Ohio City Bicycle Co-op

All are welcome at OCBC members’ Annual Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16th, 6pm

Written by Jim Sheehan
Thursday, 04 December 2014 19:38

The OCBC Annual Members' Meeting is always open to the general public, but you must be a current member as of 11/25 to vote for Board of Directors candidates – though there is no membership requirement to be elected to the Board! Board of Directors nominations are due by Dec. 15th (anyone interested in serving should please email info@ouiocitycycles.org).

Board members are elected by the membership at our Annual Members' meeting in December, and serve for a 1 year term beginning Jan. 19 (our first scheduled Board meeting of 2015).

We'll start with some dinner at 6pm (potluck and BYOB welcome), and at 6:30 we'll begin the meeting with a presentation on the co-op's accomplishments for 2014, and plans for 2015.  Then we will introduce the nominees for the OCBC Board of Directors (formerly called "Trustees").  Nine to 15 Board of Directors nominees will be voted into office by a majority of the eligible members present.

After the meeting we will hold a special live auction of items displayed for silent auction at our Winter Expo, so bidding will begin at whatever amount last recorded since then. 

There will also be a special members-only 25% OFF EVERYTHING SALE in the shop beginning at the meeting and continuing through December 20th (and of course, opportunity to join or renew your membership!).

Please join us!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:05 )

2014 Winter Expo: Thanks for your support!

Written by Jim Sheehan
Friday, 12 December 2014 23:03

OCBC would like to thank everyone who helped out and attended this year's Expo!

OCBC Board Member Ashley Shaw helped serve soft drinks from Coca-Cola and Old City Soda, beer from Brick & Barrel, Platform Beers, and Great Lakes Brewing Company, and wine from Toast!

Special thanks to Karl Spiesman (at left), proprietor of our new neighbors Brick & Barrel Brewing, who not only brought twice the beer we expected, but spent the whole night pouring it, as well as the brew from our other donors.

Randy Cornette (at right), Director of Sales and Marketing at Cleveland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. who not only brought plenty of soda, but wrapped up our fashion show by hopping up on the runway to award OCBC a giant check, commemorating the Coca-Cola Foundation’s funding of the 2015 OCBC Earn A Bike program.

DJ Darryl Dickenson – who got ‘em DANCING this year! (expect a mirror ball next year!)

For the paprikash – a welcome switch from our usual Vegiscarian Chili: La Borincana (donated a case of chicken) DeCaro's Produce at the West Side Market (donated the root vegetables), and Rosemary Ludway and Peggy Sands for the help getting it out on time.

OCBC Board of Directors and President Krissie Wells, past president John McGovern, and new nominee Matt Libbey, for getting a great collection of basket raffle items donated, packaged, raffled, and awarded -- efficiently and effectively!

OCBC staff and key volunteers for getting the shop 90% neat and tidy in time for the party (and on into the future, we hope!)

This Tuesday: all are welcome at OCBC's Annual Members' Meeting -- and Big Sale!

Join us for the OCBC Annual Members’ Meeting, this Tuesday, Dec. 16th, 6pm – the public is welcome, we’ll have a seasonal vegan supper with meat and dairy sides (potluck desserts welcome!), Great Lakes beer, a brief co-op year-end report and Board election, and the rest of the evening free to mingle and, for members, to enjoy 25% off everything in the shop!

This special members-only sale includes memberships or classes (for yourself or as a gift), bikes and all used parts (of which we have some beauties right now!) as well as an ample collection of items from the OCBC Art Department, like the tree ornaments above, regularly $2 ea. or 3/$5, will be $1.50, 3/$3.75

Members' sale runs thru Saturday, December 20th.
Winter Vacation
OCBC will be CLOSED December 21st through January 2nd. Happy Holidays!

Save the date: First OCBC Social Ride of 2015 Saturday, Jan. 3, 10am 
 Will stop at cultural points of interest with narration by experts - thanks to support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Join us and demo a pair of our studded snow tires!


Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 23:04 )

Co-op Accepts $30,000 Grant from Coca-Cola Foundation at Winter Expo

Written by Jim Sheehan
Thursday, 04 December 2014 18:59

We're pleased to be joined at this year's Winter Expo by Jennifer Richmond, Director of Public Affairs & Communications for Coca-Cola North America Group to personally present a donation to OCBC Earn A Bike program.   Here are the details, and some background, from our press release:

At the 7:30 intermission during the Winter Expo Fashion Show, OCBC Director Jim Sheehan and Board President Krissie Wells will accept a giant check from the Coca-Cola Foundation to fund a significant expansion of the group’s Earn A Bike program, which enables Cleveland area youth to gain bike repair and safe riding skills while they earn a donated, used bike that they help refurbish, along with a new helmet and lock.

“We’re excited to have Coca-Cola’s  great support of the youth education program that OCBC was founded around, just at a time when we are ready for a major expansion; now that we have settled into our big new facility, added staff and an energetic core crew of key volunteers, and have established strong partnerships in the community,” said Sheehan.

“For 128 years Coca-Cola has brought people and communities together,” said Randy Cornette, Director of Sales and Marketing for Cleveland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. “Today, we’re continuing that tradition by building programs to promote energy balance and encourage active, healthy living. Through collaborative partnerships and programs, Coca-Cola is delivering more beverage choices, calorie information and physical activity opportunities than ever before. Through this Coca-Cola Foundation grant, we have an opportunity to make a real difference right here in Cleveland.”


About the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op

OCBC is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, cooperative bicycle education center offering riding and repair classes; refurbished used bikes for sale or rent; hands-on learning and shop credit for volunteering; and public bike-repair shop use, advice, and assistance.

Co-op membership includes discounts on these and more products and services, and -- along with grants and donations -- supports additional bicycle education programs presented with schools, businesses, social service agencies, and many other partners organizations.


About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company’s portfolio features 17 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke,FantaSpriteCoca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, PoweradeMinute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.


About The Coca-Cola Foundation

Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, women’s empowerment, active healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go tohttp://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/the-coca-cola-foundation.