In the IMBA Summit’s final block of sessions, SORBA‘s regional director, Tom Sauret, shared his experiences with establishing a regional conglomeration of local clubs in the late 90s to provide greater resources to locals and act as a liaison to bicycle industry vendors. They merged with IMBA to manage the Southern region of the US, which I speculate might have possibly influenced the creation of IMBA regional directors and leadership committees, as opposed to numerous salaried state representatives.
Some ideas that were shared by the various club representatives at the summit, included:
- Create a map including parks, trailheads and local bike shops, printed by the club.
- Have a Board of Directors at various locations, if expanding regionally
- Include land managers, local businesses, lbs, race promoters, schools in your pool of Directors
- Commit to a monthly trail day, if weather permits
- Advertise your club at the trailhead, not just in your current email lists
- Use IMBA.com: Club Development for resources, membership benefits, guidelines
- Have a volunteer service trade in lieu of money donations, as long as it doesn’t cost you extra in insurance
- Get the free Clif Bars for Trail Days through IMBA
- Have a prizetable for volunteer service hours (any service)