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Trying to figure out what works for our Chapter

Baby Jack

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Yesterday was so cold, dreary, and windy, it hardly felt like spring. Looking at the big piles of dirty snow on the lawn and lane way also take away the feeling that summer is near!

John (jayhawkr) and I have been pondering our Chapter, and what works best. Like most of the Officers before me, we sent emails out asking for advice (no response), encouraged Forum postings (very little use) and tried Facebook (the people on the Forum are also the ones on Facebook, so no improvement there).

We are in a rural Community with no larger urban centres, so our membership will always be smaller. There are other riding groups, such as ABATE, Steelhorse Riders and a few others - but their riders are not likely to join CMC for a variety of reasons.

Sometimes there are periods of self-doubt. Perhaps people who can ride more than a Mom with young kids should be part of this group, someone who can ride more. But this assumes that the people in our Chapter want to ride more - I don't really know what they want.

The ROMEO rides are always well-attended by a few of our members, but this excludes the ones who work on Fridays. John has posted some weekend lunch events to bring out the others. The Freeze King and Willies Burger Stop just opened, so we will be doing some after-work ice cream rides when it warms up. We will restart our weekly Meet and Greets at the end of the month and hopefully the weather is better!

We are also going to try more picnic lunches - this will allow for more riding in a short ride, and less sitting. Its easy to blow off 1.5 hours going to a restaurant with a group - if we only plan a 5 hour ride, we've lost most of our day. I'd rather sit outside in the sun anyway.

For me, and probably John, the social aspect of CMC is as important as the riding. We will be planning to meet up more often with the other local groups and join in their fun! Its much harder to develop the camaraderie in a smaller group that doesn't meet up as often.

I know Bob and Rob also put a lot of thought into planning different rides and thinking of the same challenges - wondering if there are officers from other rural chapters with new ideas too?



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Baby Jack,

 

When I was 1st Officer of 036 Orangeville, I always wanted to return the favour for those chapters who made the trek to visit our area. Not everyone was enthusiastic, but even it it meant a solo ride, I went for it. Not sure what our chapter plans are this season, but rest assured I will see about corralling some of the 'Villians to head on down to your neck of the woods. The new 1st Officer is of the same mind. I know I have been thinking of planning a ride through the Ohsweken Reserve near Brantford. I would also certainly love to come on out for any of your picnic rides :)

 

Yes it's a bit of a jaunt to travel across portions of Ontario, but meeting up with any CMC Chapter is always an enjoyable occasion. But I fully appraciate the time commitment of family and other responsibilities also. I think I only put 200km on the bike last season and I did not even get a chance to go on any CMC rides. :( Hope to make up for that this season.

 

Stay positive. You and Jayhawkr are doing great stuff! :)

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After having the pleasure of starting a Chapter and seeing the differences between the two groups I can only do what I can do.  It all comes down to what others want out of the group, what they are willing to give.

 

If people are not willing to step up and be part of the group then the group will fade.  One person can not be the group.  

 

My philosophy is to plan rides and ride.  Whoever shows up shows up.  At the end of the day you can really only worry about one person and that is yourself (well I worry about Baby Jack all the time)

 

I enjoy the social aspect of meeting the others and going to new places.  So lets concentrate on what we want and the others will follow.  If not I will have a great time riding with the love of my life, meeting others and yes being an extrovert!!

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Our chapter is also located in a small city.

Picnic rides work great. We had many days of going to a restaurant or pub (no alcohol of course) only to sit and wait for service and food. Now we do picnic rides. The advantages- eat what you want, much cheaper, and the opportunity to sit in the sun with your friends. The disadvantages- none so far.

It seems like everyone (here on Vancouver Island at least) likes the meet in the middle rides too.

It sounds like you are on the right track. Put a good active program out there and the members will show up. Even if most don't, carry on. As long as you are having fun yourself and keeping active you will eventually get a good core group, and even if that core is only 6 or 7 people, it's good.

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Keep enjoying the members who care and join in to make the local chapter as fun for everyone as possible. You and John make a great team, and your energy sure is a sign of great leadership for your chapter. Set a course of action, and go for it. Others will follow, and if they don't, it is their loss. With all the other distractions than come our way, when you get a chance to ride, take full advantage, and ride. Don't worry - be happy. Enjoy your free time with your chapter and just go for it.

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I joint the CMC to do more riding, socializing, and learn to become a better rider from more experienced riders.  I do like the monotonous schedule of meet and greet on Monday, ride on Wednesday during riding season (regardless for me), and planning trips for the weekend when possible.

 

Sometime you can only do so much.  It is up to the people to get out for these scheduled meetings.  I made the time to get out.

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