August 12, 2020 Board Meeting




Held August 12, 2020


A meeting of the RUSA Board of Directors was convened by telephone conference and called to order by the President at 17:03 PDT.

The Directors in attendance were:

• Debra Banks

• Pete Dusel

• John Lee Ellis

• John Ende

• Lois Springsteen

• Tim Sullivan

• Dave Thompson


A motion was made and passed to approve the meeting minutes for July 8, 2020.

The following e-votes were approved;

            Non-sanctioning of events in August

            Permanents opening on August 1, 2020

            RBA applications of Jeff Newberry, Austin, Texas and Dave Penegar, Tennessee and Gary Kanaby for a new region, Georgetown – Waco, Texas

Lois presented a treasurer’s report including a Statement of Financial Position Comparison, a Statement of Activity, and a cash flow analysis for 2020

Tim reported on the ongoing litigation. Starr’s motions for summary judgment were denied and the parties are discussing a global mediation for both cases.

Deb, John Lee, Lois and Dave each reported on the work of the permanents committee. 500 routes have been submitted with 399 activated. The website is working well with thanks to Paul Lieberman and Charlie Martin and the rest of the web committee volunteers. Crista Borras will be contacted to determine if she wants to start approving new routes. There was a discussion whether to provide contact information on who contributed the route to RUSA and it was decided not to make that information available to the membership at this time.

John Lee reported on the work by the Web Team pertaining to the new permanents program. The Board wants to acknowledge to the membership the work performed by the committee, including the many hours spent, in starting the new permanents program. Next work for the committee will be instituting PayPal as a method of collecting ride fees from RBAs.

Cap’n reported on the Pandemic Response Committee. Based on the present status of the Covid-19 pandemic the committee believes that its work is done.

The Board then discussed reopening events. The Board approved opening all events of 300 km or less effective September 1, 2020.

Next on the agenda was 2021 scheduling. Pete will notify the RBAs that the ACP will be flexible with scheduling events in 2021 due to the pandemic and that the RBAs should schedule their 2021 events.

The awards program was then discussed. The Board approved a motion of activating all awards. A member may resume a P-12 or a R-12 streak of continuous months in the month the member does his or her first ride so long as the member resumes the streak by January 31, 2021.

Cap’n stated that he has shipped 13 boxes containing 52 handbooks and that he still has between 8-9 boxes left. Pete will send a note to the new RBAs asking if they want to receive any handbooks.

The meeting was adjourned at 18:55 PDT.