The Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association (FWMBA) is a an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes responsible mountain biking and is dedicated to advocating for, building, and maintaining sustainable mountain bike trails in and around Fort Worth, Texas.
We are a grass-roots community of Mountain Biking Enthusiasts of all skill levels from all backgrounds. We work hard, we play hard, we ride hard, and we help each other to improve.
Since 2006 FWMBA members, supporters and volunteers have spent thousands of volunteer hours designing, building, and maintaining mountain bike trails at Marion Sansom Park and Gateway Park under an agreement with the City of Fort Worth that allows The Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association total responsibility for these trails.
In addition to trail work, FWMBA advocates for the sport of Mountain Biking through interaction with City of Fort Worth departments and representatives, Tarrant County departments and representatives, and State of Texas departments and representatives. The Fort Worth City Council has dedicated a special presentation and recognition to FWMBA for the volunteer hours donated and the Fort Worth Police Department has issued a Letter of Endorsement to FWMBA.
FWMBA also strives to engage and educate the community regarding responsible mountain biking and all things outdoors via regular public Meetings, multiple public Mountain Biking Events, regular public FWMBA Group Rides, public Mountain Biking Clinics, and robust Social Networking. We want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy our sport!
FWMBA is funded through membership dues, donations, partner grants, and fund-raisers.
The Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association is recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, 501c3 non-profit organization, so your contributions are tax deductible.
The Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association would not be possible without direction, and that direction is provided by an all-volunteer Board of Directors elected by current FWMBA members every year, as well as Board Appointees for key positions within FWMBA.
I. Membership: The Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association (FWMBA) is open to anyone who has paid their annual membership dues, but is intended particularly for mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
II. Membership Dues: Annual membership dues shall be $30.00 USD per individual or $35.00 USD for a family and shall be for 12 months from the date the payment is received by FWMBA. Membership dues paid in advance for two year membership shall be $50.00 USD per individual or $60.00 USD for a family and shall be for 24 months from the date the payment is received by FWMBA. Membership dues paid in advance for three year membership shall be $70.00 USD per individual or $85.00 USD for a family and shall be for 36 months from the date the payment is received by FWMBA.
III. Board of Directors: (hence forth to be identified as the Board). Officers of the Board shall be: a. President: The President shall be the principal executive officer of the Board and shall supervise and direct the business and affairs of the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association. The President will sign legal documents or agreements entered into by the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association with any private or public body or entity and perform any other duties prescribed by the Board. b. Vice President: In the absence of the President or in the event of the President’s inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting shall have all the powers and authority of the President. The Vice President shall also perform other tasks or duties that are assigned by the President or the Board. c. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds of the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association; receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association from any source whatsoever; and deposit all such monies in the name of the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association in such banks or other financial institution. The approved bank or financial institution will be selected by a majority vote of the Board at each January’s Board meeting for that calendar year. The Treasurer is also responsible for the fulfillment of all necessary requirements, reports and actions to maintain the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association’s non-profit status with the governing bodies and the community. The Treasurer shall also perform other tasks or duties that are assigned by the President or the Board. d. Secretary: The Secretary shall be the custodian of the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association’s records; create and distribute meeting minutes of the Board, Executive Committee and Fort Worth Mountain Biking Association meetings in a timely manner; be responsible for distribution of all notices; and will surrender, within 30 calendar days, all records to the newly elected person after official elections have taken place. The Secretary shall also perform other tasks or duties that are assigned by the President or the Board. e. Past President: At the pleasure of the current board, the past President may be asked to serve in the position of Association Historian to assist in the transition of the newly elected Board members. The Past President shall also perform other tasks or duties that are assigned by the President or the Board.
IV. Term of Office: The term of the Officers shall run for a calendar year.
V. Election of Officers: Candidates for Officer of the Board of Directors will be a current member of FWMBA, in good standing, and may be either self-nominated or nominated by any Fort Worth Mountain Biking Association member. Officer elections shall be held each November to serve for the next calendar year. An election meeting can be either a special meeting or combined with a regular Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association members’ meeting. Voting may be in person or by proxy. Officers will be chosen by a majority of ballots cast or proxies submitted at the election meeting. All results are final.
VI. Executive Committee: The voting Executive Committee, henceforth known in this document as the Committee, shall consist of the Board members plus any director(s) or committee chairperson(s) deemed, by a majority of the Board, to be a position beneficial for this Committee to function effectively. The Committee shall develop standards relating to; the acquisition of public and private land for the development of and use as hiking and biking trails, using the IMBA guidelines; and any FWMBA sanctioned events.
VII. Quorum: All Committee meetings shall require a quorum of at least a majority of Committee members to be present to be considered an official meeting. Any Committee meeting that does not have a quorum will be adjourned and no business will be transacted.
VIII. Solicitation of Sponsorship: The Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association shall actively solicit sponsorship for the promotion of the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association’s activities to include: riding clinics, trail maintenance and construction workshops, and sanctioned races from business, organization and individuals wishing to support the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association.
IX. Dissolution: In the unlikely event that the Fort Worth Mountain Bikers Association becomes dissolved, all remaining assets shall be used to pay any remaining unpaid bills or reimbursement of expenses by any volunteer(s) to satisfy any indebtedness, any remaining funds will be donated to a non-profit mountain biking charity.
X. Operating rules of order: Any operational rule that is not detailed in these by-laws shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Procedures.