January-February 2006 Newsletter
From the President
Congratulate Our Winners
The December 2 Annual Meeting of the Louisville Bicycle Club
was the usual celebratory event at which we recognized the
accomplishments of the award winners and volunteers and elected
officers for 2006. It was held at Big Spring Country Club and
165 club members and guests came, which made it the best-attended
But the event had a tinge of sadness as three of our most
effective (and long-serving) officers stepped down from the
Executive Committee: Tim Chilton, who conceived the Tour de Mad
Dog and led our world-class touring program; Michael Seiler, who
rescued and revived LBC racing; and Joe Ward, our classy
Communications VP. Fortunately, three very talented club members
have stepped up to take their place and with your support, they
will surpass the accomplishments of their departing colleagues.
Chad Green was elected the new VP Touring, Mark Luking, VP Racing
and Sara Ferebee, our experienced newsletter editor, will become
the VP Communications. All the other incumbents were re-elected
to another term. All of us thank you for your continued confidence.
The Volunteer of the Year award, our highest honor, recognized
two members for sustained contributions over the years. Lewis
Miller, a member of the Old Kentucky Home Tour committee since
2000, was recognized for taking ownership of sponsor relations. As
the club’s liaison for the past two years with the now four
principal sponsors — Baptist East/Milestone Fitness Center, Buffalo
Trace Distillery, Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling, and the Swope
Dealer Network — Lewis has played a critical role in helping grow
Carl Davis, Club Statistician, was also recognized. The
LBC statistics program tracks members’ mileage and helps them manage
their personal fitness programs. And it provides data for bragging
rights and mileage-based awards. (As I noted in my last newsletter
article, it can also be a real conscience-pricker if you’re not
riding much!) Carl and his wife, Sandy (who was given the Touring
Program volunteer of the year award), take the mileage data from the
ride sheets of every LBC ride, which they enter to create the stats
database. Imagine the amount of work involved in that!
Fifty-seven club members were awarded the traditional LBC mug.
These volunteers are the heart of the club. They volunteer day-in
and day-out to support our programs (see complete list).
These volunteers and 100 others were given new LBC
socks for their work on the Old Kentucky Home Tour.
All the top volunteers are listed here.
Make a special effort to congratulate and thank each of them. Even
better, ask them how you can help in 2006 to make the program they
lead even better.
We also congratulated members for outstanding
individual achievements. The touring champions, who racked up the
most miles and received yellow jerseys in recognition of their
accomplishments, were Bernice McGill, who has multiple wins of the top
mileage awards, and Dave King. The masters champions, who were awarded
blue jerseys, were Donna Connell and Jim Tretter, a prior yellow
Two touring members were recognized as most improved: Jenny Gray
and Steve Montgomery, and two for reaching lifetime mileage
benchmarks: Tom Hall at 25,000 and Paul Battle at 75,000!
As part of the president’s report, I reviewed the club’s role in
the Mayor’s 2005 Bike Summit and the task force that was created
after the summit to help sustain the momentum. A lot of progress
has been made on the march toward making Louisville a bicycle-friendly
community, a fact that was recognized by the League of American
Bicyclists’ Honorable Mention Award. Our goal is to receive bronze
level status by 2008.
On a personal note, it was an honor to be recognized by Mayor
Abramson, who declared December 4, 2005, Earl Jones Day in Louisville
in recognition of our work on the summit. But with the temperature
at 35, I wimped on the Sunday afternoon ride. Oh well, maybe I can
ask for a do-over in May!2005 was a great year for the LBC. 2006 will be even better. I
hope you start it off right at the Gil Morris New Year’s Day Polar
Bear Ride & Chili Lunch. It’s a tradition. I’m not superstitious, but
I missed it in 2005. And you know what kind of season I had in 2005*.
This year we’ll start from a new location: St. Paul’s United Methodist
Church at Douglass Blvd and Bardstown Road. Don’t forget to bring
something for the bike swap.
* For the record, there was a typo in the last newsletter
edition: I clocked about 1000 mile with the club. Not Mad Dog
territory but not the 100-mile total stated in my article.
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