Team Coastal Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
MOVED: Roberto Henao to accept last year’s minutes.
SECONDED: Ed Dillon seconded
We haven’t increased or decreased the number of rides. Let go of Monday night recovery ride as Tony couldn’t lead it anymore.
The club feels the membership can continue riding but don’t call it a Team Coastal ride. And we aren’t posting it on the website or Strava
We have 2 Wednesday rides right now: gravel and regular cross-border. Done informally this side of the border by Bloods.
Informal Wednesday morning ride. Roberto doesn’t have oversight on that, nor on the Friday morning informal ride as well.
Roberto would like to get more feedback from those rides, but he would prefer more: how often, pace. David’s are primarily Valencia (or more) and have gotten faster. Turnout is good. Dave Lawrence tends to organize the rides. But Roberto isn’t sure if everyone has paid their dues.
Saturday ride: Blood, Valencia and Navel. Run all three all summer. Fall and winter are more informal.
Sometimes there’s a Sunday ride.
David: some people are creating WhatsApp groups. If they are under a Coastal umbrella, they should be official; they are ad hoc, but they aren’t considered club rides. It’s only a club ride if it’s scheduled and we advise Cycling BC it’s a club ride and that’s what insurance covers. If you are with Team Coastal but someone called the ride it’s not covered. The ones posted on the website are official. The ones called by members are not.
- Respect for the drivers. Sharing the road. We don’t get upset, we don’t yell or curse. We don’t stand to gain anything by arguing with cars. Most seem respectful. Share the road.
- We don’t really have rules, more etiquette. Trevor started a page on the website. We might consider keeping it up to date. E.g. we should wear club kit on all rides. Any votes have to involve everyone’s participation. We would need a survey, bring it back to the Board and make a decision. Dave is in support of this. E.g. a code of conduct. Whether we call it guidelines or expectations, he’d be interested in what other clubs have and doing a survey.
- We are fairly informal; other clubs are very strict. Some members have come back because they like our club, it’s warmer and more inviting.
- We could have general principles we can follow and try to live up to them. Expressed in general terms.
- Ed: no-drop rides – he interprets this as a rule. But within 6 months sometimes the rules are softened. He thinks there should be rules; when nothing happens, they slack off; when something happens, we need rules.
- Roberto has noticed some people are good at sweeping.
- If we start formalizing rules, Roberto feels that would be fantastic.
- Dave: there are ways to express our character as a club. E.g. if we don’t engage in conflict with drivers, or not drop people.
- Sandy has noticed the sweep is beside him, not last. Sweep should always be last person.
- Mike: we should limit our group size.
- Ed: Navel has never dropped anyone all year
- Roberto has noticed that ride leaders are more facilitators. If someone is complaining they can talk directly to the rider; everyone should speak up. If you’re at the back call it all the way up the front.
- Les Suzuki is managing inventory
- Roberto is talking to Rob Wright at the store and has asked him to take over everything with the kit. We won’t have to manage the money and orders. Pick ups are at the store. Roberto will need to get clarification on this.
- Cap’s is Trek. Trek owns Bontrager. Bontrager sends everything to store and we pay them.
- Might extend design to full length jacket and vest, and leggings.
- Talking to Wayne over the next few weeks
- We will be starting over with a new webpage
- Have a quote from a professional web developer, front and back end
- Want to integrate storefront and email
- Roberto thanked Sean for working with Kerry. Sean will step down.
- We haven’t engaged with vendor yet.
- Annual costs include domain, hosting.
- Joomla, our current platform, is technical and difficult to work with.
- Roberto advised Kerry to renew domain only.
- New website will be responsive (will look good on all devices).
- Quote from vendor: $3,000 for off the shelf template + $1,000 yearly maintenance.
- We need technical support.
- We are budgeting $4-5,000 to get it up and running.
- Well received, social
- Biggest event is Fondo; good weather, didn’t run out of food
- We are unique as a club
- If there’s interest to expand it please let Board know
- Victoria ride has been rained out twice in a row. Used to be a 2-day ride, now 1-day for the past three years.
- We get lots of email from people wanting to sell stuff. We don’t want to associate with any particular charity as a club.
- Ride to Survive (add in list) we are informally tied to.
- We don’t sanction charity rides.
- Ride to Conquer – date?
- Skagit Classic – May
- Chukanut Classic – August
Cathy Butler reports
General fund balance: $43,427
Registration is down 50 people; $4,165 in revenue this year
Roberto is not surprised by it: we had a lot of PayPal problems in the summer; webpage isn’t attracting new people
We had four years of going up. Sean has noticed quite a few go to Lake City Cycling in Burnaby and UV.
Ed noticed that the webpage was key for him joining four years ago. The lack of function is a deterrent. He can’t say enough about getting page up and running.
Clothing is $0. We didn’t have any clothing sales this year. We closed the books in September. We started collecting money in October.
Fiscal year end is September 30.
$8,005 in kit is now gone.
The cheque for the clothes hasn’t been issued.
Capital assets $568. We own a projector, threw out the BBQ. We also have a pop-up canopy, stop signs.
We had an operating deficit on hand.
Roberto: we are a non-profit. The cash on hand is high.
We are happy to entertain spending some funds; everyone has to benefit and apply to everyone. One year we got 10th anniversary socks; water bottles; waterproof jacket
Roberto made a motion that the club finance up to $5,000 building a whole new webpage (including first year maintenance), and $1,200 in maintenance per year, plus the administration fees.
MOVED: Sean Oliver: moved to accept Treasurer’s Report
SECONDED: Ed seconded the motion.
Fred: do we want more members? How can the website acquire more members? His son wanted to join but couldn’t figure out how to.
Roberto: the old website hindered payment for example.
- No proposed increase
- Waived for those on board and ride leaders
- Mike suggested that in other organizations, if you’re a ride leader and fulfill those responsibilities you get a refund or credit for next year. Is there a rationale for charging $50 for new members?
- David: we don’t have people breaking down doors to be ride leaders.
- Sean: we had an earlybird of $35
- 119 people registered this year; 140 last year
- Cathy: people are riding without stickers.
- Sean: ride leaders aren’t policeman. Hard to enforce.
- David: we might need a discussion around ride leader responsibilities
- Sandy suggested if you see someone without a sticker, you should ask, call them out
- Roberto: not up to the ride leaders
- Some talk about hiring an expert for ride leader training
- Roberto thanked ride leaders: (slide)
- Rob wants our club involved more with Cap’s (our sponsor). He wants to give us discounts to everything except bicycles and a few exceptions. He said some members were expecting discounts. Special Team Coastal nights. Mike: best way is to have ride from store – take back Monday nights. Dave: that store has been a good support. You get discounts on parts. 20% discount. Sandy: used to be a more of North Delta club. Sean: it’s problematic now. More of a South Surrey club. Sandy: if he was the point of contact for clothing, it would drive traffic there. Ed, Les and Roberto to talk to Rob. Fred finds Michael fabulous.
- Roberto introduced current board members.
- Dave signed up as VP last year. He has noticed there’s no succession plan. No process for how long you’re in it (terms). E.g. VP – president – past president with set terms. Dave says Roberto has done fantastic. He and Mike want to propose: you have a member at large, so you’re looking at a person who will move through the process. Dave would like to see a succession plan. Won’t put his name forward now.
- What happens if no one steps up? Roberto is ok doing one more year as president, but needs someone to shadow. He feels he is running out of ideas to make it better. We’ve tried time trials, ladies only, formalized rides: some worked, some don’t. if he can’t think of anything new to make it better, then he wants to pass it on.
- Chris Wilson files the registries and email blasts. Cathy Butler is treasurer. Kim Whidden has taken on Social Director. Les Suzuki has taken on clothing. Roberto thanked Sean Oliver for his help with the web.
- We will have vacancies. Web liaison
- Roberto: is there a challenge to any board members?
MOVED: Roberto HENAO to accept nominated board members.
SECONDED: Mike Richter seconded it. All in favour: unanimous. Passed.
MOVED: Sandy that we add a Member at Large to the Executive
Nominated: Sandy nominated Mike Richter
Rob suggested a title change for clarity of roles. David said not necessary maybe
- Dave feels we need more board meetings face to face.
Christmas party is Friday, January 17 at The Bennett. They know us and treat us well.
David: we could get someone in for some training, safety. Maybe do a ride leader event, training. We could offer a road rider introductory course. Sean used to do that on Thursday nights. Learn to rides.
We might not have any certified courses – Shane?
We had talked about a junior program.
Mike made a motion to adjourn.
Here's a brief how-to for joining the TC club on Strava so you can use your smartphone to track rides and stay in touch with the team.
Team Coastal is a diverse group of men and women, boys and girls who share a passion for cycling. Some of us are road racers with decades of experience while others are recreational riders new to the sport. Some of us are still in high school while others have school-aged children. We live and ride throughout the lower mainland of British Columbia, from Delta to the North Shore, Tsawwassen to Aldergrove. Our desire is to develop riders of all levels through peer support, variety of rides and training opportunities.
Our goal is to promote recreational and competitive cycling in our communities while having fun.
Did you know... Team Coastal has about 190 members!
Did you also know... Team Coastal holds more than 300 club rides every year!
What does Team Coastal do?
Club Rides - Every week we have multiple rides of varying speed and difficulty. Every week, at least one club ride is a structured, intense training ride. We also have other rides at a more recreational pace. For more information, please check ride info here and go to the Event Calendar for details on times and days. We have designated Ride Leaders for all rides where possible.
Additional Training Opportunities - Team Coastal hosts a range of additional training opportunities for our members. For example, we run weekly spin classes throughout the winter and hold training camps to prepare our members for upcoming races. For more information, please check our weekly rides.
Additional FUN Activities - We get together to have fun off our bikes as well as on them. All members are encouraged to help develop the community that is Team Coastal Cycling by suggesting and helping to organize all sorts of events from ski trips to barbeques.
How can you become a part of Team Coastal?
Simply go straight to our sign up page. We're looking forward to riding with you!
I came across this post put up by a member on TC's old website--a short article by Peter Wilborn, written in 2011 I believe. Peter is a South Carolina lawyer and avid group cyclist. The TC link is below, and I have cut and pasted.
I'm on the Saturday morning ride and I think we rate really good relative to Peter's values--thanks to great members and great leadership.