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And Now a Word From Our New President...
It was the passing of the torch at the THTB meeting at Jacks on 7th Street last Thursday night when a new board was voted into office. For those of you that didn’t attend the meeting, I will be the fearless leader of the Tarheel Trailblazers for the next year. My immediate board will be Ben Rhoades as VP, Nikki Boyce as Secretary, and Frank Pietras as Treasurer.

I would like to thank the departing board for all if its efforts the past 2 years (Tom Waldron-Sec, Brian Katzemmeyer-Tres, Frank Pietras- Pres).

We currently have the largest active group of members and this is definitely due to the leadership of the previous board. My intentions are simple: protect the integrity of the trails we currently have and grow the trail system in Charlotte and its surrounding regions. This is not a simple task. None of our trails within the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recs are permanent fixtures like the softball and soccer fields and currently can be replaced by any amenity that will be paid for by the private sector. This must change. Our trails are an amenity and a tourist attraction and are expensive to build and maintain.

Our perspective new trails for 2005 looks great (Mt Holly, Fisher Farm and Elon Homes). Ironically, I don’t believe any of them are actually located in Charlotte. I personally have great expectations for the THTB next year. However, we need everyone’s help. If you truly care about cycling in our area you will get involved! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

-Bart Stetler

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