VOLUNTEERS - the lifeblood of our Club
Volunteer Training Academy
Did you know our club does not have any paid staff positions?
Did you know our club would cease to exist if weren’t for our volunteers?
What if I told you we had a plethora of opportunities that would allow you to give back to the club through volunteering, that did not require forfeiting riding in an event? What If I told you these opportunities did not require attending any meetings; being on committees; or participating in group chats?
We all have special gifts, talents and interests and if we each bring ours to the table, oh….what endless possibilities we could do together as a club!!!!
Watch your emails later this month as we’ll be unveiling these opportunities as well as sharing more about the upcoming Training Academy we’ll be hosting.
2021 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION
As you may know, we had to cram our 2021 Event Schedule into the last five months of the year! That’s a lot of work after an 18-month event hiatus! It’s also a lot of volunteers to be called on. Hopefully you took part in a few of these FCC 2021 Events:
- July 31 - Tour de Lakes Members-Only Ride
- Sep 11 - Annual Club Members’ Picnic
- Oct 2 - Grizzly Century and Rides
- Oct 9 - Bass Lake Double Century
- Oct 23 - Tour de Femme Ladies Ride
- Nov 6 - Everyone Loves Raymond Gravel Grinder
- Dec 5 - Club Members Christmas Party
Everything that happens to run this Club is done solely by volunteers. FCC does not have any paid positions. Volunteers are the backbone and the blood of this Club: no volunteers mean no events.
We sincerely want to thank each and every one of you who have volunteered for one or more events. Some of you volunteer because you do not plan to ride the event; some of you forfeit your ride so you can help; some of you bring along family members to help; some of you help before or after so you can ride in the event. For all of you, please know we appreciate you beyond measure.
However, this year there were eight FCC members we chose to recognize at the Christmas party for their exemplary service in volunteering for our events this year. Please take a moment to recognize the following members:
ROB MAVIS & KEVIN NEHRING - Radio/SAG support for all events requiring this support. These two guys (along with their crew) work together from the early morning start to the late-night finishes, tracking all riders until the very last one comes in. If you have never peeked into the big white trailer operated by CARP (Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers - a ham radio club), please do so one day.
BILL ASSELIN & KEN HERRINGTON - SAG Drivers for all events requiring this support. These two men are always ready to go for every event, often confirming their availability before we even send out the request for volunteers. Some events make for long days (and nights), but these two are there every step of the way to support our riders.
JIMMY BARBOZA & BRIAN KESTERSON - These two guys love to participate as riders in the events, but have also found a way to give back to the Club from behind the scenes. They help to load and unload the equipment trailer before and after almost every event, allowing them to help yet also ride on the event day.
BILL TITUS - Many people volunteer for an event or two, but this man has volunteered at a majority of the events this year, helping at rest stops as well as lending a hand loading and unloading equipment before and/or after the events. We need more Bills. Be like Bill!
GIA PARKER - This woman is the Director Extraordinaire! In addition to being the Director of Tour de Lakes, she also assumed a new role as Bass Lake Double Century Director this year. No one else had stepped up to fill the position, so she spoke up and added it to her plate. Gia has completed 5 double centuries but running one is a whole different ballgame and this gal knocked it out of the park!