dennismurphy wrote:On a related item- if the MMBA chapters become IMBA units and there is, essentially, no more MMBA (except perhaps on paper via the charter which may or may not be revoked or voided) ............ will we still have an annual expo? or does that become moot?
Well, some of the state-level projects that we currently have are projects that we want to keep. We want the Advocacy committee to stay in place as a resource for all of the chapters/clubs. We want a lobbyist, but we need to figure how we can make this more cost effective or whether partnerships might be the way to go. We absolutely do want to keep the expo.
I foresee the state board coming out of this planning process as a bunch of broken down, grey-haired.....
There is so much to discuss and plan, and it will take a little while to dot all of our i's and cross our t's. I believe that our by-laws will stick around, but we will also have to take a really hard look at them and rewrite them so that we have the best possible outcome. We may have to look into having some sort of written agreement between our "IMBA Chapters" to help to sustain the statewide projects. We may even have to determine if some of the chapters can stand alone as IMBA clubs, or if some mergers will be called for.
Some areas have the mindset that they need their own chapter for their one or two trails, but the reality is that it is much more efficient to have fewer chapter boards and allow those who focus on one or two trails to simply be trail coordinators. You don't need all of the headaches to be efficient. I mean, the whole reason why we have a hierarchy is so that trail coordinators/workers can concentrate only on that...at least that's my take on it. (I hope that makes sense.)
So, Tom, that is why we can't pull a Nike and "just do it."
Dennis, I believe we want to keep the MMBA around, but we have to figure out the gruesome details. That is a process.