2021 TCBC Board of Directors Candidates
Biographies of the 2021 Twin Cities Bicycling Club Board of Directors candidates:
I am honored to be considered for a board member position of TCBC. I worked in the banking industry for 30 years, with the last 15 years as Controller for Anchor Bank. The bank was sold and my job was eliminated in 2018, so I decided to spend more time biking and joined TCBC later that year. I live in Mendota Heights with my husband Bob, who is also a member of TCBC. We also spend some time in California during the winter where we are members of the Desert Bicycling Club in Palm Desert. I am fortunate to come from a cycling family, all my siblings and their spouses like to cycle and we have gone on many cycling vacations together. I learned about TCBC through my brother and sister, who were members of the MN American Youth Hostel (AYH) back in the 80’s and who are also members of TCBC.
One of the things that I really like about TCBC is the variety and volume of rides published and the fact there are descriptions available so people can determine what rides are best for them. There is always something for everyone, and I’ve sampled rides between A/B to C levels. I also always look forward to the newsletter and really appreciate the efforts of those who contribute to putting it together; it is a top notch publication. And one of the best things about the club is meeting others who share the joy of riding a bicycle. I have recommended joining TCBC to all my cycling friends.
Some of you may know me as “Picture Pat” (or have heard me say saying “smile” or “shoot” to activate my phone camera). When we can get back to group riding, I plan to continue to take and post pictures to the TCBC forum. I look forward to getting more involved with the club and continuing to promote the club wherever possible.
I have been a TCBC Bicycle Member for about 30 years. I met my Husband Tony “the Gasman” Abelson when we were active with a Three Rivers Park Bicycle Organization. We signed up for TCBC when we did our first Ironman Bicycle Ride. We started doing Bicycle Touring in the early 90’s and this is the first summer that we have not done a week-long bicycle trip since then. I am all about relationships. I love meeting new people; I love the friends I have met being part of the TCBC and I look forward to the friends I have yet to meet. As a person who has grown older as a long-time member (with the emphasis on older) I am grateful that the TCBC offers different levels to meet the needs and levels of all riders. I would be honored to be a Board Member and help carry on this mission. A Bicycle Club for all levels, for all people. A place to create great relationships and a club to nurture the great relationships we have. Tony and I both have been Ride Leaders and often tag team rides so he can lead the A/B crowd and I can lead the B/C crowd. While the Gasman is retired, I continue to work and have been a financial paraplanner for a small financial planning firm for the last 35 years. I love to bike, I LOVE to Nordic Ski, and Tony has been teaching me to Fish. I ride Tandem, Single, Gravel and Mountain Bikes. I am currently the President of the Twin Cities Tandem Club (term up in May 2021) and I am on the Advisory Board of a Non-Profit near and dear to my heart – Art Buddies. And finally, a lot of members know me as Bean, but I also answer to Jean (:
Greetings! My name is Tammy McLemore. I have been nominated to serve on the TCBC board of directors. My passion for biking started in 2011 based on a diabetes diagnosis and my first American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure ride. This ride was seven miles long. The passion I felt during this ride and my first century was the same. This passion was a representation of me using biking as a means to manage my health and to discover a whole new world via my bike.
My passion of biking for health and wellness has led to me becoming a passionate local bike advocate in the following capacities- Hennepin County (District 1) Bicycle Advisory Committee representative, Major Taylor Bicycling Club of MN board of directors, Black Girls Do Bike: Minneapolis leadership representative and a League Cycling Instructor (League of American Bicyclists).
My most memorable bike advocacy experience was in 2019 when I led a bike program that taught BIPOC (black, indigenous people of color) how to ride bikes (for the first time) as adults; and to discover/use biking infrastructure within our communities.
I have been a TCBC member for eight years and a ride leader for a few years. I enjoy community engagement rides; road bikes, winter fat biking and single track/ mountain biking.
I am interested in helping TCBC become more diverse by reaching riders from different backgrounds, skill levels, and to encourage riders to safely explore/use the amazing bike infrastructure in the Twin Cities.
When I am not biking; I enjoy my role as a Human Resources professional and a very proud pet mom. I enjoy spending time with my dog Diamond.
I have a love of cycling that extends back 25 years and I currently pursue road, mountain, gravel, and fat biking. That love of cycling motivated me to join TCBC some 17 years ago. Since then I have become an active member of the club participating in numerous club rides throughout the years. I’ve met and continue to meet many great people in the club and have formed many great friendships as a result. I find the social aspects of the club to be as much fun as the group riding. In addition, riding with the club has made me a stronger, safer, and more skilled rider.
I am a native Minnesotan and I am enjoying retirement after a rewarding 27 year career with a large Minnesota company. I enjoy adventure travel and try to do a couple of weeklong bike tours every year in different parts of the country. I have made numerous trips to Colorado for road and mountain biking, and one of my other passions, 14er mountain hiking. In the winter months, my interest turns to Nordic skiing, mostly the skate style but I also enjoy the classic style as well. I also try to find time for some winter fat biking. Leading an active outdoors lifestyle year around has always been a high priority for me. I also have been a long time member of the North Star Ski Touring Club and served on their board as safety director a number of years back.
It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve on the board the past 2 years. I would love to have the opportunity to serve another term.
Proxy Voting for Annual Meeting
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