On November 16, SORBA held its first-ever board of directors meeting in Flordia. Thirty SORBA chapters sent representatives to sunny Jacksonville for a day of information sharing, educational workshops, networking and—of course—great riding. Within sight of the waves crashing on a nearby beach, attendees listened to an inspiring introduction and welcome from Dave Roman, senior policy advisor from the City of Jacksonville mayor’s office.
Highlights of the day included an overview of IMBA’s mapping program, a hands-on introduction to Trail Luv--SORBA’s new volunteer reporting database, and a summary of the work being done on the USFS/SORBA partnership by Ann Christensen, Region 8 Director of Recreation and Wilderness Heritage. Sixty riders took part in afternoon rides on the Hannah Park trails and many more joined in at the Blue Clay restaurant on Saturday evening.
Such a large turnout for the meeting emphasized the growing strength of the organization. I am always amazed and proud of our chapter leaders who travel hundreds of miles and give up a weekend in support of mountain biking advocacy. There is not another mountain biking organization in the world that is as visionary, dedicated and can-do as SORBA. The energy of our advocates is infectious and I am always inspired after hanging out with them. Our chapters continue to succeed by adding new trails and members to our ranks.
Many thanks to Jonathan Powell, Troy Mayhew, Dan Zaffuto and the dozen or more of the SORBA JAX volunteers for making the meeting such a success.
— Tom Sauret, IMBA-SORBA Southeast Regional Director