RCB Volunteer Matt “Woody” Woodring appeared today on WXXI’s program Connections with Evan Dawson. Woody talked about his struggles with heroin addiction and his advocacy efforts once he got clean. Click here to hear a recording of the discussion, which addressed Rochester’s heroin epidemic.
Woody was also featured in a recent WROC story on the heroin problem.
Woody won RCB’s 2016 Newbie of the Year Award. Among many other things, Woody has whipped our spare parts room into shape.
Between 25 and 30 volunteers showed up for the grand finale of our move at Flint Street on January 7. The crew finished up the move in record time, setting a new world record of about 1-1/2 hours. We almost had to go to valet parking in the parking lot. Besides the bikes, we moved many boxes of parts that had been stripped from some of the less-repairable bikes.
The photos only show some of the folks who were there.
Long time RCB volunteer Harold Feinberg died on his 85th birthday on January 9 at the Jewish Home of Rochester. Harold was famous at the shop for analyzing problems with bikes in his “thinker” pose. A wonderful guy. Our condolences to his wife Rhea to whom he was married for more than 60 years.
Harold is also fondly remembered at Ft. Lauderdale’s Recyclable Bicycle Exchange, where he volunteered while escaping the Rochester winter. Click here for RBE’s notice or here for a photograph of Harold in Florida.
Harold had a connection to bicycling that long predates his tenure at R Community Bikes. In the 1970s, he and his son manufactured a pioneering ultra-light pedal (1977 Popular Mechanics article). The pedal appears in Speedplay’s Bicycle Pedal History Museum (scroll through to “East Rochester 1970’s”).
Remembrances can be left at Harold’s obituary page at the D&C or the Brighton Memorial Chapel.
On December 17, RCB held its annual volunteer Christmas party. This portrait was taken after some folks had left. A good time was had by all.
Over the last few weeks, RCB volunteers have been busy at our offsite warehouse moving bicycles — lots of bicycles, well more than a thousand — to a new space within the warehouse.
The photograph above is from our December 3 work party, about which Dan Lill wrote:
Mega kudos to all involved in the Flint Street move today. We transformed 2 rooms, the one that we moved from and the one into which we moved. It was a wonderful effort not only by the RCB folks but also by our new friends from the Bike Zone as well as some from Xerox. I would never have imagined that we would have gotten that far. Thanks and blessings to you all. Ibuprofen all the way around!!!
Thanks to that work party, and others before and after, we are well on the way to completing a Herculean task.
Dan Lill on a recumbent; photograph courtesy of Fred Sauter.
Our esteemed Director turns 70 today and is still going strong.
Join us on WAYO FM 104.3 tonight (Monday, September 12) at 6 pm, when RCB volunteer and long-time recumbent rider Bill Heinrich will discuss his experiences and the world of recumbent bicycles.
If you live outside of WAYO’s broadcast area, click this link for streaming options.
If you missed the show, you can hear a recording on our Mixcloud page.
Dan Lill and Bill Heinrich
Dan Lill at the console
Dan Lill at the microphone
On Sunday, August 21, RCB held its annual Summer Picnic to celebrate and honor the contributions of our volunteers.
Tom Brothers, right, receiving Volunteer of the Year Award from Dan Lill.
Two volunteers in particular were honored for contributions above and beyond. Tom Brothers received RCB’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Tom has made himself indispensable by working as a mechanic, doing bike fits for customers in our front office, helping to outfit our trailer for offsite clinics, and much more. In the words of our Shop Manager, Steve Sparer, “When something needs doing, Tom just does it.”
Matthew “Woody” Woodring with his Newbie of the Year Award.
Matthew “Woody” Woodring was awarded our Newbie of the Year Award. Woody has made it a personal mission to keep our Hudson Avenue shop organized. According to Elaine Meadows, winner of last year’s Newbie award, “[Woody] has enthusiastically and happily made a big difference in helping to organize the shop, and help all people find the parts and pieces they need when they are working. It was obvious when he wasn’t available for a few weeks in the early summer.”
As our Director, Dan Lill, noted, there are a number of volunteers who weren’t singled out, but who still deserve RCB’s thanks. They include, in Dan’s words:
- our hospitality team for the picnic. All the folks who greeted you or set up and arranged the food and snacks and then cleaned up at the end.
- our crack sales staff who generate lots of the funds with which we are able to function.
- the folks who do our pick ups from individuals who can’t transport bikes to the shop. These men and women travel near and far and also spread the word about what we do with folks they meet. They also transport bikes to and from our warehouse at Flint Street.
- the off siters who work away from 226 Hudson at various places: Westside Farmers’ Market, St Joseph’s House of Hospitality, Asbury Church and Cameron Ministries.
- the Board of Directors who help keep us focused on what we do and keep us connected in the community.
- our front office staff who deal with our recipients in situations which are not always easy. These are the folks who have the most direct contact with our neighbors.
- our lead mechanics who share with us all of their skills and knowledge on a daily basis and for some of us repeatedly!!
- all of those who keep the shop running smoothly and efficiently. It is pretty amazing to see where we are and from where we came. Lots to be proud of.
- With all of these groups and all of you as individuals, if I had taken the time yesterday to mention everyone, our permit would have expired. Please know that you are appreciated by your co-volunteers and also by the community we serve.