This past Wednesday evening, the Overland Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with Overland becoming an IMBA chapter.  After receiving input from members over the past few months, having open meetings on the subject and long consideration of the pros and cons, the board determined that becoming an IMBA chapter would be the best way to support the Club’s mission to “Promote the active, healthy sport of mountain biking by providing education and assistance to all trail users, and by working to build and maintain quality, sustainable trails that enhance the mountain biking experience.”

IMBA will be able to provide resources, including administrative support, and a wealth of experience that will help Overland provide better service to its members, grow its membership and become a stronger advocacy organization in our region.  As a chapter, Overland will also become part of a network of over 200 other IMBA chapters throughout the world, opening up new opportunities for the club and its members.

The process of becoming an IMBA chapter will begin in March and should be completed sometime in June.  Although the transition to becoming a chapter should be seamless, the Board will keep members informed about how the transition will affect the membership registration and renewal process, and what they can expect going forward.  This is a momentous decision for the club and one that we hope will enable the club to do more for our members and for mountain biking in our region.

If members have any questions about the process, they can contact a board member or our Club Administrator, Kenny Bearden, at k.bearden@overlandmtb.org. More information about what being a chapter is all about can be found on the IMBA website: https://www.imba.com/chapter-program.

The Overland Board of Directors

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