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December 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

I write this month’s column with a heavy heart.

As all of you are probably aware by now, we lost one of our own last month due a careless cager. A pick-up truck driver made a sudden U-turn from the shoulder directly in front of Terry Dilley without looking or signaling. Terry was justifiably known as a cautious and sensible rider and his passing is a message and reminder to us all to be vigilant on every ride and to never assume that other drivers will not make careless, stupid, or even badly intentioned maneuvers.

Terry’s funeral was very well attended with representation from both of his riding clubs (RCB and the Bay Area Riders’ Forum) as well colleagues from his long time employer, the Campbell Soup Company. The ceremony was marked by a number of heartfelt and moving speeches highlighting Terry’s penchant for story telling, his love of riding, his woodworking skills, and his commitment to Boy Scouting. A slide show gave us all a chance to see Terry as a young lad in England and as a rather dashing young member of the U.S. Army. The Bay Area Riders’ Forum hosted a memorial ride for Terry on some of his favorite roads around Lake Berryessa on the day following his funeral. Over fifty bikes, including a number from our Club, honored Terry on that one last ride in his memory. One of Terry’s surviving brothers, Tony, rode his MotoGuzzi proudly as part of the entourage that day. One of the ride’s organizers was actually on Terry’s old GS that he had purchased when Terry moved up to his new water-cooled mount. Terry will be genuinely missed and we will all think of him every time we see one of his beautifully crafted folding tables displayed prominently and proudly at one of our Club events.

We also lost Stan Paolini who passed away after a fall at home, complicating his other health concerns. While Stan’s passing was not entirely unexpected like Terry’s, it still leaves a big hole in the RCB family. Stan was a regular at our Saturday breakfasts and participated in just about every RCB event throughout the years. He was a constant source of wisdom, humor, and advice on motorcycling and on life in general. He was one of the longest serving members of the Club and he will be genuinely missed.

Terry’s and Stan’s passing will obviously cast a shadow over this year, but there are some positive things to report as well. Our annual Christmas Party is just around the corner with the Toy Run to the Children’s Receiving Home scheduled for the following week. A number of Club members got together over pizza and beer to outline the schedule of events for 2015 and we can anticipate a terrific year of riding. It is looking like 2015 will have several new events and destinations in addition to our traditional outings to Yerington, Manchester Beach, and Lake Tahoe, et al... There are some additional details elsewhere in the Newsletter to help you plan your calendar for 2015.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Club’s president this year and I am looking forward to next year with a great deal of excitement. We are all truly blessed to have such good friends, to be united by our common love of motorcycling, and to be able to maintain our shared commitment to safe (but never boring) riding.

Rest in Peace, Terry and Stan. You will both be missed but you will not be forgotten.