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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 - president@3rvs.com.  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
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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. 
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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:  president@3rvs.com.  All ambassadors ride free.

-Meeting adjourned 8:55

Prepared by Secretary Tim Claypool
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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   
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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
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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
*Absent
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:  president@3rvs.com

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:  newsletter@3rvs.com

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.

WHAT IS WELCOME:
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.

WHAT IS NOT WELCOME:
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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Latest News / March 2015 club meeting agenda
« Last post by Patrick on March 02, 2015, 05:53:26 PM »
The 3RVS monthly club meeting is Thursday, March 5th @ 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
   Touring  - Steve Pequignot (on vacation)
   Off-Road  - Phil Snider  (Heart of the City Bicycles)
   Newsletter - Kathy Boling (Clothing Update)
   Membership - Jane Lewandowski
          Publicity - Wendy Vierya
   Racing  - Joe Bartels (Tuesday Night Proposal)
   Webmaster - Mike Heyes

5.  Additional Items of Interest
     - Candy Pease - Charity Ride
     - Facebook Postings

6.  Good of the Order

7.  Adjournment
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Latest News / Club meeting minutes for February 2015
« Last post by Patrick on February 16, 2015, 01:25:09 PM »
Club Meeting Minutes for February 5th 2015
*Officers present
Patrick Stelte President
Hugh Smith Treasurer
Phil Snider Off-Road
Jane Lewandowski Membership
Kathy Boling Newsletter
Joe Bartels Racing
Tim Claypool Secretary
*Officers absent
Steve Pequignot Touring
Wendy Vieyra Publicity
MikeHeyes Webmaster

Meeting called to order 7:30 by Patrick. Welcome extended to guest, members, and officers. Introduction of officers and members to guests.
-Minutes presented for meeting of January 8 2015. Motion to accept minutes Jane, second by Patrick. Vote carried minutes accepted.
-Treasurers report by Hugh. Explained debits and credits. Totals include Franke project $1,302.82, Jerseys (-)$1063.90.  Debts include Chilly Challenge, Christmas light ride, donation to Ronald McDonald House. Credits include membership dues. Kathy reminded officers the need of parking donation for Girls Ride Out tours for 2014.
-Touring reported by Steve via e-mail to Patrick. Continuing to seek ride leaders for 2 groups of riders. Leaders needed for the 10 to 13 mph group and the 18 to 19 mph group.
-Off road report by Phil. Snow and go skiing as weather permits.  Riding also as weather permits. Phil reminds to check website for updated ride and ski information.
-Newsletter report by Kathy. Please submit any newsletter information before the 18th of each month for consideration of the next month’s issue.
-Membership report by Jane. Family members total 76 and individual members 83 for total memberships of 159. Of this total is 17 new members.
-Publicity, no report.
-Racing report by Joe. Training rides to start late April early May. An update will follow once weather starts to improve.
-Website, no report.
Items of additional interest.
*An exciting opportunity has opened up for 3RVS members. The club is in need of a director for the Festival Ride. Most of the volunteers are in place for the tour. The director will be responsible to be in-charge of the committee and oversee registration and volunteers.  Patrick invites all members to consider how they may share their talents to help with this great tour. Officers will secure with deposits at start/finish and SAG venue for the Festival Ride.

*3RVS Shorts, Jerseys and Cycle Caps  Clothing ideas were presented. Designs, colors, sizing, styles and materials were considered. Members and officers voted in favor of offering these cycling materials to members. 3RVS shorts are a new item and will be offered in two different styles including bibs.  Price to be considered once final cost are collected pricing expected to be competitive with other outlets of cycling supplies. Kathy to e-mail membership to assure interest before placing an order.

*Fort 4 Fitness Spring Cycle Fest  The touring committee will be chaired this year by Patrick. The board is adding a 10 mile loop to the tour. This is an effort to introduce the novice riders to the touring concept. Patrick asked for Phil’s help with mapping of this additional 10 mile loop.

Meeting adjourned 8:45.
Prepared by Secretary Tim Claypool
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Latest News / Re: 3RVS Facebook
« Last post by mheyes on February 03, 2015, 01:07:40 PM »
Gene,
Sorry no one replied to you on this. I just saw it this morning. If you look on the top of any page on the website you'll see a tab called Facebook. If you click on that link, it will take you to the club's Facebook page.

You need to have an account with Facebook to see our page. It's free, as in beer, though Facebook will collect an unbelievable amount of information about you. Most people don't seem to mind. I have had an account for several years myself. I don't like what they collect, but the service is useful to me to keep in touch with friends and family that are not in this area.

Most of the discussions have moved from this Forum to Facebook, for better or worse.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email: webmaster at 3rvs dot com
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Latest News / February 2015 club meeting agenda
« Last post by Patrick on February 02, 2015, 04:08:57 PM »
The monthly club meeting of 3RVS will be held Thursday, February 5th @ 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
   Touring  - Steve Pequignot (on vacation)
   Off-Road  - Phil Snider 
   Newsletter - Kathy Boling
   Membership - Jane Lewandowski
        Publicity - Wendy Vierya
   Racing  - Joe Bartels
   Webmaster - Mike Heyes

5.  Additional Items of Interest
     - Festival Tour Update
     - 3RVS Clothing Purchase
     - Fort 4 Fitness Update
 
6.  Good of the Order

7.  Adjournment
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