HARRA MEETING MINUTES
Notes form HARRA meetings
Recorded by S. Camille Yarbrough, HARRA Secretary
Monday, April 19, 1999
In attendance were Chiquita Taylor, Roger Boak, Debra Kempler-Smith, Mercedes Tarley, Tom McBrayer, John McCleery, Bill Hadley, Jeremy Mills, Richard Campbell, Chris Rampacek, and Camille Yarbrough.
Chiquita Taylor called the meeting to order and asked for board member reports. Roger Boak, reporting on Clubs, said that Fall '98 Ironfoot singlets had been received and would be available the Bellaire Trolley Run, Bayou Bash Relay and the spring awards party. Spring 1999 Ironfoot qualifiers will also receive singlets at a later date. Roger reported that about 100 runners finished the first two stages of the Tour de Bayou.
Mercedes Tarley said that the VVIP program was going well and race directors were helpful in supplying names of volunteers. Mercedes has been at the HARRA tent at all the races to collect volunteer names. Mercedes also reported on Power in Motion in the absence of Barbara Shepard. The sign-up has almost doubled from the fall program with 193 participants and 29 coaches. Some 10% were runners who had completed the fall program. The 5K training program will culminate with the Heights Fun Run in June.
Membership is up to 1744 with 153 renewals and 77 new members, a higher than usual figure for this time of year, according to Debra Kempler-Smith. Most of the renewals were sent in on reminder cards.
Camille Yarbrough reviewed the progress for the HARRA Bayou City Classic 10K. Bill Hadley and Camille visited the city traffic office and the parks department to apply for permits to hold the race on March 11, 2000. The race will use the same course the Baker Hughes 10K has used in the past, one loop of Memorial Drive beginning and ending downtown with the post race party to be held in Tranquility Park. A planning committee, which will meet on a monthly basis, has been formed which includes Camille, Bill Hadley, Bill Smith, Tom McBrayer, Randy Carlson, Gail Sabanosh, Will Lindgren, Roger Boak, Chuck Cofer, and Gary Mulvihill.
Chiquita then introduced Jeremy Mills, a member who will be working on the HARRA web site. Jeremy's participation was enthusiastically welcomed.
Chris Rampacek presented some ideas for his involvement in the Just for Kid's Run. Chris has founded the Dr. Muscle Foundation which is essentially a heath and fitness awareness program for grade school children. Part of his program is a non-competitive stage marathon which involves the children marking off each mile they run independently over a period of time on a map of the Houston Marathon course. The final mile is to take place at an organized event. Chris felt that the Just for Kid's Run would be a good venue for the final mile of his 1999 stage marathon. He provides the kids a guidebook, on which he would put the HARRA logo, and in return would like HARRA to include the Dr. Muscle Foundation in its promotion of the event. Debra Kempler-Smith said that perhaps the Just for Kid's race could be the kick-off mile and the final mile could take place at the Jingle Bell Run, as both races share the same sponsor. The board agreed to incorporate the Dr. Muscle stage marathon into its kids program.
The last issue of the meeting concerned a request from a Leukemia Team-in-Training participant asking HARRA to sponsor her by making a financial contribution. This sparked a discussion over what HARRA's donation policy should be. It was generally felt that individual sponsorship was not appropriate for the organization. The meeting was then adjourned.