Central Maine Striders
November 8, 2017
Big G’s Deli
Central Maine Striders is the oldest, active running club in the state of Maine. To keep our club thriving we need members, like you, to engage and help lead our club, grow our membership, and increase our offerings.
Joining the Striders Board of Directors as an officer is one way to get involved, especially as we're currently in need of people to fill several positions. Officers serve two-year terms, with the option to be reelected once, for a total of four consecutive years. The board meets monthly, along with any interested members, outside of summer. The next club meeting is Wednesday, December 13, at 6 p.m. at The End Zone (38 College Ave, Waterville).
Nominations are underway for 2018-19 Central Maine Striders club officers. Here is our current slate of 2018-19 officers up for election.
2018-19 Club Officers
The vice president position has been vacant for the past year. The VP helps with planning club events (potlucks, the annual meeting and awards, group runs, etc), among other duties. If interested in serving, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other officers, such as a Membership Coordinator, may be elected as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors. If interested in assisting the club in this essential way, or another way, please send an email to: email@example.com.
Please note that Ron Peck (Treasurer) and Alicia MacLeay (Communications) will finish their second and final terms as officers at the end of 2018. Their positions will be vacant as of January 2019.
If you have any interest in getting involved with Striders in 2018 or beyond, please come to a monthly club meeting. The next meeting is Wednesday, December 13, at 6 p.m. at The End Zone in Waterville. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us know your individual interests and skills. We're always looking for members to volunteer in the ways most meaningful and appropriate for them and to whatever extent their schedule allows.
That could mean arranging group runs and potlucks (a top request among members), organizing member benefits to local businesses, coordinating Striders race teams for events, writing race reports for the website, and so on.
The possibilities for Central Maine Striders are up to you, our members!
Article 5: Officers (Excerpted from Central Maine Striders By-Laws)
The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Clerk, and such other officers as may be deemed necessary by the Board of Directors. Any two or more shall be elected by the Members at the Annual Meeting thereof, and shall hold their offices until their successors are chosen and have qualified or until their earlier resignation, death, incapacity, or removal from office. It shall not be necessary to elect the Clerk annually. The Clerk shall be elected by the Board of Directors and shall serve until either his or her resignation, death, incapacity, or removal from office by the Board of Directors.
The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation and shall have such other duties and responsibilities as the Board of Directors may delegate or designate. He shall, when present, preside at all meetings of the Members and Directors, and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect.
The Vice-President shall, in the absence of the President, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President, and while so doing, shall have all of the powers and duties herein given to or imposed upon the President.
The Treasurer shall be the financial officer of the Corporation, and shall, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, have immediate charge of the books of account and of the corporate funds and securities. He shall disperse the funds of the Corporation as directed by the Board of Directors, deposit such funds in the name of the Corporation in such depositories as are designated by the Board of Directors, and shall keep records of account showing accurately at all times the financial condition of the Corporation, which records of account shall at all times be open to the inspection of the Directors. He shall also furnish to the President and to the Board of Directors, whenever requested, a statement of the financial condition of the Corporation and shall perform all other duties incident to his office and such other duties as may be prescribed by these By-Laws, the Directors, or the Members. The Treasurer shall, if required by the Directors, give bond, to be held by the President for the faithful discharge of his duties, in such sum and with such sureties as the Directors may require or approve.
The Secretary shall keep a record of the correspondence of the Corporation, and of the business transacted at all meetings of the Board of Directors and at the Annual or special meeting of the Members of the Corporation; and shall maintain the role of the Members of the Corporation and their addresses. The Secretary shall also perform such other duties as the Board of Directors may from time to time direct.
The Clerk shall be a resident of the State of Maine and shall perform all duties required by the Maine Non-Profit Corporation Act, and such other duties as the Board of Directors may from time to time direct.
Any other officers of the Corporation shall perform such duties as the Board of Directors may from time to time direct.
All club officers have term limits of 2 years with an option to run for an additional 2 years in the same role. After 4 consecutive years, club officers must vacate their current office. This officer may hold another position within the club following their 4 year term. Officers may run for a previous position in which they had reached term limits, so long as a minimum of 1 term (2 years) has passed, or they are appointed due to an unexpected vacancy.
Hats, shirts, shorts, stickers...?
Central Maine Striders is looking into potential gear for club members to buy in 2018. Please help us gauge interest by completing the five-question survey at the link below.
We'll give away a free 2018 club membership to at least one respondent. Thank you!
Have fun hanging out with your fellow Striders club members while competing in a 100-mile relay race this spring. Members are currently organizing several Striders teams for the 2018 Riverlands 100 & Relay race in Turner, Maine, on May 12 and 13.
Riverlands 100 is 100-mile relay or solo trail race organized by Trail Monster Running. Each relay team has five runners and each runner completes a 20-mile, out-and-back loop.
Karen Gross, who ran the inaugural 2017 race with team Kennebec Trail Runners (read their 2017 race report), is helping to organize Striders teams for 2018.
All abilities are welcome to join a club relay team. The Riverlands course is mostly wide dirt roads and is very easy to run, says Karen. Aid stations are positioned about every five miles along the course. The cutoff time is 32 hours, so even slower runners will have plenty of time to finish.
The cost is $55 for each relay runner ($275 per team). This includes a race tee and a very cool hooded sweatshirt with a race logo if your team finishes before the cutoff time. For a bigger challenge, solo runners can compete in the full 100 miler ($160 registration fee).
If interested in joining a Striders team at Riverlands or if you have questions, please send an email to email@example.com or reach out to Karen Gross directly.
For more information on the Riverlands 100 & Relay, put on by Trail Monster Running, visit www.riverlands100.com.
Striders Club Run at Riverlands
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The date for the club run at Riverlands has been postponed due to trail conditions. Once a new date has been selected we'll update the info.
Weather permitting Karen Gross will lead an easy, no-drop, 10-mile club run at Androscoggin Riverlands State Park for Striders members interested in joining a relay team.
The group will follow the Old River Road Trail on an out-and-back run, so runners can adjust the distance up or down to their liking. Meet at the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park entrance off Center Bridge Road, Turner, Maine.
Directions: Travel Route 117 east from Turner about 2 miles, turning right at a fork just before a four-way intersection. Continue onto Center Bridge Road and proceed another 2 miles to the parking lot on right just before the Turner boat launch.
Run, walk, waddle, or race and join Central Maine Striders for an invigorating run at the 39th annual 4.5-mile January Thaw Road Race. This year’s race is scheduled for Sunday, January 21, at 11 a.m. at the Belgrade Central School.
The top female and male runners will receive $50 gift certificates each from New Balance. There also will be a post-race raffle for all runners with movie passes to local movie theaters, $20 gift certificates from local businesses like the Korner Store and Deli in Oakland, and gift certificates from local lumberyards. All runners get lightweight cotton gloves.
Refreshments will be served after the race in the Belgrade Central School cafeteria and will include oranges, bananas, hot chili, dark chocolate brownies, and Poland Spring water.
In the case of severe weather, the race will be held on Sunday, January 28, instead.