Minutes from the General Meeting (May 2021)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: May 13, 2021

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Victor Emmanuel II pavilion

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther—we are at 122% of target. Income received from Blues Cruise and Charley Horse. No expenses at this time, but will be having some soon.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (Saturday, May 29th)—Shaun Luther—registration is still under 100. Will likely reach 100 for the race at the end of the month. Expenses have been kept down, due to not knowing what the COVID restrictions situation would be. The course is now approved. There is a large race at Maple Grove that day. Dan Govern will be the aid station captain at miles 3 & 6, and there will be the third aid station at mile 9 by Bill Buchanan. Charlie needs help with the trail on his land (for people who don’t mind getting wet and dirty). 
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run (Sunday, June 27th)—Polly Corvaia—passing along information from Donna. The donated Southwest Airlines tickets were not used last year (due the race cancelation), and they expire in mid-June. Southwest will not allow these tickets to be extended for this year’s event. Donna wants to sell the tickets for $150 each. The money would go 50/50 to Nolde Friends and the Pacers. Some offers were made by members at the meeting, and they will contact Donna directly.
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 1st)—Jane Setley—The directors confirmed the date of the race as August 1. Registrations will be on-line only, and in keeping with this year’s events, it is planned as a low-frills race without the usual entertainment. 
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 3rd)—Dan Govern—registration is up about 60% from 2019., so will likely sell out the registration cap of 450 by the summer. Dan is planning a back-to-normal event with all the aid stations, etc. There have been trail changes at Blue Marsh which may be incorporated into course changes. The running direction around Blue Marsh (clockwise vs. counter clockwise) will be the same as odd years in previous times. Dan will recheck the distances, since there has been some questions about it. Swag is being worked on with Amy from RUSeen (strongly considering a short sleeve shirt and a beanie cap). Regarding monetary donations from previous years, Dan would like to put this into trail-improvement projects. Steve Maguire added to let them know about any trail issues. Blue Marsh appreciates the help we give them.
  • Oley Valley Country Classic (Saturday, Oct 9th)—Lenny Burton—The Saturday, Oct 9 date will be in conjunction with the Oley Apple Festival. Runners will get a food certificate. Lenny says the course is kind of tough, and will start and end at the Festival. It goes on Main Street for a short distance and has some additional elevations.
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler—Polly—no report at this time
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K—Sue Jackson—done for this year!! Still has a few invoices to pay, but they aren’t major. Sue expects a small profit for the club.
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational—no report

Committee Reports

Social Committee: The movie event at Googleworks went well. Lancaster RR club is showing something mid-June (running related).

Wine and Cheese—still monitoring for the Pagoda opening or having at another location.

Communications Committee—no report

Community Service

  • Wednesday night runs—The post WNR events are open for hosting at people’s homes. If interested, get in touch with Phil Lechner. Matt Brophy is hosting a “practice-hosting” event at his home on Oak Lane in Reading. Phil will announce the line-up for the locations when he has that organized.

Charity Committee

  • Scholarship committee—Beth Kohl announced the winners of the Pacer scholarships, each for $750. The committee will send letters to notify all applicants and put an announcement on social media. The committee may look for new members for the next year.

Membership committee: no report

Old business

  • Mike Whalen, IM Able race mates—2 anonymous donations of chairs were made in the name of the Pagoda Pacers. The team just did the Birdsboro race, and the next event is Grings Mill. Two to three people per “chariot,” and the experience is very uplifting. How it’s decided what races to do: Dale Weiss talks to the race director and then runs the course to ensure suitability. Currently the race mates/chariot drivers don’t pay to run the race. But in the future, they will likely register no-fee, no-swag to be covered by insurance. The team is working on some introductory exposures to the adaptive athletes at a suitable WNR. IM Able is making finisher medals for the adaptive athletes.

New business

  • Pacer retro t-shirts—Polly ordered some, and they can be used for volunteers, etc. Mike Whalen suggested having a few for the IM Able runners.
  • Beth Kohl said there may be a Reading Hospital race on October 17, but that is still TBD.
  • Worlds End, 1st weekend in June—per Brandon Beene, Mike Yoder is not doing the aid station this year. There is some possibility if others are interested to organize some involvement.
  • The Constant Contact email reminder was successful to get some new faces at the WNR. 
  • Mike Whalen said the PA DOH has noted an aggressive tick season this year, so please take appropriate precautions.
  • Dave and Shaun’s Excellent Adventure is coming up on May 22. Not a Pacer event, and doesn’t cost anything (except your self respect).

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