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2017 MORC Masquerade Ball

2017 MORC Masquerade Ball
Expect delicious offerings from Surly Brewing’s kitchen, gallons of beer, and live music from the aptly named Blazing Saddles! We’ll also have some great items for both live and silent auction, as well as a few other surprises in store.
This event is an opportunity to connect with the off-road cycling community and those that share the same passion for outdoor recreation in the Twin Cities. This is a celebration of our past, present, and future trail systems; for 2017 we’re celebrating the achievement of maintaining over 100 miles of singletrack throughout the Twin Cities metro- the MORC Masquerade Ball is the mountain biking social event of the season!

Once again brought to you by Surly Brewing Company
Join us Saturday, October 28th!
Tickets and more info can be found at www.morcmtb.org/gala

Membership Update:

For the first time in our organization’s history, MORC has nearly 1,000 members supporting our mission of ‘Gaining and Maintaining Trails’! This is a remarkable achievement and a testament to our communities passion and appreication for the Twin Cities trail systems.
Help us reach 1,000 members by joining or renewing your membership today

May MORC Member Message!

MORC & the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN)
are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for our members- during the month of May you can become a member of both organizations for a reduced rate! Introductory membership for either organization begins at $30/year; however, during May you can join both for only $50- and if you’re already a member of one, you can join the other for just $25!

Head on over to the dual membership page to join or renew
your membership(s) today

Whereas MORC focuses solely on Twin Cities area singletrack, BikeMN does great and valuable education and advocacy work in all areas of cycling throughout the entire state of Minnesota. Our partnership and collaboration will help to bring a unified voice for all cyclists at the state level.
BikeMN is a powerful ally in advocating for all forms of cycling, and recognizes how important off-road cycling is for our communities. For example- as part of their 2017 Legislative Agenda, BikeMN supports and advocates for a $3.6 million appropriation to the DNR to support land acquisition and development, including mountain bike trail development, at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

Having a statewide entity as an ally to advocate on behalf of all cyclists is an important and valuable component to ensuring the future of Minnesota as a top Bicycle Friendly State. MORC believes in the power and professionalism of BikeMN to continue doing just that! Please consider joining us in support of making Minnesota the best place to ride.

2017 Q1 Accomplishments

MORC volunteers are constantly working on a variety of initiatives and projects to improve and expand our organization’s reach. Throughout the year our Board of Directors will release a quarterly summary of organizational accomplishments, so you’ll have a better idea of what we’re working on, and why being a member and supporter is so important.

Click here for a .pdf download of our Q1 Accomplishments!

MORC Membership News (03.02.2017)

Now Processing Memberships!
Hello MORC community!
We’re excited to announce a new membership model where 100% of dues will remain local, and support the trails we all love to ride (previously 60% of member dues were retained by IMBA).

This does mean that your membership to MORC will no longer be a dual, shared membership with IMBA. If you wish to remain an IMBA member, please consider supporting one of the great Minnesota Chapters when you join or renew.

For MORC membership, please visit www.morcmtb.org/join. Whether you joined/renewed in March or November of last year, we’re asking for your support now by becoming a MORC member today!

For more information on the separation from the IMBA Chapter Program, please refer to our MORC/IMBA FAQ page.

MORC/IMBA Chapter Relationship Update

Dear MORC Members:

Happy 2017! With the new year comes opportunity for growth and improvement as we plan for the year ahead. As you’re likely aware, this year comes with some additional change as we review the relationship between MORC and IMBA.

You’ll find details within the recently published “ MORC/IMBA FAQ ” page which should provide some answers as to how we arrived at the decision to terminate the current Chapter Charter Agreement. IMBA is working to create a new “Chapter 2.0” program; however, to date, has not provided MORC with a proposal as to what the new terms and conditions will be under the new agreement.

MORC believes in the mission of IMBA, and plans to become a “Supporting Organization” with an annual donation in support of mountain bike advocacy at the regional and national level.

As of February 1st, MORC is once again a fully independent nonprofit corporation, for the first time since 2010! With this recent restructuring, we have made 2 major changes:
-First, the Technology Committee has developed a new MORC Membership Database. We are excited to announce that an updated website will be launched on March 1st, which will integrate our new database and present the opportunity for supporters to become a MORC member.
-Second, as previously announced, MORC has hired Matt Andrews as our full-time Executive Director, effective Feb 1, 2017.

Again, please visit the “ MORC/IMBA FAQ ” page for more details. Additional questions may be submitted to staff@MORCmtb.org

My sincere thanks for being a part of MORC. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to 2017 being a year of exciting and positive change!
-Anne Clark, MORC President president@morcmtb.org

MORC/IMBA FAQ

Why is MORC moving away from IMBA?

On December 1st IMBA announced the terms of our current Chapter Charter Agreement (which provides 60% of member dues to IMBA) would be changing.

On December 3rd, having received no solidified details or proposals on what the new Agreement would entail,  MORC made the decision to provide IMBA the required 60-day notice to terminate our Chapter Charter Agreement, and await the newly proposed “Chapter 2.0” Agreement. This means that as of February 1st MORC is once again an independent nonprofit organization, and will no longer receive membership database management and customer service from IMBA- however, 100% of member dues will remain with MORC to support our Twin Cities trail systems.

To date, February 3rd, MORC has not received a newly proposed Chapter Charter Agreement from IMBA.

Is MORC moving away all together (or staying as a Supporting Organization, just not a Chapter)?

MORC is exploring financially sustainable options to continue supporting IMBA, and the important efforts conducted on a national and regional level.

What does this mean for my current IMBA membership?

As of February 1st 2017, MORC and IMBA memberships will be completely separate. Dues paid prior to this date will be shared between IMBA and MORC (60/40%) and you will remain a member of both organizations until your expiration date, 1-year from membership start/renewal.

On March 1st 2017, MORC will launch a new website complete with an integrated membership database. MORC members will be encouraged to join MORC as an independent nonprofit, where 100% of member dues will remain local and support our Twin Cities trail systems.

Those wishing to support both IMBA and MORC via annual membership will need to join each organization separately. This will allow IMBA members to support another existing Chapter in which to share their membership dues.

How will my local trails benefit?

As of March 1st 2017, all member dues will remain with MORC (vs the previous 60/40% split shared with IMBA). Meaning all community support will stay local, and be applied towards our favorite Twin Cities trails!

Does this change the trail building standards that MORC will follow?

MORC, and the land managing agencies we partner with, will continue to design and implement trails built to sustainable standards recognized by professional trail contractors nationwide.

How do I become a MORC member?

Beginning March 1st 2017, supporters may visit MORCmtb.org for membership information.

What do my contributions to MORC go towards?

Contributions to MORC, whether via membership or separate tax-deductible donation, directly support our organizational mission by funding technological and educational resources, a robust insurance policy to protect our volunteers and facilitate agreements with our Land Managing agency partners, full-time staff to oversee our operations and advocate for trail development and expansion, and direct investment into trail infrastructure.  Every dollar of your contribution is effectively used for ‘Gaining and Maintaining’ the local trails we all love to ride.