MECTA CAPTAINS' MEETING
Chris Supple (Vice President)
Chuck Record (BankNorth)
Bill Whelan (L.L. Bean)
Peter Dube (Semiconductor of Maine)
Cheryl Gilbert (BIW)
Steve Roy (Idexx)
1.) A motion was made to allow the merger of Fairchild Semiconductor and National Semiconductor to continue in 2005, as it was on a trial basis this year and is technically not a legal merger based on current MECTA rules. The reasons presented in support of this motion were: a.) Without the merger, there is a strong possibility that neither company would be able to field a team. b.) This was one company at one time, which was a MECTA member. c.) There Fitness Center, which is the center for team recruitment, serves both companies. The reasons presented against this motion were: a.) It does contradict an existing rule. b.) All teams have recruiting difficulties, why should this exception be made. c.) Allowing this could set a bad precedent. The motion was redefined to allow the merger for one additional year, to again be reviewed after the 2005 season. The motion was seconded and a vote was held. The motion passed by a count of 5 votes in favor and 1 vote against.
2.) Feedback on the possibility of holding an indoor track and field meet this winter was good. Teams all had at least a warm response to the idea, as long as we were talking about an event that could be easily planned and executed, not something that would require the amount of work as Nationals. It was decided that we should take a close look at possible venues for this meet. We need to identify availability and costs. We request the following people research these questions with the facility listed next to their names, and provide detailed feedback at the next MECTA meeting: a.) Cheryl Gilbert/Pam Swan Bowdoin College b.) Chris Supple/Jenny Nelson USM c.) Lars Mothander/Tom Blake Portland EXPO There is also some interest in promoting MECTA participation at the USATF meet at Bowdoin in February.
3.) Review of MECTA Mission In an effort to clearly understand and define the role of MECTA in order for us to have an effective Mission statement around which we can base all future decisions, we are looking for feedback on the current mission statement. This is officially presented as Article III "Purpose" of the MECTA By Laws, which can be found on the MECTA website. All team Captains and Board members are encouraged to review this document and send suggestions for updating or improving this document, to the MECTA Vice President, Chris Supple. Prior to the next MECTA meeting, Chris will redistribute all meaningful feedback to all team Captains and Board members for review. At the next MECTA meeting, this topic will be discussed and possibly referred to a committee.
4.) The MECTA scorer, Pam Swan, has been given access to the MECTA website to perform updates to records and meet results.
5.) The possibility of a MECTA fund raiser is beginning to take shape. The most popular suggestion at this time is to organize a golf tournament in the Spring of 2005. Besides raising money for MECTA, and the teams, we will possibly identify a charity organization to benefit as well. A committee definitely needs to be formed for this undertaking. Chuck Record of BankNorth is the initial point person. Please poll your teams to recruit committee members for this event and help put them in contact with Chuck.
6.) With the remaining time we held some initial discussion on the future status of draftees. A few ideas were presented for discussion. a.) An idea was presented to allow draftees to remain, as draftees, with the teams that they participated with in 2004, assuming that the individual and team were in agreement. The individual would be required to pay the $50 draft fee. b.) Change the draft order to be based on percentage within divisions rather than pure roster numbers. c.) Where applicable, publish the names of the companies that these draftees are employed by, to further encourage and publicize our commitment to corporate wellness. Chuck Record has put together a proposal to help outline how the draft process might work going forward. This was distributed to all team Captains in attendance, and will be available at the next meeting.
7.) Elections of all MECTA Board positions will be held at the October meeting. MECTA members should begin to consider pursing these positions if they have an interest. Nominations should be communicated with the nominee prior to it being made at the time of the election, to insure acceptance of the nomination. More about this topic will be discussed at the September MECTA meeting.
9.) The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:05 PM.
10.) The next MECTA Captains' Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 15th at 5:30 PM. The location is to be determined.
Submitted by Chris Supple, Aug 25, 2004.