Queenstown’s biggest club is planning a revamp of its structure to better empower its members.
With more than 1400 members, a swag of ambitious projects under its belt and more planned, the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s become a victim of its success.
At its annual meeting next Tuesday, members will consider changing the role of its committee to a governance group, more akin to a board of directors, to oversee the club’s hands-on work.
Club president Chris Conway says they’ve come to the realisation the club needs to evolve in order to achieve its vision and maximise the collective energy and expertise of its members.
“We’ve built to this point quite organically, through passion, but we’ve also come to a point where that model isn’t the right model for the future.
“This year’s been amazing for how much has happened, but it’s also shone a light on how we need to evolve.
“A lot of what we’ve done has fallen on the shoulders of a few, and we want to say ‘Queenstown, this is your club, and you can take ownership if you want to’.”
A lot has happened in the past year or two: regular riding and cultural events, plans for a Queenstown Bike Festival next February, the maintenance of existing trails and the building of new ones, such as the rebuild of Wynyard Jump Park and the opening of the Hot Rod trail on Coronet Peak.
This year the club wants to start building a new park on Queenstown Hill to replace the world-renowned Gorge Road jump park, while a revamp of its tracks and jumps at the Seven Mile scenic reserve is on the cards.
Conway says the committee went back to first principles, consulting a hand-picked group of members — representing a broad cross-section of the community — on a set of club values, or “core pillars”.
They’ll be presented and discussed at the meeting.
The big question for members is “how to get from where we are now to achieving our vision”.
“We’ve got really passionate people, both on the committee and outside it, but we don’t have a clear structure for where they can put their passion and skills to use to contribute to the club.
“Rather than having a few people getting paid for 40-hour-a-week jobs, we could have 40, or 100, or 200 roles within our club for which you could contribute two or three hours a week.”
Conway’s keen to hear from anyone who has governance experience and is interested in getting involved, before the meeting.
The meeting’s being held at Queenstown’s Holiday Inn Express on June 8.