Board of Directors Minutes
President Janet Baxter called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. following a special meeting of the United States Sailing Foundation.
Directors present were: Janet Baxter, Betsy Beddow, Faye Bennet, Stan Betts, Dean Brenner, Norton Brooker, Jim Capron, Clark Chapin, Ruth Creighton, Dan Doyle, Peter Durant, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner, Susan Epstein, Art Fox, Louise Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Joey Harris, 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, Bill Stump. Absent were: John Amos, James Appel, Terry Bischoff, Jerelyn Biehl, Mitch Brindley, Craig Brown, Larry Bulman. Paul Callahan, Tom Carruthers, Means Davis, Mark Herrmann, Hart Kelley, Gene McCarthy, Greg Norwine, Martha Parker, Mark Reynolds, and Adam Werblow.
A motion to approve the corrected Minutes of the March 13, 2004 Board of
Directors meeting was made, seconded and carried.
A Motion to approve a $40,000 budget variance in Membership expenses for 2004, and a corresponding net revenue increase of $105,000, was made, seconded and carried.
Jim Muldoon, chair of Training and Government Relations, reminded members to take an active role in harbor security issues to insure that boater's rights are not overlooked when these issues are addressed by government agencies. He also announced that 70 Power Boat Instructors have been Certified to date, and that the Canadian Yachting Association had expressed interest in sharing that program. The US SAILING Training web site now includes 80 videos, and receives 17,000 viewers each month. A $213,000 training grant from the US Coast Guard is in the application process.
Offshore Committee Chair Bruce Eissner reported that the Americap II measurement program is growing, and that Safety at Sea programs, now being directed by Offshore, have increased four-fold in the past year. The Committee expects an operating surplus of $43,000. He announced that the Executive Committee had approved the Memorandum of Understanding with the RORC for issuing IRC Certificates in the United States.
National Offshore Council Chair Ken Morrison distributed a written report of
the Council meeting and thanked JimTeeters, retiring research director for his
contributions developing handicapping systems for US SAILING.
Susan Epstein, Women's Committee Chair, reported that all Women's
championships have been booked two to three years out, and that six US skippers
have been named to the ISAF Women's March Racing championships scheduled for the
USNA in June. She reported raising $1000 this weekend from members who signed a
US SAILING banner to be taken to Athens. The money will be used for the US
athletes' Victory Party!
A Motion to release $5000 in restricted funds to support the 2004 Alter Cup,
and annual request, was made, seconded and carried.
US Windsurfing junior coordinator Carolyn Boersma and youth coach Charles Ivey announced that the Formula Experience World Championships will be in the US in 2005, and encouraged the Olympic Committee to support the Z-Class in future Olympic events.
US SAILING Olympic Committee Chair Fred Hagedorn announced that equipment selection for the 2008 Olympics is underway and will be completed in November, 2004. The Olympic coaches have recommended the new US SAILING Power Boat and Safety Boat Courses. The Board recognized the efforts of staff members Katie Richardson and Jonathan Harley and Coaches Gary Bodie, Luther Carpenter and Skip Whyte on behalf of our Olympic athletes.
Inshore Committee (Patty Lawrence) and One Design Class Council chairs (Bill
Stump) announced that their groups expressed support for a reorganization of US
SAILING and for the possibility of combining Inshore and One Design. They will
co-sponsor a fleet building symposium later this year under the direction of a
sub committee consisting of Jerelyn Biehl, Patty Lawrence and Joni Palmer.
A proposal from the Appeals Committee concerning Area appeals process has
been referred back to the Appeals Committee for further discussion.
Karen Reisch, Championship Committee Chair, announced that committee minutes had been posted, and requested the following actions:
A motion to authorize the transfer of $10,000 for restricted funds for the 2004 junior championships was made, seconded and carried.
A motion to accept a new Sportsmanship Award, funded by the Interlake
Yachtsman's Fund, for the Junior Double Handed Championships, the F.Gregg Bemis
Trophy, was made, seconded and carried.
The Meeting was adjourned at 10:55 a.m., C.S.T.