Winter 2018-19



Hi Folks,


  We had our annual meeting and election of officers this past Friday, November 16th.  Before the meeting we enjoyed a potluck meal with lots of good food and great desserts!  Thanks again to our hosts, Jerry and MaryAnn!  I would like to thank all the folks who have invited us into their homes for meetings and picnics this past year, Jerry and MaryAnn LaRocca, Jim and Erika Postlewaite, Ellen and Ray Thompson, Roger and Wendy Gray and Leonard and Gretchen Epp.  Your hospitality is always appreciated.

   We had a special “door prize” at our meeting.  Roger Gray generously donated a beautiful watercolor of a bicycle created by a local artist.  The lucky name drawn from the hat was Roger May.  Thank you, Roger and Wendy for this gift.

   Thanks also go out to our Face Book administrators, Amy, Cathy and Janice, our webmasters, Doug and Roger May, our reservation engineer, Janice, the folks who deliver our ride schedules to the bike shops, George Cutter, Janice, Bob and Randy and to all our officers and board members.  We appreciate all you do for FOS!

   We are so grateful for all our ride leaders.  Without the ride leaders there would be no club!  That being stated, we need more ride leaders!  If you need help leading a ride, we have experienced folks to help you.  We encourage you to try mapping out your own ride.  We are always up for a new adventure.  Please consider this over the winter and be ready in the spring to get your ride on the schedule!  

   Pam Feit, our treasurer, reminds us that membership fees are soon due.  Please complete and sign a membership application (download from our website), include your $12.00 check and mail to Pam Feit.

   Randy, our ride captain, gave a review of our year.  We are so happy to have been accident free for another year.  He mentioned some possible bike trips and new rides we might try in 2019.  If anyone has any ideas for trips please let us know.

   Jerry gave us some sad statistics of our bike season.  We all know the weather wasn’t always in our favor this year and almost half of our rides were cancelled due to inclement weather.  We discussed the idea of cancelling rides.  Next year our goal will be not to cancel a ride prior to the start time.  Each rider will have the responsibility of calling the ride leader to see if the ride will take place.  If it is raining at the start of the ride the ride leader will determine if the ride will go on.  So, if you are in doubt about the weather, before you drive to the starting location, check with the ride leader.  Hopefully, 2019 riding season will be sunny and warm!

   Some of our very talented members are performing in Christmas concerts in December.  Roger Gray and Annette Foster will be singing with the Canton Symphony Chorus for the Holiday Pop Concert.  The concert is December 9th at 3:30 at Umstattd Hall.  Roger has information on how to get discounted tickets.  For more details contact Roger Gray, 330-309-6514.  Doug Bower and the Harmony Ringers will have a Christmas bell choir concert “Earth Shall Ring” on Dec. 2nd at 3:00 p.m. at Grace United Church of Christ, 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW, Uniontown also on Dec. 15th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran, 4600 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton.  The Harmony Ringers is a semi-professional, auditioned, community handbell choir.  Admission is free; Donations accepted.   Sounds like a nice way to get into that holiday spirit!

   I hope we all have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  I count Folks on Spokes as one of my blessings.   Thank you all for your support this past year and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


Warm regards,