Roll Call. Executive
Committee members Sarah Alger, Charley Cook, Don Durant, Bruce Eissner,
Ted Everingham, Louise van Voorhis Gleason, Fred Hagedorn, Craig Healy,
Stephen Jeffries, Linda Kessler, Dave Rosekrans, John Ross, Mike Schoettle,
and Larry White were present. Also present were Executive Director Terry
joined the meeting after the discussion of Item 9a) and, at the invitation of the president, Budget Chair Donna Hobbs and
board member Vicki Sodaro.
Approval of Minutes.
Donna Hobbs reported that revenue reports from each department are being
Remarks. Dave Rosekrans reported
that he is now listed as a competitor with the ISAF Sailorsí
Classification list, which is up and running on the Web. He noted that
Bruce Eissner has forwarded good news regarding the efforts of the
Offshore Departmentís staff. Bruce
commented that the strategic plan for Offshore is progressing well. The
public relations money has not been spent yet, as the key messages are
still being shaped. He also noted that US SAILING is running low on the book, Safety
Recommendations for Cruising Sailors. Options for reprinting will be
explored. Bruce Eissner and the ExCom recognized Dan Nowlan and Jim
Teeters for their considerable time and effort on behalf of Offshore.
Directorís Report. Terry Harper
6.a. Membership Report. Membership renewals have been dropping off slightly; the reasons are being assessed. It was agreed that the staff will send the Membership Report to the ExCom members at the end of the week before the meeting.
The ExCom discussed the possibility of launching a direct mail effort, and
agreed that US SAILING is not prepared to move ahead on such an initiative
at this time. Fred Hagedorn, chair of the Fundraising RFP working party,
reported that the working party is beginning work on a draft Request for
Proposal seeking fundraising counsel. Working party members are John
Ross, Craig Healy, Bartz Schneider, and (ex oficio) Dave Rosekrans.
Codes. The ExCom discussed the
continuing need to study, interpret and explain the ISAF eligibility,
advertising, anti-doping and classification codes for US sailors. Dave
Rosekrans will appoint individuals to take responsibility for these topics,
reporting to the President.
Meeting. Dave Rosekrans said that
he is considering holding a meeting before the October Annual General
Meeting for the Sailing Industry. The purpose would be to discuss their
challenges and concerns and learn what US SAILING can do to support them.
The ExCom strongly supported the idea, but noted that interviews of
Executive Director candidates also may need to occur during that time. The
idea will be taken under further advisement.
Committee. Fred Hagedorn noted that
the USADA has agreed that only those athletes who self-select to be listed
as elite athletes in Olympic classes will be subject to in-competition
testing. The first competition with in-competition testing has been held,
and the event and testing went smoothly. He noted that several Star boats
from the US are currently sailing in Kiel, and the Saronikos Gulf
competition is coming up in August. The High Performance Plan is being
updated so it can be submitted to USOC by the end of the month.
11.a.Website Collaborative. Mike
Schoettle noted that no new information is available on the NGB Website
collaborative. Donna Hobbs has completed a financial analysis of the
proposal, which will be distributed to the members of the ExCom pending
Visit to the United States.
Charley Cook reported that at least two sites have expressed an interest in
hosting the ISAF visit to the US in the fall. Requests for expressions of
interest have been distributed to all area directors and will be distributed
to all the regional sailing associations through CSA and to the board of
directors. Responses are due by the end of July.
of Paralympics in the Bylaws. Fred Hagedorn reported that the National Governing Bodies vary in their
level of interest/ability to get involved in the paralympics. A paralympic
corporation is likely to be created with the US Olympic Committee, and each
sport will determine its level of involvement. The incorporation of
paralympic sailing into US SAILING was further supported, and it was noted
that bylaws changes to carry this out are in process.
Mike Schoettle reported that the staff has determined a process for accounting for the rebates, and a list of clubs to be asked to
participate in the pilot program is being developed. Royalties will be paid out of the Marketing budget.
New Business. It was noted that Tom
Clagett has passed away, and he will be sorely missed. He was a great sailor
and supporter of our sport, particularly of womenís youth sailing. His
trust endowed US SAILINGís Ida Lewis and Leiter junior women's
championship events, and this support will continue in perpetuity. The
trust also helps support our championships staff, and recently funded
special clinics for young girls who attend the junior womenís championship
Executive Session. (Executive Committee members and Executive Director
Sarah J. Alger