UPDATE Feb. 29: The club has called for nominations for a new RBA. See my post about it Here.
UPDATE Feb. 26: New club President Nick Bull wrote to club members today, on behalf of the DCR Board, with hopeful news. He said the club plans to move forward by nominating a new RBA and seeking to schedule RUSA-sanctioned brevets this year and a regular schedule of ACP and RUSA brevets next year. See his newsletter at the DCR site Here.
In case you haven’t been following, this split was long in the making. Relations between DCR (of which I am a member and former secretary) and Settle had been strained since he took office in 2006 over whether he would abide by democratic principles, mostly in the area of budgeting and accounting, but also in the general area of consultation with the elected club board. Matters came to a head in January over Settle’s decision to schedule and set entry fees for the Shenandoah 1200K without club backing. This led the club board to vote against sponsorship, in large part to protect the club treasury if the event lost money.
To assert its authority in areas involving club dues, the membership in January approved the creation of an elected president in addition to the RBA, who would remain as a board member. On Saturday the election ended with Nick Bull winning over Settle, who also ran for the job. Election results are Here.
Settle on Monday rolled out ROMA as the organizer of the brevet events that formerly were sponsored by DCR, and informed the DCR board that he would no longer affiliate with the club. This was not altogether surprising, as Settle had said previously that he would leave DCR if he was not given full authority over the administration not just of the brevets but the club itself.
The fact of the matter is that Randonneurs USA does not recognize randonneur clubs; it recognizes RBAs as its sole agents. They can affiliate with clubs as they see fit, or act as independent organizers. See RUSA’s information about RBAs Here.
Put simply, unless an RBA runs afoul of RUSA rules, clubs have no standing before RUSA. (If anyone knows differently, I’ll be glad to note that in an update). A club may do all sorts of things for an RBA, such as maintaining a web presence, handling money, building membership and email lists and other things that promote randonneuring. Yet at any time, the RBA can take their brevets and leave.
It is too soon to say what will happen next for DCR as a club. However, I don’t expect it to fold anytime soon. It is composed of very passionate and capable people who are committed to randonneuring in the Washington, D.C. area. More updates to come as developments occur.