Report of the Nominating Committee
The nominating committee, chaired by David Epstein (past-Western Region Director), has concluded their work in accordance with Article VIII(B)(1) of the By-Laws of the Road Runners Club of America. Mr. Epstein thanks President Mitchell Garner for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. He also thanks the outstanding committee, which included Rachel Tambling, Ph.D (CT State Rep), Betsy Boudreaux (LA State Rep), and Gary Westlund (RRCA member). The committee respectfully recommends the following candidates be elected to the RRCA Board during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Membership:
WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR - GEORGE REHMET (INCUMBENT)
Rehmet is a San Francisco native who lives just south of the city in Daly City, California. To date, he has run over 1,000 races, which includes over 128 marathons or ultras. Rehmet’s long-term goal is to run in all 50 states, and he has currently has 35 states completed. Rehmet was the RRCA State Rep from 1999 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2015, being the only person 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. 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, Rehmet has been the chairperson for the Para Athletes Committee for the Pacific Association of USATF from 2012 to 2015. He is also a certified USATF official. When not running, George is a math and science teacher for children with emotional issues at a mental health facility.
SOUTHERN REGION DIRECTOR – RON MACKSOUD (INCUMBENT)
Macksoud was elected to his first term on the RRCA Board of Directors in 2015. He previously served as Alabama RRCA State Representative for 11 years, during which time he was chosen Outstanding RRCA State Representative of the Year. Macksoud also received an RRCA Outstanding Club Newsletter award in 1996. He has attended every RRCA Convention since 2003 and has been a member of three RRCA nominating committees. A runner since 1988, he has competed in road races in 27 different states. Macksoud is native of Birmingham, Alabama, and a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! He has lived in Montgomery, Alabama since 1989, and has worked as an employee of the State of Alabama for three different agencies for over 25 years.
AT-LARGE DIRECTOR – LISA RIPPE (INCOMING)
Over the last twenty years of running marathons and through moves to five different states, Lisa has actively participated in the local running communities where she has lived. This included running, planning, and volunteering at events for both adults and children. She served as the RRCA State Representative for Kentucky from 2005-2007. In 2007 Lexmark International relocated her to Minnesota, and in 2011 she was delighted to have the opportunity to serve as a RRCA State Representative of her new home state. After becoming an RRCA certified coach in 2011, Lisa led marathon training at Lifetime Fitness. Over the last six years she has had the pleasure of coaching adults to reach their running goals. She also volunteers as a pacer at numerous running events every year. She has completed over 100 marathons, including one in every US state and each of the seven continents. Lisa has over twenty years of experience in sales and marketing, and has been employed by The Schwan Food Company since 2012.
AT-LARGE DIRECTOR – JOHN “GOODY” TYLER (INCOMING)
Goody is a native “Norfolkian” (Norfolk, Virginia) although his Army career moved him a few times around the country including a stint in Hawaii. He has been an active member of the Tidewater Striders for the past 2 decades. He supports his club in various ways including working every aspect of race management, leading aid station support for the club’s ultra marathon, serving as the club’s volunteer coordinator (past), and serving as the club’s Vice President for 4 years (past). In addition to supporting his own club’s events, Goody manages a water station at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and is the overall water station manager for the Freedom Half Marathon. Goody is has attended numerous RRCA Conventions and supported the Tidewater Striders when they hosted the convention in 2002. He has served as the RRCA State Representative for Virginia since 2011. His personal running exploits have taken him around the country and abroad a few times as he and his wife pursue the 50 state marathon goal. Goody retired in 2008 from a career as a Nurse Anesthetist and he is also retired Major from the US Army. He is active in his community volunteering for the American Red Cross and the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
Other candidates wishing to run from the floor during the Annual Meeting may submit their name to Jean Knaack (firstname.lastname@example.org) within 30-days to be included on the ballet for the election.
Notice of the Annual Meeting of the Membership
All members of the RRCA in good standing as of March 1, 2017 are welcome and encouraged to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Membership on March 10, 2017 from 3:45 - 4:45PM at the Marriott at Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI 48243. Participation in the 59th RRCA National Convention is not required to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Membership.
Voting Assignment and Proxy Certification Instructions
The RRCA Bylaws 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 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 at www.rrca.org/about/governance/