One of my favorite characteristic of the Major Taylor Cycling Club is our willingness to help other cyclists with advice, gear or encouragement. I can’t tell you how many times a fellow member has been there with a tube to help me fix a flat or an energy bar when I was feeling flat. We are a large group of caring individuals. This year we want others to see that characteristic. With the current condition of the United States, I don’t want to just ride at the summit, but actually do something tangible that bridges division. For the 2017 Mountain Summit, we are organizing a community outreach program. Needs are not uncommon in any state and there is no lack of need in Harrisville, WV. Let’s show what generous guests we can be. When you shop for food to bring to the summit, throw a few extra non-perishable items in the gear bag and bring it with you. Do you have any clothes that are out of your fashion rotation? Bring them, because there are families that can use them. Do you have any books or DVD’s that you can part with? The Coxs Mill library, (well, actually a cabinet on the porch of the general store) would love to have them.
I have a deep compassion to love God and to love others. I know that this club does too. Will you join with me in spreading some love? Last year’s public forum was a wonderful event. We asked the question, “How can we help, how can we come together?” Well, this is a meager way to turn those ideas into actions.
The leadership for this year’s summit will collect all the donated items and deliver them to the Community Resources of Ritchie County. This organization provides food to those in need over all of Ritchie County, West Virginia.
I can’t wait to see everyone in April. Thanks for your consideration. I want to leave you with a quote from the Major himself speaking of Saint Augustine:
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
If you have any other questions or ideas, please tell free to post them to the attached blog, or email me directly here.
Your fellow Major,
This years Summit continues to evolve.
We are adding new activities to the schedule.
Please give us a little information, and we will keep you updated on all new events.