President's Page - December 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018

President’s Page

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. It has been a very hard year for cycling. First, more rain than we usually see in two years and it always seemed to be here on the weekends. Now, the cold and wind. It’s enough to get me thinking about spending more time in warmer climes!

Thanks go out to Anne Hyman who put together an excellent program at the Annual Meeting. If you were not able to make it, you missed out on an excellent talk by local USA Cycling coach and Team USA silver medal world champion Christina Dorrer. A special thank you to our Annual Meeting sponsors, Team in Training and Fast Track Sports Medicine & Performance Center.

One of the highlights for me at the Annual Meeting was hearing from the members present. We asked for your ideas on what the Potomac Pedalers should be. The ExCom and I want to know what you think is good, what you think needs improvement, and what you would like us to highlight as we continue to move forward in the twenty-first century. We heard several great ideas. Check your email for an invitation to participate in a survey where the ExCom will continue to seek your ideas.

The members present at the Annual Meeting were able to vote for the new members of the ExCom. As Stephen King said and Peter Allen co-wrote with Carole Bayer Sager, “everything old is new again.” There were three ExCom members who volunteered to run again and all three were re-elected. The 2019 ExCom will be as follows:





Bob Bernstein


Vice President, Special Events

Anne Hyman


Vice President, Operations

Deb Reynolds


Vice President, Century




Warren Farb


At-Large Member 2016-2017

Ed Hazelwood


Recording Secretary

David Whitaker



Kudos and thanks to outgoing ExCom members Sallie Williams, Mary Ann Breunig, and Stephanie Tsacoumis. Their selfless time and efforts on your behalf made your Club better and my job easier. Sally especially went out of her way in organizing the Backroads Century. It is a shame that we got “Florenced.” Whomever picks up the reins for next year will have an easier time due to the inroads Sally made with Shepherd University and the town of Shepherdstown.

Next up, besides the cold weather rides on the schedule, is the Volunteer Party. If you have volunteered and worked during 2018 to help the Club at an event, lead a ride, or served on one of the volunteer committees, you are cordially invited to attend the Volunteer Dinner in January. We are working on a venue and date but expect this to be a fully catered affair. We hope that you attend as the Club’s thank you for your part in making our Club the best in the country.

Thank you and keep the rubber side down.

Bob B.


PS. If you left a Tupperware top, gingerbread cookie glass plate, or serving spoon at the Annual Meeting, please contact me so we can arrange their return. (

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