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2017 Rider Profile: Karl Raynar

KAR-Carina Profile PicMeet Karl Raynar, eleventh in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  Karl also rode in 2015 and 2016.  The 2017 PA-to-DC ride  will take place  May 19-24.  

This is my third year riding with Interfaith Power and Light. This year my granddaughter, Carina, will join the group for the entire ride to D.C. I look forward to sharing the beauty of this spring ride through the Pennsylvania countryside and the history along the C&O Canal. This will culminate in a civics lesson where Carina will visit our legislator in the Capitol and learn how democracy can work for the interests of people of faith.

IMG_89711Riding in Spring and witnessing nature’s rebirth makes me feel the Joy of God’s Wonderful Creation. I want to dance in the fields and play in the forest. We do this ride for the love of nature, the camaraderie that comes as we share our love for Creation, and the hope of inspiring our leaders to respond to climate change. I can’t think of anything that is more exciting than completing a 200+ mile ride at the Washington Mall with the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monuments in the background. It makes me very proud to be an American.
IMG_89891After the ride, we will break into small groups and engage our legislators in a day of dialogs. We will make them aware of a growing interfaith religious community concerned about what is happening to our Common Home and God’s Creation. We will state our opposition to short term business and development interests that want to roll back almost 50 years of legislation and regulations that have made the helped to clean our country’s air and water. We will voice our support for energy conservation and renewable energy development programs that decrease our carbon footprint. We will share our desire to protect the environment now and leave something for our children and grandchildren in the future.

This winter, Karl gathered folks—mostly from Trinity Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd Catholic Church— for a series of discussions of Laudato Si: In Care of Our Common Home by Pope Francis.  He won a minigrant from Thrivent to purchase the books (and breakfasts!) for participants!

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MANY THANKS to our 2017 silver sponsor Sun Directed
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and our 2017 bronze sponsors, the KBB Beth Richards Group and Freeze/Thaw Cycles 
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2017 Rider Profile: Maggie Jaenicke

025_naMeet high school senior Maggie Jaenicke, tenth in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2017 PA-to-DC ride  will take place  May 19-24.  

This will be my first bike trip to DC, and I am a bit nervous for the long trip, but my excitement overshadows my nervousness. I have never done a long bike trip before, but I heard about the PA IPL bike trip through my ultimate frisbee teammate Molly Hunter, who has done the ride in past years. It took a bit of convincing, but I eventually roped my dad, Ted Jaenicke, into joining me on the ride, as well. I am excited to have the opportunity to ride through my home state with people who share a common goal: preventing and reducing the effects of climate change.

Throughout high school, I have done my best to not only care for the environment, but to enjoy its beauty. As a senior, I am currently the president of both the environmental club and the outing club. With the environmental club, I organized a film festival to educate our student body about various issues regarding climate change where we showed films Cowspiracy and Merchants of Doubt. We had speakers from Penn State come in and give brief talks after each documentary. I try my best to live an eco-friendly lifestyle–three years ago, I became a vegetarian (actually, a pescatarian) to reduce my greenhouse gas footprint. I have also started biking to school when I can, in part to train for this trip, but in part to help the environment. With the outing club, I have organized local backpacking trips as well as our end-of-year trip to Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. I have also been involved with Citizens Climate Lobby and the PA Dems to register voters and increase voter turnout. In my free time, I am usually playing tennis or ultimate, listening to music, or reading a good book. Next year, I intend to remain a strong environmental activist at Macalester College.

Maggie is a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church , a charter member congregation of PA IPL. 

Donate online to PA IPL in support of the PA-to-DC cyclists
or send a check, memo: bike 2017 to PA IPL 243 S. Allen St. #337, State College, PA 16801


MANY THANKS to our 2017 silver sponsor Sun Directed
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and our 2017 bronze sponsors, the KBB Beth Richards Group and Freeze/Thaw Cycles 
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2017 Rider Profile: Martin Swim

Martin headshot in bike helmetMeet Martin Swim, ninth in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  Martin is riding with a Swim family group, and makes a cameo in his sister Janet’s profile.   The 2017 PA-to-DC ride  will take place  May 19-24.  

Although I am an avid cyclist, this will be my first-time riding with PA IPL. I found this group through my sister, Janet, who rode with them to DC before and I donated to PA IPL in her honor.  She invited me to ride this year, it sounded exciting and I agreed to give it a shot!

I live in New Jersey and enjoy weekend rides along the rolling hills by the Delaware river.  New Jersey does have scenic places to bike!  I occasionally meet groups of students from Penn State who travelled together to NJ in a van.  They come to explore the rocks along one of the roads I ride on, looking at cliffs that formed during the Triassic period.

My sisters and I on the DALMAC rideIn 2014, I rode with both my sisters on the DALMAC (Dick Allen Lansing to MACinaw) ride in Michigan. We rode in the rain for five days and camped out in tents every night but we enjoyed the family time!

This is our only planet and we must care for it.  Actively going to Washington in a memorable way and speaking with our representatives about climate change is one way to contribute and be noticed – and that is exactly what PA IPL is doing with this ride.

I became politically active about five years ago when my neighbors told me about an asphalt plant being built across from an elementary school.  This was unacceptable for many reasons including its location and the greenhouse gasses it would emit. This shocked me enough that I Continue reading

2017 Rider Profile: Dr. Ed Prince

IMG_0256Meet family physician Ed Prince, eighth in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  Ed also rode in 2016.   The 2017 PA-to-DC ride  will take place  May 19-24.  

I am a veteran IPL Bike Trip participant – as long as doing last year’s ride qualifies me for that status.  The trek to DC in 2016 was memorable for me.  It was well organized, took us through scenic rural PA roads, and ended triumphantly on the sun drenched Capitol Mall.  Chinese tourists took our pictures there; and we took theirs!

Our experience lobbying legislators on Capitol Hill was a first for me.  We walked the halls of congressional office buildings; had appointments with staffers from the PA delegation in Congress.  At those times we voiced our concerns and encouraged action on upcoming legislation concerning climate change and the environment.  It was a great way to act as an involved citizen and advocate for more renewable energy use, less fossil fuel use.  Continue reading

2017 Rider Profile: Janet Swim

Janet swim headshotMeet Janet Swim, seventh in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  Janet also rode in 2014.   The 2017 PA-to-DC ride  will take place  May 19-24.  

I love to ride my bicycle. I associate it with a sense of freedom and joy. Growing up, my bicycles represented new stages of maturity. When I was five, transitioned from my tricycle to my mom’s two-wheeler. My dad ran down the side walk with me, pushing and balancing the bike as a learned to balance. Then there was the sudden pride when I stepped over the line to being a skillful rider who could even ride all by myself around the block.

In third grade, I graduated to a really cool banana seat bicycle. I knew I was getting a bicycle because my two older siblings got new bicycles when they were in third grade. But I did not know that my parents Continue reading

2017 Rider Profile: Ted Jaenicke

Ted and family in ParisMeet Ted Jaenicke, sixth in our get-to-know-the-riders series.   The 2017 PA-to-DC ride  will take place  May 19-24.  

I’m excited and a bit nervous to be a first-time rider for PA IPL. I’m pretty comfortable on a bike, but I haven’t done a long ride in forever, and I’d probably rather be running than biking. The last time I was on five-day bike trip was my honeymoon, nearly 26 years ago, when Alison and I biked from inn to inn along the coast of Maine. Who knew Maine was so hilly! Suffice it to say that it was a lot harder (and hotter) than we expected, and I owe Alison a second honeymoon.

So why am I’m riding with the PA IPL team? Mostly for two reasons: First, my daughter Maggie asked me to go along with her, and I couldn’t say no. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with her before she heads off to college. (Her profile will follow soon.) And second, I am a strong believer in the religious-ethical basis for environmental stewardship, and I feel that PA IPL sends just the right message. My church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, has had a relationship with PA IPL, and I’m hoping to re-invigorate it a bit. Former rider Ray Najjar might have been the last person from St. Andrew’s to make the ride. Personally, I am looking forward Continue reading