Many thanks to all members of the Birkie Foundation who cast their ballots in the ABSF Board of Directors election. Voting closed on Sunday, July 29. Special thanks to the six candidates who ran for the board: Ralph Bovard, Paul Eckerline, Jan Guenther, Yuriy Gusev, Mark Ignatowski, and Sue Scheer.

Congratulations to Sue Scheer, Jan Guenther, Yuriy Gusev and Paul Eckerline – elected to serve three-year terms.

– Charlie Dee, Secretary, ABSF Board

Annual Meeting Schedule

Join us on Saturday, August 4th


RSVP to the 2018 Annual Meeting Dinner! Please respond by Aug 2.  Thanks!

The foundation Annual Meeting will be a picnic style meeting at the new American Birkebeiner Start line Trail Head on Saturday, August 4, 2018.  Social hour will begin at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting called to order at 6:45 p.m.  Cost for dinner & drinks is $10 (free for kids under 12).

Please RSVP by August 2nd if you plan to have dinner & drinks with us at the meeting so we can plan accordingly.

2018 Annual Meeting Agenda

6:45 p.m. Call to order

>>  Board President’s Remarks – Paul Eckerline, ABSF Board President

>>  Introduction of new ABSF Board of Directors  Charlie Dee, ABSF Board Secretary

>>  The Bikie Lifestyle Impacts Many – Ian Karl, ABSF Volunteer

>>  Treasurer’s Report – Joe Timmerman, ABSF Board Treasure

>>  Endowment for the American Birkebeiner – Jim Coors, President, Board of Trustees 

>>  What is ABSF Sport Development – Kristy Maki, ABSF Event Director

>>  Worldloppet Update – Dennis Kruse, ABSF Board Member

>>  The Foundation – Capital Improvements Update/‘17 – ’18 in Review/Moving Forward – Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director  

>>  Meeting Adjournment  Tom Duffy, ABSF Board Member

Join the Birkie Foundation

The ABSF Board and staff offers a sincere thank you to all Foundation Members.  Being a member of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is the perfect way to contribute to the organization and race that means so much to you!  Your ABSF membership contribution helps us achieve our mission of maintaining the Birkie Trail System, hosting world class events, and promoting healthy and active lifestyles for people of all abilities.  You are supporting the largest cross-country ski marathon in North America as well as a variety of other activities and programs for adults and children throughout the year.  Your membership is an investment in one of the most scenic and beautiful recreational forest trails in the USA.  Spread Birkie Fever!

Interested in joining the Birkie Foundation?  Learn more about ABSF Membership by visiting our Membership Page.

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