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Katy Trail-MJA

November 2017 President’s Message

 

Dear Fellow Members and Friends,


I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the Holiday Party and Awards Banquet on September 9th. We are at a new venue, The Ramona Ballroom, on the westside. Jade Stanley, our Event Director, and Len Burroughs are planning an enjoyable evening for you. Click here to register no later than December 4th. As the Party is open to only members and guests, you will have to sign in to see the registration button.

 

While you are registering for the Party, please consider donating to the Bikes for Needy Children Fund. With your generosity, we can help non-profit organizations purchase bikes for kids, including the Jacksonville Children’s Christmas Party, St. Johns County Firefighters for Families, NCSO Shop with Cops, and the JP Hall Charities in Clay County.  We are not quite at 50% of our goal for this year of $10,000. For every $25 you donate, you will get one chance of winning a pair of Jaguars tickets in a weekly drawing. Buying a bike for a child will make you feel almost as good as the child who receives it!

 

With the close of the ride year, I hope you met the goals you set for yourself and are up on the dais at the Party receiving your awards for mileage, etc. With all our weekly, Sunday, Travel Team and Charity Team events, there is a great variety of rides to choose from. And I want to thank our Ride Director, Nick Tallyn, and all the many ride leader and Team Captains who organize our activities throughout the year. Without them, we would have no club.

 

Jade is at work on the Tour de Forts ClassicSM to be held April 29th. We’ve secured the venue, St. Augustine High School, and our routes will be similar to prior years. But we hope to add some activities around the main event, the ride on Sunday. Over the next few months, we will be looking for volunteers to help put on the ride. There are many positions where you can help but still do the ride. Registration is now open at www.registertdf.com, with an early-bird discount until November 30th. For members who were registered for the Endless Summer Watermelon Ride, we already emailed out $20 discount codes (Promo codes) which includes the $10-member discount (non-member registrants will receive a $10 discount). If you didn’t get your Promo code, contact me.

 

Our Annual Meeting will be held on November 28th at the Black Finn restaurant at the St. Johns Town Center. We have been trying out several alternative meeting sites. We want to find a central venue that is conducive to a club meeting that offers good fare at a reasonable price. If you have a suggestion, contact Len Burroughs at lenbeco@comcast.net.

 

At the Annual Club Meeting on November 28th, we will review the year and vote for members of the Board of Directors. After great effort, the Nominating Committee under Jodi Hohlstein’s direction has come up with a full slate including four members who have never served on the Board and one who has been off the Board for a couple of years. The Board has been considering amending our bylaws to institute term limits to keep our board fresh with new ideas and so those who volunteer for the Board don’t view it as a life sentence.

 

With great regret I report that Jonathan Tomassetti has resigned from the Board as General Director. Jonathan’s work responsibilities preclude him from attending many of the Board meetings. His input has been invaluable. Jonathan will continue as Co-Captain of the Travel Team with Veronica Lane, assist in our social media outreach via Facebook and Strava, and help with mapping routes.

 

I welcome your input. Please email me at prez@nfbc.us with your thoughts.

 

Ride smart and ride safe.

 

Hoping to see you on the road,

 

Mark