DXC Board Minutes – January 2011
DXC Board Minutes – January, 2011
January 23, 2011, Dunn Bros. Coffee on London Rd.
Present: Bonnie Fuller Kask, Nikolai Anikin, Jed Downs, Patti Harvieux, Anne Flueckiger, Bryan French, Morris Levy
PH – We have 205 households so far this season. Our record is 207, so it’s going to be close.
BF – MN Power’s ‘Nordic Striders’ club has just sent in 15 memberships, so we are absolutely going to set a new record for club memberships.
PH – There are over 100 registered as of over a week ago, so numbers are looking great.
- We have had a great response to our calls for volunteers.
- Brian Bich has worked with Spirit Mt. to come up with a fair per-skier rate.
- Still working out details of start, due to the presence of Timber Twister, which is located at the former start/end path of the race.
- The City of Duluth groomers will groom most of the course, and Ron Weber will groom some of the interior trails.
- Awards ceremony will be in the main, downhill chalet. All other logistics will be at the Timber Twister building.
AF – Since Brian (Bich) and Patti will not be managing the race next year, a number of people have agreed to be on the Nordic Spirit Race Committee, which will convene in March.
AF – We are a busy club! We have had technique sessions, headlamp skis at Hartley, the Wednesday Night Race series, which the UMD Nordic Club has been doing a great job with. The Duluth Youth Nordic Ski Race Series started today.
ML – I was at the youth race – there about 15 kids out racing. It was cold, but well organized and the kids looked like they were having fun.
AF – The City of Duluth Trails Task Force was tabled to deal with community center discussions. Should be back on the table at next meeting.
- Plans for Spirit Mountain to convey their trails to the City of Duluth continue moving forward.
- The Trails Master Plan will be developed Feb-June, and a consultant has been hired by city to do that. One representative from each of 15-20 user groups/constituencies, including DXC, will provide input in a series of planning meetings. In the meantime, Parks & Rec has convened user group reps. to act on the specific issue of “wayfinding” i.e. trail signs. AF has lined up volunteers to assess the 5 city-groomed ski trails for this project.
- Duluth Parks & Rec met with Renee Mattson in December to discuss DXC’s proposal to merge the Spirit trail system into the city system (if this happens, the Great MN Ski Pass would be required, not a separate Spirit pass). As noted last fall, the Nordic Committee of the Spirit Mt. board supports this proposal. As Spirit’s XC trails are already on public land, the main change would be to who take responsibility for the XC trails and Nordic chalet. The details of this potential arrangement are yet to be worked out (for example, getting more funds from DNR would help cover additional grooming costs). Providing that the club can help Parks & Rec & Spirit Mt. come up with a workable plan, City Council would then need to approve it.
JD – Have spent a lot of time converting to Quickbooks. That process is almost complete.
- This year, we will have enough money moving through the ski club accounts that we will be required (for the first time) to file with the IRS. We will need to hire an accountant for this. [Question: Does DXC have a trustworthy accountant member?]
- Banff income accounting is incomplete, but looks to have earned about twice as much as last year.
BF – The two most likely reasons for this would be two raffle tables and the cost sharing agreement with Burrito Union/Brewhouse.
AF – Morris and Patti are both resigning from the board, effective the end of this ski season [March]. We are seeking new board members.
Discussion about board responsibilities and structure.
AF – Continuing board members should contact me in the next few weeks regarding their role on the board or with the club.
Minutes by Bryan French