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New president takes helm of WORCA

Club posts strong year with membership, funds raised



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Hellinga also said it was encouraging to see the growth in youth members to 154.

This year Hellinga will be replaced by Andrew Mitchell (the author of this article), who has held the Director of Web position for the past two years.


Director of Public Relations

John Blok stepped down as the Public Relations Director after two years to focus more time on training for triathlons, but not before a short speech where he credited members and directors for making WORCA work, and encouraged members to get involved with the board. Blok was replaced by Paul Ruiterman.


Director of Freeride

Lena Martin stepped down as Director of Freeride after thanking Whistler-Blackcomb and others for their help putting on the Phat Wednesday races, and Cross-Country Connection and coaches Jerome David and Matt Ryan for coaching a series of riding clinics over the summer. She will still attend events to take pictures for the website.

Katherine Mulvihill will rejoin the board as the new director.


Director of Treasury

Sue Clark stepped down as WORCA Treasurer after one year, noting that WORCA is finishing the year with a healthy balance of $18,580.10. Most of that money is earmarked for youth, although some insurance payments and trail work invoices are still pending.

While the association is still on strong footing, Clark noted that insurance continues to increase while membership fees have been frozen for the past two years. Insurance costs are now almost two thirds of the cost of a membership. If rates continue to rise, she said, WORCA will need to raise membership prices to ensure the association is still generating enough revenue to cover operating costs and commitments to trails.

Clark was replaced on the board by James Brooks.