|Place:||Oyster Bar, Markham at Kavanaugh, Little Rock|
|Date:||Thursday, September 11, 2014 (No July or August Meetings)|
|Time:||Meeting starts at 7:00, 6:30 to register for the Arky and eat|
|Info:||We will have Arky registrations and shirts. Janice & Jim will discuss their Oregon Adventure Cycling tour. We will also be electing 2 new members to the Board of Directors|
Join us on June 22nd at 2:30 p.m. as we dedicate the bench in memory of Diane McConnell. Diane was an avid bicyclist and ardent supporter of BACA. She was tragically killled while bicycling on Kavanaugh in November 2012. There are several options to join us in honoring Diane. The bench is on the Emerald Park Trail across from Fort Roots. The regular Arkansas Bicycle Club Sunday ride will leave from Two Rivers Park Bridge at 1:00 p.m. They will meet up with riders who want to start at 2:00 p.m. at Fike's Bikes in NLR on the River Trail. We will get to the bottom of Ft. Roots road on the River Trail (by the skate park) at about 2:15 p.m. to bike up to the bench. Those who want to drive to the ceremony can park at the nearest parking lot off Pulaski Tech. The gate to the Trail will be open that day. The bench is about 0.6 miles from the overlook at the Emerald Park Trail (across from Ft. Roots). Please join us to honor and remember Diane.
Family and friends,
We are planning to have a blessing for Diane at the UU Church Memorial Gardens, 1818 Reservoir Rd, Little Rock, on June 22nd, immediately following the church service around 12:15 pm. We have buried Diane’s ashes and have her beautiful marker placed in the garden on the spot she chose. I hope you will be able to come join in the blessing.
Also, at 2:30 pm on June 22nd, BACA is dedicating a bench on the Emerald Park Trail to Diane. The bench was purchased from donations to BACA in Diane’s name. We would love for you to come see the bench, plaque and remember Diane at a spot she just loved. The ABC Sunday 1:00 ride is planning to ride up to the bench but others are planning on driving and parking at Pulaski Tech and I will sent directions as soon as I get them.
(We will have some riders going to Ft. Roots that Sunday, Jim)
Janet Nye won the trophy for the year by coming in just 4 minutes off of her estimated time. Thanks again to Judy McDowall for the timing and Debbie Blackwell for the rest stop on the mountain. Coreen also helped with the timing, thanks. Jim
The meeting was a review of the upcoming BRAA. We decided to start a day later due to bad weather and return on Thursday to participate in the 65 Roses Ride. It and the Cardiac Classic are the next charity rides coming up in April and are on the Ride Schedule.
Submitted by Jim Britt
Janet Nye with help from Allen Nye, gave a nice report with pictures on her Death Valley to Mt. Whitney ride last September. She made it! Jim gave announcements for the upcoming Civil War Rid in Jacksonville, March 22 and the Wine Country Ride in Altus, March 29. We will not meet in March. The next meeting will be at Boundreaux's in April.
The Board meeting was before the general meeting at Oyster Bar. Jim Britt was re-elected as ABC President. The annual budget for operating expenses and donations was approved. A new item was approval of $200 from ABC to the County Family Sculpture Fund. $1000 was given last year in memory of Diane McConnell. Other items of support for the near future are Adventure Cycling, Wounded Warriors, League of American Bicyclists, sponsorship of a Tour de Rock training ride, and Recycle Bikes for Kids.
The preliminary organized Ride Schedule for the year was passed out and is posted in the Forum. A couple changes from last year, Wine Country Ride is March 29th and the Tour de Toad in Conway will be May 3 at 1:00 pm after a morning run.
Submitted by Jim Britt
Jenny reported that a car side-swiped Belva on the Main St. Bridge on their return. She spent the night at the hosp. and is still there to have the brain doctor look at her but apparently she is OK but her helmet was badly broken.
don't have any more info as to what hospital etc.
Dog Alert - Random occurrences.
Location: Ferndale Cut-off about 1/2 mile from the mt bike mailbox nearest Hwy 10 in the blind corner. Two Mixed grey dogs pursue aggressively.
Visitors were welcomed, Andy, Rob, and Teressa before the announcements by Jim, as follows:
ABC received a thank you note from McGehee Boys and Girls Club for our donation to them and the Tour de Hoot.
We, ABC and BACA, are asked to staff the phones at AETN for the next pledge drive, Saturday. Dec. 14, 5:30 to 9:30 pm with dinner. Contact Jim if you wish to volunteer.
Spa Run Ride is Nov. 22-24. Most riders are staying both nights. A few will be returning after 1 night. We will have a sag vehicle for taking our gear to the Arlington Hotel. Confirmed drivers are still needed.
The Jan. 7, 2014 BACA meeting will feature information on the proposed Southwest Trail from LR to Hot Springs. More info. on the location later.
A ride using the outer part of the Arky 100 course was discussed and planned for Saturday, Dec. 7 from Lono to Carthage and Leola with a shorter option. It will be posted on the Ride Schedule.
The Christmas party was set for Friday, Dec. 13 with more information later.
Club officer (President) election will be done by the board at the beginning of the January meeting. A call for nominations will be sent out in December.
Our program was a report by Ken Gould and Judy Lansky on their self-supported tandem tour of Vietnam and Cambodia a few years ago. They showed scenic and interesting pictures and they offered a nice report and discussion.
Submitted by Jim Britt
We discussed the Komen Run on Oct. 18 and may do a ride down to it since many will be in the run. The Arky has 140 preregistered for this Sunday. Rest stop #1 and 5 have been moved slightly. Another helper for #1 would be good. The Lake DeGray Ride is Oct. 25 - 27, pending the end of the federal shutdown. Nov. 2 is a trail ride on packed dirt in Hot Springs Village and is on the Ride Schedule. The registration info is posted in the Forum for the Spa Run Nov. 23. We will ride over on Nov. 22 and return Nov. 24 and stay at a hotel.
Our program was Coreen showing slides of her experiences at the RAGBRAI this year. Ken Gould will speak on their SE Asia tour at the Nov. meeting.
The memorial service for Chris Kupper is Saturday, Oct. 12, 5:00 pm at UU Church on Reservoir Road, LR.
Arky packets (bib number, waiver, and shirt and pins) are now available for pickup at Wild Birds Unlimited, N. Taylor at Cantrell Road, LR near Kroger, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. (phone 501-666-4210). They will NOT be available on Saturday except maybe the first hour since we have to get them to the Arky. Pickup and same day registration will begin Sunday at 7:00 am. If you pre-register after Sunday, the store will have to assemble a packet for you. Please sign the registration form with the packet (waiver) and leave it with the store. You do not have to fill in everything, just your name and signature if you registered on line.
Register here: https://www.bikereg.com/Net/18955