Attendees: Coleen Phillips, Patrick McEnaney, Rich Allen, Jill Duhaime, Stephen Sullivan, John McCue, John Parker, Amanda Ashley, Mark Capparella, Laurie Turenne, Terri Powell, Rose St. Pierre, Joanna Lacman, Caroline Vanbruinswaardt, Donna Antkowiak, Philip Crocker, Gary Atlas
General Comments: (Coleen) Not only are our membership numbers rising, but so is the amount of active participation in the club. Soup groups are flourishing and the membership gatherings tab on the website is really taking off. Please continue to check it and use it for an informal run or a get together.
Frank Nealon BTU: (Jill) 125 registrants thus far compared to 67 last year. Tracking well. 50 people have used the discount code sent to those who registered last year and couldn't race due to storm. Matt is meeting with USATF over the weekend. Talks with Upton PD. Mark will certify course. 32 volunteers signed up to volunteer during the event. We still need more volunteers during the race itself.
BTU course runs to begin next weekend. Cappy has 5 dates 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/17 and 3/24. Runs will start at 9am. We meet in the back parking lot of Nipmuc High School. Anyone can join. Cappy will hand out map as well.
USATF Grand Prix: (Cappy) NB half is the next grand prix race. Matt & Cappy attended meeting on Saturday, 2/3.
USATF Incentive Program: (Terri) Mirror how USATF does there point system. 5 year age groups. Scoring will be the same way as USATF scores. We will only score TVFR runners who are USATF members though. We will have awards with a similar budget to our grand prix series. You need not run all 7 races to score. We agreed that awards should go 5 deep.
Soup Group Runs: (Coleen) Continue to have huge turnouts. Especially the longer distance runs. People are bringing all kinds of foods to go along with the soup. They are really going well.
Rail Trail Runs: (Cappy) People are definitely still showing up. Last week was tough with the snow cover but they are still going well.
AED Defibrillator: (Donna) Discussed the family that has created a memorial fund to have AED's available for purchasing and to donate. Donna had contacted the family to see if they would donate an AED to TVFR. They agreed to donate at half cost. The price of the AED is $1200. They asked for a donation of $600 towards their memorial fund and they would cover the rest. This was voted on and passed. We will move forward with purchasing the AED at half cost as a donation to the memorial. Patrick is certified in using the AED and will take it home. We will then set up a time for Patrick along with either Heather Welch or Mike Kelley, to officially train people on using the device. We will then want those trained to be at race finishes or at the track to be with the AED. Patrick will take possession of it for now.
Track Update: Both Chris and Coleen will be stepping down as track coaches this sesason. Neither Chris or Coleen wish to take a step back from the club in any way. They both over the years have been inspired and motivated for all of those taking part in track. Cappy will be the coach moving forward. If anyone would like to assist, please email Coleen or Chris.
Membership Report: (Cappy) We gained 10 new members this month. Please welcome Wayde Marshall of Hopkinton, Katie Giroux of Westborough, Jonathan Meltzer of Hopkinton, Christina Kennedy of Milford, Jim Howard of Hopedale, Eileen Marie Wrona of Uxbridge, Karen Cook of Blackstone, Aiven and Brielle Nicholls of Franklin
There were 21 renewals in 13 families. This brings us up to 455 members (15 honorary) in 254 families. We're back within 3 members of our all-time high of 458 set last July.
Treasury Report: (Rose) The bank is in good shape. She has started to work with Quicken and 2018.
TVFR Grand Prix Races
2/18/18: Old Fashioned 10-miler in Foxborough
3/10/18: Medway Shamrock Shuffle 5K in Medway 3/18/18: New Bedford Half Marathon in New Bedford 4/7/18: Bellingham Music 5K in Bellingham
(Currently website still says 3/31, but they agreed to change it from day of our BTU)
4/29/18: James Joyce Ramble in Dedham
The meeting ended in Road Tales!