2013-10-24 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks for making bike race a success

On behalf of the Rotary Club, I would like to thank the many participants, volunteers, donors and cooperative citizens of Jamestown that made this a very successful fundraiser for us.

It takes a great deal of work to pull off an event like this. Our club members and volunteers served in the registration area; drove pace and follow-up vehicles; distributed and picked up hay bales and traffic cones; provided traffic control; and encouraged and occasionally assisted bicyclists.

The generous contributions of our donors made this a profitable event. Jamestown’s police and Boy Scouts provided traffic control at the most challenging intersections, which is crucial for race safety. The bicyclists supplied, along with their registration fees, good sportsmanship, endurance and impressive athletic ability as they circled our beautiful island.

We ask a great deal from those directly involved in the race, but we also ask a great deal from the townspeople of Jamestown. We ask drivers and pedestrians to alter their course as lead cars announce with continuous honking the oncoming truly awesome pack of competitive bicyclists. The generous cooperation of the people of Jamestown is essential for the success of this race. We have been asking for and receiving that cooperation for the last 38 years. Thank you, Jamestown.

We hope to make $10,000 from this event. These are some of the programs and organizations that have benefited from our fundraisers: Ghana Sustainable Aid Project’s literacy program, Matthew 25 House hospice in Ghana, St. Mark’s food pantry, the Rhode Island Food Bank, Thanksgiving baskets in Jamestown, Rotary’s worldwide effort to eliminate polio, scholarships to some of Jamestown’s brightest students graduating from North Kingstown High School, after-school programs in Newport, Star Kids Scholarship Program, Jamestown Troop 1 Boy Scouts, St. Mary’s Home for Children in North Providence, Jamestown Soccer Association, Jamestown Teen Center band, Jamestown Community Piano Association, the Jamestown Christmas tree lighting, and food relief for Jamestown, Colo.

If you have suggestions about how we can improve this race or about Rotary, please contact me at fsallee@salleelawfirm.com

Rusty Sallee
Rotary Club

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