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  • 13 Dec 2018 10:59 AM | Beth Kazinski

    December  2018 Metro Meeting

    12/11/2018

    Beer Snob’s

    Hartland, WI

    26 members in attendance

    Introduction of Board Members

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    New Board Members

    New board members will start their positions in January 2019

    Co-Chair:   Collin Stevens

    Responsibilities will be working directly with Chair, running Agenda for Metro business meetings.  Co-chair normally picks up responsibilities and/or delegates where other board positions aren’t filled. 


    2 Member at Large Positions:   

    Ron Stawicki

    Chris McArdle

    Responsibilities have not been assigned yet.  This will be discussed at our next board meeting in January. 

    Treasurer: Dan Kutz

    Responsible for financial accounts and reporting; expenses, income, cash flow, etc.  They are also responsible for maintaining/renewing our 501c3 status and insurance. 

    Social Media chair:   Darrin Jaeger

    This individual will be responsible for updating and marketing through all social media channels. 

    Social Events Chair:  James Mattox 

    This individual will do event planning -schedule and organize.  There will be other members to help carry out the event but we need this person to spearhead monthly social meetings, rides, trips, etc.…..

    Volunteer Coordinator:  Chris Cooper

    This individual will track all volunteer hours for Metro and send to both Waukesha and Milwaukee county as needed.    They will also work with the Social Events Chair with gathering volunteers to help with events including trail work days. 

    Gears, OCMB, and Fat Kats now part of METRO!

    Rich and Eric from Gears were present at the meeting.   As you may remember from the last meeting, they pulled away from IMBA as were looking to join Metro as a sub-chapter.   Their Board voted in favor of the move and are excited to be part of Metro and the ability to grow their membership and trails.   For Metro, this would mean expanding our membership as well as our footprint.  Together we would be working together for a stronger voice for mountain biking.

    GEARS United maintains:

    • ·         Glacial Blue
    • ·         West Bend Parks
    • ·         New Fane
    • ·         Pleasant Valley
    • ·         Port Washington Trails
    • ·         Green bush
    • ·         Evergreen park
    • ·         Quarry Park

    They have a new project at Heritage Park that they are working with the county parks on.  The County Park wants flow trails and a bike park.  Right now they are waiting on mining – what area is going to be mined.   The County will be able to use some of the funds from the mining project to contribute to the trails.  Then Metro will need to fundraise for the rest.    The Park is under pressure to create more recreation here and believe that trails are the way to go.

    The transition of GEARS united will be discussed during the next board meeting.  Details to follow….

    Fundraising!!!!!!

    Minooka connector and new entrance

    Glacial Blue Development

    Heritage Trails County Park

    Pump Track at Ball Park Commons

    Club needs to be more visible in the community.  As a club we should be approaching local business for their support.  We want to machine build new trails and will need a master plan before we can move forward.   If you are interested in being on the Fundraising committee or able to develop a master plan, please email Metro at metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    We would love to hear from you on to develop our vision.   Ideas?   What would you like to see? 

    It was suggested by a member to email out information to members on what is happening in the club or what is needed.    Not everyone uses social media and therefore don’t always know what is going on.  If we are looking for more participation we need to use all media outlets to engage members.   James did commit to sending email out monthly Meeting Minutes and future asks of members.

    Hugh Jass Races

    We are looking for volunteers to set up tent at the event.  Not looking for you to stand under it and promote Metro the whole time but rather for a spot to hang out.  The questions of “who is Metro” will come naturally.   Just need to be visible on our trail systems.    Right now everything is housed in our warehouse aka Marty’s garage.  If you are interested just email the club and we’ll make sure you have it for your event.   

    Alpha/Kegel Race is on February  9th 9am to 3pm-ish

    James to email request for volunteers to take tent

    We will consider purchasing another tent for the group up north so they don’t have to drive as far to get the tent for events up north. 

    Other Events

    Frosty Hog  2/2 at Humboldt Park

    Wheel and Sprocket Bike Expo April 4th – 7th

    Looking for a new Team to run the Wednesday Night Races in summer of 2019.   We would like to give the old crew a break after all these years.   Please let us know if you are interested.   James to email this out to all members.

    Winter Fat Biking

    Looking for a snowshoe group that will volunteer to snow shoe if we ever get snow, who’s interested????    If so just email Metro!  We would like to have a group that we can consistently rely on snowshoe our trails.

    James to email this out to all members

    It might be a good idea to have signage so the hikers don’t think its okay for them to hike on the MTB trails.   The GEARS group has sample signage they can share. 

    Ball Park Commons Committee update

    Marty reported for committee.   Milwaukee is still looking to fill the Trail Coordinator position.  Please understand that we are not able to make new trails on our own without the okay from the county.    And this will not happen until they get the position filled.  They have 5 candidates they are currently interviewing so we hope that this will happen sooner than later.  Our push in the Milwaukee County Plan is to building new trials higher up so we don’t have the flood like in the past. 

    We did meet with Wheel and they have hired Jeremy Witek to design the pump track with Zimmerman.  The cost will be split between, Zimmerman, Wheel, and Metro.

    Other Business

    Financial update:  Harold gave an update on finance status of the club as it stands today.   See hand-out. 

    Update on the Bike Bazaar:   Slow but did get approached to partner with the MKE NICA team to help with skills clinic.  It would need to be in Milwaukee since it is expensive for them to travel.   Their NICA team falls under the schools Athletics department and they want more trails.  Will need to follow up with Paul and Nick.    The kids also want to help build or do trail maintenance.  Most kids are 14 and over so would be covered by our insurance.  Would be a great way to expand our community involvement!    We also sold some socks – donation back to club $25

    Donation:  Marty presented the Club with a check for $355 from the Beer Sales at last month’s Meeting!   Thank you Marty!!!!

    Nashotah Park winter fat bike trails:   It was asked of the group if winter fatbike trails could be possible at Nashotah Park.  There are sections of the trail that don’t see much use and would be great to bike on.       We are working with Waukesha County Parks to develop more trails and Nashotah would be great addition.  However, the Waukesha Parks likes to have separate trial systems so we would have to change the use of that current trail or create new trails specific for mountain biking.   Since the county parks development staff is basically all new we are working to establish a strong relationship with them and the first step is with Minooka.  Once we have this ironed out we can start asking about possible trails elsewhere. 

    Meeting Adjourned.

     

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  • 15 Nov 2018 12:23 PM | Beth Kazinski

    November 2018 Metro Meeting

    11/13/2018

    Benno’s

    West Allis, WI

    36 members in attendance

    Thank you Marty Weigel for hosting the Metro Meeting at Benno’s and for the very generous donation from the Sprecker beer sales to the Club.   It was certainly a delicious way to donate. 

    Introduction of Board Members

    Election of Board positions

    Co-Chair:  Responsibilities will be working directly with Chair, running Agenda for Metro business meetings.  Co-chair normally picks up responsibilities and/or delegates where other board positions aren’t filled. 


    Ballot Nominations:        Collin Stevens

    2 Member at Large Positions:  Responsibilities have not been assigned.  That is something the board will determine after the election.  Our hope is that one will help with fundraising and the other social media but this has not been determined.

    Ballot Nominations:        Ron Stawicki, current position holder

    Chris McArdle, current position holder

    Treasurer:  This individual will be responsible for financial accounts and reporting; expenses, income, cash flow, etc.  They are also responsible for maintaining/renewing our 501c3 status and insurance. 

    Ballot Nominations:        Harold Schmidt, current position holder

                                            Dan Kutz

    Social Media chair:   This individual will be responsible for updating and marketing through all social media channels. 

    Ballot Nomination:          Darrin Jaeger

    Social Events Chair:  This individual will do event planning -schedule and organize.  There will be other members to help carry out the event but we need this person to spearhead monthly social meetings, rides, trips, etc.…..

    Ballot Nominations:        James Mattox

    Volunteer Coordinator:  This individual will track all volunteer hours for Metro and send to both Waukesha and Milwaukee county as needed.    They will also work with the Social Events Chair with gathering volunteers to help with events including trail work days. 

    Ballot Nominations:        Chris Cooper

    Future Partnership. Future Trails

    Rich Ramsey from Gears United attended our meeting.  They pulled away from IMBA as well and are looking to join Metro as a sub-chapter.  The West Bend Parks are looking for GEARS United to help develop new purpose built trails and the park’s director wants machine built trails.   This is where Metro’s strength as an organization can help move GEARS United and the Park’s request forward.   As a sub-chapter they would be under our umbrella for Insurance and 501c3 status.   This of course will help them with fundraising for the new trails.   For Metro, this would mean expanding our membership as well as our footprint.  We would be working together for a stronger voice for mountain biking.

    GEARS United maintains the New Fane, Glacial Blue, and Pleasant Valley.   “Gears United”  encompasses  3 MTB Clubs; (OCMB) Ozaukee County Mountain Bikers Club, (GEARS) Glacial Edge Area Riding Society in Washington County,  and Fat Kats Mountain Bike Club of Sheboygan County. 

    GEARS hosts a Tuesday Night Ride and would love to have us join them.   Great opportunity to get to know the trails as well as the individuals who maintain them. 

    Minooka Park Committee Update

    James and Ron reported.   Minooka park is looking to expand the trails from beach to parking area 5 to help alleviate parking by the trail-head.  Included in this plan is a re-route and design of the trail-head.  A few board members were out flagging the area over the past couple of weeks.  The naturalist needed to go through to make sure we weren’t “stepping” on any precious plants/trees.   So far she hasn’t found any issues with the flagged areas which means the park will be able to clear-out the flagged route to prep for a spring build.    Now we have a goal to fund raise for.   

    Ball Park Commons Committee update

    Marty reported for committee.   Milwaukee is still looking to fill the Trail Coordinator position.  Anyone interested should contact the county.  We could use an advocate!     Milwaukee is working on the alternative line for the trail which should be in before snow files on hill. 

    Hoyt and Tosa Trails

    Metro volunteers worked this past weekend doing some re-routing on the Tosa trails.  There is a new section on the southbound leg (south of the pool) just before the 2 way section.  This new re-route should be safer for all users.    Also we continue to see sign vandalism at Hoyt.

    Dirty 30

    Marty and a few others did venture down to Bentonville for the Dirty 30.  Amazing what they have accomplished with the support of local business.    It would certainly benefit sending one or two Milwaukee/Waukesha county officials to this event next year so they can see what building trails will do for the community.    Let’s bring Bentonville here!

    Up-coming Social Events

    • Santa Ramp-up:  November 25th in West Bend brought to you by Gears United.  Meet at West Bend Tap & Tavern at 10am.   There will be about 5 stops with one stop including free PIZZA!
    • Turkey Hurl:  Thanksgiving Day social ride at Tosa trails.  Hosted by Marty Weigel.  Meet at Hoyt at 8pm and  bring lights!
    • Hugh Jass Race:   Minooka on November 24th.    Need volunteers to work the tent that afternoon, even if it’s only before and after the race. Please let Chris Cooper know if you are available at help. 
    • Milwaukee Bike Bazaar:  Dec 8th at 9am to 3pm  Riverside University, 1615 E. Locust Ave, Milwaukee.   It is now a fundraiser for the High School and Middle School Mountain Bike Programs for Milwaukee.   So please come out and show your support.  100% of the Proceeds go to the Kids!

    50/50 raffle

    Marty pulled the winning ticket and choose to donate the funds back to Metro.   Thanks for another $160 Marty, very generous of you!

    9:07pm Meeting Adjourned. 

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  • 11 Oct 2018 8:13 AM | Beth Kazinski

    October 2018 Metro Meeting

    10/9/2018

    Wheel & Sprocket  

    Hales Corners, WI

    19 members in attendance

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Introduction of Board Members

    IMBA Update. 501c3

    It took sometime but we are formally approved and have our non-profit tax status.  We received our last dues check for past memberships from IMBA in the amount of $1980. This brings the total to somewhere around $3400.  There might be some stray memberships for the quarter but the majority of the funds are now received.   Isaac will delete IMBA reference from all Social Media and John has already drafted the letter that will go out to IMBA.  ALL membership dues will go directly to OUR trails. You can still be a member of IMBA, but if would be a separate membership from Metro.  

    Minooka Park Update

    James and Ron met with the leadership team from the Park.  These are the individuals making the decisions of Minooka’s future vision.    First order of business was the contract we received.  It was not intended for future builds but rather a maintenance agreement for the current trails.   This was a huge relief in that the Park is not limiting us to hand tools, they actually want machine built trails.   Needless to say it was a great meeting and the Park sees the benefits of developing more MTB trails. 

    We were presented the master plan with the Park’s 5 year  vision.  (See handout).  In addition to the MTB trails and a pump track, the park is looking to add several new features ; group camping, amphitheater, natural area, including re-naturalizing the cornfield.   The water pump station is priority one and needs to be completed in Spring.    We as a club need to get our expansion plans for the current trails to them for approval.  Once approved, we can start adding features to the current trails.     FUNDRAISING will need to start!  

    Need to get Minooka Committee together sooner than later.    Include Darrin in as builder/designer to get a plan together for the park. 

    Phase 1 will be the new trail head.    This phase should include a session area and flow trails that come down to the trailhead.   We will need to get a dollar amount for this and then start fundraising over the winter so by early spring we can start building to ride in June.  

    While working on Phase 1, we will also be looking at trail contractors for our new trails.  Need to get a design and cost together for the Park…….then fundraising!!!!


    Are you good at grant writing or know someone who is?    If so, please contact Metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    Ball Park Commons update

    Dave reported for committee.   It was there first time meeting since the construction started.

    The pump track is still the main focus for us.  Stuart is working on cost analysis for lighting the pump track.   Once we have we can determine how to fundraise for this project. 

    They are looking to have the Oak Leaf trail extension to connect to new facility for obvious reasons. 

    They did discuss the trailhead being adjacent to the Kegel/Alpha trail.   We have not made any progress in regards to adding new trails to this system due to lack of trail coordinator.  The word is soon.   The county did have a trails assessment done last year so we are going to try and get ahold of this. 

    Construction is behind, I would assume due to weather. 

    Fall Clean-up of the trails

    Watch for posts on FB and Metro site on upcoming trail days.  

    Winter Fat Biking

    Looking for a dedicated group who loves snowshoeing to groom trails.   Better riding when trails are groomed. 

    Open board positions coming  

    All positions are two year terms.

    • ·         Co-Chair
    • ·         Member at Large (2) – these positions will have specific duties assigned
    • ·         Volunteer Coordinator -  Coop has taken this on temporarily for us.  Thank you Coop! 
    • ·         Treasurer
    • ·         Social Event Coordinator

    Elections are held at the November 13th Metro Meeting at Benno’s in West Allis.     Benno’s will also donate proceeds from beer sales to the club so join us for what’s on the agenda for 2019, nominate someone for a position ,  volunteer, or just donate by having a couple of beers.    Hope to see you all next month!

    8:23pm Meeting Adjourned. 

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  • 11 Sep 2018 11:11 PM | Beth Kazinski

    Sept 2018 Metro Meeting

    9/11/2018

    Café de Arts

    Waukesha, WI

    16 members in attendance

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Introduction of Board Members

    IMBA Update. 501c3

    It took sometime but we are formally approved and have our non-profit tax status.  We received $250 back from the IRS.  With this approval we were able to get back our membership dues that IMBA was holding.   We received our first check from IMBA for $1200.   Another check is due the club for an additional $1980.  Once we receive that we will formally announce our intension to no longer be a sub-chapter of IMBA.  Then ALL membership dues will go directly to our trails. You can still be a member of IMBA, but if would be a separate membership from Metro.  

    Fundraising Committee

    Now that we have our non-profit status we will need to start forming a fundraising committee.   In order to build new trails we need the money.    Let’s start thinking about the right individual to head this committee as well as its committee members.     We are looking at building 4 new trail systems in the next 4 years and need to raise the funds to make it happen. It will take more participation from our 300 members to make this happen.   If you are interested, or know someone who would be a good fit for this position, please contact the board at metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    We see this person being an outgoing individual who is good at approaching businesses and able to discuss/present our plans in a proficient way.    The board would set strategy for project and committee would develop methods to fundraise with a purpose.   

    Minooka Update 

    Everyone on the Parks committee is new so we are basically updating them all on what Metro is as well as mountain biking in general.  The Park did give Metro a new MOU and we as a board hashed through it.  There are a lot of redlines and we have a meeting with the Parks committee to review/discuss the MOU next week.   Besides the legal aspects to the MOU  we are requesting permission  to use machines to build trails and not just hand tools.  The Park is working on a redesign due to the water substation at the south end and will be present their new concept at this meeting.   

    Ball Park Commons update

    Construction has slowed due to the very wet weather we were having.  The project looks to be delayed by 2 months for opening.  However, the land and plan is still in place to develop the pump track and possibly some additional areas down the road.           
    If anyone is interested in being on this committee we still have spots available, just contact James or the board at metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    Reoccurring Social Events

    • ·         Odd Tuesday Rides

    Next ride is Sept 18th.  This is a social no drop ride that will be hosted by James.  Time is 6pm at Minooka.   Bring lights if you plan on doing a couple laps.

    • ·         Wednesday Night Races

    Wednesday races have come to an end.  It was a great season with a lot of new riders.   We like to thank Wheel & Sprocket for sponsoring the event.

    Open board positions coming  

    All positions are two year terms.

    ·         Co-Chair

    ·         Member at Large (2) – these positions will have specific duties assigned

    ·         Volunteer Coordinator -  Coop has taken this on temporarily for us.  Thank you Coop! 

    ·         Treasurer

    ·         Social Event Coordinator

    Elections are held at the November Metro Meeting. 

    Open Discussion

    Tosa farmers market is this weekend.  John Buran will be manning the Metro tent from 8-12 if anyone would like to join him and help get the word out.   Not to mention volunteer hours.

    $250 donation from the last Bikesha to the Club

    James posed a question to members in attendance.    Which would you rather see when looking at the future of the club?

    • 1)      Metro focusing on maintaining and building within current trail systems?  (Minooka, Tosa, Ball Park, River Glen)
    • 2)    Metro focusing on building new trail systems while maintaining current systems?

    Majority in attendance voted for #2, building new trail systems while maintaining current.


    Both have their appeal to certain groups.  Building new features within existing systems is great for current membership that utilizes these trails; however, finding new areas to develop would also draw in new memberships from outside of our existing footprint.  

    8:24pm Meeting Adjourned.

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  • 12 Jul 2018 8:30 PM | Beth Kazinski

    July 2018 Metro Meeting

    7/10/2018

    Beer Snobs

    Hartland, WI

    15 members in attendance

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Trail Signs – Approved by board

    Trail signs are made (15 of each) to place at all trail heads now we just need people to go put them out.   Signs will need to be out at a minimum for WORS race. 

    Minooka:  Bob volunteered to put out just need to get them James. 

    Isaac has a “Trail work ahead” sign that he uses during Collectivo work days. 

    Tosa :  Chris C. is looking to schedule a Tosa work day next week so will put them out then.  Marty needs to get approval from the city trail council before they go out.   Meeting should be this Thursday and Marty will let us know.    Not sure how long they will last there.   Maybe not put in woods but located closer to the beer garden. 

    Alpha/Kagel:   Just need approval and volunteer to put them up. 

    Social Media update – John Schultz

    John not in attendance.  People like the new look and feel of the site and posts.  BUT need more material  for John to keep it going.      Please share your pics and video of your rides at the trails with John so he can incorporate them into web-site and social media outlets.   You can send to  John at metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    Open Committee positions

    • ·         Social Events Chair – responsible for social rides and social meetings.  If you are interested please contact the Board! 

    Current Membership – Goal is 1,000

    Currently 150 active

    James had some feedback from members that want to see stuff happen before joining.  Understandable.  

    Suggestions on how we can bring in new member’s?  What do they need?  Want?

    Matt suggested getting families involved.  Maybe organized social events designed around families.  Examples;  kids ride or skills clinic.    Brian and Matt will get together and brainstorm on an event geared around families and will let board know what day/times they are thinking so we can assist.

    What about NICA families?   Can we assist here?   Must use our trails – train on the trails.  How can we ask them to be members and help us build new trails for them to ride, train, and race on?   Maybe we can start with the coaches?   Maybe attend their meetings?  Offer skills/ride Clinic? 

    Are we asking our friends and fellow riders to become members?   If not, we should be.   Share Metro Membership Posts on your FB and Instagram pages.  Get the word out!

    Join Metro Flyer

    Created by Mike Vance and Darrin Jaeger.  They are still in the process of getting word smithed.  Once available we can use to handout on trails, NICA training nights at Minooka,  a leave behind basically.   The flyers will point them to our web-site. 

    Recurring Social Events

    ·         Odd Tuesday Rides:   We need volunteers! This is a no drop event and should be promoted as such.   Volunteers are to host the ride and to promote club membership and participation.  They can host at Alpha, Minooka, or Tosa trail systems.  Contact board!

    o   Next Odd Tuesday Ride hosted by Dan Kuhts at Tosa JULY 17TH weather permitting

    • ·         Wednesday Night Races.:    Cost to race is $20 for non-members and $5 for members.    REMINDER:  it is only $40 for a single membership.  

    o   Next race at Minooka on Wednesday JULY 27th

    Tosa Famers Market

    Need volunteers to man the booth.   Should be the first weekend in August. 

    Take Aways:

    • 1         Ask friends to join

    • 2         Reach out to NICA coaches

    • 3         Refine our message

     

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  • 20 Jun 2018 9:33 AM | Beth Kazinski

    June 2018 Metro Meeting

    Metro Mountain Biker Meeting

    6/12/2018

    Minooka Park

    Waukesha, WI

    27 members in attendance

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Introduction of Board Members

     Trail Signs – Approved by board

    We had  signs made to place at all trail heads – Ride Dirt Not Mud and Trails Brought to you by Metro Mountain Bikers.  We also have signs made for trail work days  “Trail Work Ahead” as well as “Trail Closed” signs with Metro Logo on them.   We have enough for all through trail systems.

     Committee Updates

    Minooka:   Chair  James

    The Park Director is retiring this July and a new director has been chosen but not yet appointed.    We need to be patient until the new director is in place.  Phase 3 is on hold until then.  But we are very optimistic.

    Menomonee Falls:  Chair  Mike Bons

    No real updates until Fall. 

    Ball Park Commons:  Chair   Marty Weigel. 

    Construction is in full swing.  Areas are now fenced off and “Do Not Enter” signs have been posted and they are enforcing.   You are still entering the trails at 92ndstreet; however, the Rawson trails are closed/gone.   The trail coordinator quit and is moving to Montana.  Current projects are on hold until they find a new Coordinator.   However we are still looking into options for the pump track and still on track for this to happen.   W&S is a big advocate in keeping the trails there and will help move the projects along during the transition.      

    If anyone knows some company that would be interested in the project please let us know.  We want it to be asphalt/concrete with lights at night.    We need to, as a club, be closely involved in the design of the pump track.

    Social Media update – John Schultz

    We have seen an increase in traffic and feedback has been extremely positive.  People like the new look and feel of the site and posts.      Please share your pics and video of your rides at the trails with John so he can incorporate them into web-site and social media outlets.   You can send to Google Drive or just email John at metromountainbikers@gmail.com

    Open Committee positions

     ·         Social Events Chair – responsible for social rides and social meetings.  If you are interested please contact the Board!

     Current Membership – Goal is 1,000

    Are we asking our friends and fellow riders to become members?   If not, we should be.   Share Metro Membership Posts on your FB and Instagram pages.  Get the word out!

    We have 16 new members in the last 30 days!    7 new in the last week (most likely from Wednesday night’s race).

    We have flyers that Darrin designed that we can hand out to friends/riders/racers at trail heads and events that promote Metro and our Mission.  Unfortunately Darrin was not able to make the meeting but will have for next meeting.

    Trail Maintenance update

    • ·         Minooka:  Huge thank you to the Collectivo Team for all their hard work last week at Minooka. They will be here again this week Thursday if anyone is interested in joining in. 
    • ·         Ball park Commons:  92nd to river road was mowed.   Gage the trail coordinator was doing a lot for us but since he up and moved to Montana we will have to push to keep this up while they find a new coordinator. 
    • ·         Tosa System:   Someone trimmed back the face slappers on the Connector.  BIG THANK YOU to whoever that was!

    Recurring Social Events

    • ·         Odd Tuesday Rides:   We need volunteers! This is a no drop event and should be promoted as such.   Volunteers are to host the ride and to promote club membership and participation.  They can host at Alpha, Minooka, or Tosa trail systems.  Contact board!
    • o   Next Odd Tuesday Ride is at Tosa June 19thweather permitting
    • ·         Wednesday Night Races.:   Since Alpha is under construction and some trail has been eliminated all races this year will be held at Minooka.    There has been a good turnout of 30 races or more.  Should pick up around the WORS race.   We need to add these racers as new members.  Did pick up some new memberships.  Cost to race is $20 for non-members and $5 for members.    REMINDER:  it is only $40 for a single membership.  
    • ·         Dirt Church:   This is also a no drop event hosted by Ron.   Traditionally it has been held at Minooka but looking to alternate between the 3 trail systems.    June’s was cancelled due to Rain.   It is just a ride, no service.
    • o   Next one is scheduled for Sunday July 1stat 9am at Minooka.   

    Open Discussion

    • ·         Little Switz Bike Park is open this Sunday June 17th.  James and a group will be there is anyone wants to join.  Happy to show them around.  There are trails for all levels of riding not just Black Diamond.  Friday is also open for HIKE A BIKE.
    • ·         Chris suggested making sure we have the Metro tent ready for the July WORS races.  Anyone want to man it?
    • ·         James is also looking to get a group ride to Sylvan.  So stay tuned for dates.

    Meeting Adjourned.  Time to Ride!

    GET THE WORD OUT!  

    LIKE , COMMENT, INVITE, and SHARE METRO MOUNTAIN BIKER’S POSTS! 

  • 12 Apr 2018 10:20 PM | Metro MTB (Administrator)

    Our club is in the middle of updating all of the past meeting minutes.  Please check back later for the more recent meeting minutes.

  • 12 Apr 2018 10:19 PM | Metro MTB (Administrator)

    Metro MTB on 13 Feb 2018 8:37 AM

    Mission statement - Metro Mountain Bikers - is a non - profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off -road bicycling opportunities. Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Move to be Independent (501c3 update)

    New Website! – Isaac / John Shultz

    New Membership levels! $40 entry level, $60 (this includes family), $100, $500, $1,000, $2,000

    How to join?

    ·         What if you are already a current member?

    ·         Deadline for membership to attend meetings is (What should this be)

    ·         New Metro Logo Concepts Presentation (Darin)

    ·         Trail Maps Announcement – Don Iwen

    ·         Pocket maps for distribution at the local bike shops of Minooka MTB Trails

    ·         Larger one made for at the trailhead and at key trail intersections

    ·         Update on Minooka phase 3 - Ron

    ·         Vote in committees (sign up after meeting)

    ·         Minooka Park Phase 3

    ·         This committee will head up the phase 3 development at Minooka Park. Meet with the park director, maintenance crew, establish maintenance plan long term, and oversea the development. (15 members limit)

    ·         Menomonee Falls

    ·         Exploration of the area and partnership with Menomonee Falls Parks in researching trail opportunities. (3 Members)

    ·         Holy Hill

    ·         Exploration of the area and potential development and partnership for trail. (3 Members)

    ·         Winter Fat Bike Trails

    ·         Drive the adaption and projects for winter Fat Bike trails to be created by the Club and where including formulating a rotating grooming team. (7 Members)

    ·         The Rock

    ·         Work with Wheel and Sprocket on the planning and development of MTB projects at Ball Park Commons (The Rock)

    ·         Club riding trips – (Social Events Chair?)

    ·         Locations to set on calendar

    ·         Copper Harbor

    ·         Sylvan Park

    ·         Marquette

    ·         Bentonville, AR

    ·         John Muir

    ·         Open Committee Positions

    ·         Volunteer Coordinator

    ·         Social Media Chair

    ·         Social Events Chair

    ·         March 18th Third Annual Volunteer and Member Appreciation Party

    ·         Time - 4:00 to 8:00

    ·         Pizza provided by Metro Mountain Bikers

    ·         Happy Place Third Space Beer offered for $5.00 a pint with 100% of proceeds from beer sales going to club. 50% proceeds for any other beer.

    ·         All current club members (IMBA members) and future Metro Members with an offer to sign up through Wild Apricot to become a Metro Member.

    ·         Details:

    Come join Metro Mountain Bikers for our Third Annual Volunteer and Member appreciation party. All current, past and future members are invited. We would also like to extend an invite to other southeastern Wisconsin mountain bike clubs to join us. The Metro Mountain Bikers club has new plans for the 2018 riding/trail building season that we would like to share with you at our party. Including the ability to sign as a new Metro Mountain Biker member though our new club website. We will be presenting the new Trail Fairy T-Shirts to all volunteers that have over 20 hours of club volunteer work in 2017. The club will have free pizza, soda and $5.00 pints of Happy Place beer from Third Space Brewery for sale with proceeds from beer sales going back to the club. So, please come out to socialize with your fellow mountain bikers and discuss past/future Mountain Bike Adventures.

    Trail Fairy T-Shirts - Cooper

     Get with Cooper after the meeting to give him your shirt size.

  • 12 Apr 2018 10:17 PM | Metro MTB (Administrator)

    1/14/14

    Metro Mountain Bikers

    Benno’s

     

    Welcome by Chris McArdle

    Review of the some of the changes from the board meeting. Introduced new board members.

    Explained Functional leaders. Explained breaking out Trail Leaders differently.

    Active Business:

    Fundraising – Matt Gissibl from the Bike Fed explained some of the Bike Fed’s fundraising efforts by

    targeting bike shops. Talked about t-shirt sales. Chris Cooper will provide Sara’s email to Matt.

    Volunteers:

    22 people qualified for shirts in 2013. City Print said pricing pretty much the same as last year. Less

    people qualified for a shirt than in 2012. 1700 volunteer hours total, 60 people total. Minooka being big

    volunteer-hour winner. Next meeting, we’ll be talking about working the metro booth at Expo.

    Marketing: Collateral and Signage and Mapping. Derek has Templates for sock guy. Old logo may not

    show up great on the socks. Might be worth sending anyway and see if the company can give us

    options. Will look into pricing per quantity. May look into DeFeet per Matt @ the Bike Fed. Matt

    explained how the t-shirts/socks work to sell at bike shops. Socks cost $5/bike shops re-sell for ~$12.

    Maps – working on posters and maps. Any dates to have ready for printing? We need brochures now.

    Derek committed to printing brochures. Chris will email Tom and have him send artwork to Derek.

    Do we have a separate map of the Alpha? What about Bubba’s Woods? Bubba’s not approved.

    Signage – Marty put link up on the Facebook page. Carsonite signs

    Social Committee: officially recognizing Odd Tuesday, Spring/Fall social rides, also a monthly ride at a

    trail system. May – August. May would be Minooka. Showcases the various area trails, try to get new

    people to ride the trails. We’re looking for more people to be a part of the marketing team. Derek put together a survey

    Trails: tosa trails are icy, Ron said he’s posting trail conditions Waukesha Bike Alliance facebook page and will post to Metro page as well South Shore – Harold brought up at the trails meeting. May not be

    accessible to mtn bikers unless people can speak to county supervisors, etc. Need to find a way to get it legitimized. Harold went to Port to the Ozaukee County group. 2 mi mtn bike loop wanted there.

    Already have committed $60,000 a pre-fab pump track and a skills course near skateboard park. Hope to have approval for it by the end of March. Chris has reached out to this group to have a combined meeting. Ozaukee County is looking at a combined IMBA chapter with a number of bike groups in that area – all groups will operate independently and combine to form the chapter. At Hoyt MMSD will be taking out the steps and the carwash soon.

    County Trails Council – effort to encourage groups to prepare and develop trails within the county, City of Milwaukee has purchased two trail counters to getting data about trail usage. Ramsey wants to get moving on the memorandium of underwriting of bike trails 2/4/14. County Trails meets the 2 nd odd month at 10 am at the county parks building.

    Events:

    2014 Fatbike Access – 70 advocates attended – Hansi has a post about this event IMBA event is Jan 19 – 20 at Rays. If you go to Ray’s on Saturday you get Sunday free.  Waukesha Bike Swap - 2/15 proceeds go to Waukesha Bike Alliance not sold out yet 75 – 80% sold out.

    Fatbike race in Sheridan Park

    Bike Expo – volunteers needed

    May 16 – 18 Regional IMBA in Madison @Trek will open up the Farm for riding IMBA World Summit in August in Steamboat Springs, CO. Club would like to pay registration fee for several people to go to the sessions and encourage Metro members to go as sort of club ride.  February meeting will start 50/50 raffle for cash, tires, and metro t-shirt

    New business:

    Marty emailed Marna @ the Rock re: Wednesday night racing. We’d like to see a series like this continue but we don’t want to compete with the Rock and we’re not sure what their intent is. These event prices are based on insurance and county parks issues.

  • 12 Apr 2018 10:16 PM | Metro MTB (Administrator)
    11/9/14

    Metro Mountain Bikers

    Welcome by Ron Stawicki

    Treasurer’s Report – Harold received the quarterly IMBA check for recent memberships/renewals.

    Carsonite signs were purchased and have been paid for.

    Fundraising – no fundraising report this month. The next need for fundraising will be Trailhead signage and we’ll need to determine what amount is required so we can contemplate what kind of fundraising we’ll need to do.

    Volunteers – Chris Cooper reported 857 hours of total volunteer time this year. This is down a bit from last year but we haven’t had as many needs this year. We’re still looking for a person to coordinate the Social Committee – please contact Chris Cooper if interested. We had four people who worked on theBubba’s Woods Weed-out day in coordination with the neighborhood surrounding Bubba’s Woods.

    Marketing – no Marketing report this month. Social Committee – we’re looking for a leader of the Social Committee – if interested, please contact

    Chris Cooper.

    Trails Council/Milwaukee County Parks – Marty talked about the new parks requirements regarding permits. No progress on the MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the parks department.  National Bike Patrol – no Bike Patrol report this month.

    Trails – Minooka trail work is underway – always Sunday mornings from 8 – 11 through November (just two more weeks to go). Minooka is hosting the Global Fat Bike Day on Dec. 6. Many trees down at Hoyt and some have been down for awhile. The county is aware of these trees but hasn’t dealt with them yet. Marty and Harold met with the County about Bubba’s Woods recently and the County has said everything is fine there for now, but requested no more re-routes. Oak Hill is in good shape. Alpha’s also in good shape. Harold and Marty along with the County walked the north side of the river from Hoyt to develop the trails there. County is agreeable to trails on that side of the river. Harold and Marty used black flags to mark that side of the river for possible trails. In the Spring, we’ll finalize the trails we want to build.

    Signage – is now in our possession. Marty has called Digger’s Hotline at the request of the County. Marty is aiming for next weekend at Alpha or Hoyt.

    State Trails Council meeting - scheduled on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10 – 3 at Lapham Peak. It’s during the day should anyone be interested in attending and it’s open to the public. Part of the discussion will be on eBikes, which we discussed at length in this meeting.

    Upcoming &amp; Recently-held Events:

    •  Singletrack High Movie – the Shorewood HS Mtn Bike team put this on and Marty attended
    •  Fall Social Ride had a good time but it was lightly attended this year
    • Lapham Peak FatBike series has a kick-off meeting on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 pm. The
    • race series starts November 20 at 7:30 pm – check Wheel &amp; Sprocket’s website for information.
    • Race series will continue into January. Proceeds go to the Friends of Lapham Peak.
    • Turkey Hurl ride scheduled for Thanksgiving at 8 pm at Tosa Village at the Red School House.
    • Santa Rampage, Saturday, December 6.
    • Bike Across the Lake – tentatively Feb. 14 if winter weather is horrible
    • Spring Social Ride being discussed for May

    New Business – no news about Kletsch Park.  Elections – Chris McArdle nominated for Chair. Chris Cooper nominated for Co-Chair. Ron Stawicki

    becomes Member at Large. Harold nominated for Treasurer. Anne Newhouse continues as Secretary.  Lynne Senkerik nominated for Volunteer Coordinator.

    December meeting – December 9 at The Bike Fed offices at 3618 W. Pierce St, Milwaukee. We are inviting someone from the County Park department to attend.

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