Wanted: NER Database Developer

Thanks for all the responses from the request for help listed below! A few people have kindly offered their services so we’re hopefully off to a great start. Please contact Eva if you think you have more to add.

New England Randonneurs has grown a great deal in the past four years and we’re finding that we’ve outgrown our current system of managing event registrations, membership, and results via a series of spreadsheets. In 2012 we’ll have a number of new routes, a new Fleche destination, a new RBA, and hopefully a new way of managing our event information as well.

To that end NER is looking for one or two volunteers with database and web development experience to help us create a simple DB to replace our spreadsheets. We’re not looking for anything fancy — just a basic web interface for entering and displaying the information we collect before each event. We don’t care what language (PHP, Perl, Python, etc) or DB is used to create this application so it’s pretty much up to the volunteer who takes on this project. A few of the NER board members have experience in this field and can give advice and answer questions.

If this sounds like a project you’re interested in please contact our Treasurer Eva Papp using the contact form.

We know this is a big project for a volunteer so we’ll try to give whoever helps us with this project some additional perks as well. Thanks!

Portland Fleche – Register Now!

This year the Fleche will be going to Portland, ME to give our northern NE riders a chance to finish closer to home and provide new challenges for the southern NE riders. For those coming from the Boston area, you can take the Amtrak Downeaster train back to boston with your bike for a few extra dollars.

The application and info can be found on the 2012 Fleche Info Page.

The application is due on May 1st so start planning your route and team now. Email Fleche Organizer Jake with questions.

NER Members Ride Free!

We’re pleased to announce that NER has revised the Membership policies to show our appreciation to the volunteers who make NER events possible and to encourage more people to help out. Starting in 2012 we’re waiving the entry fee for all events for NER Members. All we ask is that members inform the ride leader or RBA of your intention to ride the event by the preceding Tuesday.

As in the past, NER Membership is only available to those who are willing to volunteer for at least one event. Volunteer duties include staffing a control, leading an event, verifying the route cue, delivering supplies, etc. While many volunteer duties preclude riding on the day of the event, volunteers can pre-ride an event up to two weeks in advance and still receive RUSA/ACP credit.

In addition to agreement to volunteer, a 2012 NER membership cost $25.

To become a Member, download and fill out the Membership Form (PDF) and mail it with a check.

In early March a form will be posted here to allow Members to let the Boston and Vermont ride leaders know if you are planning on riding an event.

Membership Fine Print: If you aren’t able to commit to volunteering on at least one event, please do not apply to become a member. The membership discount is only good for member themselves, not their spouse, children, etc. The Fleche entry fee still applies unless all team members are also NER members. Members who do not notify the ride leader or RBA on the Tuesday before an event will be asked to pay the day-of registration surcharge of $5/$10.