MTC Annual Member Meeting & Dinner
In spite of the barriers thrown in our way ─ from the continuing COVID pandemic to flooding to delayed construction plans ─ the Montour Trail Council will celebrate its 2021 successes during the annual meeting and dinner on Sunday, November 7, at the Airport Marriott in Coraopolis. We’ll start at 5 p.m. with a social hour featuring a cash bar. A plated dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the business meeting following at 7 p.m.
Fred Zelt, a Bethel Park native, retired geologist and cyclist living in Pittsburgh, is our keynote speaker. He’ll address “The Best of 5 Million Pedal Pushes.” Fred’s insights are based on cycling thousands of miles while reflecting about the special nature of the Montour Trail as a shared connection, a part of a network, and a path to well-being. He will share stories from cross-country bike trips, lessons learned about successful fundraising for charity bike rides, and wisdom gleaned from watching over a global online community that has shared 80,000 cycling photos in 18 months.
Fred has cycled in most U.S. states, Norway, the Netherlands, and Brazil including riding 4,295 miles from Maine to Seattle with a group raising funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis. During the pandemic, Fred created the Social Distance Cycling Club Facebook group, an online community with 7,600 members in 69 countries.
To mitigate the impact of COVID, all participants must demonstrate a completed COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event.
Make your reservation soon; requests must be received by Saturday, October 30. Download the reservation form here, then fill it out and mail it to:
3321 Brownsville Ext.
South Park, PA 15129
Don’t Forget to Vote!
The Montour Trail Council Board of Directors has nominated six members for election to the Board of Directors for the 2022 – 2024 term. Each Montour Trail Council member is entitled to vote for the nominees. Results will be tabulated and announced at the annual meeting on Sunday, November 7 at the Airport Marriott.
Click here to access the ballot, then fill it out. You can put it in the mail or turn it in at the dinner.
Dave Borrebach was MTC Vice President in 2019, has been Chair of the Nominating Committee since 2016, and is a member of the Membership & Community Outreach, Finance, and Operations Committees. A retired human resource consultant, Dave lives in Ohio Township with his wife Margaret.
Mark Imgrund is a retired software executive and is currently working with a Pittsburgh tech start-up company in an operations role. He began volunteering with MTC in 1997, has served on the board for six three-year terms, and was the MTC president in 2007-2009. He’s the founder and current vice president of the Peters Friends’ group, is Co-Chair of the MTC Operations Committee, and a member of the IT, Real Estate, and FGEEC committees. Mark lives in Peters with wife Tina, and enjoys biking, hiking, hunting, and good craft beer (though not necessarily, he says, in that order).
Peter Kohnke is a founding member of the Montour Trail Council and served as MTC President from 2001-2003. Peter is currently active on the Engineering & Construction and Real Estate Committees. He has been President of the Friends of the Montour Trail in Bethel Park since its founding in 1997 and is currently working on acquiring right-of-way to enable the Bethel Branch to extend into other parts of Bethel Park. Peter lives in Bethel Park within sight of the trail.
Phillip Torrez is the current MTC Vice President. He and his family have been members of the Montour Trail Council since 2014. Phillip is a longtime cyclist and has been active as a volunteer with bicycling organizations since 1985. He is a member of the trail’s Westland branch friends and has worked with the Tour the Montour committee for the past three years. Phillip worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a dozen years and later as publications manager for the University of California president’s office. He serves on the boards of two other local nonprofit organizations.
Shirley Ulaky has been using the trail regularly for both biking and hiking for over 15 years. Newly retired as Accounting Manager for R.G. Brewton, she is looking forward to volunteering her time and skills as MTC Treasurer and in support of the Westland Branch. She lives in Strabane with her family and is particularly thankful for the opportunities the trail has provided to get outdoors and relax in the difficult year of the pandemic.
Ned Williams served as MTC President for six years and is active in just about every area of the MTC’s activities. Ned is a member of the Executive, Engineering and Construction, Finance, Membership & Community Outreach, Operations, and Real Estate Committees. Ned is the Director of IT, Quality Assurance and Safety at Washington Tool and Machine Co. He and wife Mary live in Washington, Pa.