USATF Midwest Region Newsletter ~ October 2018


USATF Midwest Region Newsletter                     
Richard Messenger, USATF Midwest Region Representative
October 5, 2018
Dear Midwest Region Association: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Volunteer of the Year:
Each Association has the opportunity to nominate a Volunteer of the year candidate with a short Bio/Resume focusing on recent volunteer work with their association.
The award will be presented at Regional Breakouts during 2018 USATF Annual Meeting.
Award: $50 Gift Card to be used at USATF Store during the annual meeting.
Deadline for nominations: October 26, 2018.  Please email your nomination to Richard Messenger:
If I do not receive nominations, then I will determine the award winner as I had to do last year.
Association Fees 2019:
It is useful to note (confirmed with Luke) the National sanction, club, and membership fees will not change in 2019. 
Outlined herein is the 2019 Association Fees information request.
Please complete the Wufoo form ( and return no later than COB on October 12, 2018.
If further information or assistance is required, please contact Luke at
Changes at the National Office:  
The following changes have taken place recently in Indy:
SafeSport Administrator: Madeleine Vala 
Sanctions Program Coordinator: Tyler Nelson 
Associate Director of Youth Programs: Don Lawrence
Constituent Services Manager-Associations: Luke Fimreite
Association Committee Vice Chair-Regions position to be voted on at Annual Meeting
Our Associations Committee Vice Chair-Regions position, which has two years remaining in the term (2018-2020) will be open for nomination 30 days prior to the annual meeting, with a vote at our first Associations Committee general session. Nomination information will be available in the October Associations Newsletter and posted on the ARC home page. Click here for position job description.  Thanks for Steve Vaitones who has stepped up to fill the interim position.
November 28 - December 2 – Annual Meeting in Columbus
Our Association Workshop will be held on Wednesday, 28 November with the theme of ‘Leadership 101’ to better assist newly elected officers with the information to begin their leadership roles, though all association officers are welcome.  The workshop will also feature a presentation and Q&A from a SafeSport nationally renowned expert. Opening session will be Thursday, November 29, with closing session once again Sunday morning, 2 December.  Click here for Workshop and Annual Meeting information and registration site.
Remember you must register for the meeting before you can reserve a room at the host hotel.  Only one room may be reserved per registration.
Cross Country Championships:
Please forward me your association open cross country championship dates and locations.  The AEC is hoping that each association is offering an Open and Masters Championships as well as their Junior Olympics Championships.  Cross Country is probably the easiest championship for associations to host and to grow a competitive event – the distance can be longer or shorter, it can easily be appended to an existing event including the Jo’s.  Most associations can run themselves.  We just need to make sure that we publicize each level of the event that we are offering at our championships. This is one sport where associations can offer a real service and well populated championship to their members, along with a vehicle to draw potential members.
The Association Resource Center is your one-stop for information!
The online resource center is divided into five key areas to support Association leaders. Here you will find training modules for everyday tasks like date of birth verifications, resources specific to your position like medal order forms and accreditation information, and much more. The Association Resource Center is continually updated to ensure all Associations have the necessary resources available, day or night.
New Officers
If your association has new officers or committee chairs please send me their names as well as email address and I will add them to my mailing list for this newsletter.
Information Needed for Next Newsletter
If you have news items/pictures from your association, that you would like to submit, please send them to me for inclusion in these e-newsletters. Please advise your sports committees that their submissions are welcome. 
Contact Information
Richard Messenger
USATF Midwest Region Representative - Personal – Legacy address
530 Valley Chapel Rd.
Weston, WV 26452