2019 Velo Club Holiday Party

The Annual Velo Club Monterey Holiday Party is Saturday, December 14th from 6 to 10pm. For the third year, we’re at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History! Join us for great food and drink, music and dancing, and a fun evening with your cycling friends.

Click here to RSVP via Evite 

The club supplies main courses including Salmon, Ribs and Tri-Tip, plus non-alcoholic beverages. We ask attending members to bring a complimentary dish and your choice of beer or wine to share. To make sure we cover all the bases, we suggest you bring the following dish based on the first letter of your last name:

  • A-G – bring a Salad or Side dish 
  • H-Z – bring an Appetizer 

Note that we already have desserts covered separately.

Please do not bring serving spoons with you – we are providing these from the club. Also if you bring a Vegetarian or Gluten Free dish, please let us know so we can indicate them on the tables.

A reminder that we also ask for donations to help out those who are less fortunate.  Please bring in packaged or canned goods for the Food Bank of Monterey County. The donation barrel will be at the front door.  Additionally we’ll raffle some cool cycling stuff from Winning Wheels, BikeWorks, WorkHorse Bicycles and Mad Dogs & Englishmen – all proceeds of the raffle go to Dorothy’s Kitchen.

Bring your 2020 Membership Form and Payment

Please bring your completed membership form for 2020 along with your check for payment to renew your membership for next year. Membership rates are the same as the last few years: $35 for Individuals, $50 for Families and $10 for Juniors (under 18).  We’ll have forms on hand, but much easier to do it in advance so you can download the form here: VCM Membership Form.

The cost to attend the Holiday Party for members and guests is $20. Members who have volunteered throughout the year have earned free attendance to the party (Visit here to see if you are on the list.) You can either pay the night of the party, or in advance via PayPal. Click this link to pay for you or your guest online: Holiday Party Pre-Pay.

We look forward to seeing you at the Velo Club Holiday Party!

Click here to RSVP via Evite 

Breaking Away – VCM Movie Nite – Wed. Nov. 20

Join us on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 for another VCM Movie Nite. This time featuring the cycling classic – Breaking Away.

This 1979 American coming-of-age film follows the cycling-obsessed Dave Stohler and his 3 best friends who have recently graduated from high school and are now faced with finding their way into adulthood.  It’s funny, bittersweet… and features lots of cycling. 

We have a new venue for Movie Nite – the Mad Dogs & Englishmen bike shop in Carmel on Mission St. between Ocean and 7th Ave.

VCM Movie Night is free for club members and a guest. We’ll have beer, wine and some light snacks, but feel free to bring your own if you wish, or put a few bucks in the donation jar to help defray the costs. Or just volunteer to stay after to help clean up!

To Recap:
What: Velo Club Movie Night – Breaking Away
          Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop
          Mission St. – South of Ocean, Carmel-by-the-Sea
          Google Map here

When:  Wednesday, November 20, 6:30pm

We hope to see you there!

BWC Ride moves to 1pm

Just a quick notice that with the change in Daylight Saving Time, the Thursday BWC (aka  Beers With Chris) ride moves to a 1 o’clock start time this week. It’ll give us a bit more daylight to make it home.

Save the Dates – Upcoming VCM Holiday Events

We’ve got a few Velo Club Monterey and cycling events coming up before the end of the year, so here are your Save the Date reminders. Details on each of these events will follow later, but please add the following to your calendars:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 – VCM Movie Nite – Mad Dogs & Englishmen in Carmel, 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 14 – Velo Club Holiday Party – PG Museum, 6-10 
  • Saturday, Dec. 21 – Santa Cycle Ride – Monterey Wharf, 12 Noon
  • Sunday, Dec. 22 – Critical Christmas Lighted Bike Parade – Custom House Plaza, 6 pm

You may remember from earlier announcements that due to increased expenses the Holiday Party is no longer free to members. We’re asking for a $20 donation for each attendee to defray the costs of the party.

HOWEVER… Anyone who has volunteered a couple of hours during the year to help with club events – the Sea Otter rest stops, cleaning the bike path, helping at the Summer Picnic or Twilight Rides, and yes, even volunteering to help at the Holiday Party – earn free entrance to the party.  

And it’s not too late to get on the list. If you can help with the Holiday Party, we could still use some volunteers as bartenders, cleanup crew etc… Click here to send an email to volunteer.

We’ll send out additional details on each of these events in the coming weeks.

Nominations for 2020 VCM Board Members

Each December we elect the Velo Club Monterey Board of Directors for the following year. As per the Club by-laws, the current Board of Directors has created a Nominating Committee to propose candidates for next year’s Board and Officers. 

5 of the 6 current board members have agreed to serve on the 2020 board if re-elected. Edmund Gross is retiring from the board at the end of this year. Tom Rolander has indicated his willingness to replace Edmund as a Director-at-Large and the Nominating Committee believes that he would be an excellent addition to the board. The Committee is proposing that the following members be nominated to serve as the 2020 Velo Club Board of Directors and Officers:

Mark Kaufmann – President
Chris Swainson – Vice President
Jack McKenna – Treasurer
Keely Clifford – Secretary
Suzanne Kroeze – Director-at-Large
Tom Rolander – Director-at-Large

Any other club member in good standing may also be nominated to run in the board election by the motion of one member and the support of two other members. Nominations for the 2020 Board must be sent in writing or via email to the Club Secretary and received by November 1 to be added to the ballot. You can email nominations to veloclub@vcmonterey.org or mail them to:Velo Club Monterey – Club Secretary, P.O. Box 1404, Monterey, CA 93942
For more complete information on the election process see the Velo Club Monterey By-Laws here.

On or around November 15, you will be sent an email with a link to the online ballot for the board elections. Voting ends December 1st. 

Note: There is no action you need to take now. The election links will come in an email on November 15th.

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