My Cycling Friends
Liability insurance and our non-club status has been a topic of discussion for some time now. Our little group has done well for being only a year old and has apparently survived the Winter. Several of you are out and riding now.
Myself and others believe that certain members, of the non-club, could be taking on undue personal liability by simply being active in posting or suggesting rides and routes, making website contributions etc.
I would hate to see these contributors lose their desire to continue out of fear of taking on more liability.
I have done some homework and have come to the conclusion that we need to affiliate ourself with the the OCA (Ontario Cycling Association) and become a registered club. The benefits of this would be liability insurance for it’s members. The cost of which would be $30 annually plus any club dues we may wish to add. I would imagine that would be in the neighbourhood of $5-$10 per year to start anyway.
Certain roles would need to be filled in order to establish a Board of Directors. These would include as a minimum; a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Anita and myself will volunteer to each take on a role in order to help us get started. We therefore need two more of you to step forward.
I understand that we have a great thing going on and that it would be a shame to lose it’s spontaneous open house approach but this is long overdue and we need to protect ourselves from liability. I believe this will be good for us and hope you all agree and will continue to want to be a part of this great community group we have started. We would nice to no longer have to hide from the proclamation that we are not a club. I suggest if we are in agreement, to celebrate this move with a name change to, “The Northumberland Hills Cycling Club”
If I get enough response I will begin to submit the documents this week. I need this resolved prior to our “Bike Week” beginning May 28th 2011.