Volume 49, Issue #3, March 1, 2017
What's Happening
Quick Look
March 2017: No meeting
April 1, 2017: Wildflower Pre-Ride
April 6, 2017: Wildflower Volunteer Meeting
April 8, 2017: Wildflower Century Ride
April 9, 2017: Wildflower Banquet
President's Message
A Great Start to the Year
By Dave Abrecht
More than 100 members participated in our 2nd Annual Cook-Off, featuring hearty soups and stews. Thirty-eight chefs gave new meaning to our motto, “Ride to Eat, Eat to Ride", by providing an array of delicious and tasty soups and stews.  The perfect answer to our cold and rainy weather.
A huge thanks to our Eat and Greet organizing committee: Judy Rutter, Joan Petersen, Kathleen McHugh, Debbie Abrecht, Peg Heathcote, Cindee Varni and Susan McTaggart, for all of their hard work in making this event so much fun.

Thanks to Jeff Kahn for capturing so many happy faces. For more photos, visit our Facebook page at  facebook.com/slobc.org   (You do not need a Facebook account to view the page). 
Upcoming Events
We Need a Few More 
Wildflower Volunteers!

The 2017 Wildflower Century Ride is coming soon!  We still need Captains for Clean-up and Response, as well as a number of volunteers for other important jobs. 

How to Volunteer
  • Go to our Century Jobs webpage for information about jobs and the volunteer process.
  • LogIn to the Member Area.
  • Click on the Volunteer tab
  • Select from the open jobs
  • Select from your clothing options
  • Select a Volunteer Banquet option (Sunday, April 9th) 
  • Select a Volunteer Pre-Ride option (Saturday, April 1st).
  • Be sure to click on "Save" to finalize your choices.
Email Dave Abrecht at wildflower-volunteer-coord@slobc.org
Wildflower Volunteer Banquet
Chef Gary Baker of Divine Street Catering is preparing a delicious Mexican banquet for Wildflower volunteers on Sunday, April 9th.  Please make sure that you have put in your reservation for the banquet on our Member Area under the Volunteer tab, and if you find that you are not able to attend, please go back to the site and change your banquet option.  
News & Notes
Welcome Bike SLO County Executive Director Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett has been appointed to lead the Bike SLO County organization. Mike, a Cal Poly graduate, brings to the organization a passion for cycling and the leadership skills he learned as career officer in the United States Marine Corp. Mike has already made an impression on SLOBC members; he and his wife Chris attended our recent Cook-off and he has volunteered to work as a bike mechanic at our upcoming Wildflower Century Ride. We welcome Mike and look forward to a strong partnership on behalf of cycling in San Luis Obispo County.  
Call For Lighthouse Jersey Designs
By Will Benedict, Clothing Coordinator
Calling all SLOBC members and friends to enter your jersey design for the annual Lighthouse Century. If your design is chosen, you will receive a free jersey and your design will be worn by hundreds of riders throughout California. 

All design concepts must be completed and received by April 1st. 

Go to http://www.slobc.org/volunteering/ for Jersey Design information and a description of the Process Alternatives and Jersey Design Requirements. Ideas must be presented in the standard jersey format. 

Email me at clothing-coordinator@slobc.org with any questions.
SLOB Bob Garing Service Award Nomination
In 2001, the club presented to Bob Garing the first  SLOB Bob Garing Service Award   "in recognition of many years of unselfish service to the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club."

Each year we invite club members to nominate people whom they feel deserve this award. Names can be submitted to the Nominating Committee, which is comprised of past recipients, no later than  March 31, 2017 . Please include written rationale for your nomination to help the committee make its selection.  The committee will evaluate nominees and select a recipient. 

When thinking about a nomination, consider the following characteristics that Bob Garing demonstrated over the years:

Continuing service over a long period of time (core requirement, at least ten years)
Service to the club as an officer, volunteer, leader or other role (core requirement)
Advocacy of bicycle transportation, facilities and safe riding
Service to the bicycling community and community at large
Significant leadership on club rides
Working for improved bicycle conditions
Mentoring through advice, education and leadership
Role model for using the bicycle as a mode of transportation
Volunteer of the Month 
By Pam Zirion

Our Volunteer of the Month for March is Roger Heathcote. He was nominated by Gary Havas for his outstanding assistance in working with the community of Creston for the Wildflower Ride this past year. In addition to signage, Roger attended community meetings prior to the ride to ensure cooperation between the people of Creston and SLOBC.

He has had many jobs as a volunteer since he and wife, Peg, joined the Club in 2002. He has worked at rest stops, but he prefers to be “out on the road” with the riders providing assistance with flat tires, any emergency and safety issues.

Roger grew up in the Bay Area.  After attending San Jose State and S. F. State, he enrolled at Hastings College of Law where he went to classes during the day and worked with youth at night. He enjoyed working with the kids so much that he dropped Hastings and ended up teaching social sciences at high school for 32 years. His first school was in Atherton and had students from East Palo Alto as well as well-to-do Atherton students. He taught mostly Economics and Government, but also taught Third World Culture and brought in guest speakers to share traditions and cultures of their countries.

Roger also taught summer school where he went on bike trips with students (Oregon to San Francisco), sailed the coast of Southern California and hiked in the Sierras. During other summers he worked for Outward Bound resupplying the camps and assisting with problems while based in the Sierras for the summer with his family.

For the last 12 years of his career, he worked at Second Chance, a continuation school in Redwood City teaching life skills, outdoor science and GED preparation. In addition to teaching students to identify habitats, and to do trail work for the community, he developed a 5,000 square foot school garden with raised beds and an orchard. The students assisted in the garden which provided food to the needy.

Roger and Peg have two children: a son who is a biology/physics teacher in International School with his wife, an elementary teacher; a daughter who lives in the Bay Area where she works as a speech pathologist with her husband, a marketing analyst for the tech industry, and their two children. They have traveled many places on their bikes in British Columbia, northern Washington  and many other U.S. states. Roger has traveled and biked on sabbatical to Ireland, France and many other places.

Raffle Benefits RideWell Program
A new addition to our Cook-off was a Flannel Quilt Raffle. Ten homemade quilts were raffled off, netting $656 to be donated to Bike SLO County’s RideWell Program.  Dale Sutliff, one of the lucky winners, is comforted by his camping-themed quilt and pillow. 

SLOBC Club Insurance
Under the leadership of Bob Tuman, we have changed our insurance provider. We are now purchasing both our club and century event insurance through USA Cycling.

As with past insurers, they require everyone to sign a waiver to take part in any club event. This requirement is met as you renew your annual membership or register for one of our century rides. The new membership waiver can be seen and printed from: http://www.slobc.org/membership/support/slobc-waiver.html. A brief description of the coverage can be found at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACWeb/forms/EventInsurance.pdf.

Monthly Club Rides
Non-Members (visitors & guests of members) are welcome to ride with us One Time. Therefore, in addition to welcoming first time riders, leaders must have non-members sign an Accident Waiver and Release of Liability form and let them know that if they wish to ride with us again they must join the SLOBC.

Ride leaders should have a hard copy or two with them at the beginning of each ride for visitors to sign. If visitors call Ride Series Coordinators, they should be asked to print and bring the waiver with them if possible.
SLOBC Board Minutes


Board Meeting: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SLO County Air Pollution Office, San Luis Obispo CA

Meeting was called to order at 5:00 pm.

Board Members Present: David Abrecht , Gil Pitt, Bill Martin, Jack Robison,  Larry Rutter, Elaine McElmury, Susan McTaggart, Dale Sutliff, Harvey Cohon, Ken Price, Will Benedict, Mike Balster

Absent: Barry Rands

Visitors & Guests: Mike Bennett

Minutes from the January 10, 2017 meeting were approved (MSC: Cohen/Pitt).

No board members reported having a conflict of interest with any agenda item.


  • Mike Bennett, new Executive Director of Bike SLO County, was introduced and stated that their focus was making the cycling environment safer and bicycle advocacy.  The board discussed their desire to increase communication between the two organizations through monthly updates in our bulletin from Bike SLO County and made suggestions about potential resources for Mike.  
  • Treasurer’s Update: Bill Martin asked for input on financial update items he should bring to the board.  It was agreed that the board was most interested in hearing about areas where actual inflows/expenditures differed from budget.  Bill reported that to date we are on track with budget. 
  • Ride Leader’s Update: Elaine McElmury discussed plans for upcoming ride leader’s luncheon at Wild Horse Winery and her intent to invite a CHP Officer to discuss safety.  
  • Wildflower Update:  Will Benedict reported that there are about 750 people signed up for the Wildflower ride to date and the clothing order has been placed.  Publicity continues with an upcoming Facebook ad and an email to other bike collations facilitated through Bike SLO.

New Business:

  • Plans for a San Luis Obispo festival during The Tour of California are still not solidified.  The club will hold off deciding if they will play a role.  The desire to have a special club ride to view the race was discussed—similar to last year’s successful ride. 
  • Suggestions for the 2017 items to be included in the Club’s Strategic Plan “Goals and Strategies” section were discussed.  Dave Abrecht will revise the draft based on input received and circulate it to the board with the intent of finalizing the goals at the next board meeting.
  • The fact that Ken Price will not be reappointed as the 4th District representative to the County of SLO Bicycle Advisory Committee was discussed.  Dave Abrecht and Larry Rutter drafted an email to club members who live in the district asking them to contact Supervisor Compton and ask that she consider reappointing Ken.  Dale Sutliff discussed how the BAC operates and its importance to club members.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:20 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jack Robison, Secretary

Treasurer's Report
Bill Martin, Treasurer

As of the middle of February the club is continuing to receive revenue from Wildflower registrations and membership dues.  We have $197,917 in our operations checking account, $3,216 in our PayPal account, and $63,578 in a reserve account.  Our net income up to this point (total income minus total expenses) is $46,461.

If you would like to receive a complete copy of the club’s end-of-year financial statements for 2016, please contact me at treasurer@slobc.org.  Also, if you would like to be put on an email list to receive the club’s financial statements at the end of each month, let me know and I will put you on the mailing list.

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