For Immediate Release 1-26-2010
Contact: Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
markeller [at] imba [dot] com
303-545-9011 ext. 115
IMBA U. S. continues bringing new and existing mountain clubs into the chapter program. Last fall, the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association (NEABA), Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) and Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) joined the 30 existing IMBA chapters.
The chapter program is IMBA’s newest initiative to create a unified voice for mountain bikers. Rather than compete for members with local mountain bike clubs, the chapter program seamlessly links the local and national membership, thereby increasing both organizations’ bases.
"IMBA has hundreds of affiliated clubs across the nation, and we will continue supporting their excellent work," says chapter program director Ryan Schutz. "The chapter program offers a higher level of services, in return for a revenue split. Not every club wants or needs chapter status, but it's gratifying to see the strong demand for this closer alignment — we're bringing new classes of chapters onboard every four months and working hard to keep up with the demand."
Chapters receive a suite of tools and support from the national office, including:
- Accounting and administrative services
- Marketing materials and co-branded product
- Joint local/national membership for purchase on IMBA's website
- Access to IMBA’s data management tools, allowing online contact management, mass e-mails and event registration
- Organizational support, including sample bylaws, policy manuals, and grant-making resources
Ryan Lieske, the board chairman of Minnesota's IMBA-MORC, says that the chapter integration process was worthwhile for his organization. "We were a strong local group to begin with, but we are becoming even stronger with this partnership," says Lieske. Read more about IMBA's club, chapter and regional development offerings online.