|Place:||Oyster Bar, 3003 W. Markham, Little Rock|
|Date:||March 12, 2015|
|Time:||7:00 PM, 6:30 PM to eat|
|Info:||Discussion of April BRAA and route|
The Ride Schedule and current information will be now be posted at https://arkansasbicycleclub.wildapricot.org for now. If you are a current member, email me a request for your temporary password to log on and update your profile. You can now join and renew your membership directly through the new site with your c.c.
The ABC Board met before the general meeting. Jim Britt was re-elected President. The annual budget was approved. This is largely website and office support and insurance, Arky expenses, and our donations/memberships to Bike League, Adventure Cycling, etc.
Jim prsented a program and the Risks of Bicycling vs. the Health Benefits. (The health benefits won!)
Some upcoming riders were mentioned with our 3 day Lake Ouachita ride being one of the next, Feb. 14. We may do a 3 day ride to Tour de Toad to Conway, May 1-3. The next 6 day BRAA will leave from LR on Sunday, April 19 going to Lake DeGray and to the west.
The members present voted on the 2 Board of Director positions. Jess Askew and Linda VanBlaricom were elected. Jim and Janice gave a presentation on their recent Oregon coast tour with Adventure Cycling. Recycle Bikes for Kids gave a report and saving your extra bicycling clothing and gear to take to bike shops for them to resale at RBFK's.
Joe Weber Arky 100 registration is open and the shirts were given to those who registered and volunteers.
The upcoming 3 day Lake DeGray Ride Oct. 4-6 by Janice was reported, and the new Flatlanders Ride from West Memphis on October 18.
We will be registering again at bikereg.com and search for Joe Weber Arky 100. You can join ABC at the same time if you wish. The long sleeve shirts will be issued as long as they last. The web site will tell you if that size is out. This will be an A4 shirt but weave / wicking, texture rather than the wind-blocker type. They run about 1 size large in the men's and 1-2 sizes small in the women's. I put the chest sizes with the sizing on the order site.
Join us on June 22nd at 2:30 p.m. as we dedicate the bench in memory of Diane McConnell. Diane was an avid bicyclist and ardent supporter of BACA. She was tragically killled while bicycling on Kavanaugh in November 2012. There are several options to join us in honoring Diane. The bench is on the Emerald Park Trail across from Fort Roots. The regular Arkansas Bicycle Club Sunday ride will leave from Two Rivers Park Bridge at 1:00 p.m. They will meet up with riders who want to start at 2:00 p.m. at Fike's Bikes in NLR on the River Trail. We will get to the bottom of Ft. Roots road on the River Trail (by the skate park) at about 2:15 p.m. to bike up to the bench. Those who want to drive to the ceremony can park at the nearest parking lot off Pulaski Tech. The gate to the Trail will be open that day. The bench is about 0.6 miles from the overlook at the Emerald Park Trail (across from Ft. Roots). Please join us to honor and remember Diane.
Family and friends,
We are planning to have a blessing for Diane at the UU Church Memorial Gardens, 1818 Reservoir Rd, Little Rock, on June 22nd, immediately following the church service around 12:15 pm. We have buried Diane’s ashes and have her beautiful marker placed in the garden on the spot she chose. I hope you will be able to come join in the blessing.
Also, at 2:30 pm on June 22nd, BACA is dedicating a bench on the Emerald Park Trail to Diane. The bench was purchased from donations to BACA in Diane’s name. We would love for you to come see the bench, plaque and remember Diane at a spot she just loved. The ABC Sunday 1:00 ride is planning to ride up to the bench but others are planning on driving and parking at Pulaski Tech and I will sent directions as soon as I get them.
(We will have some riders going to Ft. Roots that Sunday, Jim)
Janet Nye won the trophy for the year by coming in just 4 minutes off of her estimated time. Thanks again to Judy McDowall for the timing and Debbie Blackwell for the rest stop on the mountain. Coreen also helped with the timing, thanks. Jim
The meeting was a review of the upcoming BRAA. We decided to start a day later due to bad weather and return on Thursday to participate in the 65 Roses Ride. It and the Cardiac Classic are the next charity rides coming up in April and are on the Ride Schedule.
Submitted by Jim Britt
Janet Nye with help from Allen Nye, gave a nice report with pictures on her Death Valley to Mt. Whitney ride last September. She made it! Jim gave announcements for the upcoming Civil War Rid in Jacksonville, March 22 and the Wine Country Ride in Altus, March 29. We will not meet in March. The next meeting will be at Boundreaux's in April.
The Board meeting was before the general meeting at Oyster Bar. Jim Britt was re-elected as ABC President. The annual budget for operating expenses and donations was approved. A new item was approval of $200 from ABC to the County Family Sculpture Fund. $1000 was given last year in memory of Diane McConnell. Other items of support for the near future are Adventure Cycling, Wounded Warriors, League of American Bicyclists, sponsorship of a Tour de Rock training ride, and Recycle Bikes for Kids.
The preliminary organized Ride Schedule for the year was passed out and is posted in the Forum. A couple changes from last year, Wine Country Ride is March 29th and the Tour de Toad in Conway will be May 3 at 1:00 pm after a morning run.
Submitted by Jim Britt