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June 2015 News Letter Click Here

President’s Message

By Jim McMains

May 2015

First, I want to send out a thank-you to club members Joe Friddle, Larry Holt, Harry Wilson and Rob Colasacco. During the High Pass Boogie Event, new member Bert Connelley had an accident going over a steep drop. Thankfully he was riding with some other club members and they were all aware of each other. Through the efforts of our members riding with him he was successfully found after going off the road and transported to the hospital. Joe Friddle also made his way to the hospital to be there for him until family arrived. This is what caring looks like, so use these fine club members as an example of how this club cares for not just one another, but anyone in need. You Guys are tops in my book!

Next, I want to also take the time to say a thank-you to all the club members who supported the High Pass Boogie event that benefited the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in May. Whether by donation of money, time as a volunteer or both. Without you it could not have been accomplished, so please know

that you are appreciated by the club and especially the Parkway. You Guys and Gals make a difference!

Every June I try to keep alive the way our club came about, some of you know the story, some have forgotten and new members typically do not know, so, without further ado: On June 18, 2011 a small group of people came together to sit on spackle buckets in a building under construction, located at 30 Bryson St. We sat there with owners who had a vision of opening a BMW motorcycle dealership along with that small group of riders who wanted to form a motorcycle club. We might call this the "Perfect Combination", because it was, the process began!

This month will mark the 4 year anniversary of that first meeting. Some of those attendees are still here and others have slipped away, but the club is still growing strong.

A steering committee of 6, who were willing to work at making the club was formed from some of those in attendance at the second get together held on June 25th. This group officially met for the first time on July 9, 2011 at Atlanta Bread. We put things in motion leading us up to where we are today. We have not stopped

since. Most of the core group that started this club is still working daily to make it the best it can be. Each of us care about the club and for that reason we put our time and effort into it. Like building a house or starting a business, pride is taken in what we have done and continue to do with the help of caring members that join us.

Our club consists of a great bunch of people sharing the same motorcycling enthusiasms and desire to have a club to belong to. I truly enjoy all the memories of these past four years and I look forward to making many more memories and new friendships as the years pass. I hope you do as well :-) Our vision for the club has succeeded and we endeavor to keep it going and improving. We thank the whole membership for your support, and this is done by participating however you can, by coming to

meetings, gatherings or special events, and especially sharing your time in helping out when needed. So

for a little blast from the past, here was the lineup at those first two spackle bucket meetings...and as

always...

See you down the road,

Ride Safe, Jim