Volunteering with the Club

Help us out! WMBC functions solely on the support of its members who volunteer their time and skills.

Why should you help with the Club?

Our riders have come to expect a lot from the Club over the years.  Everyone on the Board would like to live on a bike, but they realizes it’s tough to make a living riding a bike, so we have to hold down real jobs on the side. We all love and breath bikes, riding and trails.  And it takes people with that passion for the sport to really nurture a Club and get it to grow. The Club has come a long way since 2008, and is, in many ways, helping fuel the resurgence of the sport in the Basin. So, help us make it even better!  There is tremendous potential here, and together we can bring trail riding in Sudbury to all new levels of awesomeness.

There is lots to do in our active Club, but the load is light when many hands and minds are involved.  So how can you help?   There are tonnes of ways for you to pitch in!  Below are 3 area you can get involved, depending if you want a bit, a little more or a lot of involvement.

1) To get a bit involved in Club activities…

Trail Maintenance Volunteer: 

We have 12 km of trails and they don’t maintain themselves.  Showing up with some old jeans and work-gloves during a work party can go a long way for the Club. We have a trail-maintenance committee that is always on the lookout for fresh faces. In the early season, it takes a good bit of raking and cleaning to get our trails back to their pristine, ready-to-ride condition.  Bridges need to go in the spring and come out in the fall.  Signs need to go up in the spring and come down in the fall.  Maintaining trail condition takes an occasional pass with the line-trimmer to keep the ferns and saplings at bay.   Removing the leaves in the fall can extend the riding season a month when we have a dry fall.  Trees need to be trimmed and fallen trees removed.  When water and overuse erodes the trails, action is required.

Event Volunteer:

The Club puts on many events each year and people are needed during the event to make it happen.  If you want to be involved at our races - taking pictures, helping with timing and registration at the event, assisting with flagging and preparing race courses, being a course marshal, or cleaning-up after the event, you can help make our biggest events run more smoothly.

Group Rides:   Offer to be a Group Ride Leader

Take a Kid Mounting Biking Day:

    • Registration
    • Food Prep
    • Ride Leader
    • Activity Leaders
    • Photographer

Fitness Challenge Mountain Bike Tour:

    • Course flagging before and clean-up after
    • Parking Lot Attendant
    • Registration Table
    • Draw Prizing Table
    • Trail Marshalls
    • Finish Line Timers
    • Results
    • Awards Coordinator
    • Photographer

Other Opportunities:

  • Attend an instructor clinic and be an instructor at a skills clinic
  • Cut the lawn at the Naughton trailhead
  • Keep the garbage containers at the Naughton trailhead empty

 

2) Get a little more involved in Club activities…

Here’s a list of the positions to deliver all the events and programs in our calendar.  Several people are filling several positions.

If you see a position for your skills, send us an email or message us on Facebook (these are usually the best way to reach us, unless you see us at an event).  

The 2017 WMBC Coordinators and Committee Members

  • Recording Secretary: VACANT - Rusty Hopper, but looking to train another
  • Trail Maintenance/Development Coordinator: Rusty Hopper, but willing to train another
  • Registration / Membership Coordinator:  Rusty Hopper, but willing to train another
  • Volunteer Hours Tracker:  Rob St. Marseille, but willing to train another
  • Website Administrator: Steve Knight
  • Website & Facebook Events Editor:  Rusty Hopper, but willing to train another
  • Equipment Coordinator:  VACANT - Rusty Hopper, but looking to train another
  • Fat Bike Ride Coordinator: Scott McClure
  • Trail Sign Maintenance: Rusty Hopper, but willing to train another
  • Communication Coordinator: Marcie Neuburger
  • Fitness Challenge Coordinator: Rusty Hopper, but willing to train another
  • Race Series Coordinator: Marc Rioux
  • Wolfpak Liaison: Marc Rioux
  • Wolfpak Team Manager: Paul Guenette
  • Social Event Coordinator: VACANT - Rusty Hopper & Rob St. Marseille but looking to train another
  • Group Ride Coordinator: VACANT - Rusty Hopper, but looking to train another
  •  Women’s Group Ride Coordinator:  Marcie Neuburger
  • Family Ride Coordinators: Laura Bewick & Marc Rancourt
  • Kids Event Coordinator: VACANT - Rusty Hopper, but looking to train another
  • Skills Clinic Coordinator: VACANT - Rusty Hopper, but loooking to train another

Details of the commitment for each position are listed below:

Recording Secretary:
Attend the monthly Club Board meetings, take notes of the proceedings and issue minutes

Trail Maintenance/Development Coordinator:
Someone needs to keep watch over the trails and determine when work needs to be done to maintain the quality of the trails.  This person plans the trail work parties at appropriate times and directs the volunteers. Our riders also yearn for new trail riding experiences.  The Naughton Trail Centre has tremendous potential for new riding opportunities.  Someone is needed to understand the possibilities, make plans, review plans with the Board, plan the work and oversee the volunteers.

Registration / Membership Coordinator: 
This person uses Zone4 to set-up and maintain the on-line application for memberships and programs, and processes paper registrations

Volunteer Hours Tracker:
This person uses a spreadsheet to keep track of hours spent by volunteers on trail work and other activities.  Hours worked are email to the tracker and the tracker produces a report on an annual basis.  Tracking this information is important when preparing funding applications.

Website Administrator:

This person arranges the services to host our website and sets up the framework on the site for others to post content.

Website & Facebook Events Editor:

Our membership need to know when events are happening and all the details.  This person maintains the event calendar on the Website and on Facebook.  The post the information provided by the event organizers

Equipment Coordinator:

Maintain our fleet of motorized tools, we have 3 chain saws, 3 line trimmers, 2 lawn mowers and a tiller.  Keep them running and winterize them before the snow flies.  Keep our trail maintenance tools sharp.

Fat Bike Ride Coordinator:
In the winter, someone needs to arrange weekly group rides and get information on the web.  These rides introducing new riders with winter trail riding, introduce riders to areas to ride and provide social opportunities to riders that already enjoy the Fat side of the sport.

Trail Sign Maintenance:
Riders like our trails for many reasons, but one is the great signage.  These need to be maintenance as the age and as new trails are developed.  The signs also need to be taken down in the fall to avoid trail user confusion in the winter and put up in the spring.  Someone needs to arrange for signage and ensure they remain in good condition.

Communication Coordinator:
This person keeps our members aware of our events via monthly emails and Facebook posts.

Fitness Challenge Coordinator:
This person leads the effort to organize the Mounting Bike Tour, which is the trail riding event in the Sudbury Fitness Challenge.

Race Series Coordinator:
The Club hosts a series of evening races in the summer.  This person arranges the details to make these events happen.

Social Events Coordinator:
Social rides and activities have become something our members appreciate.  The Club has 7 of these scheduled this year.  Help to make them happen by offering to coordinate one, or a few.  Work with a friend as a team and take them all on.

Group Ride Coordinator:
This person finds and trains people to act as ride leaders for group rides.

Family Ride Coordinator:
This person get the information on the Family Rides to interested members.

Kids Events Coordinator:
The Club is making efforts to introduce kids to joys of trail riding.  It hosts two Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, one the second weekend of June and one the weekend before the Thanksgiving.  Someone is needed to organize these events.

Skills Clinic Coordinator:
This person schedules the skills clinics offered by the Club, finds the instructors and organizes the clinics.

3) Get really involved in Club activities…

The pinnacle of Club involvement is signing up for an Executive or Board position. The Club Executive and Board meet monthly to provide governance.  Other tasks at the Board level:

  • Liaise with the Ski Club
  • Arrange land agreements
  • Arrange insurance
  • Apply for grants
  • Create and maintain policies

The 2017 WMBC Executive:

  • President:  Rob St. Marseille
  • Vice-President: Rusty Hopper
  • Treasurer: Gilles Bolduc – retiring at the end of 2017 and wiling to train another
  • Secretary: John MacLean

The 2017 WMBC Board:

  • Director: Wayne Harris
  • Director: Jody Waddell
  • Director: Todd Thompsom
  • Director: Stacy Fleming
  • Director: John Lalonde