Even though the official Bicycle Safety Month is over the Helmet Safety Drive will continue through September or as long as coupons are available, whichever comes first. Bicycle season is in full swing with the long friendly warm days of June but the sun beating down causes helmet structure to deteriorate. If you have not replaced your helmet for a few years many safety experts recommend getting a new protective lid. Check in with our seven participating bicycle shops to get your $5 discount coupon before they run out! The shops may even offer additional savings on helmets costing over fifty dollars.
The Service before Self Award was established in 2000 to recognize individuals who distinguish themselves by dedicating significant time and effort to the success of the Harrisburg Bicycle Club. The award can only be won by an individual one time and current 2018 elected officers are not eligible. HBC membership is required for all nominees.
This year we received 6 nominations for this prestigious award. Every nominee was a highly recognized name that has made a difference in Harrisburg Bicycle Club over the years and has dedicated time and effort to benefit this club in remarkable ways.
After reviewing all nominees, the Ops Committee voted to present this year’s award to a Sharon Brumbaugh who has been a member of the club since 2001.
Sharon started riding a mountain bike with Owen Moore on the Sunday morning socials and to Fort Hunter after breakfast. She would also do some rail trail rides with the club. She eventually bought a new road bike and became a good rider on weekends and weekday rides in Hershey.
She was leading "C" pace rides in Hershey and some weekend rides for the club. She became well known for her enthusiasm for the club and spent the next few years volunteering significant time and effort into the club.
Sharon soon became involved in the Ops Committee and held the following positions:
2004 – VP3
2005 – VP3
2006 – President
2007 - Personnel and Nominating Committee
2008 - Personnel and Nominating Committee
Sharon was responsible for getting approval to place a porta-john at the Conewago Trailhead which remained there for several years.
She was the “Rest Stop Coordinator” for the HBC century and she served in other positions to support the HBC Three Creek Century. Sharon also served as Chair of the Fall Tour Committee for at least 2 years.
We are honored to present Sharon Brumbaugh with the 2018 Service before Self Award. Thank you for your time, service and commitment to HBC.
The HBC 2018 Annual Banquet was held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday evening, November 17th. More than 130 guests enjoyed the social hour from 5:30pm – 6:30pm mingling with friends both old and new while trying to conquer a fun game of “Cover the Card” Bingo. Our photographer was busy taking pictures of couples, friends and groups! HBC Member sent in over 350 pictures to be used in the 2018 Year in Review Slide Show that played throughout the evening and highlighted the year’s rides, events and socials. Everyone loved it!
Banquet guests were treated to a delicious dinner buffet of salmon, beef tips and lemon basil chicken along with sides and several delicious desserts and ice cream. A cash bar was busy all evening offering craft beers, wines and mixed drinks for guests.
The evenings program began with the introduction of our 2018 officers and event chairs that highlighted the success of the Spring Fling Weekend, The Finger Lakes Trip, The Three Creek Century, The Fall Tour to Cape May and the Williamsburg Fall Weekend trip. All of these events triggered happy memories, new friendships and positive comments from our members!
Special recognition and individual awards were given to thank our ride leaders for their commitment to our club. This year over 30 ride leaders were treated to VIP passes for this banquet for taking a special interest in our club and leading and posting a minimum of 5 rides in 2018.
Bill Pickering presented Dick Norford alias “Mr Wonderful” the Cape May Brick for his assistance on the 2018 Fall Tour as Sag Driver.
After a review of several outstanding nominees, Harrisburg Bicycle Club officers selected Sharon Brumbaugh as the 2018 recipient of the “Service before Self Award” for her long time commitment to our club. Sharon served HBC for many years in several different capacities. (Please see the article on this award in this newsletter.)
Throughout the evening, guests were delighted with winning 50 door prizes that were donated by our local bicycle shops and business partners and we raised $530 on Silent Auction items that were donated by members. The donations from these items went to the Janet F Pontius Safety Fund.
As an additional thank you from the banquet committee, the pictures taken by our guest photographer earlier in the evening were waiting for everyone to pick up and take with them at the end of the evening.
Thank you for making the 2018 HBC Annual Banquet a success!
**A special thank you to my banquet committee members for volunteering many hours of their time and talent to make this event possible! **
Thanks to Darrell Casto - Cindy Gorski – Dave Gorski and Ann Hammond!
Also, thank you to Glenn and Patty Wareham, Christine Kramer, Mark Riordan and Chris Seier for assisting with set up and registration the day of the event.
Much thanks to all of you for your time and effort!