Report of the Nominating Committee
On behalf of the 2015 RRCA Nominating Committee, I am pleased 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: Chris Burch (IA State Rep), Betsy Boudreaux (LA State Rep), and Paul Gill (WA State Rep). The committee presents the following slate of nominees for consideration at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Membership. -- David Epstein, Nominating Committee Chairman
SOUTHERN REGION DIRECTOR - RON MACKSOUD
Macksoud is native of Birmingham, Alabama and a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama. He has lived in Montgomery, Alabama since 1989, working as an employee of the State of Alabama for three different agencies. Macksoud has been a runner since 1988 and served as Vice-President, Promotions Coordinator, and Newsletter Editor for River Region Runners. He was co-editor of the club"�s RRCA Newsletter Competition Winner in 1996. Macksoud has served as the Alabama RRCA State Rep from 2004-2015. In 2006, he was the RRCA State Rep of Year. He has been a member of the nominating committee for the RRCA Board of Directors and a member of the selection committees for RRCA State Rep of the Year and RRCA Road Race of the Year. He also assists with the Silent Auction held during RRCA Conventions. Macksoud has attended every RRCA Convention since 2003. His running goal is to complete a road race in all 50 states.
WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR - GEORGE REHMET
Rehmet is a San Francisco native who currently lives just south of the city in Daly City. He began running in 1981 with his high school Cross Country team. To date, he has run over 1,000 races, which includes over 109 marathons or ultras. Rehmet"�s long-term goal is to run in all 50 states, and he is currently at the halfway point. Rehmet was the RRCA State Rep from 1999 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2015, being the only peson awarded Outstanding RRCA State Representative of the Year twice (2001 and 2009). He was the director for the 2009 RRCA National Convention in San Francisco and was instrumental in developing the Physically Challenged Runner of the Year Award. Rehmet currently belongs to the Pamakid Runners, Dolphin South End Running Club of San Francisco, and Mid-Peninsula Running Club. He was awarded for being editor for Best Newsletter for Pamakid Runners"� Soonar Soundings for 2003. He has served as volunteer and race director for his running clubs. For Pamakid Runners, he served on the board from 1999 to 2008. He is currently the co-race director of the San Francisco Half Marathon/5K, which usually has 10,000 participants. In addition, Remet has been the chairperson for the Para Athletes Committee for the Pacific Association of USATF from 2012 to 2015. In 2014, he was the meet director the US National Track and Field Paralympic Championship, which was held at the College of San Mateo. He is also a certified USATF official.
AT-LARGE DIRECTOR - KELLY RICHARDS
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 40 states as well as several international races. Richards served as President of Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers (RAW) for five terms (2002-2007). She continues to volunteer at RAW by race directing, serving on multiple committees, and writing an "�RRCA News' column for the monthly newsletter. Richards was a State Rep from 2006-2008, winning the RRCA Outstanding State Representative of the Year in 2008. Richards has volunteered her time nationally by serving on the RRCA Board (2009-15), and the Strategic Plan Review Task Force, the Runner Friendly Community selection panel, Kids Run the Nation Grant selection panel, and several National Running Award selection panels. She was instrumental in the development of the Road Race of the Year Award and started the annual RRCA Race Shirt Contest. Richards regularly promotes the many RRCA programs and annually hosts a RRCA Run@Work Day event.
AT-LARGE DIRECTOR - JEAN ARTHUR
Jean Arthur moved to Maryland in 1979, after attending high school in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. She started running in 1975, at the age of 12 after she took a friend"�s dare to enter a race and won. Jean is the immediate past president of the Montgomery County Road Runners, one of the top 5 largest RRCA member clubs, and also served as president from 2003-2006. She served on the club"�s board of directors from 1999-2012. She is currently race director for MCRRC"�s Pike"�s Peek 10K in Rockville, Maryland and is on the steering committee for the club"�s Parks Half Marathon. Jean also serves on the executive committee of Cherry Blossom, Inc., which puts on the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. She has also been involved in organizing many other running events, including the 2009 USATF cross country championship. She has served on the RRCA"�s Finance & Audit Committee since 2009 and the Kids Run the Nation Grant selection panel since the program"�s inception. Jean is an attorney and works for the Montgomery County Council as a legislative analyst.
As outlined in the RRCA Bylaws, candidates not selected by the nominating committee may express their interest in running for the RRCA Board of Directors by sending their notice of intent to run for the Board from the floor to Executive Director Jean Knaack via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. These notices must be received by 5:00 PM March 25th and will be announced to the membership along with the second announcement via email about the Annual Meeting of the Membership.
Notice of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the RRCA Membership
All members of the RRCA in good standing as of April 1, 2015 are welcome and encouraged to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Membership. Participation in the 2015 RRCA National Convention is not required in order to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Membership.
The meeting will take place on April 24, 2015 at 3:15 PM (Central) at the Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309
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 and instructions can be found on the RRCA website