Dear TMBR Members,
Thanks for making TMBR’s first year an outstanding success. This group leveraged a plan to build an organization, build credibility, and ultimately position us to build trails. The organization is 80 members strong, and has developed processes for sponsorship, fundraising, and membership. Our credibility as an organization has been bolstered by our actions this year. TMBR has repeatedly earned praise from the City of Asbury for our professional demeanor and ability to deliver on commitments related to the Cloie Creek project. As one of the newest chapters of IMBA, we also have an endorsement from one of the most respected names in sustainable trail advocacy and stewardship. Finally, the Cloie Creek project breaks ground in October. With slightly more than 1 mile installed this year , we will accomplish yet another of our stretch goals for 2016. Further construction in the spring will bring the total to 2.3 miles of flowing trail.
We won’t spend very much time resting on our success in 2016. To achieve our goal of turning the tri-state area into a Midwest mountain bike destination, we will have to string together many years of success on par with 2016. TMBR is currently engaged in dialogue with public land managers to identify our next project. It will be announced as details are available.
The sponsor drive was rolled out in July of this year. TMBR officers reached out to nearly 100 businesses in the tri-state area. These businesses had the option to be a Cloie Creek trail sponsor, or to be a TMBR club sponsor. The benefits and promotional tie-ins varied by program. These sponsors are critical to our success. The club sponsorship program is set up to bring approximately $6000/year to TMBR. While a small portion will cover operating costs, most of these funds will go toward trails. Please take time to visit our sponsor page. Recognize the businesses that sponsor our initiatives, and be sure to let them know you appreciate their contributions. This will reinforce their investment in us and maintain a steady revenue stream for trail amenities.
Membership continues to be an important driver for TMBR. Our numbers speak to our credibility as an organization when we work to attract sponsors, support from municipal organizations, IMBA resources, and grant funding. In my various meetings with community leaders, the question of membership inevitably arises. Please help encourage your friends, riding group, and others to take the time to join. As an IMBA chapter, the process for joining just got easier. Simply go to the link below to renew. Share the link with others that may be potential new members. We need to double our membership next year. You can help by sharing this link: JOIN
On November 5th, TMBR will be hosting an appreciation event for our members and sponsors. Please make time in your busy schedule to join us for socializing. I’ll take a few moments to share TMBR’s vision of a Midwest destination here in the tri-states. Details will be sent shortly. We look forward to seeing you there.
Brett Errthum, President TMBR