Today’s speaker was Julie Gotham, Executive Director of Bikes 4 Kids, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization with a mission to collect and refurbish used serviceable bikes and give them to kids and people in need.  It all started 11 years ago with a group of avid bikers from the Coon Rapids Kiwanis Club led by Al Sannerud.  Using the Sannerud horse barn as a shop, Al and several volunteers, with support from Trailhead Bike Shop, began collecting, repairing and inspecting used bikes.  That year they were able to distribute 116 refurbished bikes in the Anoka County area and the number of bikes donated has risen each year with over 6,000 bikes donated last year!   Bikes 4 Kids has 43 volunteers, each working as their schedule allows.  Together they sort, clean and skillfully repair the donated bikes, making them look and ride like they were new.  Once repaired, the bikes are distributed to those in need with two thirds of the bikes going to social service agencies in Anoka County.  Julie said that each bike comes with a helmet and a lock.  Bikes that can’t be repaired to like new condition are shipped to Africa where bike repair training programs have been established.   Bikes 4 Kids is always looking for volunteers of all skill levels to help restore bikes.  Their big fundraiser of the year is the Legacy Ride, Saturday, September 17 from 9-1PM at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 9750 Egret Boulevard Northwest,
Coon Rapids, MN 55433. View map      Julie, Nyle Zikmund and Bikes 4 Kids volunteer Lowell Kutches are pictured below.
Geoff Hollimon and Jeff Benson encouraged us to consider a couple of different CPY volunteer activities.  Watch your email or these bulletins for specifics on how you can help.
President Elect Jason Miller thanked John Ordway for crafting a proposed budget for the coming year.  The Board will finalize and approve the budget at its next meeting.
Check your Tuesday emails for the most recent dues statement.  Treasurer John Ordway asks that we all get our dues current before the end of June to simplify the end of year bookkeeping.
The board has approved a $300 contribution to the Community Support Center for the upcoming Walk For Your Neighbors fundraiser.  This is in addition to our budgeted $1,000 CSC contribution.  John Johnson encouraged us to support the Community Support Center by participating in the walk at Silver View Park, Silver Lake Rd at County Road I, on July 31st from 9-1PM.  Come and join us to walk a little or a lot and make a donation which will be matched by the CSC Board of Directors.  This year, we again have a way to give online thru Thrivent. All donations received in the month of June and July will be counted towards our Walk and there are no fees. The link is below.
Upcoming Meetings:
June 28th - Club Picnic (Spouses Welcome) at the Zikmund Home - 2650 Fox Ridge NE, Blaine
July 5th - No Meeting due to Independence Day Holiday