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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

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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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