Executive Committee Minutes
February 17, 2004
1. President Janet Baxter called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M. Eastern
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
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.
Dick Hanneman, Secretary