Proposal to Establish an Adult Section of the Willow Wheelers Cycling Club
24th November, 2017
We are writing to you on behalf of the Willow Wheelers Committee to inform you about an exciting new development for the Willow Wheelers Cycling Club. This is a proposal to officially constitute an expanded adult section of the Willow Wheelers (“The Wheelers”) which will be a section within the existing club catering for new and existing members aged 18 upwards. We are seeking your feedback on the proposed concept which is outlined in this letter.
Rationale for the Proposal
As you may be aware, the Willow Wheelers was founded by Christy Mc Daid in 1989 with the support of Willow Park School. The Wheelers had the objective of providing a cycling club for the pupils of Willow Park/Blackrock College and their parents. Since its foundation the Wheelers has also used its cycling and social activities to raise funds for deserving causes in Africa, Asia and South America, including many Spiritan Congregation Missionary Projects. As a result, the Wheelers have already raised nearly €2 million to date for these deserving causes and many of our boys and their parents have visited projects in Africa supported by the Wheelers.
In recent years the number of “past parent” members has grown materially and now includes those who want to cycle predominately with fellow adult members in addition to support wider club activities. As a result, we already have a number of members in informal “past parent” groups who continue to cycle with each other and this includes some adult new Wheelers members whose sons have not cycled with the Wheelers. In addition, a growing number of our new adult female members now cycle with the fast growing Willow Wheelerettes. This group has now grown to more than 80 active cyclists who organise weekly spins.
In summary, the Willow Wheelers already has an active and growing informal adult section comprising adult members cycling with each other. But we would also like to attract and retain more of our boys when they pass 18+ and more “past parents” as members of the Wheelers and would we would like to organise more activities for these members.
To achieve our expanded objective we believe establishing a new section which organises additional cycling and related activities for adults is now a necessity.
We are also proposing to attract new adult members from the Willow Park and Blackrock College Community. This follows dialogue with representatives from the Blackrock College Union and Blackrock College representing the newly established Blackrock College Past Parents Association. Both have been considering how they could introduce leisure cycling activities for past students of the College and the wider group of Past Parents of sons who attended Blackrock College. The Wheelers were asked if we could accommodate new members from these groups in preference to them trying to organising something themselves.
The Willow Wheelers Committee have been considering this initiative for some time and have drafted and discussed a proposal as to how an Adult Section could be formally established and operated within the club while ensuring the ethos and objectives of the club remain unchanged. We now believe that this section can be established and developed without having a detrimental effect on the current core parent and son section of the Club. But prior to progressing this concept we would now like to obtain input from the wider membership of the Wheelers.
To assist you in providing input, we have outlined a summary of the concept below:
The adult section will target and cater for existing and former members of the Wheelers aged 18+ so that an increased number will remain on as active members of the Wheelers through active participation in the Adult Section. This includes:
The Wheelers would also operate as the Cycling Club for the wider Willow/Blackrock College community and so would offer membership of the Wheelers to the following groups within the wider “Rock” community:
Programme of Activity
Further research is required among you our members to develop a programme of activities for the Adult Section but could include some of the following:
Prior to proceeding further with this proposal we are asking on behalf of the Willow Wheelers Committee for feedback from you. Please direct this to the members of the Willow Wheelers’ Committee (see names below), or to the group leader of your age group, or simply respond to this email. We would really appreciate all feedback into the proposal.
Christy Mc Daid
Willow Wheelers’ Committee: