The trouble the club has is one of prosperity. For example, trying to balance the needs of the 100+ general membership and also have a sustainable racing presence.
The task of managing a growing club has required the work load be spread out. Members have been great about stepping up to take on new roles. In addition to the club president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, the club added a points czarina Gloria Deucher, a time trial series director Dave Kliger, a race director Mark Lalloo, a sponsor liaison Flory Doyle (newly minted for 2008), a web master Sox, a clothing graphic designer Peter Greges, a clothing coordinator Vince Marrone, a membership coordinator Sue Klein, a newsletter editor Mike Stier and several people who working ad hoc on projects related to the centennial celebration. Beyond this the club is able to count on many other members to help coordinate, marshall and run both social and race events.
In 2004 the USI’s second Hall of Fame Member, Oliver Martin was elected and in 2007 Oliver was joined in the Hall by member Nancy Burghardt. USI’s Hall of Fame members, Nancy, Oliver and Otto Sr. are typical of USI and reﬂect some of the best aspect of the USI. Although founded by Italians in Little Italy, the club has always welcomed anyone interested in riding and competing. Most of us have found the club through riding and while riding. It was the same for Otto Sr., Nancy and Oliver.
The USI is involved in the community of cycling and the larger community. In 2007 the USI was the host club for the Empire State Games cycling competition and hosted the Hudson Valley Region Empire State Game (ESG) Qualifying Race for several years. The ESG was a major undertaking and through the effort of Mark Lalloo the club was able to help organize the games Individual Time Trial, Road Race, Criterium, and Team Time Trial bike races that took place over the course of 4 days on roads all around the county. The races ran safely and on schedule with the help of nearly 100 volunteers from the USI and friends including the Westchester Cycle Club.
2007 was a very successful year for the USI with new members, and racers learning how to ﬂy. Club Secretary, Dale Malkames, won another club championship.Dale and husband Rick Malkames, the USI Treasurer are the only husband and wife to have both won the club title.
The fact that the USI has survived for 100 years is a feat celebrated with events throughout 2008, but the most important thing the club will do, is the same thing it has pretty much always done – organize and provide the chance for members to go on the next ride.