Election Notice - 2019 Board of Directors

posted Jan 1, 2019, 5:13 AM by Merle Adelman   [ updated Mar 16, 2019, 11:05 AM by Howard Davidson ]

Here is the slate for the 2019 Board of Directors with Statements if received. Watch for an email (or two) with a link to the ballot.  You must submit your ballot by January 18 to be counted. Results will be announced via email, with the Board introduced at our Annual Meeting!  Questions?  Contact Sammy Mercier,

President - Responsible for leading Board meetings, bike club policies, problem solving, attends board meetings

Howie Davidson

Vice President - Responsible for setting up membership meetings and obtain speakers for each meeting and attends board meetings

Donald Kennedy - will continue in this role (because we did not have a candidate)

Clerk - Responsible for taking the monthly Board meeting mintues and sending out in a timely manner and attend board meetings; send out annual report to secretary of state

Sammy Mercier (

 1)  To help bring the surrounding communities together through biking charity events--like raise funds for pet shelters.Seems there isn't enough of those.  And, it helps expose our bike club name to the surrounding communities.

 2)  By volunteering you develop stronger ties within the biking community and work with the members to
      perhaps enhance the bike club---for instance, make it easier for members  by offering an additional
      membership type, like a 2-yr membership at a discount, similar to what CRW offers.  Another idea is
      to have a dedicated section on the NVP site for members to upload photos from recent bike rides---perhaps
      have them rotate on a monthly basis.

Treasurer - Responsible for money (paying bills) and reporting out at the monthly NVP Board meeting the financial status and attend board meetings; complete annual tax forms; calculate and pay insurance

Romaine Randall

Directors - Responsible for attending NVP Board meetings and assisting with special projects when required

Julie Bernardi (

I've appreciated the opportunity to serve on the Board this past year, to learn its role in the Club's operations. I enjoy having a say in decision making and contributing to the Club by being a voice for members. 

Donald Kennedy (

As the outgoing vice president, I would like to continue to serve the club as one of the directors.This year ,I reinstated the dining club and we have a second night planed for January 26th.I’ will continue to promote this activity as long as the membership shows interest. In addition to supporting the NVP Apple Country Century, I’d also like to explore the possibility of an NVP long weekend riding event. 

Bill McCarthy (

I Would love the opportunity to continue contributing to the club. This general position is perfect for me.   Here I can offer a wide variety experience to bring the NVP community together.   Yes, more new things like Zwift.   More group outings like Le Ride Documentary film.   More recognition dinners for our key members.

Graham Rae (

I love everything the sport of cycling has to offer. Fitness, physical and mental health, being outdoors, speed, competition and the chance to be around interesting people from all walks of life. I enjoy a diversity of riding including road, time trial, mountain, indoor training, roller racing and especially hill climb races. NVP for me is a unique combination of a club with excellent rides, social activities but above all friends who will help and care about you both on and off the bike - that is the uniqueness that I want to help preserve as an ordinary member of this fine club. Thanks for considering me as a general board member. 

Support League of American Bicyclist's Stand on AVs

posted Jun 26, 2018, 4:08 AM by Lindy King

Autonomous Vehicles (AVs): Whether you support this new technology or dread it's effect on land use and infrastructure, know that AVs are coming. The League is working alongside advocates and industry professionals in DC to demand that lawmakers require AVs pass a simple "Vision Test," for bicyclists and pedestrians prior to deployment on our streets. Sign on to our campaign and message your Senators here!

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, NVP and Jane Poole update

posted Jun 17, 2018, 3:21 PM by Lindy King   [ updated Mar 16, 2019, 11:02 AM by Howard Davidson ]

For some of us long time members of the NVP, the Groundbreaking for Phase 2A of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail has a special significance in addition to the opportunities provided by having another place to ride that's free of motorized vehicles. Back in the 1980s one of our most popular and enthusiastic members was a retired schoolteacher called Jane Poole. At various times, she was a board member, ride leader, club President, organizer of the Century and a great ambassador for the club that recruited many members. 

In her retirement she often rode over 5000 miles a year. Many of them were on club business; she would use her bicycle to deliver copies of Pedalings to all members in Acton where she lived. The Pedaler used to be called Pedalings in those days, of course it was all on paper then and mostly delivered by USPS.

 Before retirement Jane taught first grade in the Westford. I bet that some club members remember her from their earliest days, even if they do not remember her from the club. I first met her in 1987 at NEAR (New England Area Rally). This was the year that the event was at UNH in Durham 

Jane was one of our most energetic ride leaders. The wallpaper on the hallway to Jane’s kitchen was a set of USGS maps of our area and she would use them to show her routes to you. My wife Betsy Taylor-Kennedy lived in an apartment in Bolton in the late 1980s and she remembers how Jane explained the best way for Betsy to commute to work in Acton by running her fingers along the lines on this wall.

Jane rode a red Georgena Terry with straight handlebars. The bike had the trademark Terry small front wheel and was built when Georgena’s bikes were still handmade in upstate New York. It must have been one of the first Terrys to be sold in Massachusetts and definitely one of the first Terrys I had ever seen. When Jane was not using her bike for transport she did not use a gas-guzzler. She drove a small Geo.

All of this brings me to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail because Jane was also an early supporter of efforts to convert what was then called “the Sudbury to Lowell Railway line” to non-motorized transport. This was at a time when there were still occasional freight trains making deliveries to the lumber yards on Route 27 in Acton. Jane led a number of hikes along the railway bed in about 8 mile increments. Of course, she did this at times when there were no trains! I can remember one hike in particular that took us by what has been one of the most contentious sections of the planned trail; the section adjacent to White's Pond in Concord.

Jane died of a heart attack while leading her annual Patriots’ Day ride in April 1990. She was about 70 years old. She knew that she was weak and was waiting for heart surgery at the time. I wasn’t on that ride, but it's possible that some of our current members were there. Jane had been a general inspiration to us all.

A large contingent from the NVP attended her memorial service in Chelmsford. Afterwards the club raised money and paid for a memorial to her in the form a stone bench and small garden in the Acton Arboretum, but a condition of installation of the seat was that when the railway bed was converted through Acton it would be moved to a suitable place next to the trail. Some of the money was raised at the Jane Poole Metric Century in the spring following Jane’s death. The start point was near her home in Nagog Woods and her daughters were there to see us off.

I am pleased to tell you that the Town of Acton has committed to move it in to place when Phase 2A is completed.

Gordon Taylor

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