MEMBER ALERT: CORBA considering becoming an IMBA Chapter

by Jereme on February 8, 2013

IMBA-CORBA-equationMany of you have heard of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).  Perhaps some of you are even IMBA members.  Currently, CORBA is considering becoming an IMBA Chapter, and we will be putting the idea to a vote at our meeting on February 19th.

What is IMBA?  www.IMBA.com/about
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences.  Since 1998, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.  IMBA’s worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, more than 750 bicycle clubs, more than 200 corporate partners and about 600 retailer shops.  IMBA’s members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.

In short, IMBA has considerable influence in creating new trail networks in the United States and beyond.

But, hey, we’re doing fine without them, aren’t we?  We’ve got plenty of volunteers to make things happen locally, don’t we?  Why would we want to become an IMBA Charter?

Well, over the years, IMBA has already helped CORBA and our local trails in many ways.  The building techniques we use to create sustainable trails were developed by IMBA, IMBA’s Trail Care Crews have visited Lowes Creek and Hickory Ridge to give hands-on instruction, IMBA resources have helped CORBA build its volunteer base and club operations, etc.  Becoming a Chapter would allow us additional tools and benefits, such as recruiting, membership management, marketing, and other behind-the-scenes work that is currently being performed by volunteers, sometimes on a daily basis.

For members, a big benefit will be joint membership:  CORBA members will automatically be IMBA members, and vice versa.  So you’ll have the opportunity to support both organizations at once and receive IMBA member benefits and discounts.

At the February 19th meeting, CORBA members will vote on whether CORBA should become an IMBA Chapter.  This is a big move towards maintaining momentum and continuity for what has become a strong local club.  Only current CORBA members will be allowed to vote.  If you are not yet a 2013 member, you will have the opportunity to join or renew at the meeting, or you can join/renew HERE.

We strongly urge our members to learn what becoming an IMBA Chapter means to our organization.  The following links will provide a lot of information on the program.
Chapter Program Info and FAQ
Chapter Program Services Outline
Chapter Charter Agreement

** If you have questions or comments, we’d like to try to address those prior to the meeting.  You can email the CORBA Board at info@chippewaoffroad.org.  We have also created a thread on the CORBA forum for open discussion.  We want your input on this very important decision and hope to see you at the meeting.

CORBA Membership Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Eau Claire County Expo Center  (how to get there)
6:00 – 6:30 pm:  Socializing and New/Renewing Member Sign-up
6:30 – 8:00 pm(?):  Meeting and Vote

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