GULF WINDS TRACK CLUB Minutesfor September 8, 2021, Hosted by Tina Bahmer at Momo's
I. MEETING ATTENDANCE AND OPENING
Voting Members: Mark Priddy, Heather Vickers, Peg Griffin, Jerry McDaniel, Tina Bahmer, Judy Alexander, Herb Wills, David Yon, and Mary Jean Yon
Non-Voting Members: Bill Lott, Mark Tombrink, Tarik Noriega
The meeting was called to order by Mark Priddy at 7:00 p.m. A quorum could not be established as a minimum of ten voting members need to be present. The August meeting minutes will be considered for approval at a later date due to the lack of a quorum.
II. NEW BUSINESS
Corporate Document Review Committee – Mark Priddy
Mark asked for the board’s approval to appoint Michael Kennett and Jamila Allen as new members to the Corporate Document Review Committee. Other members that would continue to serve are David Yon, Paul Guyas, Heather Vickers and Mark in his role as President. A vote to approve was postponed until the October meeting due to the lack of a quorum.
Nominations Committee – Mark Priddy
Mark asked for the board’s approval to appoint Mike Savage and Julia Sura to work with Paul Guyas on the Nominations Committee to assist with the upcoming club election. A vote to approve was postponed until the October meeting due to the lack of a quorum.
Springtime Tallahassee Update – Mary Jean Yon
Mary Jean noted that Zack & Rachel Scharlepp are stepping down as the race directors for the Springtime Tallahassee 10K/5K/1-Mile races so the search is on for a new race director. She also mentioned, on behalf of Tom Perkins, that Tom is proposing changing the Springtime course so that the start and finish are in the same place by the FDOT parking lot. After some discussion, this topic was tabled until the October meeting so that Tom could be there to participate. Bill Lott mentioned that the current course certification expires 12/31/21.
Renewal of RRCA Runner Friendly Community Designation – Mark Priddy
The Road Runners Club of America maintains the Runner Friendly Community Designation program which highlights communities throughout the U.S. that stand out as runner friendly. GWTC received this designation in 2016 which expires at the end of the year. Mark announced that Judy Alexander volunteered to handle the renewal process to maintain this designation for another five years.
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS
Treasurer – Peg Griffin
Peg provided the treasury report as of August 31, 2021. Assets were reported at $256,417.91 and Net Revenue was -$2,883.75.
Triathlete Club – Tina Bahmer
Tina reminded everyone that the club’s St. Marks Duathlon is scheduled for October 10, 2021 and encouraged attendance. The club has scholarship registration opportunities available if the fee would prevent someone from racing. The Tri-Club is planning to revise/refresh their club kits and will be looking for sponsors. Kory Skrob will be the next club president and there are still openings on the election ballot for officer positions and five directors-at-large.
Race Director Coordinator – Mary Jean Yon
Mary Jean shared that this year’s Steve Prefontaine 5K Forest Run, will once again be a virtual run. Doug Bell has designated the weekend of September 24-26 for the running of the event. The course will be well marked and will follow the Twilight Trail starting from J. Lewis Hall, Sr. Park in Woodville. Runners can upload their times in RunSignUp in order to be eligible for awards.
Bill Lott reported that the Run For the Cookies 5K will not be held this year. It appears that after 28 years it has run its course
Newsletter – Robert Skrob
Robert was not able to attend but emailed that any information for the newsletter should be sent to him, via email, by September 20 for inclusion in the October Fleet Foot.
Membership – Mark Priddy for Tristan LaNasa
Memberships and households were reported at 1,073 and 568, respectively, as of September 8, 2021. These figures are compared to those at this time last year, which included 1,328 memberships and 696 households.
Diversity Committee – Chris Turner
Education and Lecture – Judy Alexander (Interim)
The next lecture will take place on September 15th with featured speaker Amanda Heidecker, the head of Leon County Parks & Recreation. The event will take place at Casa Grande Margaritas and Cocina, located at 1800 Thomasville Road.
Website – David Yon
Nothing new to report.
Chenoweth Fund – David Yon
Nothing new to report.
Merchandise –Laura McDermott and Sherri Wise
Equipment – Bill Lott/Tec Thomas
Bill reported that a new battery was installed in the PA System at a cost of $30.09. A new extension handle was also installed on the PA System at a cost of $59.58.
Vicky Droze will be taking over as Equipment Manager. The equipment will be moved to the Fort Knox facility on North Monroe Street at the end of September and Vicky will be seeking volunteers (approximately six) to help with that project. Stay tuned for details.
Chip Timing– Bill Lott
During August, three GWTC races were chip timed. Those three races included the Breakfast on the Track 1 Mile, Miller Landing Madness 8K/5K/3K, and Summer Trail Series Race #4 – Red Bug Trail. Two Club and one non-Club races are scheduled to be chip timed in September. The non-Club race is the Bluebird Run for Brookie B. 5K/1M, and the Club races are the 5K for Sickle Cell Anemia/Tim Simpkins 1 Mile and Women’s Distance Festival 5K/1M. In October, three Club races and one non-Club race are scheduled to be chip timed. The three Club races are the Pine Run 20K, Palace Saloon 5K, and St. Marks Duathlon, while the non-Club race is the Boston Mini-Marathon in Boston, Georgia.
Grand Prix Committee – Mark Tombrink
Mark reminded everyone that the Grand Prix Committee is planning to have the traditional awards program in January at Goodwood. Details to follow. He also reminded everyone to help get the word out about the 2022 Grand Prix series. Particularly to non-club races that want to apply. The application is posted on the GWTC website and must be submitted no later than October 17, 2021.
Training Groups – Mark Priddy for Tristan LaNasa
Mark reported that the Wednesday Night Intervals group will no longer have a floating location and will now be held at Harriman Circle.
Social – Vicky Droze (via email)
Vicky invited all interested parties to a Scarecrow Building social as part of the annual event held at Maclay Gardens State Park. The social will be held at Vicky’s house on Saturday, September 25 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.
GWTC Board Mailing List – Mary Jean Yon
Mary Jean offered to create a distribution list for board emails in an attempt to ensure that all affected parties are included when emails are sent out. A draft will be circulated for review and comment.
A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and passed. The meeting was adjourned at 7:51 p.m.
Mary Jean Yon
for Brittney Barnes