Annual Wanderers Club Meeting Minutes
Posted below are the Meeting Minutes (thanks to Lola for submitting
them!) of the (first) Annual Wanderers Club Meeting held on
January 17, 2008 at the Valley Green Inn.
Party Photos posted here »
- Introduction: Dan Gordon gave a brief introduction on how
the club came to be. Dan also stated that the club can be essentially
whatever we want it to be; we are open to suggestions. Comments from newcomers to the club are valued as much as veterans.
- Group participation at all levels (beginner all the way to
very fast) is key. No distinction should be made according to skill
- Regarding our yearly events: it was decided
that we should only choose the events that we can hold successfully
and also have fun with. See additional notes below.
- Social Events: Dan brought up the idea of having a Wanderers
BBQ, which was met with agreement by all. Apart from the tailgate
BBQ after the Broad Street Run, it was agreed that there should
be more social events.
- Wanderers Website: Jan discussed the website and how much
time/effort goes into maintaining it. We need people to be proactive
about sending in articles, photos, or just posting on the discussion
board. A question was raised about who should control content
(i.e. should the site be password protected to members only or
not). Additionally, the race calendar was discussed. Currently
Megan Boyle handles this portion of the website.
- Weekly Workouts: Thursdays get a good turnout, Tuesdays get
a handful of people (depends on weather/seasons), Saturdays have
a small but steady turnout (and it is growing), also Saturdays
have the most "beginner" turnout.
- Designated Charity: Dan suggested as possibilities
the following organizations: Back On My Feet, Run Philadelphia,
Students Run Philly Style, Friends of the Wissahickon, Philly Mountain
Bike Association, and Wissahickon Trail Restoration.
- Volunteering: we decided that our club ought
to step up its volunteering efforts. And
because the Wissahickon park is such an appreciated resource to
our club, we decided to throw our support behind an established
Trail Maintenance effort by the Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association.
They meet every 4th Saturday to work on the trails in the Wissahickon.
Location varies every month. Phil Ranly and Jan Deruiter will head
this effort. Please review our Wissahickon
page for schedules and
- Clothes: Leslie talked briefly about sweatshirts, shirts,
and jackets. Need to post on the website to gauge interest.
Schedule of Events for the Year:
May & September Trail Races
These are well-attended, and have proven to be a good way to
recruit new members. We get very good feedback from these races;
also we are able to vary the course and can mix up the "type" of
run we have (i.e. prediction run, handicap run, poker run, etc.)
Chestnut Hill Relays - Mile Run & 100yd Dash
It was decided that we often have low attendance at this event,
and it is not the best timing for most people; we decided
NOT to hold this event this year.
Track Meets at Roxborough
We get very good feedback from this event, also we are providing
an outlet that is not served elsewhere for this age group (all
ages) and ability (all abilities). We will continue to hold this
event and possibly move it up from August to July.
Chestnut Hill Cross-Country Classic
Although this event is hampered by its timing (which is beyond
our control), the feedback on this event is very good, and again
we are serving a need that is under-served at present (cross country
race for all ages and abilities). The race conflicts with the Philadelphia
Distance run, but we are limited to this date because this is the
day chosen by Chestnut Hill Academy, which organizes the event.
Water Table at Philadelphia Marathon
Although it was decided that we need to prepare further in advance
for this, it was decided that yes, we should participate again
Wissahickon Trail Classic
Phil Ranly discussed this race. In its first year, there were about
250 runners, in its second year, it was organized by a non-runner,
and therefore was a bit scattered. This year, Phil is organizing
it with the Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers being the recipient
of the race proceeds. Phil will be looking for assistance, and
several Wanderers voiced their desire to help out.
USATF Off-Road Series
It was agreed that we should do this again this year. Chris Verry
and Polly Jansen are organizing, but need help fielding a team. Since
the meeting, a team was formed although still looking to fill out
with runners over 40. Details »
Check out the party
(Meeting was held at the Valley Green Inn with about 30 Wanderers
Minutes respectfully submitted by Lola.
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