GSW Welcomes You
Hello GSW Members
First off as a member of GSW I want to thank all
of you who have worked so hard over the years to introduce people to
cycling. Countless people have benefited from your work and cycling is
much safer due to your efforts.
If we are to continue to
enjoy success, the future challenges must be acknowledged. Declining
membership is a problem for all organizations, and we are no exception.
People, in general, are running to catch up. Busy lives leave little time
for community engagement. Also, living in NH makes recruitment that much
harder. The changing weather, a relatively short season, and an aging
population make it difficult to attract new members.
But a closer
look at cycling provides a good contrast to those numbers.
Cycling is surging in
this country. From 2012 to 2016 the number of people cycling increased
from 51 million to 67 million. The number of bikes sold is two times
greater than car sales in this country according to Statista, a company
that tracks statistics. More communities including many in New Hampshire
are making accommodations for the cyclist. This organization and others
like the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH are actively engaged in this
If we are to grow and continue to be a relevant
organization for cycling in New Hampshire, we must answer a basic question
what the mission of the group today is? These few lines in a mission
statement drive the entire planning process. While writing down few lines
might sound easy, anyone who has ever sat in a room and worked this out
knows it can be a very demanding task.
We are lucky as we start through this process to
have many longtime members who can provide so much information about the
history of this club. These members can share their stories and provide a
unique perspective during the process. They know what worked -- and what
didn't. They have
been the glue that has kept this organization together for more than 45
As your President, I look forward to working with all of you. I have spent
the better part of my life in the leadership of organizations both big and
small. I hope to bring that experience to this organization, and together
reinvigorate the Granite State Wheelmen.
Mark S. MacKenzie
Granite State Wheelmen