The Bloomington Bicycle Club held its annual meeting and banquet on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Bloomington Convention Center. For the last couple of years we’ve met at the Convention Center, which seems to fit our needs very well.
This time the evening began with the business meeting. President Jim Schroeder called the meeting to order and welcomed the attending members and BBC guests.
The first item of business was the election of officers. This was the first election under the new by-laws adopted last year. Dan Fowler, chair of the Nominating Committee, was unable to attend, so treasurer Jerry Arveson introduced the slate of candidates for the three positions to be filled for new two-year terms: President, Jim Schroeder; Secretary, Kathy Cummins; and Officer-at-Large (new this year!), Stan Ellis. All three were elected unanimously. Jerry Arvesen continues as treasurer for 2014 — the treasurer position will be up for election in 2015, as will the vice presidency, which became vacant when Dan Fowler decided to resign for personal reasons. The board will presumably appoint someone to fill that slot until the next election.
Treasurer Jerry Arvesen then presented a Financial Report in the form of a PowerPoint overview of the BBC’s 2013 finances, The theme of his presentation was “RAIN ride supports the club!” Aside from RAIN expenses, the club’s largest expense is the grants we give.
In conjunction with Jerry’s theme, Jim put in a plug for RAIN volunteers, noting that mileage is reimbursed for RAIN volunteers. Jim also noted that the club ought to decide what to do with some of our cash on hand. We can afford to make a meaningful gift to the city or county, such as one in support of the bicycle/pedestrian bridge over I-69. The club will be looking at that in 2014.
Brett Nelson, chair of the grants committee, announced the 2014 grant award winners, and introduced the winners who were in attendance at the banquet. This year’s grantees are deCycles, for its 2014 Key West-to-Bloomington youth bicycle ride; the Monroe County Active Transportation Committee, for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Map project; BCT Management Inc. (the Buskirk-Chumley Theater), for a screening of Breaking Away and related film festival activities; Bloomington Parks & Recreation, to support Bloomington Bikes Month; Stepping Stones, Inc., for its Bike Active! Program for homeless youth; Bloomington Cooperative Services (Bloomingfoods), for a wellness program/bike to work incentive; Harmony School, for Harmony Bike Club and a public bike repair station; City of Bloomington Planning Department, for the Bloomington Bicycle Education Corps; and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, to support its expanded Club Riders Bicycle Club.
Finally President Jim Schroeder reviewed the achievements of the BBC board of directors in 2013 and its goals for 2014. Institution of regular bi-monthly meetings was successful, with six board meetings held in 2013. A new chair of mountain biking was added to the board (Dan Hickey). Further positions Jim would like to see filled are marketing and safety and education.
Jim and other club members worked on the issue of ride waivers, getting legal advice on behalf of both the club and RAIN. A new waiver has been developed based on the recommendations of the lawyers and our liability insurance company. All club members must sign the new waiver when they register, and non-members will be required to sign a waiver each time they ride with us on an official BBC ride. After three rides with us, non-members must join the club. Also new on the club registration form is provision of an in-case-of-accident (ICE) number. The club ride schedule will be set soon–the annual meeting for this will be held at ride coordinator John Bassett’s home in February. New possibilities for rides in 2014 are monthly dinner rides. John and Ron Brown have been organizing ride maps into GPS format. Allan Edmonds had expanded our media reach to Facebook, with a BBC club group that so far has 50 members. RAIN, our moneymaker, is July 12, 2014. Fifty to seventy volunteers are needed on the day of RAIN, plus others before the ride. The RAIN committee itself logs 200-300 hours during the year and on RAIN day to pull off the ride. Volunteer early to pick your spot!
In addition to the grants, we have also donated money for Bloomington’s Open Streets program and the Buskirk-Chumley’s tie-in movie following the No Good Horrible Ride, and Bicycle Indiana. We give back to the community.
For our own fun and feasting, the club held three free food events: the post-RAIN picnic at Cascades, the pizza party, and the winter banquet.
Referring again to a possible large grant to the city/county for a bicycle/pedestrian bridge, Jim has communicated with various officials and thinks there is a good outlook for progress to be made this year. Perhaps a monetary gift from the BBC can be used to help with feasibility studies. Club-member suggestions were solicited for placement of 14 share-the-road signs that Monroe County has purchased.
Jim closed by noting that advocacy by all club members in support of local cycling should be a priority. Club members are encouraged to not only express their opinion that cycling matters to neighbors and acquaintances, but also to let government committees and elected officials in on BBC cyclists’ point of view by attending meetings or even joining citizen’s committees in the city or county.
After Jim’s remarks, Tammy Berger, event coordinator, announced that dinner was served and reminded attendees to put their raffle tickets into the boxes for various prizes. Photos of BBC rides and other 2013 events prepared by Klaus Rothe played on the screen during the meal.
After dinner, Jacqui Bauer, City Sustainability Director, and Vince Caristo, City Bike/Pedestrian Director, gave a presentation on the City of Bloomington’s Civil Streets program.
Altogether we had fun and informative evening with friends. Now if winter would finally retire, we could get on with the biking season, set to start March 1.
Thanks to Secretary Kathy Cummins, whose minutes formed the basis of this report.