Executive Committee Minutes
February 17, 2004

1. President Janet Baxter called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.

2. Members present were: Janet Baxter, Jim Capron, Ruth Creighton, Don Durant, Fred Hagedorn, Dick Hanneman, Tom Hubbell, Leslie Keller, Patty Lawrence, Bill Munster, Joni Palmer, and Bill Ross. Also present were Executive Director Nick Craw, and Board of Director Guest Joe Melino. Absent were Dean Brenner, Paul Callahan, Bruce Eissner, and Jim Muldoon.

3. Action Item:
A motion to approve the minutes of the January 21, 2004 Executive Committee meeting was made, seconded and carried.

4. President Janet Baxter announced that the Bylaws Committee has been asked to conduct a complete review of Article 14.

She also reported that a Working Party will be appointed to determine the scope of the Ombudsman role which is to be created in order to assist members with the Appeals process.

5. She announced that the Annapolis Maritime Museum has preliminary plans to establish a Sailing Hall of Fame. Joni Palmer and Jim Capron will contact the Museum director to determine any role that US SAILING might play in the project.

6. Treasurer Leslie Keller announced that conversion to the new accounting program was being delayed due to problems encountered integrating the Web Store inventory programs. The staff is attempting to resolve the problem, but it may be necessary to produce monthly numbers knowing that inventory adjustments will have to be made later.

7. US Olympic Chair Fred Hagedorn reported that US Olympic Trials are underway in three Florida venues: Key Biscayne YC, the Miami Yacht Club, and the Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club. The Rolex Miami OCR, held earlier, attracted 504 athletes from 38 countries.

8. General Services Chair Ruth Creighton reported that a Membership Strategy Planning Seminar is scheduled for the US SAILING Spring Meeting in Mobile on Thursday, March 11 from 1-4 p.m. The meeting will be led by Membership Director Mary Weaver and facilitated by Doug Metchick.

9. A discussion on how to improve participation the Golden Anchor program pointed to the need for a clear understanding of how it works both at the Yacht Club and the US SAILING office. That discussion will continue in Mobile at the Membership Strategy Planning Seminar.

10. Action Item:
A motion to approve all Committee Appointments as revised was made, seconded and carried. The appointments will be posted on the US SAILING web pages.

11. Vice President Joni Palmer reported on the success of the 2004 National Sailing Program Symposium held in Oakland, California, Jan. 28 through Feb. 1. She has been chair of the event for the past several years.

12. Action Item:
A motion to congratulate Joni Palmer for her years of service to the National Sailing Program Symposium and for making it one of the most successful programs in US SAILING, was made, seconded and carried.

13. Vice President Tom Hubbell reported that the task force on organization structure would report on its progress at the US SAILING meeting in Mobile.

14. A special Executive Committee conference call meeting will be held on March 8 at 8 p.m. E.S.T. The next regular meeting of the Executive Committee will be in Mobile on March 11, at 7 p.m.

15. There was no Executive Session.

16. The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Respectfully submitted,

Dick Hanneman, Secretary