Candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors
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President: Frank Houghton
I am running for president because I believe some aspects of our club have become stagnant and I think we can do better! I will bring a fresh approach to the board and will work with club members and the board to: implement innovative ride ideas; grow our active member base; create basic riding and safety skills programs; and schedule regular bicycle maintenance education for our entire membership.
I have been a club member for nearly 5 years. In the past two years alone, I have led about 80 rides, started a weekly ride, forged a partnership with REI to staff bike mechanics and sponsor the Sequoia finish line; converted about 30 riders to become WW members and led the charge to save the club more than $7,000 a year.
I look forward to serving you as club president and working each of you to continue making our club something truly special!
President: David Schorow
I’ve been bicycling for enjoyment and fitness since I was an undergraduate in Boston. I was introduced to California cycling when I came to Berkeley for graduate studies. Cycling and other outdoor activities have been my passion for most of my adult life. I even met my wife Mona on a group ride at Bicycle Outfitter. In June, 2017 I retired from a long career in the computer industry, with the last 10 years as a manager and director of software development. Retiring gave me more free time to cycle, and the Western Wheeler Bike Club provided me the means to do a variety of beautiful rides with fun people, many of whom have become good friends. A recent version of the 2018 stats listed me as 9thon the list of WW members with the most miles ridden on club rides. I’ve led or co-led 12 rides so far this year.
Now, I’d like to give back to the club. I engage with many club members during rides and club events. With that extensive member contact and with my management experience, I can make a strong contribution to the club as president. I’m indebted to the great work done by current and past presidents and governing board members, so would like to continue and build upon their work. Ride leaders are key to the core mission of the club, so I want to give them support and appreciation, and encourage more people to lead rides. I’m also looking to encourage and contribute to other initiatives with the board this year, including safety programs, bicycling advocacy, and community engagement.
Secretary: Bill Sherwin
I am currently serving the club as Secretary and I would like to do so again in 2019.
Having grown up on the east coast, my first big bike adventure was a solo ride across New York state when I was 18. I graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1981, where I was the Secretary and Vice President for my fraternity. I spent three years in the U.S. Marines before making my home in Bloomington, Minnesota for 20 years. I joined Western Wheelers in 2010 when I moved to Belmont. In addition to my current role as Secretary I have led many rides, assisted with LDT coordination for several years, and served as the Fall Fun Series Coordinator in 2016 and 2017. I think Western Wheelers is a fantastic group of people and I have made many good friends on our adventures together.
Treasurer: Mike Rissi
I have been the Club Treasurer for the past 14 years and built a strong financial foundation for the Club with a healthy reserve. I actively participate in the Club activities, including finance team leader for the Sequoia. I’m a strong advocate for recreational cycling to promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I have previously served as Treasurer for two nonprofits - the Portola Valley Schools Foundation and Music for Minors, where I am currently the Chair of the Board. My business background includes 30 years with Accenture, where I retired as a Managing Partner.
Ride Chair: Robert Sexton
I have served on the board as as your club president for the last five years, and before that as an at-large member. I originally joined the club leadership so that I could make the club more inclusive of younger riders. My first action as a member of the board was to advocate for and pass a new ride listing policy that would be fairer to all ride leaders.
As ride chair, I will work to further streamline the ride listing process and make our ride listing data more widely available and convenient for club members to find. I will ensure that getting new rides onto the calendar is simple, and open the ride calendar to direct submission by all established ride leaders. I will do my best to automate myself out of a job.
I ride with club members of all abilities and skill levels. I enjoy club rides, centuries, and longer rides, both on the pavement and off. I will support new ride leaders with mentoring and route planning. I’ll do my best to cultivate new ride leaders and new routes for riders of all levels and abilities.
Ride Chair: Mindy Steiner
I’m currently wrapping up my 8th year on the board. I was president of the club for 3 years (2011-2013). I held a member at large position for one year (2014) and now I've been the Ride Chair for the last 4 years. (2015-2018) I would like to continue in the role of Ride Chair for the 2019 Board to help keep the club a welcoming place for new members with lots of rides and activities for all.
Events Chair: Cindy Asrir
I started riding with Western Wheelers in January 2012 and have been hooked ever since! I served as the weekend C Ride Coordinator from 2014-16, was elected Secretary to the Board in 2015 and 2016, and Events Chair in 2017 and 2018. Besides leading rides for Western Wheelers, I led weekly evening rides for Mike's Bikes in Palo Alto for three years (co-sponsored by WWBC) and helped to forge the current partnership with REI. I live in Redwood City and look forward to great rides with my WW family every weekend, as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the spring and summer.
I am running for events chair because I love planning educational events and parties and building/strengthening community ties. I am an executive assistant in my day job, but my real passion lies in cycling, protecting the environment and community engagement. I would like to see us expand our outreach to more educational and community events, as well as try some new fun activities. This is our club, and I will always welcome your ideas and suggestions to make it better for everyone. LIfe is short--let’s enjoy the ride!
Membership Chair: Vern Tucker
After spending 40 plus years in the title insurance industry, as an underwriter and claims handler I retired in 2004 and became active in the Western Wheelers Bicycle Club. I began by riding on every ride I could find and was physically able to do. A short time later I was asked to start leading a few rides and then I began leading some A, B and C rides. In 2006 I was approached to become the Membership Chair the position I still hold.
During my tenure as membership chair I have seen the club more double in size as we have gone from the membership paying their annual dues by check and moving forward to a computerized system where the majority of the members now join and or renew on line. We still receive several checks each month which must be processed by hand.
As membership chair I will continue to promote the club by reaching out to new cyclists, speaking to strangers while on rides, in bike shops and in general telling anyone who will listen what a great club we have. I have also held several board positions, including Commodore in the two different sailing clubs. I have also been a Explorer Advisor for a BSA Explorer Post, Merit Badge Counselor and was one of four male co-leaders for a Girl Scout cadet- senior troop specializing in backpacking for 20 plus years.
Sequoia Chair: Randall Braun
I have been an active cyclist since my early teen years, and my first 100 mile ride was (one of) the first Sequoia Centuries, well over 40 years ago. I’ve been the president of the Davis Bike Club and their Double Century and Foxy Fall Century chairs, then published three route guidebooks called “The Cyclists Route Atlas” As many of you know, I invented RouteArrows about ten years ago and the Sequoia Century was again instrumental in allowing me to test my early prototype to mark their routes. RouteArrows are now my livelihood and my passion to help spread the joy of cycling. I decided to offer to help with the Sequoia to further that goal and for the pride and gratitude I feel to be able to live and ride in such a beautiful and unique place. With your help, I hope to continue to steward The Sequoia as the premier cycling event in the Bay Area and beyond.
Webmaster: Emily Nishihira
I joined Western Wheelers in 2013, and have learned a lot from your leadership and dedication to improving our community. For that, I'm extremely grateful and would like to give back to you, beyond leading club rides. I have over 15 years experience in web development as well as in-depth experience with user interface (UI/UX) design. I've assisted Mona Schorow, for over a year and would like to continue her legacy of providing the club with exceptional web service.
Chief Editor: Peggy GeorgeDuring the past year, we have been working enthusiastically with Dave Ziegler and Ricki McGlashon to take the reins of the publication of the Flat Tyre for the upcoming year. We recognize the importance of the newsletter to the club membership and look forward to continuing this fun and engaging tradition. Thank you to other members Mona and Emily and Tim for their help in moving us forward! I hope you will support us in our mission to continue production of the Flat Tyre and I look forward, as Editor in Chief to work with a dedicated team of co-editors.
BA English, Northwestern University
Certificate of Proficiency in Web Programming, Foothill College
Academic Technology Specialist, Stanford University, Center for Teaching and Learning
Western Wheelers Member since before 2000
Members at Large: Vote for Three
Lisa BurqueOver the two decades I’ve been a member of Western Wheelers, I have gradually increased my level of involvement. I went from being a rider to an occasional leader to a consistent ride leader (>30 in 2018 so far). From a volunteer at a Sequoia rest stop to the co-captain of a rest stop. And most recently, I volunteered (was recruited?) to help add rides to the calendar as needed. It seems like a natural step to step-up and see what else I can do for a club that has given me so much. I’ve made some amazing friends and look forward to every opportunity to ride and socialize with my fellow Wheelers. I would not be walking into this position with pre-conceived notions of what I can or will do. My goal would be to learn what is needed and see how I can help.
I hope to continue the good work of prior At Large Board Members by participating in board meetings and events for those who enjoy cycling.
I’ve been a Western Wheelers member for 5 years. I ride with the C- group. I enjoy the weekend rides away, regular weekend rides, and mixture of rides during the week. Some of my favorite local rides are Mt. Tam, the Calaveras Reservoir loop, and Los Altos to Los Gatos. I have ridden through many national parks and hope to tackle a few more. I have also ridden in Europe a couple times and look forward to many more rides outside of the US.
I have attended many of the Western Wheelers events in the past including the holiday party, Octoberfest, and holiday lights potluck and have volunteered at several events including for the REI talks, ride leaders BBQ and Sequoia Century. I lead my first ride this month and hope to lead others going forward.
In addition to biking, I enjoy hiking, jogging, yoga, financial/risk management analysis (I’m an actuary and CFP) gardening, reading , hosting dinner and other parties.I would love to give back to the club for all the efforts the board members, ride leaders and many other volunteers have contributed over the years. See you out there on the road!
I’m running for member at large, in addition to running for President, so that if I don’t win the President position, I can hopefully still contribute to the club as a member at large. For more information about my background, see my description under President.
I have been an active member and leader in Western Wheelers since 2003. I am regularly one the top ride leaders in the club, having led over 300 rides in just the last six years. I have served the club as C Ride Coordinator, D Ride Coordinator, Email Lists Administrator, Sequoia Transportation Captain, Board of Directors Member, and for the past nine years as LDT Coordinator, a period in which annual LDT participation has more than doubled.
The club faces some major decisions over the next few years in modernizing our ride listing and ride management process and I believe its important to have someone with my expertise and history with the club represented on the board. I believe our club's main focus should be on rides of all levels by and for our members. Board members should be active club participants in all aspects of the club's activities. I hope to continue to serve the club as a Board Member in 2019.