Volume 48, Issue #11, November 1, 2016
President's Message
By Will Benedict
Wildflower Volunteering
As of October 20th, half of the 201 defined volunteer positions have been filled. It is a fantastic start especially considering that 40 of the 100 positions still open will be filled by partner organizations. This leaves just 60 positions open for members to fill and of these there are just 8 leadership positions open. 

Go to our Century Jobs webpage for information and consider how you might contribute. Working together to put on our century rides is great fun and directly affects what the SLOBC can provide its members and donate to the community. 

2017 Budget
A dedicated group of Board members met, under the leadership of our Treasurer Bill Martin, on October 10th to begin the budget process. The key agenda item for the November Board meeting will be the budget.

The following provides a rough budget outline. Income including ride registration fees, clothing sales and membership dues totals about $248,000. Wildflower and Lighthouse Century expenses total about $135,000. Club operating expenses total about $32,000 and Contributions total about $80,000.

The $20,000 reduction in Contributions for 2017 is directly related to planning on only 1100 riders registering for the Wildflower and conservative income projections. An increase in our Operating Expenses reflects support for continuing and improving social events for members in 2017.

The Budget Committee and Board are examining items more closely than I have ever experienced before. The goal is to develop a realistic budget that reflects club priorities. All members are welcome to attend any Board meeting to express their views on issues being discussed.
News, Notes & Events
2017 Board Candidates
We have a full slate of candidates for the 2017 board.  Voting will open Nov. 13.

David Abrecht        
Will Benedict
Gil Pitt
David Abrecht
Bill Martin
Bill Martin
Jack Robison
Gary Havas
Membership Coordinator
Larry Rutter
Larry Rutter
Ride Coordinator              
Elaine McElmury
Newsletter Editor
Susan McTaggart
Susan McTaggart
Dale Sutliff
Dale Sutliff
Harvey Cohon       
Harvey Cohon       
Safety Coordinator
Ken Price
Ken Price
Director at Large
Mike Balster
Public Relations
Will Benedict
Vickie Backman
Barry Rands
December Potluck

Italian Night
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
LocationThe Monday Club
                1815 Monterey St., SLO
Time: 5:30 for socializing
          6:00 dinner

It's time to whip up a batch of your favorite lasagna, minestrone, risotto, antipasto, tiramisu, biscotti...you get the idea. Please bring a dish to share based on your last name. Also bring a place setting (plate, silverware, glass) and a list of the ingredients in your dish.  You may bring beer or wine.

A - H        Dessert
I - R         Main Dish
S - Z        Salad, Soup or side dish

We will be raffling off this beautiful set of wheels for a buck a ticket.

Transportation Investment Plan

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club has endorsed Measure J, the November ballot measure to approve a 1/2 cent sales tax increase to be used solely for transportation improvements in San Luis Obispo County.   Ten percent of the funds generated are earmarked for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and for completion of planned multi-use trails, such as the Bob Jones City to Sea Trail. 

Approval of the measure will:
  • Generate $25 million new dollars per year to fix our roads and improve transportation, half of which will be paid for by visitors to our county;
  • Allow San Luis Obispo County to compete for State and Federal grants and leverage funds;
  • Include an Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee to ensure projects and programs in the Plan are funded and/or completed;
  • Prohibit Sacramento from taking possession of these locally generated funds.

Please vote to approve Measure J and improve our local transportation system for all users.
Volunteer of the Month
By Pam Zirion
Tom Sayen
Our Volunteer of the Month for November is Tom Sayen. I nominated Tom for his assistance with the Wildflower. As Captain of Parkhill,  part of the my job was to procure a U-Haul (and driver) in order to ferry all the equipment and food to the rest stop. I was asking around for someone to help drive the truck, and Tom stepped up to the plate! He offered to drive the 17' truck all day Friday & Saturday with good humor, good ideas, and a good heart.

He even said he'd do it again NEXT year!  

Tom and his wife, Carolyn, live in Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio for most of the year. During the month of January they head west to the Central Coast in their motorhome. It all started because Carolyn's father lived in Arroyo Grande. They visited him and biked around the area. Eventually, they sold her father's home and the next year decided to "winter" in the Central Coast. That was in 2008. They now spend four months in our great area and return to Ohio in mid-May. It usually takes them a month of travel as they visit relatives and see new sights along the way. This past year they traveled 3300 miles and returned to Ohio via Baton Rouge!

In Ohio they live on Lake Erie where they can go fishing from their dock and ride the waverunner with their children and grandchildren. Tom says in Ohio there are many bike paths converted from old railroad lines (Rails to Trails) of which he takes advantage. Also for the past 28 years he has participated in the Great Ohio Bike Adventure which is one week of riding. It's held near Father's Day and for two years his grandsons have joined him, riding 50-60 miles a day. The route varies each year, but it's a circular course through towns with 2500-3,000 cyclists participating every year. One of Tom's grandsons did the ride when he was eight years old!

So you can see these "snowbirds" love to ride and drive around the country. We enjoy having them visit every year and ride with the SLOBC groups.
Changing Weekly Rides
The  Ride Calendar provides t he full weekly ride schedule.
Flyers (9:00 AM, D3)
Coordinator: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

Date: November 2
StartLaguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo
Leader: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

Date: November 9
Start: Bob Jones Bike Trail, Ontario Road
Leader: Steve Vines
Phone: 805-202 8114

Date: November 16
Start: Heritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande
Leader: Terry Cohen
Phone: 805-747-4584

Date: November 23
Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo
Leader: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

Date: November 30
Start: Dinosaur Caves Park, Pismo Beach
Leader: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903
Frequent Feeders (9:00 AM, B2)
Coordinator: Frank Mullin
Phone: 805-602-2058

Date: November 2
Destination: Linn's Café, Cambria
Note: Highway 1 and Moonstone Drive
Leader: David Abrecht
Date: November 9
Destination: Obama's Red Dirt
Note: Highway 1 through Oceano
Leader: Harvey Cohon
Phone: 234-2982
Date: November 16
Destination: Café Niche, Grover Beach
Leader: Judy Kelling
Phone:  619-772-2708
Date: November 23
Destination: Black Horse on Broad, SLO
Note: Lopez, Orcutt, Tank Farm, Broad; return Broad, Price Canyon, Farroll
Leader: Frank Mullin
Date: November 30
Destination: French Bakery, MB, to celebrate Arlene's birthday
Note: LOVR, O'Connor, Highway 1
Leader: Arlene Winn
Phone: 805-781-9466
SLO Pokes (9:00 AM, A2)
Coordinator : June Kramer
Email junekramer1@gmail.com
Phone : 425-239-8692 

Date: November 2
StartCloisters Community Park, Morro Bay
Destination: Harmony
Note: Coffee at Top Dog in Cayucos
Leaders: Hans & Patricia Boerst
Phone: 805-534-9660

Date: November 9
StartHeritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande 
Destination: Huasna Valley, 23 or 33 miles
Note: Coffee at the Schwartzman home
Leaders: Harvey & Kristin Schwartzman
Phone: 805-574-5832

Date: November 16
Start: Nipomo Regional Park, Nipomo
Destination: Willow deli for coffee
Leader: Gini Stedman
Phone: 805-473-8287

Date: November 23
Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: TBD
Note: Day before Thanksgiving ride
Leader: Participant Led

Date: November 30
Start: Lila Keiser Park, Morro Bay
Destination: Back Bay Cafe, Baywood
Note: Longer route includes Turri Road
Leader: Val Barboza
Phone: 805-264-5901
Tortoises (9:00 AM, A1)
Coordinators: Stu & Janie Goldenberg
Phone: 805-544-4720

Date: November 4
Destination: Tour of Pozo area
Leader: June Kramer

Date: November 11 (Veterans' Day)
Start: J, Lohr Vineyards, Paso Robles
Starting Time: 9:30 AM 
Destination: Estrella Warbirds Museum
Note: Entry fee - seniors $8, vets free on Veterans Day, younger adults $10
Leader: Dee McKelvie
Phone: 805-610-1234

Date: November 18
Note: Tour the Center of the Universe
Leaders: Patricia & Hans Boerst
Phone: 805-534-9660

Date: November 25 (Day after Thanksgiving)
Destination: Trestle on Cal Poly campus
Leader: Bob Tuman

Wandering With Will (9:00 AM, B3)
One Saturday Each Month
Coordinator : Will Benedict
Email : willbenedict@me.com
Phone : 805-441-4105 

Date: November 5
Start: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Paso Robles
Route: Justin Winery (Adeliada)
Note: Break at Justin Winery, Lunch After

Upcoming Program
By Barry Rands, Programs Coordinator
Swat, Sweat and Cycle II
Wait!  Don't turn that dial, don't touch that remote.  It's time for another episode of  "Sweat, Swat, and Cycle".  Revel in the cycling mayhem and glory as Team Dery (aka sisters Jo-Ann and Robin) delve into the verdant pastures, ice cream stores, and AMAZING hospitality of our neighbors to the north. Yes, that's right:  Nova Scotia.  Ay-yup.  
Yes, there are hills.  Yes, there are lobsters.  Yes, (sigh), there is humid heat.  Yet fear not - armed with our trusty steeds and a good dose of flexibility, humor, and occasional cursing, we conquer the province.  Or at least its southwest corner.  
For more details and photographic proof, come to the Nov. 3 rd SLOBC meeting!
Date: November 3, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: SLO City/County Library
995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo

The Date, Time and Location of 
SLOBC meetings can be found
on our 
Events Calendar  webpage.  

Upcoming Events

New Year's Day Ride to Ragged Point
Date: January 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 am

SLOBC Board Meeting Minutes

Air Pollution Control District Auditorium
3433 Roberto Court, San Luis Obispo CA
October 4, 2016, 5:00 PM

Meeting was called to order at  5:00 pm.

Board Members Present: Will Benedict, Larry Rutter, Susan McTaggart, Ken Price, and Harvey Cohon. 
Absent: Dave Abrecht, Gary Havas, Dale Sutliff, Barry Rands and Bill Martin.

Guests: Tyler Wertenbruch, Chris McBride of Bike SLO County

Due to lack of a Quorum no business was conducted.

The majority of the meeting was spent in a discussion with Tyler Wertenbruch and Chris McBride concerning the relationship between Bike SLO County and the SLOBC. Tyler provided an overview of the role that SLOBC plays in their finances and reviewed the organization and goals of Bike SLO County. Will Benedict described the reduction in the number of registered riders for the Wildflower Century we experienced in 2016 and its implications for our financial support of Bike SLO County moving forward. An excellent and wide ranging discussion ensued concerning ways our relationship can be more effective for both organizations. 

Communication was one issue that we agreed to work on immediately. Monthly articles about something that is happening with Bike SLO County will start occurring in the SLO Coaster and information about the SLOBC and our two Century rides will be communicated to their membership. Both organizations will consider the ideas generated and plan for further discussions.

Will Benedict asked for a Board volunteer to write a first draft of a letter that the Board intends to send to all Standing Volunteers that would express: Appreciation for past service; Thanks for agreeing to serve in the coming year; Acknowledgement of position's responsibilities in conducting club business; and Offer Board support in doing their job. Susan McTaggart volunteered to write a first draft and circulate it to the Board for comments and suggestions.

Will Benedict provided the latest version of the Wildflower Staffing plan and asked that feedback be provided before member volunteering opens on Saturday, October 8th.

The meeting adjourned at  6:30 pm

SLO Coaster

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