I can address a few of those things.
Yes, we all get busy, but still somehow make ourselves available for the sport and club we love.
Croom used to be the left overs of enduro races. Now we have dedicated trails for mountain biking and a working relationship with the Forestery Service there. Helmets off to Wes, but he did not do it alone. There have been many heavy hitters who stood side by side with Wes. One of the clubs past presidents, Jim Flemming was very instrumental in bringing together all of the user groups - Forestry, Moto Cross, Equestrian, Hikers, Mountain Bikers - to the table, literally, and discuss ways to make the area user friendly for everyone.
Morris Bridge was at once just that - Morris Bridge. With the help of SWAMP and Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation WTA (Wilderness Trails Association) was born. SWIFTMUD was certain it was too big of a job for SWAMP to maintain so wanted a seperate side group to maintain the trails. WTA was headed up by members of SWAMP and almost alll WTA members were SWAMP members as well. Soon progress was made to connect the three parks (Flatwoods, Trout Creek and Morris Bridge) together. Remember not being able to ride your bikes across the river at Trout Creek? New trails were developed to make the connection make sense, and reroutes were done on the over used Morris Bridge side. Many a volunteer came out to make SWAMP shine.
In 1995 Hillsborough County approached SWAMP about building trails at Balm-Boyette. Soon 16 miles of trails sprouted up and this was good. It had always been a chore to get more than 7 people to volunteer on the trail days. Management at the Bell Creek office has been traditionally hands off with help, so it ALL landed squarley on the shoulders and backs of the few who came out and showed an interest. Julianne North and Jim Flemming, for the longest time, ran things there with the very helpfull backing of Wes Eubank. But this being the type of volunteer job that can burn a person out they soon passed the reins to another. He was a stubborn sort when it came to the word NO. And pushed, pulled, prodded and tugged to get volunteers involved and the land managers too. Still working on the land managers to a lesser degree. Red tape is debilitating.
So, yes, with Wes's leadership we have an awesome assortment of trails to choose from within an hours drive, but he did not and could not do it alone; and we collectively cannot hold it all together giving everyone what they want. Ultimately it comes down to - if you want it, come out and help make it so. That is pointed out in 600 directions in hopes of hitting it's mark somewhere. With more volunteers the work seems like less of work and more of enjoying the fruits of our own labor.
It's mighty difficult to make a once a month meeting for the general membership to attend, but we can look at once a quarter having a meeting at say Trout Creek. There is pavillion facilities there to be able accomodate this, and it is probably more convenient of a location than anywhere else. More on this later.
I agree, SWAMP is about volunteering. SWAMP is about having having great trails to ride. SWAMP is about having these opportunities for all on a daily basis. Huge thanks to all who have given of their time.