Executive Committee Minutes
October 15, 2003
Annual General Meeting in St. Louis, MO

1.   The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. C.D.T, by President Dave Rosekrans

2.   Members present were: Janet Baxter, Ruth Creighton, Don Durant, Fred Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Stephen Jeffries, Jim Muldoon, Bill Munster, Joni Palmer, Dave Rosekrans and Bill Ross. Members absent were: Paul Callahan, Jim Capron, Bruce Eissner, and Louise Gleason. Guests were Executive Director Nick Craw, Budget Director Hortensia Hacker, Leslie Keller, Patty Lawrence, and the following staff members: Nel Roberts, Lacey Given, Linda Christofersen, Jonathan Harley, Katie Richardson, Lee Parks, Dan Nowlan, Marlieke Eaton, Jack Gierhart, John Keavy and Cynthia Leary-Johnson.

3.   The minutes of the Sept. 16, 2003 ExCom meeting, were approved as presented.

4.   Jack Gierhart presented a new fund raising program with the theme “Winning is a Team Effort,” designed to raise additional funds for the coming Athens Olympics. The funds will support our Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams competing in the 2004 Games.

5.   There was no additional Executive Director or Treasurer report.

6.   Cynthia Leary Johnson announced that two new accounting programs, MIP and Counterpoint, will be implemented for the 2004 fiscal year.

7.   Reporting for the Budget Committee, Hortensia Hacker pointed out that the proposed 2004 budget is designed so that if revenues are met, a surplus will result, and if revenues are unmet, a break-even year will be achieved.

8.   The Executive Committee, in a special telephone meeting, has voted to allow the agreement with Sailing World and Cruising World magazines expire on 12/31/2003. In discussions over the past year, the magazines had requested increases in the amount paid from US SAILING memberships, and current revenues will no longer support those expenses.

9.   Reporting for the US SAILING Olympic Committee, Fred Hagedorn pointed out that the committee’s budget is set to produce a break even year, with expenses limited to revenues received. He also reported that additional drug testing is contemplated by the WADA and may be expanded to include non-Olympic fleets. Enforcement of these sanctions could impose a severe burden on US SAILING.

10.   Dave Rosekrans announced that ISAF is interested in reviving the Nation’s Cup, an international match racing event, and is seeking invitations to host that event. Barbara Farquhar chairs the US SAILING match racing committee.

11.   Jim Muldoon discussed a program to have US SAILING sanction community, yacht club and for-profit sailing centers throughout the country to assure that quality training is being received be individuals who want to learn sailing. The program is being developed by the training committee.

12.   Janet Baxter discussed topics that will be assigned for Friday’s Round Table meetings.

13.   A motion to appoint Bill Ross and Don Durant to the General Services Committee to the end of this term was made, seconded and carried.

14.   An Executive Session followed.

The meeting was adjourned at 10 p.m. CST.

Respectfully submitted,

Dick Hanneman