An Open Letter from Former SFBC Board President Niko Letunic

The SFBC has a new president for the first time since the Board of Directors was created in January 1995. Last month, after four years as president, I stepped down in order to take a much-needed break and to make room for new Board leadership. At our February meeting, the Board elected John Fall, a Board member since January 1998, as my replacement. We also elected Maggie Robbins as our new treasurer, replacing Ted Strawser.

I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have been the president of the most successful bike advocacy group in the country and the most exciting activist organization in San Francisco. The past four years have been my best learning experience yet, one that introduced me to scores of caring, thoughtful, intelligent people. I am proud of my role in the SFBC's growth. Our membership has soared from 450 to 2,050 members, and our annual budget has grown more than tenfold, from $15,000 to $190,000. (Enclosed in this newsletter is the SFBC's Annual Report for 1998. Please read it and take pride in our impressive accomplishments last year.)

I will continue to sit on the Board, providing a measure of continuity, but I am confident that John will be an outstanding president. In one short year, John has proven to be a hard-working, dedicated, and capable Board director. He distinguished himself in 1998 by organizing, almost single-handedly, the SFBC's first awards ceremony, which honored three local transportation-reform leaders and raised nearly $19,000 for the programs of the Coalition. Please join me in welcoming John as the SFBC's new president and in wishing him much success.