Business Meeting, August 11, 2004 Hosted by Tim & Lisa Unger

Board/GWTC Members present: David Yon, Tim & Lisa Unger, Fred & Margarete Deckert, Charlie Yates, Fran McLean, Joe & Nadine Dexter, Jimmy Kalfas, Paul Ahnberg, Jerry Ongley, Tom Perkins, Jeff Nielsen, Jack McDermott, Mark Priddy, Bonnie Wright and Jackie & Jerry McDaniel

Guests present: Anthony De Santis and Doug Wainright

Tom Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM and quorum not established. The July minutes were reviewed and accepted by vote as presented.

Guest Presentations:

Doug Wainright from the Monticello Kiwanis Club would like the Melon Run to be a Grand Prix race again and discussed several reasons why the race went wrong in the past and the efforts he and others have made to correct any shortfalls. Doug received a copy of the new Grand Prix guidelines.
Anthony De Santis discussed the Medal of Honor race that he is directing for the second year. It is scheduled for 10/23/04 on or near FSU campus.


Race Director(s) report(s) — Jack McDermott discussed the Tallahassee Marathon scheduled for 2/20/05. Toma Wilkerson will be co-directing with him. Jack discussed the name of the race — Capital City Marathon or Tallahassee Marathon. It was determined that the name Capital City was used when Capital City bank sponsored the race. It was determined that the race should be called the Tallahassee Marathon and if they get a major sponsor they would add “presented by …”. Jack advised that there are no other major marathons that weekend and they will begin to advertise the accepted date. The course will be the same as 2004 and Jack mentioned that most marathons do not offer a “no t-shirt” option, usually due to sponsorship. Jackie and Jerry McDaniel will be the race directors for the 30k, which they plan to hold on 1/22/05 and they are attempting to get the race moved back to the Refuge. Fred and Margarete Deckert will direct the Ultra on 12/11/04 and Joe and Nadine Dexter will direct the Flash on 2/5/05. Jeff Nielsen presented a budget for the Prefontaine. The only change from last year is to include the St. Francis Wildlife Foundation as a co-recipient of the proceeds. A motion was made to approve the budget, which was seconded and passed by vote. Jeff also advised that Prefontaine will focus on High School XC runners and anticipates at least 4 teams will attend. Jeff will have a special team rate and awards. Bonnie Wright discussed the Breakfast on the Track event and advised that they will still run in the rain, but not with lightning and thunder. Tom Perkins discussed the Miccosukee Madness 5k/8k, which replaces the Tom Brown Bash. The event will be held on 8/28/04 at the Miccosukee Greenway and Rupp Shirts will provide free shirts to High School runners. Mike Sims is the race director. Jane Johnson will be directing the former Women’s Distance Festival and opened discussion about changing the name. Several suggestions were made including one to make it a memorial to Joyce Lowery and also one to make it a novelty race called “Victoria’s Egret”, but no decisions were made. David Yon discussed a request from Chris Sumner, Godby XC Coach, for GWTC to sponsor a social event for High School XC teams to get to know each other outside of running and competing.

Race Director Coordinator report – Charlie Yates discussed the current race calendar and the dates of several upcoming races.

Triathlete report — Jeff Nielsen reported for Tony Guillen that the Triathlete club’s bike case has been repaired and is available for rental. The Red Hills Tri race directors are working on finalizing their budget and ‘re waiting on sponsorship money. The 2005 event date has been set at 3/26/05 and they are working on a new bike route.

Clothing Coordinator report — Margarete Deckert reported that she has 50 “I Run This Town” shirts for the Beginning Running group.

Newsletter report — Fred Deckert would like to coordinate a contest through Comcast in which a non-club member could win a free year subscription for the Fleet Foot. A motion was made to approve this idea, which was seconded and passed by vote.

Treasurer’s report — Bonnie Wright distributed copies of the Budget and Treasurer’s reports, which included recent disbursements and receipts.

Training Committee Report — Jerry Ongley reported that 49 people attended the first half marathon training session and 47 attended the second session. They are working up to the Boston Mini Marathon. Nadine Dexter reported that she is receiving numerous e-mails from people interested in the next Beginning Running Group, which starts on 9/8. They will be working up to the FSUCares and/or Turkey Trot 5k’s.

Equipment report — Joe Dexter reported that all is fine and he is waiting for one more rental fee to be paid.

Grand Prix Committee report — Paul Ahnberg reported that the Grand Prix Committee has begun to develop the 2005 race schedule and that the committee will be meeting again before submitting the list to the board for approval.

Chenoweth report —David Yon had no new report, but mentioned that the committee received some expressions of thanks from previous fund recipients.

Social Coordinator report — Jimmy Kalfas reported that the Ice Cream Social went well. Jimmy would like some suggestions for the Holiday party and is checking into several possible locations. Suggestions can be e-mailed.

Racing Team Coordinator report — Tim Unger reported that the GWTC racing team will run in the Jacksonville Summer Beach Run and will include himself, Bill McGuire, James Dexter and Zach Galloway.

Membership report — Brian Corbin reported via e-mail that there are currently 730 members represented by 410 memberships.

Lecture Series report — no report


Loose Ends:

• Joe Dexter advised he received an e-mail about a campus race that is looking for assistance/volunteers and he also discussed a novelty race between GWTC (Tallahassee/FSU) and the North FL Track Club (Gainesville/UF), in line with the Seminole/Gator rivalry.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:10 PM.

The next meeting will be hosted by Jane Johnson on September 8, 2004.

These minutes have not been reviewed and accepted by the board. Lisa Unger, Secretary.


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