San Diego-Imperial Athletics Congress


Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista
August 18, 1999

  1. President Ken Bernard called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. In addition to the President and Secretary, the attendees were Jane Alexander, Nelson Alexander, Lolitia Bache, Dixon Farmer, Adam Henderson, Elaine Henderson, Arnie Robinson, Joni Shirley, Jim Skelly, Pam Stewart, Jerry Swartz, and Elizabeth Tate.
  2. Referring to the grievance addressed at the June meeting, Robinson proposed that the Youth Committee deal with the grievance prior to bringing the issue to the SDIAC Board. This could be done prior to either their August 19 or 26 meeting. The Board took no formal action, but concurred.
  3. Skelly reported that Movin Shoes held the first and third meets of the four scheduled all-comers meets. In the discussion that followed concerning the events that led up to the cancellations, Bernard stated that he had paid Movin Shoes the authorized $1400 for the meets, but that they had not returned the $600 for the two cancellations.
    The Board approved 4-2 a motion by Skelly that SDIAC prepare and forward a letter to the principal of San Diego High School and other appropriate agencies (such as San Diego City Schools, San Diego City College and the City of San Diego) expressing dissatisfaction with the utilization of the Balboa Stadium track. This prompted a long discussion by the Board about the availability of tracks in the San Diego area, rental fees, and concession rights.
  4. The Board approved the minutes of the meeting of June 16.
  5. The President gave the Treasurer's report. The checking account balance was $10,240 while the certificates of deposit were another $16,000. There are currently 928 registrants.
  6. Robinson suggested raising the registration fees for youth from $9. Other California associations charge $15. The youth coaches will discuss the subject and present a recommendation to the Board.
  7. The Board unanimously approved a motion by Bache that we give the $600 rebate from the all-comers meets to Judy Ortwein, with special thanks from the youth group.
  8. Adam Henderson gave the Board an update on Monique: "A great ride." She is about a year ahead of schedule. He presented a framed picture (51.96, Junior Nationals) as a gift from her. It will hang in the office. Plans for 2000 do not include the Olympic Trials. She will compete in the Junior Nationals and World Juniors.
  9. Farmer reported that 300 athletes ages 19 and under (including Monique Henderson) had attended a series of camps for six weeks in all track and field disciplines.
  10. Farmer also offered to host the Association Championships for 2000. Robinson would handle entries and head the photo finish judges, Skelly would provide officials, and Training Center staff would assist. The Olympic Trials are July 14-23, the Southern California Association Championships are June 3, there is trials tuneup meet June 10, so June 24 (based on qualifying dates) should be good for the Association Championship. After the Olympic Trials he expects 2/3 of the Track & Field qualifiers to be at the Training Center from August 1-18. He has scheduled a pre-Olympic meet for August 12, with the same coverage as the Association meet.
  11. Farmer also described the one year residency program available to athletes who rank highly within senior (top 15) or junior (top 10) lists.
  12. Skelly suggested that Ted Van Arsdale should be recognized at our Awards dinner for having conducted four very high caliber meets in 1999.
  13. The meeting adjourned at 10:02 p.m.

    Graeme Shirley

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