The GVWC had a big community week – serving the Community Meal at the Reeb Avenue Center on Tuesday and, of course, the Winans to Winans Community Walk For All People on Saturday. I am so proud of the generosity of our walkers and the grassroots impact you have on making a difference in our community. We are a small but might group. Thank you everyone!
Lots of stuff in the newsletter this week:
- Community Walk For All People – Recap
- Wonderful perspective of the Community Walk For All People
- Community Dinner at the Reeb Avenue Center
- Save the Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party
- Racing News
- Next Jacket Order
- Hangry Turkey Race – Benefiting Reeb Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Recap of the Community Walk For All People
The Winans to Winans route was beautiful. The weather was nearly perfect. And the amount of winter clothes donated by our walkers to the For All People Free Store was, literally, a truckload! Kim Hairston, director of the free store, gave some inspiring pre-walk remarks. Kim and her team at the free store do great work in our community and we look forward to continuing our partnership.
Afterwards walkers gathered at Winans’ downtown location for complimentary coffee and chocolates. Congratulations to Jim, Chad, Otto and Larry (no relation) for being the lucky raffle winners. Thanks to Second Sole for donating a $100 gift certificate. Special thanks to Monica and Miles, owners of Winans, for their fantastic hospitality. Not only did they provide a water-stop at the Winans GV, and then host us at the downtown location, they, too, provided gift certificates for the raffle. You guys are the best!
By the way, circling back to the For All People Free Store, it was noted that more than one Cleveland Browns winter jacket was donated. Was that a mistake?? Also, I can email you a donation receipt. Let me know if you need one.
Building Community Part 1 – Putting the Walk For All People In Perspective
The Church For All People’s Director of Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL), Pastor Greg Henneman, wrote a wonderful piece about Saturday’s Community Walk For All People. While fitness and friendship are primary benefits we get out of being a part of this Club, a core tenet of the Club is to extend that ethos to our southside neighbors. As Pastor Greg observed, we walked the talk on Saturday. Amen, brother!
Building Community Part 2 – Serving Dinner at Reeb Avenue Center
Members of the GVWC team participated in serving the Tuesday Night Community Dinner at the Reeb Avenue Center last week. In addition to those stylish aprons, Ronni, Larry, Chris, Mo, Brooke, Vicky, Karen, Mitch, Tracy, Jim, Tim, and Frank, donned plastic gloves and hairnets and got busy dishing food, bussing tables, and washing dishes. It’s not glamorous work, but it’s important. And fun! The Reeb Avenue Center does such great work for the South Side community. You all have a big hand in that.
Save The Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party
Get it on your calendar. Our annual holiday celebration for GVWC members will be 6:15pm on Saturday, December 16 at Second Sole’s Short North store. As in the past, there will be appetizers, raffles, and 30% discounts off all Second Sole clothing and shoes. It’s possible that the tacky Christmas suit will make an appearance again this year. Look for more information about this and dinner following the happy hour.
P.S. If you’re not yet a member, this is a good time to make it official so you can take advantage of this terrific member benefit. Check out more benefits at the GVWC website.
Congratulations to Drew and Kelsey, co-presidents of the GVWC – North Carolina Chapter, for their PR performances in the Cannon Ball 5K race in Greensboro. Kelsey’s PR was only matched by her PR time from the finish line to the beer tent. Well done, Kels!
Congratulations to Otto and Christie for their participation in the Jesse Owens Jog a couple weeks ago. The Jesse Owens Jog is a 2.62-mile fun run/walk held in partnership with the Columbus Urban League and the King Arts Complex and focuses on African-American health and wellness. It also pays tribute to Owens, an Ohio native who ran for and graduated from The Ohio State University. Owens won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics. (Take that, Hitler.) Pictured below is Club member, Otto Beatty, with Olympic Gold Medalist and Ohio State graduate, Butch Reynolds (and some other dude). Reynolds, an Ohio native, won the Gold medal in the 4 x 400m, and the Silver medal in the 400m at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. P.S. Extra points to Otto for sporting the GVWC t-shirt at the race!
Next Jacket Order
Many requests have come in for GVWC jackets for the winter. An order of 8 or more is required to make it work. The jackets are different from the last couple years. Below are pictures. The men’s jacket is black and costs $85. The women’s Option 1 jacket (no hood) is $90 and women’s Option 2 (with hood) is $95. (I have no idea why the cost difference between men and women). We will also order GVWC ½-zip, $65 (as shown on model below). Please let me know by 7pm this Sunday, October 29 of your interest. Your order should include: type, gender and size.
MEN – REPELS WATER. RESISTS EXCUSES.
Inclement weather has nothing on your run. The lightweight, water-resistant Men’s Nike Essential Hooded Running Jacket keeps you covered with a runner-specific hood, back vent for breathability and media pocket for convenient storage.
- Water-repellent finish shields you from harsh weather.
- Fitted hood provides coverage without limiting visibility.
- Internal audio pocket offers convenient storage.
- Soft, fold-over elastic at the cuffs delivers a secure fit while running.
- Cordlocks at the hem and back of hood provide an adjustable fit.
- Exaggerated drop-tail hem adds coverage.
- Vents at the back and chest enhance airflow.
WOMEN OPTION 1 – REPELS WATER. RESISTS EXCUSES.
Inclement weather has nothing on your run. The insulating, water-resistant Women’s Nike Essential Running Jacket keeps you covered with a high neckline, filled front baffles and media pocket for convenient storage.
- Water-resistant finish shields you from inclement weather.
- High neckline helps keep cold air out.
- Front baffles filled with insulating material help keep you warm.
- Zippered side seam pockets offer secure storage. An internal pocket within the right side provides storage for a small media player.
- Drop-tail hem adds coverage.
- Brushed, thermal fabric on the internal back and sides help keep you warm.
WOMEN OPTION 2 – WATER-REPELLENT IN A FLASH.
Inclement weather has nothing on your run. The lightweight, water-repellent Women’s Nike Essential Flash Running Jacket keeps you covered with a runner-specific hood, back vent for airflow and a print that bolsters dark runs with a pop of reflectivity.
- Water-repellent finish shields you from inclement weather.
- Graphic pops with reflectivity.
- Vent at the upper back provides airflow.
- Full-front zipper for easy on and off.
- Runner-specific hood provides coverage without impeding your field of vision.
- Zippered pockets on the side seams offer secure storage.
- Curved drop-tail hem adds coverage.
- Allover “dizzy camo” graphic pops with reflectivity.
Hangry Turkey – November 11 – Benefiting Reeb Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The Hangry Turkey race at Three Creeks Metro Park will take place Saturday, November 11. The race is supported by the Community Development For All People, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and the Reeb Avenue Center Roots Café. All proceeds go to cover costs associated with the Tuesday Night Thanksgiving Community Dinner on November 21 at the Reeb Avenue Center. It is a great cause as over 500 meals will be served for guests that night to celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope you will help support this event. Sign up for the race here.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!