Editors Note: Bob Smith presented this review at the Christmas Party in December 2011.
“I’d like to thank our current officers and board for permitting us to travel back to the early years and pay tribute to some of our early leaders. We owe are success and longevity as club to these and many of you current members who have served the club as officers, board members, ride leaders, volunteers and member participants.
Our first ride was held in October 1986. We incorporated in early 1987 and elected our first officers. Jim Cerrato was elected our first president. Later that year I assumed the role as president and served through 1997. I could not have taken this on for as long as I did without the help and support from my loving wife Anne.
This evening we will look back to our modest beginnings in 1986. By rediscovering our past we may discover away to navigate the next 25 years. It was Chris Conboy’s idea that we should reach out to past leaders and honor them at this evening’s celebration.
I’d like to quote an email I recently received from Bonnie Johnson (Owner of the Colorado Springs Bike Shop). “My parents would both be so proud that one of their dreams is still strong, alive and thriving. The club was always something they wanted to be successful”. Ed and Carol Spielman provided the seed money to launch the club in 1986.
1987 was our first full year of our existence and a year full of firsts. Many of our firsts are now annual traditions