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December 2013 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

This is the last newsletter of the year and also the last of my current term as President. That said, due to the brilliance of my re-election campaign (coupled with the unwillingness of any other RCB’er to even consider serving as president!), I will be back again in 2014 to lead our merry band! Naturally, I will be assisted by the other officers and board members who were recently elected. The Club simply could not function without their tireless efforts and their combined good humor.

This is an excellent time to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the new one. The Club had a number of very successful events during the year, highlighted by the nearly perfect Fall Classic at Manchester Beach! The combination of ideal weather, great roads, delicious food, plenty of libations, and wonderful fellowship made the Classic a truly remarkable event. Other events worthy of special mention include the Ride ‘n’ Bowl in Yerington, the Tahoe Chill, the Oyster Ride, the Lois Lewis Memorial Poker Run, and the Railroad Flat Fourth of July picnic. All of those events are expected to return in 2014. We are still looking for volunteers to organize the Fall Classic and I hope somebody (or somebodies) will step up soon so we can finalize the 2014 calendar. We are hoping to add a number of events this year, including a Southwest U.S. tour and a second Tech Day.
Our annual Christmas party will be held on December 7 and I hope that everyone is planning to attend. Details about that shindig are available on the RCB website and we have also sent an e-mail reminder to those members for whom we have e-mail addresses. We are planning to use these e-mail alerts more frequently in the future (rather than simply to announce the availability of the monthly newsletter). Hopefully, that will improve the lines of communication and solve the problem of folks finding out about the “Day After Thanksgiving Ride” on the day after Christmas! Let me know if you have other ideas about spreading the word to the larger membership.
I want to express my personal gratitude and that of the entire Club to Bruce, Fred, and all the others who helped make the Toy Run to the Sacramento Children’s Home such a success. Those kids are in a tough situation and our generosity (and our hamburgers) definitely gave them something to be cheerful about. Hopefully, we will be able to do something similar at least once next year.
I will be exploring additional ways to make your RCB membership pay off. Clearwater Lights will be presenting a demonstration of their products and we are hoping to arrange a discount for Club members on these and other products. My goal is to make sure that everybody gets much more than their money’s worth for their annual dues (starting with those who renew on time and get their discounted month at A&S).
With all the new bikes expected, 2014 looks like it will be a very good year to be a Beemer enthusiast. I am fully confident that some new GS Adventures, water-cooled RTs, S1000Rs, and maybe even an R NineT or two will be in Club members’ futures and proudly on display at Susie’s each Saturday.
Ride hard, ride often, ride safely, ride that long and circuitous route from Point A to Point B, and ride with your buddies!
Cheers,
Gordy
RCBPREZ