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.
One big positive we see happening right now is a push by our regional director to create a state-wide MTB organization that would encompass all the IMBA chapters in NY. This would have numerous benefits and is something we would like to see happen. Each chapter will remain its own organization, but we would be part of a larger state based organization. I will be meeting this summer with the other NY chapter leaders to discuss how a state-wide organization could be formed and operated. We will continue to keep you all in the loop as things develop. If you have been waiting to renew your membership until this decision was made, please feel free to do so through IMBA’s website. And, as always, if you have any questions, let us know!