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TVFR Meeting Minutes - March 2, 2017

Attendees: Mark Capparella, Joanna Lacman, Laurie Turenne, Coleen Phillips, Kerrie McFeeters, Gary Atlas, Chris Kivior, Mike McMullin, John McCue, Patrick McEnaney, Stephen Sullivan, Robyn Bratica, Phil Crocker, Ross Anderson, Matt Kellogg, Jill Duhaime, Amanda Ashley.

Opening Remarks: (Chris and Coleen) Chris has received a few emails regarding the By-Laws.  Because we want to be concurrent with participation points, all of this will be discussed at the April meeting.

There is a Health and Wellness Fair for high school students, parents, and school personnel Friday 4/7/17 from 8-12 at Uxbridge public schools.  Coleen would like to man a table.  The cost is $25.  She will have information about the club, registration forms, stickers, upcoming races.  She will promote track kids.  This could bring in memberships, but also make TVFR more visible in the community.  We unanimously approved the $25.

Speaker Series: (Chris) It has been a year since Bill Rodgers spoke.  It looks like Geoff Smith, a British runner who lives in Mattapoisett, is 2x Boston winner and holds the record for New Bedford at 1 hour 1 minute, may be interested.

Larry Olsen 10K: (Chris) In Runner's World Calendar, the date is set for 9/30.  It is Yom Kippur, but Gary is willing to do everything leading up to race, so if Mike McMullin or Cappy can do day of, it could work.  Chris did think about having it coincide with Hopedale Day in the Park, but tents and people right in that final stretch make logistics difficult.  If it is 9/30, it won't interfere with Greenway.  More to come.

BTU 15K: (Matt) 132 registered.  No teams registered yet.  31 people have registered in the last 4 days following the e-mail sent to past participants.  Will bring brochures to New Bedford which is USATF Grand Prix before it.  So far coming in under budget.  Mugs are ordered.  Sticking with soup theme.  John has been tirelessly tracking down flat soup ladles.  It is very well organized.  A few captain meetings have taken place, and broken things up into smaller groups.  We have 50 volunteers not including those who have not officially signed up or Boy Scouts.

Apparel Coordinator: (Chris) Thank you Val for creating the position, taking it on and creating such a wonderful line of apparel.  Val is going for her Master's Degree, so she doesn't feel like she has enough time in her schedule to keep track of current inventory and explore other avenues including new vendors and new clothing options.  Looking for another volunteer to take that on.  It is very well organized and she will work with you moving forward.  She is going to see us through the 15K.  If interested let Coleen or Chris know.

Membership Report: (Mark) We have 10 new members this month, please welcome Devin Macomber of Ashland, Jaime Murphy of Hopedale, Leo Trottier of Millville, Anita Bugan of Dudley, William Sullivan of North Smithfield RI, Michael Betschart of Cumberland RI, Leah Lacina of Hyannis, Luke Gray of Northbridge, and Elora Grilly of Hopedale.

There were also 11 renewals in 5 families.

This brings us up to 402 members in 213 families, breaking the 400 mark for the first time!

Soup Group: (Coleen) There has been great participation at soup group.  Even on a really snowy day, 27 people came.  Runs through last Sunday in March.

Treasury Report: (Mike) The bank is in good shape.

Incentive Reimbursement Program: (Mike) Still open for the quarter.

Volunteer Opportunities: (Gary) The Hopedale Blue Raider will be Sunday 5/7 at 1PM.  The Westboro 5K will take place 6/10.

TVFR Grand Prix Races:
Shamrock Shuffle 5K on March 11th in Medway
New Bedford 1/2 Marathon on March 19th in New Bedford
Bellingham Challenge 5K on April 2nd in Bellingham
James Joyce Ramble 10K on April 30th in Dedham (USATF 40+)

USATF Grand Prix Races:
New Bedford 1/2 Marathon on March 19th in New Bedford
Frank Nealon BTU 15k on April 1st in Upton

Come Run With Us: Preview runs of the BTU course will begin Saturday March 11th at 9AM and run every Saturday up until race day.  Sign up for the March 11th run is up.

Come Party With Us: Patrick McEnaney is having a party to celebrate the start of Spring with "the best running team!" Friday March 24th at 6:30, 7 Warfield Road in Mendon. If you aren't on Facebook, please RSVP to

The meeting ended in Road Tales!