The candidates for the 2014 Board were announced at the Pancake Breakfast on 11/2/2013. Submissions for candidate statements for all positions are now closed. You may read the candidate statements HERE.
When I joined Front Runners New York five years ago I was looking for a club that offered a community with a strong commitment to running. Not only did I find what I was looking for in Front Runners, reflecting back, I found that and more.
I am grateful for everything that we offer outside of running, including the close friendships and tight-knit community. However, what I appreciate most is the commitment to our sport. I think our greatest asset is challenging each other to grow as runners. We are a running club, and on the board I will work to keep our focus on programs that are going to help each one of us achieve our athletic goals.
The past two years I have had the privilege of being an FRNY Race Captain. I loved sharing in the joys and excitement of all who have reached new levels! My support in running continued with my involvement on the Coaching Committee this year. I was grateful in serving the club to bring aboard a new head coach.
On the 2014 board, I will stay committed to providing quality running and training programs to help keep those PRs coming!
This year I have also managed the FRNY social media channels, served as the co-captain for FRNY’s march in the Pride Parade, and assisted the President and Board in organizational tasks.
It is all the detailed programs that keep our club the great organization it is. I offer my skills in close attention to detail, clear communication and simply getting thing done to the FRNY 2014 Board.
I see tremendous value is in our member’s voices. Through personal conversations and surveys, I hope to listen to the club’s thoughts and ideas. I also want to ensure that those who visit us stay in our community. On the Board I hope to create plans for outreach and retention.
I am very grateful for this club and all it has given to me. Now I would like to give back in 2014 as a Director-at-Large. Thank you for your commitment to Front Runners and thank you for your consideration.
I first joined Front Runners in July 2012, and it’s become a big part of my life. I really enjoy coming to the fun runs, getting to know members at the social events, and wearing my singlet with pride at races.
I’m committed to being a part of this club in a variety of capacities. I had so much fun hosting the Cherry Tree brunch, seeing people packed in wall to wall and celebrating our achievements. I want to host again this coming year and organize more post-race brunches. I attend fun runs regularly on Saturdays, as well as Tuesdays in Brooklyn, and I’m trying to spur more connection between the Brooklyn and Manhattan groups. I joined the membership committee in November, where I answer questions from members, help out with the yearly renewal process, and make monthly reports of member stats. I’ve run all of the points races this year, and with the marathon I’ll complete the Participation Award.
The main responsibilities of the secretary are assembling the agenda and materials before meetings and taking the minutes, and I’m very qualified for that role. I’ve attended 12 of the past 13 board meetings – and I even filled in to take the minutes in August. If elected, I will prepare a clear and informative draft of the minutes from each meeting to be available in the following Gram. Bryce has done a great job this year of ensuring that proposals are compiled before meetings, and I’d like to continue that to keep our meetings efficient.
Next year brings many exciting opportunities. In particular, we have the Gay Games, and I can’t wait to help plan and then represent Front Runners and New York.
For the past two years, I have served on the board of Front Runners New York, the first year as Director at Large and this past year as Treasurer. It has been such a rewarding experience to represent the needs and desires of an inspiring and diverse membership, and I would like to continue to help the club grow and achieve its goals by returning again in 2014 as the club’s Treasurer.
When I joined FRNY in 2011, one of the things that drew me to the club was the dedication of its members, which inspired me to jump into the deep end from the very beginning. In 2011 and 2012, I was the co-coordinator of the annual NYC Marathon Pasta Dinner. In 2012, I worked closely with the treasurer to help put all of the 2011 and 2012 finances into Quickbooks Online, allowing the club’s finances to be more easily reported and accessed. As Treasurer in 2013, I used my familiarity with all of the financial aspects of the club to work with the President in creating, maintaining and updating the club’s budget, which I am pleased to report now includes a robust reserve to ensure the health of the club’s finances for the coming years. I also developed a comprehensive monthly cash flow plan, which helps to give a better understanding of what the club’s financial situation is, or will be, at any given moment. Furthermore, I had the privilege of serving as the chair and co-host of this year’s FRNY New Variety Hour, which benefited the coaching fund and exceeded our fundraising goal by more than $1,000. (And allowed me to present my best Julie Andrews impression!)
In my professional life, I am the Vice President of a theatrical production company. My day to day work activities include preparing budgets for our shows and financial statements for our investors, working closely with our accountants on the tax returns for all of our companies, contract preparation and cash management.
2014 is going to be another banner year for FRNY. There are so many things to look forward to, not the least of which will be another fabulous Pride Run and the Gay Games in Cleveland, and it would be my honor to return for another year to serve on the FRNY board as your Treasurer.
I have been honored and humbled to serve as Front Runners Men’s Vice-President this year. As you know, 2013 has truly been a great one for our club! This success was achieved through our largest membership ever, as well as the hard work of numerous volunteers, race captains, committees, and the Board.
Each and every member of the club can be proud of our 2013 achievements. I was delighted to serve as a member of the Coaching Committee, which after an exhaustive search, identified Coach Mike to lead us and continue our great indoor and outdoor training programs!
As a member of the Governance and By Laws Committee, I was gratified to participate in a year-long process where every member had a voice in how the club will be governed in the future. This participation has now resulted in draft By Laws that will now be decided on by all.
Administratively, drawing upon my professional experience, I undertook a comprehensive review of the club’s insurance needs. Based upon this review, FRNY’s insurance programs have been updated. Now each member is protected whether running, volunteering, or participating in our multi-sport program. I also updated our various Coaching Agreements given the new coaching needs of the club. These may not have been the sexiest projects, but the club is stronger because of it.
Looking forward, 2014 also looks to be an extraordinary year for FRNY! We will have more members than ever before. The Gay Games will be held in nearby Cleveland and FRNY will have a strong showing. The Pride Run continues to be our premiere event and will grow with hard work and support. The competitive racing program will also cultivate and strengthen under Coach Mike.
If elected, I will work together with the new Board to make sure these events and our everyday programs are successful. I will also work to ensure FRNY continues to support each and every one of us. Let’s guarantee the club provides continued support of our great training and racing programs and meets the needs of both our women and men. If elected, I will continue to serve with integrity and openness and work hard to achieve our goals.
One of my proudest moments was at the Pride Run, calling out our members’ names as they crossed the finish line. It reminded me of what FRNY means to me: friends inspiring each other, united by our passion for running and our desire to be a community.
Last year, I committed to do three things as President: keep our enthusiasm high, support our running and training programs, and lead the club with integrity. With the help of our members, I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished:
* Hired a new coach who meets the demands and goals of our diverse membership;
* Organized our most impressive Pride Run ever, raising over $25,000 for the club;
* Maintained a vibrant social and running calendar, achieving record attendance at club events like the Variety Show and Blue Line Run;
* Created an engaging community, using the FR Gram, Facebook and team brunches to help celebrate our running successes;
* Led the club in an open, transparent, and financially responsible manner that has brought record attendance at Board meetings, active participation on committees, and thorough membership input on all major club decisions.
I hope to build on this work as President in 2014, while also focusing on some key areas.
I plan to grow our racing and training programs. We are a running club, and our priority is to support our runners. This includes delivering the high level of coaching that our members expect, supporting our racers at all levels, continuing our Beginners’ Clinic, and ensuring that our fun runs are accessible to all, regardless of pace.
I will support the club as a community. I’ll therefore encourage women’s events that generate enthusiasm within the club. I’ll continue to promote our scholarship program, which provides an opportunity for all members to participate in team events regardless of finances. And I’ll see that our events are inviting to all, including newcomers, who are seeking the community that I’ve been so fortunate to find.
I will guide the club in a way that respects our members. We all deserve a say in how the club is run. I will therefore ensure that finances, policies and major club decisions are determined after everyone’s review.
I understand how important FRNY is to all of us, and I promise that I will work to make us all proud.
Young, committed, decisive, helpful and passionate about FRNY– I live my New York life immersed with my Front Runners family and want to play a bigger role in our community of runners.
Over the past 2 ½ years, I’ve transformed from being a runner, to a volunteer, to a coordinator with FRNY. I’ve worked with the back-end of coordinating Reach the Beach teams, Volunteers with NYRR Races, FRNY Pride Run and extra-long nights chipping in to help whenever help is needed. This year our current Board fully committed to the club and made my experience even better than last; it reinforces my desire to work in solidarity with the mission of Front Runners. I don’t see Front Runners as just a running club but as an outlet of my life: a community and safe space for LGBT persons in this crazy city. We support short sprinters, marathoners, knickerbockers, swimmers, joggers, social drinkers, the just-coming-outers, the decades-been-outers, and each other. It is one thing to start the stride of running, but doing it with Front Runners is so much more.
I am running for Women’s Vice President because Front Runners has instilled in me an importance, accountability, and energy that I want to give back to the club. I intend to ensure that our club continues to provide outlets and pivotal moments for its members in the same way it has given those things to me. As Women’s VP, I would embrace obstacles while championing the optimism and honesty of the club to ensure it remains a safe space for our members and our memories. Our club is much bigger than ourselves as individuals, and I appreciate your consideration as a representative for our community.