Well we are now another month into the year and another month closer the 2020 Tour de Forts Classic ℠. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so. Registration is open at www.RegisterTdF.com. If you’re not riding please consider volunteering. Lots of fun volunteer jobs available, some that really work hard and some that don’t. Feel free to let us know what job you might be interested in and we’ll make it happen if not already available.
There have been lots of discussions in the news about Coronavirus and it has come up in TdF planning. At this time, we don’t feel any changes are needed to the route or the events already planned, however we are looking into additional handwashing stations as well has having a medically trained volunteer on site. This was originally intended to help deal with the usual first aide needed but I feel they can offer guidance on having a clean event and avoiding the virus.
As mentioned in the last Club Meeting, we have a new Event Director and his name is Paul Ricci with CAAM Events. Paul has worked with us for a few years now running our registration site and has slowing taking on additional duties, so he was a natural choice. As the Event Director for a few other rides in the area he will come with lots of great ideas for improving our rides and making for a better rider experience.
Last month I participated in an event that I would to see more NFBC members attend in the future. It the was the St Pete Honor Ride put on by the Pinellas HUB of Project Hero. I’ve mentioned Project Hero before in previous months and its an organization that I also work with. This ride though, is also very near and dear to my heart because of what happened on the year that I couldn’t attend. About two years ago my other brother Chris died very suddenly and only a few short weeks after we lost my Mother. Due to his funeral I was unable to attend, but some very wonderful friends decided they were going to ride in his honor. As a Navy veteran of both Gulf Wars, he was exactly the type of person that Project Hero would look to support. Project Hero raises funds and offers support to all Veterans and First Responders who are dealing with life after service. I will always remember the year I couldn’t attend as my favorite Honor Ride.
Lastly along the lines of regular club business, I am always on the lookout for new place to hold our Club Meetings. My intention is to move them around to different parts of town (including Fernandina and St Augustine) so those that don’t normally come out might if in their neighborhood. Please feel free to send me suggestions for meeting locations. Our requirements are not much, a private room that does not charge us for the use of the room.
If you see me out on road, please say hi. If you see me out on the road and you have a great idea for improving our club, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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