September 11, 2019 Board Meeting




Held September 11, 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 are as follows:

• Debra Banks

• John Lee Ellis

• John Capn Ende

• Nigel Greene (absent)

• Lois Springsteen

• Tim Sullivan

• Dave Thompson

A motion was made and passed to approve the meeting minutes from August 7, 2019.

The Treasurer provided reports prior to the meeting and answered questions. Cash flow to lawyers continues to be a prominent expense. It was decided that the Winter Issue of American Randonneur will be delivered to the membership in PDF.

The Treasurer is working with our insurance broker on alternatives for insurance coverage next year. Dues for next year were discussed to be sure they are set at a level that will cover our insurance expense. The Treasurer will analyze some dues scenarios and provide an update. The general consensus was that a small dues increase is likely.

The status of our litigation in the Starr and Romo cases was discussed. The attorneys for Starr have made a request for documents from us, due in early October. Tim Sullivan is gathering the information requested and then will present it to our attorneys for formal response in early October.

The 2020 US 1200k schedule was discussed. Some RBAs have requested additional coordination on the 1200k schedule for maximum benefit to the riders and organizers.

Les Randonneurs Mondiaux requested feedback on some potential medal designs. It was noted that it would be nice if the RM medal had a place on the front for engraving or perhaps a lucite holder.

An email blast is planned to announce the Fall Issue of American Randonneur and 2019 election details. Nominations for next year’s board are due by September 30. The election will be held from October 15 to November 30 via electronic ballot. The Secretary will perform the membership notification tasks and manage the 2019 election.

The Gainesville Florida RBA, Jim Wilson, is stepping aside after many years of service to his region. The application for his replacement, Travis Mitchell, was discussed and approved.

There was a member question about whether RUSA could accept targeted donations for newsletter printing and mailing via Go Fund Me or something similar. It was decided not to do so at this time.

2020 event planning was discussed. Review of the 2020 calendar will be done at the next meeting in early October. RBA inputs are due by September 30 for ACP and RM events.

The meeting was adjourned at 1847 PDT