Monthly Meetings & Socials
Folks on Spokes club meetings are held every month
(except November & December).
FOS is awaiting approval from Frankfort Public Library before in person meetings can resume. Members will be notified when that happens. Until we are able to meet in person, future meeting will be held virtually. Login information will be sent to members as soon as it is available. You can usually log in about 10 minutes before the meeting start.
Our meetings are open to the public.
Upcoming Socials- Save the Date!!
We are working on it, setting dates and acquiring permits. Check back at a later date for information.
FOS MEETINGS, 2020
Social meetings are scheduled to build membership cohesion and allow
members to mingle, socialize, and plan future rides and events.
January 28, 2021 Meeting
Following is an excerpt from a great write up our presenter, Kathy McEllitott, submitted for the December newsletter, highlighting some of the bike tours that led up to that her 2015 cross country bike trip and also the tours that followed.
"My name is Kathy McElligott. I’ve been a Folks on Spokes member since 2017 and was recently invited to be a Board Member-at-Large. I have lived in Orland Park for 23 years across the street from the Orland Grasslands, so I have no excuse not to get out and walk or bike almost every day!
I am a retired school nurse administrator for Matteson School Dist. 152. Although I enjoyed the challenges of overseeing the health care needs of staff and students at seven district schools, I enjoy retirement even more. My partner Ed and I love traveling and while the pandemic has clipped our wings a bit, we still go to our cottage in Cable, WI and our condo in Cottonwood, AZ.
On January 28 I will present a Zoom program about my cross-country bike trip in 2015. I hope you’ll join me. I will happily answer any and all questions about bike touring."
October 29, 2020 FOS second “Zoom” General Meeting
Seventeen members logged on to attend our 2nd general meeting via “Zoom.” Our guest speaker was Ben Hecke from the Will County Forest Preserve, their Community Partnerships and Outreach coordinator.
Ben spoke about the many programs offered by the Preserve. These include activities such as fishing, small motor boating, camping, canoeing & kayaking and of course, bicycling! Ben is passionate about camping and reminded the group that camping equipment is available from the Preserve for those who might be first-time campers and do not have their own equipment. He reported that lots of work has been done on the trails. Probably the biggest on-going project that is being worked on is connecting the Wauponsee Glacial Trail to the I&M Canal trail.
Besides the physical work that is being done, the Forest Preserve’s website, www.reconnectwithnature.org, is also a work in progress. The website lists events and has many useful online tools to help the public utilize the Preserve. Their interactive trail map at the bottom of their webpage is especially useful for mapping out a ride or a hike. Be sure to check it out.
Thanks to our secretary, Sally Kleinschmidt, for great coverage of this meeting
September 24, 2020 FOS first ever “Zoom” General Meeting
16 members gathered to be the first members to ever attend a FOS General Meeting via Zoom, the online video conferencing software that has exploded in popularity since the advent of the Pandemic. Thanks to Larry Mysz, who hosted the event and provided the speaker (Ira David Levy), most the participants were able to hear, see and contribute their questions from their own homes.
The members came to hear about a fund raising, non-profit agency built around one man’s vision: to be able to an impact on people’s lives. Ira David Levy didn’t know how far he would go years ago when he first became interested in helping raise funds for Aids by riding in a cycling event to the cause. Even though he was young, he wasn’t as athletic as some of his biking friends participating in the event; they were buff and fit. Happily, he was very good at raising funds; in fact, he raised over $600 for this first event; but he had doubts about the ride itself; even his wife at the time dismissed his ability to keep up with the others. Still wondering if he could do it, he participated in the event anyway and much to his surprise, he did well and was not in “the back of the pack” as he had worried about. It made him realize that he needed to be around people who are supportive, who are positive. Biking made him feel empowered! This fund-raising encounter laid a groundwork for bicycling as an experience that provides self-esteem and self-worth while providing numerous health benefits. And, it became part of his life’s work.
Fast-forward several years and bicycling is still a strong component of his life. Ira, a professor of Journalism and Media Studies, has since spun his wheels for several other causes besides Aids. These include college funds for children who lost parents in 9-11, Leukemia and other charitable organizations. Besides his job, he produces the PBS television program Pedal America, and he has found time (how, I don’t know!!) to start a non-profit to help those addicted to opioids and other substances. Pedal4Life helps rebuild the lives of addicts by organizing bicycling programs & events; the success has had a significant reduction in relapse and with 100% of the participants reporting that they would recommend the program. Ira has honored his commitment to making an impact on people’s lives. As he says, stay focused on the task(s). Sometimes you hear the “no” voices. That’s okay, don’t fight it, but stay focused on the task. After all, each step gets you to your goal. It is the journey that counts.
After a Q&A session, Ron gave announced a “thank you” shout-out for the FOS annual picnic and expressed a hearty “onward!” for October’s potluck.
Thanks to our secretary, Sally Kleinschmidt, for great coverage of this meeting
January 22, 2020 Meeting at FPL
Eighteen members attended the January meeting. After mingling, snacking and socializing, the meeting came to order. Gary Meyer was our guest speaker. Gary has to agreed to have his business, Hickory Creek Brewing, as the starting and endpoint of Spring Fling. He is an avid cyclist and is excited to be a part of our 39th annual ride.
February 26, 2020 Meeting at FPL
More than 20 members came for February’s meeting at FPL. The coffee was good and hot plus there were lots of goodies to snack on as well. After a good bit of socializing, JoDell called the meeting to order. She lightly touched on a few details about the upcoming Spring Fling. Dick spoke up about an exciting beginning to the process of having one of the bike trails in Frankfort extended all the way to 80th Avenue. Frankfort Village Hall will have a discussion on the matter on March 6th at 5pm.
JoDell then turned the meeting over to our speaker, Marianne Hahn. Her program was entitled “The Kankakee Sands- Preserving A Globally Endangered Ecosystem.” She spoke about how the glaciers impacted Braidwood Dunes and other lands in NE Illinois, which created different types of sand in the moraines as they made their way through Indiana and Illinois. Marianne owns land in Kankakee county named “Sweet Fern Preserve” which has five different kinds of sand. She identified many types of flora and fauna on her land, with beautiful pictures of the many species, shrubs, trees, flowers and grasses. She showed a picture of a rare, ornate, male box turtle. For those who wish to visit the Kankakee Sands, she said to be on the alert to view bison during your visit. Any easy trip on route 41 South to Enos will take you to a parking lot on the right. That area is usually a good place to spot them.
Annual Potluck COVID Style - October, 2020
The End of Season hike on October 25 took place at Plum Creek on a cold, blustery but sunny day. Twelve members and Bo came out to hike our traditional path at Goodenow Grove. Hiking in a wind protected area went well. The colors were great. After the hike, members met at the shelter where we did our best to eat lunch and stay warm. Hikers were joined by a few bikers and some others who drove over to enjoy the afternoon. Due to COVID restrictions, most of us brought our sandwiches. Scott brought hot jambalaya which was a treat enjoyed by many. FOS members are learning how to have a good time together in spite of social distancing, masks and other restrictions.
Annual Fall Picnic - September, 2020
Our annual picnic was held Sunday, September 20 at Hickory Creek Preserves. It couldn't have been a better day for a picnic. The weather was perfect. Just under 40 members attended. Some chose to ride and many hiked the nearby trails.
This year, due to COVID, the club offered a boxed lunch with bottled water and a packaged desert. An awesome meal was prepared by Hienie McCarthy's. We dined on fried chicken, beef or mostaccioli. Members were masks and distanced and continued to navigate social functions during a pandemic. Thanks to all who came and all who helped pull off the event.
Our next club social is scheduled for October. Watch for information as the date gets closer. There will most likely be COVID accommodations that we will need to be aware of.
July 19, 2020 - Ice Cream Social
Although there was some heavy morning rain, the skies cleared up by noon and the Ice Cream Social was on. Eighteen members attended, all practiced social distancing and wore masks. JoDel was the only one to ride to the event. We visited past 2:30, reconnected and enjoyed our ice cream treats.
Thank you Audrey Hancar, Sally Kleinschmidt, John Victor and Jim Barnish for all your help. Thanks to all those that took a chance on the weather and came out to enjoy the afternoon. Hopefully we can have another gathering very soon.
February 26, 2020 Trip to the Art Institute, Chicago
Our group continues to be small on the FOS trip to the Art Institute in Chicago, but we have a great time and are always amazed at what we see and learn. This year four members, Fern Bienias, Andi Edington, John Victor and Al Sturges attended what has become an annual event. We started our day with breakfast at a Café nearby. We were able to go on two tours and had plenty of time to walk around on our own. This is a great way to spend a wintry day.
Feb 6, 2020 Pre-Valentine Social
There’s nothing like a cozy restaurant, good food and craft brews to warm up with in the middle of winter. Thanks to Fern, 19 club members got to do just that on a snowy evening for the pre-Valentine’s Day social held at Trails Edge Brewing in Frankfort. Our members enjoyed conversation and laughter, great appetizers and craft beer. Some of the offerings included Trail’s Edge specialty, smokey wings, and they did not dato chips, party tostadas, several kinds of pizza and fried cheese curds. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!