HTC Executive Board
Board Members Present: David Purinton (President), Eric Charette (VP
– Races and Equipment), Harold Tinsley (VP – Communications), Ashley Cain (VP –
Programs), Kathy Youngren (Treasurer), Joey Butler (Secretary), Suzanne Taylor
(Appointed Member – Co- Rocket City Marathon Director), Dink Taylor (Appointed
Member – Co-Cotton Row Director), Craig Armstrong (Appointed Member – Past
The Huntsville Track Club met on September
21, 2009 in The Lodge at Southwood Presbyterian
Church. David opened the meeting at
Suzanne informed the board that the City of
Huntsville has considered removing their sponsorship of the marathon from the
2010 fiscal year budget. This would impact the 2009 calendar year
marathon. Suzanne wanted to solicit ideas from the board on how best to
broach this with the city. It was discussed that the best course of
action would be to politely remind the city of all the Huntsville Track Club
does in giving back to the city, such as donations to the police memorial and a
proposed donation to the Everybody Can Play Playground. If the city were
to remove their sponsorship it could mean that the donation to the playground
would have to be redirected to help make up for the loss of sponsorship by the
city. It was suggested that Suzanne could also remind the city that the
marathon and other club events generate a considerable tax income for the city
and business for local merchants that could be lost if the marathon looses financial
Suzanne informed board that the HTC would be
presenting the donation to the Police Officers’ Memorial on Wednesday September
23 at 4:15 pm and encouraged board members to attend the presentation.
The board was made aware that the course
certification for the Fleet Feet Monte Sano 15K has expired. The race is on October 10th, which
leaves little time to get the course recertified. The board discussed running an older, loop
course that is still certified, or just running the current course as-is
whether it is certified or not. The
biggest drawback to running a non-certified course would be that no state
records could be set at this race.
After discussion of options, David moved and Joey seconded a motion to
run the course as-is, but to try and get the course recertified before the race
if at all possible. The motion passed.
The next item on the agenda was the
triathlon. David informed the board that
4 people were disqualified for wearing headphones at the triathlon. The board also had a discussion about whether
to continue to include the triathlon in the HTC Grand Prix. Most categories failed to have all 10 places
scored this year. After discussing the
issue, the board decided to table the issue until a later date.
The next item on the agenda was the 2009 HTC
Award recipients. The Board discussed each award, and after determining
the desired qualifications for each category, recipients were proposed and
voted on. The Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2009,
at the Monte Sano Lodge.
The board re-addressed having pace groups at
the marathon and decided not to pursue them at this time.
The next item of business was the club
logo. The board feels that it is time to
“freshen up” the logo. The board voted
to spend up to $200 to have a new HTC logo professionally designed.
The HTC annual business meeting is scheduled
for January 12. Officers will be voted
on at this meeting. David will be
contacting potential officer nomination committee members soon and presented
the following names as potential committee people: Gary Grace, Beth Benefield,
Jim Oaks, Carl Smith, and Craig Armstrong.
The board gave approval of this committee subject to the individuals
accepting the positions.
Since there was no further business, David
adjourned the meeting at 9:04.