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EBC Board of Director's Annual Election

Info on 2018 Candidates

Info on 2019 Candidates to be provided soon

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Come VOTE FOR YOUR CHOSEN CANDIDATE at the EBC Monthly Membership Meeting on Tuesday, January 8th at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 DeSoto Blvd (right in front of the Biltmore Hotel).  We will be in the "Chapel".  Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7:00.


Below are the candidates who ran for positions on the 2018 Board.  A new slate of nominees will replace these candidates soon after the December 2018 nomination meeting.


You must be present to vote.  You must be a current member in order to vote. 

 

For your consideration, here are the biographies of the nominees.  


President - Susan Kawalerski

Sue has been President of EBC since January 2016 and previously served as Vice President and Board

Member since 2013.  An EBC member since 1991, Sue considers cycling her #1 passion and has strived to bring the joy of cycling to others.

In running for the Board in 2013, Sue stated that she wanted to make “EBC” a household name, familiar to everyone in South Florida as the leading cycling club dedicated to providing rides and guidance to improve performance and safe cycling skills, and, a club advocating for cyclists’ rights.

Over the past several years, Sue has involved EBC in the decision-making process of designing and building bike facilities both on and off road with county and municipal planners.  Working with county & municipal governments, EBC has helped create routing for community bike rides and offered ride leaders & marshals to ensure safe, fun rides for residents.

Her commitment to providing countywide leadership in cycling safety has resulted in the certification of six EBC members as League of American Bicyclists “League Cycling Instructors”, the highest certification of its kind in the country.  These LCI’s will lay the groundwork for a new & improved method of training group ride leaders in the best practices for facilitating group rides and teaching participants the core principles of cycling safety.

Recognizing that some riders are feeling less-safe on Miami-Dade County roads due to an increase in distracted driving, and, sheer volume & speed of cars on the roads, Sue created an EBC Trails Committee tasked with creating leader-led off-road rides on paved & gravel paths, greenways,and levees.  These rides have not only attracted new cyclists and new EBC members, but have given current EBC members a nice option to explore a different kind of cycling.

 

 

2016 was the year for bringing together law enforcement and the cycling community.  Seeing a disconnect between the two, Sue appointed an EBC Law Enforcement liaison to introduce the police brass from Coral Gables, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay to the Everglades Bicycle Club, and arrive at an understanding of rights to the road, and, mutual respect.

The introduction of an annual EBC Sponsorship program has attracted bike shops and community-minded businesses interested in connecting with EBC’s 500+ members.  The sponsorship dollars
have been able to significantly add to the Club’s financial bottom-line, and, allows the Club to fund safety and advocacy pursuits like LCI certifications.

Sue’s plans for 2017 include adding weekly training rides to the northern part of Miami-Dade County to increase EBC’s reach and attract new members, and, to enlist the help of municipalities to support the effort.    In addition, Sue hopes to increase EBC participation & presence in all ride events in South Florida, continuing the goal of making “EBC” a household name!

 

Vice President - Patricia Massey

It has been an honor and pleasure to serve EBC as Secretary for three years and in 2017, as Vice President.  If the membership chooses to, it would be pleasure to serve again as our club’s vice-president.

In 2018, I hope to focus on providing more services to our members, to work hard on our great EBC events, continue being a ride leader, continue teach Safe Cycling with my Leaque Cycling Instructor certification and to expand my work as an advocate for cycling in our community. I am excited to see how strong EBCs reputation is in the cycling community and that EBC is respected for our unity, our enthusiasm and our inclusiveness. 

Other groups I am a member of include the Underline Cycling club, Rails to Trails, and the East Coast Greenway.  My family has strong S. Florida roots, moving from the Bahamas and settling in Key West in the early 1800's.  I am the first generation to move northward, born/raised in Miami, where I have returned after living in NC, NY, NJ, Germany and London.  I am single, live in South Miami with my Boston terrier, Zinger.  In January 2015, I fully retired from Lenovo and IBM after a challenging 40+ year career.

 

Treasurer – Frank Wimer

My name is Frank Wimer and I’d like to join the EBC Board to help it continue to grow and prosper...  Retiring recently, I have just re-located to Key Biscayne from the New York Area. Having ridden with EBC over the past several Christmas holidays, one of the first things I did upon arrival was to join the club.  Perhaps the following parts of my background will help you decide whether to add me to your board:

  • 19 year member of the 1500 strong Bicycle Touring club of North Jersey where I was a ride leader, tour leader and three year Board member (Treasurer). 
  •  7 year Member of the East Coast Greenway association
  • 15 year member/supporter of Rails to Trails
  • 12 year member of my  Church’s Finance CouncilĀ·  
  • Career in Finance
  • Education:  BA Economics Georgetown, MBA Harvard

 

Secretary – Stewart Shay

 I am relatively new to the Miami area and am enjoying riding the "flats" here.  Previously I lived in the Atlanta area, where hills abound!  I have also enjoyed serving as the EBC Secretary in 2017 and would like to do so once again in 2018 if elected.  

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors – Greg Bardelas

 

My name is Greg Bardelas and born and raised in Miami. I’m volunteering my time to help a great club that I truly enjoy being a part of. Currently I am a ride leader.









 Board of Directors – Doug Buckley

Hello, my name is Doug Buckley and I was absolutely thrilled when I was ask to run for a position on the EBC Board.  I’ve been cycling for just about 2 years and have fallen in love with the sport.  I joined EBC after a few rides with the group.  

 

Wanting to give back to the club and sport, I volunteered to become a Ride Leader and a short time later took on the job of assigning the Ride Leaders for our weekly Saturday training rides.  

 

I’ve been involved with athletics my entire life, first as a distance runner at Miami Dade and later at FIU.  My job for the last 18 years has been as Athletic Director at the Alper JCC.  I feel I have tons of experience and desire to help the club in many ways.  Thank you for considering me for a Position on the Board.

 

 

Board of Directors – Harold Burgos

I retired from the US Marines in 2006 after 22 years of active duty service. I’m a combat veteran with 3 combat tours overseas. After that I served as a federal investigator for the US Office of Personnel Management until Feb 2016 when I retired from the Federal Service. Since then I’ve been looking for a way to remain active physically; I started biking as a way of entertainment until October 2016 when I participated in the Freedom Ride in Homestead since then I found a new meaning in Bicycling. 

Cycling has helped to cope with my PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder), by getting me outside the house, meeting new people and challenging myself to improve in my rides. 

As a member of the board I’d like to give back to the club and it’s members by assisting in any way possible with my time and other personal experiences.

 

Board of Directors – Michael Fleming

My name is Mike Fleming. I have been a member of EBC for decades. My wife, Cindy, joined first while I was out at sea serving in the Navy. She met Roland M. and the EBC crew of those days and loved riding with them. When I returned to Miami I joined in and even had the opportunity to design the EBC "Tequesta" kit that's now part of our history. Cindy and I were also founding members of the Oleta River Adventure Association and began the Bike Patrol at Oleta before there even was a National Mountain Bike Patrol. We are certified NMBP instructors. We help EBC as Ride Leaders especially with the Trail Committee rides. I have also served on the BPAC and continue to attend their meetings to represent EBC and as a teacher representing DCPS. Most recently, Cindy and I arranged for the EBC to use the St. Thomas Episcopal Church facilities as a start/finish venue for our Saturday ride. We will continue to schedule this as long and frequently as possible.


Board of Directors – Jo Jo Russo










 

Board of Directors – Dora Suarez


My love for cycling started with spinning/indoor cycling. The summer of 2015 I was looking to expand my journey to fit and opted for a road bike. That summer I started incorporating solo rides into my vigorous training, it was just before Thanksgiving that I joined EBC on one of their Saturday Training Rides because I needed to learn pace line/group skills to accomplish my soon approaching and first ever riding goal; the EBC Sponsored Escape to the Keys 2015 event.  After succeeding at my goal, I was hooked. I joined EBC on Jan 1st 2016. Since then I have become a ride leader for EBC and am one of a few selected to become a League Certified Instructor (LCI) for The League of American Bicyclists (LAB). 

As a Board Member at Large, I wish to assist the club with our education program and help to create & promote  events that  meet our members &  club’s needs, desires and goals.

 

 

Board of Directors – Bob Williams

Bob has been biking for fun since the '60's wherever he's lived including Denver, Wyoming, Troy NY, Washington DC, and Miami.  He's gotten serious about biking in the past fifteen years in an attempt to stave off old age and has been with EBC for over ten years.  He's logged major road and/or mountain biking adventures in the Adirondacks, the Colorado Rockies, the Smokies, the Wallowa Mtns., France, and the Oregon Coast.  He's also managed rest stops for a half dozen biking events including the Speedway, the Snowbird, and the Gran Fondo. 

Bob is married to Joanne Koski and they have two grown sons, Ryan and Evan, who live in New York City.  In 2012, he retired as Chief of the Traffic Signals and Signs Div. of Miami-Dade County Public Works where he was responsible for making sure the County’s traffic signals, street lights, signs, and striping best served bicyclists and other less-important citizens. :-)  He is now spending his time relaxing, road and mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, playing r-ball, and travelling.  He also keeps busy with about 6 volunteer jobs including serving as Treasurer of EBC for the past five years.  Bob is now willing to continue to serve the Club as a Director at Large if needed.   

  

You can also read about your candidates in the attached PDF so that you can make a more informed decision.

2018 Election for Everglades Bicycle Club Officers and Board Final.pdf

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