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Membership Meeting - January 1999

20 people in attendance

Two new chair people presented (absent)
Dan Canfield - Calendar
Dan Stutts - Mountain bike coordinator
Morgan Bearden voted in as Member at Large
Jim Davison voted in as Vice President
Executive Board now complete
Janet Buckwalter - President
Jim Davison - Vice President
John Buckwalter - Secretary
Scott Kirkby - Treasurer
Dick Fonner - Ride Organizer
Morgan Bearden - Member at Large
Discussion of club bylaws. Developed a proposal to be presented to the membership for vote. These bylaws will be posted on the RATS website. Members will vote via email response by January 31. At least half of the membership will be required to vote, and a simple majority will determine whether or not the proposed bylaws will be accepted.
It was mentioned that we need to be sensitive to the needs of members that do not have internet access. The secretary will make sure that these members are made aware of RATS news.
Dick Elgin mentioned a friend (Kent Robinson) that would like to be involved with our club. Kent is a lawyer and has offered to advise us on legal issues.
Dick Fonner made available the latest issue of "Cycle St. Louis". He mentioned the extended tours and day rides that they have planned. If anyone wants to put together a group of bikers to participate in one of these rides, please contact Dick.
Dick Fonner mentioned the need for members to be ride leaders throughout the season. Also looking for ideas for new ride routes.
Dick Fonner is checking into the logistics of riding the entire length of the KATY trail over a series of different days/weekends. A vote revealed about 10 people present would like to ride it in one day segments, and about 10 are interested in weekend rides (with camping or B&B). Round-trip day rides were also suggested, with one way on roads.
Brief mention of club financial status. Our balance is about $178, generated from membership dues and a business membership from Route 66 Bicycles.
There was discussion about business memberships. We will not pursue these memberships for now.
We talked about publishing a newsletter. It was decided that club information can be passed along via the website, email, meetings and mailings, making a newsletter unnecessary at this time, and saving a significant amount of money.
Information about Missouri Bicycle Federation was given. After some discussion the members voted to join this group for an annual $30 fee.
Legal liability issues were discussed, such as liability of the club officers. We discussed whether or not every ride should have ride waivers, or only the major rides.
Discussed adding a "ride partners list" to the website to facilitate finding people to ride with that have similar biking interests and abilities
Club t-shirt was discussed. Chuck DeWitt offered to get prices and options for us and report back.
Mention of Ride to the River on July 10, Tour of the Ozarks on September 18, Cycle Across Missouri Parks in June, and various centuries with other clubs.
No date was set for the next meeting. Members will be notified and it will be announced on the website. Possible informal gathering in February just to stay in touch (restaurant?).

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