Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Woolly Elections

As mentioned in the Monday Woolly Weekly, we wanted to get the Woolly Elections out in front of people.  As you may or may not know, the Woolly Bike Club has a set of board members that administer the business of the club.

The annual board member election is coming up soon.  What we want you, yes YOU, to do about it:
  1. Make sure your membership is up to dateAs an IMBA chapter, this means that your IMBA membership is current and you have designated Woolly Bike Club as your chapter.
  2. Run for the board! - If you are a member in good standing (see item 1), you are eligible to run for one of the open board positions (chair, treasurer, or the three board members at large).  You are committing to attend a minimum of 8 of the 12 monthly board meetings and helping run the club as best you can.
  3. Nominate someone for the board! - Maybe you aren't ready to run for the board yourself, but you know someone who has the skills and talent to help the club.  Nominate them for the board.  Maybe they just need the push from someone else to realize their potential.
  4. Vote at the November Member Meeting on 11/9 - There isn't any point to having an election if no one votes.  The election process has been revamped to give all members a say in electing the board.  Do your Woolly civic duty and vote.
Without our board, the Woolly Bike Club would cease to exist and those trails that you love would eventually overgrow and disappear.

Dallas Wynne has been appointed the Nominations Chair by the board.  Any member wishing to be considered for any of the board positions or wishing to nominate anyone else should get in touch with Dallas at dbwynne74  <at> gmail <dot> com.

Our ballot needs to be finalized by October 21st to give ample time for the membership to see the ballot and prepare to vote.  This means that if folks don't start nominating themselves or others quickly, Dallas is going to start strong arming people into running for office.

If you want all the details, here is the full Woolly Elections Process that as approved by the board this summer:

  • The following positions shall be elected by (popular/majority) vote of the members of the Woolly club in good standing
    • Officers
      • Chair (year A)
      • Vice Chair (year B)
      • Treasurer (year A)
      • Secretary (year B)
    • Board Members at Large
      • 3x (one year terms)
  • Nomination Process
    • The board shall appoint a nominations chair to solicit volunteers for all open positions during the month of October
    • The nomination chair shall not be seeking election
    • The ballot shall be finalized by October 21st
  • Members Eligible for the board
    • Member in good standing
    • May be in another position, that current position shall be added to the ballot and the member may not run for both positions, the newly elected person fills the remainder of the prior members term
  • Election Process
    • The nominations chair shall have the ballot published 2 weeks prior to the November meeting where the final voting shall happen
    • The ballot shall be published in the following locations
      • Email to all members in good standing with an email on file
      • Post to the website
      • Tweet
      • Facebook
    • The nominations chair shall accept votes in the following manner (1 per member in good standing)
      • Email to a designated email address (as noted in the ballot)
      • Written ballot received in the PO box no later than the date of the November meeting
      • Secret ballot at the November meeting

  • New Terms
    • Newly elected board members take office on the first day of January on the following year

Monday, September 18, 2017

Woolly Weekly Update - September 18th

Hey Woolly Land!

Not a ton of stuff going on this week, but we want to make sure you are aware of all of the Woolly activities coming up and give you a quick run down of all that happened last week.

Looks like we might have some rain (as in it is probably raining as I compose this).  The trails could really use some rain, but please check the trail status before riding.  We keep Twitter, Facebook, the Website, MORC all up to date.  Occasionally the trailhead signs lag a bit as that requires someone to go physically change them.

On Going Woolly

Woolly Gear Order

The Podiumwear store is now OPEN.  All of that sweet Woolly kit you've seen people rolling around in is now available.  This is super nice kit from Podiumwear and you will NOT be disappointed in the comfort and quality.

The new item this time around is the sweet new Woolly baggy short.  We are hoping to have a sizing kit available at Woolly Day.

Head on over to the Woolly Podiumwear Storefront.  The password is Woolly2017.

Upcoming Woolly Events

October 8th - Woolly Day

The 5th annual Woolly day is Sunday, October 8th. Join the Woolly Crew and all of your other mountain bike friends to enjoy riding, food and friendship on the Woolly Trails.

Sunday October 8th, 2017
1:00pm - Gather and get your bike out and ready to ride.
1:30pm - Group rides for all abilities. From an easy cruise to a lung busting shredder to a family friendly kids ride there will be someone to ride with.
3:00pm - Grilling will commence.
3:30pm - Contests! We are going to do some fun activities in the trailhead this year. This is going to be kid friendly for sure. There will be prizes!

Group riding per the times above.
Grilling starting at 3:00pm. Woolly is providing the meat and cake. Please bring something to share with your fellow Woolly.

Fellowship around the campfire. Likely after the riding has finished we will kick-up the fire and we can all hang out and eat and be merry.

The Woolly Trailhead of course!

You, your family, and friends along with the Woolly Crew. RSVP'ing on the event on the Woolly Facebook page will help us plan food for all of you so please check that out.

November 9th - Woolly Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Another item to get on your calendars.  Our November meeting will be a bigger meeting that we usually have.  We will have a "State of the Woolly" type of address.  We will then hold our board elections.  The board positions open this year are Chairman, Treasurer, and all three Board Members at Large.  All board positions are open to any member in good standing (IMBA membership up to date with Woolly designated as your chapter).  There will be a bunch more about the elections process coming this week.

This meeting is going to be held at CyclovaXC and will likely be the kick-off to their Adventure and Tech series.

Check out the Facebook event here.

December 2nd - Global Fat Bike Day

We are really early and this is entirely weather dependent.  But save the date for fat bike fun!

Check out the Facebook event here.

Woolly Accomplishments

Last week was fairly eventful in Woolly land.

On Wednesday seven hardy volunteers got out on the trails to do some maintenance.  We hit up a bunch of the low spots in Riegel and did some deberming and additional outsloping.  We didn't hit all of the low spots, but hopefully we will have improved the drainage in the area and we are on our way to opening sooner after rainfall.

Part of the entrance to Wissahickon South was also regraded and some grade reversals have been added.  The trails are crazy dry these days so we actually need a little rain to help repack the trail.  You'll find it a little soft right now, but it should get a bunch better.

The Chisago Lakes Mountain Bike Team had an exciting time at practice on the Woolly trails Thursday evening.  Thankfully they got to tour the Life Link helicopter, not USE it.  Woolly member Keith Velaski was on board doing a joint training exercise with the SCF fire department so the team got to check things out briefly.

The board met on Thursday evening and had a productive meeting.  We are going to start publishing the meeting minutes soon.

Have a wonderful Woolly week!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Woolly Gear Available!!

Hey Woolly Land!

Have you seen club members rolling around the trails in the sweet Woolly kit and wanted some of your own?

If so, then you are in luck!  The Woolly Podiumwear storefront is now OPEN!

Head on over to the following link and use the password Woolly2017 to peruse and place your order.  The storefront will close on October 15th and then the orders will be shipped to your door approximately 4 weeks after that.  This would be a great time to get that Christmas present, or grab a fat bike jacket.

Podiumwear Woolly Storefront

New Baggy Shorts

New this time around are the baggy shorts.  I know a lot of folks aren't too keen on getting all spandexed out so these will be just the ticket to pair with the freeride jersey or tech tshirt.  We need to reach a 5 piece minimum order on this to get an order in this time.  We also hope to have a sizing kit available at Woolly Day on October 8th.

What Else

Beyond the new baggy, everything we have previously offered is available with no minimum order quantities.  That means you can get:

Regular Men's and Women's Bike Jersey's

Longsleeve Freeride Jersey

Men's, Women's, and Kids Tech Tees

Note, these Tech Tees tend to run a bit small.  You will likely want to consider going up a size from your usual here.

Men's and Women's Bib Shorts

Winter Fatbike Jacket


Just in case you looked at the prices and perhaps had a little sticker shock I wanted to talk briefly about the quality.  I personally, am a cheapskate.  If I can find a deal or somehow find a cheaper option I will likely do that.  HOWEVER, I LOVE MY WOOLLY KIT.  This is by far the nicest stuff I own.  I rode 262 miles of gravel, in 28 hours, in 40 degree rain this spring in one pair of my Woolly bib shorts.  Not a single issue.  I think the only piece of kit I don't own is the fat bike jacket, but I've tried one on and it is SUPER nice too.

In summary, I think you are definitely buying quality here and this is money well spent.

The other note is that the Woolly Club does not get anything from the purchase of Woolly Wear.  These are the prices straight from Podiumwear so there are no mark-ups, fees, or anything else imposed by Woolly.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Woolly Weekly - September 11th

Hey Woolly Land!

School is back in session, the leaves are just starting to turn, there is a crispness to the air some days... in other words, fantastic Woolly riding weather.

We have more nice weather coming this week and the Woolly Club has a few opportunities for you to get involved as well.  We will also look forward to whats coming up in the next few months.

Tuesday - Group Ride Suspended for 2017

Unfortunately I think we are going to be suspending the Tuesday night group rides for the season.  First, the sun is setting earlier and it will be hard to get much of a ride in before it gets dark.  Second, most of our usual ride leaders are busy helping out the Chisago Lakes High School mountain bike team on Tuesday nights.

Stay tuned though as fat bike season starts firing up and we will be starting the Wednesday Night Fat Rides.

Wednesday - Trail Work Night

We are going to spend some time Wednesday evening doing some digging in the dirt and we would love to have more people out to help.  Specifically we are going to do some deberming and improving some drainage in the low spots in Riegel and perhaps Big Oak depending on the number of helpers we get.

This will help the trail dry out quicker after it rains and therefore open quicker.  And we all want to ride more.

Thursday - Woolly Board Meeting

Thursday evening, 7:00pm at the St. Croix Falls library is our monthly board meeting.  These meetings are always open to any interested folks.  We will be working on planning for upcoming events, discussing the upcoming board elections, trail projects, and any other ways the Woolly can get involved in the community.

Please come join us and develop some Woolly excitement.

October 8th - Woolly Day

Just making sure that folks get this on their calendar. Our annual celebration of Woolly Trails will be Sunday afternoon on October 8th (weather back-up of October 15th).  We are still planning, but expect the usual good company, good riding, and some good food.

November 9th - Woolly Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Another item to get on your calendars.  Our November meeting will be a bigger meeting that we usually have.  We will have a "State of the Woolly" type of address.  We will then hold our board elections.  The board positions open this year are Chairman, Treasurer, and all three Board Members at Large.  All board positions are open to any member in good standing (IMBA membership up to date with Woolly designated as your chapter).  There will be a bunch more about the elections process coming in the next couple of weeks.

Have a wonderful Woolly week!