Message from the CRW President
Message from the CRW President
There are two important and timely things that I want to talk about this month – the Cranberry Harvest Century and our upcoming Board elections.
The 2019 Cranberry Harvest Century
This event has become incredibly popular with members and cyclists in our community. 2019 will be the third year that we have run this event which captures some of the most charming roads in New England. There are two ways you should consider participating – Ride or Volunteer!
We have four strikingly beautiful routes of 100, 85, 63 and 52 miles. The rides start in Middleborough and travel through the cranberry bogs in Rochester, Wareham, Carver and Acushnet. All rides include a rest stop on the beautiful wharf in Mattapoisett. The century ride includes a scenic loop through Myles Standish State Forest. You will enjoy food and drink at rest stops along the route, food and refreshments at the finish, and a great sense of accomplishment by completing a route with hundreds of other riders. For those that like group rides, we will offer several rides led by CRW ride leaders with a choice of distances and paces.
To participate you must REGISTER IN ADVANCE. In one week after our initial mailing, we were over 40% filled. Don’t get shut out.
We can offer events like the Cranberry Harvest Century only due to the tremendous hard work of CRW volunteers. It takes 60 volunteers to staff this event and many volunteers come back year after year. Additionally, there are some volunteer jobs that you can do that allow you to actually ride the event.
So, the big question is, "Why Should I Volunteer" We've got plenty of great answers:
- CRW is a volunteer organization and volunteering is what makes events like these possible.
- It's FUN! Seeing hundreds of riders streaming by is a great sight. Hanging out at Rest Stops builds friendships and camaraderie.
- All volunteers receive a t-shirt.
- You can ride for free! Or you can give your free pass to a friend or family member.
- There will be a huge post-ride bash on Sunday, October 13th to celebrate!
We will have a Volunteer Planning Meeting and Party on Wednesday, September 4th in Wellesley, MA. To RSVP for the party or to sign up for a volunteer position, please RSVP now!
CRW Board Elections
Elsewhere in this issue is an article outlining the mechanics of running for a Board Seat. I’d like to share my views on what a CRW Director does and what makes a great Director.
CRW Directors set the strategic agenda for our club. The Board sets policy for club finances, rides and grants. It appoints volunteers to fill important club officer positions and directs our activities with advocacy groups. The Board also helps to build connections with other clubs, bike shops and community groups. A great Director is someone who has been actively involved with the club and understands not only our history and traditions but has a vision for the future and is willing to help advocate and implement the changes necessary to move us forward.
We’re looking for candidates who will not only attend Board meetings but also actively participate in some of the tasks necessary to keep the club viable:
- Running our rides program or leading rides
- Coordinating our centuries
- Managing CRW finances
- Leading the Grant Committee
- Recruiting volunteers
- Managing our communications policy
- Writing articles, editing and publishing WheelPeople
- Managing our club insurance plans
- Creating social events and workshops
- Managing the CRW kit program
- Running special projects such as our recent Name Tag effort
- Leading CRW technology efforts such as our website and new apps
And there is much, much more. If you are that special person ready to step up and represent our membership or have great ideas for the club, we look forward to having you on our Board.
Thanks for listening and I look forward to seeing many of you at the Cranberry Harvest Century on Sunday, October 6th.