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Notice of Annual Meeting and Proposed Revisions to the BCC By-Laws to be Voted on at the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Bluegrass Cycling Club will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington KY beginning at 8:30 p.m.  The annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the banquet, which begins at 6:00 p.m. Banquet Registration

Members not attending the banquet who want to attend the annual meeting may join us at 8:30 without registering or paying for the banquet meal.  A full version of the proposed by laws as amended can be accessed using this link (note that you must be logged in as a member to access the link).


Description and Location of Proposed Changes


  1. Annual Meetings –Under current language, there is one annual membership meeting required each year, which has been in January, in conjunction with the banquet and announcement of the results of board elections.  The amendment requires two general membership meetings rather than one, with one remaining in January and the other being set by the board. There were also conforming changes required in other parts of the by-laws related to this change.

  2. Election of Directors –  Language about the initial term for directors is no longer needed and is deleted, conforming amendments were made related to the annual meeting amendment, and establishing the process for receiving board nominations was moved to the board rather than the nominating committee to match current practice.

  3. Abstentions/Conflict of Interest –Clarification is made to provide that the names of directors who have a conflict of interest or who abstain from a vote must be recorded in the minutes.  This isn’t clear under current wording.

  4. Open Meetings – Current language does not allow the board to have closed meetings.  Language is amended to state that all meetings are open unless the notice of meeting, available at least 5 days before the meeting, includes a statement that all or a portion of the meeting will be closed to members.

  5. Budget – Language is changed to require the passage of a budget by December 31 of each year rather than 30 days prior to the beginning of the fiscal year to allow the board to consider a preliminary budget in November, with final passage in December.



Voting is now open for the 2019 Board of Directors.

2019 Board of Directors Election
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Candidates for the Board of Directors


There are 6 candidates for the 4 open slots on the board of directors for 2019. A photograph and brief statement from each candidate can be found below.  Voting will take place online only.  Voting will open on Friday, December 14th and close on Friday, January 11, 2019.  Only members in good standing are eligible to vote (meaning your dues are paid). The results of the election will be announced at the BCC Annual Membership Meeting & Banquet on January 12, 2019.


Tim Klesk


I am starting my 6th year with the club. I was selected by the BCC board to assume the last year of Don Cartwright's 3-year term and picked up the Education board position. Its been an interesting year as I had no idea on how many volunteers (not including the Horsey Hundred team) it takes to keep things running. It some areas the hours are not significant, but require immediate action, sometimes on a daily basis. 

My thanks to the dozen +  BCC volunteers who helped out with the following:  
 
1. Participated in the Hayes Middle School Bicycle Fair. Students were asked to complete a bicycle component test and a bicycle safety test. Each student was given a few raffle tickets giving them the chance to win one of the 3 bicycle helmets, or one of 3 bicycle light sets that were donated by the BCC.   
2. Hosted a Ride with GPS class at the downtown Lexington public library for those individuals wanting to learn how to use Ride with GPS, or to refresh their understanding on how it works.  
3. SMART Cycling (formerly TS101) class in Clark county (Winchester). Your BCC received some good publicity for working with Clark County Wellness Challenge to get this class completed over the course of 3 weeks to accommodate the students working schedules.
4. Hosted a Racing 101 class whose speaker described his 30+ years of racing experience using examples and several must-do's on how to compete and ride safely 
5. Partnered with P4P to complete a BCC SMART Cycling class over several weeks.  
6. Working with the Central Y and with several other organizations your BCC participated in a health fair held at the Lexington Whitaker Park baseball field using the same format from the Hayes Middle school Health fair.
7. Entered the majority of your bicycle statistics starting from the end of June until the ride season closed on October 31st.

I am not a fan of "One and Done" and feel I could contribute in some other areas should I receive your vote.

And lastly I must mention, entering your bicycle statistics is easy and quick when everyone prints legibly. Significant time is spent trying to figure out the person's name if that individual does not print legibly, or if the name is written in both columns of the ride sheet, or if the person abbreviates their name. It would also help if ride leaders would spend a few minutes to audit their ride sheets before they are submitted.   


Annette Riehle


I am relatively new to cycling having started just 4 years ago.  I was fortunate to be introduced to riding with the Bluegrass Cycling Club’s beginner’s class.  Basics of technique and safety presented in the class as well as short group rides provided a good foundation and great start.  I have settled happily in the BC pace group and with mentoring from several friends and great ride leaders, I have completed something I never imagined possible: a century ride!  My goal next year is to complete the Century Challenge!  I enjoy riding for pleasure, exercise and camaraderie.


I have spent all of my professional life in health care, with the past 20 years in health services research. Public health, patient safety and care delivery have been special foci.  In the past, I have held board or committee positions in state level historic preservation organizations and served for 3 years on the board of my Homeowner’s Association.  I am starting my fifth year on the board of the Lexington Ski and Sports Club (LSSC) in the capacity of the Newsletter Editor.  Currently, I am on the BCC social committee.


I am interested in serving on the BCC board for several reasons.  First, I believe that successful organizations require the work of many volunteers and I want to contribute in any way that I can.  Second, I would like to further ongoing initiatives to improve cyclist safety. Finally, I am interested in attracting new riders to the club who may be interested in the slower ride paces as well as exploring options to increase the diversity and ride distance for the slower paces.



Ed Surbaugh


I have been a member of the Bluegrass Cycling Club for a number of years and have had the privilege of making great friends, as well as, participate in many of philanthropic activities we take part in.  During the years I've been with the club I've become more active within the club becoming a ride lead, volunteering for events to serving on committees and chairing committees. 

I am currently serving on the following committees:  Media, Rides, Social and Horsey Merchandise. As a member of the media committee I work in gathering still  photos and videos of the various events and rides that the BCC is involved with, preserving the memories for all club members as well for eventual use in the year end video.  While serving on the Rides Committee I have helped with ride lead training, policy review  for rides and ride leaders and help implement and changes that committee votes forward. I have also begun mentoring in taking over club kit designs for ride leads and general club population.  Serving as co-chair the social committee I have planned and executed many events with assistance for the members of the committee.  Planning events, both on and off bike, setting up/tear down, confirming vendors, and maintaining the budget are also included in my duties as co-chair.   This is my second year with the Horsey Merchandise committee.  I served as co-chair in 2018, for 2019 I'll be chair of the committee.  As chair it is my responsibility, along with the committee, to determine all merchandise that will be offered for sale at the BCC booth of the vendor fair.  The net proceeds of sales allowing the club to continue working towards it's mission.  I have also volunteered for multiple other committees and events, doing what I can to make each a success for all those involved.

If elected to the board I will continue to work towards the clubs goals of promoting cycling, to improve cycling facilities and infrastructure and advocating for safety and awareness.  I would be my goal to allow all members of the club to feel included and valued by the board and general membership no matter the individuals fitness level or knowledge of cycling.  Being a part of the BCC has been both a positive and rewarding  experience and I look forward to expanding these experiences by joining the board.  I thank you for you consideration and the potential opportunity to serve you in the future.



Jeff Walther


I have been a member of the BCC since 2013, when I took up cycling again after a 25 year break.  I have been an active member of the club, serving on the Horsey Hundred and Bluegrass Bike Partner committees.  I am finishing my first term on the board, and during my tenure have served as board secretary (2017) and treasurer (2018).  I look forward to serving a second term, and carrying on the good work of the BCC.


Patrick Wesoloski


I am originally from Pennsylvania, but Central Kentucky is and has been my home,. And I consider the members of the Bluegrass Cycling Club to be a part of my family.

I have been a member of Bluegrass Cycling Club for over 15 years. I joined the club so I could ride with groups and improve as a rider. I quickly learned that there was much more to the BCC than just club rides. Many of the members took an interest in me as an individual to help me improve as rider and club member.

I developed friendships and found opportunities to become involved. When I first joined, I was not sure how to get more involved, so I started by volunteering for a Horsey Hundred Rest stop which ended up being the first of many.  The more I rode, the more I became involved with the club, as an organization, socially and within our community.   The more I enjoyed riding, the more I wanted to give back to the club. Over my time in the Club I have been involved with the following committees: Bluegrass Bike Partners , Media, Merchandise, Pedaling For A Purpose, Rides, and Social. Since joining the BCC, I have volunteered every year for the Horsey Hundred and have been involved on its senior planning staff for the last five years. I have been the Ride Director of the Red River Rally for the last 10 years. I have served on the Board of Directors for 7 years including the offices of Vice President and President for two years each. I led the World Famous Masterson Station Ride for 10 years and have been leading the Bellerive Ride for the last 4 years.

The BCC has grown and evolved during my time as a member. I look back and see how much has been accomplished and think about how much more we can do. While a member of the BCC, I represented the organization at multiple Bike Tour conferences.  These brought opportunities for the club which we have brought back to implement as well as foster relationships with other clubs and organizations for the benefit of the BCC.  I am not a stranger to local and governmental associations as a representative of the club and feel these previous and current experiences are benefits for the organization.  I understand that there are hundreds of reasons why people ride their bicycle and become involved with this great organization; however,  I feel my past experiences have prepared me to help continue lead and guide the BCC forward in a way that would make it best cycling club for each individual member.


I would like this opportunity to payback those that saw something in me when I was just starting out and all of those that have helped me along the way. Thanks for the consideration to serve on the board.


See you out on the Bike.


Suzanne Zander



I have been a BCC member for just over 1 year. My husband and I moved to Kentucky in the summer of 2017 from Germany (I am American and he’s German) This past cycling season and year have introduced us to the best riding, and people, ever. Through the club, we were able to feel welcome into a completely new circle of friends and to this fabulous landscape. This year was my first Horsey Hundred and it was impressive. The organization, the volunteers, the routes, the cyclists and even the weather made it an amazing weekend. The number of rides on offer every day during the season is incredible and the number of people who devote their time and energy to make those happen is even more impressive. I’ve been riding avidly since 1996 and never experienced anything like the BCC. I am a member of the first women-only cycling club in Germany and have been with them since the beginning, 10 years ago. It is a small club but very active in the community, like the BCC. A few members including myself supported the board in developing the club in the direction everyone wanted it to go.

I would like to give something back to the BCC by joining the board. It seems evident that the board has done great things otherwise the club would not be what it is today. One of the areas where there might be room for improvement would be in communication between the board and the club members. Another area would be new membership. It would be nice to see more young people become interested in cycling and eventually becoming a member.



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