BCHC Mid Valley Unit
President's Monthly Message
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(Left) Dennis Serpa, doing what he loves best.
Greetings Mid Valley members,
The end of the year is near and also my stint as your president. We always ask, "Where did the time go?" As we age it sure goes by fast. I can still remember when we wanted the time to go by faster, but those days are past. We have a busy new year planned already and will be bringing it in with a New Year's Day ride at Red Hills with a great potluck and Dutch oven treats. What a way to start the year! Don't forget to ask a friend to come along and enjoy the day with you. We have so many members out there that we never see at activities, so maybe they just need a little persuasion to get out and visit with their fellow members. The following Saturday, January 6, we will get to enjoy our Winter Round-Up at the Sonora Fairgrounds. See flyer in this newsletter. We look forward to visiting with all those we don't see at our other activities. We will elect seven board members and take time to remember members who have passed and contributed so much to make Mid Valley a special unit. Again, ask some friends to come with you!
Our annual BCHC Rendezvous is coming up April 13 to 15 at the Mid State Fairgrounds in Paso Robles. Our Mid Valley Unit will be in charge of putting on the packing contests so be prepared to help out with this educational and fun event to keep packing skills at the forefront of the Rendezvous.
We just recently found out that HR 1349 (Bicycles in the Wilderness bill) has passed out of the Natural Resources Committee and is headed to the House floor. We did not think this bill would get out of the committee but we were wrong! It got a lot of support and we have a lot of work to do to suppress its passage. We need every member to contact his/her congressional representative to voice extreme opposition to this bill. Our own local rep, Jeff Denham, supports the bill so we need to really come down on him to let him know the significant safety hazards bicycles would create in our wilderness. If you need to find out more on the bill, go to bcha.org Alerts to find out more information and talking points. There is also an article in this newsletter (PDF, 11 MB).
Most of you should have received a letter from BCHA asking for a donation that is dearly needed to keep up the efforts to fund what BCHA does for us. This is the time we can help with tax deductible donations to help BCHA move forward.
Remember to ask a friend to come and enjoy our activities.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Dennis
(Our President writes a message every month for the newsletter.)