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.
TAB year end Banquet and Award Ceremony
Put the date on your calendar: the TAB Banquet is Sunday February 26!! This year we are changing things up a bit to liven the event up a little. First we are having more of an open house type event at the Waterside Community Club House at 7062 Longwater Dr, Maumee Oh. The open house starts at 3 PM, then we will conduct the award ceremony at 5 pm and will conclude the event at 7 pm. This will allow people to come and go as they need or want. We are serving appetizers and all kinds of finger food as well as having a chili cook off. Our guest speaker will be from The Right Direction a non profit organization that helps children connect with cycling through clinics, skill camps, demonstrations and donations. Come hear their story and see the amazing things that they do for our community.
Ride Leader Spotlight
Each month we are going to highlight one of our Ride Leaders. The goal is to help you become better acquainted with the people who volunteer week after week to provide safe opportunities to ride. So I think it is fitting to start with Ride Leader/ TAB Ride Leader Captain Chuck Nicewander.
Chuck leads the Tuesday night Speedtrap ride in Elmore, Oh. The route is named after a local restaurant in Woodville that we ride past. Chuck does an amazing job of organizing the groups, managing the different experience levels as well as identifying new riders. No-one is ever left out on the speedtrap. Chuck also does an amazing job recapping the rides with pictures as well as his play by play each week. Lastly after the speedtrap ride is over he helps organize social activities and food!! In Chuck's own words the Speedtrap is the “Best ride in Ottawa county!” Yes Chuck it is and you are a HUGE part of that!!
TAB 2022 Budget
In an effort to help the members understand what your dues go towards our Treasurer created this visual. It breaks our expenses down into 3 categories. Operating expenses is 79% or the cost to operate TAB (Insurance, MARR, Web Page, Bank Fees, and storage), Membership support is 10% (Banquet, Ride Leaders, and Picnics) and Donations 11% (NORTA, Metroparks, HOOVES and The Right Direction) helps support the cycling community in northwest Ohio.
Why be a TAB Member?
Last month we highlighted the membership perks to remind everyone why joining TAB is beneficial to you. I would also like to add another benefit that is important and most people don’t think about. It’s helping to raise awareness to all things cycling related in northwest Ohio. Road infrastructure, bike paths, parks and even business think about cycling more because we have dedicated clubs. Most recently we were asked by the Toledo Blade to give them information regarding the new bike that is being built along the Anthony Wayne Trail. The community thinks about cycling more than you know because of your club. Help support us so we can continue to help grow safe cycling infrastructure in our communities.
10% off merchandise at most of the area bicycle shops
Discounts for Mad Anthony River Rally registration
You support the Metroparks, HOOVES, The Right Direction and other organizations through our philanthropic donations
Daily organized and safe rides
Ability to Purchase Club only merchandise
Social activities with like minded individuals
Miles of Smiles
Are you enjoying the Winter Warrior Ride Series? There is plenty of winter left, come ride outside with us this winter. There are opportunities to win prizes each month, come see what all the excitement is about.
Are you interested in volunteering? Maybe helping out as a ride leader? It doesn’t matter if you can do it once or for the season we need your help. Reach out to us and we can talk about how you can help keep TAB rolling in 2023.