Volume 49, Issue #10, October 1, 2017
What's Happening
Quick Look
October 5, 2017 : General Meeting CANCELLED
October 7, 2017:  Lighthouse Pre-Ride, 8:00 - 4:00, Morro Bay High Schoo l
October 12, 2017: Lighthouse Volunteer Meeting, 7:00, Ludwick Community Center
October 14, 2017 : Lighthouse Century Ride, 7:00 - 5:00, Morro Bay High School
October 15, 2017 : Lighthouse Volunteer Banquet, 5:00 pm. South Bay Community Center
October 25, 2017 : Budget Committee meeting for 2018
November 2, 2017 : General Meeting, Ludwick Community Center
President's Message
By Dave Abrecht

The Lighthouse Ride is less than a month away
and we still have open volunteer slots!
Thank you to the 163 members who have committed to volunteer for our annual Lighthouse Ride on October 14. Our members and volunteers from our partner organizations are the key to the success of our two large organized rides. Again, thank you for your commitment of your time and energy.

We still have some volunteer slots unfilled. At this risk of laying a guilt trip on our members who have yet to volunteer, now is the time for you to step up. If you enjoy our group rides with friends and all of the social activities the club offers to our members, remember that proceeds from the Lighthouse and Wildflower Rides make it all possible. 

Please take a look at the open jobs below and make a commitment to help your club host another successful ride in our beautiful county. 

  • One (1) Afternoon Truck Loader on Friday, October 13
  • Two (2) Highway 46 Rest Stop workers
  • Three (3) SAG Drivers
  • Two (2) Shamel Rest Stop workers
  • Two (2) Friday Registration workers
  • Two (2) Saturday Registration workers
  • Three (3) Course Marshals

Volunteers receive a ride T-shirt, can participate in a fully supported Pre-Ride on Saturday, October 7 and are invited to a club hosted Volunteer Banquet on Sunday, October 15. 

Volunteering is easy. The button below will take you to our Volunteer Sign-up System
Questions? Feel free to contact me at president@slobc.org
News & Notes
Volunteer of the Month - Pam Zirion
The Volunteer of the Month for October is Pam Zirion. She is a longtime contributor to the Slocoaster, first as author of the Pen Ear column and currently as staff writer of the Volunteer of the Month column. In addition she has taken on a variety of Century jobs including Captain of the Parkhill rest stop and Shandon lunch stop. Since joining the club in 2000 she has become a valuable member of our team.

Pam grew up in Glendale and Newport Beach and attended college at U.C. San Diego and U.C. Davis. After graduating she began her teaching career in Marysville, a community about an hour north of Sacramento. There she met her husband with whom she moved to San Luis Obispo. Pam taught at Sunnyside Elementary in Los Osos and, for 28 years, at Hawthorne Elementary in SLO. During that time she and her husband had two daughters and began their cycling careers. They did many weekend rides on a tandem bike, as well as longer tandem trips. 

Since that time Pam has tackled riding a single bike. She started doing club rides with the Tortoises, riding a Bike Friday with a springy seat that was accused of making other riders seasick. She has had many wonderful bike adventures including a ride around Lake Tahoe, a Road Scholar trip to Gettysburg and, most recently, a Columbia River ride in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Ask her about one of these trips or others; you are sure to start a delightful conversation.

Thanks so much, Pam, for all you do for our club. You are appreciated!

Volunteers are chosen at random by your nominations. If you would like to recognize a great volunteer, send an email to Debbie Abrecht ( dlabrecht@icloud.com ) and tell us the reason for your choice.
2018 Board of Directors

We are looking for members interested in taking a position on the 2018 SLOBC Board of Directors. There are several open positions that offer an opportunity to become more involved in the decision-making process of our club. Please let us know if this sounds like something you would like to do by emailing Dave Abrecht at president@slobc.org. Our Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm.

´╗┐Advocate: The role of the advocate is to represent the club and the interests of bicycling in San Luis Obispo County. The Advocate reports to members about the many cycling related issues that come before our city and county governmental bodies.

Program Chair: The Program Chair arranges for the program at two club general meetings. One of the programs is typically a travelogue and the other can be something you think the members would be interested in. We are always looking for new ideas.

Member at Large:  The Member at Large plans our two potluck events in June and December. It would be great to have a small group of people take this on, with just one person attending the monthly board meeting.

Historian:   The tasks of the Historian have changed as the club uses the internet and social media to maintain our history and communicate with our membership. This is the perfect job for a member who enjoys using the internet, Facebook, Instagram and other online media to document our club rides and many social activities. 

Public Relations:   The Public Relations board member promotes the club and our activities in the local media and within our local bicycle related business community. 
2018 Budget Committee Meeting

Everyone who is interested is invited to attend our annual Budget Committee meeting on October 25, 2017. We will meet at 3:00 pm at Bill Martin's House. If you have ideas about how we should prioritize our spending, this is your chance to share your thoughts. Please let Bill know if you plan to attend by emailing him at treasurer@slobc.org.
Membership Committee

The Membership Committee met in September to discuss issues related to identifying new membership software and SLOBC membership procedures and policies. The committee grew out of discussions at SLOBC Board meetings over the past six months. 

New software is being chosen to manage SLOBC membership, events and communications. It will provide a password protected portal for members to join and update their membership and access the club directory. It will support member events with an event calendar backed by event pages, RSVP capabilities and announcements and reminders. It will not replace RacePlanner for our century ride related registration, clothing and volunteer processes. The lead software contender is Neon CRM ( https://www.neoncrm.com). Direct any software related observations, suggestions or questions to Will Benedict at ( webmaster@slobc.org).

The consensus at Board discussions and by the committee is that SLOBC membership dues need to be increased to reflect changing costs, member events and century ride income. A modest increase to $20 for individual and $30 for family memberships is proposed. 
SLOBC Board Minutes
There was no Board meeting in September.
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