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Monthly Meetings & Socials

Folks on Spokes club meetings are held every month
(except November & December).    

FOS General Meeting
Thursday, September 24, 7:30 pm

We are excited to announce that Ira David Levy will speak about Pedal4Life at the Sept FOS Meeting. This will be a virtual meeting via ZOOM. Login information will be posted as the meeting date gets closer, so check back soon.
FOS meetings are open to the public.  Everyone is welcome.

FOS is awaiting approval from Frankfort Public Library before in person meetings can resume.  Members will be notified when that happens.  

Our meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming Socials- Save the Date!!

Sept 20th, Sunday, ANNUAL PICNIC - SEE BELOW




Social meetings are scheduled to build membership cohesion and allow members to mingle, socialize, and plan future rides and events.

January 22, 2020 Meeting at FPL

Eighteen members attended the January meeting.  After mingling, snacking and socializing, the meeting came to order.  Gary Meyer was our guest speaker.  Gary has to agreed to have his business, Hickory Creek Brewing, as the starting and endpoint of Spring Fling.  He is an avid cyclist and is excited to be a part of our 39th annual ride.


February 26, 2020 Meeting at FPL


More than 20 members came for February’s meeting at FPL. The coffee was good and hot  plus there were lots of goodies to snack on as well.  After a good bit of socializing, JoDell called the meeting to order. She lightly touched on a few details about the upcoming Spring Fling. Dick spoke up about an exciting beginning to the process of having one of the bike trails in Frankfort extended all the way to 80th Avenue.  Frankfort Village Hall will have a discussion on the matter on March 6th at 5pm.


JoDell then turned the meeting over to our speaker, Marianne Hahn. Her program was entitled “The Kankakee Sands- Preserving A Globally Endangered Ecosystem.”  She spoke about how the glaciers impacted Braidwood Dunes and other lands in NE Illinois, which created different types of sand in the moraines as they made their way through Indiana and Illinois. Marianne owns land in Kankakee county named “Sweet Fern Preserve” which has five different kinds of sand.  She identified many types of flora and fauna on her land, with beautiful pictures of the many species, shrubs, trees, flowers and grasses. She showed a picture of a rare, ornate, male box turtle.  For those who wish to visit the Kankakee Sands, she said to be on the alert to view bison during your visit. Any easy trip on route 41 South to Enos will take you to a parking lot on the right. That area is usually a good place to spot them.

FOS SOCIALS, 2019 - 2020

Picnic Information September, 2020

Our annual picnic will be held Sunday, September 20 at Hickory Creek Preserves  (LaPorte Road access, 10537 W. LaPorte Road, Mokena, Il. 60448),  Hickory Hollow Shelter-end of road parking lot.)  This event is FREE for members.  Food will be served at 1:00 pm.

This year we will provide a boxed lunch with bottled water and packaged desert. Unfortunately, we cannot have homemade desserts or other food to share.

Masks and social distancing are recommended as per guidelines. Members can bring lawn chairs as well to avoid close seating on picnic tables. 

Lunch will be provided by our sponsor, Hieine's McCarthy's.  Sign up (coming soon) will be required so orders can be placed.  

Watch for email notification on menu choices soon.
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July 19, 2020 - Ice Cream Social

Although there was some heavy morning rain, the skies cleared up by noon and the Ice Cream Social was on.  Eighteen members attended, all practiced social distancing and wore masks.  JoDel was the only one to ride to the event. We visited past 2:30, reconnected and enjoyed our ice cream treats.  

Thank you Audrey Hancar, Sally Kleinschmidt, John Victor and Jim Barnish for all your help. Thanks to all those that took a chance on the weather and came out to enjoy the afternoon.  Hopefully we can have another gathering very soon.

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February 26, 2020  Trip to the Art Institute, Chicago

Our group continues to be small on the FOS trip to the Art Institute in Chicago, but we have a great time and are always amazed at what we see and learn.   This year four members, Fern Bienias, Andi Edington, John Victor and Al Sturges attended what has become an annual event.  We started our day with breakfast at a Café nearby.  We were able to go on two tours and had plenty of time to walk around on our own. This is a great way to spend a wintry day.   


Feb 6, 2020  Pre-Valentine Social


There’s nothing like a cozy restaurant, good food and craft brews to warm up with in the middle of winter. Thanks to Fern, 19 club members got to do just that on a snowy evening for the pre-Valentine’s Day social held at Trails Edge Brewing in Frankfort.   Our members enjoyed conversation and laughter, great appetizers and craft beer.  Some of the offerings included Trail’s Edge specialty, smokey wings, and they did not disappoint!  The club went through several dozen of them, plus homemade potato chips, party tostadas, several kinds of pizza and fried cheese curds.  Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!

Mar 31, 2019  Pancake Breakfast


July 21 Ice Cream Social



Sep 22 Annual Picnic

Oct 27, 2019 End of Season Bike, Hike, Pot Luck

The End of Season bike, hike and potluck ended up with warmth and sun and good attendance. Al and Jim led bike rides, Bernie led the hike and everyone brought great food to share. Thank you Jim for cooking, Carrie and Roman for all their help setting up, breaking down and most of all helping with the Coleman stoves, keeping food and drinks warm.  A great big thank you to everyone that brought dishes to share,  soups, chili, sausages, salads and fabulous desserts.  Hugh, our great coffee maker, has the best propane coffee pot ever!   Thank you to all others that pitched in to make our day such a success. 




Thank you to the members who have offered suggestions for some fun socials.  Anyone with ideas please feel free to let me know as all ideas are welcome. 

Questions or ideas contact Fern 708-747-7557 or email

Napoleon Dynamite was walking down the sidewalk one day when his friend, Pedro, rode up on an incredible shiny new bicycle.
Napoleon was stunned by his friend's sweet ride and asked, "WOW! Where did you get such a nice bike?"
Pedro replied, "Well, yesterday I was walking home, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up to me on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, 'Take what you want!'"
Napoleon nodded approvingly, "Good choice. The clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

You're a Cycling Addict If

You hear someone had a crash and your first question is "How's the bike?"

You empathize with the roadkill.

You have more money invested in your bike clothes than in the rest of your combined wardrobe.

You use wax on your chain, but not on your car.

Your bike has more miles on it then your car's odometer.

You have more bike jerseys than dress shirts.

You take your bike along when you shop for a car - just to make sure the bike will fit inside.

You buy a mini-van and immediately remove the rear seats to allow your bikes to fit.

A Power Bar starts tasting better than a Snickers.