January Meeting

Happy New Year, cyclists of East Alabama. Our next meeting will be Thursday, 12 Jan and, to start 2012 with a bang, we'll shake things up a bit from the usual routine and switch to a new venue. We will be hosted by the Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatic Center. Their Fitness Center director has graciously consented to give us the run of the place for the evening along with a tour and explanation of their programs. Us cold-weather-inhibited cyclists might greatly appreciate the opportunity to pursue fitness in a more climactically regulated environment, and this will be a grand chance to find out the particulars.

As usual for January meetings, we'll also be discussing the business of the club. That will include officer elections, so this is your opportunity to volunteer your time to make this an even better organization. We will also be looking for suggestions about what events the club might pursue to broaden its appeal and better serve the members.

We won't change the time, so see you all next Thu 7:00PM at the Opelika Sportsplex, 1001 Andrews Road. Until then, here's wishing you all many safe and happy miles in 2012.

                                -Tim-

December Meeting

Happy Post-Thanksgiving and Pre-Christmas Everyone. Our next EACC meeting is Thu 8 Dec 7:00 PM at the EAMC Health Resources Center. We have an exciting program with our very own GW speaking about his experiences in Masters racing. He's had quite a lot of success in that regard and I'm sure will have a lot of stories to tell, plus helpful advice to those would-be racers in the group.

We will also welcome Melissa Allphin, the Development Director for Camp Smile-A-Mile, an organization that hosts children with cancer and their families at a facility on Lake Martin. They provide good times for kids experiencing a rough patch and you can read about their activities at campsam.org. Melissa will talk about their annual bike- related fundraiser, the Ride of Love---definitely a challenge for those adventurous cyclists in the club. It should be quite uplifting to hear about, even if you can't quite ride 150 miles in a single day.

Look forward to seeing you all and, for those who can't make it, have a very safe and Merry Christmas.

                                -Tim-