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Great Turnout for Public Relations Committee Initial Meeting !
Wow! We had 17 people come out for our initial Public Relations Committee meeting. It's great to see that many people want to get involved with the Tarheel Trailblazers. Thanks to Chairman Chris Fernandez and Secretary Mike Weiss for volunteering to head up the PR Committee. Here's a summary of the sub-committees that we agreed on forming and their initial goals:

#1) Trailblazer Brochure Group
Goal: To produce a comprehensive brochure explaining the Trailblazer mission (To provide the best possible opportunities to enjoy mountain biking and promote responsible and safe practices in environmental conservation, trail construction, trail maintenance and riding) (from our by-laws), give basic maps and/or directions to our main trails (Renaissance, Historic Tuckasegee Ford Park "Catawba", North Mecklenburg Park, and Col. Francis J. Beatty Park), Illustrate our our co-partners (Dirt Divas, Park and Rec., Charlotte Sports Cycling, etc.) and provide a membership application form. Other important aspects may be added as determined by the group and as space allows.
Volunteers:
Neal Boyd
Pel Deal
Bart Stetler

#2 Park and Rec. Presentation Group
Goal: To prepare a presentation for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission that explains our mission, gives detailed information and statistics about mountain bike trail usage, and gives quantitative information about volunteer man hours and our club budget.
If this can be prepared in hard copy form as well as in a Powerpoint type presentation, that would be GREAT.
Volunteers:
Dan Alion
Jack Crouch
Dennis Davidson
Mark Leach
Mike Lee
Brian Malec
Jan Campos
Anna Herrnstein

#3 Promotion and Survey Group
Goals: To distribute the new brochurees to bike shops, trailheads, races and other cycling events, and to create a survey that will gather meaningful data about cyclists in our area for addition to the Park and Rec. Presentation. Survey info may be gathered at trailheads and events, or from online survey to be set up on the website.
Volunteers:
Bethanne Mascilak
Jon Wannemuehler
Andrea Rios
Mike Weiss
Red Miller

#4 Commission Meeting Attendees
Goals: To report cycling related happenings at Parks Commission meetings to our membership, to improve the Trailblazers' image with the Park and Rec. Commission, and to initiate the process of ammending the master plans for Renaisance Park and Beatty Park (and possibly North Mecklenburg Park if necessary) to include mountain biking. We should all help this group by reporting any Commission meetings that we read or hear about that relate to cycling to them. That may include budget related County Commission meetings that are upcoming.
Volunteers:
Dennis Davidson
Chris Fernandez
Mark Leach
Brian Malec
Jan Campos

If anyone else is interested in volunteering for any of these groups in the PR Committee, please contact Chairman Chris Fernandez at chrisfernandez@parkerpoe.com or myself, Frank Pietras at mntainbike@aol.com , and we will be glad to place you into one or more of your preferred groups of the PR Committee.

We would like to thank these volunteers for showing their interest and willingness to help raise mountain biking in the Charlotte area to the next level!
Frank Pietras
President, Tarheel Trailblazers



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