Remember how the board of the Cascade Bicycle Club kicked out its director last week? The director who helped the membership grow into a political powerhouse? Well, yes, they fired him and aired dirty laundry to their enemies, because he was too interesting or blunt or effective. Well, now they're bringing him back—but only for a while.
Here's their statement:
Following many discussions over the last week between the Cascade Bicycle Club Board of Directors and Chuck Ayers, a new agreement has been reached that includes Chuck returning to the organization as interim Executive Director. Chuck will serve for a period of at least six months to help with an orderly transition process, during which time the Board of Directors will seek a new Executive Director. The mutual intent is for Chuck, beyond continuing to run Club operations during the interim, to assist with the recruitment and orientation of a new Executive Director. Both parties believe that this agreement is in the best interest of moving the Club forward.
There's more—and what sounds like groveling after realizing that Ayers has, as they put it, "leadership and deep institutional knowledge"—after the jump.
The Board unanimously extends its thanks to Chuck for his continuing commitment to the organization’s mission. The Board values his leadership and deep institutional knowledge during this transition period. Though this has been a challenging time, all parties look forward to building on the strong base of members, participants, partnerships and programs that Chuck has shaped during his tenure, and to taking the organization to new heights of success in every program and activity area.
Chuck has been at the helm of Cascade for 13 years, helping to grow it from a 4,500 member organization to one with over 13,000 members and 24 staff. In coming to the agreement, Chuck stated that he is proud of what members, staff, and board members have achieved over the years and believes that this agreement is the right one for the organization’s health and stability.
“Given our strong foundation, and the support of the cycling community, the future is bright,” Chuck said. “Together we will expand on our successes while embracing new perspectives and fresh ideas.”
Both Chuck and the Board are pleased that they have been able to work together in the interest of Cascade’s membership and the cycling community.