From the President
A new month of cycling, hiking and social events are ahead in February.In the area of cycling, the FOS club continues to plan for the annual Easter Ride on April 30, 2017. The FOS Easter Ride committee has some exciting, new, shorter trail routes planned for beginners and families, along with our traditional medium and long routes for experienced riders. A registration link is available on the FOS Webpage www.folksonspokes.com under “You’ve found the home of the Easter Ride!”
The members of Folks On Spokes (FOS) are busy learning how to use our new Folks on Spokes Activity Scheduler located on the Web page under the Rides and Activity drop down menu. Ride and hike leaders need to contact the FOS Webmaster Robert Stickley to establish a username and password.
The Post Valentine’s Day Social is the social FOS event for February. It will be held on February 21, 2017 at Smokey Barque located at 20 Kansas Street, Frankfort, Illinois. All members and individuals more...
Thanks received from Working Bikes Board President
I want to personally thank you as the President and Treasurer of Folks on Spokes, as well as your entire Board and membership for the recent donation of $100 to Working Bikes. Looking at your website, I see that Folks on Spokes also donated to us in 2016 and 2015. We greatly appreciate your continued financial support of Working Bikes to help us achieve our mission of giving old bikes new lives by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.
Because of record bike donations, as well as financial support, Working Bikes was able to send a record 6525 bikes in 17 shipments to bike projects in 7 countries in Africa and Central America in 2016. We were also able to fix and distribute over 1700 bikes locally -doubling last year's results- to school children, veterans, refugees and people in homeless transition situations.
Please thank your entire membership for me. I would also greatly appreciate it if you would remind them that if are getting a new ride or if they have an old bike gathering dust in their basement or garage that are not doing them any good, we can put them to good use. It is easy to donate a bike to Working Bikes and receive a tax donation receipt.
In your area bike donation sites include:
- Good Speed Cycles, 2125 183rd St., Homewood
- Plank Road Cyclery, 20 W. Elwood St., Frankfort
- other donation sites are on our web site at http://www.workingbikes.org/drop-off-locations/
If you are looking for other ways to connect regarding Working Bikes and our relationship with Folks on Spokes or bike advocacy in general, please let me know. Again, Thank You!
Phil Kaplan, Working Bikes Board President 847-722-4715