October 2, 2019 Board Meeting




Held October 2, 2019


A meeting of the RUSA Board of Directors was convened by telephone conference and called to order by the president at 1705 PDT.

The Directors in attendance were:

• Debra Banks

• John Lee Ellis

• John Capn Ende

• Nigel Greene

• Lois Springsteen

• Tim Sullivan

• Dave Thompson

A motion was made and passed to approve the meeting minutes from September 11, 2019.

A motion was made and passed to approve new membership prices, effective November 1, 2019.

The Treasurer provided reports prior to the meeting and answered questions. Cash flow to lawyers continues to be a prominent expense. Our Florida Sales Tax has been filed for the quarter.

The Treasurer is still working with our insurance broker on alternatives for insurance coverage next year without any progress. Discussion was held about dropping the excess medical insurance, but our broker explained that companies will not quote without it. Mid-October is the deadline for our current carrier to renew or decline to renew our policies which expire in December. Our broker is attempting to get quotes that will cover all the RBA’s clubs as named insureds, including corporations.

The status of our litigation in the Starr and Romo cases was discussed. Progress was made toward meeting the October 16 deadline to provide our discovery responses. Tim Sullivan is working as our liaison for both cases.

Brief discussion was held on cloning a brevet route for another region with agreement by both RBAs.

We have no new award ideas to consider next month, but we expect a few suggestions from the Awards Review Committee. The Coast-to-Coast award needs a redesign, but not urgently.

The ACP celebrates the 100th year since it’s first brevet on September 11, 2021. We will enthusiastically plan some activities to celebrate this milestone.

An email blast will be produced to explain the new membership dues, give links for our election, and solicit nominations for RUSA’s American Randonneur for 2019.

The 2020 event calendar was reviewed. A motion was made and passed unanimously to approve the schedule. Marketing ideas for our domestic 1200k’s were discussed and our website’s home page will be updated to include next year’s events as soon as the organizers are able to provide logos and links.

The meeting was adjourned at 1820 PDT