July 13, 2017 Chapter Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes


This meeting was held at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area. There were about 15 people in attendance.

Steve Vigneau chaired the meeting. It was called to order at about 7:44PM.

Minutes of the previous meeting were not read

  • CRAMBA signed the 2.0 Chapter agreement with the IMBA
    • Dues are now split 50/50 with IMBA
    • Doesn’t really affect us that much
    • CRAMBA now has our own 501c(3) as a prudent safety-net measure
    • CRAMBA supports the MMBA and their efforts but we (CRAMBA) will maintain a wait and see posture as to our further affiliation
  • Shelby Township Award
    • CRAMBA has received the “Better Place to Play award from Shelby Township
    • Jeremy Verbeke will receive the award on behalf of CRAMBA
  • MMBA Bike Festival Cancellation
    • The MMBA has officially canceled the MMBA Bike Festival at Boyne Mountain
    • Registered riders will get a full refund
  • Metro Parks Information
    • Steve reported that he will be meeting with the interim director of the Metro Parks
    • He will be discussing the MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) and getting it signed
    • Improvements to the current trail system
    • Hiring a professional trail builder for design of new trails
  • Board Elections
    • Steve announced that CRAMBA will have openings for new board members at our next election
    • Election for new board member will be at our October 19 meeting
    • Jeremy Verbeke noted that volunteers for committees need not be board members and indeed, ideally they are grooming for eventual board membership
  • CRAMBA receives REI garnt
    • Jeremy Verbeke announce that CRAMBA received a $5000.00 grant from REI
    • CRAMBA used this money to build two new trail kiosks, one at Pontiac Lake and the other at Holdridge
  • Blitz Day report
    • Mike Fitzpatrick said the Blitz day was a measured success with a net of 42 new or renewed members
    • CRAMBA had 13 station set ups at 12 trails with 33 total volunteers
    • All original and summation documentation has been recorded in Basecamp for next year
  • Trail updates
    • Ron Arnott said the Meadows at Holdridge has been bush-hogged and is in good shape
    • Cori Chesnutt said they are holding a Beginner Information ride on July 29 between 10:00 and 12:00 at Holdridge to introduce new riders to the mountain bike experience.
    • Zandra reported they had a successful trail day with good participation and bermed some need sections of trial
  • Bike Patrol
    • Jeremy Verbeke reported that CRAMBA now has 58 Bike Patrollers (up from 49 at April’s meeting). Good job Jeremy!
    • The Bike Patrollers have received generous donations from different sources totaling about $1550.00
  • Take a Kid Mountain Biking
    • No formal report but Mike Fitzpatrick reported that attendance was up over last year’s very successful event
    • Well organized with food, waivers, helmets, bike numbers, Bike Patrollers as guides
    • No injuries
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • No formal report but our balance after expenses is about $17,000.00
    • Our balance is a bit better than this time last year
  • GOT Clinic
    • Scheduled for August 20
    • Restricted to 18+ riders for liability reasons
    • Marty Shue will be the instructor
  • Addison Oaks Classic
    • Roger reported everything is on track
    • Still looking for title sponsor and number sponsor
  • Massive Fallout
    • Chris Westerlund showed a sample of a direction sign that will be used this year.
  • Winter Grooming at Holdridge
    • Cori Chesnutt is exploring winter grooming at Holdridge
    • They pack with snowshoes now
    • Looking for a groomer
    • Have access to a snowmobile

Next chapter meeting will be October 19, Thursday, at 7:00 PM at Addison Oaks

  • Elections for board
  • Pre-meeting ride (bring lights)
  • barbecue provided
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