Archive for September, 2015

Remembering Ralph Coole

| September 24, 2015 7:47 pm

Ralph Coole was an ACTC original, a dedicated member, in the club the longest, championed all things ACTC, and active until his untimely passing of a heart attack Friday 18 September 2015. Ralph was present at nearly all the General Meetings since ACTC was founded in 1976, helped every Tierra Bella, Christmas light ride, ice cream social, New Year’s celebration, July 4th pancake breakfast. Even the church we meet at was his Congregational Church. When announcements were made that the church would be opened at some ridiculous hours for the pancake breakfast preparation or other events, it was Ralph who was there to open the church. Of course he was there to close up at the end too – every event.

Ralph led many rides including the Breakfast and Four Corners rides, served as the Treasurer for nearly 20 years until 1996, continued to help ACTC with many tasks including dealing with the IRS — no small task, and retrieved all snail-mails from the club PO Box. Quiet but confident, not looking for the limelight, Ralph was like a tugboat, strong and wise, able to guide and pull the biggest ship to safety. Without him, ACTC would have run aground many a times. Ralph was recognized and received a life-time membership in 2013 for his contribution and unwavering dedication to ACTC.

His family has invited us to a service and life celebration for Ralph at:
First Congregational Church
1980 Hamilton Ave
San Jose 95125
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015, 11am

Tony Le, ACTC President

One Child At A Time

| September 18, 2015 8:49 am

At the ACTC September general meeting, two children, Lorenzo and Georgia Ramirez, and their Grandmother Patricia Garcia, thanked us for our support of the Aztec Bike Club of Gardner Academy. The children live far enough from school that it is not practical to walk, but still they walked because driving them is not an option. Then the children received bicycles from Turning Wheels for Kids and now look forward everyday to going to school. “They love riding to school and now love going to school,” Patricia said.

It is awesome that a bicycle given to a child can make such a big difference. If the act of going to school was a chore in itself, the efficient bicycle fixes that.

ACTC has a proud philanthropic history of supporting many programs, from Turning Wheels For Kids (since its founding over a decade ago), to Good Karma Bikes, Kidical Mass, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, Gardner Academy, bicycle research at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and many more. This last meeting is the most satisfying — helping children to become cyclists (going to school is icing on the cake), one child at a time.

Tony Le, ACTC President