Since beginning our Annual Campaign three years ago, Club Northwest has become more than one third member funded. It is a point of pride for us that our membership supports our mission.
The All-Comers series is one example of how Club Northwest stretches our limited funds for maximum impact on the local community. Despite increasing costs associated with hosting the series each year, the All-Comers series is celebrating its 50th year. It continues to offer, for people of all ages and abilities, a way to compete with 12 meets throughout the summer (see below for Bill Roe’s reflections on the last 50 years). Club Northwest’s Annual Fund plays a crucial part in ensuring the future of Club events such as the All Comers.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 – less than $25 a member. How can you help? You can make a simple donation by:
● Going to the Club Northwest website: www.clubnorthwest.org
● Sending your personal check to: Club Northwest P.O. Box 31958 Seattle, WA, 98103
We also encourage you to check if your employer will do a matching donation. Club Northwest is a 501c-3 organization so all donations are tax deductible.
The campaign starts today and will continue through August 6th. We will recognize all our donors who give $200 or more in our Fall E-News.
Your donation makes a huge difference helping us continue our mission of supporting the local running and athletics community. A gift, of any size, will help make the All-Comers golden anniversary that much more special for all involved. If you would like to know more about the specifics of Club Northwest’s efforts and our finances please see below. If you have questions about the campaign, please contact our Club President Tyler VanDooren at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support and for being a part of the Club’s community.
Tyler VanDooren Waqar Shaikh Kimber Hinson
President Club Northwest VP of Teams VP of Membership
This year, we are excited to celebrate the 50th season for the Summer All-Comers Track & Field series. It is a rare thing for a series to endure for five decades, and it would not have been possible without the effort of volunteers, particularly Bill Roe. From organizing to timing to announcing, Bill Roe has and continues to be a cornerstone of the All-Comers series. We sat down with Bill to discuss the All-Comers through the years.
Q: What is the most fun thing about All Comers for you?
Bill: Just seeing happy folks having fun.
Q: How did it begin, why did you initially get involved with the All Comers series?
Bill: In 1969 the new UW coaches Ken Shannon and Dan Ghormley had committed to hosting the meets, then Dan got engaged and Ken got a Team USA coaching spot for a throwing group headed to Eastern Europe. They called me in and said, “You’re putting on the meets.”
Q: What has changed the most over 50 years?
Bill: The biggest change was the addition of kid’s events in the mid-1990s.
Q: In your opinion what is the top performance from the last 50 years?
Bill: My personal highlight, even though the times have since been bested, is when Jimmy ”Jet” Johnson, ”Dingy” Don Kardong, and Herman Atkins ran the mile at West Seattle in 1974 in 4:01, less than a second apart.
Q: How do you feel the All-Comers series has impacted track and field in Western Washington?
Bill: They’ve been a model for inclusion. We were one of the first places men and women ran in the same meet, we’ve had Para Olympians, we’ve had Special Olympians, and we’ve had Olympians, both as competitors and as officials.
Q: Who are some notable athletes competed in All-Comers when they were younger?
Bill: Too many to mention without leaving someone out. Fred Luke and Duncan Atwood — both Javelin Olympians — threw in the 1970s and 1980s, now officiate the meets, and hold a special place in our honor rolls. Fred even still throws!
Q: What is the oldest competitor to compete at the All Comers?
Bill: Leon Joslin who threw the discus when he was 99 years old. The discus throw is now named after him.
Q: What is the most unusual thing that's ever happened at an All-Comers?
Bill: The night an 18-month old was racing the 50-meter dash while up in the discus ring 99-year old Leon Joslin was throwing the discus.
Q: What is the record for most meets attended?
Bill: There’s no way to track consecutive meets from the past. But CNW member Arny Stonkus, who — along with Michael Allison — has sponsored a meet for over a decade now, first attended a meet while a junior at Nathan Hale HS. He has attended at least one meet every year since 1973.
Q: What would you like to see happen in the next 50 years?
Bill: That the structure be developed where more people play a role in staging the meets so my demise or retirement won’t affect whether or not they continue.
Editor’s note: If you want to get involved with the next 50 years – we would love to have you as a volunteer!
At Club Northwest, we want to be transparent to our members and community about our Club resources, and let you know where and how our resources are being directed. Below, we break down the sources of revenue and expenses to the Club. (Note: This breakdown excludes in-kind support, such as the gear packages offered to our sponsored athletes by Brooks, and over 250 free race entries to XC meets). This past year saw the Club in better financial circumstances than previous years, thanks in part to higher than expected participation in Club-sponsored events, which has allowed us to slowly start rebuilding our emergency fund. In previous years, growing event expenses have threatened to exceed our revenues, and negatively impact the quality and quantity of support we can offer to our athletes, members, and the community.