Western Michigan Mountain Biking Association
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
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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