Late post to say goodbye to Dianna and welcome to Jacqui. SoPo has a new volunteer coordinator. From SoPo…
I hope that Sopo is able to grow even more than it has with the addition of the new VC. I hope that the new Volunteer Coordinator is better at volunteer recruitment and never has to know about the paper sign in sheets. I hope that they have a good way to communicate with current and potential volunteers, are able to treat problems in ways that are pragmatic and deal with any shop issues or mediation in a diplomatic manner. I want to check in on Sopo during my time out west and learn that the programs like Bike There, the Bike-In Movies, and classes are stronger and with amazing turn outs. I hope that Family Night at the shop and the Youth Program are thriving. I most definitely want to hear about more volunteer parties and cookouts. (But I hope that ya’ll remember a spatula at these cookouts, unlike Bill and I who improvised with a chain guard and electrical tape – true Sopo ingenuity!)
I completely believe in Sopo and what we do for the community and how we’re able to make an impact in people’s lives every day. Sopo has done so many incredible things for Atlanta and for cities spread throughout the continent. We inspire and facilitate positive change in the city and the residents of Atlanta’s lives. Sopo provides mobility and autonomy to members of the community who would otherwise have trouble attaining those basic rights. Sopo has helped cyclists in a city with an infrastructure that is somewhat lacking keep their bicycles riding safely. Sopo has made mechanics and cyclists out of folks who would never have considered themselves as those before. Sopo has brought together bike punks and vintage Schwinn connoisseurs along with BMX kids and century riders. Sopo has made even the most serious squids crack a smile and have big belly-shaking laughs that leave you gasping for breath during Broken Hearts, unable to hide how silly and fun it can be to get pied in the face, eat a PB sandwich as fast as you can, or make your best zombie face. I thank you sincerely for this opportunity that has allowed me to grow in so many ways and am eager to see how much more Sopo will continue to grow in the future.
As always, there are many events and workshops taking place this month. There are also many opportunities for you to come out and participate. Keep checking the blog at sopobikes.org
Here’s how to get in touch: email@example.com
Monday August 27th 7pm
see you soon,