President’s Report – Jan 27, 2024

Annual Meeting, Party, and 2024 Hall of Fame 

On Friday, January 26, 2024, we held our annual meeting and dinner, along with the 2024 Chattanooga Cycling Hall of Fame ceremony.  More than 140 people attended the event at The 107 venue.  

Chris Brown, Jay Young, and, posthumously, Tom Owen Sr, were inducted into the Chattanooga Cycling Hall of Fame (HOF) Class of 2024. Tom Owen, Sr., it should be noted, not only had a huge impact on Chattanooga-area cycling during his lifetime but also founded our bike club back in 1967.  

Established by the Chattanooga Bicycle Club in 2022, the Chattanooga Cycling HOF is the only event that recognizes and celebrates the achievements and contributions of individuals to cycling in the Chattanooga area. You can see Tom’s, Chris’ and Jay’s bios, as well as those of prior year recipients here

Following dinner and the HOF ceremony, the Annual Meeting took place at which we elected the 2024 Executive Board. Many thanks to the 2023 Board members — many of whom are staying on in 2024 — and a hearty welcome to new Board members Donna Killian (Communications Director), James “Jimmy” Rogers (Advocacy Director), Marjorie Whiteside (Social Media Director); and to Jennifer Kreafle (Fiori) for taking on the position of CBC Treasurer. 

All in all, it was another great CBC activity drawing a diverse group of cyclists together to celebrate what we love: riding bicycles. Thanks to our Social Directors (aka Team Beck) for another superbly organized and executed event, and to everyone who helped out, participated and attended, and to the staff at The 107.   

CBC Executive Board – Election Results

OutgoingIncoming
POSITION20232024
PresidentTom HandTom Hand
Vice PresidentSharon RussellSharon Russell
TreasurerMike SabinJennifer Kreafle
SecretaryKevin WhitesideKevin Whiteside
Event CoordinatorVacantScott Self
Road Ride CoordinatorPeggy OlsonPeggy Olson
Communications DirectorSue NewtonDonna Killian
Social Media DirectorJennifer KreafleMarjorie Whiteside
Membership DirectorRebecca BucklesRebecca Buckles
At LargeRich RudnerRich Rudner
At LargeBill JenningsBill Jennings
Social Director (Appointed)Debbie/Sam BeckDebbie/Sam Beck
Advocacy Director (Appointed)Kat VolzerJimmy Rogers
CBC Executive Board Election Results – Jan 26, 2027

Annual Meeting and Party

A quick reminder that the deadline for registration for this year’s Annual Membership Meeting and Party is 11:59 PM January 11, as required by our event venue .

Don’t miss this opportunity to fellowship with your fellow club members, enjoy a great meal, and participate in the election for this year’s club officers. See the full slate of candidates below. We will also accept nominations from the floor prior to the vote.

This year’s event will again honor three new inductees to the Chattanooga Cycling Hall of Fame: Chris Brown, Jay Young, and Tom Owen Sr.

As always, there will be drawings for gift certificates and swag from our local bike shops.

Candidates for 2024:
POSITIONNAME
PresidentThomas Hand (returning)
Vice PresidentSharon Russell (returning)
Treasurer
SecretaryKevin Whiteside (returning)
Event CoordinatorScott Self* (new)
Road Ride CoordinatorMargaret (Peggy) Olson (returning)
Communications DirectorDonna Killian* (new)
Social Media DirectorJennifer Fiori (returning)
Membership DirectorRebecca Buckles (returning)
At LargeRichard Rudner (returning)
At LargeBill Jennings (returning)
Social Director (Appointed)Sam & Debbie Beck (returning)
Advocacy Director (Appointed)James (Jimmy) Rogers* (new)
Candidate Slate – CBC Board of Directors 2024

Seasons Greetings

On behalf of the Executive Board, I thank you for being a member of the Chattanooga Bicycle Club, and I wish you and your loved ones a Joyous Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year. May you have strong legs, many miles of good riding, and steady tailwinds throughout 2024.

Overall, the past year has been a good one. Rides are up (we had record number of Club rides), membership is up, Cycle Sequatchie continues to be a success, we hosted three really wonderful club events, and our finances are stable. In 2024, with your help and participation, we can look forward to more and even better Club rides and events, continued sponsorship of and growing involvement with Cycle Sequatchie, and new cycling advocacy initiatives, among other things.

And don’t forget…

…the CBC ANNUAL MEETING & PARTY (GALA DINNER & CYCLING HALL OF FAME CEREMONY), from 6:15 P.M. on January 26, 2024, at The 107 Venue.

Only $15 for members. Tickets are now available on the CBC website (here). You will need to log in to receive the member rate. Buy your ticket now–and no later than January 11, 2024–to ensure availability. Thanks again for being a part of the CBC. 

See you on the road,
Tom