time attendees were invited by President Baxter to introduce
themselves and were welcomed to the meeting.
6. In her opening remarks, President Baxter emphasized the Ambassador’s
Program as a way to involve our active members at sailing events where they
can promote US SAILING and represent its interests. She noted that US
SAILING has nominated past President Dave Irish as Vice President of ISAF.
Charlie Cook and one additional member will be named to the ISAF Council.
7. Members were reminded to register for Saturday’s special US SAILING
meeting to discuss proposed ByLaw changes.
8. US SAILING Olympic Committee Chair Fred Hagedorn announced the team
members for the 2004 Olympic Teams and that the selection process for the
Star Class will be next week. The USSF, the New York Sailing Foundation, the
New York Yacht Club and others will host a special Olympic team fundraiser
in New York on May 18 to support the Olympic Team and the Paralympic Team.
9. Executive Director Nick Craw reported that the 4th issue of US SAILING is
in distribution and that the publication was one factor in improving member
retention rates. He also noted that more than $350,000 had been raised for
our Olympic athletes. US SAILING has taken responsibility for Safety at Sea
Seminars. He noted that preliminary numbers indicate a small surplus for the
past year. Three new staff members were introduced and their predecessors
recognized. Mary Weaver has replaced Nel Roberts in Membership; Liz Walker
has replaced Lindy Christofersen as Championship Coordinator and Darrel
Lievense has replaced Ken Signorello of Harbor Watch as Web Master.
10. Treasurer Leslie Keller reported that all new software installation
would be completed by month’s end. She pointed out that one in ninety US
SAILING members were actively involved as race officers, judges and council
or committee members. She also noted that while budgets have increased at an
8% rate over the past decade, membership has grown at a 3 per cent rate.
11. Bylaws Chair Ted Everingham described Bylaws and Regulation changed to
be voted on at the Special Meeting on Saturday. A motion to initiate the
changes was made, seconded and carried.
12. Offshore Chair Bruce Eissner discussed the question as to whether US
SAILING should be involved in issuing certificates under the new IRC rule.
He will be meeting with various groups over the next two days. The Executive
Committee decision will be made on Sunday.
13. Vice President Tom Hubbell introduced Structure Task Force members, Chip
Johns, Dave Rosekrans, Don Durant, and Bill Martin. The Task Force is
gathering information and ideas as to how the organizational structure can
be streamlined. The discussions will be brought to committee and council
sessions this weekend.
14. Steve Prime of Gowrie, Bardens and Brett, insurance agents, discussed
the new insurance programs for One Design fleets. Forty one design classes
are now enrolled in the program, which offers a 10% discount to US SAILING
members. A new boat-financing program is being introduced with the Agency
and Customer One Bank that offers boat financing to US SAILING members with
no additional fees.
15. Jack Gierhart and Doug Metchick presented the new Authorized Collection
of US SAILING clothing and accessories.
16. President Baxter presented Joni Palmer with a special award for the work
in developing and heading the US SAILING Symposium Program from its
17. Past President Dave Rosekrans discussed the need to adopt formal
guidelines describing athlete’s rights to compete. Materials will be
distributed and the matter will be on the agenda at the October US SAILING
18. Katie Richardson, Olympic Program Manager, was presented with the 2003
C.R.E.W. award for demonstrating the values promoted in the C.R.E.W.
agreement. The award was presented by past C.R.E.W. winners Darlene Hobock
and Clark Chapin.
19. The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 a.m. C.S.T. Next Meeting, March 14,
Dick Hanneman, Secretary