Thank You, Bob Bernstein! (President's Page)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
by Ed Hazelwood — Co-Acting President PPTC
It is worth it to note the many things that former president, Bob Bernstein, has contributed to our club over the years and to thank him for it.
With that I want to say a hearty thank you to Bob for his devotion to PPTC over the years and recognize many of his efforts.
Personally, I have always considered Bob my friend. We met in the early 2000s when I first started riding with the club, mostly on rides in Maryland.
Bob was one of the people I met very early in my association with PPTC. It started with joining Maryland rides he was leading. Before long he and others inspired me to take a crack at leading rides myself. I remember asking Bob for advice before signing up to lead my first ride out of Harwood. He showed up to watch the process and ride.
Bob has led many club rides over the years. One of his signature rides is the ride on Kent Island on the Eastern Shore. Flat and always a headwind.
After years as a ride leader Bob become more involved in PPTC becoming chairman the first time in 2012. The following year he also ran the Back Roads Century. A very challenging job. Bob has more than 15 years of involvement with the club in a variety of capacities such as:
  • Ride Leader (2003-Present)
  • MD B Ride Coordinator (2005-2010)
  • ExCom member (2209-2010)
  • Century Chair (2013)
  • Chair Elect (2011)
  • Chair, and President (2012, 2017-2019)
It’s a lot to ask of a person to devote that much of their time and energy to a volunteer organization. The key here is Bob really cares about PPTC. He also helped drive some of the development of the club. There are a number of things he is particularly proud of.
  • Creation of standardized "Policy Memos" to document ExCom decisions for future ExComs
  • Balancing the budget after years of overspending
  • Approval of a Club jersey (the one with the wheel on the back) and Club 50th Anniversary jersey
  • Participated as an Ex-officio member of Governance Committee. Suggested present ExCom organization
  • Ensured that vice presidents had not only the responsibility but the freedom to run their areas of responsibility
  • Created the first PPTC ExCom Nominating Committee
  • Revised the By Laws to bring the Club into compliance with DC law and modern realities
  • Created the first Backroads Century Guidebook (2013)
That’s a lot of the official stuff. But there is also the riding. For a while he was doing and then leading the Midweek Madcap ride where he met his first riding group. Glad to say I made it out to Greenbelt once to join him on that ride. Another ride with fond memories for Bob was the old Ivy Lane rides on Wednesdays. Bob says the most miles he ever did in a single day was the BBC ride in Chesterton where he rode 123 miles and followed it up with dancing. Says he slept the entire trip home. I personally recall Bob doing two centuries back to back. Seagull on Saturday followed by another out of La Plata on Sunday. I know because I was nuts enough to do it with him.
With that Bob, I just want to say thank you. See you on the road and as you are so fond of saying,.. Keep the rubber side down.
Ed Hazelwood
Co-Acting President PPTC



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