From D. Miles:
The California Outdoor Rollersports Association has been going through a metamorphosis. We are now a non profit corporation registered with the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service. Any day now we will receive our tax exemption determination letter from the IRS. We are now ready to move forward and carrying out a plan to reinvigorate skating in the San Francisco area and California.
I have officially stepped down as C.O.R.A. President. At the last Board of Directors meeting a new President of C.O.R.A. was elected. Congratulations to Chris Duderstadt. He has long been a strong advocate for skating and will be a great President. Lainie Monsef was elected as Vice President. Both will serve the skating community very well. I have not quit the organization. I will continue to serve as Executive Director of the organization. The direction of the nonprofit will be determined by the President and the Board of Directors. As Executive Director, I will carry out the tasks set forth by the Board.
C.O.R.A. is basically starting over with a new effort to develop new skaters. In order to do this, we need support from those of you that would like to be a partner with us as we move forward. We are putting together a new C.O.R.A. membership package. We will be able to serve you discounted prices on skates, wheels, bearings and other skate equipment. It is your membership in this organization and your support for this effort that will help bring more people both young and old into our community of skaters.
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One of the problems with promoting skating is there are no sponsors willing to help with cash support. Product is fine, but you can't pay permits fees with it. C.O.R.A. has decided to suspend the California Cup Inline Racing Series for one year. That means we will NOT be presenting the Greg Levien 50 Kilometer Memorial Roadskate, the Crystal Springs Inline Marathon or the GodFather's 100 Kilometer Challenge in 2008. These events will be back in 2009. We will take 2008 and build up our resources. We plan to raise enough money in 2008 to present a proper Cal Cup Series in 2009. We will be self sufficient. We will purchase our own chip timing system and help other groups to become self sufficient as well as new skater groups become allied with our efforts.
We will present the Napa Valley Inline Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday July 13, 2008. We have a new course on the Silverado Trail between Oak Knoll Road and Oakville Cross Road. This is a much smoother portion of the Silverado Trail. We are thinking of presenting the "Do You Know The Way To San Jose Roadskate" this summer It's 50 miles and focuses on skating as alternative transportation.
We are doing a massive PR campaign for C.O.R.A. through the Skate Against Violence Campaign and Roadskate. I am finalizing plans for the SAV Roadskate as we speak. Here are the names of those who are planning to skate with us. We will post the route so people who live along the route can join us for a while. I am putting together a webpage complete with skater bios. Here is who is going so far:
1. Michelle Knowels
2. Mike Riddle
3. Ming Lee
4. Jonathan Seutter
5. Michael Garvin
6. Tom Vick
7. Jack Fong
8. Chris Bohren
9. Robert Motta Jr.
10. Robert Wurgaft
11. John McKnight
12. Barrie Hartman
Much like the guy in "Jaws" when he said, "We're gonna need a bigger boat", we're getting bigger RV's. We are promoting a big roller disco fundraiser on April 5 at ISA High School. http://www.cora.org/SAVParty2008.htm
The school donated the gym for the party free to show their support for us. I think realistically we can raise $3,500 towards the skate through that event. I am trying to do another event on Sat. April 12. Maybe an all girl roller derby game.
Any little donation helps!!! C.O.R.A. has a tax ID number where the donation is tax deductible. http://www.active.com/donate/SkateAgainstViolence
This is no joke. We have what it takes to make something happen for skating in a big way. We are going to reinvigorate skating. Don't be a poser. Don't wait for someone to do it for you. They won't. Get involved and truly show some support for this effort.
D. Miles Jr.
California Outdoor Rollersports Associationhttp://www.cora.org