I think they should be YES but that is not how it happened. and NO...not yet.
Originally Posted by cohophysh
Club history as I know it:
Club was "re-started" on Feb 24, 2012 by forming a Meetup group and later a FB group and page. Club was started one time previously but failed. I have heard a few versions of "why"
I found out about the club after they posted about a ride on my LBS FB page and joined early March. My first ride with them was 3/24/12 on my FX Hybrid bike. I got a road bike on 4/6 and on the Meetup site in the discussion forum asking about ride leaders I said this: "
Hey all, I am thinking I will lead some rides as well as volunteer to be the sweep rider at times. Figure if we all take a turn doing these valuable group tasks we will all get that much more out of riding with the group."
I was immediately made the co-organizer of the group.
June 10, We had a rider fall on a ride and safety and insurance became a huge thing. Agree both are important. It was at this point too she changed her title to President and me to Vice President. Again w/o asking me....but I was trying to go with the flow.
We had our one and only "leadership meeting" on July 2. It was decided to join LAB and as such we needed $ from members to afford the insurance etc. as each member is insured thru LAB. So she got busy with getting us a membership in LAB (League of American Bicyclists), setting us up as a non-profit and having our own website. In addition she has been trying to get club jerseys done and maybe squeeze money out of one of our sponsors to help with that and help offset costs.
We chose to charge $25/year which includes subscriptions to a couple magazines, LAB membership and the insurance security....
We now have about 12 paid members.....
I think she has moved the group too fast too soon....
And I for one was not willing to be bullied into stressing over things that did not need to be priority. Getting lectured about my role that I had not volunteered for was just not going to happen and I spoke up each time about her tone and assumptions. **sigh**
She also asked for a ton of stuff from the one sponsor and good thing she couldnt see their reaction as I have talked to one of them at the LBS and he pretty much told me their reaction was "get real...ridiculous requests"