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All members of the RRCA in good standing as of March 30, 2011 are welcome to attend the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Membership.  Participation in the 2011 RRCA National Convention is not required in order to attend the Annual Meeting of the Membership.  The meeting will take place on May 13, 2011 starting at 2:00 PM Eastern at the Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District, 620 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

This notice contains two important reports required in accordance with the RRCA Bylaws:

  1. Report of the Nominating Committee
  2. Voting Assignment and Proxy Certification Instructions


The following individuals represent the recommended slate of Board members from the nominations submitted for election to the RRCA Board of Directors.  These individuals have been interviewed and recommended by the Nominating Committee, which included the following individuals: Irv Newman(Chair), Mel Williams (RRCA member), Sue Brown-Nickerson (IN State Rep), Elizabeth Unilawski (RRCA member), and Don Kardong (past president).

Lena served as the RRCA North Carolina State Rep from 2005 to 2009 when she was elected to her first term as the RRCA Southern Region Director.  She was the 2007 Outstanding State Rep of the Year.  Lena has been an active athlete for over 40 years, starting as a track runner in her native Sweden.  In 1971 she was the Swedish National Champion in the 1500m. Since her move to the US in the mid-1970s she has completed over 25 marathons, with the highlights being a PR of 2:44:10 in the 1983 NYC Marathon, and a 10th place in the 1984 Boston Marathon.  Currently Lena is active in two local running clubs, North Carolina Roadrunners Club, and Carolina Godiva Track Club.  Lena is also a Certified Personal Trainer, an RRCA Certified Running Coach, and a USATF Level I Coach, and has co-chaired a local beginner runner program.  She has attended numerous RRCA Conventions.  Lena has also served on the Board of several non-running volunteer organizations, including Toastmasters International, where she was Club Treasurer and President.  Lena has two Masters Degrees, in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley, and in Management from North Carolina State University. She resides in Cary, North Carolina, and recently retired from a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry to start a second career as a Personal Trainer, specializing in training older adults and endurance athletes.

Bailey has been running off and on over the years since junior high school in the 1970s.  The popularity of running was blossoming during this time and she quickly became influenced by the like of Katherine Switzer, Frank Shorter and Dr. Joan Ullyot.  After moving to California in 1981, Bailey ran with friends and raced for fun in local 5ks, 10ks and/or 12ks.  Though she enjoyed playing volleyball, sailing and Jazzercise, running was always the staple for her exercise and sanity needs.  She ran when she was dating, when she got married, when she divorced, during law school and while studying for the bar.  At the end of 2006 (during a bout of mid-life crisis and injury), Bailey woke up ne day and thought, “Gee..I’ve never run a marathon.”  Thanks to this epiphany, Bailey joined the San Francisco Road Runners Club and quickly became an active member of the running community. Since 2008, Bailey has served as the Volunteer Coordinator of the SFRRC Board of Director and a beloved running coach.  In addition that year, Bailey worked with George Rehmet, our RRCA Regional Representative, members of Bay Area RRCA running clubs and the SFRRC to organize the highly successful 2009 RRCA Convention in San Francisco, CA.  In 2009, Bailey to took the RRCA Coaching Certification course to become an RRCA Certified Running Coach to better assist her with any runner’s needs.  Bailey loves the sport and shows that it’s never too late to get off the couch and smell the possibilities.

Richards is a Minnesota native who has found a home in Texas.  She began running on July 4, 1997.  Her long-term running goal is to run a marathon in all 50 states and Washington, DC.  To date, she has run marathons or ultras in over 30 states as well as South Africa and Cambodia. Richards served as President of Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers (RAW) for five years (2002-2007). Richards has been nominated twice for RRCA Club President of the Year.  She continues to volunteer at RAW by race directing and serving on multiple committees.  Richards was a State Rep from 2006-2008, winning the Outstanding State Representative of the Year in 2008. Richards has served on the State Rep Working Group and the Strategic Planning Task Force. Richards has volunteered her time nationally by serving on the RRCA Board (2009-11), on several National Award Selection Panels.  She was instrumental in the development of the Road Race of the Year Award, now in its third year and started the annual RRCA race T-shirt contest. Most recently, she worked on the new RRCA Runner Friendly Community® program.

Dan Edwards has been an At Large Director and has served as Board Secretary for the past two years.  He has been a Tidewater Strider for the past 23 years, has been a board member for the past 21 years, treasurer for 17 years, and race committee co-chair for the past 7 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, over 30 club co-produced races, and almost 30 supported races.  Dan serves as race director for five of the club’s races, including the Turkey Trot Scholarship race, which annually exceeds 2,300 runners.  Dan has served on the RRCA’s Strategic Planning Task Force. He was the recipient of RRCA’s Rod Steele Memorial National Club Volunteer of the Year award in 1993. He has attended many of the RRCA’s annual conventions and has assisted with parliamentary processes at four.  Dan also helped establish the Greater Hampton Roads Association of Road Running Clubs for the region’s three major RRCA member clubs in 2006 to coordinate schedules, inter-club competitions and mutual support. Dan Edwards is also a proven leader outside the running community.  He has served on the Virginia Beach School Board for the past 13 years and has also been elected to serve as Chairman of this 11-member board annually for the past 12 years.  The board oversees the education of 70,000 students with 10,000 employees and a budget of over $680 million. 

Other Nominations:
As a reminder, due to the Bylaw changes adopted in 2008, 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 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM Eastern.  Email nominations to Jean Knaack at  An announcement of all nominees including the recommended slate of directors along with any additional non-slate candidates will be shared with the membership in advance of the Annual Meeting of the Membership where the official election will take place.


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 (proxy holder) attending the meeting in person.

In accordance with the RRCA bylaws, individuals gathering proxies can only solicit or receive proxies from clubs located within the state in which the individual resides.  The individual must also be a member of an RRCA club organized within the state in which the individual resides. If an individual resides in more than one state, he or she shall be deemed to reside in the state where he or she maintains his or her principal or primary residence.

To assign voting rights to a qualified proxy on behalf of a club or event member, the authorized representative must complete the Official 2011 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 and instructions can be found under the Governance heading on the RRCA website at

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