SDMBA Makes a Donation to Earth Discovery Institute
Board member Rich Julian; with members Gardner Grady, Everett Neuman and Kevin Mortensen; presented a check for $1,000 to Earth Discovery Institute to help fund the education program that is conducted at Crestridge Ecological Reserve.
This donation was ecstatically accepted by the EDI board and greatly appreciated. As Cathy Chadwick (President of EDI) pointed out, the EDI board spent hundreds of hours planning the yearly fundraiser that only took in $2k. In that perspective, SDMBA's donation of $1k is a major contribution. One thousand dollars will provide the education for one entire class (30 students) for this year at Crestridge.
Letter from Archipelago Mastermind Rich Julien himself:
“So here we are. Every year, some part of the course gets better. Don’t ask me how, but the Gods let it be so. Every year, we get together as a tribe of mountain bikers and celebrate riding through this great place we live in. We help each other in the spirit of mountain biking. No one gets left behind. Encouragement abounds and you find that it’s more fun to help those around you. It isn’t long before you get it. Life is not just about you. The Archipelago is a slice of life…(click here to read Rich's full letter.)
The 2012 SDMBA Archipelago ride will be on Saturday April 28th, 2012, so save the date in your calendars. Mileage and elevation change will be like years past, over 40 miles of dirt and over 4000 ft of up! Sound fun, yet?
STATE OF THE UNION from SDMBA President Rod Simmons
I have often been asked “Besides trailwork, what does SDMBA do?” SDMBA’s primary function is to advocate for mountain biking opportunities. In a nutshell, we pursue legal access to trails and/or the establishment of needed trails.
Advocacy is a marathon, rather than a sprint, and the success of SDMBA rests squarely on the shoulders of its volunteers who toil for countless hours, get more doors slammed in their face than an encyclopedia salesman, but come back for more.
On Saturday morning January 14th, 2012, in partnership with the Mission Trails Rangers, 17 San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) members and volunteers participated in trail restoration on the east (backside) of Cowles Mt. SDMBA worked on the slightly under one mile long Mesa Trail for four hours.
Saturday February 11th, 8AM-12PM
Location: Base of the Olivenhain Dam. Turn off Harmony Grove Rd. onto Via Ambiente (1.25 miles west of the EFRR Staging area) between the 4.5 and 5 mile markers. Continue approx 1 mile and make left at the bottom of the hill towards the dam.
Join the San Diego Mountain Bike Association and Olivenhain Municipal Water District on Saturday February 11th for a trail work at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. We will be performing maintenance on the Quail Trail. All tools and training will be provided. After trail work, we will be raffling off gift certificates from our sponsor Bike Bling (www.bikebling.com). If new to trail work events, please see What to Expect? If you plan on attending the trail work event, please send an e-mail
Introducing the new SDMBA President: Rod Simmons
I introduce Rod Simmons, new President of SDMBA. Most of you know him. Otherwise you can spot him easily in a crowd. He's the tall, old guy with glasses over there with the 29er and the spandex. Wait a minute... This is sounding like a Who song. Anyway he has the best haircut in town.
My congratulations to Rod. I know he and Board, with new members Wendy Hoagland and himself will take good care of the club and climb to new heights (or descend to new lows as quickly as possible--if that's the way you roll.) I'll refrain from telling them what they "should do" or "need to do." There's plenty of those folks around already. What I WILL do is everything I can to continue to support the Association and our new President. I'll be turning over the Keys to the Kingdom to him in the immediate future.
I'd like to thank all those who supported me in my terms as President over the last couple years. There are too many to list and I'll forget somebody and tick myself off but I'd especially like to thank some folks who many don't see enough of. Joe Hoffman takes care of setting up and sending out our Trail News every week. He is someone who uses the keyboard for good, not evil. Thank you Joe. Kudos to Cliff Chen who takes care of our website. He's done an amazing job considering what he has to work with. Chris Hatch is our Chief Financial Officer. He keeps track of the money, insurance and tax stuff. You ROCK Dude. I'd also be nowhere without the support and knowledge base of past Presidents Minette Ozaki, Andy Darragh and John Holloway. Our graphic look and feel was developed by Maggie Holloway and continues to guide us years after she did her visual magic for us.
As President I considered part of my job to be to learn as much as I could about who we could and couldn't work with. Unfortunately I still don't have some of those answers after 3-4 years so I'll keep working on that nut. I do know that thanks to the hard work of many folks led by Kevin Mortensen we CAN work with Crestridge Ecological Reserve. We CAN work with the San Diego River Park. We CAN work with agencies included the USFS, CNLM (okay a company, not an agency) and many others.
As I mentioned at last night's meeting, me and my outgoing fellow Board members (Andy Darragh, Bill Porter, Kim Wiley, and Matt Merritt) aren't saddling the new folks with some broke-down '83 Escort of a club. We are strong spiritually and financially. We have what I think are the best people working for mountain bike advocacy we've ever had.
So, President Simmons, have fun. Don't take it too seriously. We aren't curing cancer here. It's just dirt. Stop reading the forums ('cepting SDMBA's) -- it doesn't matter what keyboard warriors think of you. Keep your eye on the ball, your nose to the grindstone, your shoulder to the wheel and put your back into it--now try working that way.
Best to you and your new Board, Immediate Past President Gardner