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CLUB and BOARD MEETINGS - Last Update 1/20

The next Board meeting will be held Thursday January 23, 2020. Any member who would like to address the Board or present an item for the agenda can send an email to the Board at president@bikehikers.com. 

The next Club meeting will be held Wednesday March 4, 7:00 pm at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse. If you have a suggested agenda item, please send an e-mail to vicepresident@bikehikers.com or president@bikehikers.com. 

Attention Ride Leaders and Future Ride Leaders - Updated 1/20

Mark your calendars for the March 4 Club Meeting. We will be holding a Ride Leader Clinic. It will be a great time for existing ride leaders to sharpen their skills and hear about recent changes to the Ride Leader Guidelines. Bring your laptop or tablet for a hands-on opportunity to learn how to add a ride to the event calendar, how to search and find routes in our route library, how to print cue sheets, how to post your ride on Forums and Facebook and much more. You will be able to add your first ride to the calendar and team up with an existing Ride Leader to help with your ride.  Check out the Event Calendar for March 4 for more information.  
 
BUY YOUR CLUB APPAREL NOW!  Updated 1/20
Access our Team Store by going to the Apparel page on the club website and click on one of the "Voler Ordering" links.  You can order until February 15 and all items will be shipped directly to you between March 23 and March 31.  Additional information regarding available items and how to order is on the Apparel page.  


WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING NEW & RETURNING MEMBERS (4TH QUARTER) - NEW 1/6

Joseph Abbate Wendy Appleby
Fernando Berton Richard Caldwell
Leon Capart Gary Carlson
Diane Chesebro Elizabeth Clarke
Derek Day Michael Ettner
David Harbert Diane Hofsommer
Tom Hofsommer Erik Jones
Martin Little Michael Manley
Kathleen McCandless Erin Merrill
Scott Merry Marilyn Morris
Debbie Nick Ted Nissen
Bill Opferman Jo Ann Blitt
Joseph Polacheck Bruce Roundy
David Schaefer Walt Seifert
Jeff Sprague Tricia Stevens
Darlene Stewart Jim Stotts
Linda Subido Elizabeth Vasile
Cricket Webb


2020 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - New 12/31

Happy New Year to all our members! When elected to the Board I put forward a number of goals for 2019. As I look to the changes that our Board has made, we improved our ability to communicate with new and prospective members through our new website and operating platform; we adopted new Safety Guidelines and provided safety training; we have actively been promoting membership, the club and Party Pardee through appearances on TV, an article on the club the Inside Sacramento publication, participation in events such as Capital Bike Fest, and the development and distribution of a number of promotional materials at local and regional bike events. We are currently finishing up work on updated Ride Leader Guidelines which will help existing and prospective Ride Leaders navigate the process of leading rides. We also brought some additional “Fun” to the club with our very successful two Ice Cream Socials and our new Holiday Party.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without my fellow Board Members who have all been supportive of all these initiatives and all of the numerous club volunteers that make our events and club successful. Thank you all!

Do you know how many volunteers it takes to do all this? Come join me to meet our volunteers and celebrate their contributions and our mileage award recipients at the Awards Banquet February 5 at Del Paso Country Club. You can sign up by clicking the link on our Homepage. Our Banquet Chair and Committee are working hard to put on an exceptional event at our new venue.


As I look forward to 2020 my primary goal is to complete work on the Ride Leader Guidelines, and ensure the information on our website remains current and relevant.


I will be asking a few members to help the Board work on new guidelines for electric assist bikes. This is a growing segment of the cycling community and we must get out in front of it as more of our members are using electric assist bikes to support their exercise routines. We want to be a club that is welcoming to this emerging trend.


And finally, we want to continue to encourage member participation and feedback. Please let us know of your concerns or ideas on how to keep us the best cycling club in the region.


2020 CHALLENGE - Updated 1/20 

Check it out!  The first Challenges are in and posted!

As communicated through the Forum, "The Challenge" is back after a few years' absence. This year the theme is Challenges Aplenty in 2020.  This is a fun opportunity to challenge yourself to up to three biking related goals and achieve them in 2020!  At year's end, participants gather to celebrate with a fabulous award for those who succeed.  How to join, ideas for challenges and guidelines are all on the club’s website under 2020 Challenge on the top bar.  Once there, just click on the section bars to find out the details.  If you have questions or need help with ideas, please send an email to Karen Holland or Kathy Wright.  

Remember, the deadline to sign up is February 1.  What's your personal challenge? 



SPRING BLITZ 
Kathy and George Koumis are the Co-chairs for Spring Blitz 2020. The registration fee is $22 which will include a celebration dinner on April 15 at the Spaghetti Factory on Watt Ave.

For new members who may not be familiar with this event, each year the Club encourages members to get back in shape after the winter doldrums with our March Spring Blitz event. Members who wish to participate, sign up and to encourage you to ride, the Club makes a donation to the American River Parkway Foundation based on the total miles ridden by participants in March - so the more you ride, the more we donate.  To recognize Spring Blitz participants, a dinner is held in April to celebrate the donation and miles ridden. 

CALIFORNIA BIKE SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATE PROGRAM 

We just received word that you can now pre-order your Cal Bike License Plate. The purchase of the California Bike Plate will generate grants to promote cycling as a physical activity, fund bike skill development and nutrition education at the elementary school level and create safe places to ride through cycling advocacy. Grants will also support earn-a-bike programs for at-risk youth, middle and high school programs, promote bicycles as transportation and conduct safety and share the road education programs for drivers and cyclists. Grants will be available to statewide coalitions, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, county health departments and other organizations.

The Bike Hikers have been challenged by the Cal Bike Plate program to obtain 100 plate orders (and beat all other local clubs). In order for the plates to be produced, 7,500 pre-orders must be received in the next 12 months. As of today, with little promotion there 190 license plates have been pre-ordered. To help support the promotion of this program, the club will be donating to the program. Lets do our part to support cycling and exercise. 

For more information on the program and to order your plate visit CAL BIKE PLATE