2014 President's Welcome
As your new President, I look forward to serving the Cherry Capital Cycling Club with enthusiasm and professionalism. Filling the shoes of Kimberly White-Dittmer will be a difficult task. However it is a job that I hope to be able to achieve with your help.
Besides myself, there are a number of new faces on the Board. Dale Piske joins the board as its Vice President. Some of you may know Dale as last year’s Monday Night Peninsula Ride Leader. Pete LaPlaca will serve as Secretary, Jell Dillingham, Director of Membership and Jim Mitchell, Ride Around Torch Director.
As for myself, I began cycling in 2009 and joined the club shortly thereafter. I was assisted by many experienced club members who educated me on the ins and outs of how to keep up (buy a new bike), stay safe and have fun. It was so much fun that I became a mileage junkie!
During the past few years I have enjoyed riding hundreds of miles throughout our beautiful area as well as attending numerous social events, fund raisers, volunteer opportunities, and club meetings. This club consists of a group of incredible individuals who are there when another member needs encouragement, support, education, or friendship. I am honored to be your new President and I take the position seriously.
One of my personal goals will be to recruit younger riders and families. Accordingly, I hope to add a number of family friendly rides on the weekends and during after school hours.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to lead this organization into 2014. We have a lot to accomplish and with the help of every member we will continue the tradition of promoting recreational bicycling activity in all forms. If you have suggestions, comments or complaints do not hesitate to contact me. I will do my best to address any issues and I will bring it before the Board if necessary.
Rise Up and Ride On!
Darcie C. Pickren, President, Cherry Capital Cycling Club
Annual Meeting Highlights
About 90 members and guests braved the weather to attend the Club's recent pot-luck dinner and annual meeting at Timber Ridge. After enjoying an amazing variety of tasty dishes, members turned their attention to a number of business matters including:
A review of the Club's financial position presented by Treasurer Bud Huber.
Presentation of the proceeds of the Leelanau Harvest Tour, $10,000, to Pam Darling from Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.
Presentation and approval of a number of revisions to the By-laws.
Election of Officers
President - Darcie Pickren
Vice-president - Dale Piske
Ride Around Torch Director - Jim Mitchell
Communications Director - M'Lynn Hartwell
Social Director - Irma Brownley
Membership Director - (This position was not filled during the meeting. At the
December board meeting, Jeff Dillingham was appointed to fill this opening.)
Ken Rosiek, Ride Director, reported on last season's rides and awarded leader hats and gift certificates to ride leaders. He noted there was a decrease in both the number of ride leaders and miles ridden, even though the number of rides increased from the previous year. Top leaders in rides led were Ann Huber (40), George Gambert (49) and Ken Rosiek (69).
Mileage guru, Pete Danly awarded mileage hats to all riders with 500 or more miles on Club rides. Heading the list were George Gambert (6,669), Ann Huber (8,043) and Mike Shomin (8,420). Ann received a "Women's Mileage Leader" plaque from Darcie Pickren to recognize her achievement.
A written poll was conducted to gauge the relative importance to the members of tracking/reporting mileage and volunteer recognition. Members were asked to rate each on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important. Mileage received a rating of 2.6 and volunteer recognition 3.6 on the 5 point scale.