Addressing a couple of points:
- Sure, at some point, we could increase dues enough to hire full time employees to do everything for us, but do we really want to increase dues just to cover the business cost, with none of the increase going to trails, projects and programs? IMBA provides us those business services at LESS cost then currently. Under our current model, 25% of the membership dollar goes to the chapters. Under IMBA, it would be 40%. The 'overhead', from a chapters perspective, would decrease.
- Money that goes to the chapters remains the chapters. Their own bank accounts. Donations to or funds raise by the chapters remains the chapters. Chapter property is chapter property. From a chapters perspective, it remains very much like it is now.
- What IMBA would really be taking over is the business aspects of the MMBA. Taxes, 501(c)3 status, insurance, membership fulfillment, renewal notices, etc. For that, they keep 60% of the membership money, that's it. Currently, the MMBA State Board is a group of representatives form the chapters (and at large member). Post-IMBA, the MMBA would probably remain a group of representatives from the chapters. And other representatives. The local advocacy, state issues, state programs? That's what we, the state board, HOPE that we can return to concentrating on, when we no longer have to worry about the business aspects.
Personally, as a state board member and a MMBA member, I fear losing those very same things you fear losing. But, I feel like we're losing them now. The business has starting taking up so much of our bandwidth, that the other stuff has fallen off our plates. We want to get back to advocacy, and trails, and land access.
Big Ring Coffee MTB
The content of my posts are not the opinions of CRAMBA/IMBA, and should not be construed as such
I...completely...agree........with Nick. -Di_bear
I have problems with flakiness.. -Di_Bear
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain.. and most fools do.