Notes From Our February 2015 Meeting

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

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February 2015 Meeting Is Set

Our February meeting has been set.  The meeting will be at Corner Café Lathemtown located at 11474 Cumming HWY (Georgia HWY 20), Canton, GA 30115 on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm (noon).  Come join us for lunch at 12 and the meeting will commence at about 1:00 pm after lunch.  Let’s enjoy some American or German food.  We’ve reserved the small room that we had the last time.

If you didn’t get your mileage for your motorcycle recorded on New Year’s Day for our 2015 Mileage Contest ride your motorcycle to the meeting to get your odometer verified.  If you want to get your odometer verified before then, just get in touch with Bill, me or Tom.  Remember, you can use more than one motorcycle (I did last year) all you have to do is get each odometer reading verified.

We’re also going to announce the winner of our 2014 Mileage Contest at the February meeting.

Come join us and feel free to invite a prospective member.

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Notes From Our New Years Day Meeting

We had a great turnout on Thursday for our Annual New Year’s Day Meeting at the Olde Blind Dog in Milton. There were 15 members in attendance along with family members and a prospective member named Eric. Eric is a retired police officer from Seattle, Washington. He rides a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail. Eric saw our website and decided to come out and take a look for himself. I hope we didn’t scare him off. The New Year’s Day Meeting is always one of our biggest turnouts. This year was no exception.

jan2015 meetingChaplain Randy said the blessing and we all enjoyed a good meal. The Olde Blind Dog had only assigned one server to our large group. We are all grateful to Donna for rectifying that situation.

Our first order of business was to name our “Most Active Member Award for 2014”. Chris Ehlbeck attended almost every monthly meeting as well as coordinating and leading rides for chapter members. He was definitely our most active member and well deserving of this award. Congratulations Chris!!!!

Unfortunately for Chris, he will no longer be eligible for this award since he is now our clubs Vice President. Board members are ineligible to participate in this yearly competition. We also congratulated Chris on his new position. (Chris had been the club’s VP for two terms prior to Sean’s tenure).

Instead of our “normal” 50/50 drawing we participated in a game called Left, Right, Center, as we did at the Christmas Party. Many members participated in this event. It took 3 one dollar bills to join in. After about 20 minutes of cheering and dice rolling we had a winner. It was David Reeves. David donated the $36 (his half which would have been $18) back to the chapter. After a few photos, the cash was turned over to Tom to deposit into our account.  Thank you Buddy and Rhonda for bringing the L,R,C dice to the meeting.

After that event, we held our first “Best Christmas Hat Contest”. There were four participants. They were Blaine, Tyler, Tristan, and myself. By a judgment of applause by members in attendance, the winner was Tristan. Since Tristan is only 6, and not a big fan of coffee, the winning mug was returned to the chapter.

Our members then posed for a Chapter Photo. (see attached). I am going to turn this into our Chapter Christmas Card for 2015, and will send it out to all of you to forward to other BK members you may know from other chapters. A special thanks goes out to Jon Mendres for taking all of the great photos from the meeting. Jon always does a great job capturing our events in the digital format.  The photos can be viewed by clicking here.

Afterwards, newly elected VP Chris met members in the parking lot to log their official “2014 ending mileage”. All of the mileage figures needed to be obtained by January 1st, so the competition for last year is OFFICIALLY over. We will award the winner at our next meeting. All of those who had their bikes at the meeting also had the opportunity to log their beginning mileage for the 2015 Mileage Award competition. (This competition IS open to board members). No worries though, you still have time to have your beginning mileage counted. You can contact Chris, Tom, or myself and we can meet you to log the mileage. OR you can bring your bike to our next meeting or event instead. It’s early January, so everyone has a chance to compete.

I am hoping that 2015 will be a great year for our chapter. We are planning on our traditional events to include: Ride-n-Shoot, Ronald McDonald House Cookout, Pancakes on the Porch, Overnight Ride to the Iron Horse, etc. We are always open for suggestions for new events, including a ride to Ed’s Pizza in Oak Ridge, TN (if you lead the way Jeff). Many of you want to do the Great Locomotive Chase Ride from Kennesaw to Chattanooga. We are going to make that one happen!!!!! Keep the great ideas coming and I hope to see you all at our next event!!!

Ride With Pride,
Bill Anastasio – President
Blue Knights Georgia VI

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Our First Meeting Of 2015

Our annual New Year’s Day Meeting has been planned for none other than January 1, 2015.  The meeting will be held at our traditional spot of The Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub located at 12650 Crabapple RD, Milton, GA.  The meeting will be at 2:00 pm.

If you are participating in our 2014 Mileage Contest you NEED to ride your motorcycle to the meeting so that a Chapter Officer can verify your final odometer reading for total miles ridden throughout the year!  If we experience inclement weather other arrangements will be made to obtain the mileage of the participants.

Come ring in the new year with us and a ride on your motorcycle!  Prospective members are welcome to attend.

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Elections Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Thursday November 20th, 2014 at Family Tradition in Hickory Flat at 7830 Hickory Flat Highway, Woodstock, GA. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm and our official meeting will kick off at 7:00 pm. It will be our last official meeting of the year and we will be electing board members for the next two years. It is important to come out and be a part of the process. If you would like to nominate someone, or yourself, for a position you can do it at the meeting as well.

Chris and I will be attending the State of Georgia Chapters Meeting this Saturday at GPSTC in Forsyth, Georgia. We will brief you on what was discussed at the meeting. We are hoping that there will be a lot more of inter-chapter activity next year.

As a reminder, our Christmas Party is going to be held at Buddy & Rhonda’s place on Sunday evening December 14th. We will post more about that later.

I am in the process of trying to get a reservation for the porch at the Olde Blind Dog for 2:00 pm on New Years Day. That will be the meeting when you need to bring your bike to have the “end of year” mileage check. Having the mileage recorded on that day is imperative to keep this competition fair. We should be able to announce our annual winner then. So if you have been slack this year, you still have about six weeks to rack in some mileage.

I hope to see you next Thursday. Until then……

Ride With Pride,
Bill Anastasio – President
Blue Knights Georgia VI

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Notes From Our October 2014 Meeting

Our chapter held its  Monthly Meeting at the Corner Café in Canton on Saturday October 25th, 2014. We had 11 members in attendance, along with many spouses and one mom. The Corner Café has a meeting room which barely contained us all, but it was private. It was “German” month at the Corner Café so many of our members dined on Brats and other tubular meats. Before we ate, we held a moment of silence for Lt. Scott Walters of the Roswell Police Department who died suddenly on Thursday.

After our meal we discussed the upcoming overnight trip to the Iron Horse. The majority of members who are going on the trip were in attendance. We all overwhelmingly agreed that we would take the “express” route to the Iron Horse. So we are meeting at the Cracker Barrel on Riverstone Parkway in Canton on Saturday morning November 1st at 8:00 am and departing at 9:00 am. Of course breakfast is not mandatory, but we are leaving as close to 9:00 am as possible. We will be stopping in Robbinsville for lunch prior to checking in. More than likely we will visit the Mexican Restaurant we dined at last year. After that we will be heading to the Iron Horse. Vice President Sean Balsamello offered to lead a ride on the Tail of the Dragon right after lunch for anyone that wants to try it. That side trip is about 1.5 hours.

David and Debi will be riding in his pickup truck. David will be bringing the framed patches that we will be presenting to John and Charlene Powell. He will also have several coolers with him to haul any adult beverages that we will be bringing. Please bring them to the Cracker Barrel for loading, if you choose to bring any.

Currently the weather reports for next Saturday are calling for colder weather. Remember that the Iron Horse is at a higher elevation and it is usually cooler there than here. I might suggest that you wear cold weather gear including chaps, gauntlet gloves, neck gators, etc. For those of you who were on the 2006 Iron Horse trip, we remember what real cold felt like. Preparation is key.

We also discussed the upcoming board elections. We will be holding elections at our November meeting (time, date, and location to be announced later). If you are interested  in running (or want to nominate someone to run)  for the position of: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer (or Secretary/Treasurer). Please send your nomination to the current board members. All nominations will have to have a “second”, so we will  post the names of those interested and request a reply from anyone who wants to second the nomination. You will have upto the actual election meeting in November to decide. We will conduct the election at the beginning of that meeting. Currently we have Bill Anastasio seeking re-election for President, Chris Ehlbeck running for Vice President, and Tom Southwell seeking re-election for the combined post of Secretary/Treasurer.

Vice President Sean and his wife Christine have sold their home and will be joining the ranks of other American gypsies. Sean and Christine will no longer be living in this area. However, they will be passing through from time to time. Sean did an excellent job as VP over the last two years. Sean and Christine will always be family to our chapter and are welcome to join us at any event or meeting in the future. I hope they keep in touch.

We are still working on a venue for the Christmas party this year. We have some good leads but nothing is concrete yet. Remember the Christmas Party is always a covered dish event. I know that I will be bringing a ham or turkey, and am counting on the rest of you for side dishes and desserts. Also, we will be having our annual gift exchange. Please start thinking of something for this event. It could be something motorcycle related, personal, or something funny. We usually keep the price of said gifts at about $15.00. We will post more about that in the future.

After the meeting we all went outside to drool over Member Chris Ehlbeck’s new BMW R1200RT motorcycle and marvel over the latest Bavarian technology. It is a very pretty bike. I only wish I retired from Atlanta PD!

For those of you who may want to pay your respects to Lt Walters family, there will be a viewing today at Darby’s Funeral Home in Canton from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church in Woodstock, tomorrow at 2:00 pm.

I hope that you get a chance to take advantage of the beautiful weather today and get out there and ride. I hope to see you all again soon.

Ride with Pride,
Bill Anastasio – President
Blue Knights Georgia VI

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Notes From Our September 2014 Meeting

On Saturday afternoon September 27th, 2014 our chapter held its monthly meeting at Jump Kitchen and Sports Saloon in Woodstock. We had 13 members in attendance and quite a few spouses. We also had one members dad (Randy) in attendance and a prospective member. The prospective member was John or JP as he is known to his friends. JP is a retired ATF agent who also rides with the Wild Pigs. He was invited by RC, who like myself, has known JP for many years.

We all enjoyed a good meal and catching up with each other. After our meal we commenced with chapter business. I began the meeting by thanking Sean and everyone else who stepped up and handled club business in my absence. We then discussed that member James S has been recently promoted to Sergeant and we are all very proud of him. However, James is selling his motorcycle and by International Club rules, he will no longer be an active member. With that being said, I am firm believer that we are all still family and James will always be welcome to come join us at meetings or events.

We learned that Sean and Christine B have a contract on their home and will be moving by the end of October. However, Sean and Christine will still be joining us for the Ironhorse trip coming up on November 1st. Sean has only been a member for three years but he has definitely left his footprint with our chapter. We will miss both he and Christine very much after they move. Speaking of the Ironhorse, there are still Semi-Private Rooms available at the lodge. JP said he was pitching a tent and roughing it. Are any of you brave enough for that? Donna promises to whip up a batch of oyster CRACKers for our tastebuds. RC and David Booth are driving up and will be bringing coolers for adult beverages and will be carrying up our framed patch collection to present to John & Charlene.

We then discussed upcoming chapter elections. It is hard to believe that another two years have gone by. We opened the floor for nominations for the position of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. I was nominated for President and accepted the nomination. Chris E. was nominated for Vice President and accepted the nomination. Tom S. was NOT present, but he was nominated for the combined Secretary and Treasurer positions. (I texted Tom after the meeting and he confirmed that he would be seeking re-election and accepted the nomination). With that being said the floor is STILL OPEN for other nominees for ALL of these elected positions. If you would like to nominate someone, or yourself for one of these positions, please come out to the next meeting.

We also discussed the upcoming Georgia Presidents meeting in Forsyth, Georgia on November 15th. Chris E and I will be traveling to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to attend the meeting of all the chapter presidents in the state. Some of the items we will be discussing is the Fall SRC in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Chris and I will report back to the club on this and other items upon our return.

The next item for discussion was the Christmas Party. Hard to believe that Christmas is around the corner. We are looking for someone to host this years party. As always, this is a covered dish event so the host and/or hostess will NOT be responsible for providing all of the food and drink. Adult drinks would be at your discretion. We are not a big drinking chapter and do perfectly well without adult beverages. We will leave that decision up to any potential host or hostess.  Is that something you would be inclined to do? Most of us are housebroken and we can bring papers for those who aren’t. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in.

We also discussed a Hooky Ride for Thursday October 9th. Sean and I are in the planning stages. Please let us know if you are interested. The destination and staging area have yet to be determined. As always we are open for suggestions.

After the meeting we all gathered in the parking lot to see Bruce’s puppy. She is getting big. Then we hung out and talked some more for about another hour. Time flies when you are with good friends.

Ride With Pride
Bill Anastasio – President
Blue Knights Georgia VI

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