Weekly Update

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bonnie and I are back in NC and once again on EST and the right of the road. A week ago we were sweating out record heats in summer and now back in winter. 27 degree morning of the frost bite ride was a REAL wake up. Frank's heated gear is making me reconsider commitment to the "purist" way.

Frost bite ride: see Frank's post below. It was great seeing David Miller, Rob and Victoria Nerland, Cricket, Steve Burton and a bunch of other old friends and acquaintances. This is what SCRC is about. Pictures are posted on my FB site.

Frank mentioned the angry bird and cricket trophies, which will be passed from chapter to chapter at co-rides and meets. There is also a name the mascot contest. Pick a name consistent with the state. ("cardinal sin ??").

Also a mention of the WV rallies and the Spring NC rally (see below)

In addition, a plug to recognize those who participate as FO, SO, Road Captain, Tailgunner (Frank stood for them all), and a request that other members, who have NOT participated as an officer in their club, consider doing so in the future. As I have said many times, this is OUR club. WE make it what WE want it to be.

In addition, Cricket reviewed the protocol for reporting problems in the club, and I will repeat it. If you have a concern, (lack of rides, unsafe riding, rude or dangerous behavior, poor communication, or ANY other concern) follow the chain of command. Talk to your FO or SO (me or Frank). If this doesn’t satisfy concerns, you or I can take it up with our state officer (Cricket) and then Regional then national officers. But, please try to follow this chain.

Bob Humphry has asked to step down as tailgunner because he and Cindy "Boop" are busy working on their new house, keeping them from riding as much as they would like. I told Bob I would, given his years of service, like to keep him on as tailgunner and would like to, on behalf of the club, thank him for what he has done in the past and hope he and the lovely Boop will be able to ride with us again soon. Since tailgunner is a position appointed by the FO, I will ask for volunteers to fill this position. Many of us function as "unofficial" tailgunners on rides and I hope we will all continue with this, but if you would like the officer position, please, let me know and I will make it official with the state officer. The tailgunners job is to ride in the back of the group and assist the ride leader with lane changes, maneuvering through intersections, notifying the ride leader of stragglers, watch the group for safe riding or riding concerns, etc. A radio is NOT necessary, but WILL help with communication.

Finally, we are fine tuning plans for our Spring Back of the Dragon Va-WVa ride and Summer Pa rides (thanks to a lot of work by Frank). Info will be posted as it pans out. Put in for the days off ASAP.

Oh, and lastly, go to Member Spotlight to see our new member in the spotlight, Bruce Fraser. If you received an invitation (or even if you didn't) and want to have your picture posted with your "answers" to the great questions, please send the info to me or Bonnie.

Ride safe and ride often

Joel "Doc" Kann
FO GRSCRC Chapter #70
Joel "Doc" Kann

This last week:

Bike night: 1/18/2013 (if memory serves from Frank’s report); I had to work. Frank (who now works only a few blocks away), Tony and Bonnie, and Alain showed up for food and laughs. Alas, Alain soon got a call from his Chinese clients and had to leave. (If I got this wrong, let me know so the proper folks can get "credit").

Frostbite ride 1/19/2013: (from Frank)
A frosty early morning left the roads a bit icy, so the parking lot at K-Mart was empty as I arrived. Joel then showed up, and we spent a while catching up on life... mostly his trip "down under". Time slipped away on us, and it was 10 AM before we left on the "frostbite ride".

Thankfully, we had allowed what little warmth to creep in, and melt the leftover ice.

We DID however respect any shady curves and just eased along our path.

I took an even more than usual round about route to Dunn... I had thought about heading over to NC-50, but was enjoying the ride through the farms... heck, I even enjoyed the smells of the fields we passed... and you all know that "Dairy-air" smell.

Somewhere out in the middle of nowhere... we started seeing signs for the "NC-50 detour"... so we had plenty of reason to remain on course.

We arrived in plenty of time, and visited with several chapters that were gathering in the parking lot.

We went in, grabbed some chairs with Cape Fear chapter... and hit the buffet line.

Saw folks from most of the chapters in eastern NC, and even central Piedmont made the scene.

All too soon the eating was done, and the politics began... Joel will catch you up on all them there is a new "traveling mascot" that will make the scene... a large red "angry bird" that will go from chapter to chapter, as the various groups meet and greet. Similar to "Keebler" who was passed to the chapter with the largest turnout.

I'm pleased to report that "Cricket" has made the "Raleigh Clause" a permanent feature. I invoked it when GR#70 won Keebler for the second time... and passed him to the Brunswick Island chapter during a meet and greet with them, and Port City.

There will be a fall gathering in Mt Airy in Sept.

Joel won the 50/50 and returned his winnings to the state "St Jude's" fund.

By the time our visit with Crickiet was over the parking lot was empty... and the temps soared into the 50's. Great day to ride.

Check out the Chapter Forum or the Yahoo group from time to time to keep updated on current events and club news.

If you see an event you want to attend, and you think it might be fun to attend said event,with fellow riders... Please post something on either Yahoo, or Delphi forums. If I see it in time, I'll cross post on the other. The forums are great ways for YOU... to get to know your fellow members, and with luck, get someone to ride along.

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