Volume 49, Issue #4, April 1, 2017
What's Happening
Quick Look
April 1, 2017: Lighthouse Jersey Designs Due
April 1, 2017: Wildflower Pre-Ride, Creston Elementary School
April 6, 2017: Wildflower Volunteer Meeting and Pizza Night,  
                        Ludwick Community Center, 6:00 p.m.
April 8, 2017: Wildflower Century Ride
April 9, 2017: Wildflower Banquet,
                       South Bay Community Center,
5:00 p.m.
April 23, 2017: Winery Ride, J & J Cellars
President's Message
2017 Lighthouse Ride
By Dave Abrecht
I know, I know, this year’s Wildflower Ride has yet to occur and I’m writing about the 2017 Lighthouse Ride.  My reasoning is that I am happy to announce that Larry Rutter has accepted the challenge to serve as this year’s Lighthouse Ride Chair. Larry previously chaired the Lighthouse Ride; managing the ride’s move from Cuesta College to Morro Bay High School and the creation of new routes.  Thank you, Larry!

Over the years, the overall management of our rides has become more complex.  Some phases of our planning require commitments to be made well in advance of the ride.  For that reason, Larry will be working with ride captains, as his organizing committee, to ensure we meet these early requirements.  

Speaking of ride captains, I want to encourage our members, especially our newer members, to accept greater responsibility for the Lighthouse Ride.  If you have worked as a volunteer in any capacity on previous rides, consider taking on a captain’s job.  It's a great opportunity to meet and work with fellow members and make a significant contribution to our history of very successful organized bicycle rides. Remember, the proceeds from our rides have allowed the SLOBC to become a generous financial supporter of: 
  • Bicycle advocacy and education programs in SLO County.
  • Efforts to improve our bicycle infrastructure and bike safety.
  • Community organizations that support recreational, academic and social opportunities for youth.
Proceeds from our rides have also allowed the club to offer member social activities, special rides, and unique and fun social events.

Finally, thank you to our members and members of our partner organizations who have contributed to and volunteered for the Wildflower Ride on April 8.  We expect 900+ riders who will enjoy a revised route, great food and fields of blooming wildflowers.  Your efforts and enthusiasm make our riders feel very welcome as they enjoy the beauty of rural San Luis Obispo County. 

Your Board is open to questions, comments and suggestions.  Feel free to contact us at board@slobc.org and stay tuned for more information!
Upcoming Events
Wildflower Pre-Ride

When: Saturday, April1, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All Wildflower Volunteers are invited to ride the Pre-Ride. Over 70 chose their route when they volunteered. If you intend to ride, sign-in to the Member Website and choose you Pre-Ride Route under the Volunteer tab or select None if you are not riding. We need an accurate count to have enough supplies for a safe, comfortable, and fueled ride.

On April 1, sign-in at the Creston Community Garden, ride your route, come back for lunch at the Creston Market, and then finish your ride. There will be an additional sign-in sheet at the Shandon rest stop.

There will have SAG support and rest stops at Shandon, Shell Creek and at the East end of Parkhill Road.

Sign-up and join in. This is no April Fool’s joke. See you there.

Kathy & Harvey Cohon
   Wildflower  Volunteer Meeting
  and Pizza Night

When: Thursday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m.

Did I say pizza? Yes! Join us for pizza and Social Bingo. Not sure what Social Bingo is? Come and find out. You're sure to like it as we discover obscure facts and frivolities about our fellow bike club members. The pizza and game will be followed by the Wildflower Volunteer meeting at  7:00 pm .

To make sure we have enough pizza on hand, RSVP to Barry Rands, Program Coordinator. 

Wildflower Volunteer Banquet
When: Sunday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Where: South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades, Los Osos

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. I f you find that you are not able to attend, please go back to the site and change your banquet option.  

Winery Ride

When: Sunday, April 23
Where: J & J Cellars
Times: 9 a.m. for 40 mile route
           11 a.m. for 20 mile route
            1 p.m. for lunch

Join us for our first Winery Ride starting at J & J Cellars, located east of San Miguel, in one of the flattest areas of North County.  It should be green and beautiful this April, and traffic is almost non-existent on most of the roads we will travel. The route will be a figure-8 so you can ride either 20 or 40 miles.  The club will provide chips, salad, lemonade & cookies.  Bring your own sandwich to accompany. There will be music, wine-tasting and good cheer. We are looking for a few volunteers to help with set up, SAG, etc.  If you can help, please contact Elaine McElmury.

Click here to see route:  J&J Cellars

Pie and Ice Cream Ride

When: Sunday, May 21      
            10:30 - noon
Where: Linn's Fruit Bin Farmhouse
            6275 Santa Rosa Creek Rd.
            Cambria, CA 

Join us for scrumptious pie, ice cream and coffee at Linn's original farmhouse on Santa Rosa Creek Rd. This is a SLOBC-funded event organized by the Eat-and-Greet Committee. There will be organized rides for club members starting from various locations around the county with riide information to follow. This is a members-only event and RSVPs are required.  Space is limited to 100 riders  - reserve your spot now.
News & Notes
2017 Wildflower Volunteering
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with our upcoming Wildflower Ride. We have one glaring issue; we need a Captain and four volunteers to help with clean-up on Sunday morning, April 9th. The good news is that Clean-up volunteers are able to ride the ride and enjoy the great food and support the club offers. If you can help out, please go to the Private Member Area on our website, sign-in and make selections for your volunteer rewards.

Email Dave Abrecht at 
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.

Bike SLO County Donation
SLOBC President Dave Abrecht presented a check for $15,000 to Bike SLO County at their March Board meeting.  He is pictured here with Board President Chris McBride and Executive Director Mike Bennett.  We are proud to contribute to the the work their organization does at both the local and state levels.  Dave also gave them a check for $656, proceeds from our quilt raffle, which will go directly to Bike SLO County's RideWell Program.  
Text Link
Close Call Database
By Ken Price, Safety Director

Close Call Database is a community project for safer cycling.  It allows riders to report an incident with a problem driver and also to be notified of other reports in your area.  As the Safety Director I hope we never have to use this site, but the reality is that we must look out for ourselves. I hope you’ll take a look at this site and let me know what you think, pro or con. You can contact me at safety@slobc.org.

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

“You’re live and on the air” was the message that greeted me when I called our April volunteer of the month! Really?

Cheryl Parks saw this strategy for unrecognized telephone numbers in the “Pickles” cartoon in the Tribune, and she thought that it would be good to start using that phrase to thwart unsolicited calls. Well, it almost worked for me, I should say.

Cheryl was nominated by Elaine McElmury with whom she often works on the Wildflower, sorting, bagging and boxing t-shirts and jerseys. Cheryl and Elaine met at a Wine and Roses Ride about 10 years ago and have become good friends. They often ride together beginning in late January after work and on weekends. As they both live in Templeton, they begin their rides at 6 AM in the summer months. Cheryl loves the Chicago Grade area, and they try to do 30-40 miles if they can. Often their husbands join them.

Born a “military brat” who moved many places, Cheryl now works at the Templeton School District Office as the executive secretary for the superintendent, a job she has held for 21 years. She and her husband, Jeff, used to live in Southern California, but moved to Los Osos in 1997 and later to Templeton.Cheryl and Jeff have a son, Scott, who lives in San Diego and works as an aerospace engineer designing unmanned aerial vehicles, or large drones. They both enjoy biking and giving back to SLOBC. Cheryl states, “I never would have seen as much of this county as I have without all the cycling I do.” Indeed, Cheryl, we all feel the same as you do. Thank you for volunteering and making our club rides so successful. 

Volunteers are chosen at random from your nominations. If you would like to recognize a great volunteer, send an email to Debbie Abrecht and tell us the reason for your choice.

Bike Helmets
By Roger Heathcote
Consumer Reports recently reported on the newest upgrade in bike helmets known as MIPS technology. MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System which is designed to reduce the rotational force and amount of energy  transferred to the rider’s head in a crash.
Consumer Reports suggested three helmets. 
  • The Scott Arx Plus – 87 overall score ($125)
  • Bell Draft MIPS - 80 overall score ($60)
  • Bell Sidetrack MIPS - 78 overall score ($60)
Bike helmets must be properly fitted to be effective.  Keep these tips in mind when fitting your helmet. 
  • The helmet should sit level on your head.
  • It should not be able to rock side to side or end to end.
  • The helmet should be about an inch above the eye brow (one or two fingers) .
    The chin strap should feel tight with a good yawn.
SLOBC Board Minutes
Draft Subject To Board Approval
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Whole Foods Market, San Luis Obispo, CA

Jack Robison, Secretary

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, Barry Rands

 Absent: None

 Visitors & Guests: None

 Minutes from the January 31, 2017 meeting were approved (MSC: Pitt/Rutter).

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


       Treasurer’s & Wildflower Update: Bill Martin and Will Benedict focused on the lower than expected registration for the ride and its implications.  There are currently 838 registered with projected total riders being 1,000.  This is 100 fewer riders than budgeted and would result in a budget shortfall of approximately $6,000.  Potential adjustments to contributions and other items were discussed.  Decisions were deferred until actual ridership and costs are known. 

       Ride Leader’s Update: Elaine McElmury discussed distribution of a packet with essential items for ride leaders than could be easily carried in their jerseys.

       Programs Update:  Barry Rands discussed plans for a combined monthly and volunteer meeting in April. 

       Public Relations Update:  Will Benedict discussed printing a “rack card” which describes our century rides and the benefits of club membership. He has created a preliminary draft. It would be distributed to bike shops and events (see below). 

       There will be a Health and Fitness Expo on March 18 and 19 at the Madonna Expo Center.  Bike SLO County is participating and has invited the club to help with Bike Valet duties and to pass out our new “rack cards” to provide information about the club and the upcoming Wildflower Ride to attendees.  

New Business:

       The Board approved the content of the revisions to the 2017 “Goals and Strategies.” A subgroup will do final editing and then they will be posted to the club’s website. 

       There is still no chair for the upcoming Lighthouse ride.  Alternative ways of chairing century rides and getting chairs were discussed. 

       Caltrans and other agencies are now requiring the club to sign hold harmless agreements.  The implications of those agreements were discussed and the decision was made to consult an attorney as to any steps the club might take with regard to liability issues.

       Three requests for funding were received:

  •      An initial payment of $15,000 will be made to Bike SLO County towards their budgeted contribution.
  •      $1,500 will be contributed to the Gene Cerise Country Coast Classic Bike Ride per the previously approved budget ((MSC: Martin/Rutter)
  •      The funding request from a club member for the Tour of Paso Cancer Support Ride was turned down.  This was a request for support of an individual rider and not consistent with club policy.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:40 pm.

Treasurer's Report
Bill Martin, Treasurer

As of the middle of March the club is continuing to receive revenue from Wildflower registrations and membership dues.  We have $178,758 in our operations checking account, $3,358 in our PayPal account, and $63,578 in a reserve account.  Our net income up to this point (total income minus total expenses) is $27,444.

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.

SLO Coaster

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Nothing will be accepted verbally. 
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