September 5, 2018 Board Meeting




Held September 5, 2018


A meeting of the RUSA Board of Directors was convened by telephone conference and called to order at 1805 MDT 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

The minutes of the August 1, 2018 board meeting were approved.

The Treasurer distributed financial reports prior to the meeting. It was reported that advertisers are finding that they are not getting a return on their investment in American Randonneur. Most advertise to support RUSA and not for their own benefit. ACTION: The Treasurer will investigate the change in postage (if any) for American Randonneur if we drop all advertising and evaluate if we need advertising revenue.

Call for nominations for this year’s election will be prepared by the secretary. Voting will start on October 1st and run through November 15th.

A volunteer is working with TravelHaus regarding potential PBP travel opportunities for our members and will document any new information in the online Wiki.

The President reported that a California member has been added to the permanents committee to help review and approve routes in California.

The web committee is on the verge of launching the additional web form so that RBAs may schedule a Trace along with a Fleche for next year.

Discussion of the Perm Route Application was held. Owners may not be clear on how their contact info is shown online or how to remove their info if they wish to do so. Perhaps a web form could be implemented so that a rider can reach out to a perm owner through our site. ACTION: The President will work with the permanents committee to be sure that the process around publication and deletion of contact info is clearly documented.

Discussion of the idea of EPP-only permanents was had. No one has requested a change, though it is theoretically possible to make a route that would work for both EPP-only and a brevet card. if the proper channel for questions on EPP rules.

The Treasurer is working with Luke Coppin, Audax Club Parisien, to learn the R-5000 applications due date and correct format. RUSA has applications for two years to submit in the upcoming cycle.

20th Anniversary medals were discussed. There are excess medals in many places and some people who want medals may have been missed. ACTION: The RBA Liaison will survey the RBAs so we can redistribute medals as needed. There are also key volunteers that should receive them even though they are not riding. The RBA Liaison will clarify who DNFed on foreign rides and try to add those people to the medal list.

Discussion about the potential of posting an online PBP blog was had. ACTION: The President will contact a potential editor and discuss the possibility of finding multiple contributors.

David King’s RBA Application to replace Steve Rice in Kentucky was approved without event restrictions for 2019.

The organizer of the Mac & Cheese 1200k appealed to RUSA to allow credit for a rider that finished after the time cut-off. The appeal was denied.

The meeting was adjourned at 2032 MDT