The days grow shorter and the legs grow weary. Your riding companions gradually hang up their bikes and find another form of exercise for the winter months. It’s that time of year again. As I reflect on 1995 and look forward to the annual banquet, I feel good about the state of the Wheelmen. It has been a year of more rides, more miles, more diversity, more food, new faces, new education programs and new personal accomplishments. It has also been a year of significant transition with a new Executive Committee and new leadership for the Old Kentucky Home Tour. I want to thank all of you for the success we’ve enjoyed!
Now, back to the future. “At our last general meeting, some of our members expressed their desire to change the name of the club. There are those among us who feel that the name Louisville Wheelmen is somewhat ambiguous with regard to the club’s function. However, there are others who feel that the present name represents a long standing tradition in which they have a sense of pride.” Please make note of the quotation marks, because the preceding is an excerpt from the March-April 1985 issue of The Louisville Wheelmen. In that same issue, our own Dave Spitler made the case for a change of names. Then, in March 1985, the general membership voted 55 to 23 against a name change.
In January 1996, come to the general membership meeting, as we seek to get the sense of the membership on the name of the club. We’ll have a full and democratic discussion. I want to thank the more than 30 individuals who returned the informal club name ballot. Your informal vote was 31 in favor of change and 4 against. Many fine name suggestions were submitted.
Dave Spitler wants me to remind you that the Club Leadership Seminar (CLS) will not be held this February. Clubs in neighboring states are sponsoring similar programs and we’ve decided that we need to focus on other priorities in 1996. I hope to see all of you at the annual awards banquet on November 18. We plan on having a great time while we recognize all of the personal bests for 1995.
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