A Commitment to Volunteerism
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A Commitment to Volunteerism

President's Message

What makes BRRC a strong running club?  Is it the breadth of Club races we offer, or the outstanding training programs we conduct, or the speed with which we post results, or the enthusiasm of our wonderful members, or the camaraderie among us? Yes, it is all of these things, and more.  But at the heart of Club effectiveness is a commitment to volunteerism.

BRRC is an all-volunteer organization.  We depend on the commitment of members to organize and conduct races, to keep track of results, to manage membership, to train runners for upcoming events, to keep club records, to do whatever is necessary to keep the club operating.  Some of our volunteers are out front, like our training program coaches and race directors, and some are behind the scenes, like our GPS team.  All are equally necessary to make the Club successful. 

With the arrival of Fall weather, I am reminded of important events coming for BRRC, including the Baltimore Running Festival Waterstop, the 25th Anniversary NCR Trail Marathon, and the BRRC General Membership Meeting.  These events present excellent opportunities for all of us to step up and volunteer for the club. 

Since the inception of the Baltimore Running Festival, BRRC has hosted a waterstop on the marathon course.  Again this year, next Saturday, October 18, BRRC members will be handing runners water and Gatorade near the 9.5-mile mark.  The BRRC Waterstop will be located at the intersection of Key Highway and East Cross Street. Street parking is available at this location. Because the Orioles have made it to the American League Championship Series, the Festival times have been moved forward an hour, so volunteers are asked to arrive at the waterstop between 6:00 and 6:15 am.  If you arrive after 6:30 you may have difficulty driving to the waterstop since roads will be closed. T-shirts will be provided to all volunteers that sign-up by October 10th. To volunteer, contact Suzie Boltz.

In late November, we will be hosting the 25th Anniversary NCR Trail Marathon and Relay, again to be held the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 29).  If you are not running the marathon, or in the relay, or in the inaugural Rails to Trails 8K, please consider coming out to volunteer on this very special day.  The NCR Trail Marathon has been BRRC's premier race for a quarter century, receiving recognition from Runner's World magazine and runners the world over as a great race.  This event is the perfect opportunity for all of us to come together as a Club, whether we run or help out.  I strongly encourage you to participate in this race day.  Our Vice President, Brian Flowers, is coordinating volunteers.  Contact Brian to let him know you will help out.

As we near year's end and the BRRC General Membership Meeting in December, it is time to think about next year's Officers and Board Directors, and I would like to make a personal appeal to you to consider serving on the Board.  BRRC By-Laws call for 4 Officers and 7 Directors chosen from the active membership. To serve, an individual must have been an active member for at least six months. 
So, what do Board members do?  This is a great question with an easy answer taken directly from our By-Laws:  "The Board of Directors shall manage the affairs of the Club between Club meetings, shall determine the agenda for Club meetings, shall plan Club functions, and shall do all things necessary to maintain the Club as an ongoing organization."  The Board oversees critical Club functions, like membership, race planning, scholarship management, and training programs.  It also considers initiatives like new races to add to the schedule and coaching certification and community outreach.  A diverse set of ideas and opinions informs a strong Board.  Other than enthusiasm and a desire to influence the Club, no special characteristics are required to serve on the Board. 

If you might be interested in a Board position or have questions about serving, please let me know.  I will pass names along to our nominating committee for inclusion on the ballot to be voted at our December meeting.  The tentative date for the General Membership Meeting is Wednesday, December 10th.  Watch the website and newsletter for updates and time and location.

In conclusion, there are many ways to volunteer and add to the strength of BRRC.  As I like to say, BRRC is only as strong as its member volunteers.  Let's continue to make this a very strong running club.

Thank you for being a part of  BRRC.  I look forward to seeing you at the races!

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