Between You and Me
by Deana Foster
It is that time of year again when we make New Year resolutions and anything seems possible…even me losing 50 pounds and becoming 20 years younger. I’m also trying to convince myself that I can keep up with my daily workload and answer all Women On Wheels® business email in a timely manner. Well shoot, why not just be super optimistic and throw in riding over 20,000 miles in one riding season…the positive vibes are everywhere and include everything!
I guess since you are reading this article at the front of your magazine you have figured out that you will have to put up with me as your President for another year. I really hope you don’t mind too much. It will be nice to have another year to try to complete some of the things I’ve started so thank you, Board of Trustees, for tapping me for the job once again. I also need to thank departing Board members Cris Baldwin and Linda LeDoux.
Cris has been an amazing leader and representative of Women On Wheels® for many years, and I can’t imagine where this organization would be now if not for her guidance. She has touched so many people and aspects of this organization, started so many new programs that I wouldn’t know where to start in listing them all. You are an amazing woman Cris and the Board, our members, and I will miss you.
Linda LeDoux was appointed to the Board in 2013. She immediately made her mark with that sweet Louisianan genteel drawl, but don’t let that sweet voice fool you because this lady is a powerhouse. She has helped all of us on the Board in one way or another and she is a pretty mean quilter to boot. Thank you for all you did and thank you for saying you would volunteer in the future.
I’m happy to report that we have had two chapters offer to host Board of Trustee meetings for 2016. The Board is looking forward to heading south to Dallas in January and spending some time with the Bling Bling Chics, and then in April we will head north to Chicago and hang with the Northwind Riders. If you would like to join us, please feel free. We would love to have you participate and share your thoughts and ideas.
In addition, here is an update of a few other things that has transpired since we last chatted…
- The Advisory Committee has been appointed and is in full swing. If you haven’t heard from them yet, you probably will so get your thinking caps on and when they ask please let them know what you think. If they don’t call you, please call them!
- The Ride-In™ committee is working like soldiers (get it?) to make sure that the 2016 Gettysburg Ride-In™ is a huge success. The hotel rooms will book fast so you better get on the phone and make your reservations.
- We have merged our main Facebook page with the International Ride-In™ page in an attempt to put all the news you need at your fingertips and in a single Facebook location. If you have questions or comments, please let me know.
- Women On Wheels® has opened their store on Café Press. If you aren’t already able (at the time of this printing), you soon will be able to purchase goods directly from there, selecting your own clothing styles and accessories to adorn with the Women On Wheels® script and/or logo and having it shipped directly to your door. I hope you enjoy and will take advantage of this new option.
- The Women On Wheels® Annual Special One-Day-Only Chapter Photo Contest (in conjunction with the International Female Ride Day) has been reworked for 2016. Please make sure to take the time to read through the new rules when that comes out, and hey, let’s all submit pictures this year.
- We have hired a new company to take over our website and hopefully by the time you receive your January magazine, all of the issues you have been experiencing will be resolved. Thank you technology team for all of your hard work, and thank you for responding to member issues as quickly as possible. A big “Thank You” should also go out to our membership who has been so patient.
On a personal note, I purchased an old Honda last fall, and yes, I did register it immediately for both the cumulative and annual mileage contests! My husband and I have been taking some time to cut it up and we are having a blast making it into my first bobber. As positive as I am trying to be, I’m pretty sure that you will NOT see me riding up to the Ambassador Hotel in Gettysburg on that bike. No place for a bag or even my purse on this little number but if you send me a friend request on Facebook, I will make sure to post pictures showing you the progress. Who knew that destroying a perfectly good motorcycle would be so much fun!