November 2016 - This is Club Northwest's periodic newsletter for our members and friends. We hope you can use the information to enjoy your participation in our sport through Club Northwest.
It is the mission of Club Northwest to provide for its members and for the community as a whole, leadership in and support for track & field athletics, long distance running, cross country running, race walking, and mountain/ultra/trail running.
Message from the President, Rick Albright:
It’s that special time of year when fall is in the air, plans are being made for family get-togethers, and the weather is perfect for running. Even though I haven’t run a cross country race in many a year, the season still evokes memories of how much fun it was to run with my teammates. And I still get a charge out of running (or even walking) through the fall colors and fallen leaves, feeling the crisp (and often damp) air, and the smells of autumn. Many of you are running cross country, and others are gearing up for their favorite road races or marathons. Whatever your situation, I hope you all are able to keep healthy and fit, and that includes our sprinters, jumpers, throwers, walkers, etc.
It’s also a great time of year to volunteer for CNW. In addition to the volunteers needed to support our cross country races (the USATF Regional XC Championships are coming up on Nov 20), we have the Resolution Run coming up on New Year’s Day. The Reso Run has become our most important fund raising event for the Club, especially with the loss of revenues from NW Runner magazine. Please consider helping us this year. Enter to run or volunteer to help (or both!), bring along family and friends, and help spread the word around about this fantastic race. For the most daring, the polar bear plunge is an exceptionally invigorating way to start the New Year.
The Club also needs help with our Board of Directors and our various committees, which do the bulk of the Club’s day-to-day work. The four committees are Membership, Events, Teams, and Communications. The Communications Committee, for example, is looking for volunteers to help us maintain and improve our CNW website. If there are members out there who have experience in web design and have some time to help out, Laura Mickelson (Club Secretary and chair of the Communications Committee) would love to hear from you. The other committee chairs are Ed Haywood (Teams), Saul Kinderis (Events) and Kimber Hinson (Membership). If you’d like to volunteer but aren’t sure where you might fit, please contact me. We also are looking for new members to serve on the Board, which guides the overall work and direction of the Club. If you have thoughts about how the Club can improve its performance, or new ideas that would help the Club better meet its mission, you are exactly the type of person we need. We have several openings coming up on the Board, so please contact me if this interests you.
If you do volunteer for the Club, please keep in mind that some employers will match volunteer time with a financial contribution. The Club has benefitted greatly from a few of our very active volunteers whose employers have provided matching donations based on volunteer time.