All members of the RRCA in good standing as of April 2, 2018 are welcome and encouraged to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Membership. Participation in the 60h RRCA National Convention is not required in order to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Membership.
The meeting will take place on Saturday April 7, 2018 at 8:30 AM (Eastern) at the DoubleTree by Hilton - Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202-2891
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 online Voting Rights Assignment Form
before April 5, 2018. You must be logged on to the site using your membership renewal credentials to access the members only section. The Voting Rights Assignment Form will have further instructions to share with proxy holders to finalize the process.
Report of the Nominating Committee
On behalf of the 2018 RRCA Nominating Committee, Mark Grandonico (Chair) has provided this report in accordance with Article VIII(B)(1) of the By-Laws of the Road Runners Club of America. As a reminder, the RRCA bylaws were updated in 2017 outlining the Board will appoint the position and duties of Vice President from one of the three at-large directors or four regional directors serving on the Board at the first meeting following the election. The Nominating Committee presents the following slate of recommended candidates for consideration at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Membership:
President – Mitchell Garner
Mitchell is very active with the Ann Arbor Track Club, 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 is a longstanding race committee member of two mid-sized, club-hosted road races in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Burns Park Run and the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run. In 2008 Garner was elected RRCA Central Region Director and served two terms in that position. In 2010, he was appointed by the RRCA Board to serve as Chair of the RRCA American Distance Running Hall of Fame Selection Committee and continues to serve in that position. In 2012 he was elected RRCA Vice President and was reelected to a second term as Vice President in 2014. Mitch is a lifelong runner and a member of the Ann Arbor Track Club’s men’s masters 60+ team. His club team won the USATF men’s masters 60+ grand prix team national championship for four consecutive years, from 2011 to 2014. Currently he is an attorney and principal with the law firm of Allotta | Farley Co., L.P.A. He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a major in economics and also has a degree in political science, with honors, from the University of Paris. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
Treasurer – Craig Minyard
Craig joined the Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers in 2000 and was elected Treasurer in 2001 serving in the role for over six years. As Treasurer, he built the financial reporting and control systems and established the initial financial audit review process. He continued advising the Lake Grapevine Board on financial and governance matters until 2012. Craig has served on the RRCA’s Finance Committee since being appointed by President David Cotter in January 2013. Serving on the Finance Committee, Craig is very familiar with the RRCA’s financial operations, internal controls and oversight efforts. Professionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant and has held financial leadership roles for companies ranging from start-ups to large multi-national corporations. Currently, Craig is Vice President Financial Planning & Management at the Federal Reserve Information Technology in Richmond, Virginia where he is a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club. Craig has long been passionate about running and has run the Chicago, Austin, Boston, New York, Little Rock, Dallas and Marine Corps marathons. He enjoys volunteering and participating in road race events whenever possible.
Central Region 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 Region Director – Blaine Moore
Blaine is a lifelong runner, member of many of the local clubs, a running coach, and race director for over a dozen races each year. He has raced at both the competitive and recreational level in distances as short as 1 mile and as long as 100 miles. He is familiar with every aspect of the running landscape from competitive and recreational running to organization and fundraising. His races have generated donations of over $40,000 to local and national nonprofits over the past 2 years. Blaine is an RRCA Certified Coach (2008) and an RRCA Certified Race Director (2013). As the RRCA State Representative for Maine from 2010-2017, Blaine became very familiar with the programs and services offered by the RRCA. In 2017, Blaine was appointed to the position of Eastern Region Director to complete the term following the resignation of Dwight Mikulis. Blaine was elected committee co-chair of the Brunswick Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee in Brunswick, Maine, which advocates and works towards improving the bicycle and pedestrian networks. Through this committee Blaine has gained experience working with the local government officials. Professionally, he is CTO of J.J. Fast Publishing where he manages weekly online classes and (currently) 68 websites for J.J. Fast.
At-Large – 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.