One Last Trot 'Round the Block
As another year ends, it is appropriate to reflect on the "State of the Club" and our accomplishments in 2014. Over the year, I discovered that the State of Franklin Track Club is comprised of many dedicated, enthusiastic people with abundant talents. I also found the club to be a complex organization, with simultaneously moving parts.
SFTC is in sound financial condition. Income from club-owned races, timing engagements, equipment rentals and membership fees generated over $40,600 in 2014. Expenses in the same categories amounted to around $25,450, leaving over $15,000 net. Outgoing funds included scholarships and grants, equipment purchases, insurance and the Annual Awards Banquet, totaling almost $14,400. Excluding any surplus from last weekend's Pioneer 5 Miler, the club has over $4,500 in receivables for timing services already rendered. Additionally, the club currently holds over $18,500 in checking and savings.
The year saw 705 registered members, a new high water mark in the club's history. Membership includes 168 families and 172 individual members, with 227 people joining SFTC for the first time. Membership runs from January 1 through December 31, and over 483 have joined or renewed for 2015. If you haven't signed up yet, now is the time!
Much of the club' revenue comes from race timing services and timing equipment rentals. In 2014, the club timed thirty-seven races and rented equipment to twenty-four events. We offer services at competitive rates, with special discounts made to schools.
SFTC is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization that promotes walking and running in our region. To help fulfill this mission, during 2014 the club disbursed $750 in scholarships and made grants of $3,100 to local organizations that promote walking and running in our area. The club hosted five races, with most offered at a low cost to participants. Two of the races are part of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour. In addition, each year SFTC offers four summer track meets and three timed mile events open to all ages and free to participants.
Club competitions are an important perk for many SFTC members, and 2014 saw solid participation in its seven no-cost club-sponsored competitions. We will celebrate those at the Annual Awards Banquet next month!
As noted above, 2014 was a busy year. Other accomplishments include:
- An external financial audit was completed as required by the SFTC Bylaws
- The Bylaws were amended to better protect the privacy of the membership
- The Annual Awards Banquet was moved to January
- Timing equipment purchases included a "Time Machine" (an advanced hand-held timer), a second ChronoTrack chip timing controller, and a large screen for displaying race results
- For the first time, online club membership registration was made available
- SFTC Membership Booths were hosted at five area events, registering ninety-nine new club members
Volunteers are where the rubber meets the road in SFTC; they are the "heart and sole" of the club (excuse the pun). SFTC is a volunteer organization, and this year 188 members earned a total 1966 volunteer points. If you haven't volunteered yet, get started! It's easy, and you will experience being part of the organization in a meaningful way. Check the website for a description of opportunities and benefits of being a volunteer.
Some of the most rewarding opportunities are in serving as a competition coordinator, a manager, or on the SFTC Board of Directors. On January 1, let us welcome and support these members as they take on new roles:
- President: (thru 2015) Gene Chumley
- President-Elect: (thru 2016) Jason Tipton
- Treasurer: LeGrande Boyer
- Secretary: Dean Greer
- District 1 Rep. (thru 2017) Janette Adams Erchinger
- District 2 Rep. (thru 2015) Donna Bays
- District 3 Rep: (thru 2016) Mark Skelton
- KFOM Coordinator Sheri Gewelke
- Adult Mile Series Coordinator Kelly Chandler
Capping off each year is the SFTC Annual Awards Banquet. The Board plans to rotate the banquet between venues in the State of Franklin, and the 2014 event will be held on Saturday January 10 at 6:00 PM, at Science Hill High School, Johnson City. This is a potluck affair, so bring something good to fuel your running friends!
The Kids Awards will also be held on January 10, from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center, Kingsport. Kids Festival of Miles and Prince & Princess awards will be given, and the kids always have a big time.
- The Annual New Year's Wake-Up Run 5K & Mile will be on New Year's Day at 9:00 AM. The race starts at the Tennessee Technology Center at Phipps Bend. This is a great way to start the year!
- The next SFTC Board meeting will be January 6, 6:30 PM at the Eastman Employee Center. Come to participate in running this organization and earn a volunteer point at the same time.
Finally, it has been a privilege to serve as President of this outstanding organization, and to work with such wonderful people. The State of Franklin Track Club is truly a club with a future. From my family to yours: run hard, be healthy, and have a great new year.
I'll see you out there,
2014 SFTC President