This year will be forever remembered for what it lacked…opportunities to ride safely behind and beside your fellow club members, overwhelming your favorite local establishment while stopping for a hot drink, pastry, sandwich or bowl of soup, and getting out in the fresh air, and keeping those legs and lungs healthy. 2020 got off to a wet January start, but February and March were drier and warmer than average. Then came the lockdowns, that are changing the way we live on planet Earth. Lucky for all of us, cycling appears to be one of the safest activities remaining.
Given the shortened cycling season with canceled events, cycling has been achieved through informal meetup groups, broadcast via social media or private email invitation. With this lack of data gathering, PBC mileage/participation-based awards such as “Ride Leader of the Year,” “Newt Acker Goodwill Ambassador,” “Comeback Award,” “Most Improved Rider,” and “Most Improved New Rider” will not be up for nominations for 2020.
Since there were no special events, “Volunteer of the Year” is not an applicable award this year. However, your club kept on running, even without your regular expected special events. The “bills are paid, and the club is solvent” takes on a more important meaning in these times.
This leaves two awards which our club can present to deserving club members: The most prestigious honor is the “Jim Mooney Member of the Year” (JMMOY), and the second highest honor is the “Valued Member of the Year” (VMOY).
- Selection criteria for JMMOY will be relaxed in 2020 given the shortened year where riding 1000 or more miles, serving as a ride leader, and participating in a special event was either not practical or possible.
- Criteria for VMOY remains “To be eligible a member must have contributed in an outstanding manner during 2020 but does not meet the qualifications for Jim Mooney Member of the Year.”
Written nominations for JMMOY and VMOY should be either mailed or emailed to me at: Corey Eng 11025 NW Ironwood Ln. Portland, OR 97229 or [email protected]. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2020.
A few remaining thoughts: 10,000 mileage plateau plaques will be available for all club members whose 2020 miles placed them into that next highest level. The presentation of awards is yet to be determined and will probably be via Zoom. Click here to see past award recipients: https://portlandbicyclingclub.com/pastawards/.
Corey Eng, Awards Committee Member
Click HERE to see an updated list of past recipients of the awards.
AWARD CRITERIA IN PAST YEARS
The Jim Mooney Award (Member of the Year) 1) Must currently be a member in good standing and have been active in the club for at least 3 years prior to the year of the award. 2) Must have ridden at least 1000 miles in the year for which the award is presented. 3) Has served as a ride leader sometime during the year for which the award is presented. 4) Participated as an event volunteer in at least one special event during the year for which the award is presented. 5) lf Board Member, contribution exceeds that of assigned duties in promoting Portland Bicycling Club.
Valued Member Award (two may be given): 1) To be eligible a member must have contributed to Portland Bicycling Club in an outstanding manner during the year for which the award is presented, but member may not meet the qualifications for Member of the Year Award.
Volunteer of the Year (one given) Member in good standing who has contributed in any of the following capacities: event coordinator; working volunteer for any event (but not necessarily coordinator); active Ride Leader; held either board or committee positions; or participated actively in club activities. Nominee’s recognition can be for one outstanding contribution or as an ongoing participant. Award is not restricted by length of membership.
Ride Leader of the Year (one given): Recognition of member who has exceeded in adhering to the guidelines set forth in the Ride Leader Check List. Has conducted themselves in a conscientious and friendly manner, showing knowledge of the route, presents themselves as an ambassador for Portland Bicycling Club by welcoming non or new members at rides.
Newt Acker Good Will Ambassador Award Member in good standing whom within the past year has helped to enhance the friendly image of Portland Bicycling Club within the community.
Come Back Award Member who has suffered injury while cycling, yet came back with style and determination to resume cycling within that year.
Most improved Rider (multiples given) 1) Be a Portland Bicycling Club member in good standing for 2 years or more. 2) Must have ridden 500 Club miles or more for the year for which the award is presented. 3) Has shown improvement in different types of distances and terrain within their riding capabilities.
Most Improved New Rider (multiples given) 1) Joined Portland Bicycling Club in year of award or previous year, but no later than October and rode under 500 miles the previous year. 2) Must have ridden 500 Club miles or more for the year for which the award is presented. 3) Has shown improvement in different types of distances and terrain within their riding capabilities.