“Reflecting back on my first year as V.P Racing, I am very proud of our team’s accomplishments in 1997 and equally proud of the successful evolution the program has achieved this year. First and foremost, cohesion has returned between the team and touring bodies — we are again one club.
“Secondly, two squads — road and off-road — now coexist and thrive within our team. Among other highlights, a mission statement was developed and adhered to, several new sponsors were brought on board, our numbers grew from 17 last winter to 50 at the time of this writing, a new junior program is in the making — not to mention that our team’s racing results were unprecedented! I would be remiss to believe that any one of these accomplishments were of my doing only — many, many people were involved, and most would not have happened without the team’s association with the strength and good name of the LBC.
“There is still work that I need to finish with your help in 1998. I intend to work with the V.P. of Education on developing new skills-enhancement and cross-training seminars and other educational programs. I would also like to work with the V.P. of Communications on marketing and in improving membership numbers through club visibility. I also will focus on obtaining new sponsors and keeping our present supporters by working closely with them so that the team may fulfill their needs. To ensure that the team will continue to prosper into the millennium and beyond, I will endeavor to recruit new coaches to assist in the future development of the racing program who will work with present team members as well as new riders wanting to try racing for the first time. I also will strive to find a successor for my position who is knowledgeable and committed to the sport, our racing program and the club. Please do not hesitate to come forward if you would like to pitch in on any of these activities.
“Words cannot describe how much I have enjoyed working with the dedicated, energetic members of the 1997 Executive Committee, nor can I adequately thank the LBC for its unfettered support of me and its racing team. I hope that I can continue to give back to the sport and the club I love in the years to come.”