A meeting of the Executive Committee of the United States Sailing Association was held at the Omni Dallas Hotel Park West, Dallas, Texas, at 1900 (Central Time) on Thursday, March 18, 1999. President Muldoon pre-sided, and Secretary Everingham recorded the minutes. Staff members William H. Kirk and Heather Godsey also were present.
  1. Roll Call. All members of the Executive Committee were present except Mr. White.
  2. Approval of Minutes. The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held on February 16, 1999 were approved.
  3. President's Remarks. Mr. Muldoon reported on the President's Club weekend.
    Mr. Muldoon noted several recent inaccurate media reports about US SAILING. After a discussion, the Executive Committee decided that US SAILING would respond to factually inaccurate media reports through a single designated spokesperson, initially Ms. Baxter.
  4. Treasurer's Report. Treasurer Lane reviewed and the Executive Committee discussed the information in the Financial Data (Spring 1999) book that was distributed at the meeting. Mr. Kirk addressed issues in-volving membership renewals and general merchandise revenue and expense. Mr. Harper will report on merchandise sales at the April Executive Committee meeting.
  5. Executive Director's Report. The Executive Director's semiannual report was distributed before the meeting.
    Messrs. Muldoon and Harper reported on the current situation with Miller Publishing (Sailing World and Cruising World magazines) and America Sailor magazine. Mr. Muldoon appointed Messrs. Hobbs, Lane and Harper as an ad hoc committee to continue discussions with Miller Publishing and make recommenda-tions to the Executive Committee.
  6. Unfinished Business
    6a. Committee Appointments - The list of committee appointments appended to the minutes of the De-cember 15, 1998 Executive Committee meeting was corrected by (1) substituting "Mike Segerbloom, ICYRA" for "Tom Farquhar, ICYRA" on the Inshore Committee list and (2) adding "Jim Richardson, Farr 40 Class" and "Greg Stewart, 1D35 Class" to the Offshore Teams, Offshore One-Design & Level Classes Committee list. The corrected appointments were approved.
    The Executive Committee also noted that Gordon Isco (rather than Darline Hobock) is the Multihull Council representative to the Nominating Committee. The December 15, 1998 list should be cor-rected accordingly.
    6b. USOC Compliance - The Executive Committee discussed the proposed amendments to the Bylaws and USOC definition of "athlete" that were distributed before the meeting. The amendments will be introduced at the Board of Directors meeting on Friday morning and presented (with appropriate revi-sions) for initiation on Sunday morning.
    6c. Selection of Website Developer - The Executive Committee reviewed the presentation that Mr. Schoettle planned for the Board of Directors meeting on Friday morning.
  7. New Business
    7a. Terms of Reference Update Project - Mr. Cook presented a written report on the Terms of Refer-ence Update Project. The Secretary will maintain current set of all terms of reference once compiled.
  8. Issues Expected to Come Before Board of Directors - The Executive Committee briefly discussed other issues expected to come before the Board of Directors during the Spring Meeting.
  9. Article 14/Rule 69 Issues - Mr. Kirk and Ms. Godsey were excused and left the meeting before any Arti-cle 14 or Rule 69 matters were discussed.
    9a. Siegel Memorandum - Mr. Harper will distribute copies of a recent memorandum from Neil Siegel, Chair of the Article 14 Review Board, to the Executive Committee before the April Executive Com-mittee meeting for discussion then.
    9b. 98-69-04 - The Executive Committee reviewed the decision submitted by the hearing panel. Mr. Harper will send a letter to the penalized parties to inform them that the phrase "within the jurisdiction of the United States Sailing Association" refers to any event sailed in the United States, not merely to US SAILING championship events. A report of the decision will be published after the expiration of the time for appeal.
  10. Executive Session - Mr. Harper was excused, and the Executive Committee continued in executive ses-sion.
    The meeting adjourned at 2220 (Central Time). The next Executive Committee meeting will be on Sunday, March 21, 1999, at 0700.

J. Theodore Everingham, Secretary