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Annual Pizza Party, Election of Officers for Upcoming Year

On November 18, 2021, Folks on Spokes held their annual Pizza party at Aurelio’s in Frankfort after a one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thirty-eight members came together to reflect, elect officers, vote on T-shirt designs for the Spring Fling and of course, eat some pizza! Unlike some past Pizza Parties, the weather cooperated this time without snow or other winter-like nuisances. Masking and other pandemic protocols were followed, and our server Linda provided social distancing of the tables. Lots & lots pizzas were available, but we made a pretty good dent in that area. Not many leftovers!

After that, the evening’s business began. A brief welcoming statement reflected on accomplishments in 2021. One was the overwhelming success of the Spring Fling (finally, good weather & good post-pandemic timing!); the other was the invention of the “Campfire Social”, which brought a good group of members out in the middle of winter. The next order of business was a tribute to Al Sturges, who recently retired from the board of Ride Illinois after almost 30 years of service.  Additionally, he has had many, many years on the board of Folks on Spokes. After thanking Al for his service, the next order of business was the T-shirt design for the 2022 Spring Fling, which is tentatively set for June 5, 2022. Jim T’s design was the winner! Finally, the election of officers was held; the officers of FOS 2022 are:

Jo Dell Albi, President

Karen Swenson, Vice-President

John Victor, Treasurer

Sally Kleinschmidt, Secretary

We thank everyone who came out; looking forward to another great year!


Honored long time member Al Sturges and Barb

Roger, Bernie, Wes, Sallie, Nancy, Scott,Frankie

Eileen, John, Allison, Jeff, Jim T.

Susan, Dan, Lee, Carol, Chris, Pam

Hugh, Joe, Al, Barb, Sharon, Chuck

Sally, Craig

Merle, Lois, Karen, Fern, Jim, April, Bruce

End of Season Picnic, 2021

Our annual end of season picnic was on November 14th at Goodenow Grove. Hugh joined the 6 hikers (Bernie, Scott, Lois, Susan, Jim and Fern) and brought brats to share. Bernie led the hike. Scott helped with supplies. Lois made the best brownies ever and they were GONE. Susan got cups from the Nature Center as they were forgotten. Jim managed the grill for hot dogs and chili besides the brats. The shelter was colder than the hike but we managed pretty good. As usual all pitched in to help. Thanks to those that came out. 

Jim, Bernie, Susan, Lois

Lois, Jim, Hugh, Bernie, Scott, Susan (Photographer: Fern)

September Fall Picnic

On September 19, FOS held its annual picnic at Hickory Creek Preserves in Mokena, IL. Thirty five members were able to attend.  The day was great although a bit HOT!   But there was a nice breeze and in the shade it was pretty comfortable.  We had two special guests, Charlie (pictured in the slide show) and Toby who came with their respective parents Hugh and Bernie.  Several members biked and several took a long walk on the trail.  The food was very good and was catered by our sponsor Hienie's McCarthy's in Orland Park.  We had a choice of beef sandwiches, mostaccioli or fried chicken.  Yum!  Desserts were brought to share and there were plenty.  Lois  won the raffle - a gift certificate to Hienie's McCarthy's.  As with other FOS socials, everyone had a good time and enjoyed the day.

2021 October Picnic

2021 Ice Cream Social

Thirty three members came to our annual ice cream social at Prairie Park in Frankfort.  The day couldn't have been better for this event.  We enjoyed waffle cones (chocolate or vanilla) and soft serve ice cream.  There were also ice cream bars and spring fling cookies.  Members were able to ride their bikes or take a hike.  A few walked over to the pond where they spotted a blue heron.  Others strolled through the Farmer's Market.   It really was a perfect day for this event.

Thank you Fern for organizing this again this year and Rick for getting our permit to use the gazebo.  And thank you Jim for helping set up, clean up and serve.

Fern, Julie and Sally

Rick and Michelle

Bob Entertaining Group

John and Jim



Pre Spring Fling Social at Goodenow Grove - FOS members enjoyed another outing at Goodenow Grove on May 16.   The weather was warm so there was no need to huddle around a campfire – unless wanting to grill a hot dog or make a s’more.   It was nice to see some friends who were not at previous campfires.  These events have been very successful and we appreciate seeing so many members come out.   "Meet" our newest member – Charlie.  Charlie fit right in and made friends with everyone. 

Enjoying Lunch

JoDell making a s'more

Hugh and Charlie

Sunday, April 18 - Our Second Campfire

What a difference a few weeks can make with crazy Chicago weather.  We went from a few feet of snow on the ground to sun and warm temperatures.  Several people brought food to share.  We had soups, cookies, and various other treats.  Hot dogs, sausages and even burgers were enjoyed.  Roasted marshmallows were again a hit.   Bikers met earlier in the day to enjoy the perfect weather and hikers met at 11:00 for a slower spring flower walk.  The conditions were so enjoyable that walks by different groups continued all afternoon.

Sally Roasting Marshmallows

Larry and Joe Enjoying the Day

Gathering Around

Scott, Bernie, Susan on hike

Kathy and Fern

Our first campfire social at Goodenow Grove, Feb. 20, 2021

After weeks of bad weather and a series of cancelations, we were finally blessed with a beautiful day for an outdoor social event.  Fifteen members came bringing chairs, their lunches and treats.  Roasted marshmallows and s’mores were enjoyed by nearly everyone that attended.   Who could resist!  In addition to enjoying the company of friends and a great fire, a few members went skiing and others hiked through the woods.   The snow was deep but the sun was inviting so no one seemed to care.  It was all part of the adventure.   

Thank you for the generous firewood donations from many of the people who came!    We may have enough wood for next time.   We also cannot say enough about the wonderful job the maintenance workers and staff at Goodenow did clearing our site.   There was a lot of snow to be moved around and our paths were clear, salted, and ready for us.   Thank you Goodenow staff!    This event was so successful we are already talking about doing it again in the near future.  It was a great way to socialize while this crazy pandemic is still on people’s minds.

2021 Meetings and Socials