Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club

 

Greetings Red Knights from around the world, across the country and especially throughout the Northeast, where we’ve been getting hammered with un-motorcycle-friendly ice and snow the last few weeks.  This will be my final year-end-report as I have officially decided not to run for re-election in 2015.  With that said, I would like to express my gratitude for allowing me to represent Region 1 for the past 2 years.  I wish my successor the very best of luck, and I hope he or she will bend my ear from time to time.

2015 has been a great year for Region 1.  We have added several chapters in Maine, New York and New Jersey.  We have also planned our first “Yankee Rally” to be held in/near Saratoga Springs, NY, in May/June, immediately preceding Americade, and rumor has it we have huge registration numbers!!

As your Regional Director, I have attended all International Board meetings and brought to the table several issues that may or may not have been favorable in the eyes of the board.  Everything I brought was from the membership, at the request of the membership.  I attended the European Association meeting in Bruges, Belgium, on behalf of the Board.  It was a wonderful experience.

As I stated before, attending the funeral services for fallen members is one of the hardest things to do, yet one of the most important things a board member can do for his/her  constituency.  This is one of the biggest reasons I chose not to run again – my current job prevents me from being where I need to be when I am needed most.  I have been to quite a few, but missed far more than I feel I should have.  This is also true for state, local and Association meetings.  I can’t expect everyone to cater to my schedule, and my schedule isn’t as flexible as I had hoped it could be. 

The Board has been great to work with, and I truly appreciate all they have taught me.  I respect their thoughts and ideas, but mostly I respect their dedication to the membership.  As a founding member of the club, I am truly appreciative of the thousands of brothers and sisters we call members. 

I ask only one thing of all of you as we venture into 2015 and beyond.  Be true to yourselves, and keep your loved ones near and dear to your heart.  Let go of the small things that don’t mean anything, and embrace all that will define you as a person, a firefighter, and most of all, a Red Knight.  God Bless each and every one of you.

With warmest regards, I remain, as always,

Loyal to our duty!

Norm Beausoleil

Region 1 Director, Life Member, and, proudly, Founder of the Greatest Motorcycle Club on earth,

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