Minutes from the General Meeting (September 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: September 8, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Victor Emmanuel II pavilion

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – The financial account is 185% of target. Bigger expenses now being paid for race awards and a payment to the Berks County Coaches Association, which was 51% of the profit from the Kris Kringle race last December. The bill for trailer storage is paid for 12 months in advance, which gets the club one month free.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (past event of 2022) – Shaun Luther – discussed the Special Olympics donation for this year’s race. There was not a lot of profit from this year’s event, but there was $400 of personal donations from Charlie Horse runners, and the Grings Mill race director (Jason) donated some of profit from that race to go to the Special Olympics cause.  A motion was made to donate $1600 to Special Olympics. The motion was seconded and passed.
  • Grings Mill run (past event of 2022) – Jason Karpinski – He wants to thank all those who volunteered to make the race successful.
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – Dan Govern – getting close, needs a lot of volunteers. Dan would appreciate emails from those who are volunteering, so he can assign the 30 to 40 people to where they will be needed. Also, you can contact any of the aid station captains, if you are interested in volunteering at one of those. Registrations are low, about 233 entrants so far. Hoodies will be the event swag this year. The awards are in. Mike Yoder is marking the day before (Saturday, at 3 p.m.), if that is something you are interested in helping with please let Dan or Mike know. Going cupless (drinking cup, that is) again this year. 
  • Oley Valley Country Classic (Saturday, Nov 5, 2022) – Barry Goodhart – Shirts again this year. Needs volunteers. Will take place at the Oley Valley Fairgrounds.
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K series (1st race: Sunday, December 11, 2022) – Sue Jackson – planning in progress for this year’s series. 

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Pickle ball, Sunday, September 25, 2022, email went out to sign up.
  • Christmas party – Jules Hager is the new chairman, taking over from Swamp. 
  • Holiday (Labor Day) run was this past weekend.
  • Long run planned for pre-Blues Cruise event – meeting at Church Road parking lot. Will do the ski loop, 7miles, by Liz Glass, and also the lower loop of 22 miles will be run.
  • Long run for October (date TBD) will be at Trexler Preserve near Allentown.

Community Service

  • Trail Maintenance – Mike Whalen – He will take care of one issue on our Blue Marsh trail section that is not too bad. Otherwise the section is good. The bridge will likely not get done before Blues Cruise. There is some heavy-duty trail access needed prior to this maintenance being done.
  • Opportunity House volunteering – Steve McGuire – there are some details still to be worked out. Jane Setley will be in touch. 

Membership committee:

  • Guts and Glory info table on Saturday, September 24 – Michelle and Jason will man the table at this event.

Old business

  • Berks Nature event at Angelica Park (Sept 11, 2022). Steve Vida is doing a run at 1100—dog friendly, the event starts at noon. Pagoda Pacers (Lisa D.) will host a membership table. 
  • Pop-up Pacer gear purchasing – info will be in October’s newsletter. Open for only 2 weeks. Can ship directly or Michelle can distribute.

New business

  • Next month and November’s meetings will be at the Mohnton Fire Company.
  • Elections will be in November. The president position (reelected every year) and 4 board member openings are available. Details to come out in October. A few board members have timed out of their allowable service time, so new people are needed to run for board membership.
  • October 22, 2022, 9 a.m., interval speed training for beginners. Lisa will have a member table. More details will be provided.
  • The Pacer trailer – if anyone has a vehicle that can mover the trailer, please inform Michelle or Mike Whalen. The group would like additional options for moving the trailer, if needed. There are tables missing, about 5 or 6 – if you have one, please return it. Mike Whalen will power wash the trailer and make sure things are cleaned for Blues Cruise.

Minutes from the General Meeting (August 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: August 11, 2022

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Mohnton Fire Company

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – we are at 190% of target. A lot of Gring’s Mill activity in the current financial report. Income and expenses from Blues Cruise are coming in.

Races:

  • Gring’s Mill 5K and 10K – Jason Karpinski, not present for the meeting. But by all accounts, things went well at the event. However, there was a misspelling on the awards, so we will let Jason make a decision about that (for the one person who noticed and mentioned it).
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – Dan Govern brought the jacket swag sample. He will also have a medal created. Some of the expenses are coming in. Hoping for 400 people, not quite getting to the registration numbers (170 currently). Dan states there may be a downward trend in ultramarathon registration entries. The ski loop redo has been contracted – with completion hoped for in September. Volunteers will be needed on race day. This is Dan’s last year as the race director. Mike Whalen has agreed to take over, with Elaine Cook as a support director. Dan, Stephan Weiss, and Mike Yoder will assist through the transition.
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler (December 31, 2022) – Lisa Domeshek – everything on track so far.
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K series (First race is December 11, 2022) – Sue Jackson – applications are open online through Pretzel City Sports. There will not be a return to pre-pandemic times during this upcoming season. They will use pre-wrapped food items, and not quite sure of the farmhouse access to runners pre- and post-race. The banquet will go on as usual.

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Pacer yoga was held, approx. 30 people turned out. There was not a charge for use of the facility, so Lisa is wondering about giving $75 to the facility. Also, she is asking if anyone wants to do hops picking at that location.
  • Pickleball – overall cost per person is $20 which includes 1 hour with instructors, court time, and paddles. September 25, in the afternoon (time TBD), at the courts in West Reading. Will have to check what the max number of people are. A motion was made to have the club provide up to $250, seconded, and passed. Depending on the total number this event can accommodate, the organizers will determine how many guests are allowed.
  • Wine and cheese for 2022 – Jane Setley – Karin Long stepped down as the organizer of this event. We have to skip the event for this year. The preference is to have a place where we can bring our own food/drinks. Looking for a new person to organize this, or potentially Jane and Lisa will form a committee.

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – Steve Vida – the information is available on the web page or Facebook discussion page.
  • Race mates – Kris Jacoby said the last event went well. Two athletes were charioted. There is an event this weekend for two athletes.

Old business

  • Jane Setley, Monday, September 12, Opportunity House cooking dinner for residents. They have been feeding about 80 people lately. September’s meal will likely be about 70. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Six to 8 people needed to cook and serve, others are needed to organize and plan the meal. Financial donations are needed to cover the cost of the dinner, and then a generous anonymous donor has stepped up to cover any remaining cost. Roughly $500 will be needed to cover this amount (just food costs are needed). Motion made to give $150 to the cause, seconded, and passed. A volunteer sheet was circulated. Contact Jane if you would like to volunteer in some capacity.
  • Long run – Shaun Luther – this Saturday at Green Lane, 2 loops, information on Facebook. No-drop event. 
  • Holiday run for Labor Day – Steve Vida will organize and post details.

New business

  • Pacer swag shop will be available on-line via RockHound Apparel (Robesonia) – there are several items available. Currently the club will not receive a portion of the proceeds. Discussion followed about this, and it was decided that it is highly likely a Pacer would be purchasing and wearing the item, so no additional markup would be added to the cost for the Pacer club’s financial benefit. It will be a two-week pop-up shop where Pacers would purchase on their own, with their own funds. Dates TBD. Will try to get samples to bring for sizing. Traditional Pacer logo and another design option is likely. Lisa Domeshek and Michelle Henry are organizing.
  • Beth Kohl – from Kristen Kelly: Trails, Tails, and Ales event for Berks Nature (Alvernia area), Sunday, September 11, 2022. They are looking for someone to do a trail run in the morning that leads into the afternoon event. Steve Vida volunteered to organize a trail run. On September 11, the event starts at noon with run prior (approx. 10 a.m.) Polly suggested involving Fleet Feet. Beth will check into this.
  • Jane Setley — BAMBA printed and distributed a map of their new trails at Blue Marsh – available at different locations, such as Ganly’s.

Minutes from the General Meeting (July 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: July 14, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Rustic Park, Birdsboro

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – The account balance is 180% of target. There is money coming in from Run for the Ages, and outgoing is money paid for the scholarships, and then one more bill for Charlie Horses. Expenses are starting for Blues Cruise.

Races:

  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run (completed for 2022) – Donna Hey – Of 181 registered, there were 161 finishers. Profit of over $2500. Donations were $177. Donna is requesting a donation of $2000 to Nolde Forest from the profit and donations. A motion was made to give $2000 to Nolde, it was seconded, and passed. This year’s event was covered by Channel 69 New – no one is quite sure how they found out about it, but there was a lot of premarket notifications, according to Donna. For 2023, Donna is looking at the last Sunday of June again.
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – Jason Karpinski – registrations are coming in. The last minute planning is ongoing.
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 1, 2022) – Dan Govern – At 139 entries, registration is not as high as it has been in the past. This is a trend that he is noting among other long-distance runs. Medals are ordered. Swag is simple this year – a quarter zip jacket. He has a lot of items left over from last year. The donations to Blue Marsh that he has in escrow will be used to fix a portion of the Ski Loop, to be completed by September, hopefully. UberEndurenceSports is going to pick up a portion of the cost of this, as well.

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Report from the Pacer pool party – about 30 people participated, and was great event
  • Yoga event – August 6, 2022, has Facebook page, “Pacer Outdoor Yoga.” The yoga should be doable for all levels. 
  • Wine and cheese social – Not scheduled, so far. Michelle is trying to organize something.

Community Service

  • Race mates –Dale Weiss – upcoming events, Jingle in July, (July 30) at Grings Mill; the Pacer Grings Mill run (August 7); and Bradley Mayer Memorial 5K (August 13) at the Quarry Soccer Field. The chariot pushers try to go on a 9 ½ minute pace. IM Able is doing a duathalon, and would like to partner runners up with the adaptive bicyclists. (That is, the volunteer runner would run, then tag out to the cyclist, then go back in for the run.) Please see their web site for more details.

New business

  • Holiday morning runs that are usually held at Nolde Forest – there was a request to switch these to a few different, alternate locations. No opposition to this, so look for some locations besides Nolde for these running events. 
  • Shaun Luther suggested a ‘weekend’ (held on a Saturday or Sunday) longer distance run committee that would plan a long and short run for an occasional 2-hour-ish run. Shaun is willing to form a 4 or 5 member committee. More to follow.
  • From Liz Glass. BAMBA has put a memorial bench for Jeff George in the Phase 3 loop of Blue Marsh —it will soon have a plaque. There will be a memorial ride and scholarship fund on Saturday, November 20, the anniversary of Jeff’s passing.

Minutes from the General Meeting (June 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: June 9, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mohnton Fire Company and via Zoom

Guest speakers: Sandie and Stephan Kincaid of Berks Trail Works. They maintain many of the Berks County trails for the support of outdoor enthusiasts. They are a non-profit organization with membership options. Please review their social media accounts to gain more information on the outstanding work they do (Facebook, Instagram). Berkstrailworks.org is best place to go to learn about membership options and what is going on. At Blue Marsh, they take care of 20 miles of trail—it’s a lot, and they need help, especially due to a decrease in Corps of Engineers summer employees.

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – 184% of target. Taxes are filed. Constant Contact pricing discussed—went to an annual subscription due to cost of the monthly payment. A few reimbursements for Charlie Horse still outstanding.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon – Shaun Luther – there were 91 runners for half marathon and 35 for Dirty Pony 5K. This was less than the number expected. Shaun cut back on some expenses – such as timing the race (Tiffany and Polly handled this), canceled the DJ, and provided fewer food options. FYI, since Charlie Horse is the only race that uses the Pacer-owned timing clock, Shaun will keep it, rather than return it to the trailer, where it takes up space.
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run – Donna Hey – 135 registered so far. And hopefully some same day registrations. Volunteers needed of course. Charlie will lead the parking. Donna increased the advertising a lot, which added about 60 registrants.
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – Jason Karpinski – registration still kind of slow, but hoping for a big push to get more entrants.

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • June 23 – Wilshire pool run, bike, swim — 2 ride routes and 2 run routes. Then the pool will be open at 8 p.m. Free for Pacers, $5.00 for guests.
  • Wine & cheese – is this going on?

Communications Committee

  • E-mails – messages are going out to the membership – but some emails are ending up in people’s junk email. So, check there if you think you are missing emails you should be getting.

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – great turnout for the Oakbrook WNR
  • June 22, park at the mansion parking lot for a Nolde Run, and then the after event is Oakbrook brewing.
  • Trail Maintenance – Nolde Forest has trees down, and they are open to have help with trail maintenance. Contact Blair for further details. Stephan Kincaid will contact Blair, and go out with his equipment. Larry reports that the Horsehoe trail section that the Pacers maintain is up to speed.

Membership committee – Jason Karpinski – he has seen some local bikers become Pacer members, and also joined the biking co-event. He is seeing some new names on the membership list. We had two new members attend the monthly meeting.

Old business

  • National Trail Day – Mt Penn – they had about 20 people there, and did a short trail run.

New business

  • Jane Setley – planning a night to serve food/dinner to residents at Opportunity House. Likely a Monday is best. The service group provides the food, and the meal is served at 7. Jane will look for available evenings. This effort would require about 6 to 10 people. Volunteer options exist for some events outside of the scheduled evening.
  • July meeting, renting the Pavilion at Rustic Park, Birdsboro. Michelle is requesting an easy pre-meeting run be arranged. This will be done by Swamp and Mike Gallen.

Minutes from the General Meeting (May 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: May 12, 2022

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Mohnton Fire Company

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther—180% of target. Not a lot of activity this month. Price of Constant Contact went up about 30%, so checking into that. The income taxes are prepared, and will be filed electronically via a service which the club can use for free.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (Sunday, May 29, 2022) – Shaun Luther – Registration price increased, and registrations have picked up. Still need volunteers for the race. 
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run (Sunday, June 26, 2022) —Donna Hey – registration currently at 43 entrants. The swag is here, and is a nice, plaid packable blanket. Looking for young chasers and volunteers for Saturday, June 25, for marking the train, and the day-of activities.
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K—Jason Karpinski – Registration entrants is at 9 right now. Andrea Thrush is doing some artwork for the slate awards.
  • Blues Cruise 50K – no report
  • Oley Valley Country Classic (November 5, 2022) – Lenny Burton – Oley Fair grounds. Won’t use their kitchen this year, so he’s looking for some food trucks. If anyone knows a contact, please contact Lenny with details.
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler – no report
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K – no report
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational – no report

Committee Reports

Social Committee – updates from Michelle Henry:

  • Thursday, June 23, run, bike, swim night – casual ride planned with Berks Area Cyclists, and a more experienced ride will be hosted by Swamp. Two distance runs will be available, starting around 7. The pool opens at 8 p.m., and the charge is $5 per entrant. The pool is owned by a private organization, so you can BYOB (no glass). Michelle is proposing to have snacks, etc., and pay the entry of $5 per person for any Pacer members attending. The aim is to making this inter-activity and family friendly event. Elite Fire and Water Restoration is providing the water. (This event is in addition to the regularly scheduled WNR.)
  • August 6, 9:30 a.m., Yoga by Yuriko, Fawn Hill Hop Yard, Shillington. We can’t charge for this event, so to limit the size, we request to keep this to Pacer members only and a plus one.
  • Pickle Ball, still in the planning stage.

Communications Committee

  • Website – As always, trying to keep all the club platforms up to date

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – Matt Brophy & Steve Vida – if anyone has a particular route in mind for a Wednesday, let Matt know – especially those who are hosting the WNRs over the summer. Question asked about downloading the run, Lisa will show the app that is used. Also, these are no-drop runs.
  • Hosted runs – there are still some evenings open. Check with Phil Lechner for open dates or other questions.
  • Trail Maintenance – Mike Whalen – Jason reports one tree down, which a team will try to get to.
  • Race mates – Run for Laney 5K – Mike Whalen and Kris Jacoby – Grings Mill race is scheduled as a race mate event. Open to pushers and changing up the running activity. If you know of an athlete who wants to run, contact “I Am Able” to put in contact with the group. Mike has a Facebook page for scheduling the pushers, so contact Mike so he can add you to the page. Discussion of child abuse clearances. Mike will delve into this further.
  • Charity runs –

Scholarship Committee – no report

Membership committee – no report

Old business

  • National Trails Day – a flyer was created with Pacers noted; Blair Hogg  and Lisa Domeschik will be there, Fleet Feet is going to be there as a sponsor. If anyone is interested, plan on attending, June 5, Sunday morning (9:00). Berks Parks and Rec.  Geared toward beginning trail runners.
  • Berks Trail Works, who could not make it for the May meeting, are rescheduled for June.
  • Velodrome repaving is not going well, so Pacer attending an evening there may not happen this year.

New business

  • June meeting at Mohnton Fire Company; July at Birdsboro Rustic Park

Minutes from the General Meeting (April 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: April 19, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mohnton Fire Company

Treasury Report – Michelle Henry – Shaun renewed the club’s memberships with two Berks trail conservancies for $100 each.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (Sunday, May 29, 2022)—Registration has picked up, but is still behind last year. He needs two experienced aid stations captains. If interested, reach out to Shaun Luther.
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run (Sunday, June 26, 2022)—Blair Hogg – registrations are slow. Since the swag this year is a packable picnic blanket, he is having trouble coming up with what to do for sponsors and appropriate advertising.
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – Jason Karpinski – this year, using chip timing; like other races, registration is slow.
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – Dan Govern – Registrations are a little slower this year. He has not looked at swag yet, but does like getting a shirt. Monetary donations from previous years have accumulated – it will be used for redoing a piece of the ski slope that is heavily affected by erosion. The work will probably will be done by the summer and ready for the Blues Cruise. 
  • Oley Valley Country Classic – no report.
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler — no report.
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K – (concluded for 2021 – 2022 season) – Sue Jackson – This series was the first time that the series lost money, about $2000. The runners were not registering like previous years: about 880 people total, which is about 600 less than pre-pandemic. Prices will likely have to increase. The price of the farmhouse is increasing to a non-resident rate. The current early-bird series rate is $45, and regular rate is $60. Sue may change the swag for next year to eliminate the need to pre-order of shirts in various sizes. She is open to comments, if you have any.
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational – no report

Committee Reports

Social Committee: Michelle Henry

  • West Reading Pickleball – Michelle Henry – She is in touch with that group, and will try to coordinate an event.
  • Veladrome trip– Mike Whalen – still planning
  • Wilshire Pool – in June, run and ride from the pool location
  • Outdoor Yoga, Yuriko will lead the event on August 6 at 9:30, at Fawn Hill Hop Yard, Shillington

Communications Committee: Steve Vida, can arrange for any postings on our media outlets

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – Michelle Henry – Phil will be putting out a post on Facebook to have the WNR hosting events start in June.
  • Trail Maintenance – Mike Whalen – has been working on the ski slope. Report any completed maintenance done on the ski slope to Blue Marsh administration, so that the Blue Marsh can qualify for more federal funding. Sandy Kincaid from Berks Trail Works is here next month to discuss their program. Anyone using power tools, must go through the course.
  • May 1st, race mates needed, for Lanie’s Fashionista 5K. Contact Mike Whalen, Kris Jacoby, or Dale Weiss. Also they will be doing the Grings Mill Run, and, perhaps, doing a few Wednesday night runs in a limited capacity.

Scholarship Committee: Beth Kohl – the committee met last week and announced the following choices for scholarships. For the Pacer member scholarship – Kierra Pickard, daughter of Marshall Pickard, won; then 3 winners in the open category for cross country scholarship were chosen: Caryn Rippey (Wilson), Rachel Ulrich (Govenor Mifflin), and Grace Mangold (Wilson). Beth motioned that these 4 awards x $750 be approved. Her motion was seconded and approved. Regarding changes to the scholarships in upcoming years, the committee, after some discussion, recommended no changes to our current process and award amounts. Currently, the awards can be adjusted as needed. The committee needs a few more team members; talk to Beth, if you can help.

Membership committee: New memberships have been going ok at the membership tables opened now at all races. (We had two new members at the meeting this evening.)

Old business:

  • Fleet Feet is sponsoring a trail running event. Blair and Lisa D. will be there on June 6, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. There will be 3 to 4 miles of trail running. (June 5th is National Trail Day.)
  • Member passports for end-of-year swag are going ok. Michelle will send an email blast, and discuss at the start of the WNR.

New business

  • Next month, arrive at 6:45 for the meeting to hear the Kincaids about trail maintenance. 
  • Pacer Trailer – Mike Whalen — can we move it back to the Storage World at Wyomissing Blvd. Shelves were made to fit the bins, which should be relocated. Mike has declared “No more Vaseline in the trailer.” The trailer exterior was damaged at Storage World, probably by someone backing into it. He cleaned the trailer after the last Shiver, so it looks very good right now. The AED needs the pads replaced, Mike will take care of this. The AED should not stay in the trailer.

Minutes from the General Meeting (March, 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: March 10, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mohnton Fire Company

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – we are 182% of target. Shiver expenses, and some Blues Cruise and Charlie Horse income. He has the information organized to do the taxes. Shaun will perform the off-site back up of financial information again with Sue Jackson and Michelle Henry.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (Sunday, May 29, 2022) – Sean Luther – entries are really slow at this point (12 so far, usually at 40 to 50). Libby is getting the shirts designed. Awards—giving out horseshoes to the top 8, and then medals for the other awards. 
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run (Sunday, June 26, 2022) – Blair Hogg – getting sponsors and is figuring out how to recognize them. 
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – no report
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – no report
  • Oley Valley Country Classic – no report
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler (Saturday, December 31, 2022) – no report
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K (Sunday, March 13, 2022) – Sue Jackson – the last race of the season is this Sunday, which will have results and the banquet. Free entry to the banquet for race runners of at least 3 of the 4 races and for the volunteers, others are charged $10. This week Sue will be telling any 45-minute runners at the turn that they may not be able to have the volunteers to wait for them on the course of directions. The banquet hall doors open at 10:30 and we have the hall until 2:30.
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational – no report

Committee Reports:

Social Committee:

  • Wallyball at Colonial Fitness – a fun, well-attended, and successful event. Thanks, Brad.
  • Pickleball – TBD, Michelle Henry is still researching

Communications Committee:

  • Website – Jane Setley – there have been a lot of fake requests to join the Website. She will remain vigilant, but please report anything suspicious to her.

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – Steve Vida – The options for the two routs has been going well. For the post-run get-togethers, the locations have been posted on the Discussion Page. 

Scholarship Committee: Sue Jackson – meeting coming up on April 7 to select the awards.

Membership committee – Jason Karpinski – he is working with Ron Horn of Pretzel City Sports to have membership sign-up option available via the PCS web site.

Old business

  • Passports to document member participation in races, meetings, and volunteering – Michelle Henry – keep getting them signed. She will put details on discussion page.
  • Lancaster Road Runners, April 2, 0900, at Pulpit Rock. A few Pacers attended their March meeting
  • Bridge at the ski slope. An Eagle Scout is going to build the bridge, and they are trying to coordinate the placement. But it should be in within the next few months.
  • BAMBA is planning their phase 4 redevelopment at Blue Marsh (details on their web site, berksmountainbiking.org, or Facebook page).

New business

  • Next month’s meeting is at the Mohnton Fire Company.

Minutes from the General Meeting (February 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: February 10, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mimmo’s Restaurant

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther – 188% of target. Following the discussion with the executive board the target amount will left as is for right now.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (Sunday, May 29, 2022) – Shaun Luther, registration is open. Shaun said the trail is a bit of a mess due to logging. He spoke to the trail maintenance guy for the Horseshoe Trail, and he will try to work on this. Dirty Pony (5K) is back.
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run (Sunday, June 26, 2022) – Donna Hey – registration is open; paper apps available.
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – no report
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – Stephan Weiss – permits done. 45 registered so far. Hard to get the trail maintenance company to work on the ski slope, bridge out, and excavation needed due to wash out.
  • Oley Valley Country Classic-no report
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler (Saturday, December 31, 2022)- no report
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K (Sunday, March 13, 2022)—Sue Jackson – volunteers needed. Still doing the banquet. Asking that people RSVP if they will likely be there, or not is even appreciated. Ordering is typically for 300 people. An email blast went out explaining this. Also looking for door prizes.
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational – no report

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Wallyball at Colonial Fitness on Feb 25. There is an event page on Facebook. Bring $5 cash for the entry fee.
  • Running from Wilshire Pool, Thursday, June 23; some form of activity will be organized—run, bike, etc. More to follow
  • Yuriko Beaman – Yoga will be offered, more to follow.
  • Velodrome – Mike Whalen – can get a date in May for this – a Friday. Would have a private area and catering, more to follow.

Communications Committee: no report

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – Michelle Henry –  the WNRs have been successful with the more fixed, escorted runs, offering a 3.5-ish mile, no drop, route for slower runners, and a faster-paced 6-mile run for those interested.
  • Trail Maintenance – No report 
  • Race mates – Dale Weitz – looking for volunteers to do this. Would like to expand the opportunities and the number of people involved. Ask Dale, Mike Whalen, or Kris Jacoby for more information.
  • Jane Setley brought a few of the handmade bowls from the Opportunity House Souper Bowl to give away as door prizes for the meeting attendees. She expressed appreciation for the Pacers’ support of Opportunity House. 

Scholarship Committee

  • There is an opening for one more reviewer on the scholarship committee. The deadline for application is 2/28.

Membership committee:

  • Michelle Henry – we have an actual table for this now, and someone will be encouraging and taking membership applications at all Pacer races.

Old business

  • Fleet Feet is advertising our races on their website.
  • Race results coordinator – Amy Bird has taken over this position. Send your results to raceresults@Pagodapacers.com at email address.
  • Pacer ‘passport’ – Michelle went over this document. It will record a member’s participation in club events, and at the end of the year, will qualify the card bearer for a gift from the Pacer club. 

New business

  • March 10th meeting at Mohnton Fire Company, Mike Whalen is doing a run through of CPR steps, and Karin Long is taking blood pressures and pulse ox’s (little clip that gets put on your finger to measure your blood’s oxygen level). They will start at 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.
  • Fleet Feet events: Donut dash from Fleet Feet area, held on a monthly basis—several Pacers do this. And the Teddy Trot to Opportunity House is on February 12.
  • Lancaster Road Runner events: March 5 is at Blue Marsh and April 12 at Pinnacle Ridge. See their web page for more information.

Minutes from the General Meeting (January 2022)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: January 13, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mohnton Fire Company

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther—Account balances discussed. Insurance was paid in December. The target amount to have in reserve in the club’s account is based on non-race (NR) expenditures accrued in the previous year. (Target account balance = previous year’s NR expenses x 3.) The club did not use the NR amount from 2020, since our expenses that year were so low, which would have made the required reserve number too low. However, due to our current spending and accounting practices, our NR expenses have not reached the level of pre-COVID years. Media expenses have been going down—media, social events, and Pacer swag, postage expenses were negative (retrieved our postage account money), and application expenses with Pretzel City Sports are down. According to Shaun, if the club uses the NR amount from 2019, our account is currently at 121% of target. But if the club uses last year’s NR expenditures, we are at 191% of target. He will discuss with the executive board how the target amount should be calculated.

He received a letter from IRS that he has to file the club’s taxes electronically, which is something he will have to look further into doing.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (Sunday, May 29, 2022) – Shaun Luther – registration is now live on UltraSignUp. The race is Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend. Brecknock Township still needs to approve the event. It will be the same course as last year—with a possible return of the Dirty Pony 5K.
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run (Sunday, June 26, 2022) – Donna Hey – Registration will go live very soon. She signed the USA Track & Field agreement, so the event will be listed on their calendar. Swag will probably be shirts this year. 
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (Sunday, August 7, 2022) – Jason Karpinski. – Event is on Pretzel City Sports calendar. Registration will go live soon.
  • Blues Cruise 50K (Sunday, October 2, 2022) – no report
  • Oley Valley Country Classic (first weekend in November 2022) – Barry Goodhart – Changing the date to the first weekend in November. It will be at the Oley Valley Fair Grounds again.
  • Kris Kringle 5 Miler (Saturday, December 31, 2022) – Polly Corvaia – For the 2021 race, just concluded, total runners number was approximately 600, Polly is doing the finishing up activities. Thanks to Mike Whalen who stepped up to do the on-site medical evaluations. Date of next year is SATURDAY, December 31 (New Year’s Eve day), due to the day that Christmas in 2022 is falling. Cross Country donation is approx. $2500, due to some on-line donations. 
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K (Sunday, February 13, 2022, & Sunday, March 13, 2022) – Sue Jackson – January’s Shiver is this Sunday, delayed from last week. Need volunteers due to the date change.  Dieffenbach Chips and Home Light are this year’s sponsor. Help with the trailer is appreciated, but depending on the conditions, Sue can do things the old-fashioned way and load up items in her car. In March, she will be looking for door prizes for the on-site banquet, which as of now, is still scheduled. The directors will continue to limit the 10K time that the volunteers have to be on the course, meaning that runners need to be at a certain pace or continue the race on their own.
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational —  no report

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Christmas party – Dave ‘Swampy’ Feinauer – attendance down a little this year, which was expected. But otherwise had a good event.
  • Checking into the WR Pickle Ball Association, which has courts at the West Reading Playground.
  • Wilshire pool contacted Michelle Henry using the pool after 8 p.m. on evenings during the summer. Michelle is considering some Thursday evenings (not to conflict with monthly meetings or Thirsty Thursdays) to do a run or bike ride in the area, and then going to the pool – so, could be something a little different for a summer’s evening. Will look into the evolving details.
  • Bad asked about Wallyball at Colonial Hills – he will organize for Friday, February 25th, pending confirmation with Colonial Hills. Pizza, snacks, beer, cheap wine, etc. 
  • Velodrome Park, Breinigsville – Mike Whalen will look into this for a Spring/Summer time event.

Communications Committee:

  • Facebook – Jane Setley – has been doing the FB page management. Steve Vida will manage the weekly run FB updates. We will keep in mind the consistency between the web site, FB official page, and the FB public discussion page.

Community Service

  • Weekly runs – Michelle Henry – The club has been posting a short run and a long run offering, which has been going well for safety reasons and general knowledge. Matt Brophy has been doing this. The run courses are improvised as needed. Matt and Steve Vida are switching off leading the short and longer distances.
  • Trail Maintenance—Mike Whalen went through recently and it is clear. 

Charity & Scholarship Committee – Committee has room for one more person, and they have received one application so far.

Membership committee: Jason Karpinski is now the membership coordinator. They are putting a table out at Pacer race events. A QR code has been created that goes to the home page of the Pacers. In addition, they will have a table at “Guts and Glory”(?) – more details to follow. Then Fleet Feet in discussion about an “intro to trail running” event at Antietam Park – on the national trail day to have a Pacer group represent for trail running.

Old business: None

New business:

  • March meeting – doing BP checks and “quickie” CPR training and AED training – one hour before the meeting, so at 6 p.m. Mike Whalen and Karin Long are hosting.
  • At the May meeting, Stephen and Sandie Kincaid – Berks Trail Works – will talk about the work they do for that local organization. 
  • Next month’s meeting (February 10) will be a Mimmo’s Restaurant.
  • Race results – Karen Rule would like to possibly pass the race results updating along to someone else. She does not get a lot of input. Do we still want to have this feature in the newsletter?

Minutes from the General Meeting (November 2021)

General Meeting Minutes

Date: November 11, 2021

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Tino’s Restaurant, Wyomissing

Treasury Report – Shaun Luther—112% of target; some income from the upcoming races is coming in; and then some income from expenses of the ending races is going out. Members should expect to be seeing the membership renewal emails. FYI—if you aren’t getting the Pacer emails, you may have unsubscribed by some means. Contact Shaun to check about your status.

Races:

  • Charlie Horse Half Marathon (date to be announced for 2022)—Shaun Luther—registration goes live on Sign Up on December 1. The course will be the same course as last year—i.e., no bus to the start at Rustic Park. Shaun is trying to change the date of the race due to the traffic conflict with the large annual event at Maple Grove.
  • Run for the Ages 10K Trail Run—Donna Hey—June 26, 2022 (Sunday) at Nolde Forest. Nothing going on yet. Nolde is doing seeding this Saturday, and need volunteers (must be pre-registered).
  • Grings Mill 5K and 10K (August 7, 2022)—Jason Karpinski—Ron Horn, of Pretzel City Sports, is booked for August 7, 2022.
  • Blues Cruise 50K (First Sunday in October, every year)—no report
  • Oley Valley Country Classic (completed for 2021)—Lenny Burton—profit was a little lower than expected. Will re-look at expenses. May go back to the original day in November. But might have a venue charge on a non-festival day. Motion made to make a $1000 donation to the Oley Valley Ambulance Association, seconded, and passed by the membership.
  • Kris Kringle 5-Miler (Sunday, December 26, 2021)—Polly Corvaia—156 runners registered so far. Looking for 500. Day-of registration is offered. The start time has changed to 10 a.m. (previously has been 11 a.m.). An e-blast will be sent from Run SignUp. Volunteers between 7:30 and 8:00; registration opens at 8:30. Hoodies (550) are ordered, but not printed yet. Will tailor the printing to the number registered. Gnome design. All the permits are in. Advertising being done. Will be still at the 4H center. Pre-wrapped snack foods, and some fresh fruit. Must wear masks inside (per Penn State). Kim Lewis is doing the design of the hoodie. Fleet Feet web site has offered a banner advertisement. Polly described the volunteer process for the new people who were present at the meeting. The race is clockwise this year – i.e., major hill in the beginning.
  • Shiver by the River 5K and 10K (First race is Sunday, December 12, 2021)—Sue Jackson—first race coming up; will have packaged food and soup, but no bagels. Depending on the weather, the registration may be in the pavilion or possibly inside. Masks may be required. Registration starts at 8:30—Volunteers needed, as always. Temple Fire Company is currently reserved for the after-party on March 13th. 115 currently registered. Will have day-of registration. Runners can still choose the 5K or 10K on race day. Both races start at the same time this year.
  • Jr. High Cross Country Fall Invitational (completed for 2021)—Tom Chobot—described the event for the benefit of the new folks at the meeting. Senior high cross country event – 17 Pacer volunteers this year. Managed by Tom and Gwen Chobot, with support from the Pacers. Numbers of runners still a bit low, likely due to the Covid conditions. Phil Lechner’s junior high girls won the county championship, and Tom’s team won the senior high county event.

Committee Reports

Social Committee:

  • Christmas Party—Michelle Henry—Friday, December 3, Grill Fire Company, 6 to 11 p.m., raffles, and DJ this year. (Still offering the membership renewal, raffle tickets, and can credit card payments accepted).

Communications Committee—Jane Setley—The Facebook “Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club” page and the Club’s Web page are the two official communication pages, and both have restricted access to post information. The “Pagoda Pacer Discussion Group” on FB  is considered unofficial communication, but it is  open to all who want to post something. John Durand is always looking for more help to add to this information

Community Service

  • Weekly runs—Great turnout for new runner event. The group is getting back to gathering together at a food/beverage location after the run. Suggestion made that walkers post that they will be walking, in order to give some reassurance to people who might want to walk, but don’t know if there will be someone to walk with. Also, don’t hesitate to put up an inquiry or notice about a mile/hour time, to see if others will be doing the same.

Charity Committee

  • Scholarship announcement will be announced in December newsletter, with the end an February application deadline. The scholarships are 2 for Berks County Senior High runners and 2 for children of Pacer members.

Old business: None

New business

  • Next adaptive runner race—Mike Whalen—“Run for Riley” 5K on November 14, local third grader who is suffering from brain cancer. Next race will probably be the Shiver in December.
  • Donna Hey worked an agreement with Deiffenbach’s to ‘potato chip’ every Pacer race. If we agree, we will advertise their logo in some way – maybe on the web site. They will also be offered 4 entries per race for the exchange. Donna will order the chips and deliver them to the race director. (Estimated 3,000 bags of chips to cover all the races). 
  • Club elections – winners are president- Michelle Henry; board members are – reelected Karen Rule, Ellie Alderfer, & Beth Kohl, and new member – Steve Vida. 97 votes out of 360 members.
  • Sincere thanks expressed to Steve McGuire and Mike Yoder who are ending their tenures as president and board member.