Another Board election is over as a new year begins at DSSF. Thanks to everyone who has continued to support the Club by renewing their membership. The people who also give so generously of their time and talents to keep the Club going are a particular inspiration for me. I’m extremely thankful for the amazing group of thoughtful, friendly, generous, and fun-loving people that I’ve met here at Different Spokes. It’s a real honor and privilege to serve as president of what is probably the largest and most active LGBT cycling club in the country. And it’s great to know that we continue to provide a beacon of hope for people all over the world who find us on the Web or by word-of-mouth, wishing they could cycle with others, OUT AND PROUD, with friends who accept them.

Of course, as an all volunteer club, our continued success depends on YOU. Unfortunately, probably 90% of what gets done by the Club is due to the efforts of the same 8 or 9 people each year. During the past several years, there has been almost no turnover in the people serving on the Board, and in spite of our efforts to find volunteers, we still have 4 vacant leadership positions:

Ride Coordinator
Events Coordinator
Woman’s Outreach
Men’s Outreach

These positions don’t require a huge time commitment and it’s not too late to volunteer. If serving in a leadership position is not for you, there are plenty of other ways to contribute. Why not volunteer to lead some Club rides this year, or help organize a single Club event? At the Membership Kickoff and Social on Feb 22nd, David Gaus will be offering tips on how to organize an out-of-town cycling weekend. Come and find out how easy it really is. Yes, it requires some time, commitment, and motivation, but I think you’ll find the experience extremely rewarding. The first time someone says “Thank You” to you, you’ll know what I mean.

The fun all begins at our annual Membership Kickoff and Social on Monday, Feb 22nd. Details and a link to RSVP can be found on the DSSF Ride Calendar. Hope to see you all there!

President, DSSF