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Katy Trail-MJA

October 2017 President’s Message


Dear Fellow Members and Friends,

I hope you all survived Hurricane Irma without injury. Unfortunately, some of our members sustained significant property damage. Many our rides have been cancelled in the aftermath due to debris and flooding but the roads are beginning to return to normal. Given the damage on Amelia Island, it would not have been possible to reschedule the Endless Summer Watermelon RideSM. Until then, we were on track for a successful ride under the direction of Jade Stanley, our Event Director.

We now turn our attention to Tour de Forts ClassicSM on April 29th in St. Augustine. Registration is now open at, with an early-bird discount until November 30th. For members who were registered for the Endless Summer Watermelon Ride, we have emailed out $20 discount codes (Promo codes) which includes the $10-member discount (non-member registrants will receive a $10 discount).

It has been clear to the NFBC Board that planning for major rides, much less our weekly rides, picnic rides, club meetings, volunteer recruitment and other activities has become a year around task. We were so impressed by the work that Jade Stanley did on the runup to the Endless Summer Watermelon Ride, that we have contracted her on a part-time, year-round basis to organize our major rides and assist us in our other activities.

Despite having hired Jade as our year-round Event Director, I am concerned about the long-term viability of NFBC. We are financially sound, even though we had to cancel the Endless Summer Watermelon Ride and providing discount codes for Tour de Forts classic, and have been able to fund our Pedaling for Safety Campaign, picnic rides, Holiday awards Banquet, etc. 

However, while this is hardly a new problem, we are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit for club leadership positions. This year several Board members are stepping down including Veronica Lane, Recording Secretary, Lisa Elwell, Membership Director, May Greenhill. Wheelspeak Editor, Jeff Hohlstein, Webmaster, Jodi Hohlstein, Vice President.  Some like Jodi, Jeff and Mary rejoined the Board when we had critical vacancies and no one else stepped forward. 

In 2013, my predecessor, Kevin Pryor, wrote in Wheelspeak:

“I … really encourage our members to dedicate a couple of years to service on our board as it will build a huge network of people who have an ownership interest in the betterment of our organization. It also keeps the fires stoked with enthusiasm to drive the type of change that keeps us relevant in today’s crowded landscape for recreational escapes.”

Kevin’s comments are even truer today than in 2013.

The Nominating Committee will present a slate at the October 17th Club meeting at St. Mary’s Seafood. They have found volunteers for some of the vacancies but Membership Director and Recording Secretary remain unfilled. Notwithstanding the Nominating Committee report, nominations for all positions may be made from the floor at the meeting. Voting will take place at the November meeting. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Jodi Hohlstein at

I will be completing my fourth year as President. As no one has yet stepped forward to stand for the position, I informed the Nominating Committee that I am willing to serve for one more year with the proviso that we find someone willing to join the Board who will assume the presidency in 2019. 

I welcome your input. Please email me at with your thoughts.

Ride smart and ride safe. 

Hoping to see you on the road,