“I can’t find anything to do at a rally.” Really?
The rallies are like your chapter - the more you participate, the more you will enjoy the activities. During the rally there are many activities planned for all the members. There are seminars, riding poker runs, chapter challenges, talent show skits, bike show and many other things in which the chapters can be involved. Check out the material from the local Chamber included in your registration packet. There are several things to see and do which are in a day’s ride of the rally. These materials are provided to promote the local attractions and things of interest.
Many of us remember the days of countless hours wandering the vendor lot and looking for that next piece of chrome or what pinstripe to get on the bike. Unfortunately, those days are gone forever. The Internet and the health of many vendors are slowly taking their toll. It is time to step back and take advantage of other things happening at your rally.
“I can’t find anything to do at a rally. I don’t think so.”
Carl & Jan Breeding
Greetings from Billings! We have had a wonderful trip, visiting the Kentucky rally, Mammoth Cave, SD/NE rally, Mt. Rushmore, the SD Badlands, Crazy Horse monument, and Little Big Horn on the way. It has been wonderful seeing all of the old friends and making new ones. I wish everyone could have joined us. I will also mention that one motorcyclist on their way to Wing Ding had an unfortunate meeting with a semi, so please, everyone remember to ride safely. Even when you do everything right there is still danger, and I can’t afford to lose any friends.
We expect to have an Advanced Rider Course (ARC) (two wheeled vehicles) on September 17th in Russellville, and a TRC in Dothan on 8 October and an ARC on 15 October. Further courses will be announced once facilities are firmed up and instructors are available. We are going to be requiring a $25 per bike deposit to register for the classes, we plan to refund the fee to riders who actually show up and take the classes. It is not fair to others to reserve a seat and then not show up. We are limited to 12 bikes or trikes in a class, and need to ensure we have the spaces for folks who will show up.
We appreciate the help we have received in finding the ranges in Russellville and Dothan. These ranges allow us to provide the much needed riding classes for our members. Additional ranges need to be found in our state to accommodate the demand for riding classes. Finding these new ranges will minimize the distance the students have to travel in the state to take a riding class.
Please be aware of changing conditions and adjust your riding accordingly. Ride safe, ride often, call a friend.
What can be said about the members who step up to the MEC positions for their Chapter. Well to begin with all of us can give them a big thank you for taking on this position as our membership will grow because of the Chapter MEC’s who contact the New Members and Prospective Members.
Successful Chapters are active and participate in their own events or with events of other Chapters which new members will notice and will want to participate in. After all who doesn't like to have fun?
There has been an increase in expiring memberships and expired memberships due to a lot of reasons that we have heard over and over again. Some of the decline is normal due to economy, sickness or just don't want to do it anymore. But the good thing is there are new members coming up to help fill the loss of our friends but we won't reach them if we don't contact them.
So from Veronica, and me, we thank you for your involvement in the program and if we all work together we can get some of these new members to participate but they have to see the members being active and having fun when they come to the gatherings. We have some Chapters who excel in this area and then others that can use our help. Let’s keep supporting each other; we are all friends and members of a great organization. Remember, this is how most of us met.
Updated: 9/15/2016 4:33:00 PM