Wednesday, September 06, 2006

MCF vs. WiSport

[photo caption] WiSport racing at Shell Lake in 2004. That's a young Bjorn Selander in his Big Ring Flyers kit leading the pack through the sketchiest corner on the course. That also appears to be the "Flying Forehead" on Selander's wheel. (image courtesy ShellLakeOnLine.Com)

Timmer puts it out there. Check it out:

Butch Dushack (Member, WiSport Board of Directors):
News: We are almost at the end of another great season for Wisport. Our membership is at almost 300 members, our sponsors remain generous with their support of our club, and we are in pretty good financial shape. We have made some changes this year that seem to be doing well, and we have many inquires about new races for next year. There do remain some challenges for the club, but I think that the Club has the necessary talent and dedicated members that can and will address them.

I have been in Wisport for 17 of its 18 years of exsistence. When Dar took over from Jim, I started helping Dar and kind of ended up as Dar’s main helper (other than his family). When we lost Dar it seemed natural that I was the one in the best position to take over. I did, and with a lot of help from Gwen, Ken and the Board, we were able to continue in the best spirit of Wisport.

I am thinking it’s time for a planned change. Someone else should have the opportunity to work with this great organization and continue providing an outlet for the “normally obsessed”.

The Board is now considering what to do next. We think that this forum is perhaps a place for you to get your ideas to the Board. What will be the future for Wisport? Now is the time for you to have some meaningful input—the next managing director will come from within Wisport. What do you think is the best way to find that person? Is it You?

Response from Timmer:
whomever takes over I hope they continue to listen to the riders. I'm amazing that a voice on a simple forum can make changes for the better. this is WISPORT's strong point. it's the MCF's weak point. They require you to attend a meeting on a Monday night to vote on issues in person and the wrong people are taking the MCF in the wrong direction with only their personal interests in mind. WIPSORT's continued success and growth are the result of selflessness of its members and the board of directors. Good luck in finding someone to carry the torch you and Dar before you carried so well.


Blogger StevenCX said...

Meh. And even if you make the effort to attend after being told that the only way you'll be heard is to attend, they'd rather spend a half hour talking about 'public nudity' than listening to those who've made that effort, and shelf input until after the season well and it's too late to improve anything.

Thu Sep 07, 06:43:00 AM 2006

Blogger SickBoy said...

Timmer's post is more directed at one person than the mcf as a whole. Talk to him about it privately sometime, you'll understand. His post is not a reflection on the quality of the races, merely on the people in leadership positions.

stevencx, get real. You need to come to more than one meeting before you can start acting so self righteous.

Thu Sep 07, 10:58:00 AM 2006

Blogger (dis)pencer said...


Thu Sep 07, 11:28:00 AM 2006

Blogger AdamB said...


Thu Sep 07, 05:09:00 PM 2006

Blogger Skibby said...

what we need to do is take over the mcf. We need to get younger people with fresh ideas involved. If that doesn't pan out, we form a new organization. Silver Cycling and Loon State pretty much fund the MCF, if we formed our own race organization, the MCF would be neutered. We can change things...

Thu Sep 07, 10:30:00 PM 2006

Blogger (dis)pencer said...

wow, positive comment on a local blog!


mcf: prepare to be boarded, here be pirates!

Fri Sep 08, 07:48:00 AM 2006

Blogger d said...

but, what exactly would be different? being involved and making change is a huge commitment.
Trying to make a community of racers happy, impossible.
What direction would you want it to go?

Fri Sep 08, 10:04:00 AM 2006

Blogger Skibby said...

Spend less MCF money on banquets, conferences. Direct it towards helping promoters put on races. Laptops for officials, promoters to improve registration and results? Subsidize official costs for clubs putting on their first race? There's all sorts of things that can be done...

Fri Sep 08, 10:19:00 AM 2006

Blogger d said...

I agree with you on the banquet, but Bobke ruled that night.
laptops would not improve regisration or results, maybe standardize the format, but not improve. Series races that use computers, i still stand in line, which is fun, a great time to talk smack. If you want results, stay until the are posted. Helping promote races and helping new teams gettign started, thats a worthy cause.

Fri Sep 08, 01:01:00 PM 2006

Blogger Skibby said...

Laptops do improve registration and results, there are some other extenuating circumstances that slow things down. One day licenses slow down registration, and numbers pinned wrong slows down results...

Fri Sep 08, 02:44:00 PM 2006

Blogger Super Rookie said...

+1 for skibby

Fri Sep 08, 04:03:00 PM 2006

Blogger d said...

exactly, if you removed the human element, the computer would make it easier to register. And faster.
Unless you go to pre-registration, we are standing in line.

Sat Sep 09, 02:22:00 PM 2006


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