Here are the details for next Saturday's work party:
Date: Sunday, August 14th Time: 8:00AM Where: Horn Creek Trail - Lick Fork Recreation Area main entrance
All sections need attention - there are 5 sections in 6 miles If we get the volunteers we can mobilize both DR mowers and the three gas powered hedge trimmers Minimally we need 10 people for this work party We currently have 5 people who have committed Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help
It takes a lot of effort to set up the work parties, get all the equipment out there, get the work done and get it all back into storage again. It is critical to get enough volunteer help so we don't have to try to repeat work when we are short volunteers.
We need a spotter/lopper with every piece of equipment we mobilize (having extra loppers is ideal) - if you can walk you can be a spotter/lopper and help with this work party. If we have a good turnout of volunteers we can get in and hopefully get the work done and get out by noontime.
Bring your bike and do a round after the workparty - start thinking about putting that team together for the Baker's Dozen!
Enjoying working on our trails almost as much as I enjoy riding them.Not being able to work on the trails and riding very little compared to the past.Having a very busy schedule that needs to be planed a few months in advance,I was wondering is there any way that some work parties be planned a few months in advance, not a week or two.I think that if SORBA CSRA planned some work parties a few months in advance, that some people that would like to work could make plans, also have most of the work parties on Saturdays, because I know we have some church attending folks among us.Maybe some of us could attend more,that's not a guarantee that I could be at all,but would give me a chance at least to work it in.
Totally understand, the problem with planning them months in advance unless they are truly routine maintenance (some of the crossings on the Skinny for instance) we are often driven by the trail that needs it most once we start the final planning at about a month out.
Once we determine which trail needs the work, the core group of workers needs to be established - those at least four or five people that are experienced managing a crew of volunteers or can operate the equipment (and that can be counted on to show up once they commit) at that point the date and time are established.
Next we try to rally additional volunteers to step up and commit to the work party so we'll have enough people to get the work done - this number over the final couple of week period often changes.
We are short the number of people needed to have the work party this coming Saturday so at the meeting last night had the discussion and based on being able to pick up additional people the work party was changed to Sunday.
And of course you have the real last minute work party changer - the fickle Georgia weather.
Also understand that we do need volunteers to work the work parties but also know that we need members to join us even if they can't work the work parties at this point in their lives because their membership helps us in number of members when we are representing the local mountain biking community to the land managers and their membership dollars help keep our equipment maintained or replaced.
Post by clydesdale on Aug 11, 2011 22:09:19 GMT -5
THE AUGUST WORKPARTY HAS BEEN CHANGED TO SUNDAY the 14th.
Meet at the entrance intersection for Lick Fork Recreation Area at 8am. Stay tuned as time may slide to 8:30 depending on the early shift plans. I think we can get close to finishing trail prep for Baker's Dozen. Let me know if you have any questions.
The work party today went great - had 15 volunteers in two shifts (some stayed the whole morning - 6am until after 11am!) - all five sections of Horn Creek have now been mowed and lopped and are ready for wheels! Great job, thanks for the turnout!