At its December 2012 meeting, after considering a large amount of membership input collected through various means and indicating clear and overwhelming support by the club’s membership, and in accordance with Club rules, the board approved by a vote of 9 to 1 (with 2 abstentions) to enter into a contract with International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) for MORE to become an IMBA Chapter Club.
This decision was not reached in haste. Initial discussions between MORE and IMBA began almost two years ago. In that time, MORE doubled its membership, doubled its sponsorship and contributed over 6000 volunteer hours annually. With a geographical reach from northern Virginia to the Little Gunpowder River, MORE maintains 41 trail systems and 300 miles of trails. Because of this success, MORE experienced growth pains as all this volunteer work was performed by 7% of the members. Becoming an IMBA chapter club provides MORE assistance from the national organization.
Benefits of the chapter program include:
- Joint memberships for MORE and IMBA (join one, join both)
- Online membership tools streamlined
- MORE maintains autonomy, it’s 501c3 and leadership selection
- MORE maintains all funds raised locally
- IMBA/SRAM will fund a full-time staff person dedicated to MORE operations
MORE will become one of 118 IMBA chapters including other Maryland clubs like the Delaware Trail Spinners, Eastern Shore IMBA and Southern Maryland Mountain Biking.
“MORE has recently experienced rapid growth and great successes,” says MORE president Dave Ferraro. “This partnership with IMBA will allow the organization to better serve our membership and provide increased opportunities for sustainable, multi-use trail systems in our region. Thanks to our members, sponsors and land management partners as we are looking to a bright future for MORE.”