Weekly Update

Tuesday, July 25, 2012

As many of you have heard by now, I have taken the position as your First Officer for Chapter 70, Greater Raleigh SCRC. I came to this decision after a group conversation at our lunch in Saxapahaw which included Frank, Tony and Bonnie S., Kevin, Cindy Hodges, Bonnie N., Larry and others. We all agreed that we didn't want to see the chapter fold and would continue to ride together in any event. When it comes down to it, I joined SCRC for the same reason as most of us. I wanted a group to ride with and share the fun of the road and riding. Like many, I have ridden solo for most of my life, on many different machines. Have crossed the country and ridden over 100k miles. SCRC, and particularly GRSCRC has given me a group of friends and "family" with whom I can share this experience. I have been with GRSCRC for about 10 years and have ridden many miles with you all.

We all have busy lives and many other commitments, but GRSCRC is important to many of us. This is why I agreed to take on the position as FO. Frank has agreed to take the SO position and his appointment is pending approval of national (a formality, I'm sure). Frank has also agreed to continue to lead at least a ride a month (as he has been doing). No one knows the roads like Frank, and I'm sure the rest of you join me in thanking Frank for taking on this responsibility.

I am not much on formality, rules and pomp. I will also be away a lot with various demands in my life right now. But, I will do what I can to keep the chapter going strong. What I am hoping is that the rest will step up and help. If you have been a member for a few years, consider leading a ride or two this year. Consider taking on other roles (road captain, tail gunner, etc). Just suggesting some rides and planning a route is helpful. A combination of short rides (less than 250 miles) and occasional day rides or overnights would be good. We can even have more than one ride at a time so people can choose. The point is, this is a riding club, let's all step up and ride.

For those who are receiving this, and have decided that SCRC is not their "thing", or have not ridden in a year or so or attended a bike night, you are still welcome to join, but if you choose not to, please drop me a note requesting to be removed from the roster.

Remember, SCRC is a free club and does not require dues or meeting attendance. Feel free to contact me at any time with any concerns. I will do my best.

Joel "Doc" Kann


This last week:
Bonnie N., Becky, Frank, and I headed up to Williamsburg. 200 miles of good riding up with the requisite deluge between Surry, Va and the ferry. Water over the road and wakes from our wheels and oncomming cars sending waves over our waists. Just caught the ferry and got to park behind a Model A 1930 Ford. Great BBQ, as usual at Pierce's and a rainy evening sent us old farts to Hooters for an evening of drinks and laughs. Next morning to Jamestown to check out the new archeological digs. Then a pleasant ride home.

David and Steve went to the Ga. State rally. No ride report, but I'm sure they had a good time.

As you may have heard, Steve, Davis, Bill and Lynn Barham are transferring to the Tar River Chapter. Wish them luck in their new "home". I sure we will get to ride together often.

Cindy Hodges and Mike D. went to ABATE rally.

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