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Potential New Name for Lehigh Wheelmen

At the club meeting last month we had a lively discussion about what the club does well and what we can change to do better.  A lot of ideas about improved marketing, types of rides, having events closer to home, more involvement with the velo, etc.  In the area of marketing and communication, the idea of changing the name of the club was brought up.  During the meeting (and after) several people tried to Google "bicycle clubs near me" and LWA was hard to find if it was there at all.

So after 70 years, it is time to give the club a bit of a facelift.  "Wheelman" is a very old (1800s) name for a bicyclist but it is not really used today.  It also projects to the outside world that we are a male only club, which we are not.  We've also been refered to as only fast riders and racers, which we certainly are not.  The board would like to keep the history associated with the name Lehigh Wheelmen Association (LWA) while projecting to the outside world that we are a friendly and inclusive bicycling group. 

To help with this, Donalee Frary has put together a survey for club members to fill out.  It's quick and painless.  We'd like to get input from the club members while we work on the legal issues around the name change.  Please click on the following link and fill out the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YTFYW2R

The board will be reviewing this input, along with the legal and logistical issues, to extablish the best path forward.  

Carl Zvanut

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Update - Jan 25 Meeting Zoom Only

Asbury has closed the chruch for the day so the meeting tonight will be Zoom only.  Here's the link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9198065094

Hope to "see" you there.

Carl

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New Cycling Year - Club Meeting Jan 25

Hope many of you have gotten out on some of these "warm for January" days.  As a cross country skier, I miss the snow but I know many don't share my feelings.

LWA is a great club but all good things can use improvements and changes.  Come to the meeting on Jan 25th and share your thoughts about what the club does well and ways to improve;  There will be a 45 minute session to collect comments from club members and interested cyclists.  So come out socialize a bit and contribute to help the club grow stronger and conitue to promote safe and enjoyable cycling in the Lehigh Valley.  

Go to Meetup for detials and to sign up:https://www.meetup.com/lehigh-wheelmen-association/events/sdlbbtyfccbhc/

Hope to see you there!

Carl Zvanut

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LWA Spreads Holiday Cheer

LWA members bought $2000 of gift cards and donated $1000 each to Sixth Street Shelter and Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley.  This really shows the club's holiday spirit in helping those in need in these tough times.  The gifts were greatly appreciated and they will go to good use for needy families.  Thanks to Jack Helfrich for coordinating this again this year.

 

 

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Bikes and Brunch - Community Bike Works

Four LWA members (Jack Helfrich, Raina Fussner, Jane Derby and Carl Zvanut) participated in CBW's Bikes and Brunch event from downtown Allentown.  The intent was to show that people who live in downtown Allentown can safely ride to the parkway and have a great ride.  Although I was skeptical, it turned out to be true.  The CBW folks led the way and we were all amazed at how much fun it was.  Of course, a ride followed by brunch is hard to beat.  

Thks was all part of CBW's current fundraiser.  If you'd like to give, click on: https://www.pledgereg.com/Users/Donor/Default.aspx?tid=20147&amt=0.  

 

 

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Community Bike Works 2022 Cycle Challenge 

Once again this year LWA has a team in the CBW Cyclle Challenge (formerly the Spinathon).  Members are Dave Sheffield, Paul Champagne, Raine and Jeff Fussner, Jack Helfrich, Clyde Odom, Jane Derby and Carl Zvanut.   We'll be cycling and logging our miles while raising money for this most worthy charity.  If you'd like to donate to team LWA go to: https://www.pledgereg.com/Users/Donor/Default.aspx?tid=20147&amt=0

If you would like to participate on your own or form another team go to www.pledgereg.com/communitybikeworks.  This year's 12-day challenge will take place from Thursday September 22 to Monday October 3.  Earn miles by cycling, spinning, walking, running wherever you please while raising money for Community Bike Works’ bike mentoring programs.  Any exercise which tracks distance is acceptable as long as you are self-propelled. 

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Spinathon for Community Bike Works

The LWA has a team in  the Spinathon for Community Bike Works.  It's a friendly competition and the rules are simple - just record your miles.  Team members: Rich Ferrera, Lenni Maguire, Raine Fussner, Steve Crampton, Jane Derby, Clyde Odom, Jack Helfrich and Carl Zvanut.  This is a big fundraiser for CBW, an organization we all know and appreciate for the good work they do.  If you can, please make a contribution.  Here's the link to our team's site:

https://www.pledgereg.com/3930/Team/17148

Thanks and stay safe on the roads and trails.

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True Signs of Spring

The weather may not be cooperating, but there are true signs of spring in the Lehigh Valley:

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The Joys of Solo Riding.

We all miss riding in groups with our fellow club members, but let’s take some time to enjoy solo riding during these difficult times.  It is spring, the trees and flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer and warmer.  I find myself in the same situation I was seven years ago after retirement.  Riding solo, working around the house, doing some computer work and reading.  It was great to hook up with the LWA and start riding in groups and develop the great friendships of club members.

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Our 2023 Flagship Events

 

LWA Photo Tour de Valley

Fourth Annual photo contest for LWA members  (New date coming soon)

 

 

Donut Derby 

 The Donut Derby for 2023 is on for Labor Day, September 4th, 2023

Details coming soon!

 

 

 

LWA Apparel

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The LWA clothing store is currently closed.  It will re-open periodically.  Club members will be emailed when this happens.