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Hi VBPCers and others,

Here is the lastest newsletter from the nationwide coalition of bicycle
advocates, Thunderhead Alliance.  Good stuff!  I am hoping to use my
personal frequent flyer miles to attend their Ex Dir retreat and summit this
summer.  Any one else interested?

Chapin

THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE E-NEWSLETTER

·   Ellis Robinson to do Fundraising Training at 2001 Retreat
·   Thunderhead Retreat held at Award-Winning Retreat Center
·   “Bicycle Advocacy & Government Contracts” Training Transcript On-line
·   Thunderhead Alliance Seeking Executive Director
·   Bicycling Magazine Seeks Bike-Friendly City Nominations
·   Hans Johnsen Company Funds Thunderhead Alliance
·   Web Sites of the Month
·   Submit information to the Thunderhead Best Practices Manual

ELLIS ROBINSON TO DO FUNDRAISING TRAINING AT 2001 RETREAT

Ellis is one of the nation's savviest fundraising professionals. Several
Thunderhead Alliance members have attended her membership development
trainings and are reaping the benefits of more members and higher membership
revenue.

Ellis, a long-time bicycle advocate, will do two trainings at the
Thunderhead Alliance retreat. She will spend the afternoon of the New
Executive Director’s Boot Camp on an in depth look at membership development
with additional information on direct mail and annual campaigns. She will
spend the first morning of the retreat addressing the issue: The Future of
Funding for Bicycle Advocacy. Ellis will talk about the many avenues we can
look to for money for our efforts.

By itself, this training makes the retreat a valuable resource to all our
member groups. Add information on advocacy strategies, training on running a
successful non-profit, federal opportunities and opposition, and the
networking and renewal, and you have a winning event.

If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late. (REMEMBER, I CAN’T
GUARANTEE YOU A ROOM AT THE RETREAT CENTER AFTER MAY 15th. SO REGISTER
TODAY.) Information and a registration form are located on the web site at
the following link:

http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/custom/customPages/viewPage.asp?WebPage_I
D=201&Profile_ID=168&WebContent_id=540&ProfileType_ID=


THUNDERHEAD RETREAT HELD AT AWARD-WINNING RETREAT CENTER
Sleeping Lady Retreat Center, site of the 2001 Thunderhead Alliance
Executive Director’s Boot Camp and Retreat, was recently selected as one of
the nation’s ten best examples of environmentally responsible design. The
award was made by the American Institute of Architects in recognition of
integrating architecture, technology, and natural systems to protect and
enhance the environment.

We are pleased to offer bicycle advocates the opportunity to enjoy this
lovely location. For more information: www.sleepinglady.com



“BICYCLE ADVOCACY AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS” TRAINING TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE ON
LINE

Randy Neufeld of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation provided listeners with
a wealth of information at the April Conference Call Training. Randy’s
organization does $600,000 a year in bicycle contract work. This work
supports the advocacy of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

The informative transcript of last month’s training is now available on the
Thunderhead Web site at the link below.

Transcripts from three other conference trainings—Tech nology and Advocacy,
Membership Development, and Safe Routes to School Programs—are also
available at the site. You can find training information by clicking on the
icon at the top of the page for “Best Practices Manual & Trainings”.

Even if you attended the trainings, I recommend rereading the transcripts.
There is a great deal of information there.

http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/custom/customPages/viewPage.asp?WebPage_I
D=204&Profile_ID=213&WebContent_id=543&ProfileType_ID=


THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The hiring process for a DC-based Executive Director is underway. Resumes
are beginning to arrive out our world headquarters in Winthrop, Washington.

While we appear to have some very good candidates, the process is still
open.

If you or anyone you know is interested in applying for the position, please
see our web site for a complete job description and application process. The
deadline for applications is May 31, 2001.

For details see: www.thunderheadalliance.org

BICYCLING MAGAZINE IS SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR THEIR BIKEABLE CITIES AWARDS

If you live in a city of 200,000 or more, and think you’re city deserves to
be named one of the nation’s most bike-friendly, Bicycling Magazine wants to
hear from you! For complete information on nominating your city, e-mail:
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HANS JOHNSEN COMPANY FUNDS THUNDERHEAD

Nothing makes a day in the life of a non-profit director brighter than
receiving an unexpected corporate sponsorship. Hans Johnsen Company has
become the Thunderhead Alliance’s fourth bicycle industry sponsor. (Planet
Bike, Sportsworks, and Quality Bicycle Parts have also provided funding).

What makes this contribution so special is that it was unexpected. When I
called Stephen  Mattil to ask how he came to send us a check, he told me
that Hans Johnsen Company has heard of the great work we do and is a
supporter of their own state group, The Texas Bicycle Coalition.

Many thanks! Your support will help us in our move to Washington DC.

WEB SITES OF THE MONTH:

To find the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration office near you
(a source for Safe Routes to School or other bicycle safety funding):
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/whatis/regions/index.cfm?Fitting=No

So what did the census tell us? To find out, go to:
http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/2khome.htm

After bicycle touring outside in Austin, I realized that land trusts can be
a good bicycle partner. Bicycling became more difficult where ranch land was
subdivided into “ranchettes”. I see the same problem in my home state of
Washington. Additionally, land trusts often lead the way on open space bond
issues that can be a source of trails. The Land Trust Alliance is also are
also working on a Best Practices E-Manual for land trusts with a vision
similar to ours. For information on land trusts go to: www.lta.org



SUBMIT INFORMATION TO THE THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE BEST PRACTICES MANUAL

There is a function on our new web site that allows you to submit
information to the Best Practices E-Manual. Remember, the web site is as
informational as you make it. This week The Center for Appropriate
Transportation sent information on their “Ride the Right Way Day” and the
relationship they’ve built with their local police department. To see their
information go to:

http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/custom/customPages/viewPage.asp?WebPage_I
D=181&Profile_ID=214&WebContent_id=476&ProfileType_ID=

The Thunderhead Alliance is the national coalition of state and local
bicycle advocacy groups. We are 40 groups strong and our mission is to
increase the capacity—budgets, membership, and advocacy savvy—of grassroots
bicycle advocacy. We also represent the collective voices of state and local
bicycle advocates on national issues. This e-newsletter goes out once a
month. If you would like to be taken off the list or if you receive this
second hand and would like to be added send a note to [log in to unmask]
See our website at: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org




Chapin Spencer
Burlington Bikeways, Executive Director
1 Steele Street #103, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 652-BIKE (phone/fax)
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