March-April 2007 Newsletter
From the President
Bigger Every Year!
The LBC Annual Awards Banquet keeps getting bigger every year.
More than 155 club members gathered at Big Spring Country Club on
January 27, 2007, to celebrate the highlights of the 2006 season,
recognize the individual accomplishments of top riders and express
gratitude to the volunteers who made it all happen.
(See LBC Awards details and pictures.)
The evening’s top award — Club Volunteer of the Year — went to
Sara Ferebee, VP Communications. Sara’s contributions to LBC went
far beyond the Communications position. Before being elected to
head the club’s total communications strategy Sara was editor of
this Newsletter for three years. She was also the club’s graphic
designer: jerseys for Old Kentucky Home Tour (OKHT) and Mad Dogs,
OKHT Web site, and a cleaner Newsletter. Sara also worked with
Louisville Metro to design materials for the 2005 Bike Summit and
the city’s bicycle plan, published in 2006.
Nine members were recognized as for their special contributions
to LBC programs: Barry Zalph for advocacy; Connie Guild and Lori
Boone for new-rider education; Jamie Gordon and Deb Sexton for the
Old Kentucky Home Tour; Craig Dooley for racing; AB Sandefur and Joe
Thomas for touring; and Larry Preble was chosen as ride captain of
the year. Every club member should make a special effort to
congratulate and thank them.
LBC mugs, the traditional volunteer recognition, were awarded to
41 members and LBC socks to 72.
The club organized a total of 881 rides during the 2006 season,
(See 2006 statistics for details.)
It takes a lot of volunteers to lead that many rides, some going many
miles from the metro area. In 2006 thirty-three members organized 10
or more rides each. Every LBC program is important but without a
strong touring program and a vital core of ride captains we wouldn’t
have a bike club.
Individual accomplishment was also recognized. The racers of the
year were Don Loescher and Amy Clark. Kerry Herbine was selected as
the rookie racer of the year.
The touring program’s yellow jersey award for highest club mileage
during the season went to Bobbie Leslie and Steve Sarson. The blue
masters jersey winners were Bernice McGill and Steve Sexton. Two
touring members were recognized as most improved: Bobbie Leslie and
Kelly Flowers, and five for reaching lifetime mileage benchmarks: Steve
Sarson at 25,000, Bernice McGill and Bill Pustow at 50,000, and Alan
Darby and Jim Tretter at 75,000.
The awards banquet is also the club’s annual business meeting,
which, since we are a corporation operating under the laws of the
Commonwealth of Kentucky, we must hold. Election of officers was one
of the first action items on the agenda. Two members of the 2006
executive committee did not seek re-election. Stewart Prather, who
served two terms as VP Advocacy and Sara Ferebee, VP Communications,
were thanked for their service.
Steve Anderson, chair of the nominating committee, then announced
the slate of officers for 2007. When no nominations were made from the
floor, the members elected by acclamation Ed Tonini VP Advocacy and
David “Packman” Ryan VP Communications and re-elected Steve Sarson VP
Education, Mark Luking VP Racing, Chad Green VP Touring, Barbara
Tretter, Secretary, Jim Tretter, Treasurer and yours truly as
In addition to electing officers, the members approved revisions to
(See the club’s bylaws.)
In my President’s Report to the annual meeting I compared LBC to the
“average” club described by the League of American Bicyclists in its
January 2007 newsletter, the Cue Sheet, based on the responses of 130
clubs to the League’s survey.
It has 325 members who pay $17 a year to enjoy a ride
schedule of close to 250 rides in the year, including one major ride
that has 600 participants.... [At the] end-of-year ... banquet, the
board of eight directors thanks the 25 or so active volunteers and
ride leaders for their time and makes a heartfelt plea for more people
to step forward to help. The club’s membership is holding steady and
even increasing a little, and it looks decidedly older each
If that article had profiled LBC it would have cited the 972 members
who pay the bargain price of $15 for a single membership ($20 for family)
and have 881 rides to choose from. It would have mentioned that our
premier ride is the OKHT, which had 1200 riders in 2006, and that our
year-end banquet had 155 registered participants who honored 33 ride
leaders who sponsored 10 or more rides each. And yes, our success at
retaining members means we’re aging but the significant increase in
membership over the last five years has kept us vital. (The proliferation
of Mad Dogs is ample evidence against ossification.)
An article about LBC would go on to describe a growing relationship
with local government and increasing influence on transportation and
public policy matters affecting cyclists and their rights.
The officers appreciate your confidence in our leadership and pledge
to continue the work to keep the Louisville Bicycle Club in the ranks
of top cycling clubs in the U.S.
We look forward to seeing you on the road in 2007. And, since
Daylight Saving Time will start three weeks earlier this year, my
chances of meeting my mileage goal have certainly increased. More on
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