Attention all USATF-NE members, our annual meeting is coming up, so don’t forget to pencil this into your calendars. The meeting will be held on Sunday, September 22 at the Westin Waltham Hotel, where there will be ample food and a cash bar. So join us, grab a beer and discuss the issues that are top of mind for you with fellow association members, teammates and friends.

Athlete of the Month presentations will start at 4:00 p.m. and the business meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m., where all members (as of August 1, 2013 and over age 18) are eligible to vote.

It is critical for all clubs to have representation, as important decisions will be made that will impact who is representing your sport for the association and even what events will be included in next year’s race schedule.

USATF-NE President Tom Derderian encourages association members to attend, noting that “Not only do all members have a right and an obligation to vote at the annual meeting for the people they want to manage their sport, but they also have the more important function of nominating the people to run for those positions.”

He continues, “It is in your best interest to find, persuade, and nominate the best and brightest people in your club to be the bosses of your sports in New England. The Association has enormous resources and not enough people to use them to the best benefit of the members. Your club has good and bright people, so stand them up for election to make your sport the best it can be.”

In particular, there will be elections for sports chairs and athlete representatives. Be sure to contact us if you’re personally interested in running for these spots.

The meeting will also include conversations about the past year and upcoming year, including the selection process for the 2014 Road Race Championship Grand Prix. If you’re planning to race in this series next year, you’ll want to weigh in.

We’ll be selecting delegates from the association to attend the 2013 USATF National Meeting too. Past events have featured top-notch keynote speakers and special events, like the Jesse Owens Hall of Fame Banquet, where Olympic athletes, including Gail Devers and Maurice Greene, were inducted. Will you step up to the plate and represent New England in Indianapolis at this year’s event?

As you can see, there is much to be discussed and decided. Look forward to seeing you there, and if you’re interested in any of the open positions, check out the descriptions below.

See you next month in Waltham!

 

Open Positions & Descriptions

Sports Committee Chairs are responsible for the following:

  • Arrange for the conduct of championships and maintain historical records.
  • Compile and make available a schedule of events. Arrange for minimal conflicts of events.
  • Help promote events within the sport and attend championships.
  • Serve as the first mediator in disputes among athletes, coaches and event directors related to the sport.
  • Work to establish development programs and clinics which will increase participation and quality of the sport within the region.
  • Work with the USATF-NE office in securing sponsorship for and conducting of special, regional, and national events as appropriate.
  • Serve as the contact person and information source from within the association for national and special events.
  • Serve as member of USATF-NE Board of Governors

Committee Chairs are open for the following sports: Men’s Long Distance Running; Women’s Long Distance Running; Master’s Long Distance Running; Master’s Track & Field; Cross Country; Racewalking; Youth Athletics; Mountain/Trail Running.

Athlete representatives are active competitive athletes that serve as a liaison between athletes, events and the association. They’re also expected to attend championships within the association.