Board Minutes 11-16-16

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

11-16-16

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.

Board members present were:

  1. Jeremy Verbeke
  2. Steve Vigneau
  3. Mike Fitzpatrick
  4. Chris Westerlund
  5. Marty Shue
  6. Nick Shue
  7. Alice Jacobs

Recording Secretary’s Report

Minutes of the 10-20-16 board meeting were read. Jeremy V. motioned to approve as read. 2nd  Nick S. passed unanimously.

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Mountain biking during hunting season

hunting_1Tomorrow is opening day for firearm deer season. If you ride on public or state lands that allow hunting please be careful. Below are a few tips to make your rides home safely.

Here are some safety and common sense tips:

• The best and easiest thing to do is ride where hunting is not allowed. But, if you DO ride where hunting is allowed…..
• Wear orange and/or bright colors. You can pick up a cheap orange safety vest at most outdoor shops and it’s well worth the investment. Avoid wearing camo patterns on your clothes, Camelbak, etc. Avoid any brown, tan, earth tones, and especially white. You do not want to look anything like the flash of a deer’s tail. During turkey season, avoid red and blue.

• Avoid wearing a white helmet, as it could look like the tail of a deer sprinting through the woods. If you do wear a white helmet, tie bright flagging tape or cloth to it for better visibility.
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Our Volunteers making our trails better

Your CRAMBA-IMBA volunteers had a great productive day improving the trails you ride.
 
In Clinton River Part Trails (CRPT), Sterling Heights, the crew of Aaron, Mike, Phil and Paul completed a safety rail system on an elevated bridge with the generous donations from the Rotary Club of Sterling Heights. This completes a bridging project that spanned 2 seasons and greatly improved the trail for year round use.
 
Also in River Bends Park, a large crew of Jim O, Mark S, Josh K, Rob W, Nick and Mary S, John R and Whitney R, Jeff Y, and Chris P CRAMBA was able to complete a fortification project in the newer Blue section. 12 yards of gravel with layed down with drain tile to build a sustainable section of trail in otherwise muddy area. The man hours involved with greatly minimized with the addition of the donated equipment from Jim O. and Mark S.
 
So, thank you to all our volunteers for organizing and providing the labour and equipment to make our mountain biking trails much better for all users.
 
Below are a few pictures from both projects that were completed today.
 
If you wish to volunteer or otherwise help out please join CRAMBA-IMBA at www.cramba.org/join
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CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 10-20-16

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

10-20-16

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.
Board members present were:

1. Tony McGee
2. Jeremy Verbeke
3. Steve Vigneau
4. Kristen Barry
5. Mike Fitzpatrick
6. Chris Westerlund
Non-board members present
1. Rodney Gullett
2. Dean Fitzpatrick (first ½ hr)
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CRAMBA Chapter Meeting 10-11-16

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes

10-11-16

Jeremy Verbeke chaired the meeting. It was called to order at 7:30 PM.

Recording Secretary’s Report

No minutes of the previous meeting were available

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Chapter Meeting & Board Election – Tuesday, October 11th

Join us for our quarterly Chapter Meeting and group ride Tuesday, October 11th at River Bends Park! This meeting is open to all members and non-members.

This meeting is also our annual Board Member elections. Four of our current board members are stepping down, leaving six Board Members remaining (Board can consist of up to 12 members). Basic requirements for being on the board are attending a monthly meeting, being a current CRAMBA member, and participating in discussions via email. Your involvement outside of that is up to you.

We are looking for individuals that want to get actively involved, are passionate about mountain biking, with a focus on enhancing the biking community, promoting and maintaining mountain biking trail access, and guiding responsible mountain biking. We want you to step up and help guide the Chapter and the future of mountain biking in our area. Please consider joining the CRAMBA Board if this is you!

A second option if you want to become involved, but do not have time to sit on the Board, is joining one of our committees. We will have sign up sheets at the meeting for the following committees: Communications, Membership, and Events.

Event Details:
Where: River Bends Park, 5700 22 Mile Rd, Shelby Charter Township, MI 48317 (Hickory Grove Pavilion located in the grassy area by the main trailhead)
When: Group ride starts at 5:30pm bring your lights!
Food will start being served at 7:00pm (burgers, hot dogs, and soda will be provided, but please bring your own after ride “refreshments” if you desire)
Meeting will start at 7:30pm

Email the exisiting CRAMBA Board if you have any questions at board@cramba.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

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2016 Massive Fallout Postponed to October 15, 2016

Just a heads-up to everyone! Due to torrential rains and flooding in SE Michigan, the 2016 Massive Fallout has been postponed to October 15, 2016.

Same location, same route, and same time, just a new date two weeks later. Ride Dirt Trails, Not Mud Trails!

See you there!

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September 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

9-22-16

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.

Board members present were:

  1. Roger Class
  2. Jeremy Verbeke
  3. Alice Jacobs
  4. Kristen Barry
  5. Mike Fitzpatrick
  6. Jeremy Kosak

Recording Secretary’s Report

Minutes of the 8-18-16 board meeting were read and approved as read.

Old Business

  • Massive Fallout, October 1, Update
    • Kristen Barry is the event manager
    • Waiver are printed and will be signed at registration
    • Maps are printed and will be available at registration
    • Kristen will pick up the shirts on September 30
    • Kristen will bring cash for change for shirt sales
    • Ride starts at 8:00 AM with a mass start at 10:00 AM
    • Mike Fitzpatrick will set up a card table for new membership solicitations
    • Scott Cervin and Steve Vignue will trim the Conklin Road connector
    • Pete, Drew and Kristen will handle the food
    • SAG is out – Kristen will remove from CRAMBA website description
    • Spray paint on ground will direct riders to correct pavilion
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New Mailing Address

We have updated our mailing address. Our new address is as follows:

Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association
PO Box 180190
Utica, MI 48318

Info also found on our About Us Page. We look forward to riding with you soon!

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2016 Massive Fallout Quad-Trail Mass Group Ride

ATTENTION: Due to torrential rains and flooding in Southeast Michigan, the 2016 Massive Fallout has been moved to Saturday, October 15th, 2016. Please join us — two weeks later than planned — for a great ride around CRAMBA trails!

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Massive Fallout is a large-scale group ride organized by the volunteers of the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA-IMBA).

The ride features four prominent trails in Macomb and Oakland Counties: Stony Creek, Bald Mountain, Addison Oaks, and Bloomer. These trails are all connected via a series of roads, paths, and rail trails creating a fun, flexible ride. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, the ride can be configured to your experience level and desired length. The total estimated mileage is roughly 50-60 miles including Bloomer.

All trails and routes will be marked clearly. Maps will be handed out during starting hours. Join us for the mass start to be part of one of the largest mountain bike group rides in Southeast Michigan.

This ride is a CRAMBA event and will be insured under the CRAMBA group event policy. An aid station will be available during the ride. T-Shirts will be available for sale the day of the ride at Stony Creek in the morning and at the Addison Oaks aid station. All proceeds from T-Shirt sales will go to CRAMBA.

When: October 1st, 2016 October 15th, 2016 (Postponed due to weather!)
Starting Hours: 8:00am – 10:00am, with a 10:00am mass start!
Start Location: Stony Creek Metro Park – West Branch Picnic Area C
Ride Cost: Free! (purchase of Stony Creek Metropark day pass may be required)

GPS route:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13334279

Turn-by-turn directions:
Stony, Bald Mountain, and Addison: http://utabintarbo.com/files/MFORidingDirections2015.pdf
Bloomer “add-on”: http://utabintarbo.com/…/MFORidingDirections2015-Bloomer.pdf

Facebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1067555313306613/

Map(Classic): Massive Fallout Classic Map

Emergency Contact: Please call 248-894-4209

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