Monday, June 15, 2009

Chapter Meeting Minutes - June Meeting

Western Michigan Mountain Biking Association

Meeting Minutes

Date: June 1, 2009

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

Board Members Present: Rick Plite - President, Jason Dew-Vice President, Martin Hall-Treasurer, Nate Phelps-State Representative, Jennifer Bechtel – Secretary

Total Attendence: 5 members, 1 guest, 5 board members

Start time: 6:30 p.m.

Meeting called to order at 6:35 p.m. – Rick Plite

Introduction of Guest – Jason Schwab – Rick Plite

Minutes recap from February 2, 2009 – Rick Plite.

Treasurer’s Report – Martin Hall

MTB Summit Recap at Cannonsburg Ski Area– Jason Dew

150 paid attendees, 50 plus volunteers.

Some overlapping events in other areas drew down planned attendance.

Epic Ride recap – Rick Plite: 20-25 people (good).

GR Bicycle Summit – Nate Phelps

Friends of Grand Rapids came from this. Help from Greater GR Bicyclists Coalition.

Hoping for Bicycle Friendly Community – Bronze level.

Green Grand Rapids – Nate Phelps

Four more board meetings.

Looking for public opinion on Master plan filed every five years w/DNR.

Working with Susan Schultz (City Planner)

Grand Rapids Bike Park – Nate Phelps

A shared facility with the GR BMX group.

Looking positive at this point.

State Report – Nate Phelps

Request for pay increase by President denied by Committee.

Committee listed focus goals for the MMBA President, such as increase membership.

There will be a State Board Meeting Face-to-Face this month, June 6th, in Grand Rapids.

Michigan Mountain Bike Patrol – Nate Phelps

Newly formed.

Local member is Tim Keating.Trail Coordinator Reports – Rick Plite

Luton Park Trail Days on weekends and evening nights have been successful. Considering Adopt-A-Mile Trail volunteer program at Luton Park.

June 20th is Game Are Trail Day. Ken Curtis is the coordinator.

Nation Trails Day – Rick Plite

Merrell sponsoring June 6thTrail Day at Luton Park.

Posted signs at area bike shops. Merrell employees are being encouraged to attend Trail Day.

New Trail! – Rick Plite- Location: Belding, MI. Google: Lightning Bend Park.

Needs to be ridden and enjoyed.

14.0 Mid West Women’s Clinic – by Rick Plite/Jennifer Bechtel

14.1 Weekend of June 13th at Brown County State Park in Indiana.

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

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


15.0 Upcoming Events – Rick Plite

15.1 CANCELED Rapid Wheelman and WMMBA combining for a Cannonsburg Ski Area trail riding day June 27th at 2 p.m. with hot dogs/hamburgers after. CANCELED Check Calendar for more details.

15.2 BIKESTOCK – a 2009 Bicycle Festival at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids on August 1st from 12 – 6 p.m. They have asked WMMBA to participate.

16.0 NCT Epic Ride – Rick Plite

16.1 80 miles w/halfway option

16.2 Set 1 price/person at $145.00. This includes two nights lodging, meals, and covered vehicle for bicycle transportation (improving over last year).

17.0 Next meeting: August 3, 2009 –Mangiamos

18.0 Motion to adjourn – Martin Hall. Nate Phelps seconded. Motion passed.

18.1 Meeting Adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

After meeting discussion: Jason Schwab volunteered to help WMMBA coordinate on Twitter, Facebook, and blogspot sites for updates.

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