July-August 2003 Newsletter
From the President
by Earl Jones
Open Letter to Cave Hill MIAs
If you subscribe to the KyCyclist listserv,
you probably saw the posting by the
member who complained that this year's
LBC's Historical Bicycle Tour of Cave
Hill Cemetery was an invitation-only
event for Club volunteers. I'm sure he
was not the only disappointed LBC member
even though he was especially upset
because he missed last year's inaugural
tour. (You may remember that thunderstorms
threatened at the start of the ride.)
Here's some of what he said:
"The more I think about this, the more
questions come to mind. And, honestly, the
angrier I get. How was the decision made
that the Cave Hill tour would be "invitation
only" this year? Were there so many people
last year that crowd control was a major
issue? ... Or did the riders behave badly?
If that is the case, limiting the number of
riders does not solve the problem, it only
punishes the rest of us.
How many events does the LBC do that
are 'invitation only'? Does this mean that
there are really "two" (or more) clubs, the
public club and the private one(s)? What
criteria are used to allow people into the
I started to draft a response to his posting
but decided instead to answer the email in
Yes, dear subscriber, the Cave Hill tour
was a volunteers-only event this year.
How better to acknowledge volunteers'
contribution to the club than to make this
popular ride their special event — and
eliminate overcrowding in the process?
And, yes, there's only one Club and all
events are open to all members. But
sometimes you have to do more than just
show up. Start by getting "mugged " at
the annual awards banquet. That means
captaining at least 10 rides during the
season, heading a program or working on
an important LBC project such as the Old
Kentucky Home Tour, an advocacy project,
the racing team, etc.
I don't think that's too much to expect.
Many clubs reward volunteers with jackets
and other tangible items. We do some of
that, but we hope that activities that
create shared experiences and promote
camaraderie among the volunteers have
Our listserv subscriber closed with the
"I guess I could get off my lazy butt
and start volunteering for things for the
LBC. (A cynical person would speculate that
maybe that was Earl's plan from the
Maybe so. Anyway, we'll have more
volunteer-only events during the season and
this winter. I hope the practice continues
next year, too. If this makes you mad, I
hope you and your friends will make the
plan unmanageable. Imagine, so many volunteers
that we had to double-shift some events....
P.S. to the listserv subscriber: Hope you
don't object to my taking the opportunity
to make this point. Family and other parts
of real life can make it hard for good
volunteers to be there every year. But we
know you'll do what you can.
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