Hoosier Mountain Bike Association
2014 HMBA Board and Committee Nominations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Sunday, 12 January 2014 13:39

The nomination period for the 2014 Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, a Chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association(HMBA-IMBA) Board of Directors will open on Monday, January 13th., and will close at noon on January 21st.  On January 21st, HMBA will hold a board meeting, with those nominated, to determine the 2014 HMBA Board of Director’s slate that will be ratified at the HMBA Annual Meeting (February 8th).

HMBA-IMBA is made up of a team of mountain biking enthusiasts who work together to plan and administer a variety of activities that support the club’s mission and goals. General expectations of members:

--regular attendance at monthly board meetings and any special meetings as required

--regular participation in club activities including club rides, trail work and special events

--acting in accordance with the club’s bylaws, policies and procedures

--serving as an ambassador for the club with the mountain biking community, service providers, land owners, sponsors and other community partners

--Provide a leadership role for an HMBA function or Committee

--ability to work as team member in the accomplishment of program activities and goals

The HMBA-IMBA Bi-law’s allow for 3 to 15 Board members. The executive positions are as follows:

President– guides the board and committees in planning and accomplishing Club projects and activities, represents the Club at community events and speaking engagements, ensures that Club activities are in accordance with HMBA bylaws and policies, performs various administrative duties to accomplish Club objectives.

Vice President- assists the president and the board in conducting Club programs and activities, performs the duties of the President in the absence of or at the request of the President, oversees and assists with special projects and events.

Treasurer - develops an annual budget, monitors expenditures and deposits, provides regular financial reports to the board, pays bills, makes deposits, and otherwise manages the budget.

Secretary- keeps an accurate record of all meetings of the Board of Directors, maintains the official records of the Club, ensures that calendars, social media outlets, newsletters and other information resources for the membership are kept up to date, oversees administration and functioning of the Club website.

Members At-Large – current club members in good standing are eligible for nomination as an at-large board member. Each at-large member takes responsibility for one of the club’s programs or primary functions. General descriptions for desired committees are (other opportunity’s available):

Mountain Bike Patrol (AMBP) Program Director– coordinates a team of volunteers who patrol some of the area’s most popular trails and offer mechanical assistance and basic medical services as needed. The Program Director schedules patrols, tracks volunteer hours, and ensures that all patrollers obtain and maintain required first aid and other certifications.

Women’s Mountain Biking Program Director – works with a team of volunteers to plan and organize skills development rides for women. Volunteers assist with marketing the program, coordinating with program sponsors, organizing and leading rides. The Program Director develops the ride calendar, provides direction and guidance for volunteer ride leaders, collects and maintains waivers, documents volunteer hours, and performs other administrative duties as required to administer the program.

Kid Mountain Biking Program Director– works with a team of volunteers to plan and organize skills development rides for youth on approximately a monthly basis. Volunteers assist with transportation and set up of equipment, preparing youth for the rides and serving as ride leaders. The Program Director coordinates with various local youth organizations to schedule rides, recruits volunteers, tracks volunteer hours, develops and monitors program budget, maintains program inventory, collects and maintains waivers.

Trails Program Coordinator – plans and hosts quarterly Trail Steward meetings, maintains ongoing contact with land owners, assists Trail Stewards as needed, prepares and monitors program budget, maintains tool inventory, collects and maintains waivers, oversees trail work projects and ensures that activities are consistent with IMBA guidelines and land owner agreements.

Club Ride Coordinator– works with teams of volunteers to plan and host regular club rides. Schedules rides, confirms location availability with land owner, arranges for food, beverage and other supplies and recruits ride leaders for the event. Maintains inventory of club ride supplies. Administers program budget.

Special Events Coordinator– works with teams of volunteers to plan and organize events that benefit the club. Duties include coordinating with sponsors, land owners, service providers, permits and completing other administrative requirements.

Grants Administrator–works with teams of volunteers to research and apply for grants and to administer funds received. Responsibilities include developing grant requests, administering grant funds, overseeing grant-funded projects, and preparing reports.

Membership Coordinator– Serves as membership liaison, assists with recruiting and coordination of volunteers for events and programs, assists with providing various notices to membership via membership management software, maintains membership supplies, applications, etc.

Communications Coordinator– Responsible for updating website, Facebook, Meetup, and other social media outlets regarding upcoming events, volunteer calls and other club news and announcements. Prepares and distributes monthly club newsletter.

Advisory Board Members– current club members in good standing are eligible for nomination as an Advisory board member. Advisory Board Members are Board members who may not have the time to take and active role in managing HMBA-IMBA’s programs, but who can provide Business, Political, Financial, etc… Support and Advice to the HMBA-IMBA Board.

If you, or someone you know would be a good candidate for an HMBA Board Position, please nominate them (self-nominations are welcome).  Individuals nominated will be contacted to confirm interest and invited to the HMBA Board Meeting on January 21st, where the 2014 HMBA-IMBA Board slate will be determined.

Nominate candidates by sending the following information:

Information on the candidate’s qualifications:

Send nominations to Paul Arlinghaus through email or by HMBA Forum’s Personal Message

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HMBA Forum PM: Paul_Arlinghaus

Associate IMBA Region Director Hired in Indiana PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Friday, 20 December 2013 13:52

For Immediate Release 12-17-2013

Contact: Andy Williamson

IMBA Great Lakes Region Director

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA), an IMBA chapter based in Indianapolis, have jointly hired a full-time professional advocate in the role of IMBA's Associate Regional Director and the executive director of HMBA. Tammy Mebane will work closely with Andy Williamson, IMBA Great Lakes Region Director, helping him serve the more than 20 IMBA chapters in his territory of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and the lower peninsula of Michigan.

A growing number of region-based staff positions indicates IMBA’s focus on enhancing its grassroots network of chapters. IMBA and HMBA will share the costs of this position, which will allow HMBA to solidify and strengthen its already impressive track record of trail work in Indiana, and its vision for the future.

“HMBA has been building world-class trails in Indiana for the past decade as an all-volunteer organization,” said Paul Arlinghaus, HMBA’s president. “HMBA is adding staff to help support our volunteers and members as we try to keep up with the increasing demand for single track trails and mountain bike programs. We are excited about Tammy taking this position and see it as important step for our organization.”

Mebane has significant professional experience in grant writing, public relations, fundraising and conservation.  She was most recently the Outdoor Programs and Outreach Market Coordinator at REI and, prior to that, served as Stewardship Director for the Sacramento Valley Conservancy.

About the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association

Founded in 2000, the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) has contributed $1.9 million toward the construction and maintenance of 77 miles of purpose-built trails in Indiana State Parks and Forests. HMBA has built and currently maintains 125 miles of trail. Thanks largely to the group’s efforts, the trail system at Brown County State Park near Nashville, Ind., with 25 miles of trails ranging from easy to extremely difficult, was named an IMBA Epic in 2011.

Written by griff   
Saturday, 29 November 2008 18:00

When soil freezes all the moisture turns to ice crystals between the particles of the soil  and in clay or loam soil they are tightly packed together. As the moisture freezes the crystals expand and tear the clay apart shattering it, then as it thaws the soil become more porous and allows more moisture in. This is repeated with every successive thaw.

In Indiana we can get as many as 100 freeze thaw cycles in a season.

So, please be very careful when trying to ride the trails in the winter.  The best time to ride is when the trail is frozen solid.  On days when the temperature goes below freezing at night, the worst thing we can do is wait for the sun to come out and warm up the trail before riding.  The trails can be very soft even if it hasn’t rained recently. Even if the temperature stays below freezing South facing trails can defrost in sunlight and turn to mush.

If you are leaving ruts in the trail where you have ridden please leave the trail. The ruts will allow even more water to remain on the trail and make it even worse. If people see you riding they will want to ride too, so very soon the trail reaches a point of meltdown.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 19:59
Link to Forum here PDF Print E-mail
Written by dean-arammalamma   
Saturday, 22 September 2012 14:21

As HMBA is an all volunteer organization, we are always trying to find ways to best use our volunteer's time. When it comes to web related content, we've realized that our HMBA Forum and HMBA Facebook page is getting most of the web traffic, and has most of the useful content for riders. For the time being, we will be concentrating most of our efforts on keeping these areas up to date and relevant

We are also in the process of finding a better Content Management System that will make our very limited number of web editors jobs a bit easier.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:59
Brown County Gets IMBA "Epic" Status PDF Print E-mail
Written by dean-arammalamma   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 05:25

We are proud to announce that the Brown County State Park mountain bike trail system has been named as a 2011 recipient of the IMBA Epic trail designation.  This is huge news, as it puts Brown County in some very exclusive company.  Over the last ten years, IMBA has only given the Epic trail designation to 57 different trail systems around the world.  In addition to Brown County, this year's Epic class includes trail systems in Wales (UK), Yukon (CAN), North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

The IMBA Epic program singles out the premier trails and rides around the country as selected by IMBA staff who consult closely with club leaders to find out which trails are having the biggest influence on riders, as well as land managers and decision makers.  These rides are the models that shape IMBA's concept of what is possible for trail recreation on public lands.

The IMBA Epic trail designation comes after 8 years of very hard work by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association.  Brown County's other accolades include being named one of the top 33 trails in North America in Bike magazine's March, 2009 issue.  Congratulations are due to the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, its members and volunteers that have helped to create the preeminent mountain biking destination in the Midwest, and one of the best trails systems in the world.

While it is appropriate to pause and enjoy the accolades, there is much more work to be done.  The vision for Brown County State Park's mountain bike trail system is only half complete.  Trail designers and leaders of the HMBA envision a trail system that will ultimately be  much larger and more varied.  Almost 25 miles of planned trails are still unconstructed.  If you'd like to see them built sooner, please consider joining the HMBA or giving to the HMBA Trail Fund.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 05:29
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