Far West Masters

Summer Board Meeting

July 9, 2005



The Board of Directors of Far West Masters held its Annual Summer Board Meeting on July 9, 2005 at the home of Eddie Mozen in Olympic Valley California.  Present were the following Board Members:


Marietta Frinell

Rees Palermo

Don Smith

Mark Smallhouse


arriving late was Board Member Linda Crowell.  Also present were Members Teddy Catanho, Eddie Mozen and Karl Brown.  President Don Smith called the meeting to order at 9am.  A quorum of five Board Members was present.


            1.         Approval of Minutes.  The first item of business was a review of meeting minutes for the fall 2004 Board Meeting.  Upon motion made by Rees Palermo, seconded by Mark Smallhouse and unanimously carried, the minutes of fall 2004 Board of Directors Meeting were approved.


            2.         Election Results.  The next item of business was a report on the election results for officers for the upcoming calendar year.  It was announced by Don Smith that Marietta Frinell was elected to the position of Vice President of Membership replacing Heidi Littenberg and that Elizabeth Kennedy was reelected to the position of Vice President of Communications.  Upon a motion made by Rees Palermo, seconded by Mark Smallhouse, the election of Marietta Frinell as the corporation’s Vice President of Membership and Elizabeth Kennedy’s re-election as the Vice President of Communications were unanimously approved.


            3.         Race Schedule.  Next, Rees Palermo presented a new schedule for the upcoming 2005 – 2006 race season.  Rees indicated that there were several significant race scheduling changes over the previous year including the moving of the Alpine Meadows race weekend from March to mid-December replacing what customarily was a Sugar Bowl race weekend.  Rees also indicated the new addition of a race weekend in the middle of February at June Mountain that was still being finalized.  Finally, Rees indicated that he had been investigating Homewood as a possible race site in the future,  possibly, the running of a race on the old Tahoe Ski Bowl side of Homewood but indicated that he had not been able to fit the race into this year’s schedule.  Upon a motion by Don Smith, seconded by Mark Smallhouse, the race schedule for the 2005 – 2006 ski season was unanimously approved. 


            4.         Bib Sponsorship.  The next item of business was the sponsorship bibs, which was introduced by Eddie Mozen.  Eddie indicated that our primary sponsors for bibs were Granite Chief and Lausmann Lumber and that he had tentatively entered into an agreement to have Granite Chief pay between

$1500 - $2,000 per year for a total of 4 years and that Lausmann Lumber had indicated that it would be willing to be a sponsor in the amount of $500 a year for 5 years.  It was also indicated that there had been substantial interest by Dave Garner of Reno Mountain Sports in becoming a sponsor of our bibs and that they were willing to do a $2,000 per year sponsorship for a 2 year period.  The Board then discussed previous problems in collecting previous bib sponsorship dues from Granite Chief but noted that as Granite Chief had been a long-term sponsor, that it was appropriate to provide Granite Chief with the opportunity to first repay some of its past-due sponsorship obligations, and then to enter into a contract for 3 years for $1500.  Upon a motion made by Rees Palermo and seconded by Mark Smallhouse, it was unanimously agreed that Linda Crowell would contact Herb Manning of Granite Chief and request that he first pay $1500 of his past-due sponsorship obligation on or before August 15th, 2005 and that he make subsequent payments of $1500 due and payable on or before March 1, 2006, March 1, 2007 and March 1, 2008 as part of a bib sponsorship deal.  It was also approved that Don Smith was authorized to submit a contract to Joe Lausmann of Lausmann Lumber for a sponsorship of $500 per year for 5 years.  Finally, it was approved that Eddie Mozen would contact Alpine Signs to clarify the final price of the bibs, as well as commence the design of a new bib layout to include sponsorships from Granite Chief and Lausmann Lumber.  It was also agreed that Eddie Mozen was authorized to submit a bib order for 500 bibs.


            5.         Olympic Sponsorship.  The next item for business was a discussion concerning the providing of a donation by Far West Masters to support Ara Papazian who had qualified as a member of the Armenian ski team for the upcoming Torino 2006 Winter Olympics, as well as supporting Pierre Jeangiraurd as his coach for the sum of $1000.  Upon motion by Mark Smallhouse and seconded by Rees Palermo, it was agreed the issue of providing a scholarship to Ara Papazian and Pierre Jeangiraurd to attend the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics was tabled until the October 8th Board Meeting. 


There being no other business to come before the Board, upon a motion by Marietta Frinell and seconded by Linda Crowell, the meeting was adjourned.