November MORE Board Meeting

MORE Board meeting

November 11, 2018

 

In attendance via phone:

Tom Howe – Membership Director
Dave Magill – MD Advocacy Director
Carlos Alfaro – Activities Director
Bob Caverly – Vice President
Jeff Niner – VA Advocacy Director
Ernie Rodriguez – President
Steve Harper – Communications Director
Steve DonTigny – Executive Director

MoCo Final report – Steve Dontigny: 895 attendees and volunteers – 60 K income – Riders 780.
Expenditures – 36K bike raffle $5-600 – About 20 k in revenue. Dave Magill – numbers look like
they need to be updated.

Winter membership meeting – Carlos Alfaro: – Party – Mike Klasmeier, suggested the
Metropolitan – holds 95 people. Membership meeting – maybe make that one of the board
meetings. More study.

Elections – Ernie Rodriguez: Thanks Tom Howe – willingness to serve on the board for VA
Advocacy. Talks with some people but nothing firm yet. Nobody for MD advocacy – will expand
scope of search. 18 days left to get some nominees.  Jonathan Kidwell will be stepping down as Trail Boss at the end of the year. We need to recruit a Trail Boss and possibly break up the position into MD and VA.

Year end giving campaign – Ernie Rodriguez: Tom will send out something with membership e-
mails. Ernie will send something out right after Thanksgiving. Year end donation. Include in all
five areas. Segment year end giving?

2019 CFC – Ernie Rodriguez: New price structure. $700 – $1400. Who wants to learn? – Steve
H. volunteered.

Trailhead news – discussion about how to send it out. We’ll have another one this month – first
draft at the end of the week.

VA Advocacy – Jeff Niner: Was asked how we advertise trail work days. Brad hawk for
facebook and Jonathan Kidwell. Discussion about how to activate volunteers. Email lists. Bob
will update the liaisons.

2019 Budget – Ernie Rodriguez: Dave will have one for approval at the December meeting.
Maryland Advocacy – Dave Magill: Trail funding – Grants. Frederick team – downhill trails/return
trail. Over four miles. 3 miles by machine – need $80-100,000 for it. SHA Sheryl Ladota –
impressed with rivers edge – kudos to Carlo Alfano for the good work and building confidence.
Encouraged MORE to bid for all three miles at Frederick, and whe will try to get our $30k grant
upsized. If we can only do one mile we’ll limit to that. We should do progress payments. 30
days. Can we loan money from restricted funds to support RTP grants?

Virtual Board Meetings – Bob Caverly: Various tools – we should see what we have. Strong
support for keeping in-person meetings, but willingness to consider some virtual meetings to
make it easier to serve on the board.

Spring Fling – Tom Howe: Cathy Ridel – offered to host a planning meeting at her house. A
couple of options. Lake Fairfax and what we did last year. Tom will find someone to support it.
Dates? TBD.

Financials – Ernie Rodriguez: Working on the books. In the accountant’s hands. Missed VA
deadline, should meet MD and may get close to Federal. Started late. Lucky that he’s willing to
work as hard as he is to get it done. We have a treasurer, Neil Blake.

IMBA meeting– November 29 hill meeting, November 30 board meeting, December 1 ride.
Bentonville was an excellent venue for IMBA’s Dirty 30 celebration.

Steve – mountain bike classes. Would we be interested in supporting? Ernie – yes, fits our
mission, but can we get volunteers? Donations? Is this a business opportunity? Steve will
present an option.

Read-ahead items – Bob Caverly: Are intended to shorten the board meeting so we’ll get those
out ahead of the meeting.

Microsoft 365 – Bob Caverly: If you need help Bob is now admin on Office 365.
Distribution Lists – Bob Caverly: Bob will share those with the board so we know who gets
what.

October MORE Board Meeting

October MORE Board Meeting

October 15, 2018

By Phone – on the call:
Ernest Rodriguez
Bob Caverly
Tom Howe
Dave Magill
Jeff Niner
Steve Dontigny

MoCo Readout – Steve DonTigny

734 registered for our MoCo Epic this year down 84 from 2017
Kids represented our larges increase in category with 16 additional riders in 2018
82 day-of registration this year as the weather cooperated for a beautiful weekend
We did comps some of our key trail liaison leaders this year who would not have otherwise
participated
895 total registration for MoCo Epic734 riders (30 no shows)
We did spent more on trucks, water, beer, dumpster this year
We will work to off-loading some of the logistics for aid stations and mobilizing by cricket fields
by Schaeffer next year
Porta-johns were delivered outside of park hours and at the entrance to the park, luckily
volunteers were able to move the port-a-johns to a useful spot.Course was in good shape except
for the usual wet spots
Aid stations were well stocked and equipped; we did get calls for a few resupplies, SAG some
riders and a few minor medical issuesAll in all, a success
Competition against several eventsThe general mood at the event was happy participants
Preliminary P&L will take a few weeks to compile and should be ready by the end of the month.
Financials will be presented at our next board meeting
Maybe be able to capture more of the MICL crowd with a Saturday event to try to draw that
segment of riders of the event

Trailhead News
9/11 Trailhead News was well received
Time to send the next one

Treasurer Report – Ernie Rodriguez

Neil Blake has signed on to help us temporarily with the books; is considering treasurer position.
Working on this w/ Aaron and Neil to meet 11/15 tax filing deadline
Ernie will provide an update to the board by 10/23/2018 on status of tax filing

Motion: Bob C: moves that board approves Ernie to commit funds if necessary to pay for a
professional accountant to review our books and tax filing by the 11/15 filing deadline
Opposed: NoneIn Favor: AllMotion passed: unanimously ; 6-0

Elections

Jennifer Everhard may be a candidate for Membership DirectorSharon Maloid may be a
candidate for Activities Director
Board members should continue recruiting for candidate for vacant positions; MD Advocacy
Director, VA Advocacy Director, Activities Director, Membership Director, Treasurer.
Need to firm up election timelines with candidates by mid-November: Membership, Activities,
NoVA Advocacy, MD Advocacy, Treasurer
Need to recruit someone to run our 2019 electionsSuggested timeline for elections:
Nominations November 1 – December 7; Elections December 8 – 14; Results December 15;
Transition meeting January 12
Dave: do we need pay / hire a professional accountant moving forward?Discussion included the
option to have the treasurer decide strategy in moving forward with our books.
Ernie: I usually work with the treasurer to make the call. We’ve paid for the past three years.
Discussion about circulating the treasurer job description for amendment to outsource some
duties
Bob: Do we pay for an audit / review on annual basis?
Ernie: Yes, we do a review
Dave: Gold standard is what ever CFC requires
MD Advocacy still recruiting, doesn't have someone in-line to take over
Good lead for Virginia Advocacy Director

MICL Update – Bob Caverly

MORE is a sponsor and well worth the price, our next generation of riders will have participated
in MICL.
2 races in resounding success lots of smiles168 at Fair Hill185 at Rosaryville
Schaeffer this Sunday – Race course is white loop
River’s Edge (Brunswick) 11/4
Director of the SoCal NICA league representative was there at RV and commented on how well
run MICL events are in its opening year comparing to other leagues across the country
Steve D: At RV on Sunday – Lots of kids; lots of teams; met with parents; opportunities for trail
work and maintenance volunteers

IBMA Update – Ernest Rodriguez

IMBA’s Dirty Thirty, 30 year anniversary will be in Bentonville AR October 26 – 28. MORE is
considering offering a small stipend to Steve DonTigny to attend if it fits within his travel and
work schedule. Steve was not able to attend due to time commitments.
MORE will be the host club for the IMBA November board meeting in the DC area. We are
working closely with MoCo’s Casey Anderson to showcase MoCo Trails. Casey Anderson is
working with Ernie to provide meeting space in Montgomery County. MORE and Montgomery
County will be invited guest at the board meeting.
MORE will bear no financial obligations to host and will attempt to involve MORE members and
leaders to come out ride and meet the IMBA board of directors.MORE will plan to organize
riding local trails with visiting board members and guest with emphasis on meeting local
members and riders.

Fundraising is possible with all proceeds benefiting local trailsNo expectations other than to
meet, greet, ride and showcase a high functioning MTBing community.
End of Year Donation Drive
Speak from the same sheet of music: Never too late to get your donations in support of trails for
2018.
General funds vs restricted funds (mechanisms is already set up on the website to support the
restricted funds)
Support new trail builds to direct restricted funds (Patuxent, Fair Hill, Bacon Ridge) <– Include in
next Trailhead news

Membership Drop-off

Need to reach out to our friends / teammates / liaisons / ride leaders / ride participants
Lack of membership events due to weather has impacted our membership renewals. We need
to ask members to renew and reach out to the riding community to join MORE.

Fund Raising

Jeff with Dominion Energy
Steve D and Ernie applied for funding with Outdoor Foundation for 2019 in support of BROT

VA Advocacy – Jeff:

Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has officially approved Mountain Bike Trails at Mt. Vernon
Park
Next step for Mt. Vernon Park is to apply for a Mastenbook Grant from FCPA
*** Activities (on behalf of Carlos)

Need to get on Winter Membership Meeting planning – follow-up with Carlos
Discuss with Carlos about maybe making something more adult friendly
Key volunteers have suggested a MD and a VA meeting

*** NoVA Spring Fling Tom Howe
Planning is underway for 2019 Spring Fling

*** Planning for January Retreat / Transition Meeting
Tentative dates for MORE’s transition meeting are January 1/11 – 1/13
Bob will take an action item to confirm with Jonathan

MD Advocacy Report – Dave Magill

Phase 3 at Bacon Ridge is underway
– 100 volunteers at 1st workday- Land Trust Organization in Anne Arundel County –
Archaeological Review approval was required- Steve Harper is working with Mike
Prince George County is the area we are missing

*** IMBA / MORE
Request to have the board examine our relationship
MORE board of directors will strategize to seek key leader and member input. Discussion
centered around Town Hall meetings by region.

Dave: Two elements; Advocacy and Membership
Advocacy – pros and cons of affiliation with IMBADoes MORE have resources to go it
alone or does affiliation with IMBA benefit MOREMembership – Services we get are
membership fulfillment, management, back-office support, tracking and payroll services
for Steve D. (MORE’s executive director)- $12 to 15 for back-office operations and
membership fulfillment (membership services)
– Steve D is an employee of IMBA and MORE pays his salary and administrative fee for payroll
services
MORE benefits from fundraising drives for membership and matching funds for IMBA’s Dig-In
campaign
Board is responsible for and will need to do significant analysis of what staying with IMBA as a
Chapter vs separating from IMBA
Dave is willing to chair a committee and thinks Ernie should be involved. The board agreed we
should complete an analysis of alternatives including cost and benefits of remaining a chapter of
IMBA.

Ernie: We should have a regional meetings to listen and hear concerns: Need to listen to Eric,
Mike, Todd, Joe, etc. who represent mountain bike community strongholds.
Dave: Recommend exploring providers and obtaining quotes for membership and payroll
services
We agree, the primary question may be, “who is going to step up to do the work” if we step
away from IMBA back-office support?
Dave will chair an AOA Committee with Bob, Tom and Ernie
Set an interim date for us to report back to the board

Board Meeting – August 13, 2018

MORE Board Meeting

August 13, 2018

 

 

Ernest Rodriguez

Steve Harper

Jeff Niner

Jonathan Kidwell

Bob Caverly

Tom Howe (on the phone)

Dave Magill

Rob Lowe

Carlos Alfaro

Steve Dontigny

Mike Hillstrom- not present

 

Ernest Rodriguez – Financials:  None prepared so far this month.  Spoke with Mike and Kirk Zimmerman –  need to do our taxes.  We will get them done.  Grants are tied to taxes.  Must be accurate and on-time.

 

Steve Dontigny – MoCo Epic update:

  • Food – a number of trucks are lined up. Jeff – java cruiser organizing/contacting.  Trucks will be asked to have fewer items so that it’s easier to serve quickly.
  • Park permits in process
  • Alcohol permits also in process
  • State and County Highway in process
  • Aid station letters in progress
  • Reconfirming with “friends of groups” for staffing and volunteers.
  • Will start ordering supplies
  • Fencing and water on order – more will be ordered closer to the date. Discussion about buying/borrowing fencing.  Will be discussed at the Thursday MoCo Epic meeting.
  • Flyers and posters this week
  • Route – possible reduction of the 75 mile route. Will be discussed at the Thursday meeting.
  • Current numbers are about 20 down from last year. Probably weather related as people hold off until they feel more comfortable that the current rainy pattern will break by October!
  • Shed duro – Bikenetics – Festival – events that we can advertise at

 

Carlos Alfaro – Summer picnic (i.e. no 2018 summer picnic) lessons learned

  • Committees needed for events
  • June / July – lots of weather. Cancelation policy on reserved venues – call early.
  • Meadowood – would have been good turnout if not canceled due to rain. Try to time picnic with a bike demo day.  Combining with another activity would have been great for numbers.

 

Tom Howe

  • Spring fling in VA again in 2019.  For 2019 picnic we should consider Emmitsburg next year – they will take care of us.
  • Plan Demo days with manufacturers well in advance.

 

Carlos Alfaro – Action Item – Will plan winter party.  Day before super bowl.

 

Tom Howe – Spring Fling – VA activity – maybe consider Fountain head/BROT

Discussion centered on providing riding opportunities for all.  Fountainhead and BROT are advanced trails.

 

Board Vote:   Ernie proposed a $1000 scholarship grant for Phyllis Weeks – a s’MORE’s graduate to pursue her recreational degree.  The board voted in favor.

 

Bob Caverly – For future scholarship grants we should consider having a slightly more formal application standard/process.  Bob to create draft.

 

Action Item – Steve Harper – Trailhead news should include the following:

  • Fall night riding – Here’s where we know of – what did we miss?
  • MoCo Epic details
  • Camping trip 21 September
  • Patapsco trail fest 14-16 of September
  • Fairfax environmental award. October 23

 

Steve Harper – new trail in the works in P.G. County.  Run by a group called brainy camps brainycamps.com is creating a camp in PG county near Rosaryville.  They have big open fields, a cookhouse, cabins and a ring of woods that should be enough to create between 3 and 5 miles of trail.  Steve will connect with them again to do a more in-depth survey of the property after their season is over – at the end of August.

 

Action Item for Steve – get Patapsco trail fest info – 100 words and picture – Eric

 

Ernest Rodriguez

  • Fall Camping trip – Phil is back on board managing the details.
  • IMBA – rolling out a new National insurance program that looks good. We may want to change, but it will take some study, we have good coverage now.

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Action Item – Dave will create a trail list broken out by beginner/intermediate/advanced

Action Item – Bob will write a short blurb for the Trailhead news on how important it is that we respect the rules if we want to keep access to the trails.

 

Trail reports – Dave

Liaison recruiting – Chris Stenersen to join Mark Burkett on SRT.  There’s a also new Co-Liaison for Schaeffer – Maurizio Cavalho.  We used e-mail to try and find a liaison for Rosaryville, unsuccessfully.  Dave talked to Mike Klasmeier about it too.  Might try email for BROT.

Kudos to bob for two intense work days on the bridge.

Maryland advocacy – might want to move to a regional advocacy structure after Dave leaves the board – there’s a lot in the MD portfolio.

Grants – bids are due Wednesday for River’s Edge.

 

Jonathan Kidwell – Fairland had a major washout with an official detour.

 

Bob Caverly – the new bridge specification are very substantial.  Center beam six 2X12s Weighs 900 pounds.  Will require more tools, time and volunteers.

 

Jeff Niner

  • Dominion Energy – Volunteer day between mid-September and mid-October. Will provide $2500 logistics support.  Needs 4 or 5 work party leaders.    Need liaison – various strategies.
  • Meadowood – re-establishing Friends of Meadowood. Thursday at 5 pm – Carlos said he would attend.
  • Wilderness First Aid subject – we can’t expect EMTs to teach it. REI has options and we should publicize them.
  • October 23 7 pm – environmental award.  Fairfax

 

New Business:

Ernest Rodriguez – Kudos to Tom for managing membership communications.  We have been the recipient of several large donations during membership renewals ranging from $10 to $1,000.

 

Kudos to bob for his FB fund raiser – almost $800.

 

Bob Caverly – Met a guy who owns his own nutrition bar company riding at Schaefer – will contact him about possible sponsorships.

 

Steve Dontigny – New Belgian donated $2500 for DC pump track.  THANK YOU NEW BELGIAN!!

 

$3500 Return received of engineered bridge design money from SHA/Patuxent RTP grant, initially funded by MORE . Money  will be returned to the trails working capital special purpose fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE Board Meeting – July 2018

MORE board meeting

July 9, 2018

 

 

Attending (by phone):

Ernest Rodriguez

Dave Magill

Tom Howe

Steve Harper

Jeff Niner

Steve DonTigny

 

Financials – Ernest Rodriguez

No report from Michael, Ernie has checked accounts and all is good.  Ernie to discuss Treasurer deliverables and responsibllities with Michael this week.

RTP Grants Update 

Dave has indicated that SHA may reimburse the club for the $3500 bridge design documents acquired for Patuxent.  We should know in 30-60 days

Maryland Trails Update –    Dave Magill  

  • Rosaryville needs Liaison replacement for Jim McNeely,
  • Seneca Ridge Liaison replacement for Victor Beltran
  • Rivers Edge received its environmental approval from SHA, Carlo now gearing for the procurement phase and trail clearing with volunteers

ACTION:   Dave Magill to email membership living near the parks for interested parties to become liaisons

VA Trails Update – Jeff Niner

  • Need new Liaison for BROT
  • REI Grant for $10,000 awarded to MORE for BROT
  • Working with Dominion Power to host an employee workday including $2500 for day of expenses.
  • Positive community meeting at Mt Vernon recreation center to work on re-opening trails to mountain bikes, leveraging volunteer trail maintenance
  • Opportunities with Supervisor Stork
    • Paul Springs Stream Valley trail opportunity
    • Washington / Rochambeau Trail
    • Options to Link up Meadowood with CCT along Pohick Creek and over to Laurel Hill / Occoquan Regional Park
    • Fountainhead downstream towards Occoquan Regional Park
  • Loudon County-Evergreen Mills trails no longer an option, county is looking at alternative site for natural surface trail system
  • Evergreen Mills –Board of Supervisors, Parks and Recreation fencing off area eliminating recreation opportunities
  • Beaver Dam park – possible development area for trails
  • Wolf Shoals – possible development area for trails

Membership – Tom Howe

slight drop in overall #s

MoCo Epic 2018 Update – Steve Dontigny

  • Social media events set up
  • Food Trucks coordination, limited menu to provide faster service
  • Aid Station sponsors confirmations
  • Marketing Schedule: planning weekly blasts across Social Media Platforms (countdown, Sponsor promo, highlights, registration updates)
  • Printed media delivery into businesses by 1st week August
  • Moco County Pop Up Aid Stations in August/September

DCXC Rosaryville XC Race – Steve Dontigny

Good participation.

Pop up kiosk – Steve Dontigny

Discussion about the value of having a pop up kiosk/tent with a banner and map of all our trails on the back.  All agreed it would be a good thing.  Steve Harper offered to staff one at Bacon Ridge – needs tent or banner.

Summer festival – Ernest Rodriguez

  • Make a decision for 2018 within the next 7 days
  • For 2019, consider partnering with Emmitsburg Community Days – generally agreed that it would be worth pursuing because of great support and interesting (i.e. rocky) riding

Patapsco Trail Festival – Ernest Rodriguez

We want to make sure we’re supporting it.

Action – Steve Dontigny.  Contact Trailfest organizers and offer our support.

2019 Event Committees – Activities Director

  • We seem to have better outcomes when we empower a committee for planning events
  • Form a committee for the 2019 Spring Fling
  • Form a committee for the 2019 Summer Picnic

Action – Steve Harper and Jeff Niner –  To form a First Aid committee to coordinate first aid training and discuss trail rescues with local first responders – it took four hours to rescue an injured rider off of Bacon Ridge located very near to roads.  Contact Jason Hayde Dave Kalt as possible instructors for first aid class.  Committee will ask Mark Zaragoza, Casey Bailey, Steven Miller and Jacob Miller to participate.

Dave Magill – needs a committee of two or three to do mapping with Martin – Tom Howe volunteered

Fundraising – Ernest Rodriguez

We should be making an effort to contact people and companies to raise funds.  Many are very supportive and you’d be surprised who would support us if we ask.

Publicizing our work – Steve Dontigny

We need to do a better job of communicating all the trailwork we do.

 

 

 

June MORE Board Meeting

Board Members in Attendance:

 

Dave Magill

Tom howe

Jeff Niner

Carlos Alfaro

Ernest Rodriguez

Steve Dontigny

Bob Caverly

 

Action for Steve Harper – Trail head news

It should be used to unite our community from the board level.  What’s hot,  fundraising, events, what’s coming up?  Brief highlights.  Timely – Quarterly.  Sponsors.  Monthly cadence – events, what’s coming up.  Event, ride.  Tom – include the new split into the next trailhead news.

 

Carlos Alfaro – Summer picnic.  Moved due to storms.  Will be on June 23 at Meadowood.  Old Coldchester rd.  Parking for up to 200 cars.  Spokes will have a demo day – Shimano, SRAM, Specialized, Seven (Gravel grinders), Spokes providing the meats.  Members bring side dishes.  Beer will be provided by SPOKES.  Members are encouraged to bring side dishes and additional beverages of choice.

Going up Sunday the 17th to pick up stuff from the shed.  Tables – Camp chairs.  Members and guests are invited – in addition to the Demo day participants. Dave Magill – morning will have trail liaison training.  Tour and talk – no actual work.   Add this to the messaging. 9:30 AM EZ-up set-up.  As many as possible.  Any desire for more extensive riding?  Will be up to riders to have self guided tours to area trails.     Need help with volunteers.  Ladies only rides.  Ride with the MORE board.    Board members should arrive at 9-9:30.

Occoquan re-opening is same day so some people will have to leave after lunch to participate in both events.

 

Steve Dontigny

  • MoCo Epic.  70 people so far.  Whole foods will not be main sponsor this year, we need a new anchor sponsor.  Steve will be contacting and considering Food truck vendors to provide food.  Aid station support.  Mobile operations – 50/50 shops mobile and bricks/mortar.  User groups.  Sponsors.  Columbus day weekend.   6, 7 October.
  • Action item (Steve D) – need to hold a MoCo committee meeting.
  • Thinking of creating a MoCo jersey with map may as an option this year.
  • Party sales are good.
  • New 15 mile loop.  SRT-Schaefer PepCo trail.  Consider whether to include in any of the rides
  • Action Item (Steve H)  to contact Eric about Patapsco storm damage- More website can be activated
  • $3500 spent on bridge designs under RTP grants will not be reimbursed, due to changes in Federal interpretations.  $100,000 at Patapsco Resubmit grants – start the clock over – 30,000 at River’s Edge – NEPA almost done-.
  • Website – Facebook  updates.  Bob – admin to FB.  plug ins renewed.  Need to reimburse Martin.  Web page – should be able to push things to FB and Meetup.
  • Action Item (Steve H)  Get all the communications people together.  Decide who has access and how.  IT policy review.  Agree on ground rules.  Agree on who does what.

Tom Howe

  • Trailcare works – a donation app.  It can be set to track every time you upload to strava.  Can pay with a credit card.  Not automatic – you decide which rides and parks you contribute to.
  • More mountain bike meet-up group has 165 while DC/VA/MD meetup has over 4,000.  Two or three messages.  Get them to use trail care, join.  FB – DC are mountain bike trail status.  Cross posting ?

 Ernest Rodriguez 

  • Trail forks  –  we are their contact to identify legal vs. social trails in our areas.  There was a discussion about us getting tasked by others to build their brands such as Cycle lifeHQ.
  • Blue ridge trail council – PR firm will donate.  Invite the board to ride the blue ridge.  Reimbursement for expenses.  Roanoake to NC border area.
  • Action Item (Steve H)– who is MORE 2018 flyer
  • June 30 Angelica theater – Merrifield.  MORE is sponsoring the movie North of Nightfall.

 

Carlos Alfaro

  • Mt. Vernon park Come on Monday the 25th to Mt. Vernon rec center.  Tom, Jeff, Steve D. and Carlo will there and will e-mail to all the locals.
  • DC parks and rec – bike facility in one of their parks in Anacostia.  Plan to open and construct an outdoor rec facility.  Exercise equipment and pump track.  DCMTB and local co-op to teach them bike repair.  Flat area near the river, very active, courts.  Near Oxen Cove.

Jeff Niner

  • Damage to trails resulting from riding wet trails – organizing trailwork days.

 

Dave

  • Jungle time.  Trails are overgrown.  We should only buy commercial hedge trimmers.  MORE offering to support liaisons in coming up with funds for these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Board Meeting

May Board Meeting

 

Meeting was held by phone – Board Members Present:

 

Bob caverly

Tom howe

Jeff niner

Steve dontigny

Sean Johnson

Dave Magill

Carl Weaver

 

Steve Dontigny – meeting on laurel hill erosion issue and safety risk, and how MORE can get the word out

Tom Howe – membership renewal emails, spring fling successful, morning and afternoon rides, in between Wakefield and Accotinc a swim club allowed us to use the facility,

Jeff Niner – what made it successful included connector trails to CCT, new pump track, lots of kids showed up with their parents, potential new members, introduced people to Smores rides and vis versa, committee approach worked

Tom Howe – membership is good. 1300 active members.

Steve Dontigny

  • Meeting with MTS – Met with user groups, lots of mountain bikers. Pro-mtb, volunteers who work there recognize value of the trails.
  • Attending public planning meetings for Lake Accotink. Major project to deal with sedimentation.  Either fill in or dredge.
  • Watershed liaison training. Lots of people showed up.  Rock work.  Great volunteer with AT experience helped out.
  • Pump track in Baltimore in development – Marla Streb – vacant lot next to handlebar cafe.
  • Moco – confirmed a lot of the rentals that will be needed – porta jons, generators, etc . Permit discussion.   Mobile support from vans – but some shops fill in.  Regular meetings.

Dave Magill

  • MoCo Connector trail – Will open officially around July 4, but is essentially built now, needs safety features.  MoCo would be happy to see this incorporated into some of the MoCo rides.  Asked Steve Dontigny to ride the trail and think through the logistics.

 

Bob Caverly – option to eliminate the two-way traffic on the SRT?  Maybe.

Jeff Niner – A lot of trail work days.  How do we advertise trail work-days.  Jonathan Kidwell- website  and Brad hawk – Facebook

Steve Dontigny – Cross posting options on FB – need to explore.

Bob Caverly – Plug ins for word press to allow cross posting.

Mark Enberg trail – Jeff.

Steve Harper. – Could we move the reports to the end?  Agreement from the group.  We will do this in the future so we can focus discussions on action items.

Dave Magill  – MDE permitting – trail status.  Tightening restrictions, DNR and MDE. Suggestion was made to have DNR consider challenging MDE interpretation of permit requirements.  Dan Hudson said that there was no interest to challenge MDE, but to pursue simplification.  One of his tasks is to work with MDE.  They made Forestry operations simpler.  MDE  – erosion control – wetlands.  On Erosion control – for trails that don’t cross streams, foresters don’t need to do an MDE review.  Dan will seek the same for trails.  For stream crossing if you build a bridge with footings outside of the floodplain then it’s not regulated.  One other piece of good news – DNR has finalized an erosion control plan form with MDE for patuxent, deep creek and Greenbrier.

  • Bacon – Archeological field survey is slowing down phase 3. Dan Hudson – U of M get some college students?  Need to engage with county on that.
  • Watershed – the city monitors a mapping software and observed new trails in unauthorized areas. They slowed the process for approval of the downhill trail plan.  Joe Whitehair and his team worked with the city to show that these “new” trails are in fact still closed, so that progress is continuing on the downhill map.
  • River’s Edge – working on procurement document for mechanical equipment. Expect to let a contract in the next 30 – 60 days.

Steve Harper  – Chesapeake Church trail has been started.

Dave Magill  – inquiry from Brainy Games – buying 100 acre property.  Cater to developmentally challenged and disabled children.  Would like a program to help the kids ride.  Sean would like to work with them.  Steve will work on the trails aspect, Sean on the programmatic.

Discussion on communications:

Steve Harper  Three buckets – ride, membership, trails.  We should focus communications on things that lead to an increase in those three items.  Communications without pushing one of those will be opportunities that are lost.  We should focus on FB because that’s where most of the members can be found.  The Website should be simpler – easier to read.

Dave Magill – we also need to focus on donations – but that might be a different conversation.

Bob Caverly – current web page is too complicated.  Three main panels.  Left side easily found links.  Join, Board news, — Right side panel  – next ten calendar events.  Center panel – flashy stuff – moco epic registration.  Hashtag videos and link them.  #Ridewithmore.

Dave Magill – need content.

Bob Caverly – if we connect content with FB.  Does FB have a facility to create sub-groups?

Steve Harper  I will bring a proposal for scheduled posts and other uses of FB.

Trail Care App – micro donations based on miles ridden – Donate through them to MORE.  Steve H – We should test it.  Tom Howe said he would do that to make sure it works.

Dave Magill – Bob – You were going to develop a plan that would involve both content and execution.  Ernie is active, Brad is fantastic and turning it into content.  Jonathan is ok at it.  Not instantaneous.  Enhancing our content creation.  Need to focus on Admins and editors for FB.

Bob Caverly  –  Guidelines for what should and should not be on the MORE page.   Dave – agreed.   Bob – A wealth of information and options under the FB hood.

Steve Harper  Action – Ride ten mile creek.  Offered to work with Mike to create a Bacon ride.

Dave Magill – Schaeffer upgrade feedback?   Very happy with the work.

Be careful driving to south Germantown pump track and MORE Shed.  Only builders.  If you drive down there you might get stopped by police – have to explain yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Board of Director’s Meeting

MORE Board of Directors Meeting – April 16

 

 

 

Attendees:

 

MORE Board Members:

 

Ernie Rodriguez

Bob Caverly

Tom Howe

Carlos Alfaro

Steve Harper

Steve Dontigny – Executive Director

Guests:

Tom Newton

Rick Meyer

Tim O’Donnell

Board members not present –

Dave Magill

Mike Hillstron

Jeff Niner

 

Ernie Rodriguez opened the meeting with a discussion about his discussions with Mike Hillstrom and Dave Magill regarding  financials for the year and restricted funds balances.  Board members should have received the spreadsheets related to financials and restricted fund balances.  IMBA – will bill us for Steve DonTigny.

  • Financials – will be done on a monthly basis
  • Confirmed that Mike is ok with being Treasurer for three years

Bob Caverly – MoCo funds – no Schaefer funds deducted in the spreadsheets we received.  Will be in the next financials.

There was a motion to fund the request made by the new Maryland NICA league (AKA Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League – MICL) and a discussion.  The discussion focused on how to fund this, whether it will be a regular contribution and the need to fundraise to replace any funds expended on this.  Board members committed to fundraising to replace the funds if unrestricted funds were used.  Board members were also in agreement that this was important for the continued growth of the sport and for MORE membership.  The vote in favor of funding MICL for one year in the amount of $8,000 carried unanimously.

Ernie Rodriguez  – Family ride program manager is planning to recruit additional ride leaders and volunteers for Wakefield sMORE’s so she can focus on organizational development and growth.

Tom Newton – need MORE discovery rides, literally.

Ernie Rodriguez Fountainhead planning meeting – with NOVA parks for continuation of trail work on Bull Run Occoquan Trail.  Planning continues and we applied for grants to fund the needed work.  Ernie working with FCPA to name a trail for deceased member Marc Genberg.

Ernie Rodriguez – DC contingent – working to build bike facilities and possible pump track on Kingman Island.

Steve Dontigny

  • MoCo – marketing piece to the printer by the end of the month. Permit application process is underway.  Tent rentals are in process, food provider, volunteer coordinator and volunteer assignments.  May have EMT for a day.  Action item, contact Jason Hade to recruit first aid volunteers.
  • Working on Who is MORE? Steve Harper offered to assist.
  • Loudoun County – homeowners are interested in building a skills area for teens and tweens.
  • Leesburg – meeting to re-opening evergreen mills.
  • Meeting this week – city park – Natural and wooden features South Riding – near Dulles.

Carlos Alfaro

  • Spring Fling April 28th – Karl Liebert asked to make sure we updated the schedule on the Facebook and MORE webpage page with rides and events, he’s in charge of the grill! Rob Lowe has a good list of volunteers for the ride leaders, but maybe could use a few more.  Thanks to Tom Howe and his team of volunteers, the trail connection is open south of Accotink. Thanks to Cathy everything seems set with the location. Brad did a great job with the invites and facebook advertisements.  Ribbon cutting at 12:00 at the pumptrack.  Ernie will send a blast about it.

Brad Hawk – encouraged board members to sign up to lead rides on weekends.  Board members and volunteers are encouraged to sign-up to lead weekend rides with Brad.  Brad will coordinate post to Facebook and MORE calendar.

Steve Harper – Will take the action to get people on the schedule for board rides on the weekend.

Steve DonTigny  – Has the action to make sure board members have a list of people to call for fund raising.

Tom  Howe – Membership is at 1300 this month.  Tom continues to send email reminders to new and expiring members to drive membership renewals.

Bob Caverly – Sharepoint – who uses it?  Trying to figure out how much we’re using it.  Sharepoint in Office 365 account is the primary repository for MORE historical documents.  Discussion around social media used for groups and rides while MORE webpage is used for ride/event calendar, stakeholder and liaison documents.  These documents are outward facing for grant applications, stakeholder information and education.  MORE’s Office 365 Sharepoint account is the repository of MORE’s history and documents.

Ernie Rodriguez and Tom Howe – Will communicate the new IMBA Local changes and updates.

Bob Caverly and Tom Newton  —- took the action to organize a Schaefer Ride – first board ride/ Ribbon cutting.  With park people.  Plus Dan Hudson.

Tim O’Donnell (trail liaison for Emmitsburg trails)

–           Organizing a  Community Day

–           There is a possible RTP Grant Modification

–           Developing trail Community.

Tom Newton (Trail Liaison Patuxent River State Park Trails)

  • City of Gaithersburg may have funds available to help fund mountain biking infrastructure and may be interested in build trails. Members should unite to advocate the City of Gaithersburg build mountain bike infrastructure and possibly a BMX park.
  • Connecting Seneca – greenway – upper rock creek.

Bob Caverly

  • Schaeffer Farm White Loop has been significantly updated by Elevated Trail Design using MoCo Re-investment funds. Rider feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Two additional re-routes are in the works for Schaeffer Farm – one on Yellow (abandon field section before sign post 9) and one on White to move trail across the stream and onto side slope before signpost 2.

Pepco Trail – Groundbreaking was a success and excitement is building for a trail from Montgomery mall to the South Germantown soccerplex.

There was a general discussion about safety at trail heads and on trails.

  • Call 911 if there’s an emergency or something sketchy.
  • MORE can’t be responsible for security, but we should all report anything either by calling 911 or if it’s not an emergency the appropriate park/local authority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2018 Board meeting minutes

Attendees

Ernest Rodriguez – President
Bob Caverly – Vice President
Dave Magill – MD Advocacy Director
Tom Howe – Membership Director
Jeff Niner – VA Advocacy Director
Steve DonTigny – Executive Director
Steve Harper – Communications Director

Not Present

Carlos Alfaro – Activities Director
Michael Hillstrom – Treasurer

Guests

Jonathan Kidwell – Trail Boss – Non-Voting
Rob Lowe – Assistant Ride Coordinator
Jon Posner – Maryland Interscholastic Cycling Association
Fred Powell – Maryland Interscholastic Cycling Association

Jon Pozner  – Fred Powell – NICA

  • New sponsors:  Kelly Benefits – Silver Level sponsor, Squirt Lube, Joe’s Bike Shop
  • Grant application – M&T Bank
  • Working with UMD – Public Health school
  • Leader’s summit this weekend from across Maryland
  • Request – $8000 for the first year.
    • For trailer, finish arch – MORE branding on both.  
    • On race days they would like to co-brand the Saturday rides as sMORE’s ride.  This would give MORE good visibility among new riders.
    • They would also push our messages on  Social media, e-mail and press releases.
    • They would encourage us to do member recruitment at our races/events.  

Ernie Rodriguez

  • Action – get monthly reports, cash flow and operating
  • Action – get restricted fund monthly balance
  • Fundraising – We should all be actively fundraising at every opportunity.  

Jeff Niner

  • got no response to letters that he sent out.

Dave Magill – $3,000 from Pepco – for liability insurance premium increase.  

  • Frederick team – going after large Maryland historical association grant.  
  • RTP for river’s edge grant was signed.  Must spend before getting reimbursed – can do partial.
  • Action – Steve – ask NICA fund raiser if she might be able to help us be more strategic.

Rob Lowe

  • has a line on a potential donor.

MD Trail reports

Dave Magill

  1. Brunswick – River’s Edge -Procurement should go in this month for 1 and half miles of trail
  2. Carlo used a portion of his special purpose funds to have Elevated Trail Designs to adjust the trail design
  3. MHA – Grant request – Watershed team submitted the request in late Feb
  4. Looking into to options to help Tim with Emmitsburg grants
  5. MoCo- close to opening a new park – Oak Ridge, conservation park – Damascus.  1-3 mile trail with technical features – Mountain bike focused.
  6. PePCO trail – remaining piece on DNR property.  DNR supported a proposal to eliminate a road section by building multi use trail along Seneca Creek west wide.  Ribbon Cutting is May 17th.
  7. Schaefer – MORE entered a contract with Elevated to reroute trail.  Should be done by the end of March. Four other reroutes in approval process – in Schaefer and SRT.  Total of 2.5 miles of additional trail. Getting rid of bad trail and adding really good trail. Using MoCo reinvestment funds
  8. Patapsco – kicked off fun series.  Good project to extend the ridge trail all the way to the parking lot.  
  9. Patuxent – south end.  We have been encouraged to hand build as many trails as possible and reasonable.  Could be up to 10 miles.
  10. Davel Powell – tremendous supporter of MORE and multi-use trails.  Actively supporting Patuxent, Schaeffer and opening Seneca Creek greenway to bikes.  
  11. Bacon Ridge – First Liaison training – very good experience.  Everyone including seasoned trail building experts learned something new.  
  12. Steve Harper reports that he will lead a ride in Severn Run on the five miles of recently  signed trails by July.
  13. Rosaryville – big bridge is gone.  Another one is gone. Bridges are a problem.  

VA Trail Reports

Jeff Niner

  1. New Liaison – Rob Molinas volunteered aas co-liaison for Fountainhead Regional Park.  
  2. Another person – Benji Jones.  Jeff has not yet met him is volunteering to help as trail liaison.
  3. Fairfax County Sports Tourism Committee – Ernie put together a white paper.  4 phase improvement – county seeking approval for $690K for beginner trail, pump track, retail and pavilion at Fountainhead.   
    1. Paul Gilbert – on Fairfax county sport tourism commission.
    2. Ernie explained comparables, Riverfest, MoCo, etc.  Was asked what can you do to get 2,000 people in a single event?  In the past a NOVA epic wasn’t possible – seems like conditions are changing for the better.
  4. June 23 Specialized, Trek demo day at Meadowood.  Spokes etc. sponsor. Trek trucks will be there.
  5. Discussion about chainsaws – land managers to decide policy and approval process for use if at all.
  6. Steve DonTigny –  Loudoun Co. Met with Parks/Recs/Open Spaces board.  Will present to them this month. Purcelville wants to develop some space.  
  7. Announcement – DC Government will spend 4 million developing Kingman Island at Anacostia waterfront – RFK stadium.  Sports field. Natural surface trails on Kingman Island. DCMTB crew leading the charge along with Gearing-Up, REI, MORE, Student Conservation Corp.  
    1. Potomac conservancy – land trust, own property.  Have volunteers who want to help with trails. Have land in Hancock MD.  Have millions of dollars worth of land.
    2. Youth bike coop – Sterling Stone director.  Underserved community. Teaching them to build trails.  Would like to send a couple of people to liaison training.
  8. Tom – Working with Julie Childers to open CCT trail from Brookfield pump track to CCT.   
  9. Rob – Bike doctor shed race 11/12 August to benefit Frederick Watershed trails.

Bob Caverly

  • Track it forward.  Costs a lot of money.  Pay for each e-mail user.  All registered users are costs.  Most people aren’t entering their own hours.  Phil VanWerkoven will clean up the database. They will figure out who is doing the logging. Pare down to the ones who do manage users.  Would like to have a system for e-mailing about workdays that doesn’t cost so much.

Tom Howe

  1. Spring Fling (attempt to reinvent the NOVA epic)  will be Saturday – April 28. Trails for Youth, Julie Childers – will do a ribbon cutting at Brookfield park.  Kathy Ridel is coordinating with the pool. Want to do a number of rides, including with members of the MORE board and others.  Pool is a mile and a half from the Brookfield pump track. Plan is to bring your own sides and shareable eats. MORE lead rides will go to Accotink and Wakefield.  Riders may choose self-guided rides to Laurel Hill or Lake Fairfax Park on their own.
  2. MoCo Epic – Registration live.  Same fee structure, same general routes.  Trail work discounts. Use bike reg. And constant comment to advertise the discount.
  3. Steve DonTigny. Making payments for permits and various vendors, park fees, etc.  
    1. Needs to meet with the team – more one on ones.  
    2. Working on list of aid station sponsors.  

Bob Caverly

  • Communication infrastructure.  Trying to get connected to Jason Ashmore and Martin Fernandez.  Need connection to the systems. Wants an IT inventory. Then wants to put together a comprehensive plan back-up plan for operational support.  

Steve Harper

  • Need to agree on a message.  Ernie/Dave – let’s start by updating “Who is More?”
  • Responses from his first foray into asking a small Facebook group in the Annapolis area – “what would you like from MORE?”
  • Teen Rides
  • Advanced Trails
  • MTB only uni-directional trail
  • Semi organized Epic rides – Saturday Rides
  • Kid/Family rides – east of MoCo
  • Bike Helmet Donations
  • Beginner Skills Clinics
  • All Weather Trails – Gravel
  • Friendly local rides (other than epics)
  • Organized overnight rides – Beginner bike packing.

Dave Magill

  • Who is MORE – one page.  Distribution. Tom should send it to members.  Bike shops should have copies.

Steve DonTigny

  • Where is MORE.  Map. Working on it.  

January 2018 Board meeting minutes

MORE January 2018 BoD’s Transition Meeting Minutes

January 7, 2018, 10:00AM-3:00PM

Offices of Competitive Power Ventures (Dave Magill) in Silver Spring, MD

In attendance

Tom Howe – Current Membership Director

Jeff Niner – Current VA Advocacy Director

Bob Caverly – Incoming Vice President

Dave Magill – Current MD Advocacy Director

Ernest Rodriguez – Outgoing/Incoming President

Steve DonTigny – Executive Director

Greg Dwyer – Outgoing Operations Director

Rob Lowe – Outgoing Vice President

Steve Harper – Incoming Communications Director

Guests

Jonathan Kidwell – Current Trail Boss – Non-Voting

Brad Hawk – Ride Program Coordinator – Non-Voting

BoD’s not present:

Carlos Alfaro – Current Activities Director

Aaron Richter – Outgoing Treasurer

Mike Hillstrom – Incoming Treasurer

 

Introductions: introductions and brief biography by each person in attendance

Positions and org chart  shared with the board.  Certain updates and corrections to the chart were discussed and a revised chart will be circulated by Ernie.  The Board will also work to define and finalize activities for the VP and Communications director.

Feedback from outgoing board members:

Rob – Get feedback at events, trail work days, the discovery series was a very positive addition

Greg – Board members are ambassadors for MORE – Hear, listen and represent MORE at all times.  The November 2107 strategic planning process was beneficial – continue that on an annual basis along with member input—Board should be working w/member input to move the organization forward.  While MORE is 100% a mountain bike club, we need to stay connected with other trail user groups—runners, equestrians, etc.  Organization will only thrive and grow if we work with others in the trail user community.  More legitimate if we speak with a bigger voice.

Ernie – need to make sure board members schedule meetings second Monday of the month from 7 to 9 PM and are present in person.  Continue to build inclusive community by reach out to members, riders and other trail users.  Listening to our community is vital, however does not mean we’re going to take action on every comment, we need to make sure we consider member needs and overall effect on mountain biking community.

Current Business

Dave Magill – Website – who will be responsible for operations of our website and functionality of the website including outages, performance, content and email distribution list?  How will this work going forward?

The discussion identified that there are two factors – systems and their functionality and content.  Steve Harper will work with a group to address content and how to communicate.  Bob Caverly will look into our technical challenges and report back to the board on what we need to do to ensure reliability.  Membership management is a huge workload and consideration should we separate from IMBA.  Action item: Bob to review MORE website functionality.

Treasurer Term – table the discussion about timeframe until we are able to further discuss with Michael Hillstrom.  Discussed possibly including other treasurer candidates as assistant treasurer as this arrangement has worked well in the past.  Board agreed.  Action item: Ernie to reach out to Mike prior to March BoD’s meeting.

Bike Shop Liaison Program:

General discussion Steve D, Brad, Tom and Steve H will work on defining and organizing this.

Some ideas:  Get bike shops in a room to discuss what they need from MORE.  Have board members talk to bike shop owners in their area.  Engage both Steve DonTigny and a volunteer to energize this effort.  Mike Klasmeier offered to host a ride and meeting with MORE board members to get conversations started regionally.  Action item: Steve DonTigny to work with Matt Lavine on Bike Shop Liaison Program.

Financial – Dave Magill

Dave worked on the budget with Aaron and Ernie.  Dave presented the 2018 budget in absence of Aaron.  Presentation included revenue, expenses, individual (Most Accountable Person) line items, restricted funds and overall bottom line for 2018.  Roughly half of our funds in the bank are in restricted funds for individual trail projects.  We also discussed recurring revenue and one-time expenses such as the 25th anniversary gala.  Restricted fund balances are roughly off by about $18,000 which came in at the end of the year which will be included in subsequent statements.  We remain financially stable with about $250k bank balance split between operations and restricted funds.  A major discussion point is salary for MORE’s executive director.  We recognize the positive impact having an executive director is having on our success over the past four plus years.  We currently have a SFF grant in place to cover any shortfall in salary due to membership revenue share and monthly expense.  The IMBA partial funding ended January 1, 2018 and there are some remaining funds left on the SFF grant, but not enough to cover all of 2018.  Since our executive director is also the MoCo Epic event director, the 2018 budget contemplates that executive director compensation in 2018 will be split roughly equally between the SFF grant, MoCo Epic proceeds, and general MORE revenues.  MORE modified our Chapter Charter agreement with IMBA two years ago in which MORE is completely responsible for funding the executive director starting in 2018.  A major concern is that MORE may become an employer and all the administrative requirements this brings about.  Who will do the work?  We have currently have sufficient funding for the position, however we do want to make sure we retain remaining grant funds.  Action item: Ernie will work on an accounting of grant determine what remains to cover executive director funding, as well as confirming IMBA will continue to be the employer of record for our executive director.

Budget line item discussion included:

Tools and other trail costs should go through the appropriate funding mechanisms – this will be covered during upcoming regional trail liaison training sessions.  Action item: Dave, Jeff and Johnathan will incorporate tool purchase process in liaison training sessions. Trail boss can authorize some things, but others should be funded in the appropriate channel.  Trail liaisons may apply for grants from the General Trail Fund though their MAP by completing a “General Trail Fund Application” located on the MORE website under About and Documents.

The Frederick watershed team is currently working a fundraising campaign and doing well.

We should make sure that people understand how much member money goes into trails or to compensate MORE’s executive director to push things forward.  No beer money – that’s donated.

Liaisons should know money is available and one of MORE’s major functions is to make it easier to get money into the hands of those building and maintaining bike trails.

There is a “most accountable person” program that ensures there are two person authorizations for all expenses.  Internal controls are important.

MORE’s 2018 Budget was approved in December to ease transition for incoming board members.

Budget can be amended if a need arises during the year.

Trail Boss – Jonathan Kidwell

Continues to coordinate and post trail work days on the MORE calendar.  Liaisons are encouraged to cross post trail work days to individual Facebook and other social media.

The 2018 trail tread waiver has been updated and sent to trail liaisons for ad hoc work with permission of the land manager.  Trail tread is designed for those who are likely to work on their own – Liaisons and senior trail workers.

Workday waiver – every volunteer is required to sign a waiver for each workday per our liability insurance requirements.  The Land Manager waivers in MD and VA are not the same as a MORE waiver and may not be substituted for a MORE waiver.  Waiver must be sent to trailboss@more-mtb.org for centralized filing by either scanning or taking a picture.  Also, remember the trail work is not complete until hours are reported in Track-it-Forward.  Track-it-Forward is our tracking mechanism for reporting hours worked and rides lead internally and to our stakeholders including land managers, grantors and general communications.

Board members, please log the time you spend with the board and volunteering by Jan. 15th as we have asked our liaisons to do.

We will be conducting a tools survey with our liaisons again this year.  Depending on how long it takes to complete, we’d like to integrate the survey results with our Winter Membership Meeting awards.

We had some discussion about the value of our calendar on our website.  Liaisons are encouraged to use as many mediums as possible to advertise trail work days, rides, events and social gathering.  The MORE website and calendar are great repositories for documents, marketing and informational information for members, visitors, stakeholders, land managers, grantors and partners.

Discussion – All

Ernie commented to all board members, please ask for help if you need it in supporting each other and our great volunteer base.  No one should feel like they have to do everything by themselves, ask for help finding volunteers or with completion of assignments.

Communications—Steve Harper & Greg Dwyer

Website and External/Internal Communications Discussion- how do we manage the website and our social media platforms?  What’s it’s value?  What do members want?  How do they use it?  Archive, Legal, Donations?  Yes, website is important as a repository of information, ride calendar, member and stakeholder views.  Most if not all information required for grant applications is available on MORE’s website.

Steve Harper, Steve DonTigny, Bob, Brad, Ernie and Martin will be the committee to address technology and content management/messaging.  Martin has already created a communication plan we all need to review and engage with.  Keep in mind we need to be customer centric.

We need to coordinate communications assignments for and from the board.

The MORE calendar, Meetup and Facebook are used to advertise rides.  Discussion about tools to automate or integrate various media.  Action item: Steve Harper and Bob Caverly will look into available tools.

Martin Fernandez’s contributions with Throwback Thursdays acknowledged as popular communication technique—it has assisted in educating newer, younger members about the early days of MORE.

Trails Committee – Dave Magill

MORE has a trails committee designed to provide guidance and support to trail liaisons.  The committee is composed of both Advocacy directors, Dave, Jeff along with Steve DonTigny, Ernie, Todd Bauer, Eric Crawford, Jonathan and Larry Cautilli.  Trail liaisons may apply for General Trail Fund grants of any size. There is currently $18k in this fund that is unallocated.  The form is on the MORE website under “about” and “documents”.  The Trail Building Funds Policy is also available on the MORE website.  Please note MORE BoD approval is required for contracts in excess of $10,000 or more.  Liaisons can use their restricted funds however they chose in support of their trail system; however  MORE does use a checks and balances approach by requiring approval by the Most Accountable Person before making payment from a restricted fund.  Liaisons know to route payment request through their MAP.

Membership – Tom Howe

Workload consist of monthly emails to lapsed/expired and expiring members.  The listing is obtained from IMBA’s CiVi CRM.

New and renewing members receive welcome emails from both IMBA and MORE based on joining or renewal.  IMBA’s email connects new or renewing members with MORE, advertises value of mountain biking community and discount programs.  The MORE email welcomes joining or renewing members to our community, points them to rides/activities on our webpage, thanks them for enabling “Riding Bikes and Building Trails” in a social environment.

Discussion about how to renew or join included links to https://win.imba.com/join?chapter=200383 and optionally https://win.imba.com/join?chapter=Mid-Atlantic+Off-Road+Enthusiasts+(MORE).

We are currently trying to send anyone who donates $250 or more a pair of MORE socks and while they last anyone who donates more than $1,500 a MORE branded t-shirt in addition to the pair of socks.

MD Advocacy – Dave Magill

Frederick Watershed – downhill trail near Hamburg road being surveyed/flagged by the liaison team.  The Frederick team is hoping to raise between $30-40,000 for cross country and downhill trails in addition to the $30,000 RTP grant.  The final trail plan has yet to be approved by all parties.  City of Frederick owns the land and MD DNR manages the property.

Patapsco  – 3 or 4 miles of trails this year.  The Patapsco crew continues to set an example for the rest of MORE to follow in building community and garnering support for trail building and events.

Bacon Ridge – Phase 3 will complete 11 miles of trail.  Mike Klasmeier is doing a great job with volunteer recruitment, community building and trail building.

Severn Run – 5-6 miles existing, but not yet marked or ridden.  2,000 acres with lots of promise.  These are exciting opportunities for newly appointed liaison Steve Harper, who expects to open the existing trails this spring.

River’s edge – planned to become a race venue for NICA.  RTP MOU should be signed next week.  We will have to meet Federal Acquisition Regulations to be reimbursed for expenses.

Fairland – a large new skills park in process.  Planking machine to make wooden features.  Bermed trails, skinnys, Trails Conservancy (Austin Steo), PG and MoCo County, MORE working together.

Schaeffer Farms, Seneca Creek – Bob and Dave met with the land manager  – $10+k in planned improvements and fixes.  Positive news – Seneca greenway trail is currently hiker only.  MORE and land manager are discussing possibly changing certain sections to include maintenance and access by MORE.

Pepco trail (to connect Shaffer/MoCo Epic start location and Muddy Branch.  Five miles of new trails along the Pepco power lines)- as soon as it’s warm.  County building it – MORE will maintain.  Wetlands permits next year probably.

VA advocacy – Jeff Niner

Mt. Vernon park – permission to ride there.  Safety maintenance permitted, but local neighbors have done work already.  Everybody is positive about the trails in Mount Vernon Park.  We are currently waiting for a modification to the master plan to allow mountain bikes on Mount Vernon trails.

Paul Springs  – possible trails, but lots of local (Not In My Backyard) opposition

Bull-Run-to-Occoquan Trail (BROT) – positive response, however lots of work to be done.  Comprehensive trail appraisal due January 15, 2018 to identify additional trail needs.  MORE is in need a liaison for BROT.

All other parks report normal activity.

DC Advocacy – Steve DonTigny

Fort Dupont – No new trail work on the horizon- just clean it up and build community.  They do have scheduled rides and are working with NPS on additional MTB facilities/opportunities.

Rock Creek Park – We need to reach out to Joe Frisch and Joel Gwadz to an update of current advocacy.

Loudon County – Steve D.  engaged leaders of the ride community.  Will meet with Parks and Recs this coming week.  Restoration of the evergreen mills area under discussion.

Purceville – Jay Peletier is the new trail liaison and working to engage community, MORE and IMBA in establishing trails in the Purceville Watershed.  This could be the new Frederick.

Ride leader – Brad Hawk

Discovery rides back on for 2018.

Q:  Schedule a year ahead?  Or do it ad-hoc?

A: plan a year internally but put it out on a quarterly basis.  Monthly schedule tabled for next BoD’s meeting.  Action item: each board member will sign-up to lead a weekend ride.

Committee:  Steve DonTigny, Bob Caverly, Brad Hawk, Steve Harper  to plan rides and expand the MORE ride program especially on weekends.  It is a very important part of our mission so we should do it better.

Events – Ernie reporting for Carlos

Winter membership meeting – Coming up February 3rd at Gwendolyn Coffield Recreation Center, same location as last year.  Voting complete on awards and Carlos will work on awards.

“NOVA Mini Epic” – Place holder April 28 or 29 at public swimming pool between Wakefield and Accotink.  Plans are to lead rides through Wakefield and/or Accotink or optionally let riders  make their own epic.  Need to finalize the name for this event.  Discussion centered on removing “epic” from the name.

Summer picnic – will be at Seneca Creek State Park like last year, June 2, more to follow.

Fall camping trip – looking forward to another fantastic event this year

MOCO Epic 2018– looking for another fantastic year

Strategic Planning – All

Question, did we decide to invite other trail users to join MORE?  No, we want to stay mountain bike focused.  We would love to have other groups donate time, energy and funds to our trails and we’ll definitely work closely with other user groups to advocate for and expand trails.

IMBA Local – All

Ernie sent out the new IMBA Local presentation with meeting read-a-heads.

High level bullets are:

Organizations select level of support and affiliation; Region, Chapter, Affiliate, Supported Organization

All revenue comes to local organization

All services become al-a-cart, paying only what you need

Discount for Regional affiliation, cost goes to $12 per member processing instead of $15

MORE would need to associate with 5 additional organizations like Richmond MORE to become a region.  A key incentive to regionalize is member fulfillment price drop from $15 per person to $12.  We are already doing most of the other requirements to become a region like networking and trail building.  New requirements would be to officially unite as a region, meet quarterly, report activity to IMBA including feedback.  Discussion included questions about current contract and clauses.  Specifically, what are the abandonment clauses from either MORE or IMBA.  Due to time constraints, we decided to table discussion to allow time to examine contract and the new MOU.

MORE working to execute the new IMBA Local MOU covering member services and employment of executive director.  The MOU can be terminated by MORE on short notice.  The Board will consider longer term options and relationship with IMBA during the course of 2018 and with member survey data and consultation.

Thank you for voting

MORE Board of Directors – Election Results

Thank you for voting for the MORE Board of Director Elections for the 2018 – 2020 terms. Successful candidates are:

  • President: Ernest (Ernie) Rodriguez
  • Vice President: Bob Caverly
  • Treasurer: Michael Hillstrom
  • Director of Communications: Steve Harper

Terms will become effective during MORE’s open transition meeting January 7 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Please take a moment to congratulate these awesome volunteers for taking time to serve on MORE’s Board of Directors.

MORE would also like to extend considerable gratitude to all those who stepped up to run for a position on the board and to all the members who voted.