MECTA CAPTAINS' MEETING
Chuck Record (BankNorth)
Cheryl Gilbert (BIW)
Irene Fitzgerald (Maine DEP)
Lisa Gyurko (Banknorth, Secretary)
Peter Serunian (Anthem)
Puddy Holmes (UNUMProvident, Treasurer)
Sam Rinaldi (Wright Express)
Tom Blake (UNUMProvident)
Jeff Scully (Maine Games)
1.) Meeting Minutes to last meeting reviewed and approved.
2.) Maine Games History: Jeff Scully from Maine Games attended the meeting to discuss the workings of the Maine games. Maine games was looking for MECTA to join in on their Maine Games state event to be held the weekend of June 25th. The Maine Games is entering its third year. It is growing throughout the country and offers a variety of sports to people of all ages (the youngest athlete was 3). Clinics are run for the Maine Games and this year Tom Petranoff will be putting on a javelin clinic. Tom holds the record for the longest javelin throw, at 319 feet. The Maine Games is also highly advertised and could provide MECTA with the opportunity to get more publicity, which could hel the organization grow and recruit new members.
3.) MECTA Discussion on Maine Games: Sam, Jenny and Bill met with Jeff and notes from this meeting were sent to prior to this meeting via e-mail (contact Sam for a copy of this e-mail if necessary). Attendees of the meeting unanimously agreed to the motion as stated by Tom, to look into MECTA going to the Maine Games the weekend of June 25th (likely Saturday, 6/25). This meet will be an additional meet and will not replace any existing meet. Scoring will be looked into to determine if we will have separate scoring. Competitors who pay the fee, currently $20 for 2 events and $5 for each additional event, will be eligible for medals and have an opportunity to qualify for the national meet. Jeff mentioned that we may be able to pay a flat fee $10. He also felt there would be a way to dual score people if they pay the fee and want to score for METCA and for the Maine Games. METCA will provide volunteers to help with officiating. The meet will most likely be held at Fitzpatrick Stadium and the cost will be covered by the Maine Games (cost is $1700/day). It was mentioned to Jeff that if we use Fitzpatrick extra precautions need to be made for the discus event, as we had issues last season with discs hitting the track. There was a family relay last year and the group encouraged Jeff to do more relays, as they are fun part of the MECTA meets. It was questioned if we would add our own events to satisfy MECTA members. That will need to be discussed. Sam, Jenny and Bill will meet with Jeff again in April to work out any details, including fees, scoring and if they will run separate events for MECTA members.
4.) Jury of Appeals: Tom created a document discussing a proposal for a Jury of Appeals. This was discussed briefly, but since many members, including Tom were not present during the discussion it will be on the Agenda for Aprils meeting. The meeting members did agree that the captain that called the meeting should be the one to communicate the issue, as it may get lost in the translation if it is communicated through other individuals. Cheryl would like to see how other people handle this and will be researching other methods.
5.) Corporate Challenge Triathlon: Cheryl Gilbert mentioned a triathlon in Bath that was willing to set up a corporate challenge. Captains should communicate this opportunity with their teams to see if there is interest and if they would be interested in doing the triathlon individually, combined, men and women together or separately.
6.) MECTA Practices If there is interest MECTA would like to hold a MECTA practice where all teams come together to practice. This would be a once a week practice and all would be invited. It would most likely be in the Portland area, however there is a possibility to have additional practices in other areas such as Lewiston if there is enough interest. If this MECTA practice is held at South Portland where Unum practices, MECTA members will not be able to join in with Unum unless they pay a fee. Unum holds a separate practice and pay for their coaching. Having weekly MECTA practices will be discussed further at the next meeting.
7.) Misc: There was a proposal for a Budget committee (to develop an annual budget for MECTA) - See Steve's e-mail. Irene has had a budget in the past and we can likely work off of that budget as a base. What happens to new teams if there are only a couple of draftees in the pool and teams only get one or two draftees?
8.) To Do List: - Bill needs to add the Maine Games link to the MECTA website. - Lisa will send an e-mail notification of upcoming meetings the Monday before each meeting with another reminder the day before. The meets are held the 3rd Wed of each month. Minutes will be sent via e-mail and later posted to the MECTA website. - All captains will need to report to Chris what draftees they will keep by April 13th. Those draftees who are not fore mentioned by that date will re-enter the pool. Lisa will send a reminder to the captains a week before the 13th.
9.) April Agenda Items: - Update on conversations with Bill about the Maine Games - Review and discuss Tom's proposal for a Jury of Appeals and discuss any items Cheryl has found through her research - Draft - Committee Reports - Compile an inventory of assets - Closing nationals account (Chuck will have spreadsheet to review and discuss) - Meet dates and locations update (could not provide update because Jim Dyer, meet director was not available) - Using National events at our Regionals meet - Team member eligibility - Chuck to review with captains who is eligible - MECTA practices - Clarification of team selection vs. the draft selection update provided by Steve.The meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.
The next meeting will be held at Anthem at 5:30 PM on April 20, 2005.
Submitted by Lisa Gyurko, Mar. 16, 2005.