Meeting Minutes – February 2013

MINUTES of CRBC Executive Meeting

Written by Joan Potter

February 17, 2013

Meeting held at Videon Central, 2171 Sandy Dr, State College, PA.

Present:

·         Jim Serene, President

·         Brian Dempsey, Vice President

·         Lynda Crow, Treasurer

·         Joan Potter, Secretary

·         Paul Rito, ex officio

·         Joyce Eveleth, SC Borough – AmeriCorps

The meeting was called to order by Jim Serene at 4:10 pm. A quorum of directors was present, and the meeting was ready to proceed with business.

Bike Light Giveaway

Joyce Eveleth gave a quick overview of the proposed bike light giveaway by the Bicycle Ambassadors. They have 70 sets of small bike lights to distribute one evening during the week of March 11th. She asked for recommendations on the location to distribute. Lynda suggested in front of the Borough building, and for effect, to have a police officer available to flag down cyclists without a light. And then reward them with the lights. Also a way to provide positive reinforcement for safe cycling habits, such as wearing a helmet. Jim suggested creating a feedback mechanism – a handout to go with the lights that asks the recipient to send an email to acknowledge receipt of the lights. Joyce will send us a notice of the date/time. She departed from the meeting at 4:30pm.

Executive Committee

Jim suggested setting a regular meeting date every other month on the first Tuesday night of the month.

A new Executive Committee was proposed as follows:

·         Jim Serene, President

·         Brian Dempsey, Vice President

·         Lynda Crow, Treasurer

·         Joan Potter, Secretary

·         Paul Rito, ex officio

·         Sue Barsom, PSU Institute for Sustainability

·         Terri Rudy Pontzer, NMBA

·         Kurt Deutsch, SC Biking Group

·         Erik Scott, The Bike Shop

There was discussion of forming a Bicycle Advisory Committee to COG which would meet quarterly with Trish Meek. This was the #1 recommendation on the list of improvement recommendations from the League on the Bicycle Friendly Community award. Jim proposed that it include the CRBC Executive Committee as well as a representative from the School District, the State College Police, Penn Dot, and all the bike shops.

The next ‘Street Skills for Cyclists’ course will be taught by Paul Rito on April 20th. Brian Dempsey expressed interest in becoming a League Instructor, which would be great to have more than one in the area.

Discussed the annual membership renewal announcement; suggested sending out an email to the list serve on or before May 1st.

There was mention of planning ahead for next year to sponsor someone to attend the National Bike Summit, the premier advocacy event. It would be a worthwhile use of funds and FreezeThaw offered to make a donation to support this.

The next general membership meeting will be Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00 pm in the Borough Building.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

 

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