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Board Meeting Minutes November 5th, 2014

December 2, 2014
Board Meeting Minutes
November 5, 2014
6pm, Thin Air, Grand Junction, CO
Call to Order by Scott Winans at 6:07
Attendees: Scott Winans, Chris Davis, Kris Cox, Rod Fitzhugh, , Kristina Kittelson, Chris Muhr, Dan Antonelli, Steven Barnes, Bill Lindler (remote), Paul Koski (remote), Laurie Brandt (remote).
Approval of minutes from 7/30/2104 board meeting.  Motion by Rod, seconded by Dan.  Unanimous approval.
Chapter Reports (limit 20 min each)
  1. DAMBikers (Chris Davis) – Smith Mtn is main effort.  A new TMP is needed before new trails are developed (Edd Franz is BLM rep).  Start process end of next year, followed by at least 1 year.  Region 10 Economic Coordinator and City Manager are on board.  Greg Mazu has a rough trail plan for the area.  County Line trails (USFS) are in the works.  Chris will follow up with USFS.  They will produce maps and other docs to present to Quick read more or view full article BOCC.
  2. Grand Valley Canyons (Kris Cox) – Goal is to create trail project prelim plans in anticipation of the RMP release.  They need to think about new routes and get them GPS’d and on maps.  Two trails are approved for McGinnis NCA (2004 plan), which will be their focus for 2015.  They recently did work on 18 Road erosion and new signs.  Lunch Loops maintenance has been a focus.  3 Sisters trails to start in 2015.  Bookend property has been purchased and trail study is started with possible trail building in 2015.  Maintenance and kiosk on Palisade Rim.  Mesa Top Trail is 99% complete and a Grand Opening ceremony in 2015.  GVTA – Hwy 141 connector, Pollock Canyon extensions (non-bike), and Old Spanish Trail (near Whitewater).
  3. RAT (Rod Fitzhugh) – They have money coming from the town of Ridgway ($5,000) and $60K in-kind support from Ouray County.  They've submitted for $200K grant.  Their work in 2015 is dependent on whether grants come in.  They are pursuing an additional grant for $75K to hire SWCC for closure/rehab trail work by Dec 16th.  Rod asked for Board to support the cost of grant application (est. $2,500-3,500) pending available funds from chapter.  Motion by Chris Muhr and seconded by Kris Cox, unanimous approval.  Sara B. to be in National Bicycling Hall of Fame.  We should recognize her on our web page - agreed.
  4. Uncompahgre (Laurie Brandt) – For Cerro Summit, we are partnering with the City of Montrose for a GOCO grant for Youth Corps for 2 weeks next year.  A Sept work day built 1.2 miles of trail in Buzzard Gulch with about 35 volunteers.  We recently hired Scott Vanderplaats to flag/GPS 3 miles of two connector trails in Spring Canyon to connect Lower Spring Cr Trail with Spring Canyon trail.  We now have Trail Planning and Events/Fundraising subcommittees.  We are working on trail plans and developing our mission for the future.  County and City meetings are scheduled regarding economic value of trails and their involvement with our group.
  5. West End (Paul Koski) – Oct 2nd meeting with BLM was positive and the Paradox Trail re-route is moving forward.  Telluride Foundation grant application was submitted.  2015 is the 20th anniversary of the Paradox Trail.  He is working on the cycling club to work towards a full COPMOBA Chapter.  Glencoe Bench is his focus next year.  Paul will approach our new County Commissioner, Glen Davis, so that he is aware of recreational opportunities in the West End.
Coordinator Update (Kristina Kittelson) – Sept 21st was transition of Amy’s materials.  See separate Coordinator Report dated 11/5/14.
Treasurer Report (Scott Winans for Clark) – Scott wanted to have Clark re-format the report so that it has clearer summaries, especially for each Chapter.  He asked each Chapter to look closely at their accounting and discuss with Clark any corrections.  Scott will work with Clark to have revised financials available for upcoming board meeting.
Agenda Items
  • Coordinator position review
    • Approve mileage reimbursement rate for Coordinator: This was discussed via email and we are all in agreement this needs to be done. Ranges from .25 to .32 per mile have been discussed. Rod pays staff .565 cents per mile, and feels one can’t offer less than .32 cents per mile with gas prices and use over the lifetime of the car. Bill gets .56 per mile. Rod then suggests a yearly cap. Chris suggests mileage upon approval of president. All agreed that it is hard to say how much travel she will do at this point. Scott suggested that this be a line item in budget. Rod offered that 200 miles per month is reasonable, once a month visiting chapter. Rod made the motion to resolve to budge in 2015 budget 200 miles per month for a total 2400 at rate of $0.35/mi for all reasonable COPMOBA business including chapter meetings, work days events, etc., and place with president authority to expand that if needed without going back to board, and require a monthly travel log submission and review. Paul second. No oppose. Rod also made the motion that this would apply to the rest of 2014. Chris second. No oppose.
    • Job Responsibilities: Scott suggested that outreach to all chapters is a major component and is different from what Amy was doing as when she started her job there was only GJ Chapter. He would like to see coordinator at major events and an annual chapter meeting. She need to identify challenges in membership management, outreach, and focus on fundraising management. It was relayed that a number of chapters are using grant writes and it would be useful for her to be able to help with this. Amy did some of this but only focused on GJ Chapter. Rod agrees - just missed a Telluride grant as they didn't have time to put resources to write it. He has had trouble with this in the past and thinks its important to have data readily accessible to put in grants. He also suggests we set priority for Kristina, what comes first. Rod thinks it should be membership management as it has been static for so long. Rod would look to Kristina to come with ideas of what she should focus on and present them to board, and let the board decide what to do. Scott summarized saying that one, we should look at Coordinator as a communication conduit and she should develop ways to share that information and two, work to coalesce the information that we are going to use often, for example what are our volunteer hours, miles of trail built for example. For Kristina, the board would like her to put together what should be on list. Announcements of activities should come from Kristina to the Chapters - IMBA TCC visit for example. To review, coordinator at chapter meetings once per year at minimum, if not twice. Rod relayed membership development, marketing organization, and developing brand and helping to coordinate events such as RAT Fest, MOG. Scott and Kris both agreed calendar management is important and we should set a deadline for getting the events posted. Scott also relayed that Kristina should develop a repository of imagery such as graphics, logos, trail work pictures. In terms of specific activities, Kristina is a part-time employee, and we need to prioritize. Kristina is to review this and present to board.
Chapter Funding
  • Fundraising at Chapter level & overhead set-aside
  • Annual dispersion to Chapters- in past, board has provided $1000 per year to each chapter.  How do we see this for the coming calendar year? Chris suggests available upon request. Business sponsors and membership goes to general fund. A donation can be earmarked for a specific chapter. Scott feels that money should go to the organization. Rod relayed that donors in Ridgway want that money to stay local and they want to see their trials to be developed. They know Rod and Sarah but don’t know people in GJ. Chris M relayed that the money should underwrite trail development projects in those area or earmark money for specific projects. Rod thinks there is a middle ground - we had this discussion at the last board meeting. Every contribution gets a 10% overhead taken off. Bill says if the city of Ridgway gives money, they expect the money to go to Ridgway. Bylaws are clear that chapters can't have their own bank account, and all money goes into general fund. Bylaws also make clear that local chapters can use funds locally only to the extent permitted by the COPMOBA Board.  The 10% needs to be taken off the front. Chris says this money that is earmarked for a chapter needs to go into an encumbered fund. Rod says this should also apply to earned income from events, jerseys, hats, etc. Rod moves that the all income generated by local chapter, whether generated by donations, events, fundraising (not memberships), shall be deposited in COPMOBA bank account and 10% will be allocated to the general fund and remaining 90% allocated to for use by the local chapter and spent by the local chapter within the limits of the bylaws, articles of incorporation, and direction of the board and that such allocations shall be recorded in the company books as soon as they are made on an ongoing basis. This does not apply to grant funds received by local chapters. Implementation date based upon feedback from Treasurer to be resolved by Nov 30, 2014.
  • Board Members
    • Area/Chapter representation of board members (balance numbers)- Scott presents that we should be aware of board member numbers from the various chapters, and consider if we need to, and how to, best balance representation on the board.  Chris M stated that he has not seen unfairness with mixed board representation and that we should not turn away somebody that brings energy and expertise. Dan mentioned that it may be unbalanced in terms of the time taken at a board meeting and we would need to be mindful of that. All agreed that if interested individuals in other areas want to be considered, there is no formal cap on the number of board members.
    • Term limits – tabled.
    • Consider proposal of Steve Barnes for RAT chapter representation: Rod presented Steve and his background. Steve also shared his involvement with trail building, particularly at Phil’s World. Chris M made motion to add Steve to the board, Dan seconded. No oppose.
    • Proposal RE consideration of board membership for Coordinator - tabled.
  • 2015 Tour de Bloom: implementation plan, promotion plan, schedule – Kristina and Scott will organize. Name change needed. Rod circulated an email memo summarizing important planning issues and significant dates and deadlines pertinent to the event.  A copy is attached to these minutes. 
  • Membership
    • Scott relayed that we need to create committee to review & recommend members management processes and at the next meeting specific recommendations. Chris M, Kris Cox volunteered to be on committee in coordination with Coordinator, and will on or before next board meeting, make recommendations for membership management processes, software, timeframes, automatic payments, etc, for board consideration.
    • Member & Business sponsorship levels, acknowledgment process – tabled.
  • 1% for Trails – finish program process for 2015 application by end of year – tabled.
  • End of season party at Delta? Chris Davis will check with Chapter and have decision in a week.
Set next meeting date (consider set schedule, e.g., First Monday of the month). Kristina will set up Doodle Poll for January retreat to be one full day on weekend. Places suggested include a house in Telluride, Chipeta Sun Lodge, and the Gunnison River Farms, lodge, kitchen.
Adjourned 9:07
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Board Meeting Minutes July 30, 2014

December 2, 2014
Meeting Minutes
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time: 6:20 pm -
Place:  Thin Air- NW corner of 1st & North Ave.
Board members present:  Scott Winans, Chris Muhr, Chris Davis, Rod Fitzhugh, Paul Koski, Clark Reeves, Dan Antonelli, Kris Cox, Laurie Brandt
  1. Call to Order @6:20
  2. Approve Last Meeting’s Minutes – not available.  We will need to approve these by email.
  3. Coordinator’s Report – Amy.  30+ members joined at MOG Fest and another 25+ joined/renewed at 25th Anniversary party.  Now we have 190 members, which is more than we’ve had in a long time.  We also have new business members.  The computer crashed again.  Graphics have been saved.  The newsletter will go out next Thursday.  She needs our info by Wed, 8/6.  Phone, printer and tablet are COPMOBA’s.  She has a lot of stuff in her house (files, hats, shirts, signs), approx. 15 boxes, etc.  Quick read more or view full article August 8th is her last day.  She still needs to send membership packets out to those who joined in June.  MOG and Fat Tire Festival will be on the same weekend in 2015. 
  4. Discussion of New Coordinator – Amy’s comments: once the GJ chapter started, her tasks changed.  The Coordinator services all chapters.  They should live in GJ due to big events, parties, pancake breakfast, banking, etc.  The newsletter doesn’t take a lot of time, but it should be more in depth.  Needs more content.  Membership and answering emails and calls takes time.  They need to know the trails and be an avid mountain biker.  They should know the history of our organization, how we work with the BLM, basic payroll/tax book-keeping, assistance agreements with the BLM (website passwords).  The Coordinator should spend regular time with each chapter chairperson.  July 2016 is important date for assistance agreement.  Clark will meet with the local BLM staff to make sure we are up to date.  The transition from Bill to Amy got messed up with the draw of $50K at one time.  Scott asked Amy for a summary of her job description and what events she is involved with and who the contact names/numbers are.  She works 20 hours per week at $12/hour.  This is a full time job in the Spring and part-time from Nov to end of Feb.  An average of 30 hours per week is her guess as to the time it takes.  Formal job evaluation needed with the full board periodically and with the President regularly.
  5. Financial Report (Clark) Bank account has $130K as of June 30th, but a good portion is restricted.  He will do complete report soon.
  6. TdB 2015 Planning (Bryce P. and Rod F.)
  • Most pressing need is the 5 year permit.  Bryce would like to see someone take over the lead.  New blood can energize the event. 
  • We need to submit a request for a 2015 trip date soon, but we may not get confirmation until Jan/Feb. 
  • A timeline document was recommended as a framework.  Also, include tips and details for what makes the event run smoothly.  Sept 1st – deadline for timeline document.  Planning needs to start 2-4 months sooner.  The quality of the experience should be at 28 paying riders, not over 30.  Need a minimum of 4-5 strong riding guides for 28 riders.  We need a good mechanic and medical support.
  • We should find a local GJ person who can transition into administrator of the event.  Amy suggested that the new Coordinator position could include the TdB management.  There are a lot of cross-over tasks like billing, membership, coordination, plus they get the perk of getting to ride the trail. 
  • Worldwide Expeditions may not want to do this in 2015.  Bryce and Rod will call Steve and ask of their commitment. 
  • A strong ride leader is important, such as Russ this year. 
  • The event needs to be promoted, perhaps professionally.  Google search hits needs to find the TdB better.  TV coverage could help.  Marketing the amenities would help a lot to separate it from the Hermosa tour.  We need to better cover the event on our website. 
  1. West End Update – (Paul)
  • Paradox Trail – signage is good and some groups have been through.
  • Paradox Trail re-route – He got a $4,500 pledge from local grant.  Paul is seeking an additional Telluride Foundation grant for $5,000.  Amy Sharp has come up with proposal.
  • WEBA – Road and mtn bike group in west end.  Montrose County will include GIS mapping.  They want to have more events.
  • A West End chapter is desired.  They have 4 members. 
  • Discussion of having the Wild West End Tour again.  This could be the Coordinator’s responsibility and include a paid promoter. 
  1. Sneffels/RAT Update – (Rod)
  • RAT Fest – Sept 20th at Town Park.  5-6 Brewers there as beer festival.  No trail work day or official rides that day.  Focus on fund raising with beer and auction.  No objections to approval of $25 fee.
  • Grant application with Amy Sharp ($3,500 fee) for $200K.  They need $12K for matching funds to support the application.  Scott suggested to underwrite the $12K amount to guarantee the amount is met.  This would build a total of about 18 more miles, restrooms, parking lots, and other improvements.  There will be a total of 24 miles, if built out as designed.
  • 6 miles of trail are built so far.  2 miles from last summer.  Connector trail is now open to the State Park.  Singletrack from Hwy 50 to CR 10 will be complete soon.  Construction will continue into the fall due to State Park funds ($75K).  Aug 7 meeting to discuss construction schedule and volunteer days.  Work is down to Steve Barns (IMBA trail builder), Rod and Gordon.
  1. Uncompaghgre/Montrose Update - (Laurie)
  • Buzzard Gulch – work days 9/27-28 weekend with Scott Vanderplaats. 
  • Cerro Summit – work day 8/10.  2 miles constructed so far.  WCCC spent 4 days building trails.  Laurie will send map of current trails to board.
  1. Delta/ DAM Update/ Vision and Needs – (Chris Davis)
  • They have 5 committee members who are very interested in learning the process of trail advocacy.  There are about 30+ people involved in their club, FB page, and rides.  Chris has an email list. 
  • Smith Mtn is the main area of interest for their chapter.  Greg Mazu designed a 30 mile stacked loop system of non-motorized trails 3-4 years ago.  There is a lot of County-wide support for this project. 
  • Lower Sawmill Mesa (Dominguez-Escalante) – Another area where trails were approved.
  1. Grand Valley Canyons/ GJ Update (Kris Cox)
  • GJ Off-road
  • 141 Connector – physical feature to limit use, but allow 2 track use.
  • Pollock Bench Extension – Quiet users.  3 arches.
  • GVTA – Trail development process.  Kris handed this out for all of our projects.
  • Mesa Top – 15 people last weekend.  ¾ mile completed.  Almost done!  8/9-10 weekend for more trail work (thanks Dan!);
  • BLM Maintenance – WCCC will be available for trail work (18 Road) – 9/13 and 10/13;  Old Spanish Trail; 21 Road toad.
  • 3 Sisters – possible work this fall
  • Palisade Rim – upper loop work was completed
  • Gunny Loop – need input from riders for improvements, discussion evening
  • Turkey Flats – weekend (9/7?)
  1. Funding - general fund/ local chapter policy discussion
  • Scott proposed that we set aside 10% of contributions for general operations/overhead.  This helps pay for the Coordinator’s pay, as well. 
  1. 1% for Trails
  2. Telluride Trails – San Miguel County will spend $45K for Telluride Mtn Village (6 mile radius). 
  3. Other Items of Business
  4. Set Next Meeting Date
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Board Meeting Minutes January 11, 2014

December 2, 2014
1. Call to order at 10:10 am at Buckhorn Geotech, Montrose. Attendees: Scott, Clark, Rod, Amy, Laurie, and Kris
2. Didn’t approve minutes.
3. Election of officers for 2014
President – Scott Winans
VP - Chris Muhr
Treasurer – Clark Rieves
Secretary - Laurie Brandt
Laurie made 3 motions: all approved
- Job descriptions of officers
- Reach out to public for board members and officers (by Mar/Apr board meeting)
- Invite other members personally
4. Tour de Bloom – phone conference with Bryce Palo.
- Carrie Surber (BLM) is who we need to get dates and permit approved. Insurance (event rider) needs to be obtained. World Wide needs to get on board, too. Promotion of the event is next. The biggest hurdle is getting a date and both Bryce and Amy have been in touch with Carrie.
- Date - Weekend after Mother’s Day weekend as Th-Sun (May 15-18) Quick read more or view full article is what he proposed to Carrie. We have a 5 year permit so all we need is an annual operational authorization.
- Pre-event fee ($5/rider/day) is approx. $500/yr and evidence of insurance (certificate). Someone needs to get Carrie to approve our permit dates so we can get going.
- Nattana has a format for the flyer and Amy sent her an email to ask about getting it updated.
- World Wide charged more last year for the low turnout. We have been charging $xxx typically. We need their logo to help with their promotion. Our price shouldn’t increase unless World Wide increases their price.
- Chris Muhr would be a good auctioneer this year.
- Scott will call Katie if we can’t get response on dates in a useful timeframe.
- Bryce emails flyer to past participants and posted on website. Send separate news flash to members and public. Bryce can send his notice to Rod and Amy.
- Sponsors – Rods gets items from shops in Ridgway and Ouray, Jen and Chris got items from GJ area. Look for swag in the Moab Area.
- Bryce is still the event coordinator.
- Pat Page has been a generous participant and he offered the pre-ride party at his house. He already gave Amy a donation in Dec. Rod will contact him about the party.
5. Board Business.
- Consideration of new members – see previous
- Board member term limits – Scott suggested that we have a policy of 3 to 4 year term limits. It allows for fresh face and new ideas. What is our value to the public? We will not make any limits at this time. Scott will write a policy page for preference for 3-5 year of service so that there is turnover/renewal. All in favor.
- What are our events? Tour de Bloom, MOG, Fat Tire Festival, RAT Festival, Trail building events, 25th year event. Scott suggested a 25th year party, possibly at Pat Page’s house, but he also wants to do a TDB kickoff event. We had approx. 200 people (Stray Grass band) at our 20th year event. Public place, summer/June, and get a paid promoter to do it for us. Kannah Brewery as a possible venue (9th St, stage, near Riverfront Trail). Paul made motion for 25th party, Kris 2nd it.
- Rod will follow up with event promoter in Ridgway. Clark will contact Snob Productions. Kris and Amy will pursue people they know. This information is due to Amy by the end of January.
- Questions for promoter – public place, 200-300 people, celebrates our 25 years of building/advocating for trails, beer, live music, kid-friendly?, June, afternoon/eve, community benefit, scrapbook for 20th year, slide show, organized ride, advocacy/history of building trails. Find out lead time and scope of costs for possible promoter.
- We need someone who can promote COPMOBA. Rod mentioned an event promoter in Ridgway who deals with other bike-related events. Local chapters have their own local events for local residents and TDB is for the entire organization. How do we reach more people for membership? We could pick one event to try an event promoter and see how it turns out.
- Scott made motion to contact promoters and get to Amy by end of Jan. Seconded by Kris. All in favor.
- Scott made motion that by end of Feb, we will commit to spend money with a promoter or do it ourselves. Paul seconded it. All in favor.
- Grant writing. Danika Gilbert RAT. GOCO grant. $1500-1800, but we missed the deadline. Once a database is established, it makes future grants easier. Colorado grant format. She is working on the Anschutz and NCCC grants for trail work. Danika needs our budget for the local project and for the organization. Scott asked for her to be put in touch with Amy so that she can do more grant writing for us. Deadline is Jan 15th for Danika’s proposal and Rod thinks we will know by the end of Jan.
- We need to improve the Access database (contact Noel to begin) so that chapter members can be extracted. Amy will give us a report at the end of the month on how to improve our database to get members by chapter.
- Two Bob trailers were approved in prior meeting and Scott needs to order them. Will be done no later than March.
- Amy needs to know # of miles and volunteer hours after each event at the chapter level.
6. Budget Items. Clark.
- $1,991 net income. $130,917 on hand. $93,138 is restricted. $37,780 free to spend.
- Tim’s trail funds available total just under $xxK. Time Machine is the next trail in process at 3-Sisters area.
- $2K is because of pause in payment of insurance to IMBA. We paid a short rider (Oct-Jan). We are OK until Mar 1st with our insurance rider. Liability insurance. Rod said it should cover officers, board members and agents. On public lands, we are covered by the BLM or FS.
- Scott proposed that we review the policy to ensure that we approve of the coverage that we will receive. Raise this topic in our subsequent two board meetings to maintain visibility. This is to know our exposure and if we need additional coverage.
- Clark will finalize the financial statements for us to review items reserved/earmarked to see if they are still relevant. If there is still money available in grants for tools, signage, food, etc. then we should use that money for those items or release for general budget if applicable.
- Amy indicated that REI is open to having us use the money elsewhere in some instances.
- If funds are restricted, Clark was asked to highlight them so that we can review the grants.
- Paul made the motion that each chapter gets $1,000 for discretionary spending pending the outcome of the final financial statement. Rod seconded the motion. All in favor.
- Rod is looking for a tool trailer for the Ridgway chapter. Good used, donated, or new.
7. West End. Paul
- Log jam of funds to get things moving. $8800 grant to Montrose West End Rec. for reroute. Funds are there. Arch field work is done for the whole reroute. Waiting on Check from state to finish reports.
- Signage on Paradox Trail is still up and looking good.
- Would like to see a KML file for GPS Trace of the Paradox Trail on COPMOBA webpage. $800 in house Money (MWR) for printing Maps.
- 45 hours volunteer hours for this year. Planning on trail maintenance for brush clearing on Paradox Trail. Do a Y-11 trail ride/maintenance day.
- Kiosk at the Naturita Visitor Center and at Uravan.
- Burn Canyon 30 miles of Single Track / Moto proposed. Not to public comment yet.
- Thunder Trails area is being mitigated and 8 miles of single track/moto, creating camp grounds in planning process through Forest Service.
8. Ridgway. Rod.
- RAT adopted Town Park for maintenance, weeds, etc. Weaver Park. They will have two work
days, one in spring and one in summer.
- They lost their Youth Corps week due to government shutdown. Both weeks in May. Danika
thinks she can get funding for 8 full weeks.
- They will have two more volunteer weekends, independent of YC. Aug/Sep.
- McKenszie Butte and Fisher Canyon are two areas for possible trails.
- Grants – possibly approach Amy Sharp to help with BLM process. Anika Gilbert and GOCO grant.
- RAT Fest – June 7-8
- Winter Fund Raiser soon – Brian Scranton will find a band for the Sherbino.
- Started with $6,271, $5K REI grant. $1K from Ridgway. $554 Sherbino event. $3,400, net $2,200 from RAT Fest
- Town will give them $2,500 for 2014.
- Rod requested that he gets a list of Ridgway area members, needed for grants.
- He has several people who could use crew leader training.
- 676 hours trail building volunteer hours.
9. Uncompahgre. Laurie.
- 2013 was a record-breaking year for the chapter. 88 volunteers donated 472 hours for trail building and 5 miles of new trail was built.
- Buzzard Gulch – We had 3 trail work days in the spring and now the trail system is officially recognized and mapped.
- Cerro Summit – $4,500 was raised to fund the initial phase of the project. About 2 miles of trails were built. The City of Montrose grant writer applied for a State Trails Grant.
- Fall Fund Raising Event at 2 Rascals Oct 24th – Showed Klunkerz movie and it was well attended. Tap fee plus donated items generated $748 donations. 2 Rascals, Colorado Boy, Primal Wear, Mtn Khakis and Cascade Bicycles were big sponsors.
10. Grand Valley Canyons. Kris.
- Dan has volunteer hours on FS land. Amy has hours for BLM also.
- Started year with Mojo. Completed/opened in March.
- Work days were limited for Monday night maintenance due to rain. Mesa Top Trail was good. One maintenance day on Palisade Trail.
- 1 meeting/month during season. 5-35 people attending. Lots of RMP volunteer hours.
- They are down one on their committee. John Howe was suggested as a replacement.
- Nordic Council wanted to know if warming hut at Skyway can be used by another group in the summer. Dan looked into it, but not feasible this year since it needs an outfitter’s permit.
- Mesa Land Trust will talk about their projects at the next chapter meeting.
- 3 Sisters work days, Dan has lots of FS trail days on Grand Mesa, Monument Rd trails
- Long range – North Fruita desert, 40+ people attended scoping meeting
- Ready to build - Kokopelli NCA , County Line to Skyway, Mesa Top, Flowing Park, Palisade
- F-Town Geardown – needs to pay us for beer sales. Kris to follow up with this.
11. Coordinator Update.
- Membership/chapter affiliation – she will work on database to extract this info and let us know what she finds by the end of the month.
- 150 members, all types – her efforts to get more members with mailings don’t work well
- Amy would like to put together a better letter for explaining what we do
- A pie chart of our expenses ($45k) would be helpful for members to see where organizational funding goes. Clark will develop some visual representation of our finances.
- Merchandise – she ordered wool socks and showed an example. We have no jerseys left, but we do have hoodies. Primal Wear (John “Hutch” Hutchinson) wants to help us do a jersey. Amy will look into minimums for jersey orders. Rod wants a unique jersey for TDB with its own design and only 3 or so made. He will look into a design.
- Website review – Problems keeping it updated. The chapters need to send their most current info to Amy on a regular basis. Scott would like to see a GPS downloadable file for the big three trails. Mike Steele or Dan has the one for Koko trail. Paul will get the file for Paradox trail. Scott will get the 1% for Trails write-up for the website.
12. Fundraisers.
- Rockslide Fundraiser. Feb 2nd event, 12-4. Small beer festival with 7 breweries. $10 fee for tastings that we will get the proceeds from. We need a couple of representatives of COPMOBA there. We need to promote this. Our logo will be on their flyer.
- MOG/Bike Swap – April 19.
- Fruita Fat Tire Festival pancake breakfast/scavenger hunt – April 26
- TDB – already discussed
- TDG – Dan and Rod want it to happen, but Rod can’t take the lead. Maybe the events coordinator can make it happen. Perhaps 2015?
- Ride and BBQ – 25th Anniversary (see previous discussion)
- Kannah Creek – First Monday is keg day when they give proceeds to local non-profit (Kris)
13. 1% for Trails.
- Scott read his description of this program.
- When a company gets to $500 in donations, they would become a $500 COPMOBA business member for the balance of the year.
- We would approach businesses face-to-face to get business participants.
- A window sticker would be in shop window.
- Scott to send program description to board members this week.
14. Trails 2000.
- Kurt was frustrated with Trails 2000 in Durango. We recommend that he gets involved with their organization. Do trails days and get on the board.
15. Other items.
16. Next meeting. Monday, March 10 at 6 pm at Buckhorn Geotech.
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GVC chapter trail work- Wranglers - bench cut top of descent. Contact for more information. 
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Grand Valley Trail Work- NPLD - Sarledge w/VOC
Sep 21 @ 12:00AM
GVC chapter trail work- NPLD - Sarledge w/VOC. Contact for more information. 
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Grand Valley Trail Work- Gunny Gets Loose
Sep 30 @ 12:00AM
GVC chapter trail work- Gunny Gets Loose. Contact for more information. 
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Grand Valley- Crew Leader refresher Eagles
Oct 05 @ 12:00AM
GVC chapter trail work- Crew Leader refresher Eagles. Contact for more information. 
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