November 2018 Metro Meeting
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
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.
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!
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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