HTC “Meet the Board” Meeting
Huntsville Track Club held a “Meet the Board” meeting at Monte Sano Lodge on
Tuesday April 27, 2010. In attendance
were all board members plus over 100 guests.
started meeting by introducing key people that help the club.
Jones – state records
DeHaye – course measurement
Smith – timing
Members – each spoke briefly discussing their roles in the club. A strong emphasis was placed on volunteerism
and the fact that the club needs new people to step up and give time to our
§ RRCA recap
passed around a survey about Local Running Heroes. Guests were asked to choose
on a potential speaker for a future HTC meeting.
allowed people to leave if they wished.
Next he opened floor to guests for ideas/comments. This was done to allow an open discussion of
ideas between guests and the board. Nothing
was voted on at this meeting. The board
will meet at a later date to discuss these topics.
Greene proposed that Carl Smith get free entries or perks to all HTC races for
all that he does.
Burnum asked question about worker coupons.
Was noted that was probably not enough for the magnitude of the work
Carl does for the club.
Yarges– Is the A&M 10K the longest running 10K in
the state? Harold noted that the Monte
Sano races are likely the oldest.
Question also about why there is not a shirt for a race that is among
the oldest in the state.
Chassey – Gave presentation about Couch Potato Generation. His proposal focused on a way to encourage
kids to run.
brought up idea of bringing back the Spring Fever Run that would be in April
and is similar to Autumn Chase.
– is there a federal program that is similar to what Roger proposed. Suzanne noted that the schools just turned in
applications for grants for school run programs. She noted several schools that already have
run programs. Programs ranged from
running games for younger kids to preparing for a 5K for older kids.
noted that when he lived in Florida, all races had a kid’s run. Not necessarily a 1-mile fun run, but a
shorter (50-100 yard) run.
noted that the RRCA awards several grants per year for children’s running
programs. We would just need to apply to
Kyser – thanked the club for allowing races to donate to rescue mission and salvation army. Noted that extra race shirts have been given to homeless. Jeff said he could donate any extra shirts to
– noted that we are lucky that we don’t have to pay for police support. We get great support from the city. Because of that, the club makes an effort to
give back to our city and to local charities within the community. He re-emphasized that we can donate old
racing gear to charities.
asked about going to chip timing for all of our races. David noted that we have looked into it. For now with the size of our runs, our
system is working well and is just as quick and reliable as any chip system that we have looked at. It doesn’t seem that chip timing would buy us
much right now. Suzanne noted that no
track club is able to post race results as fast as Jim. David noted the same thing.
Zingarelli asked about headphones. Noted that Mooresville race is out in middle
of nowhere and headphones would be nice.
David noted that this is and all other HTC
courses are not on a closed course.
Scavarda noted the dangers of not running with traffic and that we should
always follow rules of road and run against traffic.
Eaton – does that fact that HTC members help at non-HTC
races and/or that the club rents equipment to non-HTC
events put our club at risk to be sued for headphone or other liability issues?