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Latest News / May 2015 club meeting minutes
« Last post by Patrick on May 23, 2015, 01:45:08 PM »
Club Meeting Minutes for May 7, 2015
*Officers present
Patrick Stelte, President
Hugh Smith, Treasurer
Steve Pequignot, Touring
Phil Snider, Off-Road
Jane Lewandowski, Membership
Kathy Boling, Newsletter
Wendy Vieyra, Publicity

*Officers absent
Joe Bartels Racing
Mike Heyes Webmaster

Meeting called to order 7:30 by Patrick. Welcome members Dan Hamblin, Rick Bokern and Tim Ellsworth, extended to guest Greg Beal and officers.  Introduction of officers and members to guests. - minutes presented for meeting of April 2nd 2015. Motion to accept minutes by Steve second by Patrick. Vote carried, minutes accepted.

First order of business, election of new publicity officer.  Patrick nominated Mon Will for office.  No one in attendance offered to nominate another club member for publicity officer.  Mona Will appointed publicity officer.

-Treasurers report by Hugh. Explained debits and credits. Debts include purchase of club jerseys and shorts ($4,941); Donation to Trek the Trails of $500; website domain renewal of $37.99.  Revenue collected from memberships and purchase by club members of jerseys and shorts (pre-paid) for total of $1,605.  Franke Fund has $1,302.

-Touring report by Steve.  “Ride RMHC Tour” wrap up:  total participants of 271 (2014 totaled 195).  Steve was informed by RMHC that the name Ronald McDonald cannot be used in promotion of event (trademark rights).  June weekend touring starts at 10am.  June 20th will be a double tour, morning club ride and evening club ride supporting “I CAN RIDE @ NITE” charity event (3RVS partnership).  Event route has been finalized and approved by FWPD to start at Shoaff Park and consist of 15.4 miles with a leisurely pace.  Festivities to start at 4pm, mass start ride beginning at 7pm with police escort through major intersections.  Pre-registration is $25:  Day of ride cost of $30.  3RVS has committed to support event with ten Bike Ambassadors.  Steve would also like to thank all Bike Ambassadors for volunteering with Ride RMHC Tour.

Cycling Caps update:  To be shipped May 18th per Steve Pequignot.

Road Off Report by Phil.  Weather has been antagonistic for trail work at Franke Park.  Phil has driven a 35 mile portion of the Festival Tour route and is satisfied with road conditions.

Cycling Shorts update by Kathy.  Side panels of shorts are yellow with logo on back of thigh.  The rest of the short is black with white trim.  The shorts and jerseys will ship by May 30th.

Membership Report by Jane.  252 total members to date with 120 family and 132 individuals.  37 new and renewal memberships since previous month.  Club membership online registration has moved from to

Publicity Report by outgoing officer Wendy.  She transferred all appropriate materials to new officer Mona Will.

Racing Report by Kathy.  April 16th club time trial was attended  by 14 riders.  May time trial is Thursday the 21st.  Time trials will run through August and posted on club website.  All participants must be club members to be timed.

Festival Tour Update.  Brochures approved for pricing.  Post meeting note (pricing for Three Rivers Festival promotion has been finalized).  Hincapie Sports offered a proposal to produce jerseys for Festival Tour.  Officers present discussed proposal.  Concerns were stated:  1) timeline is tight for design and orders; 2) club could get stuck with overstock and negative financial balance; 3) suggestion to sell 3RVS jerseys at ride as an alternative.  Final recommendation was not to offer ride specific jerseys for Festival Tour in 2015, but may consider for future rides.

Steve Peguignot has taken responsibility to produce a t-shirt for the Festival Tour and will present design at June meeting.

Girls Ride Out update.  Thursday night club sponsored ride has a new location and ride leader.  Brenda Wiley is the new ride leader and she has moved the ride from Arcola to Roanoke Park.  She has added the possibility of ice cream or winery stop during the ride (dependent to ridership approval for a particular evening).

Fort 4 Fitness update.  3RVS has a partnership with Fort 4 Fitness to support the ride and Patrick would like to thank all Ride Ambassadors for the efforts, as well as Dan Grotrian for volunteering as SAG driver.  Due to rain prior to the event, a number of flat tires occured on the ride requiring ambassadors and Dan assistance.  The pre-registration for event was 904.  Total number of riders will be announced at the June meeting.   

Meeting adjourned at 8:45pm

Minutes taken by Patrick Stelte, 3RVS President.
Touring / Tuesday May 26 Carroll Ride
« Last post by HughDog on May 13, 2015, 08:46:12 PM »
I won't be able to make it to lead the Carroll ride on Tuesday, May 26 because of a conflict with a school program.  If someone else is willing to take the lead that night, please let me ( or Steve Pequignot ( know and we will get it posted. 

Thanks - Hugh
Touring / Thursday May 7, 2015 Carroll Ride
« Last post by HughDog on May 07, 2015, 01:40:26 PM »
Although a ride from Carroll is not usually scheduled on the first Thursday of the month because of the Club meeting, David Park will be riding from Carroll High School tonight if anyone is interested in joining him.  Departure will be from the north parking lot between the high school and freshman academy at 6:00 pm.
Latest News / May 2015 club meeting agenda
« Last post by Patrick on May 04, 2015, 02:14:02 PM »
The 3RVS monthly club meeting is this Thursday, May 7th @ 7:30pm at the downtown library, meeting room B.  All are welcome to attend.

1.  Call to Order

2.  Nomination for Publicity Officer

3.  Officer Reports:   

   Secretary - Tim Claypool
   Treasurer - Hugh Smith
   Touring  - Steve Pequignot (RMHC Wrap Up)
   Off-Road  - Phil Snider 
   Newsletter - Kathy Boling
   Membership - Jane Lewandowski
          Publicity - TBA
   Racing  - Joe Bartels
   Webmaster - Mike Heyes

4.  Additional Items of Interest
          - Update Fort 4 Fitness
   - Girls Ride Out New Location
   - 3RVS Clothing Update
   - I CAN BIKE @ NITE Update
5.  Good of the Order

7.  Adjournment
Latest News / Publicity Officer
« Last post by Patrick on April 18, 2015, 02:43:38 AM »
Our publicity officer, Wendy Vieyra is stepping down at the end of April.  If you are interested in being publicity officer, please e-mail me before May 7th -  The position will be filled at the monthly club meeting on May 7th.  You must be a club member to serve.  If there are several interested members, an election will be held at the meeting.  As of April 17th, one member has applied.

Patrick Stelte,
President, 3RVS
Touring / Tuesday, April 21, No Carroll High School Ride
« Last post by HughDog on April 17, 2015, 07:14:33 PM »
Because of a schedule conflict, there will not be an official ride from Carroll High School this coming Tuesday, April 21. 
Latest News / April 2015 club meeting minutes
« Last post by Patrick on April 16, 2015, 04:02:28 PM »
Club Meeting Minutes for April 2, 2015
*Officers present
Patrick Stelte President
Hugh Smith Treasurer
Steve Pequignot Touring
Phil Snider Off-Road
Jane Lewandowski Membership
Tim Claypool Secretary
*Officers absent
Kathy Boling Newsletter
Joe Bartels Racing
Wendy Vieyra Publicity
Mike Heyes Webmaster

Meeting called to order 7:30 by Patrick. Welcome extended to guest (Jay), members (Dan Hamblin and Tim Ellsworth), and officers.  Introduction of officers and members to guests.
-Minutes presented for meeting of March 5th 2015. Motion to accept minutes Tim, second by Patrick. Vote carried minutes accepted.

-Patrick introduced Fort Wayne Trails representative Angie Quinn (Marketing Director). Angie shared the upcoming season for Fort Wayne Trails and new trail work expected to begin this year. Services provided by FWT include Bicycle Valet at many events, and Trek the Trails rides each Tuesday and one Saturday each month. The “Kick Start” event will be held during the Fort 4 Fitness event and will include valet service as well as many other activates.
Angie reintroduced the club to the Trek the Trails sponsorship.  Logo’s and information of sponsors are included on t-shirts and shared with handouts provided by FWT.  Patrick made a motion to continue support at the $500.00 level again this year. Further discussion, questions and clarification of clubs involvement were answered. Motion was accepted and seconded by Steve vote carried.

-Next guest introduced was from the group - Autism Awareness. Presentation by Candy Pease for a bike at night fund raising event, “I Can Bike at Night”.   Candy was mostly looking for information and assistance in fine tuning the event. Many aspects are already in place but did need help with a safe route from Foster Park, downtown and back. Officers shared ideas from experience of past events such as this.  The target group will be the casual rider with a 10 to 12 mile ride. The date is June 20th and start early evening.  Candy asked for help with the route, ambassadors, and club partnership. Steve will help with route and club accepted other areas of assistance.

-Treasurers report by Hugh. Explained debits and credits. Debts include donation to Heart of the City Bicycles restoration project, Festival tour preparation/reservation, and 3RVS website fees. Hugh has secured the school start location and sag stop area for the Festival tour. Patrick thanked Hugh for his help. Credits include membership dues.   Volunteers are needed.

-Touring report by Steve. Season opening day ride will be April 12, 2015 12:00 noon. Pace will be 10 to 20+ mph depending on weather. Steve introduced a new Monday night Recovery Ride from Leo Park at Shwartz Road.  Aimed at helping racers to recover from weekend rides and introduce touring riders to a slower racing pace - routes of 25 to 38 miles.  Steve also shared the different weekly rides planned for the riding season.
-Off Road report by Phil. Skiing was great, trails are still muddy, soft at best. Looking forward to new season. Phil shared gratitude expressed by Heart of the City Bicycles for 3RVS donation. Asked if Fort 4 Fitness Spring Cycle will use the 10 mile route this year for new riders. Patrick reported it will be included this year.

-Membership report by Jane. 104 Family and 108 individual members for total of 212 memberships. Of this amount 23 are new members. Patrick thanked Jane for great detailed work she is providing with the membership.

-No other reports.

-Additional items of interest. Steve will be placing an order for 3RVS club cycle caps.  Sizes, material and cost. Also, Kathy placed an order for club jerseys and shorts. 

-Update on Fort 4 Fitness tour.  Patrick is chair of the touring committee.  He is looking for club members interested in being Bike Ambassadors.  Anyone interested should contact him:  All ambassadors ride free.

-Meeting adjourned 8:55

Prepared by Secretary Tim Claypool
Touring / Bad Road Update 4/5/2015
« Last post by o7o on April 06, 2015, 01:03:21 AM »
Roads reported closed, in bad condition, or gravel, not suitable for cycling                  

Date           Road           From            To           County            Condition   
4/12/2014   Page           Witmer    Grabill   Allen                    rough   
4/12/2014   Notestine   Bull Rapids Ricker   Allen                    rough   
8/7/2014   Platter   I-469      Thimlar   Allen                    rough   
3/25/2015   Old Trail   800E            500E   Whitley            potholes   
4/2/2015   500E           800S            SR114   Whitley            potholes   
4/2/2015   600E           800S            SR114   Whitle                potholes   
4/3/2015   Flutter   Wheelock   Schwartz   Allen                   construction   
Latest News / April 2015 club meeting agenda
« Last post by Patrick on March 30, 2015, 02:10:51 PM »
3RVS monthly club meeting is this Thursday, April 2nd @ 7:30pm at the downtown library, meeting room B.  All are welcome to attend.

1.  Call to Order

2.  Officer Reports:   

   Secretary - Tim Claypool
   Treasurer - Hugh Smith (Update on Festival Tour)
   Touring  - Steve Pequignot
   Off-Road  - Phil Snider 
   Newsletter - Kathy Boling
   Membership - Jane Lewandowski
        Publicity - Wendy Vierya
   Racing  - Joe Bartels
   Webmaster - Mike Heyes

5.  Additional Items of Interest
     - Fort Wayne Trails - “Trek the Trails” presentation
6.  Good of the Order

7.  Adjournment
Latest News / March 2015 club meeting minutes
« Last post by Patrick on March 06, 2015, 07:24:57 PM »
Club Meeting Minutes for March 5, 2015
*Officers present
Patrick Stelte, President
Hugh Smith, Treasurer
Phil Snider, Off-Road
Jane Lewandowski, Membership
Kathy Boling, Newsletter
Wendy Vieyra, Publicity
Tim Claypool, Secretary
Steve Pequignot, Touring
Joe Bartels, Racing
MikeHeyes Webmaster

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm.  The minutes from February 5, 2015 were approved.

Treasurer’s Report:  Income from the previous month includes $730 from membership dues.  Expenditures from the previous month include renewal of membership for the League of American Bicyclists.  Also, IMBA annual membership is due.  Hugh will pay membership dues after receiving clarification of off-road membership numbers as the IMBA renewal price varies by the amount of off-road club members.  The Franke Fund stands at $1,202.82.  The Jersey debit is $1,063.90. 

Hugh gave an update on the Festival Tour.  The SAG at Churubusco High School has been reserved.  Carroll High School has been queried and waiting for response for approval of Hickory School starting point.  Also, Hugh is in the process of completing the Three Rivers Festival application for official sanctioned event.

Touring:  No report other than the official opening day of weekend touring is Sunday, April 12th at 12pm at Leo, High School.

Presentation:  Jim Kelsey, owner of Bike Town Rickshaw, gave a presentation to officers concerning participation in the 3RF parade.   He is organizing various bicycle entities in Fort Wayne for an entry in the parade.  He is requesting that 3RVS participate with 4 club members.  The theme of this year’s parade celebrates the Children’s Zoo’s 50th anniversary.  Thus, all parade entries must have a zoo theme.  Jim is asking that anyone who is interested be able to provide the following; 1) $10 rider fee; 2) give 3 hours of time to participate in the parade; 3) have a stuffed “zoo” animal attached on the bike or rider; 4) decorate your bicycle wheels with paper mache.  Interested club members can contact Patrick Stelte:

Off-Road Report:  Phil gave a presentation with a philanthropy request.  Heart of the City Bicycles is a non-profit organization that procures and repairs bicycles for distribution to the homeless.  This group has been in existence since late 2013 and is located at the Heart of the City Mission at 1651 Cass St.  A shop is located inside the building and is open Fridays from 9am to 12pm.  Interested homeless people fill out an application for a bicycle and do volunteer work to “earn” a ride.  The bike shop is run on donations from the community.  Phil requested 3RVS donate $300 to Heart of the City Bicycles for repair items.  Club officers and members present agreed with Phil’s request.  The officers preferred to work out a payment method that would reimburse costs that were procured.  Phil will work with the organization to establish such accounting.

Clothing Update:  Kathy has received enough requests to start an order for club jerseys and club shorts.  An April 1st order will arrive by June 1st.  A minimum order of 25 jerseys and 50 shorts will be made.  If any club members are interested in purchasing 3RVS apparel, please contact Kathy ASAP:

Membership Report:  179 total members.  93 individual and 43 family.

Publicity Report:  Wendy is working on poster board design for sandwich board.

Racing:  No Report.

Facebook Discussion:  Within the past few weeks, there have been Facebook postings on 3RVS’s Facebook page of offensive content.  Mike Heyes, Webmaster and Facebook administrator has come up with guidelines of usage that officers have approved.  Those guidelines are stated below:

In light of some recent posts I have reluctantly decided that some rules for posting to this group page are necessary. Posts that violate these rules will be deleted and may result in the poster being kicked from the group. Please, let's keep this group focused on being positive.

Product Reviews - Good, bad or exciting purchases. Photos of your collection. Stories. News. Advice. Encouragement. Friendship. Community. Anything and everything pertaining to cycling or fitness.

1. Negativity regarding any member of this group, or the group itself.
2. Degrading comments
3. Bashing someone's sexual orientation or religion
4. Bashing someone's weight, clothes, hair, etc.
5. Attacking other members and being generally rude or disrespectful
6. Vulgar language.
Please do not say anything about anyone that you would not want to read about yourself.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40pm

Minutes taken by Patrick Stelte, President
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