Eammon Carleton Elected BV NEMBA Chapter President, May, 2007

After several years as BV NEMBA's president, Rich Kordell has stepped down and Eammon Carleton has stepped up. Below is Eammon's introduction to the chapter.

Hello, I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Eammon Carleton and I've recently been elected as the new president for the Blackstone Valley NEMBA chapter. I've been involved with NEMBA for several years as an active member and a coordinator with Hodges Village Dam in Oxford. I've been biking for the past 4 years after being reintroduced to the sport by a friend who was trying to improve his health. I spend most of my time riding in Milford at the Upper Charles River a.k.a. "Viet Nam" but some of my other favorite rides are Rayburn Trails in Millbury, Borderland in Easton and of course Hodges Village Dam in Oxford. Some of you I've met, most of you I have not but I hope we can all work together and make some great things happen this season.

I know we're getting off to a late start this year but we're working to put together some great events both on and off the bike. Rich Kordell is coordinating the women's skills clinic again this year, pay attention here and to the NEMBA ( www.nemba.org) websites for details, I've been told they're holding this event at Viet Nam this year. We're putting together some trail care days so we can get out and give back to all the land owners and managers who are gracious enough to allow us use of their properties, those will also be posted on the websites and distributed through the chapter email list (sign up for that on the NEMBA site if you're not already subscribed). The Viet Nam Land Management Committee has already held one successful trail maintenance day and will likely be scheduling more. We are also out every Tuesday night maintaining the trails on NEMBA's parcel in Milford. We will be continuing the Wednesday evening ride series, formerly known as the HUFF rides but with some slight modification, pay attention to the web sites and mailing list for details.

I'm looking forward to a great season, I hope to meet a few new people and run into a few familiar faces out on the trails. Stay involved, without active participation from you, our members, there's not much we can do.