BRRC Needs You
Did you know that the Baltimore Road Runners Club is an all volunteer organization? You didn't? You might have missed it in a previous email.
So, not one of our race directors, coaches, board members, or presidents gets paid for their contributions to the club. Which means that all of these hard working and enthusiastic people are donating their time and energy to a cause that means something to them.
Do you know how I got to be where I am with BRRC - living that extravagant President's life? Well, not exactly. A few years ago, I thought that our website needed to be overhauled. It started out innocently enough: I complained to friends and other club members when it took a week to have race results posted. This is when I learned that a longtime volunteer had been the only one to create and maintain the website for years and years (while he was race directing and volunteering in other ways too). He had a family and was going back to school and didn't have as much time to commit the club as he once had.
It just so happened that at the same time, Tim Satterfield, former President, was forming a committee to look into getting a new website built. I was so excited to be a part of the committee. From there, I became a contributor to the revamped brrc.com. The website was built so that it could be easily updated by our members. We no longer needed to rely solely on one webmaster to keep the community up to date on club matters. Hell, the site even won an award from the RRCA. I was proud of the work that the other volunteers and I had put in to the project and it felt good to be recognized for our efforts.
From there, I joined the board and eventually became President - but I think I'm getting off of my original thought here...
I joined the website committee at the time because I saw a need for it and thought that it was important. I started posting same-day race results to our website because I saw a need for it and thought that it was important. I started showing up to races and taking photos because I saw a need for it and thought that it was important. I started the planning for a Team Store because I saw a need for it and thought it was important. Part of what's great about being a part of BRRC is that when you see something that you want the club to be doing, you can do it!
A lot of you have great ideas, see needs, and think that things are important, but you feel intimidated and so don't get involved. Or you'll mention an idea in passing, don't see any progress and don't get involved. I'm proof that the things that you think are important are important. When you expound on an idea, or reach out to take on a role within the club - real things can get done.
So, I'm here to tell you - BRRC needs you. We need you to make the changes you want to see in our running community. We need you to keep pushing and to see your vision through. I hear a lot of discussion. I hear where many of you would like to see your club heading. You can be the change that you want to see.
That's not to say that we don't have a lot of vision and service already. There are so many of you that make this such a great organization to be a part of. I know that there are a lot of different things that need doing, and I can speak for BRRC and say that we appreciate all that you do.
That's all for this month. Marathon for me on Sunday. Haven't exactly been seeing my training through this cycle. Wish me luck.
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