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November 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Perfect weather… marvelous food… homemade pizza… great company… plenty of twisties… cold beer… coffee and bagels every morning… that was the recipe for a great weekend up at Manchester Beach! I think it is safe to say that everyone who attended the Fall Classic got his or her $10 worth of fun, food, and frolic!

We even picked up some new members when guests at the event realized that they wanted to be a permanent part of the festivities by officially joining our merry little band. A lot of people deserve thanks for making this event happen. Jack W. was the chief honcho of the event and performed his duties with characteristic aplomb. Roy proved that his bragging about being the best pizza maker this side of Milano was no idle boast. The Stofers brought the big breakfast wagon and kept the coffee and the conversation going 24/7. Fred mixed up his signature Bloody Mary’s for those so inclined (and after two or three of ‘em a lot of folks were really inclining!). The folks at the KOA outdid themselves with the banquet they put on for us. Perhaps the best news of all is that all this fun came in at a mere $32 over budget! It’s going to be tough to top this next year but, rest assured, we are going to try.

In an effort to keep such great events coming, our annual planning meeting will be held on Sunday, November 23, at 5:00pm at the Round Table Pizza (at Madison and Greenback in Folsom). All members are invited to come and suggest events, rides, or other way to amuse ourselves next year. The Club will spring for the pizza and soft drinks (and maybe even a pitcher or two of beer!). You will be especially welcome if you suggest an event and also volunteer to organize it.

Start thinking now about the RCB Christmas party scheduled for Saturday, December 6, at A&S. As usual, the Club will provide some main dishes and members will chip in with side dishes, desserts, and salads. Watch the Forum for the alphabetic breakdown on who brings what. This year there will be live music featuring a (somewhat) famous band led by ONE OF OUR OWN! That’s all the information you will get out of me, but I assure you that the music will be a fantastic addition to our end-of-the-year get together.

Also, our (almost) annual Toy Run to the Children’s Receiving Home is also coming up in December. Fred will be getting more info out about this event on the Forum as the date approaches, but start thinking now about how you can assist these kids who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in pretty tough situations.

As the weather starts to cool, get ready to break out those winter weight base layers and balaclavas. When the rainy season starts (hopefully!), break out the Frogg Toggs and other assorted foul weather gear. Do not – under any circumstances – stop riding! As wise old campers say: “There is no bad weather, only bad preparation and bad equipment!”

Ride on! RCBPREZ