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September, 22/23, 2014 Big
BOARD MEMBERS In attendance: --
Cheri Rasmussen, Rick Franklin, Mike Clock, Harold Weight,
Steve Straughan, Doug Caffall.
Contributing non members: Frank Johnson, Chuck Holliday.
Not present: Steve Daniels, Dave Lofts, John Tyner.
Items of discussion:
1) Review of the EOU power point presentation and the
corresponding financial analysis sheet
associated with the possible addition of men’s & women’s
wrestling. The program cost would
be on the order of $200,000, with a revenue stream for EOU
and LaGrande slightly in excess of
$1,000,000, using the data from the 2014-15 EOU catalog. A
brief review of the August presentation
given to the Acting President, Athletic Director and a
couple of other administrators by a few
RCWOR SC members and Greg Smith(State Rep from District 27)
was discussed. There were a few
comments re. the fact that some of the resistance from the
EOU reps appeared to be quite shallow.
2) Things to think about in approaching AD’s and
Administrators about adding wrestling
---Possible resource, Lynn Lashbrook. Lynn teaches classes
at WPC and has some expertise in
the management of professional athletes and has good skills
for communicating with college
administrators. Rick Franklin has his contact information.
Having Lynn review the various aspects
of the presentation that has been developed for EOU might be
time well spent.
3) Some time was spent discussing what other things
RCWOR has done in connection with our
common interest in multiplying the number of opportunities
to wrestle at the college for the
current generation. Included was the preliminary version of
the booklet put together by Chuck
Holliday(and others) making the case for addition of
wrestling at EOU. It was observed that the
booklet had lots of good features, but needed some fine
tuning, so as to minimize the opportunity
for critics to undermine the effort based on grammatical
issues or statements that cannot be
verified. Rick Franklin and Doug Caffall volunteered to be
primary in giving this some attention.
Mike volunteered to get an editable copy to everyone who is
interested in being involved in the
process, as soon as it can be obtained in digital form and
converted to a Word document.
4) Steve Straughan noted the potential value of
some of the material included in the Power point
AND the booklet to use as talking points for a presentation
to the LaGrande area civic clubs. He
feels that approaching civic clubs may be a pivotal process
in getting EOU to add wrestling. He
volunteered to glean material from the EOU presentation
materials to use in this regard and
identify some of the contacts needed to get access to these
clubs. Some potential candidates as civic
club speakers might be: Buck Davis, Doug Hislop, Steve
Straughan, Chuck Holliday & Kurt Davis.
The value of having 2 interested Board members or other
supporters of the RCWOR movement at
such a meeting was noted.
5) Some comment on other colleges that might be
fertile grounds for an approach re. the possibility
of adding wrestling. TVCC was noted as one where the EOU
presentation could be used with very
minimal modification and that Charlie Anthony (recent Hall
of Fame inductee from Ontario) could
be an asset in such an approach. George Fox U was also
mentioned, as a near term possible, due
the positive mindset of the new football coach there(Chris
Casey) re. the sport of wrestling and it’s
potential to complement football. Doug Caffall is going to
make some contacts with some of the
key ‘players’ at GFU.
6) It was suggested that a well advertised college
dual meet between a couple of regional schools
might also be a game changer in getting EOU ‘on board’.
Warner Pacific vs SOU and perhaps a
Montana college might be something that could be arranged
this year. Mike is to follow up by
contacting SOU first, as they have a home dual with WPC in
December that might be a possible.
7) Generating revenue to underwrite our current
promotional efforts and to have at our disposal
when a college commits to supporting wrestling (much like
the money donated when WPC
introduced wrestling---about $10,000). At this time NWCA has
a standing offer to purchase a
second mat for any college initiating a wrestling program
and to provide an additional $5,000
in equipment costs. Our revenue generating ideas involved
such things as: trying to get USAW/
OWA to add a small amount to the card for fees for each card
which would be directed back to us?;
direct appeals for donations via our newsletter and website;
possible video designed to tell the
story of why donating to RCWOR is of importance to all who
love wrestling and have Oregon roots
(possibility of asking Larry Nugent to play a role in
8) The value of having an editorial or press
release with respect to the value of collegiate wrestling
and the limited opportunities for same---to appear in the
certain newspapers in the EOU sphere of
influence. Mike volunteered to form an initial draft of one
such, to be reviewed by others.
9) Rick Franklin will write a document
incorporating our organization. We discussed the options
for having members or not having members and made the
decision to form an Oregon Domestic
Non-Profit Corporation without members. When the draft is
complete Rick will ask for comments
from a few members, then file the paperwork for
10) It was suggested that we ask Greg Smith to sit
with the EOU President and try to get his ‘take’
on why the response to our presentation did not get an
immediate encouraging endorsement to
consider adding wrestling. Mike will see that this gets to
11) Contact information for Board members was
collected from those present at the moment, but
we are still missing same for Cheri Rasmussen, Dave Lofts,
Steve Daniels, and John Tyner.
12) Officers were elected and were: Mike
Clock/President, Rick Franklin/Vice-President, Doug
Caffall/Treasurer, Frank Johnson*/Secretary. *Officers need
not be members.
13) Our next Board meeting will be held in
conjunction with OSAA State High School Wrestling
Championships in Portland, possibly at Warner Pacific
College(Frank Johnson to verify). Date: Feb.
14) It was suggested that it might be advantageous to
the EOU ‘promotional effort’ to have a well
promoted college dual meet at EOU this year. The best target
date would appear to be Dec 17 or
18. Mike volunteered to contact NMU and/or SOU
regarding this possibility. WPC and those two
colleges are currently scheduled to meet at SOU on the 18th
could really add impetus to our cause if properly promoted
in the eastern half of the State at the
high school level. One might even add a short preliminary
technique clinic to increase interest?
15) Scott Knight was suggested as a person who might be
willing to give ‘direction’ to our digital
outreach. Rick will contact him this regard. Mr. Knight’s
son wrestles at Barlow High School. Mr.
Knight wrestled for Norm Davis at Sweet Home High School.
Mr. Knight is a computer expert who
may be willing to assist RCWOR in polishing up our website
and assessing what changes we could
make in e-mail/Twitter/Facebook etc., that would further our
college wrestling restoration efforts.
16) We need to get a copy of the IRS determination
letter from OWA regarding our status as a IRC
501(c)3 organization under their umbrella. This letter may
be requested by potential donors to
conform our tax exempt status. Mike will follow up with OWA.
17) The EOU power point and financial summary
analysis associated with the possible addition of
wrestling at the university should be emailed to each Board
member. These two items might well
also eventually be distributed to the coaches in the eastern
half of Oregon?
of December. It was agreed that this
May 3, 2014 RCWOR Hall of Fame meeting
In Attendance: Mike Clock(MC), Buck Davis(BD), Kurt Davis(KD),
Chuck Holliday(CH), Joe McFarland(JM), Ron Iwasaki(RI),
Marlin Grahn(MG), John Dustin(JD), Roger Rolen(RR), Rich
JM - Can we help Greg Smith by giving him accolades through
our data base? Something to think about.
MC - Can we get wrestling started 1 year earlier than Greg
Smith seems to anticipate? His plan seems to be to wait
until the next legislative session and bring it to a vote.
This would likely be Jan.-Feb.2015. Even with a positive
vote at that point, it would likely push a competitive
startup to 2016-17. Greg is the best person to guide us in
RR – Perhaps we need to make an effort to get the interim
president at EOU ‘on board’. He may not have any in depth
knowledge of the sport or its needs, but there does not seem
to be any downside to this?—see Greg.
RR - Will follow up with Stephanie Mathews and see if she is
still willing to help with our website. Roger is going to
visit with John Sayles as well to see if John is willing to
be involved in a joint effort with Stephanie.
MG - Reported that he has heard the OWA has been successful
in regaining their 501 3c status. This is apparently not
etched in stone yet but should be very soon. Good news for
RCWOR and the other divisions of the OWA
BD - We need to encourage Larry Alexander to begin working
on Grant Applications in our behalf, if he is still willing.
JD – Thought that Larry Alexander did not want to apply for
grants on our behalf, but rather show us how to do it. This
BD,MC, CH, JM - Stated that they had understood Larry to say
he would apply for grants on our behalf and if successful
would charge us a % of the money given based on the size of
the grant. At any rate we are willing to help him in his
process, but we do not want to personally get into the
business of applying for grants.
MC - Reported that WPC has 60+ individuals who have filled
out questionnaire's re. the possibility of attending WPC and
wrestling. Several others have expressed interest but have
not filled out the questionnaire.
MC - In response to the question regarding Pacific
University and the state of their program The amount of
money spent/participant is very high, which makes the
program an easy ‘target’ when budget reviews are conducted.
It was suggested that Kevin Binkerd, John Tyner, and Ken
Parshall would be good people to approach the President/AD
about the ‘status of wrestling’ at Pacific. These 3 are good
candidates because of their positions as father’s of Pacific
wrestlers, or in Ken’s case because of his position as Ass’t
Superintendent of Salem schools.
CH - Will talk to the AD at Treasure Valley CC and may visit
to see about the possibility of reinstating a wrestling
program there. He should talk with Luke Cleaver, AD at
Nyssa, before doing that, as Luke has some ‘connections’ at
JM, KD - Discussed the concept of Advanced Diplomas. ??????
JD - Alerted us to two upcoming meetings. May 15th in Boise
with area coaches and Doc Bennett and May 17th at the Idaho
Hall of Fame Banquet in Pocettelo. He would like to see some
of us attend.
RR - Would like to see letters of support for wrestling from
other college presidents and athletic directors who have
wrestling in the region. These could be included in the
written proposal to EOU—and others.
JM - Suggested that we ask his son Steven McFarland to
critique our presentation to EOU. His son has done an
evaluation of the financial situation at EOU, so he can
review our work with that in mind.
RR - Practice, Practice, Practice before actually giving the
JD - Suggested we attend a meeting for Board Development on
May 13th 5-7 p.m in Portland. Mike Clock stated he might be
able to attend depending on his schedule.
MC - Reported on the following candidates for a position on
the Board of Directors. These individuals have said they
would participate. Doug Caffall (Pacific), John Tyner (PSU),
Rick Franklin (MHCC/Pacific), Steve Daniels (PSU), Harold
Weight (Lewis and Clark), Dave Lofts ( U of O), Steve
Straughn (EOU). We need to get this going or we are apt to
lose the confidence and enthusiasm of these folks. To be
consistent with our Bylaws we need an additional 2 Board
members(people who meet the criteria on our website.)
RR - Will follow up and contact Marty Reser regarding
serving on the Board. He had earlier told MC he would
14 1 17/18 Overview Restore
College Wrestling Steering Comm Meeting
Redmond, in conjunction
with Oregon Classic
Marlin Grahn(MG), John Speasl(JS), Mike Clock(MC), Gary
Head(GH), Joe McFarland(JM), Buck Davis(BD), Ron Iwasaki(RI),
Trent Kroll(TK), Chuck Holliday(CH), and Kurt Davis(KD).
Clock, Don Hoiness.
(BD) Interest item: “On The Mat” is a well done documentary
from Lake Stevens High School, Washington, that covers one
year of their State Championship Season.
(JM) Joe stated that we committed to $10,000 for a second
wrestling mat for Warner Pacific College (WPC) Wrestling.
Donations to WPC will continue until January 21, after which
time subsequent donations to be returned to donor. Some
discussion about where we are in donations and the potential
impact of returning donations to donors.
(MC) Mike stated that it will likely take up to 15 months(or
more) for 501(c)(3) status to be granted us by the IRS, if
we decide to apply directly. His reference base was Phil
Pine’s experience in setting up same for a WA club—they are
now 15 months from their application date and have been told
to expect to wait another 3+ months. Joe McFarland will
follow up on this item. He will try to get Larry Alexander
(grant writer) at
email@example.com or 503-720-7594
and Tony Jones (OWA treasurer) at 541-290-4082 together to
work on the status of OWA’s 501(c)(3).
(CH)Chuck met with EOU and needs better numbers on: (1)
Athletes that stop athletics, but stay in school. (2)
Students that come with the athlete to just be students.
Joe asked whether students pay out of state tuition. EOU is
a WUE participant which allows students from participating
states to pay 150% of in state tuition. Chuck will firm up
data related to out of state tuition costs. John Speasl
will work on getting retention numbers from SWOCC. Mike
Clock will ask Mike McGarian(who developed the Power point
for SJU/New York) if he would be willing to assist us in
preparing a presentation for EOU. Buck feels we should
focus a lot of energy and attention to help Chuck and his
team make his presentation at EOU. Chuck stated that we
need to: (1) Get a team together that will be making the
presentation. (2) Get presentation refined and ready to go.
(3) Set a date for the presentation. Buck distributed a
blue print to help explain and sell the idea of adding
wrestling at a colleges without a wrestling program. Buck
will make up and distribute a survey questionnaire to send
to select eastern Oregon wrestling coaches to get some firm
current data on high school athletes who would pursue
wrestling in college, if opportunities were available. These
results will be incorporated into the presentation at EOU.
(ALL) A fair amount of dialogue was given to the matter of
where we are in connection with the matter of getting and
vetting potential Board members. We have 3 who have been
confirmed and approved by our committee. A couple of others
have been contacted, but have not yet made commitments.
Several possible additional candidates were mentioned that
seemed a good fit. Marlin, Gary, Mike and Buck volunteered
to do some follow up on those. Our goal is to firm up the
group of 9 Board members by the time of the OSAA
Championships, February 28, March 1.
(TK) Trent gave an update on his work on Facebook. He
attempts to enter information at best times for users.
Trent will post items we want on Facebook if we send it to
him. He will continue to be the primary Facebook person for
us if we are OK with it.
(MC) Mike said that there was evidence that Corban
University in Salem may be a good prospect for adding a
wrestling program. They have, on their own initiative,
shown interest in the wrestling program being started at
Warner Pacific. Mike will do some follow up work to see
where we go on this matter.
(JD) John gave a summary of the Japan Wrestling Team
Exchange Experience. The goal was to restore the historic
cultural exchange program with Japan. The five
Oregon/Washington competitions were extremely successful and
have pave the way for future exchanges. A second goal was
to draw public awareness to the story of wrestling in
Oregon.--- currently 13,000 high school wrestlers in
Oregon/Washington and 20 dropped college programs! Finally,
any exchange revenue could add some $$ to an Oregon College
Wrestling startup fund, to be used to assist colleges adding
wrestling with initial costs.
John suggested that we develop a program/book that lists the
history of wrestling in Oregon and focus on the 50+ years of
cultural exchange. The wrestlers in these historical
accounts can be the foundation for RCWOR future support.
John stated he will prepare a detailed breakdown of expenses
and money earned regarding the Japan/Oregon-Washington
exchange. John stated that the Japanese Team handed him
$3200 to help with the expenses. All expenses will be taken
from the $3200 and any remaining money from the $3200 will
go the Oregon Wrestling Association, CE Division. All gate
receipts (with no expenses taken from the gate) will go to
RCWOR. Bonnie congratulated Gary, Chuck, and John Rich for
their efforts in the hosting of this event. John reported
that Justin Lieuallen is working on a write up for the Salem
Statesman. Justin interviewed a number of local wrestlers
in regards to the exchange meet, and found also that they
want to continue wrestling in college.
Don Hoiness reported that his son, Tim, is prepared to input
pictures/articles, etc. in the College Archives Section of
the RCWOR website and Facebook. Gary Head gave Don several
Junior College historical programs with team pictures to be
scanned and added to the College Archives Section. Any
archive material needs to be sent to Don’s son, Tim Hoiness,
(MC) Mike asked, “What do we do to improve our image and
increase awareness at upcoming events?” (CH) Chuck
suggested we flaunt what we have and continue to promote
success story of Warner Pacific College. Chuck suggested
that at the State Wrestling Tournament (February 28 and
March 1) we have a TV playing the Archive Section of our
website. If possible locate the TV at the entrance. He
suggested having lots of WPC information available. (BD)
Buck suggested we get included in the agenda for the Coaches
Association Meeting Saturday morning, March1. Mike will
contact Keith Bassham re.getting some time at the meeting.
Buck and Chuck will contact Brad Garrett and arrange a spot
for us at the State Tournament. They will also be in charge
of the display area and content. They will work out a sign
up sheet for supervision of the table. New names will be
added to the Data Base at the RCWOR table. Marlin will
arrange for 3 laptop computers that have Excel to be
available so the folks can enter their information directly
thereby minimizing entry errors and eliminating having to
re-enter the information. Mike suggested that whatever
presentation and Data Base expansion that is done at the
State Meet also be done at the Hall of Fame Banquet.
State Representative Greg Smith met with us
and reviewed some of our ideas regarding approaching EOU
regarding adding wrestling. Greg shared his experience and
his role in representing/supporting EOU at the state level.
He expressed his desire to help us get an audience at EOU
and is personally acquainted with the President there. He is
clearly ‘wrestling friendly’. We need to be sure we make a
good first impression at EOU. Kurt Davis volunteered to
contact the football coach at EOU, who he knows, and alert
him to our mission AND how adding wrestling might be a real
asset to his program.
Our next meetings:
Feb. 28, Mar.1 OSAA Championships, Portland.
April 12, at a site to be determined.
May 3, Perhaps in conjunction with Hall of Fame Banquet??
13 12 27,28 Overview---------Restore
College Wrestling Steering Committee Meeting
Westview HS, in connection with Northwest Duals
In attendance: Chuck Holliday(CH), Mike Clock(MC), John
Dustin(JD), Buck Davis(BD), Marlin Grahn(MG), Gary Head(GH),
Ron Iwasaki(RI); visitor: Larry Anderson/Grant writer.
(BD) Brought up the idea of recruiting a lead person for
each college we think might be receptive to starting a
wrestling program. Then empower this person to develop a
team of alumni or folks from the area to help them put a
plan together to approach this school with a wrestling
proposal. They could use the blueprint we have developed as
a guideline. This person would be responsible to report
their progress and provide an outline of their presentation
to the steering committee prior to meeting with the school's
athletic department and administration. This would have
several positive outcomes: #1 It would bring us that much
closer to starting another new program. #2 It would bring
some new faces into RCW mission and get them actively
involved in a project. #3 It would provide another source of
positive energy to the RCW campaign.
Larry Anderson was introduced as a possible significant
contributor to our cause, as a result of his interest in
wrestling AND his grant writing skills. He seems to
understand our mission. He has done many things in his life,
but now helps with a water bureau in Boring Oregon,
including some grant writing for them. He proceeded to
educate us re. many of the considerations that accompany
grant writing. Some of those are as follows:
a) The need to firm up our status as a 501 c3 organization.
He is willing to provide some assistance in this.
b) He briefly discussed DUNS# and the annual reporting
He said we need to buy the OREGON Foundation Databook for
125$. (9th edition). They have all the Oregon Foundations
and he can help us determine which ones hold the most
potential for us. Each charity listed has the information
needed to apply.
c) The US Government Grant book is even larger and more
rigid in their application procedures. He also has
experience in getting government grants. Larger grants can
be obtained and often money goes unspent because people get
frustrated dealing with the government. Needless to say this
process is more cumbersome. We may wish to get a copy of
d) To write ANY grant, 6 things are needed.
1. Description of organization
3. Need for project
4. Who will benefit
Larry stated that if he helped us apply for a grant there
would be no charge unless we were successful in attaining
the grant. Then he would ask for percentage of the Grant
total. The bigger the grant allocated the larger the
percentage paid to the Grant writer.
Larry also said that page one of the grant is huge. Most
grant requests don't get past this stage because they don't
capture the attention of the reader. The old adage about
FIRST IMPRESSIONS apply here.
When looking through the books containing grants you want to
first think about how you could make your organizations
needs fit a broader range of grant opportunities. For
example some areas we might fit into would be Health,
Fitness, Leadership, Education, Ethics, Women as leaders and
the list goes on
(MG) Indicated he would contact Tony Jones and schedule a
meeting in the Portland area to discuss the matter of OWA
regaining their status as a 501 c3 organization. Larry
Anderson, Mike Clock, John Dustin and Marlin would attend
this meeting with Tony. It was brought up that a meeting
around the state tournament would be a good time.
The steering committee brainstormed regarding the
colleges/universities they thought would be most receptive
to a wrestling proposal in the near future. Western Oregon,
Eastern Oregon, Mt. Hood C.C., Treasure Valley C.C., Corban,
PSU were all mentioned for a variety of reasons.
A brief reference to Warner Pacific’s recent action in
connection with starting a wrestling program. It appears
they are very close to announcing a decision re.the hiring
of a head coach for their men’s/women’s teams. We need to
begin to generate monies to cover the cost of the mat we
have agreed to purchase. Joe will be primary in this regard.
Next RCWOR SC Meeting sites/dates:
Oregon Classic, Redmond, January 17,18
OSAA State Tournament, Portland, Feb.28, March 1
13 11 16/17
Overview---------Restore College Wrestling Steering
Southern Oregon U, in conjunction with SOU Tournament
attendance: Chuck Holliday(CH), Mike Clock(MC), John
Dustin(JD), Buck Davis(BD), Marlin Grahn(MG), Gary Head(GH);
visitors: Bob Rheim, Ken Wharry.
Brief overview of the Warner Pacific situation: They have
closed the application process for the head coaching
position. Indications are that they had a very good pool of
applicants. BD, MG, GH suggested trying to engage the WPC AD
in helping promote the idea of other colleges adding
wrestling. Perhaps MG will do this?
Showed a copy of a letter he had developed and asked the 3
Rivers coaches to sign thanking the AD at WPC for his work
in adding wrestling. It was suggested that others might wish
to undertake similar efforts in other leagues?
NWCA has agreed to purchase 1 mat and contribute $5K in
equipment costs to WPC new program. Mike Moyer assured MC
that for now this offer was available to any other college
starting a new program. We have agreed to gather donations
to supply a 2nd mat---an approximately $10,000
project(including shipping, logo, etc). (JM) has volunteered
to be primary in overseeing that project.
There is feedback that Northwest College(Washington) may be
ripe for adding wrestling. There is also a new AD at CWU who
was a former assistant wrestling coach and the AD at SOU---a
wrestling friendly administrator!
Discussed dialogue with a St John’s U alum who is making a
strong case for adding wrestling there and who has
communicated several times with me about how best to make
their case. He heard about us via our website or Facebook
Wharry said there was some encouraging news from Fresno
State indicating that the new AD may be considering adding
Chuck discussed recent contacts with both the President of
EOU and the AD re. the possibility of adding wrestling.
Chuck suggested that each of them(Chuck and AD/President)
put together teams to discuss this matter in a meaningful
Reported on recent conversations with Kim Hyatt(MHCC AD)
regarding the possibility of adding wrestling. She suggested
a good place to start would be to try to identify what the
demand was from area high schools.
Suggested that we encourage posting letters of thanks
developed by coaches in different areas of the state,
thanking the WPC AD for adding wrestling. These could be
posted on our various internet platforms.
Encouraged CH to contact the EOU football coach and
encourage him to support the addition of wrestling there,
recognizing that it would be an asset to his program.
Discussed a set of guidelines for deciding who to approach
re. the possibility of becoming members of our Board. It was
suggested that we plan to have a Board in place by the time
of the Oregon State HS Championship(Feb.28, Mar.1). There is
work to be done here! We must exercise caution in
approaching folks in this regard, so as to not to offend
someone we approach who is not ultimately selected. Rick
Franklin’s involvement as a member of the Board was
approved. He is the only vetted candidate at this point. We
hope to have other candidates vetted by the Oregon Classic
Reported on the upcoming Japanese Cultural Exchange. John
has clearly put a tremendous amount of energy into the
venture and, among other things, is hoping that the events
will raise the visibility of the RCWOR mission. The money
from the Japanese team for hosting will be handled by John
and all necessary expenses will be documented and paid for
out of the account he sets up with that money. All monies
taken in at the gate via admissions or donations will go to
RCWOR and will be handled by the meet directors(GH, CH, JD)
at each site. They will then see that those funds are
submitted to Kurt Davis, along with JD’s submission of any
residual excess from the hosting fees paid by the Japanese
Transportation- Host site is responsible for providing
transportation to the next site and to provide full
hospitality, educational and fun activities for the Japanese
site is encouraged to create a special seating section in
the spectator section for our past OR-HOF inductees who are
wearing their Green Jackets" and who will stand as a group
to be recognized as part of the opening ceremonies.. They
are expected to buy their own admission tickets to proudly
demonstrate their continuing commitment to support wrestling
on a life-time basis. so that our youth will enjoy the
opportunities that we once had.. We can introduce them as a
group or by name. It's a local decision.
Reported on the status of our video intended to be shown
statewide within our 200 Oregon communities to explain RCW's
mission. Also use for community groups for
volunteer/supporter recruitment. Some fairly substantive
Asked how do we get access to the 5,000 email addresses of
parents from USA Wrestling to use in our RCW mailings. (MC)
said that he would contact Larry Nugent at the national
Talked about developing guidelines for clearing individual
outreaches in the name of RCWOR such as the offer to buy a
second mat for Warner Pacific and the Japanese Cultural
Talked about developing guidelines for clearing individual
outreaches in the name of RCWOR such as the offer to buy a
second mat for Warner Pacific and the Japanese Cultural
Exchange project. We need to be SURE that we have the
blessing of the group.
Suggested reaching out to Fenley and Finley re. linking with
them to help SOW.
Suggested approaching the Edgar Frank family with a view to
honoring them for Edgar Frank’s work in developing wrestling
in Oregon 100+ years ago. Perhaps recognize him at the Hall
of Fame event or the OSAA Championships this year?
Gave a detailed presentation of the slide show he is
developing for use in connection making the case for re
establishing wrestling at EOU. Chuck, Craig Woodward and
Steve Straughan might well be the presenters when it
Follow up with Roger Sayles re Website maintenance and
Presence at NW duals, Mat classic, OSAA meet with Warner
Pacific, other colleges and Cultural Exchange literature.
Stand alone laptops for self-registration? RCWOR Signage
distribution & storage plans?
Discussion of posting the existing 14 Umpqua slides
submitted by Bob Tomasovic, the 14 CCC slides submitted by
Josh Rhoden and the one OSU slide submitted by Bob Allen on
the five OSU Gorriarian winners.
Raised the issue of the shortage of OSU photos and
historical materials posted on RCWOR's facebook pages.
meeting: NW Duals, Westview HS, December 27,28.
13 10 17-18
Overview----------------Restore College Wrestling Steering
at McNary HS in conjunction with Annual OR
attendance: Mike Clock(MC), Buck Davis(BD), Marlin Grahn(MG),
John Dustin(JD), Ron
Iwasaki(RI) Additional contributors: Justin Lieuallen(JL),
Picked up video from Andrew Stanfield. We watched the video
and came to the conclusion that it is missing Tela O'Donnel
and Casey McCallister(a woman and a handicapped person).
Buck contacted Andrew by phone and asked him to add Tela and
Casey even if the video is longer than 5.5 minutes.We agreed
that getting the video in a presentable form was very
important for spreading our message and fund raising.
(JL) How do we get connected to the
folks in our legislature who could help support Restoring
College Wrestling? Ken Parshall & Jason Ebbs might be a good
contacts to help start the process?
(MC) The Warner Pacific ‘report’---Phil
Pine(WA wrestling acquaintance) contacted Mike Clock in
regards to WPC's new A.D, who he knew had some background
in wrestling. Following some phone and email dialogue
between Mike and Jamie(AD), Rick Franklin and MC met a
couple weeks later with Jamie for dinner to discuss the
matter in person. Following the meeting the feeling was that
he was ready to move on initiating wrestling, but that the
decision was not his alone to make. MC subsequently
contacted Mike Moyer who put together a slide show for Jamie
Joss, to facilitate making the case for wrestling at WPC.
Mike Ritchey wrote a powerful letter to Jamie supporting
establishment of a new program. Jamie subsequently met with
the athletic oversight committee at WPC and received
positive feedback from the group. He said the committee was
very favorable with regard to adding both men’s and women’s
wrestling, but they want to get a few more questions
answered before they made a final decision. Jamie did feel
confident enough in a favorable decision to allow RCWOR to
announce the POSSIBLE addition of wrestling at the OR
coaches and officials meeting at McNary.
MC called Moyer(NWCA) again re. the
production of a slide show similar to the one for WPC in
support of adding wrestling at EOU. There was a tentative
plan for MC and CH to meet with the EOU AD there during the
last week of September. Moyer produced the show and sent it
to the AD, but the meeting never took place, due to a
conflict in her schedule. Chuck Holliday will continue to be
the point person in working with EOU.
The OWA approved the RCWOR by laws, so
we are officially a Division.
MC, BD, MG, and SR introduced people
that they thought would make good Board members for RCWOR.
There was some discussion of the proper procedure to use in
approaching such folks. We agreed with a target date of the
OSAA State tournament as appropriate for Finalizing the list
of 9 Board members. Much work to be done in this regard.
JD introduced Brett Lucas, wrestling
coach from Federal Way, who is interested in starting a
group similar to RCWOR in the State of Washington.
JD brought up the matter of
capitalizing on the Japan cultural exchange teams’ visit
this January to raise both our visibility and some funds to
assist colleges with start up costs. How to maximize the
potential of this visit? John had already done a substantial
amount of work to firm up sites for competition at 3
different places in Oregon---Barlow, Crook County,
Corvallis. Plenty of details remain to be worked out and
approved by our group.
Chuck Holliday will work with Kurt
Davis to set up a Paypal account to accept funds for use in
connection with our work.
13 9 7
Overview---------Restore College Wrestling Steering
Sweet Home HS, in
conjunction with OWA Meeting
In attendance: Chuck
Holliday(CH), Mike Clock(MC), John Speasl(JS), Kurt Davis(KD),
Speasl Recorded the minutes.
some insight into the value of using Mailchimp in
communicating with our supporters. The insight into the
interests of the recipients, as a result of the ‘metrics’
Mailchimp provides seem to make it well worth the price of
$25/mo. We have about 1700 supporters currently, although we
have ‘signed up’ almost 2,000. The difference is due
primarily to the number of ‘bounced’ email addresses
encountered. We are getting a 25%-35% open rate on each
email, which by industry standards is very good. We hope for
even better results as the content begins to shift to
program development possibilities in Oregon.
Presented the stationery he had printed(and Howard
volunteered to pay for). It was generally agreed that the
stationery and thank you cards were well done. Each person
present received some, with the majority of it remaining
with Kurt for distribution/use as needed.
Sayles address needs to be given to Kurt, so an honorariam/thank
you can be mailed to him.
Discussed the likelihood of getting some support for RCWOR
from the OR Classic again this year. We need to be prepared
for that with good records of money spent AND our
anticipated needs going forward.
us preview of some new awareness signage he had developed.
The consensus seemed to be that we might be able to do even
better with some made of the new light weight materials,
with a curved stand(like you see everywhere it seems).
Perhaps one for each side of a table----our ‘Brand’(see
stationery) on one side of the table and---our ‘lost
programs’ graphic on the other side of the table. CH will do
a feasibility study of this.
next meeting of RCWOR SC will be held at McNary HS on
Oct. 12 in conjunction with the annual coaches/officials
clinic. We will have time on the agenda and we need to be
well prepped for our presentation. We are a recognized
entity among those folks now, so our presentation should be
geared to a progress report AND ways the coaches/officials
can support our outreach to colleges this year.
November meeting will be held at SOU in
conjunction with SOU annual tournament, Nov. 16, 17.
Mike Ritchey made a brief appearance at the meeting and said
he could not only provide meeting space, but perhaps a night
at a local motel, the night of the 16th. He was
most encouraging re. our work. He said last year his initial
turnout was 70, which was more than he could accommodate. He
alluded to the obvious, that is not possible to keep that
many engaged, so we need more programs! Mike also suggested
we think about the possibility of making a presentation at
the Cascade Conference meeting this fall. No decision made.
us a preview of the Power point presentation that he had
developed for a showing at EOU this fall. He, Steve
Straughan and Buck have also developed a ‘blueprint’ for
making such a presentation and Chuck feels they will have
all the ingredients in place to approach EOU this fall.
Chuck has already had preliminary contact with some of the
‘key players’ in LaGrande as a result of a summer visit that
he was encouraged to make by a contact at EOU. It seems the
‘climate’ there is good for us! We discussed the possibility
of making a presentation around the weekend of Sept. 28,
when MC will already be there for hunting. Of course the
schedules of key people in LaGrande is of primary
encouraged Steve Thorpe to be sure that RCWOR was added to
the OWA website as an official Division, so potential
donors(and others) could verify our status.
he was told this summer by NWCA Director(Mike Moyer) that
THEY would underwrite the cost of a mat and at least $5,000
for initial equipment for any college willing to commit to
starting a wrestling program. A bit of additional ammunition
as we make our initial contacts. Trent also suggested that
we might want to consider making our ‘blueprint’ type
presentation re. the addition of wrestling at a college at
the fall coaches/officials meeting. They then would be aware
of where we are in the process AND perhaps make some
listed several folks that we felt should be approached about
the possibility of being members of Our Board. These names
are being withheld pending personal contact. Ideally they
are people who are: a) have a long history of being
‘wrestling friendly’; b) think pretty clearly about the
various aspects of having a wrestling program at a college;
c) know people who are in a position to step forward
financially, as need be, when we get a college interested
in initiating a wrestling program. Anyone of our supporters
who know someone who might be a worthy candidate is
encouraged to contact one of us.
discussed having t shirts printed up prior to our next
meeting(in conjunction with the coaches/officials clinic).
a list of suggested sizes/quantities. He indicated that the
cost printed would be on the order of $3@. We ‘ordered’
approximately 100. We gave John suggestions re. the
front/back ‘inscriptions’. We discussed the possibility of
giving them out at the registration table for the
coaches/officials meeting and having a donation box to
encourage those getting them to get ‘involved’. I am
assuming ALL of us will want to get a ‘piece of the action’.
contact with Andrew Stanfield indicates that he has a video
nearing completion that will help us in our outreach. MC was
to drop some stills of Roy Pittman off in Albany on the
return trip and this was to complete what Andrew needed.
Buck will continue to be the one voice contact with Andrew.
We would like to have that production available for the
possible late September meeting in LaGrande AND for the Oct
12 combined event at McNary HS.
indicated that he will see if he can get a young man in his
neck of woods to set up an online Paypal account to receive
donations and to see that they get properly recorded and
discussed the possibility of having a regular Facebook
trivia question with the answer being posted on our website,
so we can get more traffic to the site. Of course, the
matter of the vitality of the site was also discussed,
without clear resolution. The possibility of getting Jeff
Kaufman(Newberg) involved in site management was mentioned.
Laws were submitted to the OWA in advance of the meeting and
we were officially voted in by the entire assembly.
GETTING CLOSE TO ‘SHOW TIME’!
College Wrestling Steering Committee Meeting
Big Summit, Woodward Ranch
LtoR: Buck Davis,
John Dustin, Don Hoiness, Marlin Grahn, Gary Head, Mike
Clock, Ron Iwasaki (front) and Joe McFarland.
attendance: Chuck Holliday(CH), Mike Clock(MC), John
Dustin(JD), Ron Iwasaki(RI), Joe McFarland(JM), Buck
Davis(BD), Gary Head(GH), Don Hoiness(DH), Andrew
Stanfield(AS), Marlin Grahn(MG), Les Combs(LC)
Monday evening----Arrival, eat, ‘tell
Tuesday, 13 7 9, Wed, 13 7 10 am.
BD and CH presented the current draft,
or “road map”, initiated by Steve Straughn to be followed
when approaching targeted schools about starting a wrestling
program. The importance of clearing with the Committee any
official outreach to a college or university re. the matter
of (re)introducing wrestling was emphasized. The road map
discussed was one that involved Steve as a participant in
drafting, thus drawing on his experience as a former
DH brought up the question of “official
stationery” and an extensive discussion followed about the
importance of having a professional image. CH volunteered
his address as a return address for the stationery(2577 W
Ritches Ln, Prineville, OR 97754). Chuck will also set up a
PO Box in Prineville. In the same vein, MC(503 357 7037) and
JM(360 606 7075) volunteered their phone #s. RI was going
to do some followup ‘design’ work on stationery. AS
volunteered to do some pricing of stationery, but encouraged
us to think about the economics of getting a price
incorporating other printed material, such as business
cards, t shirts, etc. I am suggesting that John Speasl be
consulted on these matters also. This is what happens when
you are clearly with us in spirit, but not in attendance!
BD began dialogue about the matter of
expediting supporter data entry at future events. AS said
that we might consider entering the data in an Excel sheet
at each of several computers at an event, then consolidating
the data in MailChimp. It would not require a WiFi
connection at the event and would avoid all the clumsy
transcription of data.
BD talked about his continuing effort
of trying to find someone to take data that has already been
‘passed’ to us(in a form that is not immediately MailChimp
compatible) and get it into our MailChimp database. The
potential immediate expansion of our supporter list would be
CH brought a sample of the stand that
might be used with his newly redesigned ‘awareness posters’.
He gave us a rough estimate of how much the initial variant
might cost and said he would pursue a unit cost for an order
of 10 of them(for openers).
We discussed the importance of having a
SINGLE logo and tag line as we move forward. After some
discussion it was agreed that the one on our current
MailChimp stationery would be IT. The tag line that seemed
to have the most appeal was: “Wrestling Makes America
AS gave us a substantial amount of
information regarding the refinement of the video that we
began at the Reser TOC this past January. After reviewing
the current 7+ minute version Andrew said he would do some
alterations over night, so we could review it again tomorrow
morning. The limited edition presented was slightly over 5
minutes, which he felt would have broader appeal. Some
further adjustment may be necessary once we have a woman
included. A handicapped person, such as Anthony Robles,
would also be of value. MG will try to get Anthony’s
permission to incorporate some footage he likely already has
at his disposal.
It was agreed that we would try to get
the additional ‘stills’ for the video and a brief bio
‘approved’ for each of those included in the latest version.
Any additional inclusions in the video production would be
pursued with the bios and a still picture in mind. The most
pressing additional inclusion in the video seemed to be a
woman of some stature. MC was going to see if he could get
footage of Tela O’Donnell, who was a former Pacific wrestler
who made the US Olympic team to Athens. He will be going to
Alaska, where she lives, in early August. Kudos to Andrew
for patiently teaching us more about this important area of
BD was going to continue to be the
primary point of contact with Andrew re. the video
Kurt Davis was unanimously voted our
Treasurer. Chuck will be Kurt’s primary assistant.
Guidelines for expenditures were discussed briefly. We did
not develop guidelines for approving expenditures, but we
recognize this as a future agenda item. Kurt needs to
dialogue with the OWA treasurer to be sure we handle funds
in a fashion consistent with being a Division of their
A few hundred dollars were donated by
those in attendance at the end of the meeting and those
funds were given to CH.
JM presented a proposed set of Bylaws
for RCWOR. He had done considerable homework in this regard.
A few refinements were made and a final draft was outlined.
He is to forward this to the RCWOR SC group for review, so
he can submit the final version to the OWA by August 17.
Almost home on this one!
JD reported that we must each join USAW
in an appropriate category(probably coach), so that we are
covered by their insurance in the event of a liability suit.
MC will check on the details and forward the information to
each member of the Steering Committee. Each person on the SC
will be responsible for completing the steps required, well
in advance of our September meeting.
DH was present and said that he and his
son are committed to seeing that college archival
pictures/articles are posted on the website. We need to send
Don/Tim all relevant information/pictures.
JM said that to date we do not appear
to have any committed contributors for our weekly Facebook
updates. We ALL need to seek at least 1 person who will
commit to posting a wrestling picture and/or article 1 day
per week. The posting should be submitted to Joe, who will
review them and see that all those that are appropriate are
We discussed and privately listed
several individuals who we considered good candidates to
consider as members of the RCWOR Board of Directors. Since
the minimal duties of the Board are spelled out in the By
Laws, we can begin to contact individuals re. their interest
in being involved in this capacity. Contacts should be
initiated by members of the RCWOR SC that have a historical
relationship with those people. It would be nice to have at
least 9 interested candidates for review at our September
LC gave us his perspective on several
subjects including coaching burnout, valuable clinic agenda
subjects, etc. He said WE would have a place on the schedule
for a fall clinic to be hosted at McNary HS, October 12. We
would be allowed up to an hour, if we had some ideas to
share that would be of potential value to current coaches.
JD mentioned the possibility of getting
a Japanese CE team to come to Oregon this fall for a single
date, where revenue generated would go to RCWOR. We agreed
that we did NOT want to take action without having Mike
Simons on ‘board’. MC was to contact Simons.
We ran out of time to give the
important task of fundraising appropriate attention. If you
review the tentative agenda for this meeting you will see
that there are several other items that were either not
addressed, or did not receive proper attention.
NOBODY SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE EASY,
JUST WORTH IT!
Overview----------------Restore College Wrestling Steering
June 17, 18
attendance: Chuck Holliday(CH), Mike Clock(MC), John
Dustin(JD), Ron Iwasaki(RI), Joe McFarland(JM), Buck
reported that Don Hoiness and son, Tim, were committed to
updating and enhancing the archive section of the website.
It was suggested that Don be invited to join our steering
committee at Big Summit. Buck will do that.
us an overview of the recent UO wrestling alums social AND
reported that one person volunteered to get involved with
our effort. He is a person who had already contacted the
current AD at UO re. the ‘wrestling issue’ there AND who is
a rather successful business person.
suggested that we should develop an informational list about
the nature of wrestling AND it’s ability to provide a
positive athletic experience for all people, including those
who have physical attributes that would make it difficult
for them to be successful in other sports. There has been a
wealth of recent articles that relate to the foregoing, as a
result of the furor over the IOC decision to put wrestling
on the chopping block. These references will be very useful
as we begin to approach college administrators about adding
wrestling AND in applying for grants.
JD Reported on his recent meeting
with the Tigard HS AD and the wrestling coach re. the
possibility of the formation of a wrestling specific alumni
group. Such a group could be an asset to RCWOR AND to Tigard
HS. The AD gave John contact info the for current football
coach, who has done a significant amount of fundraising to
support his program by organizing the ‘football base’. John
talked with the wrestling coach at THS about the value of
capturing THS wrestling history via yearbook
pictures/articles. He also suggested that he try to capture
data on current athletes annually, before they move on to
the next stage in their life. John is to convene a meeting
of past THS wrestling coaches and key parents to do a
feasibility study and if agreeable, to develop a written
plan for submission to the AD.
BD said he would look further into
the matter of obtaining a software program that we could use
with a bank of laptops at a wrestling event to expedite
capturing the contact info for RCWOR supporters—without
having to transcribe it.
suggested that we need to have a storing and distribution
scheme in place for our high impact laminate awareness
maps that we have been using to ‘tell the story’ of the
demise of college wrestling opportunities in Oregon.
his case for trying to have a set of these in someone’s
hands in each of the 14 officiating districts during the
regular season. Since we do not currently have any real
structure in place in most districts, there was some
question as to how much of our resources to invest in this
at this time?
he had a vision of another possible variant of our laminate
maps that might be more convenient to transport and display.
He was going to follow that ‘lead’ and report back at our
wanted to know the status of our Bylaws project. It was
decided JM and JD would develop something consistent with
our mission AND the OWA’s other Divisions. JM will have
primary responsibility on this project. We need to have this
ready by September 7 when the OWA has their next meeting. It
would be desirable to sign off on it at the Big Summit
meeting. We must live with whatever we design for 1 year, as
per OWA guidelines.
was discussion as to the number of people who should be on
the Restore Board and how many are required to make
decisions re expenditures—with some consideration of the
amount of $$ involved. This needs to be clearly spelled out.
The type of people typically on such Boards, not only have
some love for the ‘mission’ of the group, but have some
we might want to consider having 2 types of meetings:1)
Official business, perhaps quarterly or semi annually; 2)
Brainstorming/planning meetings. It is desirable to have
both advertised well in advance. Scheduling these would seem
to fall in the Steering Committees hands.
need to develop a budget and business plan and make sticking
to them important, so that people don’t lose confidence in
us---lest we end up like the US government(added by MC).
talk with Luke Larwin, Les Combs and Todd Anderson to see if
they have a student willing to get some of the current
backlog of supporters entered into our MailChimp database.
MC will need to educate them a bit---perhaps when in C.
Oregon for the next meeting?
JM and BD will try to recruit some individuals to post one
day/week on our Facebook page to try to increase
traffic---especially in the ‘off season’. JM will be the
collecting/screening agent and see that they get posted
using the free softward Buffer. In this direction, we should
keep in mind that one of our ultimate objectives should be
to point people to our Website.
Brought to the fore an idea discussed previously, namely for
us to ‘sponsor’ a social/clinic in the Fall, perhaps jointly
with OWA---to bring wrestling people together. A mix of
currently active and ‘over the hill’ coaches might be on the
slate. Subsequent examination of the OWA website suggests
that they are not planning anything along that line, so it
is a possibility at this point. Where to go with this good
Fundraising---Many voices; Lots of ideas, mostly good, but
not for posting--at this point.
commented that after meeting with Dawn Marie, it was clear
that she felt we had a ways to go to optimize our website.
She suggested a few sites to ‘steal’ ideas from—--1)
www.aclj.org ; 2)
www.teamusa.org/USA-wrestling.aspx. In a different
direction, she talked about the potential dividend from
advertising our mission/site--- there is a charge to do so,
but it is often very cost effective. She also mentioned the
value of tracking the traffic on our site using Google
analytics, or other software, so we would get a better idea
of what is ‘hot’.
again brought to the fore the importance of trying to use
our database to find new volunteers to do specific tasks. We
have over 1500 volunteers, so someone should tackle this
project to see what ‘kind’ of volunteers we have. Of course,
the specific needs should be identified and then a
suggested trying to coordinate our efforts with the high
school coaches associations, via two of the leaders-- Trent
Kroll and Les Combs.
THINK YOU ARE GOING TO WIN, OR LOSE--EITHER WAY YOU ARE
Restore College Wrestling Steering Committee Meeting
April 6, 2013
Embassy Suites Hotel, Tigard
attendance: Chuck Holliday, Mike Clock, Gary Head, John
Dustin, Trent Kroll, Ron Iwasaki, Kurt Davis, Joe McFarland,
The meeting was brief.
Trent Kroll was invited to attend to ‘size us up’ and
possibly agree to be the first representative of a younger
generation of wrestling coaches. We discussed the
desirability of having at least 2 people from this currently
active group of coaches on the committee.
We talked about the value of getting additional input from
EACH of us on the possible ‘game plan’ for reinstatement of
wrestling at EOU and it’s value as a template for other
college wrestling restoration efforts. We were ALL
encouraged to give our input on this matter, via email, in
the very near future. Please forward all suggestions to
We discussed ways that
wrestling’s appeal & visibility might be raised. Some items
A) Developing a relationship
with a person at each of the major newspapers in
Oregon(Portland, Salem, Eugene), so that Our Sport is better
represented. Perhaps we need to have someone in charge of
developing better lines of communication? There was some
comment on how well the Oregon State tournament was covered
in the Sunday edition following the event AND the coverage
of the Hall of Fame event by Norm Maves. At a minimum, those
who do an exceptional piece of work in behalf of wrestling,
need to be complimented. Perhaps we need to try to find
someone in the wrestling community who writes well AND is
willing to consistently provide possible wrestling articles
of interest to targeted media? Do we try to form a
subcommittee to examine ways to reach the media? A request
for a volunteer to lead the charge in this direction
produced no one.
honor-the-military night in conjunction with a wrestling
event was mentioned as one which drew a very good crowd.
Russia’s use of non wrestling entertainment in conjunction
with wrestling events was noted. Some creative ideas might
draw people to events who would otherwise not come---and in
the process they might become educated and ‘hooked’ on Our
Several awareness items(for lack of a better term) that came
to the fore: What prompted Oregon HS to initiate wrestling
in the 50s, 60s?; the potential value of TrackWrestling in
keeping anyone interested aware of current wrestling results
at the HS level in Oregon; Crook County & Hood River HS’s
use of Facebook to keep their followers abreast of what is
happening in their programs---each of them have 500-1000
followers; the value of making small college football
coaches aware of the potential enhancement of their program,
by introducing wrestling as a sport; the possibility of
filing suit against the State for failing to provide equal
opportunity for handicapped and undersized youth.
Proposed subsequent meeting
times/places were as follows:
Near McMinnville, so we can invite Dawn Marie/husband, so we
can pick her brain for ways to improve our visibility and to
organize a more functional database that can be used to,
among other things, recruit help with some of the tasks that
would make us more effective. John is going to followup with
Dawn Marie, so that a time/place can be arranged that fits
with her schedule and allows some of us to be there.
Joe McFarland suggested his
place on the river for a more substantive meeting—we settled
on June 17, 18.
We have an invite to Craig’s
place at Big Summit for a July date to be determined.
Chuck will followup on this.
I am taking the liberty of
listing some things have been brought to the fore in the
past & that some of us believed would enhance our efforts.
Most of these are things referred to as possible agenda
items in emails preceding our last meeting. At our proposed
substantive meeting in June we should decide which of these
is worthy of further effort AND put a timeline on those
A goal without a timeline
is wishful thinking.
Items for discussion at the
---deciding if/where to apply for
grants, which will be especially important once we have 501
c3 'protection' under the OWA umbrella(or otherwise). In the
same vein, someone to oversee grant writing.
---someone to followup on the
video production, begun by Andrew Stanfield. I have
forwarded some suggestions to him, but more needs to be done
on our part, as well as his. Someone needs to take
responsibility for this.
---someone to research what
is available(or can be developed) to guide someone
starting/maintaining a college wrestling program. The idea
being, that having such in hand will give us added
credibility when we approach college administrators.
---the value of adding to our
committee a few others who have the time and energy
to oversee some of the 'projects' that need attention.
---the extent to which we
want to involve our group in the political outreach
associated with combating the IOC decision to drop wrestling
from the Games.
---someone to take charge of overseeing the expansion of our
database. This would include seeing that all paper
registration is entered into our MailChimp database in a
timely fashion. Perhaps this same person is in charge of
‘housing’ the tracking the signage & other materials used at
---someone to oversee the
collection and posting of college wrestling history items on
our Facebook page/website. I have had communication with Don
Hoiness re. his possible involvement on this matter. I think
he is willing to be in charge of organizing and posting, but
we need someone in our group to oversee the matter of
collecting the pictures/articles for posting and getting
them to Don.
---a plan for expanding our
database to include people from a greater variety of regions
of our state.
---planning a few social
events that would serve to draw the wrestling community
---maintaining and expanding
our list of relationships with college administrators who
are, or might become, wrestling friendly.
---adding to our group a few
more people who are ‘tech savvy’ and who share our goal.
---building a complete
network of community leadership pairs(CLPs) to facilitate
communication in the ‘wrestling community’.
---someone to oversee the
development of our website to include links to appropriate
sites AND to examine what other sites are doing that might
be relevant to our work AND to communicate with John Sayles
people that are likely initial ‘targets’ for our group, as
we begin to try to get colleges to ADD wrestling in the
coming year and develop a ‘game plan’ for each college to be
A few noteworthy items(and I
am sure there are more);
Our digital database has now exceeded 1,000, with a
few more on hand to be added;
Buck and I are
actively pursuing the possibility of us(RCWOR) becoming a
subdivision of OWA. Buck has been designated the primary
voice in communicating with Steve Thorpe(Chair OWA).
Thanks to a ‘heads up’
by John Dustin and some spadework on my part our brochure
was included in the OSAA Delegate Assembly Executive Council
packets at their meeting last week. HD Weddel(one of the
delegates & former coach) made sure of the inclusion and
gave a us his ‘endorsement’ at the meeting. Our brochure
will also be in the packets when the HS Athletic Directors
meet next week and I have asked 2 of them, who are former
wrestling coaches, to make a ‘pitch’ for the Restore
As near as I can tell
our 3 Newsbriefs to date have been well received.
RCWOR Steering Committee
OSAA State High School Championships
Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Exhibit Hall
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013
In attendance: Mike Clock (MC), Ron
Iwasaki (RI), Buck Davis (BD), Marlin Grahn (MG), Chuck
Holliday (CH), John Dustin (JD), Dr. Joe McFarland (JMc).
(CH) Is going to contact Simpson College to find out how
they brought wrestling back.
(BD) Will talk with Don Hoiness Re; helping us get the
archives going again.
(MC) will contact John Sayles to put in a thank you page on
our website for Businesses that have supported us.
(JD) reported that Bob Allen, former OSU barometer editor
has agreed to provide the RCWOR website with short histories
about accomplished beavers. Readers will be able to click on
a link to be taken to the OSU photo page.
(CH) Chuck will talk to Seremia Growth about creating a
sponsor recognition page on Face Book if possible.
(JD) asked that we use our data base to recruit people who
believe in our cause to take on some projects as volunteers.
Their contribution of time will make a difference and will
allow RCWOR to move forward. Jobs range from staffing a
supporter sign-up table at a tournament (minimum 4 hour
shift) or perhaps choose a more challenging task of
interest. We need people with journalistic skills. As the
Restore movement grows, the list of tasks and projects will
also grow. Restore needs your help.
(JD) This spring we will seek coordinators at the district
level who will work with community level coordinators to
grow the local organizing committee of alumni and youth to
build a data base of people that are willing to be heard
when the time comes.
Meeting ended at 2:30pm
College Wrestling Steering Committee Meeting
January 18,19 2013
Deschutes County Fairgrounds
In attendance: Committee members:
Chuck Holliday, Buck Davis, Joe McFarland, Gary Head
John Dustin, Mike Clock, Kurt Davis, Craig Woodward.
Other contributors--Don Hoiness, Stephanie Mathews, Serenia
Groth, Pat Clock
Serenia Groth, who is a Facebook pro(at least in this
group!), has volunteered to work with us to improve our
‘reach’ via the medium. She suggested posting more things
that will be attractive to the younger generation. She is
more than willing to make suggestions and do some of the
detail work to make this happen. Her punch line was that, if
we get more of the next generation tied into our Facebook
page, they will get their parents and others interested AND
we will multiply our outreach via this important group. The
idea is to make our page dynamic enough so that young folks
visit it with regularity.
Serenia also suggested that we use MailChimp as our email
database host AND to get better acquainted with it’s
potential (she has volunteered to facilitate this). It has a
monthly cost associated with it UNTIL we are a registered
non profit, then no charge. She also gave us an overview of
some of the potential pitfalls associated with Facebooking.
Finally she attempted to clarify some of the terminology and
limitations of Facebook utilization.
Serenia gave us a brief introduction to the use of QR codes
to lead people with smart phones directly to specific web
addresses. She had already developed such a code associated
with the RCW supporter sign up on the RCWOR Facebook page.
By announcing this at the venue, along with an associated
competitive t shirt gimmick, the number of friends of the
RCWOR page increased by 37 in less than 30 minutes. The
power of modern technology--in the right hands!
We discussed the value of having a professional trifold to
begin distributing by State Tournament time. The trifold
would include our mission statement and some of the things
we plan to do to accomplish our goals AND some history of
Our Sport in Oregon that features a few athletes of special
note from discontinued programs. The point being, that
without the programs that allowed these folks to compete our
sport would be much ‘poorer’. Kurt will make contact with
Bill Hocker, who owns a print shop in Redmond, to see if he
will help us put together a trifold brochure for
presentation at the State tournament. Bill Hocker of
Marathon business machines(firstname.lastname@example.org), subsequently
came to our meeting and said that it would cost 0.12 per
side for good quality 8.5X11 tri fold color brochures.
Following his departure, we decided to move in that
direction, with Buck being the contact person. Several of us
volunteered to underwrite the cost.
We also discussed the potential utility of the video Andrew
Stanfield has volunteered to help us produce. We all agreed
that with the professional work volunteered by Andrew it was
doable and a valuable asset. The idea is to have it ready by
State tournament time this year(probably edited for
different length presentations) and to do much of the taping
at the Reser TOC next weekend. Mike will be the primary
person in charge of getting appropriate folks to Liberty HS
and to make arrangements for those who cannot make it there
to connect with Andrew in the near future. Suggested
inclusions in the video: Dan Russell, Richard Jensen, Marty
Reser, Larry Owings, Jess Lewis, Roy Pittman, Chael Sonnen,
Dave Nieradka, Kacey McCallister, Chad Hanke, Tim Tsukanov,
Jessica DeHart (Hood R. HS), Melissa Simmons, Dan Vidlak,
Harold Weight—and perhaps a couple of other young folks.
Lots of pressure associated with the timeline, but the
potential payoff seemed worth it!
We made some tentative assignments as to the matter of
contacting people with regard to being part of the video, or
having pictures & bio information for the brochure.
We also generated a few questions that we thought would be
appropriate for Andrew to ask the interviewees during the
The organization, National College Scholarship Assn(NCSA),
was brought to the fore as an organization that focuses on
helping high school athletes get financial assistance for
college. Another organization that we might want to link
with at some point?
A brief reference was made to the number of students being
served by current college wrestling programs in Oregon. The
total is something less than 200(or less than 50/graduation
year). It was noted that Washington has only 1 program and
it involves about 30 young men. The total currently served
in the 2 states is clearly below the ‘reproduction
rate’(what it will take to replace retiring mentors). Keep
in mind that Alaska and Hawaii also depend largely on NW
colleges for people with wrestling expertise. Overall
prospects—grim, without change.
We also discussed how we might be able to help colleges that
express an interest in initiating wrestling in several ways:
a) Notifying our data base that these colleges are starting
wrestling and ENCOURAGE prospective students, via our
database, to examine their curriculum(s) and environment to
see if they are a good ‘match’.
b) Facilitate connecting prospective athletes with coaches
at those institutions.
c) Point students to other resources(financial and
otherwise) at those colleges.
d) Promote those programs, by encouraging others in our
database to attend home events AND to be supportive in other
e) Be a resource for coaches initiating programs at such
colleges. Note the availability of NWCA online course
material to assist in the all important non technical
aspects of running a successful college program.
f) Be a potential source of start up costs.
The matter of not losing sight of the importance of teaching
healthy ‘life skills’ via the sport of wrestling, was
brought to the fore.
Rob Bonner, coach at CCHS, shared a bit about his experience
when WOU dropped wrestling after he had already made a
decision to attend.
We discussed the matter of partnering with the OWA, so as to
minimize some of the paperwork associated with getting 501
c3 designation AND to join forces with others who care about
Our Sport! Mike Simons commented on how the OWCE was an arm
of OWA and how much that helped in dealing with Cultural
Exchange financial matters.
Other items touched on: Possible alignment with the
PRCA(rodeo Assn); sharing our mission and encouraging others
to support us by utilizing already existing wrestling
oriented databases(Peninsula Club, Cobra, OWA, OSU, etc)
We talked briefly about the bylaws fine tuned by Joe
McFarland and agreed to review them further on our own time.
Serenia had a wrap up session where she shared with John,
Mike & Pat some of the finer points associated with
College Wrestling Steering Committee Meeting
Dec. 29, 2012
Host: Mike Delany, Westview Head Coach
(thanks to Mike for opening up his hospitality room also.)
Attending: John Dustin, Joe McFarland, Mike Clock, Ron
Iwasaki, Gary Head (cameo).
Mike Clock presented a
proposed materials list to address Kurt Davis’ suggestion of
generating seed money at the Classic in Redmond Jan
18/19. Joe reminded Kirsten Stenland’s concerns
regarding non-profit protocols. This prompted some
commentary that (at least initially) RCWOR should be a
subset of O.W.A. which is a member of U.S.A. Wrestling.
There was frustrated
commentary of the lack of photo submission representing
Oregon State and Portland State. (Ron texted Steve
Woods, Bob Allen, and Marlin Grahn during the meeting w/o
any reply) Mike and John initiated discussion about
having slide-show picture frames as part of RCWOR
presentation tables. Joe thought Don Hoiness would be an
interested and capable person to put this together. . . when
desired subject photos were submitted.
Pete Russo - visiting
briefly - stated his viewpoint that the future of h.s. and
collegiate wrestling depended on developing and maintaining
the interest of the youth wrestling families. But he
emphasized – it is likely they do not (yet) identify with
the ultimate absence of opportunity . . i.e. colleges.
We had a little
conversation about the status of S.O.W. and any advantage to
unite efforts? It was without any new or current
information, and premature to speculate.
Discussion evolved to
website evolution and opportunities. Maintenance was a
recognized challenge and various individuals were
re-referenced including John/Roger Sayles and Serena
_____. Joe hoped to take some website classes at P.S.U. or
Rick Rockwell was
identified as a good source of wrestling data; also Dr. Bill
Bettis’ very complete photo display of past collegiate
national placers would be valuable educating and/or
reminding all of Oregon collegiate wrestling’s very rich
John stated needs for
regional table support at the various venues. (Bonnie
Dustin has been an unsung heroine here, including providing
refreshments for the committee.)
Mike introduced the idea
of an inexpensive brochure that would be a handout take
Submitted by Ron Iwasaki
w/o corroboration; subject to modification by all in
College Wrestling Steering Committee Meeting
Nov. 16, 2012
Site: Town House, Corvallis
In attendance: Ron Iwasaki, Buck Davis, John Dustin, Mike
Clock, Chuck Holliday, Gary Head.
The site was chosen primarily to show support for OSU
wrestling and allow those who wished, to attend the
OSU/Michigan dual following the meeting.
John Dustin distributed information he acquired as a result
of taking a program planning and grant writing course at
Portland Community College this fall. Some discussion
John also suggested that we review a software program
called, Constant Contact, that had been recommended by both
Les Gutches and Steve Garner(a former wrestler of John’s).
Les and Steve are have found this product very useful in
connecting groups with a common interest. John also, gave a
brief report on his recent visit to Colorado Springs, which
included time with Les and Rich Bender, Executive Director
of USAW. Both seemed to think our overall ‘game plan’ had
John distributed some materials that he acquired as a result
of his attending a grant writing course at PCC.
Chuck Holliday and Buck Davis reported on their recent
meeting with a few Central Oregon wrestling advocates
regarding setting up a District leadership team so that we
can promote our cause in that area and collect additional
supporters’ contact information.
There was also some discussion at that meeting of trying to
get the Hall of Fame banquet shifted to the fall and
coordinate the timing of that with a clinic put on by the
OWA. No decision on how to tackle such a project.
We discussed the importance of getting the online data base
entry system restructured so that all information is
immediately accessible to us after entry. We also noted that
there might also be a built in automated response thanking a
registered supporter for their interest in becoming involved
and letting them know they will be receiving periodic
updates on our progress and ways they might help .Chuck said
he had contact with a lady in Prineville who had indicated
she might be willing to work with John Sayles to see that
this was accomplished.
Chuck has also had contact with another lady in Prineville
who is ‘wrestling friendly’ and has experience in grant
writing and may be willing to help us when we are ready to
move on that aspect of our work.
It was suggested that RCWOR SC members(and perhaps District
Leader/CLPs) might go to some high school practices for a
short presentation about our work AND give them an
opportunity to sign up right then as supporters. It was
suggested that there might be a very high ‘conversion’ rate
in such a setting.
Chuck and Mike suggested that a combined ‘map logo’ of OR
and WA colleges having programs in the 70s would have even a
greater potential impact than OR colleges alone. We would
need to have someone do the graphics—and ultimately some
It was suggested that we need someone to take the
responsibility for data entry for ALL supporter information
collected. Roger Rolen and Curt Davis were mentioned as
possibilities, since they still have access to ‘slave labor’
at their high schools.
Buck volunteered to talk with Les Combs about the
value/extent of a working relationship with the OWA.
John Dustin and Joe McFarland have volunteered to spearhead
finding/implementing the best apparent solution to getting
tax deduction benefits for RCW contributors.
Mike will oversee developing a RCW newsletter for
Mike and John will be overseeing promoting our cause and
collecting contact information at the SOU tournament and the
OSU kids tournament this weekend.
College Wrestling Steering Committee Meeting
September 29, 2012
Site: Clackamas CC, Oregon City
Sayles(Webmaster), Ron Iwasaki, Tim Tsukanov
Back/LtoR: Mike Clock, John Dustin, Chuck Holliday, Roger
Sayles, Gary Head, Buck Davis, Joe McFarland.
Those in attendance: John Dustin, Buck
Davis, Ron Iwasaki, Gary Head, Chuck Holliday, Mike Clock,
Joe McFarland. Also invited guests: Tim Tsukanov (current HS
athlete) and John Sayles (RCWOR Webmaster) & father (Roger).
Oregon City (CCC) was selected, in part, to support the CCC
season kick off fund raising dinner & auction Saturday
evening AND to have a presence in another part of Oregon.
Topics discussed included the following:
1) The importance of developing a comprehensive list of high
school, middle school and club supporters (athletes,
parents, coaches, others with an interest in wrestling). In
order to get those in charge of these programs to help us
build the databases, we need to make it very clear how the
databases can be ultimately be used locally to solicit
support for their programs (as well as the broader mission
It was suggested that one method of database development
with the younger set might be get a student/athlete in each
district/group to solicit support via a Facebook page.
People in that age group are more likely to be engaged in
There were some comments as to the potential value of
reaching beyond the borders of our state to include people
from adjacent states who have a vested interest in
2) We discussed the value of a graphic display showing the
colleges in the states of Oregon AND Washington that had
wrestling in the 70s. This would be an expansion of our
current ‘logo’ showing the programs in Oregon that have been
dropped since the 70s. Gary Head and Chuck Holliday
volunteered to team up to create such a display that can be
used on Facebook, our website and perhaps elsewhere.
Although Oregon is our primary focus, including Washington
makes the case for expanded college opportunities in
wrestling even more graphic.
3) We discussed the possibility of having an Oregon colleges
wrestling alums social in connection with a dual meet at
OSU, or elsewhere. Joe McFarland was going to lead the
charge in this matter. There were some concerns about the
timing of such a social.
4) We distributed a set of 3 documents that can be mailed to
District leaders and Community leadership pairs who will
spearhead the building of our networks in each District.
These might well be sent following a personal call (possibly
cold) encouraging their involvement.
5) We spent considerable time discussing the process of
setting up our 501 c3 status as a charity. We felt it might
be advantageous to piggy back on an existing charity-- such
as USAW, ASC (American Sport Council), etc. John Dustin will
investigate the piggy back option and report back to the
6) We agreed to have our next meeting on November 16,
12:00-5:30 in Corvallis. This is the afternoon preceding the
first home dual of the season for the Beavers---against
Michigan. Another chance to support an ongoing program AND
to solicit support for our effort. John Dustin will make
arrangements and notify the group.
People on the Steering Committee were encouraged to be
diligent in following up on any tasks they had volunteered
College Wrestling Steering Committee Meeting
August 18,19 2012
Site: SWOCC, Coos Bay
(L to R): Joe
McFarland, John Dustin, Mike Clock, Ron Iwasaki, John Speasl.
Those in attendance: John
Speasl, John Dustin, Mike Clock, Ron Iwasaki, Joe McFarland.
**Note below, District with a capital D refers to an Oregon
officiating District, which typically includes several
school districts. 14 of these encompass the entire state of
Coos Bay was selected for several reasons:
John Speasl agreed to arrange for accommodations on the
SWOCC campus. The housing far exceeded our expectations!
The date coincided with the annual Marshfield Hall of Fame
induction dinner. John Dustin, former MHS coach, was one of
It was an opportunity to connect with the local wrestling
community in another part of the state and promote our
There were several aspects to our presence there that are
worthy of note:
--John Dustin had made numerous calls in connection with our
impending appearance in Coos Bay to encourage certain people
in the wrestling community to assemble at SWOCC on the
afternoon of the 18th. John (and others) tried to make our
(RCWOR) mission clear AND to enlist the support of several
of these key folks in the District to take leadership roles
in building local support groups(within communities/local
school districts in that District). The game plan is to
collect names and contact information of potential
supporters at various wrestling events throughout the year,
so that we can keep them abreast of what we are doing and to
encourage them to speak out when the time is right. In
addition, we hope they will be energized to do MORE for Our
Sport in their area. Once ‘connected’, we will make
suggestions, as to other things they might do to make the
wrestling community stronger. Of course, we expect to learn
from them as well! The turnout was encouraging.
--The 5 Steering Committee members present went to the
Marshfield Hall of Fame dinner the evening of the18th as a
show of support for wrestling AND because John Dustin was
being inducted as a former MHS coach—and because there was
--Our group met for several
hours on the 19th, with the focus on identifying wrestling
people (mostly coaches) in the other 13 officiating
Districts who might be receptive to playing leadership roles
in the matter of collecting contact information for
wrestling people (potential supporters) in the Districts. We
also assigned specific members of our SC the responsibility
of seeing that those identified are contacted. Many phone
calls need to be made to complete this task and others of
our group will be asked to help.
--We also discussed how to
structure the conversations of those making the calls to
prospective District & community leaders. We (SC) will put
some suggestions together for making those calls AND an
associated Word document summarizing the responsibilities of
each District and individual school district coordinator.
The summary document could be used to follow up the call(s)
and incidentally verify the email address recorded.
We discussed the importance of getting people on the broader
SC to follow through on matters previously discussed, such
as :a) recovering archival information/pictures of 70s
college programs no longer in existence; b) taking
responsibility for agreed upon important tasks, such
as--drafting of an incorporation document; finalizing a the
paperwork necessary to gain 501 c3 status; seeing that the
Facebook page and website get proper attention; etc.
Parting thought: A goal without a timeline is a dream.
College Wrestling Steering Committee Meeting
July 17, 18, 2012
Site: Sauvies Island/McFarland Retreat
In attendance: LtoR/Front to Back: Joe McFarland, John
Dustin, Mike Clock, Ron Iwasaki, Frank Johnson (Matside
Oregon editor), John Speasl, Buck Davis, Chuck Holliday,
Gary Head, Joe Becker (Facebook presenter)
**The hosting was orchestrated by Joe McFarland and his
wife, who did much of the dirty work associated with
arranging sleeping accommodations and feeding such a group.
Kirsten Stensland helped us out by providing a general
overview of the duties, responsibilities and steps that it
takes to become a charity. We discussed general matters
related to incorporation AND doing the proper paperwork to
achieve non-profit status. She brought to the fore several
things for us to do before we become a legal entity. The
amount of DETAIL she added on this matter is not outlined
here, but is available on request. She gave us lots to think
about --and ultimately do.
Kirsten volunteered to meet with a few of us again AND to
bring a person (friend) who is well versed in the matter of
getting recognized as a 501 c3 organization. A time was
arranged for Joe McFarland, John Dustin and Mike Clock to
meet with the two of them in Tigard.
Joe Becker, a friend of Chuck Holliday’s, who operates a
business in Prineville and who is well versed in the
workings of Facebook volunteered some additional time (he
was also present at our June meeting) to make another
presentation re. the use of Facebook and how it might be
used to our advantage. We had internet access on SI, so the
working conditions were much more favorable---and most
present should be well enough versed in FB that they can(and
hopefully will) develop a profile of their own OR at a
minimum utilize the RCW FB page.
A variety of questions were brought to the fore whose
answers might be of value to us as we move to forward:
a) How is the OSU Foundation structured?;
b) How has Cornell organized themselves, so that they are in
a position, as an Ivy league school, to have a very
successful wrestling program?;
c) What went on behind the scenes in Georgia, that led to
initiating 5 college wrestling programs in that state in the
last 4 years?;
d) What can we learn from Baker University’s (KS) work in
starting a wrestling program that might be useful to us?.
What revisions need to be made to our ‘supporter forms’ to
be sure we have all the information about them that might be
Much discussion about fundraising ideas
that might work for RCWOR: a) Memorial tournaments, with a
portion of the proceeds to RCW;
b) A wresting camp where the portion of the proceeds go to
RCW and perhaps we promote the camp and supply one/some of
the clinicians (not likely from our group, but from younger
coaches sympathetic to our cause);
c) Organize a wrestling social(s) which has a fundraising
component to it---auction; Etc.
Other matters brought to the fore to gain visibility in the
a) RCWOR having a presence at wrestling events held at the
surviving wrestling colleges as a show of support (and to
gain some ‘recognition’);
b) invest in potential promotional materials: signage,
business cards, bumper stickers, t shirts, etc;
c) have a presence at many of the major HS wrestling events
in Oregon---Coast Classic, Reser, Oregon Classic, NW
Duals(Christmas), Gillis tournament(Newberg), as well as the
District and State tournaments
Frank Johnson, editor of Matside Oregon, put in an
appearance to get ‘acquainted’ with our group, with the idea
that he would do a feature article on us in the next edition
The question is not do
we want to win, rather are we willing to pay the price to
Some Committee members at
our June meeting in Central OR.
How many members can you identify?
Topics covered at the Central Oregon Meeting of RCWOR SC
Joe Becker volunteered his time to try to bring our
group up to speed on Facebook usage. We were somewhat
handicapped by lack of internet access---and age! Thanks to
Joe for volunteering now AND to meet with us again on
Sauvies Is. We suggested that a geriatric summary of how FB
works might be in order! We were all encouraged to develop
our own page.
It was suggested that posting items on FB(even things like
college archival information) draws much more attention to
the site if done REGULARLY, rather than all at once.
We discussed the value of having ‘business cards’
identifying our mission and listing email contact
information for each member of the SC(steering committee)
and our website address. MC volunteered to followup on the
matter of cards.
Robert Storlie (UO alum) shared his experience
working on the Save Oregon Wrestling project, to get
wrestling saved/reinstated at the U. Oregon. This included
some reference to their work in fund raising and the value
of having some specifically targeted event(s) for college
wrestling ‘friends’ to meet others of a similar ilk. He
suggested that he would volunteer printed t shirts for such
an event, that would have an appropriate inscription. He
also made some other helpful suggestions re. how we might
promote our cause.
Norm Berney volunteered some information about the potential
for starting wrestling at Corban College where he is
currently working as head coach in Track and Cross Country.
Straughan, former EOU wrestler and lobbyist, emphasized
the importance of several things relating to our mission of
gaining identity in the wrestling community and with
politically significant people in the legislature and
colleges. He emphasized such things as: identifying key
people and the basic qualities of patience, persistence and
steady pressure. He suggested that, at some point, we may
want to form two groups, one as an educational/non profit
and another as a political action committee.
We discussed ways we might get involved in financially
supporting colleges who show a willingness to consider
starting a wrestling program. Things brought into the
discussion were endowing programs, endowing only base
coaching salaries, simply volunteering to pay startup costs
(mats, room padding, gear) or providing some initial
coaching salary support, with the institution having the
option of applying for additional support after the initial
period ends. In all cases of support, it seemed reasonable
for us to request a presence on the search committee for the
It was suggested that our internal functional structure
might be broken down to areas such as:
(A) Web Page
(Content – articles), perhaps ultimately including donation
ability via visa/PayPal
(B) Facebook management - pictures (tag all of them to help
draw traffic to our website).
(C) Financial gifts, including recognition for program
(D) Strategic promotion – attendance at college meets, camps
and other events involving significant numbers of folks from
the wrestling community.
(E) Identifying some of the colleges that have the best
current ‘environment’ for adding wrestling programs. A
college environment can be favorable as a result of
administrators in place and/or connections that we(members
of the wrestling community) have with people of influence.
It was suggested that ALL of us likely have people in our
personal contact base who are potential supporters of RCWOR
and that we should each encourage them to ‘sign on’.
We talked about the matter of making our website
registration process more functional, by being sure we have
the ‘fields’ we want and being one that we can readily
access for connecting with our supporter base.
We talked about setting up an appropriate organizational
structure set AND getting non profit status, using Kirsten
Stensland as an initial contact.
We talked about the importance of having well thought out
written procedures for utilizing moneys donated, so as to
maximize donor confidence and minimize misunderstandings as
to how money is to be used.
We discussed the matter of having a presence at summer
camps, so we can begin to have some identity among those who
are currently active in Our Sport as participants and
coaches AND to register them as supporters. We had some
specific people who volunteered to see that a ‘presentation’
was made at certain 2012 camps.
The importance of brevity in public posting about our work
was emphasized, as many people will not read anything with
too much detail---at least not until they are really
I finish with that. Thanks for following our work!
RCW Steering Committee Minutes
in Corvallis OR May 5, 2012 5/24/12
The meeting was convened at 2pm in OSU's sports performance
center. In attendance were Mike Clock (MC) Joe McFarland (JM)
John Dustin (JD), Ron Iwasaki (RI), Howard Morris (HM), Kurt
Davis (KD), Chuck Holliday (CH), John Speasl (JS). Frank
Johnson, editor of Matside Oregon (FJ), was a late attendee
trying get information for a possible article about RCWOR
for the next edition..
First order of business was the progress of adding archives
to our face book page and website. HM has passed a rather
detailed history of OIT wrestling to MC, which has been
digitized. CH has captured much of EOU history in connection
with his earlier work in developing the Facebook page. He
has arranged for John Sayles to access the Facebook page,
via the custodian. Lewis and Clark and Pacific will be done
by MC and some progress has been made there. JM has
submitted some digital photos taken from the annuals at
Oregon up till they stopped making annuals—more needs to be
done, perhaps utilizing Ron Finley in the process?. GH came
to the meeting with a fairly large packet of materials
chronicling some of the history wrestling at Mt Hood CC. He
was encouraged to find someone who can help him scan and
digitize them and get them to John. It was mentioned that
Bob Tomasovic was actively involved in collecting Umpqua CC
history. KD obtained a list from WOU of all wrestlers that
once wrestled at Western Oregon. He plans to flesh that out
with some WOU wrestling historical highlights. We still have
colleges with a wrestling history that need an archivist?
Mike Ives has provided RCW with a disk with extensive
digitized history of wrestling in Oregon. Bill Bettis was
mentioned as a potential future source of Oregon historical
It was suggested that in many of the tasks(such as finding
historical information, digitizing materials, etc) we will
need to rely on volunteer work. Reaching out to others of
the wrestling family for help with some of these projects,
though time consuming, often has a fringe benefit of getting
others more intimately associated with Our project.
Gary volunteered to look into getting historic data on our
website (RCWOR.COM) and to discuss with John Sayles ways the
site might be improved so that it is both more appealing and
We have supporter info forms from the Hall of Fame sign-ups
of people that are interested in our cause. So far there are
a total of 43 supporters and the number is growing.
A plea was made to have 2 members of the Steering
Committee(SC) take notes from the meeting and ultimately get
the minutes of each meeting uploaded to the website, so that
our supporters can stay abreast of developments. This was a
plea not only for 2 ‘on demand’ secretaries, but for them to
take charge of refining the minutes of each meeting and
getting a final draft to John Sayles(JS).
There was a request for people to take charge of certain
projects that we feel are important in connection with our
work. The ‘volunteers’ for specific projects are listed
1) MC will develop a summary on how to deal with Title 9
reasons for not having a wrestling program.
2) JD and GH will work together in giving guidance to JS re.
3) MC will develop and ongoing written record of
‘connections’ and ‘bridges’. We are talking about a list of
people in key positions, with the potential to help us in
our quest to restore/support college wrestling.
4) JM will take charge of determining what steps we must go
through to establish a 501-3C tax deductible fund within RCW.
This should include overseeing the process.
JS circulated a fascinating document showing the total
financial impact of sports programs at the college level.
This was something he had found very useful in justifying
the sports program at SWOC, when he was Athletic Director.
Apparently he undertook this annually and saw that it was
circulated to the Board of Trustees---a very proactive
approach. The bottom line was that sports can have a
positive financial impact on the institution and community.
Institutions may be hurting themselves by cutting a sports
HM suggested that, at some point, we at least consider
bringing our arguments for adding wrestling to the
conference meetings, as well as to individual institutions.
HM volunteered to help develop a sample mock budget/schedule
for presentation to athletic directors, or others in
leadership positions at colleges. A sample wrestling
schedule might include Simpson College and Simon Frasier
plus catching teams that visit Oregon to wrestle OSU, SOC
We discussed possible dates for future meetings, one in mid
June 8-10 in Central Oregon and another in July 17-18. on
Sauvies Island. These need to firmed up and managed
respectively by CH and JM.
A power point document regarding the starting of a wrestling
program at Baker University in Kansas was circulated. This
proposal was sent by Les Gutches via links to the NWCA
website. There seemed to be two lessons for us here—a) A
fair amount of planning was done before this administration
was approached; b) the payoff can be good, both financially
for the college AND the next generation of aspiring
wrestlers! Baker’s program just finished it’s 3rd year and
had 52 men on the roster this year. They also had their
first 2 achieve All American status---on the surface a big
‘win’ for Our Sport and the University!
HM and MC both cautioned us to minimize the budget and
facilities expectations in starting a wrestling program.
Extraordinary expenses are not a must at the outset. OIT
used an off-campus building for a wrestling room for a few
years. MC ‘restarted’ wrestling at Pacific in a 20’X20’ room
the first year, used the high school facilities at NIGHT in
year # 2 and used the Odd Fellows Hall off campus in year 3.
The new gym, completed in year 4, included a well designed
wrestling room. In a similar vein, CH reminded us that
things at EOU were not all that different. They DROVE from
LaGrande to the National tournament in Pennsylvania. In each
of these cases, once some credibility was established, more
resources were allocated to wrestling by the athletic
JD mentioned a book regarding Title 9 called “Tilting the
playing field” by Jessica Gaudro. He also feels that the
“American Sports Council” will do battle on our behalf. WIN
magazine presents the plight and politics well in its
publication. We are not alone in our battle: gymnastics,
swimming, diving and wrestling have had the ax fall.
John hopes to follow up with posting of links on the
website. Maybe the high schools are next and perhaps there
might be some high school students in Oregon that have had
their dreams and aspirations cut short by incorrect
interpretation of Title IX language. Wonder if any high
school wresting programs have been reduced or cut?
JD volunteered to oversee the creation of a Marshfield
wrestling alumni & friends group to help the Restore
movement. MHS has a fantastic general alumni organization
that began about 40 years ago. MHS has 57 endowed
scholarships, half of which are memorial endowments in the
name of a loved one. Having a bunch of little endowments
allows more people to be recognized. MHS annual yield from
these community endowments is $194,000. We recognize that we
are 30-40 years behind but we didn't see the unintended
consequences of Title IX coming. It's better late than never
to form our RCW wrestling support group from Marshfield.
Note how the MHS website toggles back & forth between
Facebook and the host website via a click of a mouse.
RI volunteered to oversee the creation of a wrestling alumni
& friends support group at Hillsboro high. RR also agreed to
do the same at Oregon City. The general idea is to learn by
doing with a view of writing a "How-to" manual for
distribution. We are soliciting wrestling alumni to form a
"Model School/community support group" for others to
Kurt has been driving high school seniors to campus
visitations this spring. He encourages the seniors with a
wrestling background to ask the counselors if there is a
plan to start a wrestling program, as that would seal the
deal for them in choosing to attend. He has also talked with
the football people at WOU about their support for wrestling
and the positive impact that could have on their recruiting.
Chuck will see that we get the optimal mileage out of our
JD notes that the Oregon Coaches directory publishes the
names of the wrestling coaches at Oregon high schools but
not for the elementary and middle schools. It was noted that
nine (9) schools were "Open" - probably meaning that the
school didn't have a wrestling coach at the time of
Howard mentioned a sports editor in Klamath Falls that was
previously inducted into the MN Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Community sports editors often work together with materials.
Printed Tri-folds are a popular way of distributing