2022 Board of Director Nominations

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Who runs this joint? It's time for 2021 Board of Director Nominations

Who Runs This Joint?


We do! And you can too!


We’re the Board of Directors of the New York Cycle Club and we were elected last November to serve a calendar year term in 2021. That means another election is coming up this November for 2022. And ALL of you are POSITIVELY ENCOURAGED to run in it!

How does this work? Well, our Club elects fifteen officers each year for a one year term. Those fifteen also form the Board of Directors for that year. Although incumbent officers often choose to run again, no offices are pre-assigned, and every Board seat is “open”. The role of President is the only Board position that is limited to three consective terms. Therefore, our current President, Peter Storey, is not be eligible to run this year.

So why would you want to do this? First, it’s a great way to get to know the Club, especially the parts you don’t experience otherwise. Second, it’s a great way to “give back” to the Club for all those wonderful rides, parties and SIGs from past years for which you paid hardly a song. And it’s fun!

What’s involved? The Board holds monthly meetings (90 - 120 minutes) to review and discuss issues and programs that have broad implications on the operation of the club. Board members are expected to participate and may be asked to take on special projects. Examples may include club policies, branding and legal issues. In addition, each officer has specific  responsibilities summarized below that will typically take a couple of hours each week (how many depends on the office). Skills? The Webmaster and Content Editor jobs need strong computer skills, and the Treasurer should be able to handle money. The other jobs principally require intelligence, creativity and a good attitude. You can do this.

What are the various offices? They’re listed below and are described in more detail in the Club’s Bylaws.

So how do you run? Nominate yourself or nominate someone you think would be good (but ask them first!) by clicking here and placing the members name in the nomination form.

We’re eager to increase the diversity of the Board in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and otherwise, so let’s have as many candidates as possible! But you (or they) do have to be a MEMBER.

Nominations close at 8pm on Tuesday, October 12th. The electronic ballot will become available on Tuesday, October 26th, and voting will continue until 8pm on Tuesday, November 9th, when results will be announced.

The fifteen offices and the incumbents who have chosen to run again are as follows:


President 

The Official Deal: The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Club and shall represent, or assign a member to represent, the Club to all outside parties; shall ensure that the agenda at all membership and Board of Directors’ meetings is carried out; and shall ensure that other elected officers are pursuing the duties of their respective offices.

The Real Deal: The face and voice of the Club – the leader who decides where the Club should be going. What do you need? Organizational and people skills, an engaging manner, a thick skin, and a vision!


Vice President Programs 

The Official Deal: The Vice President of Programs shall be responsible for producing special programs at membership meetings with the optional assistance of a committee; and shall assume the regular duties of the President if the President shall be incapacitated or in any way unable to perform those duties himself/herself.

The Real Deal: The Real Deal: The VP of Programs is the driving force of ALL Club meeting programming, whether in-person or virtual. You will organize and manage Club meetings, which entails lining up speakers and raffle items, getting the AV system set up and a host of other related duties. This is more than a one-person job so a large part of the job is to recruit help from other Club members to recruit speakers and manage meeting logistics.


Vice President of Rides 

The Official Deal: The Vice President of Rides shall be responsible for coordinating rides to be conducted under the aegis of the Club and shall ensure they are communicated to the club membership. He or she shall plan rides that occur in conjunction with special events; shall have the assistance of the Rides Coordinators in generating and coordinating ride leadership among the members; and with the approval of the Board of Directors, shall have the option of establishing rules governing the conduct of Club rides.

The Real Deal: If you want to make a difference with regard to how many rides the Club organizes, if you want to have a hand in recruiting the BEST leaders on the road, if your goals are safety AND fun, this is the job for you! You will support the three (3) Ride Coordinators, ride leaders, volunteers and club officers in developing policies and communications for the club in a variety of areas including club policies, managing accident reports and insurance claims. In addition, the VP of Rides work with the Ride Coordinators to help organize larger events like the All-Class, Newcomers rides, the Berkshires, New Paltz and Greenport weekends.


Treasurer 

The Official Deal: The Treasurer shall keep an account of all moneys received and expended by and for the club; shall make disbursements authorized by the Board of Directors; shall present a report of the financial condition of the Club each month in preparation of the monthly Board meetings; shall render a complete statement of the Club’s financial condition and inventory of property annually for publication to the membership; shall be responsible for the possession of the corporate seal of the Club; shall respond promptly to membership fee inquiries; and shall create financial analyses as needed.

The Real Deal: You ARE the Club’s financial whiz! You are the Club's banker, bookkeeper, and financial officer all rolled into one. Familiar with Quickbooks or can learn it quickly. You collect all the money, pay all the bills, and keep all the financial records so that the Club's lights stay on. If you do not like balancing your own checkbook, or you always file your taxes late, this job may not be for you.


Secretary 

The Official Deal: The Secretary shall attend Board of Director meetings, shall keep a record of such proceedings; shall maintain a record of Club policies; and shall provide a copy of the current By-laws, policies, or any minutes, upon request by any member.

The Real Deal: This position may sound mundane, but think about it, you would be at the hub of NYCC, keeping your finger on the pulse. You cannot get a better bird’s eye view of the NYCC happenings than this – and with a vote to boot!


Membership Director 

The Official Deal: The Membership Director shall promote membership in the Club; respond to membership inquiries, receive membership applications and dues payments; forward dues received to the Treasurer; acknowledge new members; and maintain a roster of Club members and prepare it for publication.

The Real Deal: As the first point of contact for new and prospective members the Membership Director ensures that everyone feels welcome and fosters a positive experience for all about the Club and cycling in general. The position also ensures that all member questions are responded to, records are accurately kept, and Club communications such as the eWeekly are distributed to all members. The Membership Director is also an active member of the Club’s Diversity & Inclusion committee, with responsibility (along with the PR Director) for outreach to (and partnerships with) underrepresented communities.


ENY Ride Director 

The Official Deal: The Escape New York Director shall coordinate all aspects of the annual ENY event.

The Real Deal: With the help of an able committee appointed by the ENY Director, he or she conceives, imagines, trumpets and guides the 10-month effort that culminates in the Club’s signature ride. Tasks of the ENY Director have included communicating actively with the committee, writing (emails, letters, ads, collateral), graphic design (jerseys, giveaways, crew shirts, ride logo, cards, posters, banners) snagging sponsors, maintaining sponsor relationships, nurturing community relations, fulfillment, setup/monitor active registration, publicity, including tabling at major bike events, arranging reciprocal bike club PR, getting listed on every bike calendar, Facebook and webpage maintenance, and creating a post-ride festival that will make riders want to stick around. ENY in the era of COVID presents new challenges that are still being explored.


Volunteer Coordinator 

The Official Deal: The Volunteer Coordinator shall be responsible for attracting, organizing, and assigning volunteers for the various Club activities requiring volunteers.

The Real Deal: Manages volunteers for various Club activities. Coordinates the yearly volunteer party, manages the incentive rewards process.


Public Relations Director

The Official Deal: The Public Relations Director shall represent the Club to the media and other organizations on all issues of public opinion, in order to win and maintain public support of the Club and cyclists in general; advise the Board on the public relations implications of Club policy and program decisions; and develop and distribute informational and promotional materials to the public.

The Real Deal: You are the person who represents the Club to the media and other organizations on all issues of public opinion; and answers questions posed by print, broadcast, online and freelance journalists and photographers regarding the Club. You represent the Club’s interests to government agencies as regards Members’ access to the roads, parks, bridges and mass transit; and to elected officials on cycling-related legislation.  You advise the Board on the PR implications of Club policy and program decisions.  


Content Editor 

The Official Deal: The Editor shall be responsible for composition and production of the Bulletin, which shall include a list of all Club events, a summary of the proceedings of Board of Directors’ meetings, and other business the Board of Directors may order for distribution to the membership, and at the Editor’s discretion, materials submitted for publication by members of the Club or outside parties. The Editor shall also maintain a file of past Bulletins.

The Real Deal: The Content Editor is responsible for preparing all communications on behalf of the club. This includes  the managing website (weekly), creating pages and events as requested from other board members, preparing and sending regular newsletters and posting to social media. Experience working as an adminstrator within Drupal, MailChimp, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is ideal. 


Webmaster 

The Official Deal: The Webmaster shall set up and maintain the Club’s Website and any other electronic publishing systems the Board of Directors deems appropriate for the benefit of membership.

The Real Deal: The new NYCC website, based on the Drupal web-development environment, relieves the Webmaster of most routine file management in support of content contributors (writers, photographers, etc.), although the Webmaster needs to provide training to new content contributors. The Webmaster also may be required to master several drupal maintenance skills. This will require study of Drupal and patient discussion and compromise with other club officers.


Rides Coordinator

A-Rides
B-Rides
C-Rides

The Official Deal: Rides Coordinators shall, under the direction of the Vice President of Rides, generate and coordinate ride leadership among the class of riders for which they are responsible

The Real Deal: As a Ride Coordinator, you will find yourself corralling leaders, helping leaders with route planning, and reviewing ride submissions. Challenges include encouraging riders to move from participant to leader and maintaining a comprehensive ride leader database. Best part of being a Ride Coordinator is seeing the volume of rides that we offer every week and knowing that it all happens thanks to our amazing volunteer members.


Special Events Director 

The Official Deal: The Director of Special Events shall coordinate special events, such as social events for all members of the Club.

The Real Deal: As the Director of Special Events, you will identify, organize and run both non-cycling social events, such as the NYCC holiday party, Volunteer Recognition Dinner, ice cream social, and other social events for all members of the Club. You will also organize and run Club cycling events in league with the Ride Coordinators, such as the All-Class and Newcomers Rides, etc.


Current Board Members Running:

President - Leora Rosenberg (current Volunteer Coordinator) 
Vice President Programs - Steve Vaccaro
Vice President of Rides - Jerry Ross
Treasurer - Bob Gilbert
Secretary - Ed Delk
Membership Director - Kym Blanchard
ENY Ride Director - None
Volunteer Coordinator - None
Public Relations Director - Neille Weissman
Content Editor - Sheila O’Connor
Webmaster - Natan Elman
A Rides Coordinator - Michael S. Bernstein
B Rides Coordinator - Colin Taber
C Rides Coordinator - None
Special Events Director - None
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