Posted by Nick Lamberti on October 14, 2020 at 19:48:
I hope that you are well and staying safe! I am sure that you will agree that 2020 has been a very difficult year personally, professionally and socially. I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to update you on club activities and your membership status for the upcoming calendar year 2021.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in March and the corresponding closing of the Melrose Knights of Columbus, MRC suspended all club activities in accordance with Governor Baker's Executive orders limiting travel and non-essential business. In late June, through the hard work of Regina Curran, Jim Carson, Thuy Dang and Lois Parker Carmona a set of Covid-19 protocols for the club were created and approved by the Melrose Board of Health. The MRC protocols included a Covid-19 waiver, an online weekly sign-in sheet for contact tracing, weekly in-person monitors and a designated outdoor location for gathering.
On July 21, 2020, the Tuesday night club runs re-started from the Cabbage Patch parking lot in front of Melrose High School. This information has been posted on FaceBook and the MRC Forum. Attendance for our weekly runs range from 10 to 20 club members.
Membership Fees for Calendar Year 2021
At the end of August, the MRC Board of Directors voted NOT TO COLLECT membership dues for calendar year 2021 given the pandemic and lack of club activities. This recommendation was ratified at the club annual meeting on the second Tuesday night in September by club members in attendance.
Current MRC memberships will be extended to include calendar year 2021. No payments will be necessary. New memberships in 2021, either individual or family will be charged the existing fees.
First and foremost MRC would like to thank all Board members who served this past year. Stepping down will be President Derm Cahill, PR Coordinator Julie Galvin, Events Coordinators Liz Hecht, Haecha Donnelly and Rebeca Hughes. Thank you everyone!
Also, after 10 years of hard work, Liz Tassinari will be handing over the reigns of the Melrose Run For Women to Thuy Dang. Under Liz's leadership the MRFW has grown from just a few hundred women runners annually to over one thousand participants. Great job Liz!
Thanks to Andy Nagelin who reached out to club members, the ballot for this elections will have several new faces on the Board. Since the club can no longer vote in-person Jim Caron has developed an online voting process and site.
Please visit http://www.melroserunningclub.com/MRCv1/Election to cast your online ballot. In order to vote you will need to enter the e-mail address you used to register with the club and your MRC Ballot Code will be emailed to you. If you have any issues voting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that MRC has created a diversity committee position on the Board in the effort to promote diversity and stand against racism to build a stronger, more inclusive running community. This was the result of extensive discussions at the Board level concerning MRC's confirmation to stand with communities of color against bias and violence.
It is my understanding that virtual race results will still be collected and many thanks go out to Andy Nagelin, Regina Curran, Thuy Dang and Bobby and Kristy Taylor who tabulated your virtual race results this past year.
Also, a survey has been posted on Facebook asking for your feedback about moving the MRC Tuesday night club runs to a weekend day for the winter. Please take a few minutes over the next week to reply.
Still TBD: the annual MRC Thanksgiving run at Spot Pond, Thanksgiving baskets and further MRC events either virtual or in-person. As a quick reminder, you can always order MRC apparel online through the club website.
Best wishes to all, stay safe, and enjoyed the holidays the best you can. Please feel free to email me any questions you may have.
Thanks for your time,