and Getting Involved with NEMBA is easy!
isn't some huge multinational consortium with palatial offices,
and a swat team of crisis management experts, complete with
trail-tool equipted Hummers. We're a group of riders
just like you who care about the trails and have a
passion for mountain bikes. Luckily, there are enough of us
to form a regional organization that has a been highly successful.
All this is because of riders like you. We
have lots of events to choose from!
need your help to make things happen.
question: if a lone mountain biker does something
good for a trail, does it make a difference? Ahh, trick question!
Yes, it does make a difference, but since no one knows it was
a mountain biker who did the good deed, it won't have as much
positive impact than if it were done by an organized group like
do I get involved? ", you ask. Easy! Simply contact
president in your area, come to one of our events, or give
us a call at 800-57-NEMBA. We're not a cliquey group and
we always like seeing new faces!
is many things to many people, all linked by a commitment to
making our sport and the trails better. The most basic
way to help out is to come to our events.
Our Kona Bicycles-Fox Shox MTB Adventure Series offers a great way to ride
new trails and meet other riders and people involved in your
chapter. If you're looking for an easy way to help out, simply
come to one of our scores of Trail Care Days. You don't
need any experience since our crew leaders will guide you and
teach you in the process, and most trail care events are followed
by lunch and a nice ride. Coming to a Trail Care Day is
a great way to test the volunteer waters and meet people.
NEMBA Chapters have monthly meetings as well. These usually
combine business with pleasure. It's at these meetings that
most NEMBA activities are created, managed and executed.
It's also where the key access and advocacy issues in your area
are hashed out. Chapters welcome their members to come
by and hear what's going on. If you've never been you
a local NEMBA chapter meeting, you should check it out.
always looking for innovative people with unique skills.
If you think that you have something to offer, let your chapter
- spend a lot of money at your local bike store? (Don't deny
it! We've already spoken to your significant other about this.)
Be a bike store liaison. By being a good customer, you are
the best person to convince them to become
a NEMBA member and get them to offer NEMBA discounts,
keep them up on land access issues, etc.
- have any political connections? Let your local chapter know.
Trails are often gained and lost on politics alone.
- have any open space in your town? Be an open space steward
-- go to conservation commission meetings and keep the rest
of us updated on what's going on. That way we can help you
keep your riding place open before problems start.
- have web skills? We could use people to help develop and/or
keep chapter web sites updated.
- know how to add, subtract, multiply? balance a checkbook?
Our finance committee can use additional help. If you know
about tax planning, accounting, budgeting, that's even better.
- like to wield heavy tools or have construction skills? Come
to one of our work days or become a Trail Crew Leader
- know how to spell? Point a camera? Contribute to SingleTracks!
(It's easy, just email us at SingleTracks@nemba.org, or mail
to our address) We can always use stories, articles, jokes,
photos, art, whatever! Call for deadlines.
- work well with people? Consider leading a NEMBA ride by
contacting Bill Boles
. Perhaps you can even join one of NEMBA's Bike
- have some unusual skills? Who knows? Filmmaking, belly dancing,
playing in a band, owning a pet llama -- any of them could
become useful, but we'd never think to ask! So let us know.
- want to really get involved big time? Start a chapter, start
a patrol, start a kids program, be the bike store liaison
coordinator, whatever. (Just please don't come to us and say,
"You know what YOU GUYS should do.?" and expect it to just
happen) We are always interested in new programs if they have
- have some ideas and energy, a little time, but don't know
how you fit in? Come to your local chapter's board meeting,
and find out what's going on!
We try to
keep you up to date, but sometimes we are so busy doing stuff
that we forget! (Or was it the Neuralyzer?) Please forgive us
and let us know how you can help.