2020 Board of Directors
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 The 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. According to the 2018 stats, I rode almost 4,000 miles on Western Wheeler rides, while a recent version of the 2019 stats has me with over 3,000 miles (still time to hit 4K). I’ve led or co-led 16 rides so far this year.
I’ve enjoyed being Western Wheelers President this last year, leading our talented and dedicated board of directors. It’s been a good year for the club. We continued and expanded all of the wonderful club activities like the very successful Sequoia Century, fun and informative events, and of course, a plethora of great rides (thanks to our many ride leaders). We also started new programs like our safety initiative, a continuous improvement Sequoia feedback session, and the member charity donation survey. With your support, I’d like to continue this work for the coming year.
Secretary: 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 served as Events Chair 2017-2019. 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 and Sports Basement. I live in Redwood City and always look forward to great rides with my WW family on the evenings and weekends.
I am running for secretary as I enjoy writing, serving on the board and contributing to the club. I work in communications for my day job and I would like to use my skill set for the betterment of our club. 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!
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: Lisa Burque
Over 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. From a volunteer at a Sequoia rest stop to the co-captain of a rest stop. And most recently, I have served as a Member-at-Large on the Board. As a member of the Board, I continued to add rides to the calendar as part of the addride team; started running ride with GPS classes for members; and contributed to the monthly meetings.
I am now running for Ride Chair to help maintain an active ride schedule. Working with all ride levels, I will do my part to ensure our rides continue to appeal to both new & experienced, older & younger, social & hardcore (not that hardcore and social are mutually exclusive!) riders. I think there have been great series (Fall Fun, LDT), challenges (Skyline) and rides over the years and am excited to do my part to keep that going.
Regardless of whether I am elected to this position, I will continue to lead rides for the club and participate in as many events and rides as possible. I’ve made some amazing friends and look forward to every opportunity to ride and socialize with my fellow Wheelers.
Events Chair: Fran Williams
I’ve been cycling for about 12 years. It has become my passion, as well as my social outlet. What better way to enjoy our beautiful area, than to combine exercising and socializing with fellow cyclists?
I love riding with friends new and old and attending Club Events and Activities, such as the Spring Picnic, and Oktoberfest.
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 "forever", and my first 100 mile ride was (one of) the first Sequoia Centuries, well over 45 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 twelve 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.
Chief Editor: Peggy George
It has been a great experience working for the club this year to get the monthly Flat Tyre newsletter published, and to serve on the Board. For the coming year, I look forward to publishing a fun newsletter filled with engaging articles, photography, travel "blogs", and relevant stories related to cycling submitted by members.
As a life long cycling enthusiast, I recalled this summer how as a child, I completed my first long distance ride, about two hundred miles in Upstate New York, coinciding with the Landing on the Moon! We rode into the campground with our bikes and gear and with all ears tuned into the broadcast of the event coming from every direction and every campsite. I was hooked on cycling ever since.
I have been a member since before 2000, and in my first years, worked as the Sequoia Workers Ride leader, making sure all riders were well fed at lunch and rest stops, supported by a team of enthusiastic helpers. More recently, I have worked as the Chocolate Milk finish line captain. I look forward to continuing the work of the Flat Tyre Editor in 2020. Thanks for your support!
Webmaster: Mindy Steiner
I am currently wrapping up my 9th 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 5 years. (2015-2019) I have also been the acting Webmaster for much of 2019. Taking on the role of acting Webmaster has been a new fun challenge for me and I would like to continue serving on the board as Webmaster for 2020.
Members at Large
As a candidate for a Member at Large position in 2020, I admittedly am a “newbie”. But in the relatively short time I have become active in the Western Wheelers, I have gotten so much out of it! I retired in early 2017, and upon the suggestion of my husband Howard, I started doing rides with the club, and I’ve never looked back. I try to ride 3-4 times a week (mostly B rides, but I’ve done a few C-’s when I think I have a chance of keeping up!), I’ve enjoyed the LDT training rides immensely, and have really enjoyed the few Fall Fun series rides I’ve been able to do. I’ve volunteered for the Sequoia Century for the last couple of years, and was so impressed to hear so many participants praise the event for being so well-run, and be so appreciative of the support they received. I’ve also enjoyed and learned from several of the informational events such as bicycle safety and skills, bicycle law, and most recently Icelandic bicycle touring. Perhaps the greatest benefit of joining the club so far, however, has been the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made.
Having received so much value from the Western Wheelers, I’m now looking to give something back. As to my educational and professional background, I have an MBA in finance, and have worked in finance (banking) for many years. When our kids were growing up, I was active in the PTA in a variety of roles, and was PTA president for three of those years. I recognize that every organization is unique, and if elected I’d start with an open mind to learn more about the needs of the Western Wheelers and to find out how I can best contribute.
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 serving 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.
I am stepping down this year after three years as Club Secretary to run as a Member at Large. While that role can have different jobs, I think that this will allow me more time to focus on another interest of mine for the club, which is developing a program for Ride Skills, Training, and Safety. This year I initiated, with backing from the board and members, the first organized series of classes that provided instruction for over fifty of our members. I am interested in continuing to develop those programs and I believe the Member at Large position is the ideal way to do this.
I have been an active member and leader in Western Wheelers since 2003 and am regularly one the top ride leaders in the club, having led over 350 rides in just the last seven 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 ten years as LDT Coordinator, a period in which the LDT series has expanded and annual participation has more than doubled. 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. It has been my privilege to serve on the Western Wheelers Board for the past two years and hope to continue in 2020.