by Fred Jewell, RCBPREZ
Well, I think it's been around 11 years since I last wrote one of these columns, so bear with me as I get back into it. Let's just say it's an honor to be president of this club once again, and I hope to do it justice.
A lot of things have changed since I was president last:
- Money and budget issues are not at the forefront as they once were.
- Membership is up, and significantly so.
- More members are stepping up to volunteer or organize events.
- Covid. Enough said. I'm just glad to see our club survive (and thrive) after some tough times.
- Bikes have gotten even better. I love that R1250RT motor!
I am also in the midst of completing the latest rendition of the annual mileage contest, which does not actually involve racking up huge miles, but does involve going to places all over the state of California. It's similar to last year's, but this time raffle tickets will be earned instead of points, with no location being worth less than one raffle ticket, and some worth 10 or possibly more. The locations were picked by me being reminded of places that sounded like member's names. I will say that Caruthers, CA and Jewell, CA figure prominently. If you have an idea of one that fits your name, send it to me, and I'll add it in if I haven't already.
As for events this year, I see that there are some camping events, more camping events, and even more camping events, so if you like to camp, you're in the right place. I do know that there are some motel-oriented events that some members are currently working on, so stay tuned. One in particular that I discussed with a member sounded very interesting, I'm sure it will come to fruition, that particular member is an expert at organizing just such an event.
I'm really looking forward to continuing on with moving the club forwards as the previous presidents have before me, without them stepping up I don't know where the club would be today.
One last note: the Board of Directors meeting place has changed to Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, 6608 Folsom-Auburn Rd. in Folsom. See you there January 12 at 6 p.m.
So if you're going somewhere, ride there. It's why you bought the motorcycle, isn't it?
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