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Notice of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Membership

All members of the RRCA in good standing as of April 1, 2014 are welcome and encouraged to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Membership. Participation in the 2014 RRCA National Convention is not required in order to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Membership.

The meeting will take place on May 2, 2014 at 3:15 PM (Pacific) at the Davenport Hotel, 10 Post St, Spokane, WA, 99201.

Voting Assignment and Proxy Certification Instructions

The Bylaws of the RRCA allow for the assignment of a proxy vote for member clubs and events. If an RRCA member club or event is not sending their official voting representative (president, director, or owner) to the Annual Meeting of the Membership, then the voting rights of that club or event may be assigned to another authorized representative attending the meeting in person. That person must be qualified by being a member of either the same club or event or from another qualified club or event in good standing in the same state. In accordance with the RRCA bylaws, a proxy cannot be held for clubs or events from different states. To assign voting rights to a qualified proxy on behalf of a club or event member, the authorized representative must complete the Official 2014 Voting Rights Assignment to Recognized Proxy Holder Form. Each Appointed Proxy Holder must complete and submit the Membership and Residence Certification for Proxy Holders Form in accordance with the instructions on the forms. The forms can be downloaded from the Governance section of the website.

Report of the Nominating Committee

On behalf of the 2014 RRCA Nominating Committee, I am please to provide this report of our proceedings in accordance with Article VIII(BB)(1) of the Bylaws of the Road Runners Club of America.  I wish to thank RRCA President David Cotter for giving me the opportunity to continue to serve the RRCA in this capacity.  I further wish to thank the following members of the committee for their service:  Ron Macksoud (AL State Rep), Chris Burch (IA State Rep), and Betsy Boudreaux (LA State Rep).  The committee presents the following slate of nominees for consideration at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Membership:

PRESIDENT - David Cotter
David Cotter is a California native and is a fifty year resident of South Lake Tahoe, California. He has been running since 1990 and his passion is running the trails of the High Sierra within the Lake Tahoe Basin and the trails of Hawaii, where he is now a permanent resident. David is the Immediate Past President of both the Tahoe Mountain Milers (Lake Tahoe) and Sagebrush Stompers (Carson City, Nevada) Running Club. David was appointed as the RRCA Nevada State Rep in 1998 and as the RRCA Northern California State Rep in 2002. In 2004 he served as the Convention Director for the RRCA National Convention and was awarded as the 2003 RRCA State Rep of the Year. He has been the race director for a variety of running events at Lake Tahoe including the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K/50M/100M Endurance Runs, which served as the RRCA National Ultra Championship from 2007 - 2011. David has served two terms as RRCA Vice President beginning in 2008 and one term as RRCA President beginning in 2012. David has served on numerous RRCA committees including chairing the Strategic Planning Task Force, the Fundraising Task Force, and the Executive Director Performance Review Committee.

VICE PRESIDENT – Mitchell Garner
Mitch is very active with the Ann Arbor Track Club (AATC), where he has served as president since 2009 (vice president from 2004 to 2008) and as a board member and executive committee member since 2004. He writes a regular column for his club’s newsletter, The Streak. He is also a committee member of two mid-sized races hosted by the club. In 2013, the AATC hosted an RRCA coaching certification course that was attended by Olympic marathon champion Frank Shorter. From 2008 to 2012, Mitch served two terms as the RRCA Central Region Director. In 2010, he was appointed by the Board to chair the RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame Selection Committee. In 2011, he drafted the RRCA’s Member Accountability Process, which was adopted by the RRCA Board, to establish procedures for addressing grievances against member organizations that flagrantly disregard RRCA membership policies. In 2012, he was elected RRCA Vice President. Following his election, he was appointed to serve as Chair of the RRCA Strategic Plan Review Task Force, which reviewed and updated the RRCA’s Strategic Plan. Mitch is a member of the AATC’s men’s masters 60+ team, which won the USATF men’s masters 60+ grand prix national championship in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2013, the USATF awarded Mitch its Gold Phidippides Award for outstanding performance and endurance in long distance running. Mitch is a principal with the law firm of Allotta |Farley Co., L.P.A. He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major in economics. He received his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife Ellen, who serves as the Ann Arbor Track Club’s social media coordinator, and his daughter Kathleen, a University of Michigan senior and budding distance runner.

TREASURER – Dan Edwards
Edwards has been an At-Large Director of the RRCA, serving as Secretary for three years. He was then appointed as Treasurer in late 2012 where he has served in that roll on the RRCA Board. He has been a Tidewater Strider for the past 27 years, has been a board member for the past 24 years, treasurer for 19 years, and race committee co-chair for the past 9 years. He has also led a nationally-recognized youth program, coordinated the newsletter and many other critical functions within the 1,700-member club. The race committee, led by Dan, has 12 club races and over 30 club co-produced races. Dan serves as race director for the club’s largest race, the Turkey Trot Scholarship race, which annually exceeds 2,600 runners. He was the recipient of RRCA’s Volunteer of the Year award in 1993.  Dan Edwards is also a proven leader outside the running community. He has served on the Virginia Beach School Board for the past 17 years and has also been elected to serve as chairman of this 11-member board annually for the past 16 years. The board oversees the education of 68,000 students with 13,000 employees and a budget of over $700 million.

CENTRAL DIRECTOR – Sue Brown-Nickerson
Sue Brown-Nickerson, a lifetime resident of Northwest Indiana, brings 18 years of leadership and board management experience to the RRCA organization and running clubs.  She is a member of the Calumet Region Striders where she served on their board of directors from 1995-2005. After five years of service as club president, she stepped down to form their club’s youth running program, and serves on the club’s race committee, which raises money for youth programs and scholarships. Sue has been the RRCA Indiana State Representative since 2006, and has served on the RRCA National Award and Nomination Committees from 2007-2012. She received the 2004 RRCA Outstanding Club President, the 2010 RRCA Outstanding Youth Program Director, and the 2013 RRCA Outstanding State Representative awards. Sue is a strong advocate for promoting running within the community for all ages and abilities of runners, promoting volunteerism within organization (s), coaching beginner runners including youth, and mentoring local event directors with race management obligations. An avid runner, and both a USATF and a RRCA certified coach, her training and fitness involves less racing, more recreational running, and coaching. She is passionate about the sport of running, and looks forward to her continued effort in supporting the mission, vision, and values of RRCA at the national, regional, and local level.

EASTERN DIRECTOR – Mark Grandonico
Mark served in the Coast Guard for over twenty years and was highly decorated for his accomplishments in the field and behind a desk. He is currently a Healthcare Compliance Officer and Auditor for the largest hospital system in Maine. Mark holds a bachelors degree from Regents College in New York and is certified in Health Care Compliance. He is a member of the Maine Track Club where he served as a Board Member-At-Large, Vice President and President for over 10 years. Mark is also the Vice President and Membership Director of the MidCoast Triathlon club. During his tenure as the Maine Track Club president, Mark was noted for his organizational, communication, fund-raising and recruiting skills. Under his guidance, the Maine Track Club has donated tens of thousands of dollars to local charities and schools in Maine. Prior to his Board of Director duties, Mark served as the RRCA Maine State Representative and he has awarded several RRCA State Championships to area races. He has also been a member of the RRCA Audit Committee for two years. Mark has also been a race director for over ten years and is a member of the Beach to Beacon 10k organizing committee, and he has completed hundreds of races of all lengths including 57 marathons.  Mark is working on completing a marathon in each state. When not running, Mark fills his spare time training for triathlons, completing his fifth Ironman at Mont Tremblant last year.  Mark shares his passion for running and triathlon with his wife Jill.  He has two grown children and resides in Topsham Maine

The RRCA will accept nominations for non-slate candidates that would like to be considered for election. The deadline for submitting non-slate nominations to the National Office is April 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern.  Email nominations to Jean Knaack at execdir@rrca.org.  An announcement of the recommended slate of directors along with any additional non-slate candidates, will be shared with the membership in advance of the Annual Meeting where the official election will take place.

Respectfully submitted,

David B. Epstein
Nominating Committee Chairman

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