September 2018
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Serving Chicago’s Southland September, 2018

What a wonderful day for a picnic!

Indeed, Sunday September 16th was a fabulous day for our FOS Annual Fall picnic, although it was warm enough to feel like summer. Luckily, a light breeze floated through the Hickory Hollow Shelter at the Hickory Creek Nature Preserve, making everyone cooler despite the unusually warm day. Rides took place prior to the picnic, and the rides ended at the picnic itself; Al Sturges started a group from Forest Park; Bill Lang started a group from Hickory Creek. Also, Bernie O’Reilly led a short walk on the picnic grounds. All arrived prior to the arrival of the catered food. But, it was worth the wait; Hienie McCarthy’s crispy fried chicken did not fail to disappoint! Other items included cheese ravioli, sloppy Joe’s, fresh cucumber & tomato salad, bell pepper blend salad, a hash brown potato bake, and much, much more. Afterwards, everyone started in on all the treats brought in by our members, both homemade and bakery-bought. While everyone was enjoying dessert, 3 raffles were held; one for those who rode to the picnic, one for those who brought a dessert, and one for those who simply attended the picnic. Two prizes for each category were drawn, and the winners were:


Attendance Winners

Bob Breitweiser $25 Goodspeed

Tony Loukota $25 Richards Bicycle


Rider Winners

Brent Radomski $25 Performance

David Hensle $25 Orland Park Cyclery


Dessert Winners

Scott Oldaine $30 Gattos

Susan Johnson $30 Glenwood Oaks


After the raffle, members lingered to talk, nibble on leftovers, stroll along the grounds and reconnect with each other. Another lovely picnic is in the history books, and we were fortunate toto have good luck with the weather too. Thanks to all who came, over 40 people registered for this event; it was GREAT!

Want to see more pictures? Check out the 2018 Socials Album on our site.

FOS SOCIALS for 2018

FOS Annual END of SEASON BIKE, HIKE and POTLUCK on SUNDAY OCTOBER 28th at Goodenow Grove Plum Creek Shelter, 27604 Dutton, Beecher Illinois. Goodenow Grove is located 1.25 miles east of the intersection of Routes 1 and 394 on Goodenow Road, south of Crete. Bring  dish to share, paper goods and drinks provided.
There will be hot dogs, chili, and whatever dishes are brought to share. Food served 1pm. Family welcome and also invited are Joliet Bike Club, Calumet Crank, Bike Pschos, and Major Taylor. There will be a hike at 10:30, meet at the trail head by the back parking lot west of our shelter. note-those hiking or  coming to join us for food and fun please park your cars in the back lot as the first lot is for the nature center and for those leading the rides.
FOS ANNUAL PIZZA PARTY is scheduled for Thursday, November 15th-Aurelios Pizza in Frankfort 6:30 to 9-mark your calender
Questions, call Fern 708 747 7557 or e mail

2019 Easter Ride News

Plans have begun for the FOS 38th annual Easter Ride. Time to roll up the sleeves and get started. As in
the past we need your help to keep this great event going. To start we need a 2019 Easter Ride Logo.
Sue and Jim have won this contest and honor the last two years. Please have the shirt design ready to
display at the Frankfort, Aurelios Pizza Party, Nov. 15 (Thursday). Please use only 2-3 colors. An
additional planning task is the development of new routes as the starting location may change next
year. We are exploring options such as starting the ride from Downtown Frankfort or Crete High School.
Let me know your thoughts. One other thing that needs to be mentioned is how hard our FOS Board
Members work and dedicate their time for the benefit of all of us. Much Appreciated!
Until next time keep those pedals turning!

FOS Easter Ride Chair,
Chris Oldanie
815 320-3735

October Ride Calendar

Click on the calendar for more information

Upcoming Programs for August-October


All club meetings start at 7:30 pm and presentations from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

September 27: Mountain Biking

Join us at the September club meeting for a presentation about mountain biking. George Pastorino started mountain biking in 1997 and immediately became a fan of the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. He is both a road and mountain biker but finds an advantage in biking off road away from cars. George will speak about mountain biking and share his experience as a volunteer with the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) National Mountain Bike Patrol and it’s work to support recreational mountain biking including the programs for student athletes of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. George is President and Mountain Bike Coordinator of the Elmhurst Bicycle Club, Certified Mountain Bike Guide and Skills Instructor, National Mountain Bike Patrol Instructor, and is Wilderness First Aid Certified, Certified in CPR and Life Support. 


October 25: Self-contained Bike Ride From Portland, OR to New Lenox, IL in 30 Days

Join us at the October club meeting for a presentation with members from both Folks on Spokes and Joliet Bike Club that took place this summer. Find out why the bike ride was a fun, exhilarating, and challenging adventure.



Dan Rumishek

FOS Miles



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