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Old 03-04-16, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
How about using a consultant to set up a Club?

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Certainly would be a good idea of there are no members with the necessary expertise. Need to form a corporation thru the state, obtain fed and state tax ID numbers, have an organizing meeting, file for tax exempt status with IRS and possibly state. Our club also has to have a city "business" license.

Straightforward enough for someone who deals with this stuff all the time but otherwise it would be money well spent to engaging someone to ensure it is all done and done correctly.
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Old 03-04-16, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
ideas for BOD members of a club.

make sure that insurance and any liability at club events is covered.
make sure that all club members sign a document, describing the club rules.
make sure everyone wears a helmet at any club event.....
Thoughtfully define the purpose of the club and ensure that the club is optimally furthering its purpose, not doing too much, too little, or spurious things.
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Old 03-04-16, 02:38 PM
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Running a club is, for the most part, a PITA. People don't do what they say they will do. The best advice I can give is to make it very clear to everyone that membership entails obligations as well as privileges. For example, at one of my clubs every adult member had to commit to assisting at at least one event every season - marshalling at a road race, helping out at a TT, taking the money from on-the-day entries at a crit, whatever. Anyone who failed to honour that obligation was not allowed to rejoin the following year. That didn't stop some people from welching on the deal, but at least it meant that welchers didn't stay around.
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Old 03-05-16, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by jimincalif View Post
Certainly would be a good idea of there are no members with the necessary expertise. Need to form a corporation thru the state, obtain fed and state tax ID numbers, have an organizing meeting, file for tax exempt status with IRS and possibly state. Our club also has to have a city "business" license.

Straightforward enough for someone who deals with this stuff all the time but otherwise it would be money well spent to engaging someone to ensure it is all done and done correctly.
Also beyond just the basic stuff, what about the ongoing activities and situations that come up in the course of Club life? We learn by our mistakes and that's where consultants are able to help. Additionally, consultants ability to act as intermediaries or as links to other organizations.
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Old 03-06-16, 07:20 AM
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Anyone have a full/part time paid employee? We're lucky in that (1) we have enough club activities that accomplishing everything is fast becoming difficult with volunteer only labor, and (2) we can afford to pay someone.
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Old 03-06-16, 10:08 AM
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No employees here. As a former business owner, if our club was at that stage, I would first look to see of there are any firms nearby that provide the sorts of services you need on a contract basis, far simpler than hiring and supervising an actual employee. Be careful if hiring an individual and calling them an independent contractor, as this determination is often second-guessed by tax agencies, labor regulators and plaintiff attorneys.
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Old 03-07-16, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Please provide 1 insurance company that extends the same rates to an organization/company/individual that does NOT adhere to their industry's 'best practice' and flaunts an industry standard?

And this comes from a person who regularly expects to ride helmet-less when riding by myself. But not on an organized ride with many others, or a few.
Helmet wearing is far from a universally accepted best practice, except in racing. An examination of the research shows that its benefits are far from proven. These aren't races. What other kit not required by law do you demand?
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Old 03-07-16, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by skye View Post
Helmet wearing is far from a universally accepted best practice, except in racing. An examination of the research shows that its benefits are far from proven. These aren't races. What other kit not required by law do you demand?
I agree that helmet wearing is not required by law for adults in most places. I myself prefer to be helmet-less in most situations. However, ask an insurance company if they will insure a club that does NOT require helmets - that is the question you were asked. No new questions until you answer the 1st one. You've obviously not been a cycling club officer.

This is not a helmet/no helmet thread.
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So, how big does a club get before you decide on having a BOD?
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
So, how big does a club get before you decide on having a BOD?
We have 950+/- paid members, and a $250,000 budget.
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Old 03-09-16, 09:41 AM
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It's not the size of the club, it is the type of entity. If the club incorporates (for banking, liability protection and tax exempt status) a corporation must be governed by a board of directors and officers. If corporate formalities are not followed liability protection can be lost. My club has about 350 members FYI.
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