The IMBA Discussion
Hello members! In February the board of directors received information from IMBA about planned changes to the Chapter program. This Chapter 2.0 is due to roll out April 1 and will significantly change the way chapters interact with and receive support from IMBA.
Others may have more info, or a better understanding of the details. Here is the best I can summarize:
- + Annual Member fees are increasing from $35 to $49. (we have about 150 members)
- + IMBA/DOD is a 60/40 split, non-negotiable unless we have paid staff.
- + The Regional support staff is being replaced by national Subject Matter Experts, which will be fee-for-service
- + Optional Regional Leadership Counsils: The details are unclear.
- - All chapters will be required to participate in a national insurance plan at a per-member rate (approximately $7 but depends on # of members).
- - Only members will be covered at events ---> this means we will have to purchase additional insurance in order to continue having our rides and events open to the public
- - Only hand-tools will be covered on trail days ---> we use lots of machine tools, so again, we will have to purchase additional insurance to cover these.
Conclusion: We will be required to pay about $1,000 for their insurance program, and will still need to purchase additional insurance on top of that (somewhere between $1,000-$1,500 additional). We will no longer have regional support staff and will instead have to pay additional fees if we want help from their staff.
A pdf detailing the Chapter 2.0 program is attached.
The discussion has started about whether it serves the club's best interest to remain an IMBA "Chapter," or to downgrade our status to "Club." The sentiment expressed at February's board meeting was that imba is taking a pretty large chunk of change from our membership fees, and not giving us a whole lot in return. In the event we do change our affiliation level, the club would need to devise a new membership database system as well as obtain our own non-profit status, as that is currently achieved through IMBA Chapterhood.
Let the discussion commence!
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I have a long winded PC version butt my short version is dump them!
What organizations are currently available that will serve only the Mountain Biking user group’s interests? If no one, then what next; Start one?
Perhaps this is over simplifying the situation, but can’t folks just sign off a waiver of all liability when they come out to trail work and riding events that fly the DOD banner?
I don't think anyone is sitting back wondering what my opinion is, but...having had to navigate the club through all of the growth and issues related to our subservient relationship with IMBA...I feel very strongly that being a chapter is the wrong use of our resources and voice.
I think you are far from alone in this opinion. I have yet to hear any strong arguments in favor of remaining a chapter.
Of interest to me is, what would that separation require? Do we have members and volunteers willing to take on the stuff that IMBA is currently doing for us? I.e, membership database creation and management, non-profit paperwork filing, and similar administrative tasks that IMBA chapterhood currently eliminates the need for.
We are having the same discussion up here at SATA in Salem. Luckily, we already have non-profit status so we don't have to deal with that, and we are looking at ways to manage membership. Some sort of Oregon consortium or alliance of MTB clubs might be the way to go.
I'm no longer on the board so cannot speak to what they're willing to do, but perhaps SATA would be willing to allow DOD to use its non-profit status until such time as DOD can get its own? Just thinking out loud.
It doesn't seem like IMBA is trying hard to remain relevant. What is NW Trails Alliance doing?
They're doing exactly what they have done since forming: whatever the controlling minority sees as best for their local interests.
Dump 'em. If IMBA was at all relevant anymore, they'd have already put out a release in opposition to this:
Since IMBA stopped advocating for mountain bike access...I stopped supporting IMBA.
Over the years, IMBA has degraded to a lesser advocacy organization than they once were. They haven't stood up when they should have. Screw 'em, I say.
The mountain biking scene in Oregon is robust enough to thrive without IMBA. Let's keep our money and energy here. Dump IMBA!
Adios, IMBA. (Huh, I just renewed my IMBA membership about a month ago. Whatever.)
Yeah I would much rather support the local groups for that kind of money. I haven't reup'd for that very reason that I didn't see any point. Would rather give money and fund raisers and shuttle days.
SATA has made their decision:
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Dear Friends and Members-
After 18 months of discussion with SATA members, several meetings with IMBA staff, and very careful deliberation by the SATA Board of Directors, I wanted to let you know that SATA has decided to withdraw its Chapter status from the IMBA Chapter Program.
SATA partnered with IMBA in 2013. In 2013, the IMBA Chapter program was a good fit for SATA and an important first step – the program and its staff helped to articulate SATA’s mission and brand and provided important infrastructure support (e.g., general liability insurance, training, and a member management database system). IMBA has made several substantial changes since 2013, including hiring a new executive director (Dave Wiens) and reducing overall program staff – including Chapter Program staff. Since 2013, SATA has worked with four different IMBA Chapter Regional Directors and two Associate Regional Directors.
The Board believes it’s time to move on. SATA has grown and matured since 2011 because of your support – thank you! What does this change mean for you and your IMBA/SATA membership?
First, let me underscore that I personally support the overall mission of IMBA. I will retain my IMBA membership for the foreseeable future. I had the great pleasure of attending the National Bicycle Summit in Washington D.C. with IMBA staff several years ago – they do important trail advocacy work at the national and international levels. If you have recently joined IMBA or renewed your IMBA/SATA membership it will stay in place for 12 months from your joining date. However, as of April 1st, 2017your membership will only be with IMBA, not SATA.
Our goal is to open our new membership program by May 1st, 2017 – we are working diligently on a new membership portal. To ease the transition, SATA’s basic individual membership fee will be $5 during 2017, regardless of your IMBA membership status. The SATA only membership fee will be $30 (Individual) and $50 (Family) beginning Jan 1, 2018. 100% of your membership dollars will go directly to SATA. In the past, we shared your SATA/IMBA membership fee with IMBA. IMBA received 60% and SATA received 40%. IMBA individual membership fees will be increasing in 2018. Your membership dollars are, and will continued to be, used for SATA’s annual operating costs including general liability insurance (we can’t build trails without this critical line item), purchasing and maintaining tools, website hosting, and membership database services.
SATA is extremely optimistic and excited about the future of trails in the region. Several exciting trail projects are coming online or in the “hopper” that we can’t wait to share more details about with you!
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