The SORBA Board of Directors gathered on a beautiful fall day at Elachee Nature Science Center on November 17th for their annual fall meeting. The Executive Board, Chapter Presidents, staff, and guests, about 70 people in all, filled the conference room for a day of elections, business, and networking with the leaders who make mountain biking better and better in the Southeast.
President Darryl Glascock kicked off the meeting with a welcome and overview of the day’s agenda. Executive Director Tom Sauret followed with announcements. The big news is that the IMBA Board of Directors would like to visit the SORBA fall 2012 Board meeting, and conduct their meeting in Gainesville the day before. That’s quite an honor, and it’s because our leaders and volunteers are so committed to enhancing mountain biking in the Southeast. The date is set of November 10th, so mark your calendars to attend this unprecedented meeting.
Tom also announced that David Wiens will be the keynote speaker at the spring Board of Directors meeting to be held in Knoxville, TN on March 31st, 2012. Aside from his six consecutive wins of the arduous Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race, David is a passionate trail advocate, founding Gunnison Trails in his home town of Gunnison, CO, where he lives with his wife, Olympic medalist Susan DeMattei. Tom concluded the announcements with a call for bids to host the 2013 Southern Mountain Bike Summit. The inaugural Summit, held in Brevard, NC in the March of 2011, was a huge success, drawing over 200 mountain bike advocates. We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better 2013 event.
After the announcements, SORBA business was covered. Operations Manager Kathy Wood spoke about 2011 and 2012 tax matters. Starting in 2012, each chapter will have the responsibility of completing and submitting their own 990 tax paperwork. Any chapter with annual income of $50,000 or more needs to work with Kathy to complete the 990 tax paperwork. All chapters were instructed to:
Treasurer Angela Allen explained briefly about the Paypal button, and congratulated the chapters for getting their treasurer reports in on time. Angela explained the difficulty for prospective members to identify the desired chapter from the IMBA pull-down box due to the chapter name not containing the applicable city. She briefly discussed that some chapters’ web sites do not have the IMBA branding appearance.
Insurance policies for chapters will not change in 2012. It is suggested that larger chapters bringing in income over $25,000 annually consider getting additional director & officer insurance (D&O). All chapters will be required to report their membership numbers in September 2012 for future insurance.
The 2012 SORBA event calendar has been posted. Chapters are urged to review the calendar, and let Robin Allen, Communication Director, know of any changes or additions that need to be made. The calendar currently holds 50 events. It’s going to be a busy year for mountain bikers in SORBAland.
Nominees for 2012 IMBA-SORBA officers were:
The nominees were unanimously approved. Take a moment and let our officers know you appreciate their hard work and dedication to SORBA.
Tom Sauret, Robin Allen, and USFS personnel Deb Caffin and Michelle Mitchell led a discussion on the MOU being developed between SORBA and the USFS Southern Region. The purpose of the MOU is create excellent mountain biking experiences in Southern forests through a close partnership between SORBA and the USFS and to standardize training and volunteer requirements throughout the region.
Each chapter then took time to summarize their latest accomplishments. The report is too long to repeat here, but if you live or work near, or travel to, a SORBA trail, you know that the chapters have been busy. We’ve got new trails, improved trails, and more opportunities coming up than ever before. Follow your chapter’s web site or Facebook page, and look for opportunities to ride, as well as opportunities to help out.
Dave Senecal and Matt Pate gave a presentation on the Georgia Youth Mountain Bike League. GYMBL was developed to provide Georgia youths ages 8-18 an opportunity to participate in the sport of mountain biking in a safe, yet semi-competitive environment. The league stresses three key points education, competition, and festival. GYMBL hosted three race events this year, and is busy planning a packed schedule for 2012.
After the meeting was adjourned, the attendees suited up and went for a ride at Chicopee Woods—a fitting end to an important day dedicated to the important business of mountain bicycling.
Jeremy Bordelon’s pictures documenting the day are posted online.