I'd like to thank everyone who has been a member/contributor/supporter and friend of Decorah Human Powered trails while I've been the President of the Organization. As some of you already know and some may not, I've accepted a position with the University of Wisconsin Platteville and I am now a resident of Wisconsin. Unfortunately, I don't foresee myself being able to fulfill my duties as president of the DHPT organization living this far away. It would be taxing on me, and difficult to do the job that the organization deserves. 2011 was one of the busiest years for DHPT to date, with many purchases, fund raising drives and events, parade floats, a paid trail position, and community service work just to name a few successful activities.
As I have to step back from this organization, I have been reflecting on why we started DHPT in the first place. The #1 goal in founding DHPT was simple: To preserve the right for Decorah's local bicyclist to enjoy the Decorah Park systems. We've grown and we've managed to squeeze a lot more than that into our list of accomplishments, but I would ask everyone to keep in mind that the #1 priority going forward should remain keeping the Decorah Parks and Trail Systems open to local Bicyclists, Runners, Hikers and Walkers.
Deke has laid out a well worded e-mail with the direction DHPT needs to take. There has been a lot of work done a small number of people in the organization for some time. We need your help and participation to keep it going and to keep our trails open.
The January DHPT meeting will be held on Tuesday January 17th at the
Oaks. Please note the change of date.
You are receiving this e mail because you have expressed interest in
participating in in DHPT activities and projects.
Well, this meeting will give you the chance to make a difference. On
January 17th, we will be discussing and setting the schedule for the
up coming year.
Items on the agenda will include, and will not necessarily limited to
the following topics.
1. Election of officers. For a variety of reasons, none of the current
officers will be running for office. If you you have an interest in
contributing to the future direction of DHPT, feel free to run for one
of the officers.
2. Signing up for projects and events for the upcoming year. For the
last couple of years, every thing has been done by the same few
people. Consequently, things seem to have fallen into a rut. We are
looking for fresh ideas from any body who has them. If no one wants to
take a project on it would follow that they project is not worth
We will need leaders for the following projects:
1. Sponsor ship drive. This will include letters to prospective
sponsors, following up on the responses, collecting logos, sending out
thank you letters, updating the kiosk sponsor sheet and sending out
sponsor appreciation plaques. This would work best with 2 people to
spread out the work. The time frame for this job will be getting out
letters in April, updating the kiosks in June and getting letters and
plaques out in the fall.
2. Race and event promotions. This position will be the point person
for the Time Trials, Dirt Burger and Night Race. This will include
determining courses, working with Park and Rec, and organizing
3. A paid trail position which will run from April to September. This
will be the third year we have had this position. Last year Jim Tripp
put in about 100 hours of work. Compensation is $2000.00 for the whole
4. Volunteers to run a Tuesday night club event. This could be any
thing from time trials to enduros to orienteering to whatever you
think would be fun. Bring your ideas and be creative. Any thing goes,
and it is not limited to our trail system. Think about Yellow River,
La Crosse or Rochester.
5. Contributors to the blog and web site. The blog and web site get a
lot of traffic. Let people know what you have to say.
We will be providing a sign up sheet for the above jobs.
See you on the 17th.