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President's Page - May 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

I hope that this finds you all enjoying the pleasures of your wheeled, human powered conveyances regardless of the number of wheels; regardless whether you are leaning forward, sitting upright, or sitting back; regardless of whether you are wearing spandex or a tee shirt and jeans. I gave over this column the past few months to your Vice Presidents so that they could share with you the outstanding work that is being accomplished in their areas. I am going to take the column back and discuss a few items that cross all boundaries of Club administration.

I want to welcome Jamie Geraghty and the other members of the Cumberland Valley Bicycle Club (CVBC) to the Potomac Pedalers. Their club has had difficulty finding volunteers to run their club and other problems. Basically, they are experiencing the same problems that we are facing but with more members, we are better able to mitigate. With CVBC members posting rides, our large geographic area has grown. The good news is that there is the potential for leading or attending rides in a large and diverse region. The bad news is that it may be more difficult to sort through the listings to find the ride you want that does not entail a long drive. The ExCom is looking into ways to make looking for rides easier so stay tuned.

Speaking of posting rides, we had a bit of a problem with the website. Our new support contractor found two causes to the problems and fixed them. The inability to post rides would have been a minor inconvenience had rides been posted a week or two in advance of the ride date. Unfortunately, many wait until the last minute to post rides. Given our liberal ride cancellation policy, I do not understand why people wait until late in the week to post rides for the weekend. I long for the days when I could plan my entire month of riding at the beginning of the month. I ask all members to consider leading a ride. Pick a date and post the ride. Place weather related caveats in your ride listing so potential attendees know what to expect. The Club exists for you but also depends upon you.

In other news, many Special Events including Lewes Delaware Weekend and Spring Thaw 2019 are open for registration and have been showing a strong turnout. Other rides are planned to include the extremely popular Longwood Gardens Ride. Our popular Membership Rides centered in Nokesville and Black Hills Regional Park have seen diminishing turnout. In order to address this, we are looking at new venues to entice more members and potential members to join us, not “in the thrill of victory” but in the thrill of the ride…and the post ride!

The new Co-Chair for the Backroads Century, Margaret McBride and Dalis Davidson, have done an outstanding job of planning. There are still a few holes that they would like filled in the administration of the century. The most critical need is a Volunteer Coordinator. If you like people and would like to help, please contact Margret, Dalis, myself (rbernstein55@yahoo.com, “Volunteer” in Subject Line) or on the website to volunteer for this need. And mark 22 September on your calendar for the Back Roads Century. Better yet, plan to ride with us on our warm up ride on 21 September and join us for dinner that night to prepare for the century the next day.

I also want to start earlier this year to solicit for ExCom nominations for the Year 2020 and nominations for the special awards that the Club gives for those going above and beyond. More on each of these in the coming months. Until then, don’t wait until November to submit your nominations. Keep track of ride leaders who go the extra mile, new ride leaders who espouse the traits of an extraordinary ride leader and that new ride that was just so beautiful, you did not want it to end.

Thank you and keep the rubber side down.

Bob B.

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