RE: A family that Unicycles together stays together?
> Will I have the same passion when my boys are not
> nearby anymore? To answer my own question, there
> are many ways to keep my passion buring by staying
> involved, I know.
If I may, I will offer USA Treasurer Carol Brichford as an example:
The Brichford kids started unicycling in the early 1970s. They were members
of the Pontiac Unicyclists, but that club was about 30 miles away. Because
of that and other reasons, they started their own club in their town of
Redford, Michigan. This club started off with a very small group of local
neighborhood kids, but over the years grew bigger.
I came into the club in 1980 as a beginner. Not a total beginner; I could
ride forward and backward, and freemount my 6’. But I would not have believe
riding one-footed possible until I read it on the skill levels and then one
of the “kids” showed me how it was done. Around 1980, middle son David
Brichford was the nominal Director of the club, in charge of the riders. But
I think Carol made most of the larger decisions, such as financial,
But Dave was already older than almost all the other riders, and he later
finished college, got married, and started a family of his own, along with
the other three Brichford children.
Meanwhile, Carol was not just involved in club activities. She became editor
of the Unicycling Society of America newsletter (now called On One Wheel) in
1978, and continued doing that through 1980. After that, she was involved as
a USA volunteer in other posts, and again took over the newsletter in the
late 1980s to the mid-90s. Now she is the Treasurer.
She has stayed involved with the club, but I’m not sure to what extent, as I
moved away in 1984. Her oldest grandchildren are now teenagers, and they are
some of the main riders in the Redford club today. But her involvement has
I think Carol and Tom Brichford have been to every USA meet/convention since
1974. Sadly they are going to miss it this year due to some health issues.
I think Carol’s is a track record unmatched in the history of the USA, and
is an example for us all to aspire to.
> By that time, I hope to see our club so
> grown that we
> move to leadership by board of directors or officers.
For the Redford club, I think this happened when they got a liability
insurance policy. This was required for doing shows (and maybe parades?) in
many venues. The club had to be a corporation to protect the individual
members, and the officers came from that.
Stay on top,
President, Unicycling Society of America
President, International Unicycling Federation