Business Meeting and Officer Elections - 20 January 2004
Present: David Purinton (President), David Cain (VP-Programs), Harold Tinsley
(VP-Communications), Anne Park (Secretary), Kathy Youngren (Treasurer), Malcolm
Gillis (Appointed Member-Rocket City Marathon Director), Jim Oaks (Appointed
Member-Cotton Row Director). Thirty-five Huntsville Track Club members were
Board Members Absent:
Richard Rodenhausen (VP-Races & Equipment) John Roberts (Appointed Member)
The Huntsville Track
Club Annual Business meeting was held at Papa Lovetti’s, with the meeting
We then were informed
regarding upcoming races: Beth Edwards
reported that Winter Winds registration is underway, January 31 being the
cutoff date before the price increase.
Packet pickup, including late registration, will be at Fleet Feet the
day before the race.
Jim Oaks reported
that the Ball Park Run will be held in April rather than in August this year
and in the afternoon rather than evening.
Regarding the Cotton Row Run, due to the loss of WZYP sponsorship after
the 2003 race, we were fortunate that Mercedes, through the efforts of Ryan
Hensley, comptroller, and Tony Rapucci, general Manager, of Regal Auto Plaza
agreed to pick up sponsorship. The
T-shirts will have a new and attractive design provided by a local artist,
flyers will be out soon, on-line registration is ready, and the 10K and 5K
course start and finish changes are acceptable with the Police Department.
reported that Mountain Mist is ready to go forward this coming Saturday,
January 24, but they could still use helpers at the beginning and end of the
There being no
further business, the meeting was turned over to Gary Grace, Nominating
Committee Chairman, who presented a slate of officers and called for additional
nominations from the floor. Ballots were
distributed and the vote was taken. The
following HTC members were accepted as officers for a
– David Purinton
– Ashley Cain
– Dick Franklin
– Harold Tinsley
– Kathy Youngren
– Anne Park
There was no further
business, and the meeting adjourned at
After the Annual
Business/Election Meeting meeting, the incoming HTC Executive Board met briefly
to discuss the Track Club and Huntsville Hospital Foundation proposed race.
Those present were
David Purinton (President), Harold Tinsley (VP-Communications), Dick Franklin
(VP-Races/Equipment), Anne Park (Secretary), Kathy Youngren (Treasurer),
Malcolm Gillis (Appointed Member-Rocket City Marathon Director), Jim Oaks (Appointed Member-Cotton Row Director)
This meeting was
necessitated by the fact that the race director stepped down, requiring that
the board reassess our involvement and decide how to proceed since the Hospital
needs a decision from us to be able to move ahead in capturing sponsorship
dollars during the present optimum period.
David provided an
overview of how this proposed partnership has developed so far. It was agreed that a crucial element in our
decision to go forward with this project rests upon securing a new race
director. It’s possible that
Harold concluded that
if the HHF can provide a race director who would be willing to take guidance
from the HTC Board then we should be able to commit to this partnership.
Several items were
touched upon briefly:
It would be advisable not to press the
HHF to invest in a chip system the first year of the race.
By changing the race course we may be
able to convince Sergeant Shahan to trade a Franklin start for our not crossing
California, since leaving California open would ease the need for keeping
Jim suggested that since the Hospital
takes such a major role each year in supporting our Autumn Chase Run we have
more reason to join with them in this venture.
Dick suggested that if the HHF provides
a race director it must be someone who is willing to put a lot of time into it
and provide most of the man-power from their end, thus enabling us to be
general consensus was positive, and David agreed to get in touch with the
Hospital, determine what their plans are, and present his findings to the Board
so that a decision can be reached.
Malcolm brought up a final item of business, requesting that he be
permitted to move the
meeting adjourned at