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From the 2022 LWA President

LWA Menbers and friends,

I'd like to thank the LWA membership for allowing me to serve as the President of the club.  At the holiday, party Rich gave me the opportunuity to offer a few remarks.  I'd like to share what I said with those who could not attend (remarks in italics).

Please give special attention to the section in bold as it identifies the original purposes for the formation of the LWA.  As the President,  I Iook forward to working with everyone to help support the aspirations of the founders.

As many of you may know, this position was not one I sought.  When Mike asked if I’d accept a nomination, I knew that if I agreed,  I’d be President since in my association with the LWA there has never been a contested election for President.  So I declined : then told Mike I’d think about it.  Then declined, again.  But this club has enriched, and in fact changed, my life in so many ways so I talked things over with Karen, reached out to a few friends, and continued to think: " am I willing to be President?"

I guess the outcome of that though process is obvious now.  So unless there is an insurrection or a forensic audit that changes the outcome of the vote, I’m honored to be able to add President to the list of positions I’ve held:  a board member, VP of Touring,  a ride leader, away event organizer,   but most importantly, like all of you, a member of the LWA.

This club was founded in 1951, two years after I was born.  That means we’ve just completed the 70th year as a premier cycling club.  The last months have certaintly presented challenges.  To leadership team, officers and board members, you did a great job of instituting policies that help not only keep us safe but to assure that the club would continue.   I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered their time in whatever capacity to help make and keep the LWA successful.   And to all the members, this club would not be successful without all of you and your participation.

The first section of the LWA Constitution says this:

"The purposes of the Corporation are to promote general interest in cycling in all its phases; to encourage and facilitate all forms of recreational and racing cycling activities; to defend and protect the rights of cyclists; to secure a better understanding and recognition of the need for safer riding conditions; to encourage the allocations of facilities for cycling on public lands; to cooperate with public authorities in the observance of all traffic regulations; and to advocate the registration of bicycles in the interest of safety, proper regulation and recognition of the bicycle as a vehicle used for pleasure, health and economical transportation."

Hopefully, together, we can work toward these goals and make the LWA relevant for another 70 years.

Paul Smith

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