Volume 50, Issue #3, March 1, 2018
What's Happening
Quick Look
Our Support for Santa Rosa Bike Club
Names Needed for the Bob Garing Service Award
Volunteer for the Wildflower Ride!!!
Save the Date : April 15
San Miguel, J and J Winery Ride -
For All Club Members - Details Soon
President's Message
Sixteen Reasons to Volunteer, Please.

  1. Because I said Please.
  2. You would make Dave oh-so-happy.
  3. An opportunity to see the sun rise.
  4. Your friends will think you’re cool.
  5. Those coconut bars from Cider Creek Bakery.
  6. The gratitude of strangers.
  7. Karma.
  8. Fun.
  9. Repeat.

While volunteering for the Wildflower Century is a great opportunity to meet new people, it can also be fun when you work with friends. If you would like know where other people have signed up, as well as which jobs are open , please click here , then select Wildflower Team Member Report.  The highlighted areas show open jobs and list the number of openings. Perhaps you can recruit a few friends to work with you at a rest stop or other position. As always, we are very appreciative of your help and look forward to putting on another successful ride. If you are ready to sign up now please choose one of the buttons below.
Club News
Thank you to our members and friends who have recently volunteered to help with our annual Wildflower Ride on Saturday, April 7.

We still have 55 open volunteer positions and some very critical needs. We need a Captain for the Shell Creek Road Rest Stop. We also need Captains for Logistics (SAG), Course Marking and Left-over Food Delivery.

You can sign up by clicking on the link below. This link will take you

  • Sign in
  • Click on the Volunteer tab
  • Select your job and complete your preferences for clothing, the Pre-ride with support and lunch (March 31) and the volunteer banquet (April 8).

Be sure to click "Save" when you finish signing up . Family members and friends are welcome to help!

Questions? E-mail Dave Abrecht at daveabrecht@me.com

SLOBC Supports the Santa Rosa Cycling Club

Last fall, the Tubbs fire in Sonoma County destroyed many homes and businesses. One of the casualties was the storage facility that housed all of the supplies and equipment of the Santa Rosa Cycling Club. That club initiated a fund raising effort to replace the destroyed equipment. In support of our sister club, the SLOBC recently donated $500 toward their fund raising goal.
$500 Donation to Bike SLO County's RideWell Program

Our quilt raffle raised $500 for the RideWell Program. This program provides refurbished bikes to people in need of transportation in SLO County. Pictured are the lucky winners!
Volunteers of the Month
Our Volunteers of the Month for March are all the chefs who created delicious dishes for our 3rd annual cook-off. Thank you chefs for making this event a scrumptious success!

Flying Turkeys Esquire ; Ken Price and Cheryl Koalska
The Crocking Divas ; Sandi Heller, Lynda Pepper, Joan Henry, Robin Dery
Fiesta Hot Shots ; Ann and Bruce Smith, Judy and Walt Bremer
Points Farther North ; Elaine and Scott McElmury
SLO Cookers ; Kate and Burt Bunnell, June Kramer, Kathie Jimison
The Pedaling Chefs ; Teri Winston and Kathleen Cronin
The Hot Potatoes ; Kristie Lahn and Jeff Watson
Chicken Marabella ; Bob Tuman, Stu and Janie Goldenberg, Julie Jarvis
Team Wright On ; Bonnie Birch, Joe Fram, Charles and Dana Wright
The Hungry Hiker ; Liz Curren
Team Tandori Tandem ; Karla and Russ Walls
Salsa Dancers ; John Long and Reed Boudreaux
First Responders ; Tim Rich and Dave Abrecht
Saucy Senoritas ; Judy Kelling, Arlene Winn
Grand Greeks ; Sandy and Gill Pitt, Pam Zirion, John Went

Volunteers of the Month 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.
Announcing A New Ride
for club members only
When: Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8, 2018
What: Two-Day Ride Trip 
Where: Buellton 
Join SLOBC for two days of cycling in and around Buellton and the Santa Ynez Valley. A wide variety of routes and distances will be provided for riders of all levels. SLOBC will host a bbq dinner on Monday, May 7. Members will be responsible for their own overnight accommodations.

More details : This is a members-only event hosted by the Eat and Greet Committee and is limited to the first 60 people who sign up. The center of activities is Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, located at 180 Avenue of the Flags.
The ride is currently filled and we have established a waiting list. We will try to accommodate everyone who wants to attend. If you are interested in being on the waiting list or have questions, please email Debbie Abrecht at  dlabrecht@icloud.com.
Note from our New Advocate

We All Need to be Advocates for Safe Roads for Cyclists!

Thank you for choosing me as your Advocate for 2018. I have big shoes to fill, as I follow in the footsteps of Dale Sutliff, Dave Abrecht and others who have played such an important role in lobbying the County and several municipalities for the expansion and improvement of cycling infrastructure throughout San Luis Obispo County. I look forward to the year ahead and expect to see some major projects implemented.

As much as I'd love to see new bike lanes and paths, I am just as concerned about the existing bike lanes, paths, and road shoulders that are unsafe or deteriorating for lack of repair or maintenance. But I need your help. We have recently updated our club's Advocacy Page to include both phone numbers and web sites for reporting road hazards. If you see a problem, report it. Let's all work together for safer cycling in San Luis Obispo County.

Barry Rands, SLOBC Advocate
Staying Safe on the Road
By Ken Price

It has become increasingly clear that bicycling on our public roads is getting more dangerous with every passing year. I have been paying close attention to every car that passes me for quite a while now.
As I was riding on a road through Arroyo Grande I saw a driver looking down and obviously texting. The car was gradually drifting a foot or two across the center line. As the car went by the person never looked up and never saw me. I was ready to make a hard right if necessary. Even in group riding, it has become imperative to pay very close attention to all cars that will be passing you, especially on two-lane roads. 
SLOBC Bob Garing Service Award -
Send us the name of your favorite Volunteer!
I n 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, 2018. 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
Financial Report
As of the middle of February, we have $189,309 in our checking account, $63,769 in our CD account and $4,908 in our PayPal account.

Our net income (revenue minus expenses) is $20,696.

Revenue continues to come in from Wildflower registrations.

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 and I will put you on the mailing list.

Thank you.
Your SLOBC Treasurer
Bill Martin
SLOBC Board Minutes
Board Meeting: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
SLO County Air Pollution Office, San Luis Obispo CA
Meeting was called to order at 4:05 pm.
Board Members Present: Susan McTaggart, Dave Abrecht, Chris Broome, Marina Michel, Bonnie Birch, Ken Price, Will Benedict, Barry Rands, Harvey Cohon, Jack Robison, Tim Rich, Judy Kelling.
Absent:  Bill Martin
Visitors & Guests: None
Minutes from the January 9, 2018 meeting were approved.
No board members reported having a conflict of interest with any agenda item.
        Treasurer’s update: January financial statements were circulated to the board.
        Wildflower Update:  Registrations are a little behind last year with about 700 registered. Facebook, emails, and Bike SLO County will be used for publicity over the upcoming months.  Will will have rack cards printed and board members will help place them in bike shops and other public places. Dave noted that we have about ½ the volunteers necessary and need multiple rest stop captains.
        Internal Control Officer report: Judy reported that she and Bill are still working on getting her bank account access.
        Club Express is still under study as a membership software.  Will is looking at some specific issues and has concluded that a single source software is unlikely to meet all the club’s needs.
        DMV regulations and safety issues: A committee is working on developing a list of regulations that would be helpful to share with members.  A condensed League of American Cyclists safety tutorial will be presented as part of several of the club’s group rides.
        Green Drinks:  The club is still coordinating with ECOSLO on setting up a joint program.  Date and content is still to be determined.
        Anholm Bikeway:  By electronic vote the board approved a modified endorsement of the proposal.   The modification expressed concern with the safety implications of a bi-directional cycle track crossing in front of so many residential driveways and the divisive nature of the issue. The bikeway was briefly discussed at the meeting. 
New Business:
        The board approved having a local attorney (J. Diehl) review a liability waiver to be used with rest stop property owners.  The waiver is an insurance requirement.  (MSC: Robison, Abrecht)
        The board approved a $500 contribution (from the unplanned requests budget) to the Santa Rosa Cycling Club to help rebuild and restock their shed that was destroyed in the recent fire (MSC: Abrecht, Price).
        The board approved a budget item of up to $1,000 for royalties for jersey images for each of our fundraising rides.  The expenditure would be subject to the ride leader’s approval (MSC: Broome, Robison).
        Dave will explore the possibility of the club donating a bike rack to be placed in front of Cayucos Coffee.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:35 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,
Jack Robison, Secretary
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