INTRODUCTION
Where Do I Start?
President's Message

 


GSW Welcomes You

President's Message

Hello GSW Members and Friends,

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 transformation.  

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 years.  

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. 

Respectfully submitted,

Mark S. MacKenzie
GSW President


Granite State Wheelmen