Rotary Tour for M.E.S.A. 2017
The M.E.S.A. bike tour started as an idea from members of the two Elyria Rotary Clubs in 2005. Their idea was to ride to the 100th Anniversary Rotary Convention in Chicago. They decided their ride should have a purpose, a goal, not just a ride. They decided a fitting goal would be to fund the medical and humanitarian mission of M.E.S.A. The financial goal of the M.E.S.A. bike tour in 2017 is to raise $55,000. While fundraising is the major emphasis of our ride, fitness and fellowship follow as side benefits of the bike tour. Each of our bike riders has a story to tell about why they ride the M.E.S.A. bike tour. Ask any M.E.S.A. bike rider-they will be glad to share their story. As we tour District 6600 we visit with Rotarians in Northwest Ohio and share the M.E.S.A. mission as we roll.
The District 6600 M.E.S.A. warehouse is centrally located in Fostoria. It allows Rotarians to store donated medical equipment before shipping items worldwide. M.E.S.A. needs donated medical equipment that is in good working order. The financial contributions collected from your friends and relatives are used for the operations and the logistics of moving medical equipment around the globe.
This year’s bike tour will start at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion in Maumee on June 2, 2017. The overnight stops along the tour are in Waterville, Archbold, Defiance, Van Wert and Ottawa. Our hope this year is to visit Rotary projects along the way as we tour the western end of District 6600. Rotarians at each stop can show M.E.S.A. bikers the projects they have completed.
The bike tour is not just for veteran cyclists. It is also an opportunity for novice cyclist to get in shape and see the beauty of Ohio. This year we have included the Fallen Timbers National Park, Providence ghost-town, Goll Woods Nature Preserve, Lockport covered bridge, Paulding and Van Wert counties wind-turbine farms and more. If you don’t have time to ride the complete tour, you can ride for a day, or just a portion of a day. The bike tour has rest stops about every 10 miles. We average a 10-mph pace with breaks for rest, water, and snacks. Most days we travel 50-60 miles. We encourage cyclists of all abilities to join us for this fun adventure.
Rotary Tour for M.E.S.A. Chairman
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