Tonight was my last NEOC Board meeting for this term in office. I will be staying on as Vice President of Events for the present - and it is that office, not serving on the board, that consumes the majority of my NEOC energies. Barb Bryant is also not running for reelection, and Bill Pullman is moving.
- NEOC is doing ok financially. Perhaps incentivized by the "members run free" arrangement and the low number of meets you need to attend to break even on membership fees, we have over 500 members this year, up from around 400 last.
- NEOC's spring schedule is very ambitious, and includes 20 events: 1 ski-O, 2 Canoe-Os, 1 Scout-O, 2 A-meet races, 1 training day, and 13 local meets. The fall schedule is similarly ambitious with 20 events planned: 1 MTB-O, 5 sprints, 1 Scout-O, 1 Night-O, 11 local meets and the Traverse. I'm looking for meet directors, so please let me know if you are interested in directing an event.
- The Western MA A-meet is going well, though volunteers are needed from Boston for routine activities like manning starts, organizing parking, and picking up controls. Contact me if you're interested in helping out! All the credit for WeMa 5-Day goes to the Amherst crew. It looks like the meet will raise in excess of $6k for the Ski-O team.
- After extensive deliberation, it was my recommendation to the board that the club not proceed with an A-meet at Big River in Rhode Island in Spring 2013. The Board accepted my recommendation and did not overrule.
- Jim Paschetto headed up the Nominating Committee to recruit candidates for the board, and has found five: Tim Parson, Aims Coney, Mika Latva-Kokko, Jeff Saeger, and Peter Frykman (incumbent). One other candidate had expressed interest but withdrew for personal reasons. Elections are on June 10, at the AGM at the Blue Hills (following a meet). The board currently consists of:
Up for election in 2012: Peter Frykman, Barb Bryant (not running), Ian Smith (not running), vacant, vacant
2013: Pete Lane, Joanne Sankus, Jim Paschetto, Jim Crawford, Andy McIlvaine, Bill Pullman
We ended up with eleven seats after Spring 2011, when Sam and Dan left the board halfway through their terms. What the board should have done was appointed those two seats, but we apparently added two. According to state law, you have to elect half the board each year (or floor(num_board/2), ceil(num_board/2), I guess), so apparently we can't just will away the two vacancies. There is a very pedantic conversation about this that ensued about which I have very little interest, but I think the plan is to shrink back to 9 sometime next year. The net result is that the board will have ten members after this election, with one vacancy in Bill Pullman's seat. By a set of motions passed at the March meeting, the Nominating Committee will not recommend a slate of candidates (though right now there are 5 candidates for 5 seats). It is too late to announce candidacy for the board and have your bio included on the ballot and notice to the members, but nominations from the floor are accepted at the AGM if you are interested in running.
- The 40th anniversary dinner is in planning stages with Hans Bengsston and Ian Smith; probably to be held in September or October.
- The Board granted travel stipends to Sam Saeger and Meg Parson for WOC and JWOC respectively, and smaller stipends to Ali Crocker, Alex Jospe, and Ross Smith, all of whom are CSU primary and on the WOC team, in recognition for all they do for NEOC. The very subtle distinction between a NEOC primary and another club primary was discussed.