The IDNIYRA is pleased to announce the opening of the Registration Office for the 2019 Gold Cup and North American Championship regattas. Like last year, all regatta documents, a link to the registration page, and critical information will be posted on a specially dedicated page.
Early registration deadline is December 31, 2018. Register online today using Paypal or download the form and mail a check. It’s very easy!
From October 30th to November 6, 2018, IDNIYRA had its first electronic ballot to consider the following amendment to the organization’s constitution, necessary for IRS recognition of the organization as a non-profit.
ARTICLE XIV – DISSOLUTION OF IDNIYRA
Upon dissolution of IDNIYRA, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.
Ballots on ElectionBuddy, a third-party voting application, were sent to 198 members via email in accordance with the constitution and by-laws. One invitation could not be delivered. One hundred and four members voted, with 101 supporting, 3 opposing and none abstaining from the proposal. With 97 percent of those voting approving the proposal, the proposal carried (the Constitution requires that 3/4 of those voting approve a motion to amend the constitution for it to carry). The IDNIYRA can now proceed to apply for non-profit status with IRS.
Participation of 53 percent of the IDNIYRA electorate in this ballot represents the highest return rate in recent IDNIYRA ballots, suggesting that our adoption of electronic voting will improve governance of IDNIYRA. We will reserve time at the 2019 IDNIYRA AGM for a discussion of lessons learned from this first electronic ballot.
Warren Nethercote, KC 3786
Previous: Notice of Electronic Vote
Pete Johns US2360 and Ron Sherry US44 were awarded by the Polish DN board a medal of 50th anniversary of Polish DN Fleet for special merits and efforts for Polish ice sailing over the years. Congratulations my friends!
If you are in the Montreal area and want to learn more about ice sailing, Andre Baby and Jack Marcenski are presenting a program open to the public at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club on November 15, 2018. Last year’s presentation attracted 80 attendees. Information on the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club website.
An important message from IDNIYRA Commodore Warren Nethercote:
IDNIYRA will be conducting an electronic vote beginning Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
The Governing Committee has learned that in 2010 IDNIYRA obtained a tax number (an ‘EIN’) from the IRS, but that we never followed through to establish our status as a 501(c)(3) organization. We are an incorporated as a non-profit in Michigan, but separate application is required to establish our non-profit status with IRS. Completion of our application to IRS requires an addition to our constitution to define what would happen to our assets in the event of dissolution, and specifically that assets will not go to individual members, but instead to a successor organization with similar objects. We encourage you to support this addition to our constitution.
The Governing Committee is bringing this matter directly to a member vote by means of electronic voting. Should you not receive an email inviting you to vote by Wednesday, October 31, 2018, please send an email to Deb Whitehorse email@example.com with your name, correct email address, and sail number, together with when you last paid membership dues.. We can then add you to the voting list and send a ballot to you. Both email address and sail number are required to allow for those members who share an email address, or use a third-party email address.
If you are looking for a DN iceboat or part, or just want to learn how you can start iceboating, be sure to attend an upcoming iceboat swap meet near you. From Massachusetts to Minnesota, they are all taking place the first weekend of November.
NEW ENGLAND ICE YACHTING ASSOCIATION SWAP MEET & LUNCHEON
November 3, 2018
Hudson-Concord Elks Hall
99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749
WESTERN MICHIGAN ICE YACHT CLUB SWAP MEET
November 3, 2018
9 AM until 2 PM
Muskegon Yacht Club
3198 Edgewater St.
SKEETER ICEBOAT CLUB SWAP MEET
November 4, 2018
9 AM until noon
220 N. Elkhorn Rd. (WI Hwy 67)
Williams Bay, WI.
MINNESOTA ICEBOAT CLUB SWAP MEET
November 3, 2018
9AM until noon
7450 Oxford Street
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Sad news to report on this Monday morning. Two North American DN skippers, Nova Ice Yacht Club member Captain Howard Garland KC5532 and Toledo Ice Yacht Club member Aaron Stange US4480 have passed on in recent days.
Both were avid DN sailors who loved the sport and competed in continental regattas. The IDNIYRA extends our deepest sympathies to both Howard and Aaron’s families and friends. Their presence will be sorely missed.
Read New England Ice Yacht Club skipper Eben Whitcomb’s tribute to Howard , “Memories of a Fallen Brother”, here.
Aaron Stange’s memorial visitation and service will be held on Friday, September 28th in Toledo, Ohio. Obituary.
IDNIYRA members will soon be receiving a postcard in their mailboxes as a friendly reminder that it’s time to pay dues for 2019. You can send a check or pay online using Paypal. Go to the Membership page to pay your dues online. Supporting the DN class is easy and affordable. For only $26 per year, your IDNYRA membership:
- Supports the number one ice sailing class in the world and this website
- Supports the class newsletter Runner Tracks published 3 times yearly
- Supports the annual class yearbook
- Helps to maintain the value of your boat
- Makes you eligible to vote in officer elections and class business
Current Issue: September 2018
The days are getting shorter which means it’s time for the first Runner Tracks Magazine of the 2018-2019 season. Many thanks to photographer Andrius Repšys for sharing his photos from the 2018 Junior World Ice Sailing championship that help to tell the story of ice sailing.
INSIDE RUNNER TRACKS:
- Response to Proposed Governing Document Changes
- A Report on Youth Ice Sailing by Ron Rosten, North American Junior Sailing Secretary
- Results from the 2018 Junior World and European Championship
- Minutes of the 2019 European Secretaries Meeting
- 2019 International Rank List