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Club members who rode 500 miles on Club rides in 2014 and were not able to attend the recent annual meeting may pick up their mileage award hat at Brick Wheels.


At our annual meeting held November 23 the Cherry Capital Cycling Club members enjoyed an evening of reminiscing and excitement as we roll forward into 2015. We have been cruising downhill and now it is time to take on a few long hill climbs.

Speaking of long climbs – it is with admiration and inspiration that we recognize three special club members who have achieved the top three places for “Lifetime Mileage Leaders in 2015” - George Gambert (51,592), Parker Field (51,301) and Barry Harper (49, 507). The Club will be honoring these individuals with a special gift in January.

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our dear member, Parker Field, who will be moving to Spokane, Washington with his lovely wife in the spring. He has been a strong example of what it means to be a member of the Cherry Capital Cycling Club. Parker has dedicated years of his time and leadership skills as a Ride Leader, Adopt A Road project manager on the Peninsula and volunteering for the Club in so many roles I cannot list them all. Parker is one of the reasons this Club has become an institution.

My plan is to make sure the values of this Institution do not change. Since 1985 the Cherry Capital Cycling Club has maintained a positive presence in the cycling community and has been a Club that stands the test of time.

About 75 members attended the Annual Meeting and of those 58 cast ballots. Our current membership is approximately 400. Each member is important and significant to this Club. We need your input, comments, assistance and abilities. Invite your friends and relatives and please join us at every opportunity this coming year you will not be disappointed – here are some of the highlights for 2015:

February – Print updated 2015 Northwest Michigan Bicycle Map.
March  – International Bike Film Festival at Lars Hockstead auditorium.
May  – Second Annual Youth Bike Safety Rodeo.

Expect another great year of riding during the upcoming 2015 Season, including our Ride Around Torch, Sunday, July 19 and the Leelanau Harvest Tour, Saturday, September 19. We need to expand our reach to include the youth, women, mountain bikers, fat bikers and cyclists of all sizes, shapes and speeds. To that end we are partnering with Norte Youth Cycling, TCAPS and other Traverse City area organizations.

Officers and Directors newly elected for 2015-16:
Secretary - Ann Huber
Treasurer - Tom Kirchner
Leelanau Harvest Tour Director - Ray Landfair
Ride Director -  Ken Rosiek
Safety and Education Director - Mike Dettmer
Website Director - Jeff Dillingham

Communications Director - Pete LaPlaca will fill the remaining one year of this position’s term.
Membership Director - Bud Huber will fill the remaining one year of this position’s term.

It is a privilege to serve as your President. Please let me know if you have any concerns, questions, or comments. Remember we conduct monthly Board Meetings the first Wednesday of each month and all are welcome. Please check the Club Calendar for meeting time and location. Stay the course and Ride On!

Darcie C. Pickren, President




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