This is the first of a new series of monthly newsletters covering recent club activities and upcoming events.
At the Board of Directors meeting on November 19, we decided to raise our annual dues, starting January 1, 2023, to $25 for individual and $40 for family memberships. This is a move that has been discussed for the last few years and one we have been forced into by rising costs for insurance and our website.
- We are projecting a $1,155 shortfall this year.
- To the best of our knowledge, dues have never been raised since the founding of the club in 1995.
- · According to inflationtool.com, the value of fifteen 1995 dollars today is $29.46. The value of twenty-five 1995 dollars today is $49.06
Holiday Party December 10, 2022
We have reserved the Grey Rock Sports Grill game room for our Holiday party this year. Details are still being finalized, but we are planning to serve a Southwest buffet with dessert and soft drinks for $20 per person. A cash bar is available for alcoholic beverages, which can be ordered through your server. Reservations and payment will be done through our website from November 20 through December 6.
With the end of Daylight Savings Time on November 6, our evening rides have ended until DST resumes in March. We are still planning weekly Tuesday afternoon rides starting around 2:00 pm and Saturday rides at noon, weather dependent. As always, please check the club calendar (https://fccycleclub.org/events) for current status. Last-minute changes are always posted here first.
Since campsites fill up very quickly, we are already making plans for a summer camping/glamping trip somewhere in Colorado. Tracy is researching ride destinations with both camping and hotels nearby. Top ideas include Hermit Park (just outside of Estes Park), USFS Mountain Park (Poudre Canyon), and Grand Junction (near Colorado National Monument). Please contact Tracy (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have other great ideas.
Member Meeting Highlights
At our membership meeting at Council Tree Library on October 28, we reviewed the 2022 riding season and discussed ways to improve the riding experience. Here are a few highlights:
- Some riders want to start Saturday rides a few hours early to avoid the heat. For 2023 we will pilot a second, earlier, ride start time in June, July, and August. We will need volunteers to help lead these early rides.
- Wanda’s ride this year was soggy, cold, and not well attended. The general consensus is we should continue this tradition but schedule it in early August and plan a rain delay date.
- We discussed ways to improve communication, including this newsletter. Other ideas are to promote more use of the Band App and remind everyone to check the website calendar just before heading out for a ride, in case there are last-minute changes. Facebook is not always updated with these changes and the website is our “plan of record”.
Your FCCC Board of Directors