Racing Volunteerismby Dave Stewart
I had a friend in the Army who won a medal for valor. His name was Rat Towery. When we were in Vietnam, Rat retrieved a wounded comrade while under enemy fire. To risk your own life for another is the ultimate in volunteerism. Fortunately, most of us dont have to volunteer in that fashion. But we each have many other opportunities to establish a legacy with our name on it.
Whether you look at the success of the 2000 OKHT, the large number of touring rides we have throughout the year, or the part the Club plays in helping shape local advocacy issues, the presence of volunteers stand out. Without each of us who volunteer, the Club would be less than the organization we all know today and might not exist at all. With the help of each new volunteer, the Club can continue to aid the growth of cycling as a sport, a way of life, and a force in our community.
When I became the VP of Racing, it was with the knowledge of how little I will accomplish on my own. Our racing program must, as required by the other Club programs, grow beyond where it is now. Im prepared to lend my own time, talents and vision to head up a group of people who share my love for cycling in general and racing in particular so that our racing program can grow to benefit more cyclists. What do I think this group of volunteers and I can accomplish? My plan is that we emphasize the following efforts:
You can be an integral part of the Racing Team without racing. You can promote bike competition without getting on the course. You can make a difference that will be felt for years to come.
Interested? Call me or e-mail me (502-636-3297 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Check in at the new Racing Team email list, LBCracing@egroups.com.
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