Dear Austin Triathlon Club Members,
First of all, thank you. Thank you for making the last few months of 2017 such a fun time. Thank you for taking a chance on Austin Triathlon Club and for your enthusiasm to help build this community triathlon club. In less than two months, we are 52 members strong. Club members are signed up for all kinds of triathlons in 2018, everything from Sprints to Olympics to Ironmans to Ultramans. Nearly a dozen of you are training for your first triathlon. Almost half of you are mentoring new triathletes or have signed up to be a mentor.
Your kindness, friendliness, motivation, and community-minded attitude are making this club so much fun. It's been such a joy to see Austin Tri Club members meet each other, make new friends, and support each other. You have inspired me to be a better person and triathlete. Thank you!
Behind the Scenes at Austin Tri Club in 2017
As a community nonprofit, Austin Tri Club values transparency and stewardship, so I’d like to take a few words to share some of the “behind-the-scenes” work here at Austin Tri Club.
The Club officially launched in June 2017, when four local athletes—Josh Rabinowitz, Laura Gilmour, Meghann Jones, and I—finalized the incorporation paperwork to register Austin Triathlon Club as an official nonprofit organization with the State of Texas. Together, we committed to serving as the Club's founding officers and volunteering our time to build this nonprofit.
Between June and October, we voted on and approved bylaws, a website, a logo, and a strategic plan laying out the vision for an all-volunteer, member-run community triathlon club. We also gained a fifth board member, our Director of Training, Larry Norris. After months of spending our evenings and weekends putting the pieces together, we launched Austin Triathlon Club to the public on October 8, 2017. Four weeks later, Austin Tri Club opened membership. The Club gained its first member, and then another, and then another. As of this morning, Austin Triathlon Club has 52 members. This means that in the 8 weeks since we launched membership, the Club has gained on average one new member every day.
When you joined, each one of you paid $40 in membership dues. These dues have gone to the club’s administrative and overhead costs. To date, approximately 1/2 of each members’ dues have gone toward insurance, while the other half have covered costs such as domain name registration, website hosting, logo design, USAT membership, registration with the Secretary of State, PO Box rental, and basic club gear, like water bottles and swim caps. No financial compensation goes to any of the club officers (indeed per our bylaws, officers and directors are restricted from having any financial interest in the sport of triathlon). This is truly an all-volunteer effort. The Club is led by recreational athletes who share a common desire to support one another and our community.
Now that 2017 has come to an end, what is on tap for 2018?
Finally, over the last 8 weeks, it has been inspiring to meet so many warm, friendly, and fun people. I can say without a doubt that Austin Triathlon Club has the coolest, nicest members anywhere. I’m so excited and thankful to have played a part in launching this club. I cannot wait to start 2018, so we can make it the best year ever.
Austin Triathlon Club President
One month ago tonight, the Austin Triathlon Club was holding its kickoff happy hour. At the time, the club officers were a bit nervous. We weren't sure how many folks would show up. We knew that most people probably hadn't heard of us, and might not know what to expect. Since Austin Tri Club is entirely volunteer, word about the club was spread primarily by word of mouth and grassroots enthusiasm. Looking back a month later -- what a journey it's been!
As of this morning, Austin Triathlon Club has 38 members, with more members joining every day. Our members range from beginners hoping to complete their first triathlon to coaches to professional triathletes. We are truly grateful for the support and the faith that these founding members have placed in Austin Tri Club to deliver on its promise of serving as a community triathlon club for Austin -- and for throwing themselves into Club activities right off the bat. We are so excited to know you!
So, what has the Club been up to in its first month?
Thank you to everyone who has pitched in so far. The Club is not possible without your support, enthusiasm, and willingness to give back to the Austin tri community. We hope to see you at the next club happy hour on Monday, December 11th, at the Ginger Man!
Let's make 2018 the best race season ever!
Austin Triathlon Club is a 100% volunteer, member-run club launched in October 2017. Austin Tri Club aims to improve the physical fitness and mental well-being of all members of the Austin community through the promotion and encouragement of the sport of triathlon. Click here to read more about our mission and values.
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