Winter has come, but the bikes are still rolling at the Working Bikes Warehouse. We took October off from meetings to celebrate our 24th Anniversary, but we’ll gather one last time in 2023 to discuss all things Working Bikes. Please join us next Wednesday, December 6th, when the shop closes at 6 PM for a potluck. We’ll begin the December General Meeting at 6:30 PM and try to have everything wrapped up by 8 PM. Feel free to bring something tasty, be it solid or liquid, to share with the folks in attendance. Bonus points awarded if your contribution makes the remote attendees (who can join via the Zoom link below) jealous.
We’ll meet the head of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy’s Ugandan projects, Dennis Nyambworo, IN PERSON for the first time and get an update on the Bwindi Women Bicycle Enterprise and the new shop in the works on the other side of the Impenetrable Forest. We’ll also have our amazing UIC Interns, DaiGi and Spencer, share their results from a semester of data gathering, digesting, and reporting. And, of course, we’ll have reports from our Committees and updates on our operations. All are welcome! Please join us at the warehouse if you’re in town, or remotely if you’re not feeling well or can’t make it and would like to be part of the conversation.
We’re hoping the heat breaks a little for our gathering next week; it is sweltering in the warehouse right now! The Working Bikes team — staff, volunteers, and interns — are hard at work nonetheless, and our new ice machine has been put to the test. We’re looking forward to keeping the ice flowing and gathering for some cold drinks and good company Wednesday, August 2nd, at 6:30 PM for our next General Meeting. As usual, everyone is welcome before the meeting for a potluck — please feel free to bring a dish or drinks to share — and we’ll get started with official business at 6:30 PM. This month, we’ll be joined by Sebastians on two continents — our own intern, Sebastian Ramirez, will share some of his work following up with Cycle of Power recipients, while Sebastian Pope will give us an update on the Chipego shop in Zambia all the way from Zambia! Please join us at the warehouse if you’re in town, or remotely at the link below if you can’t make it in and would like to be part of the conversation
Mark your calendars – the Working Bikes 24th Anniversary Party is coming up on Saturday, October 7th! We’ll be taking over 24th Place once again to celebrate block party style, complete with trick bike races, music, a raffle, and much more! Food and beverages will be provided by some of our favorite local vendors, including Flor Azteca—a co-operative from Telpochcalli Community Education Project, CHAOS Brew Club, and Revolution Brewing. The anniversary celebration is a time to gather with the WB community, toast to the accomplishments of the past 24 years, and raise funds to support our work as we enter into another year of giving old bikes new life. We hope to see you there!