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June 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Hard to believe, but 2016 is already almost half over.  Are all of you about halfway through your New Year’s resolutions???  Hopefully, riding more was on the top of that list and the miles are accumulating appropriately.  If not, get out there and ride.

Where should you ride, you ask???  This month opens with the 49’er Rally in Mariposa and continues with the Chief Joseph Rally in the middle of the month.  In between those two events, the Club will hold its inaugural Rope Swing Extravaganza (immediately after the June 4 monthly meeting).  The Extravaganza should live up to its name with swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, sun bathing on a sand beach, and a BBQ with all the fixin’s.  Please remember to bring your bathing suit (or your birthday suit, if you prefer skinny dipping!).  The swimming pond is fantastic and this should be a great time.

Please mark Saturday, August 20 on your calendars.  BMW Motorrad has selected that date to celebrate 100 years of BMW motorcycles and the BMW MOA is donating $300 for an RCB-hosted BBQ at A&S.  A&S is also holding its annual vintage bike show that same day, so you will definitely want to be there.  BMW MOA has also arranged for a $500 discount on the purchase of $1,500 worth of BMW accessories during the month of August.  I will provide all the qualifying details on that offer as they become available.

In addition to our annual July 4th picnic in Railroad Flats, next month is also the BMW MOA National Rally.  “Das Rally” -- as it is called this year  -- is in Hamburg, New York, putting it about 1,000 miles outside of my “temptation zone”.  That said, I hope some RCB’ers will be there to represent the Club.  The 2017 National Rally will be somewhere in the Pacific Time Zone although probably not at Susie’s, A&S, or Land Park.  Once the exact location is announced (during the 2016 National Rally), we can start our preparations to secure the award for the club with the most attendees.  We finished second last year up in Billings to a club from Minnesota.

Summer is here (unofficially on Memorial Day and officially on June 20), so – like I said at the top of this column -- get out there and ride!!!

Cheers,
Gordy
RCBPREZ