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Latest News / January 2015 club meeting minutes
« Last post by Patrick on January 16, 2015, 07:49:02 PM »
Club Meeting Minutes for January 8 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
Joe Bartels, Racing (in coming)
Tim Claypool, Secretary
MikeHeyes Webmaster
Jerry Withham Racing (outgoing)

**(Due to weather guests were running late, proceeded with business while waiting.)
Patrick, Meeting called to order. First order of business:  election of officers. Officers will remain the same as above with exception of racing. Joe Bartels has accepted the position of racing director.  A special thank you to Jerry and Kathy for their efforts and responsibilities for Tuesday night racing and club racing news for 2014.

- Minutes presented for meeting of November 6 2014. Motion to accept minutes Patrick, second by Wendy. Vote carried minutes accepted.

- Treasurers report by Hugh. Explained debits and credits. Totals include Franke project $1,302.82, Jerseys -$1063.90 Jersey Bins -$0.00.   Debts include end of year party, registration of club name with Secretary of State.  Also, jersey bins distributed at party.  Phil submitted costs incurred for the Christmas Lights Ride and map print copies for the Chilly Challenge.  Credits include membership dues.

**Patrick welcomes Ronald McDonald House representatives Lisa Pacula and Dan Grotrian.
Guests presented club members with news of the second annual RMHC Ride for 2015. The first year was expected to attract 75 riders; however, the 2014 event had 195 riders that contributed $23,000.00 to RMHC. Lisa explained what was happening with the House and the impact this event has made. This year, the ride will be Sunday, April 26th, 1pm at Kreager Park.  Lisa and Dan requested that 1) 3RVS make RMHC an “official” ride on the 3RVS touring calendar, 2) 3RVS help with route planning and implementation, 3) provide Bike Ambassadors for the ride and 4) promote the ride on the homepage of the club’s website. 

Because of 3RVS involvement, Lisa made a special offer to club officers to consider concerning sponsorship. The offer included 3RVS advertised on t-shirts, website, promotional emails and Facebook. Additionally, all volunteer ambassadors ride free. The price of this offer was $1,000.   Officers discussed this and expressed concern over the size of sponsorship donation which may be unacceptable to club members.  A tabled November 2014 club meeting discussion concerning a donation to cover the ambassador’s entry fee was entertained. A motion was made by Patrick to make a donation of $500 to RMHC in lieu of Lisa’s sponsorship offer.  The motion was accepted by club members present.  Patrick expressed the clubs appreciation in being asked for our input and for Lisa and Dan’s efforts in putting on a cycling event in our community.

The following 3RVS officers are participating on the committee for the 2015 RMHC ride:
Wendy Vierya, Kathy Boling, & Steve Pequignot.  Patrick expressed gratitude for these officers continued support of bicycle events for the Fort Wayne area.

- Touring report by Steve. Steve had some of the touring awards that were not picked up at the party and wanted to assure distribution.  Touring will start in April on the Sunday after Easter. Opening Day ride leaders are lined up for the B group. Steve reports 3 of the 5 pace groups are covered.  Steve is looking to have a range of 10 to 20+ MPH groups to assure coverage of all levels of riders.

- Off-Road report by Phil. Trails went from too muddy to too cold for riding. Phil suggested visit to website for ride/ski guidelines. The Christmas Light ride attracted about 42 riders, one of the largest turnouts ever.

- Newsletter report by Kathy. Please continue to submit events and articles by the 18th of each month for consideration in the following month issue.  She will put out a small February newsletter and a full newsletter in March.

- Membership report by Jane.   December and early January are busy times with new and renewal memberships.   Forty-four members signed up at the end of year party.  At this date, the membership count is fluid with renewals.  Also, Kathy stated that the membership application for 3RVS was not working in early January.  She contacted and the site for membership is now working.

- Publicity report by Wendy.  A-frame message board coming together, but not yet ready for purchase.  Wendy submitted Festival tour and Chilly Challenge 2016 to Bike Rides Indiana.  Festival ride pricing will remain same as 2014.
- Racing report to follow next month.

Additional items of interest
- Donation to Aldersgate Church for end of year party.  Amount was discussed and Patrick made a motion to accept $150.  Vote carried.
- Chilly Challenge wrap up. Attendance total was 128; temperature was 32 degrees at start with a 20 mph wind.   Ride expenditure= $206.74; donations= $125; total cost= $131.74.

Chilly Challenge is looking for a new director for the 2016 ride to continue. Contact any officer if a member wishes to volunteer. Guide lines will be offered to help new director.

- Purchase of clothing and cycle caps was discussed.  Due to time limitation, these items were tabled to February’s meeting to allow proper discussion. 

Meeting adjourned @ 9pm

Prepared by Tim Claypool
Latest News / January 2015 club meeting agenda
« Last post by Patrick on January 05, 2015, 08:20:12 PM »
The monthly meeting of 3RVS will be this Thursday, January 8th @ 7:30pm at the downtown library, meeting room C.  All are welcome to attend.

1.  Call to Order

2.  Election of Officers

Ronald McDonald House Spring Cycling Tour Presentation

4.  Officer Reports:   

   Secretary - Tim Claypool
   Treasurer - Hugh Smith
   Touring  - Steve Pequignot
   Off-Road  - Phil Snider 
   Newsletter - Kathy Boling
   Membership - Jane Lewandowski
      Publicity - Wendy Vierya
   Racing  - ?
   Webmaster - Mike Heyes

5.  Additional Items of Interest
     - End of Year Party Donation to Aldersgate Church
     - Chilly Challenge Wrap Up
     - Possible 3RVS Clothing/Cycling Cap Purchase
6.  Good of the Order

7.  Adjournment
Latest News / 3RVS Facebook
« Last post by Lone Rider on December 23, 2014, 05:14:13 PM »
I have seen references to a “3RVS Facebook Page” on our web site.  I am not familiar with how Facebook works and thought I might be missing out on club news by not viewing the club’s Facebook content.

Could someone please tell me:
  1. Must I create a Facebook account to access the 3RVS Facebook Page?
  2. What is the link to it?.

Latest News / Nominations for 3RVS Officers for 2015
« Last post by Patrick on December 19, 2014, 08:29:15 PM »
Club members, nominations are now open for club officers for the year 2015.  If you are interested in being a 3RVS officer, please send me an e-mail with the office you are interested in holding.  Nominations will close at the end of December.  Elections for office will be held Thursday, January 8th @ 7:30pm at the monthly 3RVS meeting located at the downtown library - meeting room C.

Patrick Stelte, President, 3RVS
Latest News / November 2014 club meeting minutes
« Last post by Patrick on December 04, 2014, 03:24:18 PM »
Club Meeting Minutes for November 6th 2014
*Officers present
Patrick Stelte President
Hugh Smith Treasurer
Steve Pequignot Touring
Phil Snider Off-Road
Jane Lewandowski Membership
Kathy Boling Newsletter
Wendy Vieyra
Tim Claypool Secretary
*Officers absent
MikeHeyes Webmaster
Jerry Withham racing

Patrick, Meeting called to order with welcome to guest and members.

-Minutes presented for meeting of October 2, 2014. 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 -$1183.90 Jersey Bins -$130.00. Debts include pay for 6 months get 1 free (7 month) rental fee for storage locker. Jersey ride expenses. Credits include insurance refund for dropped coverage on Huntington Challenge / tour, Franke trails, and reduced participation / riders in Festival tour.

-Touring report by Steve. Touring director provided a total of 55 weekend rides for the 2014 season. The average riders were 21.1 per event with a total of 2403 riders. Special events included Ronald McDonald House tour, Fort 4 Fitness tour, Three Rivers Festival tour, and Huntington Challenge and Jersey Ride. Add to the above are the many weekday tours offered by touring. A suggestion to Steve from a member was a tour that a tour bus would be rented and drive riders out 100 miles into the wind. Riders would then travel back to Fort Wayne with a full tail wind. Many ideas were discussed and the idea will be considered while planning the 2015 season. Steve put forward another idea: a double century ride was discussed with an overnight stay.  This too, will also be considered at a later date.  Opening day 2015 is scheduled for Saturday April 11th. The club will be assisting with the Ronald McDonald tour. Patrick has asked organizers for the event to attend a club meeting to share ideas and expectations. Fort 4 Fitness has also extended an invitation to the club for involvement in the 2015 spring tour.

-Off Road report by Phil. Continue urban gravel road and off road exploration. Phil expressed concern with the up-keep of the Franke trail system and suggested assisting with funds that are set aside for this project. Discussion followed. Patrick suggested the club allow NITRO and Parks Department to follow through with plans they have in mind with the trails. If the club is asked for assistance at a later date the funds could be available if responsibility for Franke trails upkeep wanes with the current NITRO / Parks relationship. Patrick thanked Phil for his continued support and the many years the off road group invested in the trail.
-Newsletter report by Kathy. Reminders will be sent out for “End of year party”, Christmas Light ride, and Membership renewal reminder.

-Membership report by Jane. Renewals for 2015 have started to arrive. Jane reminds all members of the importance of renewing to assure insurance coverage. Membership numbers are 140 family and 162 individuals for a total of 302 members.

-Publicity report by Wendy (prior to meeting start due to pressing matter) Wendy reports the A-frame poster boards are progressing. The art work will be finished soon and shared with officers for final approval. 
-Racing report from Jerry as reported by Kathy. Gary Painter is asking for the clubs commitment for the 2015 Colavita time trial series. Patrick moved that once further information is obtained about the 2015 race season, a final commitment will be discussed and voted upon.  * Post meeting note:  Colavita announced in late November that they will not have a 2015 race season.

-Webmaster. Mike continues to monitor and update web site. Meeting minutes, news, and events are added as part of the updates. Patrick extended appreciation for Mike’s ever diligent work with the club website.

Additional Items of Interest
-End of year party plans are underway. December 5th is the date with refreshments same as last year. Dawn Riche will present a state of the trails address and update trail news. Membership renewal will be accepted at the party.

-January meeting. Patrick made a motion to move the meeting to January 8th with the first Thursday being New Year’s Day. Motion carried.

-A presentation for a Chilly Challenge sponsorship did not materialize as expected.  The speaker cancelled and possible sponsorship is in doubt.   

- Steve brought forth a concern about club meetings on Facebook.  October’s minutes created a Facebook thread that, at times, became “too personal” for the public sphere.   After extensive discussion, it is the desire of the officers present to utilize this media to keep the membership and perspective members informed of meeting topics and reports.  Officers expressed the desire to see to members wishes.  When not present at meetings officers can still obtain feedback on decisions made at meetings. However, the officers directed Patrick to delete any comments that may be offensive.  Officers extend an invitation and welcome members to attend meetings to assure all wishes and desires are discussed.
-Meeting adjourned 8:55 pm.

Prepared by Secretary Tim Claypool 
Latest News / November 2014 club meeting agenda
« Last post by Patrick on November 03, 2014, 08:34:15 PM »
3RVS will be holding the monthly club meeting Thursday, November 6th @ 7:30pm at the downtown library Globe Room (next to the big globe) on the first floor near the west entrance.  All are welcome to attend.

1.  Call to Order

2.  Officer Reports:   

   Secretary - Tim Claypool
   Treasurer - Hugh Smith
   Touring  - Steve Pequignot
   Off-Road  - Phil Snider
   Newsletter - Kathy Boling
   Membership - Jane Lewandowski
          Publicity - Wendy Vieyra
   Racing  - Jerry Witham
   Webmaster - Mike Heyes

4.  Additional Items of Interest
     - Chilly Challenge Sponsorship Presentation - Greg Perigo
     - End of Year Party
     - Club Meeting Minutes on Facebook
     - January Meeting Date

5.  Good of the Order

Latest News / October 2014 club meeting minutes
« Last post by Patrick on October 17, 2014, 09:08:24 PM »
Club Meeting Minutes for October 2, 2014
*Officers present
Patrick Stelte President
Hugh Smith Treasurer
Steve Pequignot Touring
Phil Snider Off-Road
Jane Lewandowski Membership
Kathy Boling Newsletter
Wendy Vieyra
Tim Claypool Secretary
*Officers absent
MikeHeyes Webmaster
Jerry Withham racing

Patrick, Meeting called to order with welcome to guest and members.

-Minutes presented for meeting of September 4th 2014. Motion to accept minutes Wendy, second by Patrick. Vote carried minutes accepted.
-Treasurers report by Hugh. He explained debits and credits. Totals include Franke project $942.72, Jerseys -$1183.90 Jersey Bins -$130.00.  Phil presented a check for the sale of club String Trimmer and Leaf Blower to NITRO for use in maintaining the Franke trails. Sale total was $400.00, minus $39.90 for repair of equipment, amount to be deposited in Franke project account is $360.10.
-Off Road report by Phil. Monday night and weekend rides continue. Off Roadies will NITRO with trail work and up keep at Franke trails.
-Touring report by Steve. Jersey ride Saturday October 4th mass start at 10:00 am. October rides move to 11:00 am for the remainder of the month. Rides for October 11 & 12 will be show and go. On October 18 club riders will participate in the National Bike Challenge. Another group, Discovery HTC will leave Kokomo and meet 3RVS riders in Wabash. Mileage options are 25 to 66 miles. Last official tour ride will be Sunday, October 26th. Tours then will become show and go with Steve Souers leading the winter rides. Strava Challenge ended with 32 riders participating in the event for the month of September. The club members riding in this event will be awarded metals during the end of year party. The stats were as follows 6 entries at 250 k, 7 at 500 k, 6 at 750 k, 2 at 1250 k, and 6 at or above 1500 k level. Steve explained the engravings that will be placed on the awards. Patrick made a motion to accept the design and purchase the awards, Phil second, vote carried.  Also, podium plaques will be awarded to the three highest mileage riders.
-Racing report by Jerry as shared by Kathy. It was reported that we have had 2 events of physical violence and aggressive riding at 2 club sponsored training rides. Also verbal abuse and un-sportsmanlike language has been reported at club training rides. With a lot of input from members present it was decided that a “code of conduct” is needed for club sponsored rides. This topic will be addressed during the off season to allow a full meeting to assure proper handling.
-Newsletter report by Kathy. Combining news for Nov/Dec and Jan/Feb issues. Kathy ask for any member news or season ride highlights to be sent by the 18th of each month.
-Membership report by Jane. Club has a total of 299 members that include 159 single and 140 family (70 x 2). Jane reports several new members signing onto the club.
Publicity report by Wendy. Wendy shared a poster “A” frame, sandwich board design that could be used at club events. A 22 X 28 poster frame and graphics would cost $142.99. The advantage would be ease in setting up where the banner cannot be used. Tim made a motion to purchase 1 set Patrick seconded, vote carried. Wendy to share design choices at next meeting.
-Additional items of interest.
Many new members have asked for Jerseys in sizes the club no longer has. Further discussion to follow in deciding an amount to order. Kathy presented an idea of club up-scale t-shirts for everyday wear. This would be polyester Sport-Tek shirts that would be sold at reasonable prices to members.
-Chilly Challenge. Greg Perrigo has an interest in helping to promote the event. Greg has been a regular rider in the event. Greg feels that the public needs more awareness of the event and wants to help promote the clubs mission to cycling, as well as the Mayor and City of Fort Wayne’s mission of a healthier more active life style through events such as the clubs ride.
Patrick will ask Greg to attend the November meeting to present ideas to the membership.
Wendy reminded the club that a director is needed for the Chilly Challenge.
-Meeting adjourned 8:55 pm.

Prepared by Secretary Tim Claypool
Latest News / throwback thursday on the forum
« Last post by mheyes on October 16, 2014, 11:45:47 AM »
Throwback Thursday. Back in 2005 or so, Earnie Williamson road from coast to coast and documented the trip for us. The first page is the itinerary, click on the Roadside Reports link at the top for each week's reports. The pages are exactly as they appeared in 2005. Enjoy!
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For Sale / Re: Garmin 200 For Sale
« Last post by mamen21 on September 30, 2014, 09:21:37 PM »
I am interested.
Is it still available?

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