Volume 49, Issue #7, July 1, 2017
What's Happening
Quick Look
July 9, 2017: Gourmet Box Lunch Picnic, Biddle Park
August 3, 2017: General Meeting, Ludwick Center, 7:00
President's Message
Member Volunteer Survey Results
By Dave Abrecht

Thank you to the 166 members who responded to the Member Volunteer Survey and weighed in with your thoughts and opinions.  

Here are some highlights from your responses:

  • Nearly one-half of the respondents (82) want the club to continue with both the Wildflower and Lighthouse Century Rides.
  • Respondents overwhelmingly enjoyed their recent volunteer experience citing working with fellow club members, raising the necessary funds for club activities and social events and support for bicycle advocacy groups. 
  • Most respondents supported including volunteers from organizations we support, such as Bike SLO County and CCCMB.
  • Twenty-nine respondents said they would be willing to be a member of long-term organizing committee for future century rides.
  • Twenty-three and thirty-four respondents respectively said they would be a Team Captain for a future Wildflower or Lighthouse Century Ride. 
  • The Volunteer Appreciation Banquet was the least selected reward for our volunteers and preferences for the time of the banquet were evenly split.  This is an item for further discussion by the Board and the Ride Chairs. 

Now the somewhat surprising news:

  • Less than one-half of the respondents (70) volunteered to help with this year's Wildflower Century Ride.

Membership in the club does not require a member to volunteer for our Century Rides.  However, our rides are successful only because of the hard work and efforts of our members.  

On that note, I strongly encourage all of our members and readers to take a look at the invitation to volunteer for our upcoming Lighthouse Ride (October 14) in this newsletter and sign-up for a captain's position or team job that interests you.  

If you would like more detailed information about the survey results, feel free to contact me at president@slobc.org.  If you have any other concerns, feel free to contact your board at board@slobc.org.

Congratulations to Kathleen McHugh, the 2017 Bob Garing Award Recipient.
Upcoming Events
Gourmet Box Lunch Ride and Picnic

When: Sunday, July 9   
            11:00 am - 1:00 pm
WhereBiddle Park, Willow Bluff Picnic area
            3500 Lopez Drive
              Arroyo Grande              

Join us for a summer ride and gourmet box lunch picnic at beautiful, shady Biddle Park in Arroyo Grande. The box lunches will be provided by Lincoln Deli in San Luis Obispo and will include a Tassajara Delite (turkey, bacon, pepper jack cheese, avocado) or specialty Vegetarian sandwich, and deli salad, a Cowboy Cookie, apple and water.

You can ride on your own or join one of SLOBC’s organized rides:

Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo
Time: 9:15 am
Distance: 22 miles
Leaders: Stu and Janie Goldenberg

Contact: sgoldenberg@calpoly.edu

Time: 9:30 am
Distance: 25 miles
Leader: Dave Abrecht

Time: 9:30 am
Distance: 32 miles
Leader: Long Nguyen

Time: 9:00 am
Distance: 52 miles
Leader: Marina Michel

This is a members-only event funded by SLOBC and is open to the first 100 riders who RSVP.  The last date to respond is July 2.  When making your reservation, please indicate if you would like the vegetarian option. 

There is a $3 charge for cars, but no charge for cyclists.

Please note:  If you must cancel your reservation, please do so by July 2.  Late cancellations and no-shows are paid for by SLOBC.
General Meeting, Aug. 3rd
First Aid Basics for Cyclists

It is a beautiful day for a bike ride. We are looking forward to a great ride with friends. But are we prepared for an accident? What do you do if a rider goes down... hard. Blood and broken bones may be the obvious signs of injury. But what about concussion and shock? Do you know the symptoms? Do you know first aid for these circumstances?
Knowing what to do for the injured person before emergency responders arrive can save a life! Don't miss the  August 3rd  SLOBC General Meeting at  7:00 pm  in the Ludwick Center. A professional EMT from the SLO Fire Department will be giving a presentation on first aid basics, specifically for bicycle riders.  
News & Notes
Volunteer of the Month - Debbie Johnson
By Pam Zirion

Our illustrious volunteer for July is Debbie Johnson. She was nominated due to her tireless effort in creating endless yummy food for the rest stops she captains with her husband, Jay. Together they have manned the Cypress Tree rest stop for the Lighthouse and the Creston School “not-a-lunch-stop” this year for the Wildflower. She definitely “kicked our food choices up a notch” with the innovative and beautiful food she offers. She has great creative culinary skills.

Debbie recently had a knee replacement and so hasn’t been too active on her bicycle lately. She trains on a stationary bike at the Avila Bay Club, and she and Jay are casual riders.

Debbie hails from Redondo Beach and came to San Luis Obispo to attend Cuesta College. She had a goal and a dream  to have her own restaurant by the time she was 30. So she bought the old Del Monte, a grocery store on Santa Barbara Street in the early 1900’s, but abandoned for many years. She pried off the boards which covered the doors and windows and started renovating and remodeling the building. It took her a year to finish, but she opened the Del Monte Cafe when her son, Travis, was two years old. Debbie operated the Del Monte for 37 years, and now Travis, a former professional mountain biker, is the owner and manager. 

Debbie helps her daughter, Carrie, who owns the Southern Station restaurant in Santa Margarita by taking care of her grandson, Waylan.

She and Jay also like to travel. They visit Jay’s son in Ashland and last year went to Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. This year they hope to have a family vacation in Costa Rica at Travis’ home.

She is a tireless volunteer and caterer. Debbie volunteers with the Monday Club and is on the board of the Avila Aquarium that hopes to expand marine learning education by acquiring the Morro Bay Aquarium. 

As you can tell, Debbie is a dynamo and we are pleased she is part of SLOBC!

If you know a club member who has been a long-time volunteer and deserving of recognition, please contact Debbie  Abrecht at dlabrecht@icloud.com.
  Lighthouse Volunteering
You are invited to volunteer for a job at the 2017 Lighthouse Century which will take place on October 14.  There are many opportunities for you to help during that weekend, from Friday evening through Sunday morning. Or if you prefer, you can help with the Pre-Ride on October 7. Please support your club by clicking on the "Lighthouse Volunteering" button and  choosing your job. 
For a description of all jobs, click here:   Century Jobs  

Volunteer Benefits
  • Feel the energy and excitement of the Ride
  • Enjoy working with friends 
  • Help the SLOBC raise funds for club activities and cycling advocacy
  • Ride the Pre-Ride or the Century Ride for free, depending on when you work as a volunteer
  • Good-looking Lighthouse T-Shirt
  • Sumptuous Volunteer Banquet
  • Additional Captains'l reward of their choosing

Long Sleeve T-shirts  are only available to volunteers who sign-up before July 14, 2017. After July 14th, volunteers will only be offered short sleeve T-shirts. 


Shandon High School Scholarship Award Winners
Gary Havas is pictured with the proud recipients of the scholarships which are funded by the Wildflower Century Ride.
SLOBC Board Minutes
Draft Subject To Board Approval
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
SLO County Air Pollution Office, San Luis Obispo, CA
Jack Robison, Secretary

Meeting was called to order at 5:00 pm.

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

Absent: Gil Pitt, Harvey Cohon

Visitors & Guests: Dylan Theobald

Minutes from the May 2, 2017 meeting were approved (MSC: Rutter/Martin).

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


  • Dylan Theobald, Stewardship Manager, Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo, gave a presentation on the status of the Pismo Preserve.  He requested support from the club for a permanent bike rack and the use of a temporary rack during their “Discovery Days” where they will be introducing the preserve to the public.  Motion was made to donate an 8-bike powder coated rack with a plaque at a cost not to exceed $1,000 (MSC: Rutter, Benedict).
  • Treasurer’s update: Although Wildflower revenue was down due to a decrease in riders, expenses were reduced and therefore the ride came in on budget. Contributions are on track.  
  • Lighthouse Update: Initial weekend registration was about 50% of normal.  This might be due to moving the date of the ride to October.  It is hoped the ride will fill up as it has in the past. 
  • Ride Leader’s Update: Elaine McElmury discussed serval rides she has planned.  She will also plan a ride in September now that the Lighthouse Ride is taking place in October. 
  • Will Benedict discussed the results of the recent century ride member survey.  There was strong support for maintaining both of our current rides. Dave Abrecht will discuss the results in next month’s President’s Message. 

New Business:

  • Frank Mullin has volunteered to head the 2018 Nomination Committee. Dave Abrecht will discuss adding additional past club presidents and/or board members to the committee with Frank. 
  • Dale Sutliff discussed his concerns that the nighttime use of City of San Luis Obispo Open Space Trails will affect wildlife habitat. 
  • No-shows at club events are continuing to cost the club about $1,000/year.  A notice will be included with future sign-ups encouraging members is follow through with their commitments.  The club will also track attendance more carefully so that an expected no-show rate can be incorporated into reservations.
  • Will Benedict, in consultation with affected board members, will begin exploring software packages that can be used for membership, club activities and volunteering.  The goal would be to transition from the current club developed software in the future.


The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:30 pm.

Treasurer's Report
Bill Martin, Treasurer

Lighthouse registration and clothing sales have begun and are ongoing.

As of the middle of June the club has $201,650 in our operations checking account, $3,403 in our PayPal account, and $63,578 in a reserve account.  Our net income up to this point (total income minus total expenses) is $49,564.

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 at treasurer@slobc.org.

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