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President's Message


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Message from the GSW President

New name, new merchandise, new events, and new ideas equal your GSW in 2019!

The GSW shifts into summer with many members wearing new Granite State Wheelers merchandise purchased from Ascend Sportswear. The first shipments arrived in early June and some items will be available for show (and sale) at the monthly meetings before “everything” is available for sale at the Seacoast Century Weekend on September 21-22. The on-line store will also be open in that timeframe so personal choices can be made with direct shipment to your home address.

A new weekend event was held on May 10-12 in North Woodstock with The Notch Hostel used as our headquarters. Owner Serena Walsh was very accommodating and the facility far exceeded expectations – see separate review in this newsletter. We plan to return next year on May 15-17 so plan ahead!

Our weekend calendar highlights the Lancaster “Great North Woods Weekend” on July 19-21, the follow-on overnight tour to Franconia, then on August 10-11 a new event in the Eastern Townships, Quebec Canada. And of course, our largest event of the year is the Seacoast Century Weekend on September 20-22. See details about all these weekend events in this newsletter. Register for the Seacoast Century by July 31 to save some money – or volunteer to ride for free! We need many more volunteers to make this event happen smoothly so please pick your slot via the on-line SignUp system using this link:

Along with the new club name and new ideas, a “boring subject” of updating the GSW By-Laws is required and that requires review by the membership via announcement in two Pedal Talk issues. The Board will review content in detail but this is your club and everyone should have a chance to learn what is planned for changes in the By-Laws. The name change, better terminology, and clarifications have been incorporated in this eleven page document which can be viewed via this link or email me to request a copy. The September-October Pedal Talk will offer the second review cycle with the final text to be approved at the October meeting.

And thinking ahead, October 14 will be the election of your GSW 2020 Officers and Committee Chairs with known candidates listed in the September-October Pedal Talk. The cut-off date for candidate names to appear on the electronic “Election Runner” slate will be October 1, that giving all current members time to vote on-line using the secure and confidential system. If you wish to help move the GSW ahead in 2020, please send your name and desired position to me by August 1 for listing in Pedal Talk or by October 1 for last-minute entry on the e-ballot.

If you have any questions about the GSW or suggestions, please give me a shout! This is your club and there is always room for improvement. All it takes are good ideas, willing volunteers and time to keep the wheels moving ahead.

Enjoy your cycling and stay safe!

Dave Topham



Granite State Wheelmen