September Board of Director’s Meeting –

September MORE Board meeting

 

Board Members Present:

 

Ernest Rodriguez – President

Carlos Alfaro –  Activities Director

Jeff Niner – VA Advocacy Director

Tom Howe – Membership Director

Bob Caverly – Vice President on phone

Mike Stoll – Treasurer

Steve Harper – Communications Director

 

Attendees:

Steve DonTigny – Executive Director

Jonathan Kidwell – Trail Boss

Jason Miller – Former Board Member

Tim  O’Donnell  – Emmitsburg Trail Liaison

Rob Lowe – Former Board Member

Carlo Alfano – River’s Edge Trail Liaison

 

 

Ernie – financials abbreviated.  Mike Stoll will take over the books.  Aaron will help us get through the audit.  Looking forward to a monthly financial report so we can make informed investment decisions.

 

BOARD DECISION  – Mike Stoll was unanimously approved as the new treasurer for the remaining three year term.

 

MoCo Epic – Steve Dontigny:  Last couple of weeks putting out flyers, organizing food, beer and logistics.  Suggested we get our own dumpster.  Working on a few things non-MoCo for MORE but most of the time is dedicated MoCo workload.  Approved permits coming back.  Working on marking issues.  Need orders for shirts.  Registration is a bit behind.  Numbers should go back up to 2017 levels.  So far 430.  Last year at this time 460.  Sponsorships – Bryce, gravity soul, won’t get whole foods for water.  Food ordered.  Someone suggested we order extra Gatorade.  Letters need to go out to the aid station supporters.  Looking for volunteers for aid station – on the website.  Waiting to hear back from State Highway and Seneca Creek.

 

Ernie- we need to limit how much we ask Steve Dontigny to do until MoCo is over.

 

Steve – Trailhead news – who is more – Steve, Bob and Ernie will get it out.

 

Ernie – Patapsco Trail Fest.  Just need volunteers.  Sounds like it may be doubtful if the hurricane comes through.

 

Ernie – Fall Camping trip.  Phil and Sharon do a great job.  No rain date, Big Bear trails are built to withstand any rain event.

 

Future event planning – Winter Party – Carlos.  Guinness – possible.  The Grange – open.  Carlos will look into options and report back.

 

Next meeting – October 14 – Jeff’s boat Serenity – if we don’t move the MoCo.  More discussion on needed on how that will work.

 

Tom – Spring Fling planning committee – in progress.

 

Ernie – sponsorship for Gravity Soul  –  $500 last year.  Would like to repeat that.  Will use ½ MoCo reinvestment funds for sponsorship.  Dave was ok with it.  Motion carried to provide $500 for Gravity Soul.

 

Carlo – Dave and Tim have been very helpful.  In 2016 1.3 miles were hand built.  Received an SHA Grant in 2017.  Going through the process to contract out the work.  Will be the fourth venue for NICA.  Have enough trail and open field for spectators to do it this year.  NICA expects 450 people in town that weekend.  MORE will provide funds to backstop for RTP Grant until State Highway Administration (SHA) provides reimbursement.  Dave has been speaking to SHA and the reimbursement process is much better with a better expectation of reimbursement.  MORE will front the $30,000 up front cost for the Rivers Edge grant.  The City of Brunswick is contributing an additional $15,000 toward the project which may be used as a match for the 20% grant obligation.

 

BOARD DECISION – to front the $30,000 for the RTP grant – Tom seconded.  Carried unanimously.  Brunswick will provide matching money as required by MORE rules.

 

Ernie – Dirty 30 is an IMBA event in Bentonville October 26 – 28.  They’ll be presenting a National Volunteer Award and a Local Volunteer Award.  Ernie is attending and has been asked to present the National Volunteer Award.

 

Jonathan – planning/retreat.  Family has property for retreat.  Available with two houses 11 bedrooms.  Need dates on the calendar.  One or two nights of the weekend.  Flexibility in November or do it in January for transition.   Group decided January.  11-13 – will be the transition meeting for the new board members.

 

Elections – MD Advocacy, VA Advocacy,  Activities Director and Membership Director are up for election this year.  We’ll start messaging now.

 

The MORE board is actively encouraging females to run for open board positions.  Women’s rides, skills clinics and events have been very successful.

 

Tim suggested we have a board meeting at a NICA event.  Inclusive to the next generation.

 

Action for board members – we need to reach out to women to advertise open positions on the board.

 

Maryland update – Ernest Rodriguez – MORE will sponsor Gravity Soul again in 2018.  Many of our members participate and it’s a great community building event.  The MoCo team is hard at work and can always utilize MORE volunteers.  The Patapsco team has been extreemly busy with all the rain this Spring and Summer.  Patapsco is doing a great job of messaging closed or damaged trails.  Bacon Ridge secured approval for an additional 10 miles of trail.  The City of Annapolis is looking at adding trails at their Waterpark facility.  Schaefer, Seneca Ridge and Rosaryville all have new trail liaisons. Look for opportunities to meet and help with trail work on the MORE calendar.

 

Maryland Outdoor Recreation Committee – Dec. 2019  a report is due.  MD State funds may be available support MoCo epic infrastructure, organization and communications.

 

Tim O’Donnell reporting on Emmitsburg Trails – have 100 dollars for Emmitsburg restricted fund – will deposit soon.  Emmitsburg will offer Camping at $10 a head if we plan a mountain biking event with the City of Emmitsburg.  Emmitsburg also has a local brewery that will welcome MORE members before, during and after rides.  Emmitsburg sponsored the NICA coaches’ instruction workshop and will probably do so again this year.  They have a grant from RTP for parking and improvement of trail signage.  Emmitsburg has developed a youth summer jobs program with SHA money.  Suggested we create an Inventory of power tools so liaisons may share tools instead of buying new.  It would be nice to share weed whackers and other tools.  We should quantify economic and lifestyle impact of mountain biking/outdoor recreational assets.  Young people with STEM jobs – looking for lifestyle, before job.

 

Action Item – Identify Maryland Outdoor Recreation Committee participants with DNR’s Dept. Of Commerce.  We need to assure outdoor recreation and specifically mountain biking interest are represented,

Steve DonTigny – We had a request from a private land owner near Sidling Hill in Southern Maryland to assist in creating an inventory of trails and possible Bed-n-Barn overnight stays.  Deep Creek.

 

VA update – Jeff Niner.   Carlos attended a meeting with BLM.  BLM is interested in re-engaging the Friends of Meadowood group which includes MORE, radio planes group, dog walkers and park users for community support.

MORE’s longer term goal is to connect Meadowood to the other parks like Fountainhead, Laurel Hill, and Bull Run to create a Western Fairfax loop.

 

Jeff’s working on getting a trail at Lake Fairfax named for Marc Genberg.

 

BROT – Ernie applied for a $40,000 corporate grant from Dominion Energy which we did not get, however they will participate in a corporate work day on the BROT October 25th.  They will provide 25-30 volunteers.  MORE will need four or five crew leaders to assure work is completed safely and effectively to maintain sustainability of BROT trails.  They will start at the parking lot at Fountain Head and possibly Bull Run Occoquan trailhead at Wolf Shoals.  Ernie and Jeff met with NOVA parks to discuss work day planning to support the BROT with corporate volunteer labor.  MORE would like to have access to more of the Bull Run Trail as we continue to prove value in planning, organizing, funding and mobilizing volunteers to maintain Bull Run Trails.

MORE is actively recruiting a trail liaison for the BROT.

 

CFC –  MORE is participating in Combined Federal Campaign for government employees again in 2018 and 2019.  New cards with our charity number (89276) have been ordered and will be stuffed in MoCo Epic registration packets.  We will also advertise our charity number on our webpage and social media pages.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

2018/2019 MORE Board of Director Elections – Candidate Bio’s and information

Candidates for the MORE Board of Directors.

Trails for Youth

TrailsforYouth.Org and Saris want to thank MORE members for their support. Every MORE member who signs up for the TYO newsletter in November will be automatically entered into a contest to win a Saris bike rack. Drawing will be November 30th and the winner will be announced on the TYO facebook page.  It’s a little something to say “Thanks for all you do for the trails and mountain bike advocacy!” Click here to enter http://eepurl.com/cmD4rf email julie@trailsforyouth.org with any questions.

MoCo Trails Need Your Help!

We Need You

We all know MoCo is a great place for trails, but with your help it can be even better!  Montgomery County Parks loves trails as much as we do, and wants to ramp up trail building over the next five years.  They’ve submitted their “Loops and Links” trail plan covering major trail connections, and is looking at all their parklands for new trails.  You could see new and renovated trails in nearly every major park in MoCo; from Little Bennett to Paint Branch.

Montgomery County Parks has proposed $350,000 per year of capital funds for six years to build and upgrade natural surface trails, including three full-time trail builders dedicated to the county trail system! These teams could build up to ten miles of new trail a year…and they are designing trails with mountain bikes in mind. If you like the new trails at Little Bennett, Black Hills, Seneca Greenway and Cabin John you will like what MORE and Montgomery County Parks have in mind!

But, it’s not a done deal yet. We need your voice to support the Parks plan and proposed budget. The County Council has to approve this budget increase, and the County Executive has recommended cutting the proposed budget for natural surface trails by 30%. That’s the difference between maintaining the trails we have now and really growing our trails into a national-caliber system.

We urge you to find your county council member send them and County Council President Floreen an email right away to show your support for more trails in MoCo.

Sincerely,

Dave Magill
MORE Trails Director

 

For inspiration, check out our sample comment below:

Dear [County Council Member]

I urge you to fully fund the Montgomery County Parks Department’s operating and capital budget requests for natural surface trails. Trails rank at the top of user polls of the most popular amenities in our county parks, and are one of the most cost-effective recreational facilities around. Natural surface trails offer a low-impact, sustainable venue for outdoor recreation for residents and visitors of all ages, and provide measure able economic impacts and health benefits to local communities.

The Parks Department is doing the right thing asking for $2.1 million in the CIP to build out our natural surface trail system.  I am a (member or supporter) of the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), and we believe that over 50 miles of new trail can be added to MoCo parks through this initiative.  MORE has organized thousands of hours of volunteer trailwork on county trails, but we cannot do this work alone.

Sincerely,

[Your Name],
[Your town, Maryland]

Ride into 2016 with MORE!

Hello MOREland!

We’re still at it: riding bikes and building trails in your backyard. MORE could use your help. Right now is a great time to give back a little to your favorite rides and win great prizes. IMBA’s Fall membership drive ends on November 15th, and joining or renewing now not only helps support the trails you love, but also enters you to win a mountain bike trip to Mulberry Gap, as well as one of nine ride prize packs, with a value of $275!

If you already joined or renewed last month, thank you…now grab a friend and get them to sign up! The MORE the merrier!
Prizes include:
  • Camelbak Lobo or Magic Pack
  • Light system from Planet Bike
  • Tires from Michelin
  • Headsweats hat
  • DeFeet socks
  • Kitsbow apparel
  • Honey Stinger treats
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Joining today through November 15 will benefit MORE in more ways than one! The chapters in each region that experience the largest growth based on percentage of new/renewal and total number of member growth during the drive will be given the choice of either a complimentary World Summit 2016 entry or a $400 transportation stipend to to attend a Chapter Leader Training held in Boulder, CO in 2016.  Your membership will not only financially support MORE, but it will also give our leaders the opportunity train and network with other IMBA chapters throughout the country.

From finishing out the Fountainhead Project and expanding Rockburn’s menu of bike park fun, to two great Epics, the Patapsco Army’s huge trail work push,  and bringing the mountain bike gospel to Anne Arundel County, MORE has been on a tear in 2015, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our awesome members. Join today and help us make 2016 an even better year for riding in the DC-Baltimore Metro Area!