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  • 16 Apr 2017 6:32 PM | Anonymous

    Oakland Yellowjackets April Meeting Minutes 2017

    8 people in attendance, meeting at Rich Arita’s house

    1. Kickoff Ride (4/15/17)- we discussed last-minute details regarding the Kickoff Ride, including the need

    for several detours on the ride back to the Lake, due to road closures.

    2. Start times- According to a survey we did a few years back, the opinion of club members is split

    almost evenly as to whether to start the regular season rides at 8:00 am or 9:00am. Obviously, there

    are valid reasons on both sides of this perennial controversy!

    After some discussion, the decision wasto keep the start times as they were last season- 8:00 am for

    Lake rides, consult Ride Calendar for BART and away rides.

    3. Santa Cruz Ride- Our Santa Cruz ride will take place on September 23 and 24 this year. Route details

    are still being worked out. Like last year, we will have a catered dinner at the Monterey Bay Marine

    Sanctuary Center, located near the Municipal Pier. The exact cost per rider is also not yet finalized, but

    it is estimated that it will be about $50.

    Like last year, riders will be responsible for obtaining their own lodging, so it’s not too early to book a

    motel reservation.

    4. As we begin our 2017 Season, we want to create a welcoming and supportive environment for new

    riders. Rich Arita has created a ride leader sign-up spreadsheet; please contact him if you are interested

    in leading or sweeping either a Light or Humane level ride.

    At the beginning of the rides, we as a club will ask if there are any new riders present, and help them

    decide which ride level would be best for them. We will introduce them to the ride leader(s) for that


    We will also attempt to identify the Light riders, introduce them to the ride leader(s), and answer any

    questions they might have.

    5. Treasurer’s report- Leslie says that as of 3/31/17, the club has $3,532. In the bank, plus $634 from

    PayPal, for a total balance of $4,166.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Laurie Nielsen

  • 22 Mar 2017 4:15 PM | Anonymous

    Oakland Yellowjackets March Meeting Minutes                                                3/15/2017

    10 people in attendance plus three representatives from Ride for a Reason

    1.  Ride for a Reason-  This fully supported ride from Oakland to Sacramento is now in its 9th year.  This year’s ride will be on April 29.  Proceeds will go to help seven Oakland public schools pay for enrichment programs such as art and music classes.  Ride options include 120, 109, and 68 mile rides. 

    There will be a rally in Sacramento in support of public education, and bus rides will be provided to bring cyclists and their bikes back to Oakland.

    Registration is $90. until April 01, when the cost goes up to $120.  They are also looking for people who are interested in volunteering as SAG drivers or as rest stop workers.  For more info., go to

    Our club has donated money to this event in the past, and we plan to do so again this year.  The amount we will donate was not decided upon.

    2.  Kickoff Ride-  The 2017 Kickoff Ride will be held on April 15.  Our route will be the traditional leisurely ride to Alameda and back, with a picnic at Lake Merritt after the ride.  Thanks to Len and Craig for once again volunteering to be in charge of the rest stop and snacks at the Alameda turn-around point.  Fred will ask president emeritus Al Joseph if he would like to be in charge of the registration table at the Lake.

    We discussed ways to publicize this event: 

    Robin will make up flyers that we can distribute to local bike shops.                                                                                             We can inform other bike groups such as East Bay Bike Coalition and WOBO about our ride.                     We can post the event on social websites such as Next Door and craigslist.                                                       We can publicize the ride on KQED Radio and in East Bay Express.

    3.  2017 Ride Schedule-  Thanks to Dan for putting together our ride schedule.  It will be posted soon on the OYJ website.  The severe winter weather has provided some unexpected challenges;  6 of our 31 routes currently have road closures.  We will monitor the situation and make necessary revisions if the road is still closed when the ride date is at hand.

    4.  Finances-  Our new treasurer Leslie informed us that the club has $4,800. in the bank.  We can expect that we will have closer to $6,000. after everyone pays his/her dues.

    Webmaster Dale told us that of 174 members, 53 of us have paid.  Please go online to our website and pay your annual $30. dues, if you have not yet done so.

    5.  Lastly, we spent some time discussing the topic of ride leaders for the Light and Humane groups, but came to no conclusions.

    Our next meeting will be on April 12, three days prior to the Kickoff Ride.  Meeting location to be determined.

    Thanks to Dale and Carrie for hosting the March meeting at their home, and, along with Paul, for providing cookies.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Laurie Nielsen, secretary                      

  • 21 Mar 2017 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    31st Annual Season Kick-Off Ride

    Saturday, April 15th, 2107

    Children’s Fairyland Area

    Lake Merritt, Oakland

    Sign-in begins at 8 am - Ride begins at 9 am

    Celebrate the start of the OAKLAND YELLOWJACKETS’ 2017 riding season with a leisurely 20 mile ride

    from Lake Merritt to Alameda and back

    followed by a great picnic.

    Helmet, waiver and ID with emergency information required

    Bike Check-Ups and Rest Stop in Alameda

    Picnic following the ride

  • 04 Dec 2016 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    OYJ Meeting Minutes   November 30, 2016

    Location:  Richard Arita’s Home

    Time: 7-8:30 PM

    Meeting Minutes:

    Fred called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm  In attendance were Rich Arita, Robin & Bob Shopbell, Leslie Griep, Dan Cloak, Len Nathan, Deb James, Midori Tabata, Dale Harrington, and Bob Fearman.

    • New Treasurer is Leslie Griep taking over for Jane Middleton. There will be a few weeks transitional period for account setup, banking signature/approval, etc.  Probably to be completely transitioned into the new position in early 2017.
    • Dale to update the membership application for the upcoming year.
    • Santa Cruz end of season ride was a huge success. Planning to do it again in 2017.  Committee to be form to pick a date and announce to club early in 2017 to stimulate interests and for member to book accommodations.  We agreed to avoid any busy Santa Cruz weekend.  Participants to pay for meals and venue, as well, as lodging.  Probably select a couple hotels to recommend members book to stay.
    • Xmas party. Approximate total of 35 signed up.  Looking for  volunteers to help with set up at Fred’s parents at 2 PM on day of event, Dec 10.  
    • Kick Off ride tentative set for 4/15/17, which is a week after Cinderella Ride.  Someone is checking if the Lake Merritt location need to be reserved.  We will also look to improve communication to the public to improve attendance.
    • 30th Anniversary jersey has been delivered.   35 ordered by the club and delivered, of which, 25 was ordered by members.  (10 jerseys of various sizes are available to other members)
    • Off Season Ride list has been prepared by Dan.  Generally, the list replicates last years rides with the updated dates.  This list will be placed on our website.
    • Email - .  The club website uses Wildappricot application, of which only 5 administrators can send email to all members. In order for members to email to the rest of the club, OYJ is using gmail to form a group list (  However, the gmail group need members to join group or they won’t get the group emails.  About 10% of the existing members have not join.  Dale is to review the club members list to see who has not yet join the gmail group.  One of the administrator will contact them directly to ask them to join the gmail group.  The old yahoo group list is out of date and is not to be used for communication.
    • Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) is seeking members of OYJ to set up and lead a ride on January 15, 2017.  Approximately 15 miles with minimal hills.
    • Club Meeting - Discussion regarding how often to meet. In lieu of meeting monthly, there was talk about meeting quarterly and maybe having an all club meeting once a year.  A specific committee or a special event meeting could held as needed.
    • Fred adjourned the meeting at 8:30 pm.

  • 12 Jul 2016 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    Hi OYJs,

           Do any club members read this forum, or is email the only sure way to contact the whole club ?  Please RSVP.  Thanks.


  • 12 Jul 2016 2:31 PM | Anonymous
    Hi OYJs,

          To further entice you to do the Stafford Lake ride, here is a link to some Stafford Lake photos... 

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