Start at Mile Zero
Mile Zero is where it all begins - the vision, the plan and the adventure. Most of all, the benefits. MZTA seeks members and volunteers who are dedicated to excellent results for trail users and trail communities.
Be a Member
Inaugural Members - Members who join before June 30, 2018 will be the organization's Charter Members. Those who join before January 31, 2019 will be the Inaugural Members.
General Members - Members who join after January 31, 2019 will be General Members. Further possible membership divisions (e.g. Student or Family) will be determined and approved in the appropriate process by the membership and board of directors.
Members may be involved in a Chapter Organization, as most will likely join through a local Chapter, but it is not required.
Be a Volunteer
There are many volunteer needs and opportunities. Some are described below.
Committees - Volunteers are needed to lead the committees that will establish Chapter Organizations. Other committees may be suggested and organized. They may plan a charitable function, visitor facility or competitive cycling event.
Chapter Organizations - As Chapters are established, members may join and take on volunteer roles. Chapter Organizations will generally serve trail communities, though they may also be established in other locations to achieve specific purposes, like establish a facility or send kids to camp.
Camp Committees - Camp Committees may be formed by a Committee Chair and several interested participants to organize a fundraising activity, like "Camp Dinner", a fairly simple program to provide scholarships for students to attend camp.
Be a Board Member
Directors - The Board of Directors will be developed from the organization's membership.
Advisors - Advisory Board members may be volunteers or MZTA members. They should originate from a wide variety of interests and professional backgrounds to demonstrate the breadth of the organization's benefits and impacts. They engage the widest array of communities in trail development and encourage participation in MZTA programs and other opportunities.
Whether as a member or interested traveler, follow information and guidance provided by MZTA and its Chapter Organizations about the parallel hiking, cycling and auto tour routes to have the best travel experience. Members will receive additional benefits, some of which will be special group travel and event opportunities.
Camping and outdoor experience provides valuable benefits for children.
Members or non-members may donate or arrange sponsorship above the regular membership fee to help the organization accomplish important goals, such as establish a permanent camp, provide disadvantaged children with scholarships, build facilities, promote local community activities, etc. Additional information will be provided.
Share Social Media
Join or promote the organization on social media. Links to MZTA's social media apps (like its Meetup group), media coverage, and internet pages will be included so they may be shared. Additional information will be provided.
MZTA is strictly a volunteer organization at this stage. It is expected to grow in the future to a level of impact and activity that will require more time and daily effort than volunteers may be able to give. A position for an experienced Executive Director is envisioned, along with Program Managers dedicated to specific program areas.
Students see the world differently when they have the opportunity to
experience what the world offers. Their quality of life, dedication
to education and interest in lifelong learning are improved.
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