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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(email@example.com), 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.
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