Greetings to all during the approaching holiday season! I hope all is well for everyone. I would like to express my sincere thanks to those that appointed me as SOPO’s new Executive Director! So far in this position I have had the pleasure to meet a beautiful range of individuals that truly have a passion for bicycles. Luckily, while introducing myself at local neighborhood meetings, Ga-Lina Bike Summit, biking events with Red Bike and Green, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and sharing awesome stories and or energy with likes of Brendan from Kirkwood Re-Cyclery, Chilly-O, and SOPO’s MOST AWESOME STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS, my passion for cycling has been re-ignited!
During my time at Whitefoord Community Program, I have had the pleasure working directly with children and their families in the metro Atlanta area. Appointed as the WCP Bike Rite Coordinator, I had the best opportunity to make an impact and help develop the lives of young children through none other than bicycles. There was so much that they learned during the program. Most importantly it was a gain in knowledge of self through service learning and their place in taking care of their own health and making an initiative to make things better in their immediate environment…and they thought it was only going to be bike rides. Ha!
Prior to accepting the position at SOPO, I was planning my next move not exactly sure what road my next destination would take me. With an idea that whatever I would do next that there was a want to continue helping people and make an impact on my local community for the greater good. I knew that I wanted to use my skills and talents to connect people that may not have connected on their own.
If you are reading this and are one of our long time supporters, staff, volunteer, I say thank you! Whether it was a guest dropping off a donation bike or part and the story behind each, or a student at GA Tech that shared with me how and why he wanted to make an operating bike out of wood (which he did), or sharing cool stories and aspirations with the most awesome volunteers in the world here at SOPO. My hat goes off to you all! My sincerest GRATITUDE to those that have kept the torch high prior to my arrival. I still have much to learn, but am willing.
I have had a great pleasure meeting so many awesome individuals thus far and hope to continue. For those that would like to meet or speak with me I will be present at the Boundary Water Park in Douglasville this Saturday to support SOPO’s BAAADDD Cyclocross team. Looking forward to meeting some of you all there. Check this LINK for more information about the race.
Majorca M. Murphy