|SORBA's Board of Directors met on November 22nd, at the Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville, Georgia. We had a full house, too, with a record-breaking 23 chapters represented! The meeting began at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast and coffee and didn't break up til after 8 p.m. and pizza. In between was a full day of speakers, discussions, and votes.
Tom Sauret, SORBA Executive Director, started with a meeting overview and agenda review. After Secretary Renee Martinez took roll, Tom discussed the realingnment of existing chapters, which was brought on by insurance costs. The Macon and Rabun Counties chapter has been dissolved, and Macon County members have been moved to At Large memberships, pending the creation of a new chapter in their area. Rabun County members are now part of the Upper Chattahoochee Cycling Club chapter. SoFA has been disbanded, and their members have been reassigned to their geographically-closest chapter. The Board then voted to accept Tuscaloosa SORBA as a full chapter. With a new president at the table, the Board then set the date and location for the next meeting as February 28th at FATS, with the Central Savannah River Area chapter hosting. The November 2009 meeting will possibly be hosted by Uwharrie, with the details to be set at the February meeting.
Bob Grieco, acting SORBA President upon the relocation of Eric Hunter to Portland, Oregon, then spoke, turning his focus on the presidents, asking the chapter representatives what their most pressing concerns were. Some of the responses included access to community resources, and that land managers were demanding better organization. Grieco said the focus of the Executive Board is to support the chapters, and he hopes to get to know them better, and address their individual concerns directly, in the coming year