I know what you are thinking. “I do not have the time to read a 25-page document.” Well, you might want to take a look at this one. If you have a valid USAC license and live in MO, race for a club or team, and/or are a race director or promoter I would pay close attention to the sections pertaining to membership, voting, BAR, and event scheduling. There have been some changes to the way we have facilitated these procedures in the past.
Monday, September 8, 2014, at the monthly MOBRA meeting, the FINAL by-laws will be submitted and there will be a NO or YES approval vote taken. Last month, the board and MOBRA membership in attendance went through the draft and made changes and approved the changes. September’s vote is for making them LAW. After it is approved, the voting members can amend the document later. Or if it isn’t approved then we will have to make the changes and try the vote again. As it stands, the way we vote currently, is ONE member from a team/club votes. It is hard to use attendance at these meetings as a barometer to gauge YOUR interest level simply because not many people attend. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THIS! Positive change is happening. Please show an interest and be a part of it. Come to the meetings. Share your voice and let’s continue to grow cycling and racing in MO together. I would suggest reading the by-laws here or printing a copy and let your club/team Rep know how you feel so they can come to the meeting and vote. Thank you for your involvement.
Will you get a call-up at Gateway Cup?
Check the standings:
1. The Women’s 4 race at Edwardsville this Saturday is changed to meet MOBAR criteria to a Women’s 3/4 race. The other Women’s category will be a Women’s open race.
2. It has been announced today, the Otterville RR has been canceled.
Calling all USAC MOBRA members. If you have a USA Cycling license and live in MO then you are a member of MOBRA. The Missouri Bike Racing Association. MOBRA meetings are held usually every second Monday of the month. MOBRA took 2 months off this summer to get ready for what will be a HUGE year for MOBRA in 2014/2015. Monday’s main meeting topic will be the updated and proposed NEW by-laws for which how MOBRA will operate moving forward. MOBRA has had by-laws listed on the website for quite some time; however, MOBRA has operated mostly under a completely different structure for at least the last two sessions. Most of the amendments in the current by-laws are simply out of date. This was something that has been desperately needed for several years.
The truth is, MOBRA isn’t just made up of 9 board members. It is made up of the several hundred licensed USAC riders that fall underneath its umbrella as members. You are the driving force behind what MOBRA does. Under the current by-laws, they state that ONE representative from each club or team gets a VOTE representing the majority for their team or club. Therefore, this meeting is designed as such that you get to print off the proposed changes, discuss prior to the meeting Monday, then attend the meeting and voice your concerns or praises for the changes. In SEPTEMBER, you will then vote on making these changes permanent unless the team or club reps feel a vote can be taken after discussion Monday.
The MOBRA meetings are held at Concordia Seminary, located at the following address:
801 Seminary Place
Sieck Hall (Building 21), 2nd Floor
St. Louis, MO 63105
For those of you that are in Columbia, Springfield and Kansas City we have a teleconferencing system for you to call into and still be a part of the meeting. The system has been upgraded a bit so the last few calls have gone pretty well. Don’t let the distance deter you from getting involved. A separate email will be sent to most of you in those areas with the call in number and passcode.
Just a note on the by-laws. Article 10 is about BAR. Best All-Around Rider competition. This is the only article in the changes that we have been currently using.
Attached are the changes. MOBRA Bylaws-May 12
Don’t be confused by the pending/cancelled permits on USA Cycling. The promoter for the Sedalia Criterium and the Otterville Road Race is working on combining the permit for both races into one event. Once the merge is complete, you will see one permitted event on USA Cycling that includes both races. They are both BAR races, so keep these Missouri favorites on your calendar!
MOBRA meetings for June and July will be cancelled for the summer. We will resume with meetings on the 2nd Monday in August.
Club voting members will be voting on new By-laws at the August meeting. Once By-laws are voted on and approved, new Board elections will be held per new by-laws.
If you haven’t signed up yet for the Ofallon Cup Criterium in Ofallon, MO, this coming Saturday, May 17, online registration is now open. This is a BAR race so you don’t want to miss it.
If you online register, race numbers and packets can be picked up Friday at Momentum Cycles in St. Peters, MO.