The October HBC Board meeting focused on preparation for the Annual Members Meeting, to be held November 8th by Zoom. Please plan to join us for this meeting, when we will vote for new Board members, review the past season, and look forward to next year. Knowing the creativity of this current Board, you can be sure that we are “cooking” up some interesting twists on the standard Zoom format (hmm, that may be a hint for what we’re up to).
The end of the fiscal year has arrived, and the Board approved giving a $1000 donation to Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Combined with the $2000 donation to Second Harvest Heartland last spring, HBC supported both local general and biking communities this year.
The Board gave final approval to this year’s awards. We felt that the awards should recognize the HBC Self-Paced Ride program, something created specifically by HBC that is not offered by other bike clubs. Awards will be given to Ride Leaders who created 5 or more unique Self-Paced rides, and to members who registered for, and completed, 20 or more Self-Paced rides. Award recipients will be announced during the Annual Members Meeting.
In the past month, 3 riders reported accidents while on Self-Paced Rides. An important, yet often over-looked, benefit of HBC membership is club accident and liability insurance. This insurance is vital to the existence of our club, yet most members are unaware that we could not offer group rides without it. For members, club insurance can cover medical expenses not covered by their personal insurance. Consider your own insurance coverage and deductibles. It doesn’t take long to rack up a big bill, even if the injury is minor and managed in Urgent Care.
If you are injured on a Self-Paced Ride, please notify our insurance liaison who will create and file the claim. You can also contact the Ride Leader who created the ride. I will be sending a separate email to you in the near future in which I will discuss this in more detail. Please read, and save so you can review it prior to joining club activities next year. This information is always available on the HBC website.
My term as President concludes at the Annual Meeting. It has been a year like no other, and certainly not what was expected when I began my term last year. I am so grateful for the support I received from the Board, committee chairs, and many other nameless members (you know who you are!). These folks willingly volunteered their time to keep HBC alive and well. Thank you.