President’s Message March 2015

If you are not on a social site of SCBC’s you ARE missing out!
You can be on SCBC’s yahoo! groups or Facebook, and you will need on one of these to be able to see our ride schedule.

With our new emphasis on having a Ride Leader present at every ride, it is a constantly evolving schedule. Please bear with us as we strive to make the new schedule around our FANTASTIC group of Ride Leaders and their chosen rides.

This month, we had 16 volunteer Ride Leaders start with our first ‘training’. We went over etiquette and ‘rules’ for group rides, how to set-up a ride and discussed future meeting topics. We plan on having 2 – 4 trainings each year to help strengthen our club by being better riders and leaders.

Would you like to join in and be a Ride Leader? It’s not too late! Let me know and I’ll add your name to the list.

Reminder: At this month’s General Meeting on Mar. 10 we will be seeking nominations for our elected Board positions: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Please consider a nomination. We will vote in April.


President’s Message February 2015

I am so excited about our new Ride Leader Trainings! Our biggest complaint among new members is trying to find a ride that is actually happening – that people show up to!

We really want to address that.  And we want to encourage great members to become more involved in helping. How are we planning that?  We will be having our first Ride Leader Training this month – come and find out what it’s all about!

Tuesday, Feb. 24th at 6:00 is the first scheduled RLT and dinner is included!  Thanks to a ‘grant’ from Ride For Mom, we are scheduling these trainings with dinner. We hope to continue these about 2-4 times a year with special guest speakers, seminars and ride trainings. Contact JC to reserve a spot.

Come to learn, plan and lead a ride!

And if you are looking for ways to become more invested in SCBC, we are looking for new Board Members.  Our annual vote for new members (President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer) will be in April.  Please consider being involved in this way.  We are currently without a permanent secretary and are hoping to find candidates for the ballot in April.

I also am seeking a Vice President to ‘shadow’ me this year and take over in 2016.  I have been president for 10 years and I’m ready to ‘retire’!  But it is important to me that we not lose what SCBC has gained.  We are a great club to be involved in AND to ride in!  I love what bike riding has become and its new found importance to our community.

We have a Leadership Retreat scheduled for after the election with new & returning Board Members to get to know each other and plan for the upcoming year.  If you are considering a position on the Board and you would like to attend a few meetings first, you are welcome!  Just let me know.

Susan Dion,

SCBC President

President’s Message January 2015

Thank you to RJ & Betsy for such a lovely evening at SCBC’s annual Holiday party.  A great way to end this year.
But then let’s start next year off with a BANG! : )

New Years Day is our annual ride up Del Puerto Canyon. A ride to Frank Raines Hall will get you a free breakfast burrito for all members.  Or join that day, and you get free breakfast AND membership until April 2016!

I’m looking forward to new and exciting things happening in Stanislaus County about bicycling in 2015.  Check out the new bike lanes in Modesto on a special ride (TBA), volunteer to become a ride leader and be invited to a special ‘kick-off’ dinner and trainings, be a part of teaching bike skills to students and adults, spread the word about the 3-Foot Law, become a Board Member and help to facilitate this and more.  YOU can be a part of it all!!!

Please consider what you can do to help SCBC and ride safely this winter,


President’s Message December 2014

It’s been great riding weather!  I hope you’re out enjoying it on your bike!

This month, please join us for the annual Holiday dinner. Bring a potluck item and a festive spirit.  SCBC will provide the main course.

Then, we are looking forward to the new year.  I would love to have help with the New Years Day ride.  As is our tradition, we will be hosting breakfast at Frank Raines Hall in Del Puerto Canyon.

I need help with cooking, set-up, clean-up, check-in and member registration. We usually serve about 100 riders.  So you can help or ride, but don’t miss this healthy way to start the new

It is also the time of year when I begin to think of how SCBC should grow and our focus for the coming year.  If you have been waiting to be asked, please consider this a request.  We need people willing to serve on the Board and on the Century Planning Committee.  We need new
ideas and enthusiastic members.

We will be having a Board Member retreat in January and we are planning a Ride Leader Training for our members.  We are looking for better ways to share bike riding (trainings, presentations at schools, to SCBC members and in Modesto City).

Our next Century Planning meeting will be on Jan. 26. Won’t you help support SCBC and riding in Stanislaus County by getting more involved?  We need you!  And you get the personal satisfaction of making a difference here in our local communities.

Susan D.

President – Stanislaus County Bicycle Club