The club officers instituted a new format for the December NVRC meeting. In order to keep the meeting a little more social, the board met at 6pm to conduct business and the regular meeting began as usual at 6:30.
In attendance: Marty Klanchar (membership director), Amy Blake (incoming president), Dave Eggler (treasurer), Marty Mazur (communications director), Mike Casper (Mountainback race director), Tara Murray (secretary/archivist), Cheryl Capone (apparel coordinator), Dave DeGroote (webmaster)
Jayson Jackson submitted a grant request to support 5 athletes from St. Joseph's to compete at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional in Wappinger Falls, NY Nov. 29-30. The officers voted to grant $650 to help with athletes' registration and travel expenses.
The proceeds from these races go to a cause that Sue Crowe would have supported. The board voted to donate the proceeds from the 2013 races ($500) to St. Joseph's for cross country and track & field.
Jake Clements was unable to attend the meeting due to illness. Marty Mazur reported that Jake's computer had a hardware failure so the race series results have not been updated. Marty will contact Jake and get an update on the 2013 series.
Marty Klanchar reported that as part of our insurance policy, the RRCA now strongly recommends that all Club members sign an annual waiver of liability for all activities they participate in related to the Club. This waiver also needs to be signed by guests (nonmembers) showing up for group runs, track workouts, meetings, etc. The board agreed to increase insurance coverage to $2 million.
The NVRC has employed Runner's High (Mark Courney) for race timing. This year, Mike Casper hired PA Runners to time the Mountainback. The board agreed to leave race timing to the discretion of the race director. Mike will continue to investigate options for the 2014 Mountainback.
Marty Klanchar is directing the club's Indoor Mile Series again this year. He recommended expanding the prizes (gift certificates) and the board agreed to contribute up to $200.
In attendance: Marty Klanchar, Amy Blake, Dave Eggler, Marty Mazur, Mike & Evan Casper, Alan Cameron, Carl Miller, Tara Murray, Cheryl & Brian Capone, Dave DeGroote, Jeff Smucker, Grace Small, John Iceland, Robert Shafer
Marty Mazur welcomed everyone to the meeting and announced results of the recent elections. Bob Crowe decided not to run for another term as president and Amy Blake was elected to replace him. All other officers are continuing: treasurer Dave Eggler, communications director Marty Mazur, and secretary/archivist Tara Murray.
Marty encouraged everyone to come to the Nittany Valley Half Marathon on Sunday, either to run or volunteer.
Marty announced that the club will once again hold a series of indoor mile races in January and February, directed by Marty Klanchar. The races take place at the Penn State indoor track in conjunction with Penn State meets. These races are free for members and help grow membership because membership is required to participate. Runners of all speeds and experience levels race.
Dave Eggler announced that the First Night Resolution Run will be the first big race of the coming year (even though it's on Dec. 31). It cracked 1,000 runners for the first time last year!
Mike Casper made a presentation on behalf of the Tussey Mountainback. The race saw course records fall this year and had saw of local participation as well as nationally recognized runners. All proceeds are going to the House of Care. Mike invited volunteer coordinator Grace Small to join him in presenting a $15,000 check to the House of Care. Mike then presented Grace with a new "Inspiration Award." Grace and House of Care board member Angela Linse expressed their gratitude for being the Mountainback recipient and explained House of Care's work. House of Care now also has its own race.
Marty mentioned that the Bellefonte Road Raiders will host a Christmas lights run on the Thursday before Christmas and are collecting donations for Pets Come First. Marty will again put together a State College run and would like to collect donations for a charity as well.
Marty mentioned that the race series has experienced some technical difficulties, but the club will make sure the results are published on time for awards at the February club meeting.
Next meeting: Tuesday, February 4, 2014.