To: All Cape Fear Cyclist Members
Subject: Tour de Blueberry Chairperson
For the past decade, Cape Fear Cyclists (CFC) has organized the Tour de Blueberry in conjunction with the Blueberry Festival in Burgaw. The ride has grown and prospered. It began with just a handful of riders and has grown to an event of more than 500 participants. The ride’s success was based in large part on the dedicated commitment of club members to support the ride by volunteering their time to organize, register, prepare, and support the ride. Proceeds from the ride have been donated to charities including the Terry Benjey Bicycle Foundation, Burgaw Middle School, and the Blueberry Fund scholarship at UNCW.
Over the past several months we have been searching for someone to commit to chair the Tour de Blueberry ride. Announcements have been made at club rides and several people have been approached by Board members without success. Other options, including hiring an outside professional organization, have been explored and determined to be unworkable.
At its January meeting, the CFC board decided to make one final appeal to the club membership to see if a qualified volunteer would step forward to take on this project. Even though chairing the Tour de Blueberry is a significant commitment, one would not be alone. There is a written “how-to” manual, and one can count on the previous chairmen of the ride to help. Also, the club membership has shown a willingness to volunteer to do the many chores associated with the ride. If a small group of willing, cooperative folks wish to share the responsibilities of the chair, that would be fine as well. The volunteer(s) does not have to be a club member(s).
In fairness to the organizers of the Blueberry festival, who are expecting us to organize the ride, the board has decided that we need to notify the festival organizers by the end of February if we will not be organizing the Tour de Blueberry.
Anyone willing to volunteer for this challenge, and keep the Tour de Blueberry on the CFC schedule, please contact me or any member of the CFC board. We will be open for volunteers until Friday, February 23. We hope you will consider the opportunity.