Candidate Statement: Trevor Baine

Hello, if you are reading this, you are either hopelessly lost on the internet, or you are a dedicated VHTRC member interested in determining the direction of the club and evaluating the candidates for the 2018-2019 edition of the Board.  If the latter, I have two pieces of good news: 

1)    From what I know, you are faced with the [good] problem of narrowing down several very strong candidates to five—you cannot totally screw up here. 
2)    Your vote does not matter in the grand scheme of things.

Best campaign speech ever, right?

Let me qualify #2. I feel that the strength of the club lies in the race directors who put on our major events; it lies in the RDs of the smaller Fat-Asses; it lies in the numerous volunteers staffing these events, and the members doing trail work in advance of these events, and the members who run and who socialize afterwards and who write blog posts and record podcasts spreading the good word of the VHTRC. It lies in you, dear reader. It lies in the five members of the Board too, but more so to the extent they partake in the aforementioned roles (which they all do), than for their actions as a member of the Board.

But the Board does play a role in ensuring the smooth running of this running club, and I feel that I would make a good board member, so here is more about me.

I have been a member of the VHTRC since 2014, and I live in Washington, DC. Though I grew up and have lived much of my life in this oh-so-divisive city, I don’t think I’m a particularly polarizing individual. I don't take myself too seriously. I choose my words wisely (read: don’t talk a lot), but this makes me a good listener, so I think I could serve as a good representative for all members of the club. 

I have also been serving as the Club Treasurer for the past two years, so I have a pretty good sense of how the club operates. I reconcile every penny of the club’s finances on a monthly basis, pay vendors, file taxes, reimburse volunteers and RDs on a timely basis—basically a lot of really boring but important behind-the-scenes things. I think I’m very organized but very relaxed as the Treasurer. Things get done without a lot of fuss. I would like to think I have a good working relationship with RDs for this reason. I also have yet to abscond with the club’s money.

I do think the Board could do a little better job budgeting out the year. This is minor and not rocket science, but having a more formal process for funding events could better allow us to fund new Fat-asses or social events. I think my experience as Treasurer and familiarity with the club’s finances would help me bring a little more organization to this process. 

Apart from that, I do not have any particularly earth-shattering ideas. I really do think this is a special organization and the founders had it right. If elected to the board, I would not try to effect sweeping changes; rather, I would work to keep the trains running on time, keep the RDs and volunteers happy, and make sure we hold onto everything that makes this club so great. Whether as a board member or not, I plan to volunteer and participate in the club’s events for many many years to come. I’m proud to be a member of this great club, and you should be too. I hope to meet all of you on my upcoming campaign tour.

Happy Trails!