This past month and a half, Bend Bikes had two directors step down from our board. Unfortunately for us, both Brian Potwin and Sarah Worthington had other personal commitments that pulled them away. We're bummed and both will be missed. Sometimes life just gets in the way.
That said, we're now in search of applicants to have a seat at our board table. Literally. What qualities are we looking for? Someone who has some marketing chops would be helpful; oh, and maybe someone who's comfortable doing outreach into the local business community too. They MUST also like piña colada and gettin' caught in the rain.
Our Board of Directors meets each month for an hour or two, plus there are lots of opportunities to get deeply involved in advocating for better bicycle infrastructure and helping us organize fun events we have throughout the year. For more about current board members, click here. If you're keen to apply for this volunteer job (or any other), tell us a little about yourself via this online form. We're hoping to review all submissions by March 19th.
In other news, Nicholas Stevenson has been approved as our organization's President of the Board. Nick is a lifelong lover of bicycling and supporter of bike-able communities. He works for Deschutes County Public Health and volunteers with several other nonprofit groups in Oregon.
When I asked him why he felt up to the role of presidente, he said something akin to:
"I feel passionately about transportation options because they're so integral to our lives. That said, I don't want to diminish people's ability to drive a car either. Bend Bikes' goal is not about taking commuting options away from people, but rather making more of them viable.... Having been part of Bend Bikes almost from its very inception, it felt like the right time to step into this role."
Also stepping into a formal board role is Aron Yarmo. One of our newest directors, Aron will be taking over the role of Treasurer. He's a lawyer with Bailey & Yarmo, LLP, and an avid cyclist. He has two school-aged children and has a strong interest in safe and efficient bicycle transportation systems. When we asked him about his passion in the bicycle transportation world, he remarked: Neighborhood Greenways. Look for more on that front from Bend Bikes in the near future.