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IMBA Chapter Program Update

Posted in GROC News by James on May 27, 2017

Dear Membership,

After much consideration the GROC board has decided to stay with IMBA for another season. We have set a tentative date to reevaluate the chapter program in a year from now. There are a couple reasons for this, but the main one is that we do not feel that we can feasibly go it alone at this time. Being an independent organization will require more man-power, planning and resources. With the schedule we have in front of us this season and a change of leadership coming (my term is up at the end of the season), it would be difficult for us to consider this as an option. The other reason is that with IMBA's restructuring, the chapter program may become more equitable. So far IMBA has revised the chapter program criteria 3 times in the past 4 months. They are trying to work with chapters, but it remains to be seen how things will ultimately pan out. We would like to give them a chance and see what they do.

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Welcome to the new MYGROC.COM!

Posted in GROC News by James on April 27, 2017

Things looking a little different? You're not crazy. Welcome to the new MYGROC.COM!

For this season, we have re-designed our website from the ground up to make it easier for you to find trail information and conditions, upcoming trail crew meetups, and group rides. We have also integrated with MTB Project to provide up-to-date, GPS-capable maps for free on your iOS or Android device! Read on to find out more about the changes.

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Advocacy Action Alert!

Posted in Advocacy by James on April 07, 2017

Dear Members,

GROC recently presented a proposal to the Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee outlining the need for a trail that exits the far north end of Tryon Park, offering safe connectivity to Irondequoit Bay Park West. The presentation was clear and concise, but as expected, was met with resistance from a few of the neighbors living near the proposed trail.

GROC needs you, the mountain bike community, to contact local officials in support of the trail. Read on to find out how you can help!

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GROC & IMBA: What IMBA's Restructuring Could Mean for Our Organization

by James on March 22, 2017

Dear Members,

IMBA has determined that the current Chapter Program is not economically viable and must be restructured. The reason for this is the loss of Subaru as a sponsor and the very poor chapter retention rate of 51%. Though not all the details are known, the retention rate is most likely due to the 60/40 revenue sharing split in which IMBA receives 60% of membership dues and the chapters receive 40%. For the 60%, IMBA provides numerous services to chapters that help them operate, provide advocacy support at a local level, and representation at the state and federal levels.

For GROC this has been a good partnership, and sharing memberships with IMBA has been a win-win. However, the recent revisions to the Chapter Program needed to make it sustainable may not be in our best interest. The GROC board have been discussing the pros and cons of this newly proposed setup and we want our members to be informed of the situation, to ask questions if you have them, and provide feedback before we make a decision to stick with the program or leave and go our own way.

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Volunteer Recognition: Paul Knerr

Posted in GROC News by James on February 28, 2017

GROC would like to thank Paul Knerr, a die-hard trail worker, for all the time and effort he has put into building and maintaining trail this year. Paul does a lot of work at OCP, but is also a regular in the other 3 parks GROC stewards. He has also been a consistent face on the Trails Committee, offering his support and perspective on all things trail related and acting as a right hand man for Peter Landre, Park Manager of Ontario County Park. Paul has received awards from GROC in the past for his great work, but he is truly a volunteer that is vital to our organization’s mission. So, next time you’re out riding, thank Paul, because whatever trail you’re enjoying, his hands have most likely worked on it in some way!

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