Chapter Meeting Minutes 2/9/09

SORBA Woodstock Chapter Meeting Minutes

Jay Wilkes opened the meeting with an update about the City of Woodstock MOU which we executed recently. We have flagged 2 miles of trail and are working toward a 4-5 mile race course layout. The City of Woodstock is expecting an answer about their RTP grant application in mid-March. The REI $10,000 grant is ready to support them if they are successful with the RTP. The City also plans to build a bridge across the Little River which will open up more land for trails.

The Reinhardt College bridge building work party was a big success. A picture of the bridge and many of the volunteers who built it is on our chapter web site.

The LDL trail building is moving forward. We have contracted with ProTrails to help us with several sections of this new trail. When it is complete we will close the fire road and begin planning and work on a downhill section with table tops. A large work party is planned on 2/21/09 with as many as 60 Georgia Tech fraternity brothers from Delta Upsilon who performed community service on our trails last year and are back for more.

We have also asked Steven with ProTrails to touch up some rutted sections of the VMT.

Several of us walked the South Loop Extension and were thrilled with the possibilities. It will offer some very technical routes with some raised ladder bridge and board walk sections.

The skills yard expansion and redesign is moving forward as well.

Our next chapter meeting will hopefully be at the trailhead, weather permitting.

Jeff Murchison is still working on finalizing the date for Bike Patrol and Trail Ambassador training. Board members will be either a Bike Patrol or Trail Ambassador member. Jeff’s goal is to increase visibility. We are also planning to provide Bike Patrol and Trail Ambassadors with jerseys for volunteering for this important work.

The Dirty Duathlon is on course to be another great success. 210 racers have registered five weeks before the event which is outstanding considering how little advertising has been done. The reputation from last year’s event has been very positive. While initialing targeting 300 participants, we have decided to limit it to 250. Lisa Randall asked for race day volunteers and for a PA system. Sponsors include OutSpokin’ Bicycles, the primary sponsor who has donated two full suspension bikes for awards. Peter Genz has given a $1,000 cash donation, Van Michael Salons has donated $1,000 of gift cards and Mike the Mechanic has donated $500 cash. MTB Tandems, Starbucks and Classic Subaru are other sponsors of the event. Lisa encouraged people to sign up for race day volunteers.