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September 2016 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Summer’s over, but that doesn’t mean that the fun is about to stop… the Fall Classic at Manchester Beach is coming up in a month and promises to be better than ever this year.  The event is scheduled for Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.  Our October monthly meeting and raffle will be held between Happy Hour and dinner on Saturday evening.

The Club has reserved the usual group camping area and the folks at the KOA are anxiously awaiting phone calls from members planning to “kamp” in one of the “kabins” up there.  Make sure you let the KOA staffer know that you are with RCB when you call for your kabin reservation so you end up near the rest of us.  (Tent campers do not need to call to reserve a spot.)

Gary and Linda will be bringing the mobile command center (otherwise known as the “breakfast and b-llsh-t” spot) that will serve as the centerpiece for our event.  In a departure from past years, Fred Jewell will be preparing margaritas this year (in lieu of his traditional Bloody Marys).  As usual, there will be a keg of beer as well as water and soft drinks to keep us all “hydrated”!  The folks at the KOA will be preparing dinner on Saturday night.  Come hungry and thirsty!!

All current (i.e., paid-up) members will get all of this for their $10 co-pay (in addition to camping or kabin fees paid directly to the KOA folks).  The Club budgets approximately $1,600 to offset our costs of this event.  This is the perfect time for all members to confirm that their dues are, in fact, current.  To do so, go to the RCB website, click on “Membership and Store” then on “Membership Expiration Dates” and find you name on the list.  (The list is alphabetical, so finding your name should be relatively easy.)  If you are not paid up through 10/3/16 or later, go back to “Membership Store” and follow the directions to pay your annual dues.  If you think that your anniversary date is incorrect (i.e., you have paid dues that do not seem to be reflected accurately), just contact me or Ray (our membership guru) and we will figure out what is amiss.

“Lapsed members” (i.e., those whose dues are not current) are welcome to attend the Classic, but since they haven’t “paid” they are not eligible to “co-pay”.   The cost for lapsed members will be $30 per person to cover the Club’s cost for food, drinks, firewood, and incidentals.

Current members are welcome to bring guests.  In this context, “guests” are folks who do not have a prior history with the Club as members.  The guest fee is also $30 per person (again, to cover the Club’s costs) but the guest fee includes a complimentary one-year RCB membership (a $36 value) as well as one free ticket to both raffle drawings (and additional $6 value).  There is also a special bonus for members who sponsor guests that I will personally reveal to each sponsoring member at the appropriate time.

We already have nearly 40 people signed up for the event and it is still over a month away.  We are planning for 80-90 folks and the final total might be even higher.  Make sure that you sign up early so we can let the KOA folks know how much food and libations we will need.  This should be a great event – good riding, good fellowship, and (hopefully) good weather.   See you all up at Manchester!

On another (oft-repeated!) note… we are still looking for members willing to step up and run for a Club office (especially that of President).  I have only a few months remaining in my term.   The elections will be held at the November meeting, so the Fall Classic would be a very opportune time to announce one’s candidacy and to begin a campaign to get support from all the Manchester attendees.

Cheers and ride safely,
RCBPREZ (for just a few months more)