August 1, 2018 Board Meeting




Held August 1, 2018


A meeting of the RUSA Board of Directors was convened by telephone conference and called to order at 1708 PDT by the President. 

The following Directors were in attendance:

• Debra Banks

• John Lee Ellis

• John Capn Ende

• Nigel Greene

• Jake Kassen

• Lois Springsteen

• Dave Thompson

A meeting of the RUSA Board of Directors was convened by telephone conference and called to order at 1708 PDT by the President. 

The minutes from the July 13, 2018 board meeting were approved.

The Treasurer provided a financial report prior to the meeting. Our bank account balance continues to increase a small amount despite what we've spent on medals and patches for the 20th Anniversary celebration. Membership income is up presumably due to the full effect of the fee increase from a couple of years ago. Inventory is in good shape. Total medal shipping cost came in well under what RBAs contributed. There was one broken box of a few medals that have been re-mailed.  We are making a claim to USPS.

Election announcements and call for nominations will be done in mid-August on Facebook, American Randonneur, Website, word of mouth, email lists.

GA: Atlanta RBA Application for Wayne King was discussed. This is a small region with no concerns from neighboring regions. The outgoing RBA gave a very good endorsement. MOTION: To approve Wayne King as RBA for the GA: Atlanta region without calendar restrictions. PASSED.

NJ: NYC and Princeton RBA Application for Paul Kramer was discussed. This is a strong organization and it is well-posed for a full series next year. This region enjoys an excellent volunteer base. RBA transitions are done well there. MOTION: To approve Paul Kramer as RBA for the NJ: NYC and Princeton region without calendar restrictions. PASSED.

A follow-on discussion of transition planning for RBAs was held. Agreement was had over the importance of good local planning and publicity for RBA transitions. The importance of intra-regional camaraderie among RBAs was also discussed.

Discussion of the Hound Dog 1200k application was discussed. It is a complete application in terms of content. MOTION: To approve the Hound Dog 1200k for next year. PASSED

It was reported that 55 anniversary jerseys have been sold. The national jersey, wool jersey, and event jerseys are all competing for sales of these. Consideration was given to leaving the anniversary store open until the end of the year.

The treasurer gave a monthly Grand Randonnee report. The Alpi4000 was incredible – long and difficult with very long, sustained climbs and beautiful scenery.

The President gave an Awards Review Committee update. The season for evaluating potential new awards is coming in the fall. We are still looking for another volunteer to serve on this committee.

The RBA Liaison gave a report on RBA feedback around the Trace Nationale idea. RUSA will be offering this event in 2019 on an experimental basis. This event will not qualify for any RUSA awards. ACTION: 1) The Team Events page on the website will be updated and 2) the website committee will work on calendaring and results processing.

The meeting was adjourned at 1829 PDT.