Rhodes 19 Annual National Class Meeting
August 17, 2017
Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA
The Annual Meeting was called to order at 5:15 p.m. by Class President Rick McGregor
A quorum was established by Class Secretary Jeff Shoreman given proxies received and members in attendance.
The Secretary then gave an update on the membership. Membership numbers were down modestly from prior year. For 2017 there were 116 members (regular and associate), in 2016 there were 122 members (regular and associate).
A motion was made to waive the reading of and approve the minutes of the 2016 annual meeting. The motion was seconded and approved.
The Treasurer was not present, so the President then read the Treasurer’s report. The class account had a balance of $48,100, up $2,700 from prior year.
The President then asked the members in attendance for ideas on how to best promote the class given the current class balance. The ideas put forth included:
- A stipend to the host fleet of regional events (similar to the Nationals)
- Supporting an ‘open regatta’ in a fleet of boats, rotating boats in a similar fashion to a collegiate regatta.
- Promoting a regatta in Antigua/St. Croix.
- A general suggestion to focus class funds on junior sailors.
The next order of business was setting class dues for 2018. A motion was made to keep dues the same as 2017 ($35 for full members, $15 for associates). The motion was seconded and approved.
Next the meeting attendees considered the class stipend for the Nationals. A motion was made to keep the 2018 stipend consistent with 2017 ($50/boat with a minimum $1,250, the equivalent of 25 boats). The motion was seconded and approved.
Following a discussion on the idea of providing a subsidy to regional events, a motion was raised to authorize the Executive Committee to develop a stipend program of up to $1,000 per event. The motion was seconded and approved.
Following a discussion on whether the class should attempt to buy the Rhodes 19 molds, a motion was made to develop a committee that would consider a plan to acquire the molds. The motion was seconded and approved.
Ricky Sanchez submitted a bid on behalf of Fleet 7 to host the 2018 Nationals over Columbus Day weekend (October, 2018). New Orleans last hosted the Nationals in 2013. A motion was made to accept the bid. The motion was seconded and approved
A motion was raised to elect the following slate of officers:
- Rick McGregor, President – continuing
- Ed Zalewski, Treasurer – continuing
- Jeff Shoreman, Secretary – continuing
The motion was seconded and approved.
The final point of business was to consider a by-law amendment to change the eligibility requirements for junior sailors. Class President Rick McGregor was to follow up on this issue
A motion was made, seconded, and approved to adjourn the meeting at 5:34pm
Respectfully submitted by Jeff Shoreman, Class Secretary
Rhodes 19 Class Association
Minutes of Annual Meeting
Tuesday August 16th, 2016
Recorded by Kim Pandapas for Secretary Jeff Shoreman
The President called the meeting to order at 5:40 PM.
The first order of business was to determine if there was quorum, and there was.
The next order of business was to approve the minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting. A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes. Members unanimously approved the motion without discussion.
The next order of business was the Treasurer’s Report. In the Treasurer’s absence, the President reported that the class is in strong financial condition. The 2016 operating budget is forecast to breakeven, and the class has about $46,000 in cash, with no offsetting obligations. The President added that with such a healthy balance sheet, the class would entertain project proposals if anyone had any. None were proposed. The president reported that the class has 140 members plus a lot of additional associate members, which is a healthy position by historical standards. He attributed that to the hard work of the local fleet captains.
The President proposed that class dues remain unchanged for next year and requested someone make that motion. The motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved.
As a final point of information, the President reminded members that the class supports fleets’ efforts to host nationals at a rate of $50/boat, with minimum support of $1250. The class provided that for the 2016 Nationals and intended to do the same in 2017.
The President recognized and applauded Steve Uhl for his efforts improving and maintaining the class web site.
There being no additional old business, the President announced that he had received a bid from Marblehead’s Eastern Yacht Club to host the 2017 Nationals, and gave the floor to Charlie Pendleton, who brought with him a bid letter from EYC. Charlie shared the EYC’s proposal to host Nationals on August 17th through August 20th 2017 (Thursday through Sunday). After some minor discussion, the motion was made to approve the EYC bid, it was seconded and overwhelmingly approved by membership.
While on the subject of Nationals, acknowledging the quality of the current regatta, the President thanked the Chicago regatta organizers for the hard work they had done, and the assembled membership agreed with a large round of applause.
Finally, the President introduced the topic of next year’s leadership slate and opened the floor to Nomination Committee chair Mike Hebert. The nominating committee proposed that the current slate of officers serve another term. No opposing slates were proposed from the floor by membership. A motion was made to approve the Nominating Committees proposal, the motion was seconded and unanimously (and enthusiastically) approved.
There be no further business, the meeting at 6:05 pm, was adjourned.
Rhodes 19: Annual Meeting
Rhodes 19 Annual National Class Meeting
August 20, 2015
Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA
Meeting called to order at 4:50 p.m. by Class President Steve Uhl
A quorum is established as Class President had proxies from many fleets in addition to members in attendance.
Agenda is part of class rules.
1. Minutes of last meeting: motion to approve. Seconded and approved unanimously.
2. Class Secretary and Treasurer, were not present. Class President read reports: Secretary – 147 full class members versus 142 last year.
3. Treasureer started year with approximately $44,000 in bank. On track for break even again this year. Expenses include nationals and mainsheet.
4. Setting of dues for 2016. Motion for dues to stay the same. Seconded.
5. No unfinished business
6. No proposed amendments to constitution or bylaws.
Nationals Stipend: Traditionally $50 per boat stipend to fleet hosting Nationals. President Uhl suggested considering a minimum for a smaller regatta – 20 boats, etc., that would be the equivalent stipend of 25 boats reimbursement to cover fixed costs totaling $1250 minimum for the regatta. Seconded and approved.
Next nationals – Fleet 12 in Chicago, requests with Corinthian YC of Chicago holding nationals Aug. 16-19, 2016. Inshore Verve is on the previous weekend. Rhodes usually one of the biggest fleets, so organizers invite out-of-towners to come early and race. Other weekend could be the airshow. Motion in favor of Chicago holding the nationals next year, seconded and approved.
President’s award – Given at President’s discretion to big contributor at the national class level. Uhl said this year’s recipient has been involved in class for 7+ years, brings a lot of energy, supports events and steps up including chairing the 2015 Nationals. President’s award given to Charlie Pendleton.
Nominating committee – Jim Liddington taking over for Mike Lane in the East, Gulf Coast, Tommy Taggert continuing, Midwest, Dick Watson continuing from Chicago.
2015 National Class Officers Slate presented for vote:
Secretary – Jeff Shoreman (continuing)
Treasurer – Ed Zalewski (continuing)
Nominated for president – Rick McGregor, New Orleans
Seconded and approved.
Kim Pandapas asked to speak – Paid homage to Steve’s presidency – 4 years/2 terms. Did a great job.
Rick McGregor said he wants to have a complete open door policy, wants to hear everyone’s ideas and will take them seriously.
Charlie Pendleton discussed regatta details.
Meeting adjourned 5:09 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted by Christina Pandapas
2014 Rhodes 19 Class Annual Meeting
9 September 2014
Hingham Yacht Club
Annual Meeting Minutes
The annual meeting of the Rhodes 19 Class Association was called to order at 5:40 p.m. by Steve Uhl, class president, after the practice race and welcome reception for the 2014 National Championship Regatta.
Based on the proxies received and the number of members in attendance, Jeff Shoreman, class secretary, determined there was a quorum of more than one-third of the membership.
It was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved to waive a reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, held October 15, 2013, at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, Louisiana.
President Steve Uhl made a few opening remarks thanking Hingham Yacht Club and Fleet 46 for hosting the regatta and competitors, especially those who traveled long distances, for participating. Steve then reviewed the agenda to ensure that the meeting covered all of the topics required by the class by-laws.
Jeff Shoreman, secretary, reported that at the time of the meeting there were 142 members registered with the class. Jeff also briefly described the research he had done to move the class to an online registration process and asked for feedback from the membership.
Treasurer Ed Zalewski was unable to attend the meeting. In his place, Steve Uhl reported that the classes finances were stable and under control with income from dues balancing expenses. He further added that the class currently had a “rainy day fund” of approximately $44,000. Steve added that a more comprehensive Treasurer’s report would be included in the Annual Meeting minutes.
Subsequent to the meeting, Ed Zalweski reported that the association has received $5,980.00 in receipts to date. The bulk of these coming from association dues from members, and a small amount from advertising space sold within the mainsheet. Debit wise the association has paid out funds of $3,686.71. The largest expenditures are for the R19 Nationals assistance provided to the host club, quarterly writing and publishing of the Mainsheet, and for various advertising pieces within Sailing World.
Current Balances: Savings: $42,301.77; Working Account: $2,293.29.
It was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved that there be no change in the dues structure: $35 for members, $15 for associate members.
President Steve Uhl then turned the meeting to new business and started by thanking the current slate of officers for their assistance through the year.
A motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously that a stipend of $50 per boat be provided by the class for the 2015 Nationals.
Mike Lane, East Coast VP, presented Steve Uhl with a letter from Fleet 5 petitioning the class to host the 2015 National Championships in Marblehead, MA. A motion to accept the invitation was made, seconded, and passed unanimously.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, Steve Uhl then asked for ideas on what the class should do with the approximately $44,000 safety net the class has accumulated. Steve noted that one of the main themes he had heard in speaking with members was using the funds to support the growth of local fleets. Ideas raised during the meeting included: (1) sponsoring a “loaner boat” that could be leant to junior sailors to get them into the class; (2) procuring a mast or boom that could be sold to members of the class in need of a replacement. Steve Uhl asked that ideas be sent to him via email and that he would publish the ideas either to the website or an upcoming edition of the Main Sheet.
The President’s Trophy was awarded to Meredith Reed for her tireless work on the Main Sheet newsletter. In accepting the award, Meredith noted that she started doing it to keep in touch with fellow Rhodes sailors and that it has “been a delight.”
Steve Uhl then reported that the current slate of officers: Steve Uhl as president, Ed Zalewski as treasurer, Jeff Shoreman as secretary will continue to serve for the second year of their 2 year term. There are also no changes to the regional vice presidents of the Northeast, Gulf Coast, or Midwest.
The meeting adjourned at 5:56 p.m.
2013 Rhodes 19 Class Annual Meeting
15 October 2013
Southern Yacht Club
New Orleans, Louisiana
Annual Meeting Minutes
The annual meeting of the Rhodes 19 Class Association was called to order at 6:52 p.m. by Mike Lane, East Coast vice president, after the skippers meeting for the 2013 National Championship Regatta.
Based on the proxies received and the number of members in attendance, there was a quorum of more than one-third of the membership.
Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, held August 21, 2012, at New Bedford Yacht Club, New Bedford, Massachusetts, was waived.
Mike Lane read a statement from President Steve Uhl recognizing Mary Kovats and Tom Carville for their huge contributions to the class and for their efforts in collaboration with Mike Hebert to find individuals to replace them in their respective offices.
Treasurer Tom Carville reported that to date in 2013 the class took in $5,766 and has spent $2,260; he estimates that at the end of 2013 the class will have about $1,000 left over. At the beginning of 2013, the class had $18,985 in cash and an investment account worth $23,110; the investment funds were converted to cash in August 2013. The current total balance in checking and savings accounts is $44,515.50. He stated that the class is in good financial shape and if it spends only what it takes in, it will remain so. Mike Hebert moved to accept the treasurer’s report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
It was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved that there be no change in the dues structure—$35 for members, $15 for associate members.
In new business, a motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously that a stipend of $50 per boat be provided by the class for the 2014 nationals.
Mike Hebert requested that Fleet 46 host the 2014 nationals. A motion to accept the invitation was made, seconded, and passed unanimously.
Mike Hebert, chairman of the nominating committee, gave his report. The slate of Steve Uhl as president, Ed Zelewski Zalewski as treasurer, and Jeff Shoreman as secretary was elected by unanimous vote.
There were no changes in the regional vice presidents for the Northeast, Gulf Coast, and Midwest regions.
The President’s Award was given to Mike Hebert of Fleet 46 for his numerous contributions to the class, his efforts to achieve the class’s incorporation, and his personal support and assistance on all class matters.
The meeting adjourned at 7:06 p.m.
NOTE: Subsequent to the Annual Meeting, Peter Kovats resigned as Mid-West VP, and the Executive Committee accepted Marc Culler as his replacement
2012 Rhodes 19 Class Association Meeting
The meeting was called to order by Steve Uhl at 6:01 pm on August 21, 2012.
Steve Uhl invited Judd Smith to report on observations from the practice race.
It was established that a Quorum was reached with members present and proxies.
Secretary’s Report: A secretary’s report prepared by Mary Kovats was available for review.
Motion: Motion was made by John Stassi to waive the reading of the 2012 minutes. Motion seconded by Mike Lane and passed unanimously.
Motion: A motion was made by Jeff Marshall to accept the minutes as summarized, seconded by Gary Scott and passed unanimously.
President’s Report: Steve Uhl encouraged members to consider running for office and contributing with the national fleet business.
Steve reported that Doug Trees has been appointed Class Measurer by the Executive Committee.
Regional Vice Presidents’ Report: no reports
Measurement Committee: no report
Technical Committee: no report
Treasurer’s Report: Tom Carville reported on the financial status of the Association and submitted and summarized the following data for year end 2011 and the current year.
Tom reported on changes in the investment accounts and thanked Mike Hebert for his help moving those to Merrill Lynch.
After 2012 bills and expenses are paid the annual surplus or net income should be around $2,500. Surpluses are primarily due to reduced costs for distributing the Mainsheet since the change to electronic delivery.
Year End Treasurer’s Report – 2011
Transfers from 2010 Treasury* investment account included as amount initially invested–$20,000
Cash on Hand 1/1/11 $33,896.48
Total $33,896.48 *
Dues received $6,115.00
231 Total members 161 Members, 34 Associate & 37 first year Complimentary
Ad and Misc. Revenue Rec’d $420.00
Expenses Total $3,965.69
Balance on Hand 12/31/2011 $36,465.79 *
Gain for 2011 $2,569.31
Year to date Treasures report (see attached)
Motion: A motion was made by Peter Kovats to keep the annual class association dues at current levels–$35 per year for members. The motion was seconded by John Stassi and passed unanimously.
Old Business: none
Proposed Amendments: none
Steve Uhl thanked the New Bedford Yacht club, Ray Hunt, Doug Trees and Jeff Marshall for all their help with measurement and regatta management.
John Stassi from Southern Yacht Club, Fleet 7, submitted a proposal to host the 2013 Rhodes Nationals October 15-18th, 2013.
Motion: A motions was made by Mike Hebert to hold 2013 Rhodes Nationals at Southern Yacht Club, seconded by Peter Frisch and passed unanimously
Motion: A motion was made by Mike Hebert to support the 2012 Nationals with a $50 stipend per boat. The motion was seconded by Christa Georgeson and passed unanimously.
Benz Faget reported that a tracking system is available using Iphones. He feels it is inexpensive and worth adding to the regatta for education and entertainment. He suggested that we consider this for next year’s regatta.
Tom Carville and other members suggested that we consider changing the national regatta stipend structure from a per boat amount to a lump sum.
Election of Officers: All officers are in place and will remain for one more year
ïƒ¼ Steve Uhl Class President
ïƒ¼ Tom Carville Class Treasurer
ïƒ¼ Mary Kovats Class Treasurer
ïƒ¼ Tommy Taggert, (appointed by executive committee filling in for Katie Odom and will finish out the year) Gulf coast
ïƒ¼ Peter Kovats, Midwest
ïƒ¼ Mike Lane, East Coast
Adjournment: A motion was made by Mike Hebert to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Benz Faget. The meeting was adjourned by Steve Uhl at 6:12 p.m.
The 2011 Annual Meeting was held August 9, 2011
at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, Chicago, IL
2011 Rhodes 19 Class Association Meeting
The meeting was called to order by Richard Witherspoon, Midwest Vice President at 5:30 pm on August 9, 2011.
It was established that a Quorum was reached with members present and proxies.
Secretary’s Report: A secretary’s report prepared by Peter Meissner was available for review.
Motion: Motion was made by Mike Hebert to waive the reading of the 2010 minutes. Motion seconded by Gary Scott and passed unanimously.
Motion: A motion was made by Mike Hebert to accept the minutes, as summarized, seconded by Gary Scott and pass unanimously.
President’s Report: Prepared by Tom Despres and read by Richard Witherspoon
• Regional VPS announced:
• Katie Odom, Gulf coast
• Peter Kovats, Midwest
• Mike Lane, East Coast
Measurement and Technical Committee Chairmen are to be replaced by the newly elected officers for 2012. The following candidates have indicated a willingness to serve:
• Scott Seffer, Measurment,
• Peter Meissner, Technical Committee.
Regional Vice Presidents’ Report: no report
Measurement Committee: Jerry Blouin reported on the improvements to measurements over the past years.
Technical Committee: Report read by Richard Witherspoon. Issues summarized were:
• Reinforcing Stuart ribs
• Electronic compasses
• Keel rule
• Measurement certificate format
Treasurer’s Report: Tom Carville reported on the financial status of the Association and submitted and summarized the following data for the current year to August 1 and the previous two years:
|Beginning Balance||$ 7,902||11,469||13,896|
|Net Income||$ 3,567||2,427||4,246|
|Ending Balance||$ 11,469||13,896||18,142|
* income does not include investment account earnings
Investment account information:
The account earns about $900 per year
Earnings are reinvested in the account funds
Initial investment was $20,000
Account value 7/31/11 is $20,195
The majority of earnings are tax exempt
After 2011 bills and expenses are paid the annual surplus or net income should be around $2,500. Surpluses are primarily due to reduced costs for distributing the Mainsheet since the change to electronic delivery.
Motion: A motion was made by Mike Hebert to keep the annual class association dues at current levels–$35 per year for members. The motion was seconded by Gary Scott and passed unanimously.
Old Business: none
Proposed Amendments: none
The New Bedford Yacht Club, Fleet 9, submitted a proposal to host the 2012 Rhodes Nationals in August, 2012.
Motion: A motions was made by Mike Hebert to hold 2012 Rhodes Nationals at NBYC, seconded by Jerry Blouin and passed unanimously.
Motion: A motion was made by Mike Hebert to support the 2012 Nationals with a $50 stipend per boat. The motion was seconded by Peter Kovats and passed unanimously.
Marc Culler thanked Tom Despres for all his work over the years.
Bens Faget reported that New Orleans Yacht Club would like to invite all the Rhodes Fleets for the Mardi Gras Regatta held in New Orleans the weekend after Mardi Gras. He described the regatta and will send notices to all fleets. Mardi Gras 2012 is Tuesday, February 21.
Election of Officers: The nominating committees’ proposed slate was read by Mike Hebert.
• Steve Uhl Class President
• Tom Carville Class Treasurer
• Mary Kovats Class Treasurer
Motion: Motion was made by Bob Jensen to approve the slate of class officers as presented. Motion was seconded by Gary Scott and passed unanimously.
New President’s Report: Steve thanked Tom Despres for all his hard work, stability and level headedness over the last 3 years.
Adjournment: A motion was made by Mike Hebert to adjourn the meetings at 6:10 PM seconded by John Pattinson. The motion passed unanimously.