July 13, 2017 Chapter Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes

7-13-17

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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