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14 Dec 2022 9:19 AM | Douglass Kilpatrick (Administrator)

The Seat Post

Welcome to the Seat Post!! This is/was the TAB newsletter for many years and in an effort to better communicate with our members we are returning to this format. The team will work to keep it short, sweet and packed with important information for the membership - things like exciting news, board meeting minutes,  financial status of the club, future plans and upcoming events

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Ride Season Recap

2022 was another amazing season of cycling, we had lots of great weather and miles and miles of smiles as we rode together safely.  There were no major injuries or crashes during the 2022 season and we are all thankful for that.  

We were able to continue all but one of the amazing group rides (Sunday Breakfast Ride) because of the great volunteer ride leaders.  They help organize each ride, make sure the route is safe and deliver important information to the riders.  Ride leaders WE THANK YOU for keeping the rides alive!! TAB wants to continue to grow the number of rides and ride options available to everyone, but we can’t do it without ride leaders. If anyone is interested in leading or learning about how to lead a group please let us know. 


28th annual MARR

Despite having a little rain we had another incredible MARR!! Over 300 riders participated in the 100, 62, or 32 mile road ride or the 32 mile gravel ride along the Maumee river.  This year there was also an option to ride the route timed with the MARR Fondo!!! Many cyclists tested themselves against the clock to see how fast they could safely navigate the course. When the weary riders returned they were greeted by friendly faces, food, music, and beverages.  Many folks told us how much they enjoyed the beer garden after the ride!!!  

Events like this don’t happen without strong leadership and directors. 2022 MARR Directors Linda Posadny and Debbie Tassie brought together the volunteers who make it all possible!! It also takes sponsors, without them MARR wouldn’t be the same. Ernest Brew Works, Kingston Healthcare, Price Pro, Keystone Press Inc, Amanda Holman Design, Spoke Life Cycle, Cyclewerks and Mountain Man Sports all contributed to making the day an amazing experience. 

 We are already working on the 2023 edition to continue to make it the best ride in Northwest Ohio! If you are interested in volunteering or being a sponsor please reach out to us. 

TAB 2022 Budget

We want to share the club's finances with the membership.  We hope this will help you understand where your money goes and how it helps the community. 


TAB Income



TAB Disbursements


Membership Dues

$4,000


Website

$2,052

Banquet

$900


Storage Unit

$685




Liability Insurance

$3,150

Total

$4,900


D&O Insurance

$875




Bank Fees

$900




League of American Bicyclist

$100




Metroparks

$500




Ohio Bicycle Federation

$100




Norta

$250




Banquet

$2,300




Member Picnic and Ride Leader meeting

$400




Total

$11,312




Grand Total

($6,412)


2023 Membership Dues Increase

I think we all understand that the US is still recovering from the devastating financial impacts of COVID 19 and that as a country we are in the midst of a difficult economic time.  The cost of everything has increased significantly and insurance rates have not been insulated from these changes. Due to an unexpected - and substantial - rate hike in the club's liability insurance we had to make the difficult decision to increase dues.  This insurance protects the club, officers, and ride leaders in the event that there is a claim of negligence.

The membership dues are now $30 for an individual rider, $45 for a Family membership. You can see all the changes and renew your membership on the TAB webpage https://toledoareabicyclists.org/

The question is what do you get for your membership?

  • 10% off merchandise at most of the area bicycle shops

  • Discounts for Mad Anthony River Rally registration

  • Rider Insurance

  • You support the Metroparks, HOOVES, The Right Direction and other organizations through our philanthropic donations 

  • Daily organized and safe rides

  • Annual Banquet 

  • Summer Picnic

  • Ability to Purchase Club only merchandise

  • Social activities with like minded individuals

  • Miles of Smiles


Quick Sprints

Are you enjoying the Winter Warrior Ride Series? Come ride outside with us this winter.

Do you want to start 2023 off on the right foot? How about riding the Bean Ride on Jan 1st with TAB!! 

TAB Banquet is tentatively scheduled for February 19, 2023 - Save the Date!!

Keep an eye out for the 2022 Rider awards emails to go out soon!!

Interested in helping lead the club? Board nominations are coming up, throw your name in the hat for a 2023 TAB Board position


READ MORE ON OUR WEBSITE 



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