From the Presidentby Earl Jones
You couldn’t help thinking that the season had gone to the dogs as we celebrated the 2001 season at the annual awards banquet on December 1. Not that it wasn’t a successful season. In fact, based on any number of indicators it was one of the most successful seasons in years. But dogs were very much in evidence. And, they were mad.
About 110 club members and guests attended the club’s annual meeting as we elected officers, honored the accomplishments of individual riders and expressed our appreciation to the many volunteers who make LBC the best cycling club in the Upper South.
First, about the mad dogs. One of the mad dog leaders, Mike Pitt, was named Ride Captain of the Year. Another, Eddie Doerr, was the Racing Program Volunteer of the Year. Still another, Adrian Freund, was Advocacy Volunteer of the Year. And mad dog riders took honors as Top Young Rider of the Year (Michelle Sarson), Most-improved Riders (Pam Thaler and Joe Kinsinger) and Education Program Volunteer of the Year (Steve Sarson). The contribution of the mad dog leaders to the riding season was recognized by the Club’s contribution to the Kentucky Humane Association (see sidebar).
But the evening wasn’t all about dogs. The racing team honored four team members: James Rockhold “won” the Racing “Skull” award and James Whaley was the Most-Improved Racer. Top honors went to Chris Heintz, the Male Racer of the Year, and Lisa Schaftlein, the Female Racer of the Year.
The touring program Yellow Jersey awards for outstanding individual mileage went to Adrian Freund, who racked up 5016 miles in the season, and Heather McLaughlin, with 2884. The Masters Jerseys awarded to highest-mileage riders 50 years and older, went to Bill Pustow, with 4480 season miles, and Ellen hall, with 1489.
The other top volunteers were Kathy Schmitt, who co-directed this year’s the most successful ever Old Kentucky Home Tour; and Ellen Mueller, the Touring Program Volunteer of the Year, who, according to VP racing Alan Darby, was a full partner in running the touring program. Eleven club members were recognized with LBC-logo wear for their overall volunteer leadership efforts: Joe Argabrite, Tim Chilton, Ellen Hall, Ken Hoff, Lynn Luking, Bernice Martin, John Martin, Lewis Miller, Marilyn Mostch, John Paul, John Samways, and Pam Thaler.
Finally, the LBC Volunteer of the Year is Steve Sarson. Steve was recognized for his leadership of the Education Program during the absence of VP. He has also been a wonderful mentor to new and beginning riders. Steve’s helpful and welcoming demeanor is an example for all of us and the key to continued LBC growth.
Please join me in congratulating all the award winners and thanking the volunteers for their contributions. Of course the best thanks you can give to the volunteers is to follow their example by becoming a club volunteer and leader next season. Can you keep riding and do less?
Happy New Year and have a great 2002 season.
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