The Non-Club turning into a Club

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.
Randy Albon
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7 Responses to The Non-Club turning into a Club

  1. Ken says:

    Great idea as today you never know. It is to bad but that is life these days.
    I will join but will be laid up for a while as I need a knee operation. Just got the word today and after looking up all the long words I agree with what the Doctor said. ” it looks like a dog went in and chewed on you knee for a while”. To bad as the winter riding in Florida went so well and it was when I got back I screwed it up again, guess what moving snow. Send along any info and where to send the cheque.
    I am keeping to under 30 K right now so hope to be up to speed later in the season.

  2. Brian Hedney says:

    A great idea, Randy – especially since folks such as I who already belong to an OCA club only have to pay the OCA dues once!
    I plan to join t he group again when I return from these southern parts.

  3. Dan Knight says:

    I agree Randy, that an OCA affiliation is a necessary step and is a good move. I’d be happy to be a member of ‘The Northumberland Hills Cycling Club’. Thanks to you and Anita for bringing this essential ‘next step’ forward. Your enthusiasm, energy, and leadership directed at building a local cycling group is very much appreciated!

  4. I too think it is a good idea, especially since this would allow members from the new club to participate in some of the GFW rides (three per season I believe) and vice-versa.

  5. nhcycling says:

    For anyone who is interested in participating in the formation of the Club, there’s a meeting on Monday night (the 18th at 6:00pm) at the Mill restaurant. There will be an official announcement of the meeting in the next day or so, complete with an agenda, a link to the necessary OCA reading material, and an open invitation for all to attend. Keep your eye on the website for the info.

  6. Glen says:

    I am planning on joining also and think this insurance is a good idea!

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