Volume 49, Issue #9, September 1, 2017
What's Happening
Quick Look
September 16, 2017: Chili Dogs at Hardie Park Ride, Cayucos
October 7, 2017:  Lighthouse Pre-Ride
October 14, 2017 : Lighthouse Century Ride
October 15, 2017 : Lighthouse Volunteer Banquet
President's Message
Help Wanted!
By Dave Abrecht

If you enjoy riding with your SLOBC friends and enjoy the many social opportunities that the club provides, please give some serious thought to becoming a part of the club’s leadership team. Nominations are being sought for the 2018 SLOBC Board of Directors, and we are always looking for new energy and ideas from our membership. A recent polling of current board members indicates that many will continue in their current jobs or seek another board position, but there are several open positions that offer our members the opportunity to become more involved in the decision-making process of our club. 

Vice-President: The role of the vice-president in the SLOBC is to be the liaison between our members and many volunteers and the Board of Directors. Do not fear, there is no expectation that the vice-president is in line to become the next club president.

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 and Member at Large:  These two positions offer a great opportunity for members to take a more active role in our club. The Program Chair makes arrangements for the programs at several club general meetings. The Member at Large plans our two potluck social events in June and December. Conceivably, these two officers can work together, along with a committee of interested members, to plan festive social events and interesting meetings. 

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. This is another perfect job for a member who enjoys using the internet and various forms of social media to promote the SLOBC and our contributions to cycling in San Luis Obispo County. 

For more information about the duties of the various Board officers, please visit   http://www.slobc.org/volunteering/board-jobs.html

If you are interested in one of these positions or have questions, feel free to e-mail me at  president@slobc.org
Upcoming Events
Chili Dogs at Hardie Park Ride

Our next club ride will be on Saturday, September 16 , starting at Hardie Park in Cayucos and heading north on Highway 1. Pick your own turnaround point.

The club will serve chilidogs, slaw, chips, cookies and lemonade. Bring your own beer if you want it. Let us know if you'd like a veggie burger instead of a chilidog.

Lunch will be served at 1 p.m., so here are suggested start times and turnarounds.

  • 10:30 am, turnaround at Highway 46, 21 miles roundtrip (RT)
  • 9:30 am, turnaround at Main St. in Cambria, 31 miles RT
  • 9:00 am, turnaround at San Simeon, 38 miles RT
  • 8:00 am, turnaround at Hearst Castle, 45 miles RT 
There is a 60-rider limit, so RSVP soon!

News & Notes
Volunteer of the Month - Frank Mullin
By Pam Zirion
Our Volunteer of the Month for September is Frank Mullin. Frank is well known to many of us as a tireless volunteer who has assisted with many “tech” functions of SLOBC. He puts together the Ride Calendar and developed and maintains our “members only” site to support and simplify the club’s membership, volunteering, and voting processes. In addition he automated our Century registration moving the club from mailed applications to online registration. And last, but not least, he has maintained the club website for 15 years.

Frank calls himself a “nerd” but he has many other dimensions. Born in Berkeley, he was lucky enough to attend Cal Tech in Pasadena. While there he got summer jobs working on some early computers (very large and primitive compared to today’s models). Attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, Frank got a job at Honeywell where he used computers to design fuel gauges for airplanes including the 747 and C5A for the Air Force.

Next Frank was employed by TRW in Redondo Beach, CA, where he worked on a variety of projects utilizing computers which took his family and himself to New Jersey and Virginia.

After Virginia, TRW moved the Mullin family to San Diego and then to Germany where Frank consulted with German engineers to develop a system for space exploration similar to the America’s. 

Returning to California and after getting an Apple II, Frank wrote a home accounting package. It was published as “Dollars and Sense” in 1981 and became the bestselling home accounting program for a few years.

At TRW, Frank worked on both defense and science projects, and later, on image processing projects aimed at supporting the US Post Office efforts to process mail more efficiently. 

Frank only had one brief period of cycling before he moved to San Luis Obispo. That was during the late 70’s starting in Virginia and then in San Diego where he used a bicycle to commute to work. He took up cycling more seriously when he retired, moved to Pismo Beach, and joined the bike club. His first club ride was John Sasaki’s Tuesday Night Ride. John was the Ride Coordinator at that time, and Frank took his place in 2000 when John “retired.” Following that, Frank continued to serve on the board until 2012, and was President of SLOBC from 2007-2009. When I asked Frank about his “favorite” ride, he said that now “the flatter the better”. I think we can all relate to that!

Thank you, Frank, for all you have done and still do for SLOBC.

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.
The Bale Celebrates Eleven Years of Tortoises
By Stu Goldenberg 
On August 4, the Tortoises celebrated their 11th anniversary with an approximate re-enactment of their original ride. About 30 Tortoises rode from the Goldenberg home to the Nautical Bean for coffee and then back to their home for a barbecue/potluck. They were joined by spouses and friends, bringing the total to 46 people. Good food and fun was had by all.
Lighthouse Century Volunteers

It's not too late! We still have open volunteer opportunities for the Lighthouse Century.  Please use the button below to sign up for the job of your choice.

Course Marshal Team
Cypress Tree Rest Stop Team
Donati Winery Rest Stop Team
Truck Loaders, Friday afternoon   
Highway 46 Rest Stop Team
3 SAG Drivers
Shamel Park Rest Stop Team 
Waste Management and Recycling Team 

Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Dave Abrecht @  lighthouse-volunteer-coord@slobc.org .
2019 Regional Transportation Plan 

SLOCOG is embarking on a program to involve the public in the development of its long-range transportation plan. The 2019 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and accompanying Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) is scheduled to be adopted in June 2019. It will provide a 20+ year vision for the future growth and development of the San Luis Obispo region, focusing on issues affecting our quality of life and environment over the decades to come. Take the survey now and tell SLOCOG what you want the region to look like by 2045!
Staying Safe on the Road
By Ken Price

Recent studies have shown some clear findings related to bike clothing and bike lights. 

  • Wearing fluorescent leg coverings provides even better visibility than a fluorescent jersey. This is because the motion of cyclists' legs makes them more recognizable.

  • A flashing tail light is significantly more conspicuous than an always-on light, which is more conspicuous than no light at all. Using front and rear lights increases safety.

Take the time to go to your city's traffic commission meeting to express your thoughts on better infrastructure for biking. Go to the County Supervisor meetings and let them know how you would like the new gas tax money to be spent. We can have an impact on these decisions, but we have to speak up.
Stop or Yield?
by Dave Abrecht

A bill is being proposed in our state legislature that would allow cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign and proceed without coming to a complete stop, as required by current law. The proposed law is patterned after a similar law in the state of Idaho. 

The SLOBC has been asked to endorse and support this law as it winds it way through the legislative process. Your Board of Directors has discussed the issue and we have divergent opinions and some concerns. Before taking any public stance, we would like to hear from our members. How would this proposed law affect cycling and your safety in San Luis Obispo County? 

The link below will take you to an article that was published by Walt Seifert, the Executive Director of Trailnet Sacramento, a bike trail advocacy group. 

Feel free to e-mail your thoughts and comments to me at  president@slobc.org  
Restructuring Membership Dues and Processes

A committee is being organized to discuss an increase in club fees and to choose a new tool for managing membership. If you would like to be a part of this group, please join us on Sept. 13 at Black Horse Coffee on Los Osos Valley Road at 3:00 pm. You may contact Susan McTaggart if you have any questions or comments.
SLOBC Board Minutes

Board Meeting: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
SLO County Air Pollution Office, San Luis Obispo CA

Meeting was called to order at 5:00 pm
Board Members Present: David Abrecht, Bill Martin, Jack Robison, Larry Rutter, Susan McTaggart, Ken Price, Will Benedict, Mike Balster, Harvey Cohon
Absent: Elaine McElmury, Dale Sutliff, Barry Rands
Visitors & Guests: None
Minutes from the May 30, 2017 meeting were approved (MSC: Rutter/Pitt).
No board members reported having a conflict of interest with any agenda item.

  • Treasurer’s update: Lighthouse registrations are at 1,000 so revenue is down significantly. The board will need to give the Treasurer input on reducing expenses and contributions if registrations continue to be below the 1,400 budgeted. 
  • Lighthouse Update: There are openings for volunteers in in a number of areas. The rest stop and lunch stop at Shamel Park will be separated and food at the lunch stop will be increased from last year. 
  • Will Benedict discussed the research he has done on a new membership software program. It would be used for membership renewals and emails/registration for club events. The programs do not have a component suitable for the Wildflower and Lighthouse ride registration, volunteering and clothing sales. There would be an initial set-up fee of approximately $1,000 and an ongoing monthly fee of about $50. Research is still underway and no specific recommendation was made at this time. 
  • On June 12, 2017 a motion was passed by an email vote of the board to donate $500 for the bike valet at the Morro Bay July Family Fun Bike Event (MSC: Balster/Martin)

New Business:

  • A motion was made to revise club policy 5.3 to read:”The club’s two century rides are normally scheduled in April and September. Scheduling considerations should include avoiding major religious holidays if at all possible.” (MSC: Rutter/Pitt) 
  • The board agreed to set up a committee to discuss an increase to club dues. Members would be McTaggart, Benedict, Cohon, and Sutliff. An announcement will be made in the bulletin and non-board members will be invited to attend and give input to the committee. 
  • A motion was made to have the club become a member of the “Central Coast Districted Driving Awareness Partnership” being formed by Bike SLO County (MSC: Rutter/Pitt) 
  • A bicycle repair stand has been donated to the club by a member. It will be given away at the Lighthouse Volunteer Banquet.
  • The Board discussed nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors. Dave Abrecht will contact Nominating Committee Chair Frank Mullin to create a Nomination Committee.
  • Due to potential absences, the September board meeting will be cancelled and any necessary business will be conducted electronically.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:10 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jack Robison, Secretary
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