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Meeting Minutes, Sun, March 3, 2013 (approved 4/7/13)

Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 4:30 pm.

Present: Barry Nason, Coyla Lockhart, Dan Kuhlman, Leah Kuhlman, Becky McClure, Brenda Groskinsky, Karen Hyde, Celeste Leonardi, Dee Boeck, Gene Wee, Peggy Blumhagen, John Hutchinson, Janet Hutchinson, Rachel Smith, Heather Krase-Minnick, Jason Holbert, Damon Mar.

Meeting was called to order by President Heather Krase-Minnick.

Treasurer Hyde indicated the bank balance is $11,751.87.

Dan Kuhlman reported on his attendance at the recent Marathon Club city-wide meeting.  He indicated there is a lot of excitement about the club’s planned youth program.  Dan indicated he and Shannon will be attending the various marathon club activities throughout the town.  He is also in touch with the middle school and high school coaches to make sure this program integrates well with other programs and does not conflict with any existing programs or plans.  He discussed plans to help out at the annual all-marathon club event coming up.

Heather reported that she has formulated the questions to be included on the member survey regarding interest in attending and helping with a monthly club run along with programs or social activities club members might be interested in.  This survey will go out in March.

Becky indicated she has been working with a Mizuno representative to hold a Mizuno shoe test event to be held at Gribble’s Running Sports store on March 23 at 8:30 a.m.  More information on this will be posted on the club website.

Greg Burger had expressed an interest in making a presentation to the club regarding his experiences at the Western States 100 mile endurance run recently.  Dee made a motion to invite him to make his presentation at our April meeting, or the next meeting that will work for him.  Coyla seconded  the motion and it was approved unanimously.

Peggy Blumhagen discussed her upcoming run on May 11 which is a benefit for the Kansas Tick-Borne Disease Advocates.  They will provide discounts for up to 25 club members to enter the event.  There will be a special code to use when entering to take advantage of the discount.  See the runLawrence website for details soon.

A plea was put out by Gene Wee for assistance with delivering and operating timing equipment which has been rented out to several upcoming races.  There were several volunteers for these duties. 

We had a few new members at the meeting and they were queried as to why the joined the club and what they expected to get from their membership.  Friends to run with, runners to car pool to races with, and to get training advice were several of the reasons given.

There was some discussion as to the use of Face Book to get more younger people, especially, involved.  It was decided to ask a question about the desirability of this and perhaps to recruit a volunteer to be in charge of this on the survey that will go out.  The club does have a Face Book page but no one is actively involved in monitoring & keeping it up.

Coyla shared an experience she had at a race in Arizona recently which included a “Diaper Dash”.  This was a fun run for very young children – including those who crawled.  She indicated it was a very fun experience for all concerned.

Becky initiated a discussion on the desirability of having some type of strength training geared specifically to runners available for club members.  Eladio Valdez’s Runner’s Edge program in KC was mentioned as a model program.  Heather then mentioned that club member Crystal Barnes with Genesis Fitness Center in Lawrence has been involved with the Runner’s Edge program and may be offer training of this type to members.  Becky and Heather will explore this topic further.

Janet Hutchinson noted that  Billy Mills, outstanding runner from both local colleges, Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas, was recently recognized by President Obama with a Presidential Citizen’s Medal.  Given his substantial contributions to promoting youth running here locally in Lawrence, it was suggested that the club make a donation to Mr. Mills’ organization, Running Strong for American Indian Youth.  Heather made a motion to donate $100.00 to this organization and Dan seconded it.  Motion was passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned and a chocolate cake in celebration of Dee Boeck  receiving her RRCA Race Director Certification was enjoyed by all.

Submitted by Dee Boeck
Club Secretary