Saturday, April 11, 2009

April 2009 WMMBA Meeting Minutes

Western Michigan Mountain Biking Association

Meeting Minutes

Amendment added 04/12/09 (in red)

Date: April 6, 2009

Location: Mangiamo Restaurant – 2nd Floor, Grand Rapids, MI

Board Members Present: Jason Dew-Vice President, Jennifer Bechtel – Secretary

Excused Absence: Rick Plite - President, Martin Hall-Treasurer, Nate Phelps-State Representative, Heather Kubiak-State Representative

Total Attendence: 9 members, 1 guest

Start time: 6:30 p.m.

Meeting called to order at 6:35 p.m. – Jason Dew

Guest - Kevin McKurren

Presented updates for the Bicycle Summit for April 24th 8:30 – 4:30.

There will be three presentations and then break-out sessions.

Register on the City’s Website or at Green Grand Rapids.

Minutes recap from February 2, 2009 – by Jason Dew

Film Festival recap – by Jason Dew. A successful event.

Strategic Planning sessions Review – by Jason Dew. Continuing process.

Yankee Springs Time-Trial Review – by Jason Dew

Need volunteers to help with trail work and day of event.

Trail Day is April 11th.

Upcoming Trail Days – by Jason Dew

Game Area – will be rock re-armoring (rather than re-routing).

Hands-on armoring demo from GORC (Gateway Off-Road Cyclist) at the Mid-West Mountain Bike Summit this May

Ski-Area – de-berming, remove face slappers, add pavers for downhill areas.

Please note the ski area is doing work on their tubing route and we will have to ride around this area to access the trail.

Please sign up for the training sessions so we can have a few credentialed people at each trail day to help with the volunteers.Attend the 3 hour classroom course on Friday and 1 hour hands-on "trail routing" course Saturday morning.

Mid West Mountain Bike Summit – by Jason Dew

Sign up for the summit. Register and get more information at:

Review of Equipment demos – by Jason Dew

Toro Dingo vs. Ditch Witch and more.

Other Trail Events – by Jennifer Bechte

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks April 16th at 3:30 p.m. in East Hills, at 910 Cherry St SE, to discuss redevelopment plans, including the Ball-Perkins charrette outcome. All invited to the GREEN WELL afterwards for Green Drinks at 5:15 p.m.

National Trail Day on June 6th at Luton Park Trail

NCT Epic Ride in October. Spots fill up fast. More info to come from Rick Plite.

11.0 Mid West Women’s Clinic – by Jennifer Bechtel

11.1 June 13th at Brown County State Park in Indiana.

11.2 Friday night Lights ride if interested. Meals provided Saturday.

11.3 Pay $45 pre-registration or $60 day-of.


12.0 Next meeting: June 1, 2009

13. Meeting Adjourned at 7:15 p.m. by Jason Dew.