On Saturday afternoon February 7th, 2015 our chapter met at the Corner Café in Lathemtown for our monthly meeting. There were 13 members in attendance along with spouses, children, and in-laws. (we really are a family club). Randy said the blessing, and we all enjoyed a good lunch.
Right out of the chute we discussed our 2014 mileage award. Randy came in 3rd place, and VP Chris E came in 2nd. Our overall mileage winner was Steve D who rode the daylights out of a brand new Honda Goldwing last year. His mileage of over 17k was more than Randy and Chris’ combined. Steve was awarded a plaque and all of the honors (and hemorrhoids) that go with this award.
During our meeting we discussed the upcoming chapter picnic. This year our picnic will be held at Hembree Park – 850 Hembree Road, Roswell, GA on Saturday April 4, 2015 beginning at 1:00 pm. Doc says he has Marshall’s paddy wagon he is going to bring and fix beans and cobbler like he did last year. I will provide the burgers and dogs again this year. Donna E. will be sending out a list out shortly of items needed including; side dishes, drinks, desserts, buns, condiments, etc. If we all pitch in, like last year, it will be great. We discussed advertising the picnic to potential members, as it would give them the opportunity to see our chapter in a family setting with spouses and kids abound. Please put April 4th on your calendars.
Next on the agenda was the ramp at David B’s residence. Members of this chapter did a monumental job building a ramp for David B who was seriously injured last February in a motorcycle crash. We are happy to report that David recovered quicker than anyone had thought and never really utilized this lumber masterpiece. David asked if members could remove it and make good use of the wood. Randy and Barb said they would like to use the lumber to build a playset for their grandchildren. All of the members in attendance thought that this was a great idea and the matter was settled.
Steve D brought up the idea of planning the dates (and not necessarily the locations) of the years meetings in advance. The idea was discussed and the members in attendance all agreed that we should move forward on this. So, I will be posting dates in the near future.
During the meeting Rhonda took a video of us saying hello to Sean & Christine in Florida and before the meeting was over they sent us a video back boasting about the warm weather in Florida (they are despicable). Don’t you love technology?
We discussed club recruiting and how we can attract new members to our club. Many ideas were tossed around and we all agreed that inviting prospective members, and those who have an interest, to our picnic in April. We may have to bring a few more food items, but in the end, it will be worth it, if we can bring up membership, even a little.
We then discussed upcoming rides, and hooky rides. Chris asked for ideas from the attendees. Many of us still want to do the Great Locomotive Chase ride from Kennesaw to Chattanooga. We also discussed an upcoming day trip to the Ironhorse Lodge to present the patch frame to John & Charlene. We should have some dates for those events soon. For the Ironhorse Ride, we will need someone in a car to follow us up so we can carry the large frame up. Let us know if you would like to volunteer yourself, or someone else.
Chris brought up the SRC in Shreveport. SRC’s are a lot of fun and every Blue Knight should go to at least one in their life time. I know that David B has been to several and as soon as he is able to get back in the saddle, he will be at some more.
Let us know if you have any ideas for meeting locations and rides. We are always looking for new ways to make our events exciting and really value your input. So please get with Tom, Chris, or I if you have some suggestions.
The meeting reconvened into the parking lot of the Corner Café and the members slowly drifted away one by one. It was great seeing everyone again and spending time catching up.
So until next time,
Ride With Pride
Bill Anastasio – President
Blue Knights Georgia VI