Volume 50, Issue # 11, November 1, 2018

A Presentation by the Goldenbergs on Nov. 8th at the Library!!!

Nov. 4 Autumn Paso Pie Ride.... Filled Again!!!

Dec. 7 Winter Potluck

Upcoming Events, Mark Your Calendar!

President's Message
Farewell to the Eat-and-Greet

Three years ago Debbie Abrecht created a committee with the express purpose of bringing fun, social events to the club. Thanks to her inspiration and leadership we have enjoyed three amazing cook-offs, an apple harvest ride in See Canyon, pie and ice cream rides in Cambria, a box lunch picnic in Arroyo Grande, and a two-day ride event in Buellton. She and her committee did exactly what they set out to do and we are grateful for the time and energy they devoted to our good times. However, the Eat-and-Greet committee is turning in their aprons and will not be planning events for us next year. If you see them on the road please add your thanks. Committee members included Marina Michel, Peg Heathcote, Debbie Abrecht, Cindee Varni, Judy Rutter, Joan Petersen, Janis Benedict, Susan McTaggart, Kathleen McHugh and Linda Kahn.
Alas, no one has stepped forward to take my place as president next year. I get it that you are busy with family and travel and that you just like to ride your bike with friends, but please consider taking a leadership role. We need a president to have a club. We need new ideas to carry our club forward.

And by the way, we also need a Ride Coordinator. You can always contact me with good news at president@slobc.org . Thanks, Susan McTaggart

Stu and Janie Goldenberg  present
The Great Automobile and Bicycle Adventure of 2017

Come ride with us through 14 states, there is plenty of room in the car. Along the way, cycle with us in 7 states, mostly on rails to trails. There is room for you there too. We cycle on a tandem, you get the back seat.  

If you like numbers, read on:
Trip lasted 32 days
Around 500 pictures of the trip. (You will see some of them)
Drove about 6000 miles
Cycled about 400 miles
No flat tires, one broken spoke
Two sets of wheels - road tires and knobbies
Visited friends and family - 5 locations 

When: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Where: SLO City/County Library
Autumn Paso Pie Ride
Back by popular demand!
Our second Autumn Paso Pie ride will be coming up on Sunday, November 4, 2018, starting at Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles. After a beautiful ride through the countryside the club will provide lunch at the lakeside pavilion including pumpkin and apple pie! 
Click here to see routes:
Beer at Barney 32-miles   (1193 elevation gain)
Beer at Barney 40-miles   (1661 elevation gain)
Barney Schwartz Park is at 2970 Union Rd, Paso Robles, CA.
Suggested start times are 8:30 a.m. for 40-mile route and 9:30 a.m. for 32-mile route. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m.
The ride is currently full, but you may email Elaine McElmury at tipsycyclist@gmail.com to be put on a waiting list.
Winter Potluck

Please join us for our end-of-year potluck dinner and presentation of the 2018 Presidents Awards.

When: Friday, Dec. 7., 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Ludwick Community Center, SLO

  • Bring a main dish, salad or side dish to share. No desserts! The club has that covered.
  • You may bring beer or wine. We will provide non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Bring your own plate, glass, fork, spoon, and napkin.
  • Feel free to bring a guest or two!
Mark your calendars...

November 4, Autumn Pie Ride

November 8, Travels with Stu and Janie

December 4, SLOBC Board Meeting

December 7, Potluck Dinner

Check out our Event Calendar for details.

Club Insurance
by Dave Abrecht

Bob Tuman has served as the club’s insurance coordinator for many years. Bob has decided to step down from this responsibility at the end of this year and I will taking over for him on January 1st. Bob deserves our heartfelt thanks for his work and his commitment to keep our club protected from potential civil claims and litigation. 

This transition is a good time to explain to our membership why we have insurance and exactly what our policies cover. Our insurance is for General Liability  and protects the club from third party claims. If a member on a club ride causes harm or damage, our policy protects the club and the individual if we were to be sued. For example, if a member hits a pedestrian or damages someone’s personal property. If the injured party sues the club, our General Liability insurance covers any settlement or civil judgment.  

The General Liability policy does not cover the Lighthouse Ride or the Wildflower Ride, our two large, organized bicycle rides. We purchase separate event coverage from USA Cycling for these rides.

Finally, and this is the most important point for our members, our insurance policies do not cover the treatment of injuries incurred by a club member or guest while participating in a club approved ride. Members are expected to use their own health care coverage for the treatment of any injuries that result from an incident during a club ride or event. 

If you have questions about our insurance policies and the coverage they provide, please feel free to contact me.

Safety Report
From Ken Price

 The most important message for all of us is communication. Use hand signals and loud verbal signals so there are no surprises for any of us. Our reaction times go down, our hearing diminishes and our eyesight becomes less precise as we ride more years. We want to bike safely and gracefully which means we do not push lights, stop signs, bike lane markings, or trucks.

Minutes from the Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
SLO County Air Pollution Office, San Luis Obispo CA
Meeting was called to order at 5:00 pm.
Board Members Present: Susan McTaggart, Chris Broome, Marina Michel, Will Benedict, Jack Robison, Bill Martin, Ken Price, Barry Rands, Bonnie Birch, and Tim Rich.
Absent:  Dave Abrecht, Judy Kelling and Harvey Cohon (Again)
Visitors & Guests: Rick Ellison, Executive Director, Bike SLO County
Minutes from the September 4, 2018 meeting were approved (MSC: Price, Rands).
No board members reported having a conflict of interest with any agenda item.
        Rick Ellison introduced himself, gave a summary of his background and thanked the club for their vital support of Bike SLO County. He reviewed the coalition’s activities (bike kitchen, bike valet and school programs). His goals are to expand current programs and make the organization less SLO centric.
        Treasurer’s update: Not all Lighthouse expenses are in, but Bill expects that overall the club will be close to having revenues equal expenses for the year.  The only remaining inflow for the year will be club dues.
        Lighthouse Update:  Will reported we had just over 1,100 registrations and about 10% no shows for the ride.  Sixty percent of the riders were repeat riders and riders were evenly split between those that rode each route.
        Internal Control Officer report: No report.
        After continued discussion of the club’s publication policies, revised policies were approved and will be published on the club’s web site.  The principal changes involved revisions to make the policies consistent with club express and the decision to have the club directory distributed to members in PDF format twice a year rather than mailing printed copies. The decision regarding the club directory was driven in part by the reduced revenues from our fundraising rides.  
New Business:
        The concept of having a single volunteer appreciation event each year rather than separate events for ride leaders, fundraising rides, etc. was discussed.  No decision was made at this time.
        A $250 donation from the 2018 Unplanned Contributions budget was proposed for the Interact Club at Coast Union High School in thanks for their help at Shamel Park (MSC: Birch, Price).
        Susan encouraged all board members to try to recruit candidates for club President and Ride Leader.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:40 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,
Jack Robison, Secretary

Treasurer's Report
As of the middle of October we have $180,299 in our checking account, $63,769 in our CD account and $5,386 in our PayPal account.

Our net income (revenue minus expenses) is $14,105. 

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

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