Region 1 Director
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Happy New Year to all my brothers and sisters of the Red Knights. As I begin the arduous task of writing my End of Year Report (I thought I was done with reports when I retired) I would like reflect on my last 5 months of flying, riding, driving, e-mailing, calling and typing and tell you that there sometimes just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day for everything. With that being said, my job couldn’t have been made any easier if it weren’t for the help of Great State Reps, Great Executive Board Members, Great wives (the real one and all the work ones, lol) and the members of the greatest motorcycle club in the world – all of you, from Region 1, Where it ALL Began, to those of you across both ponds. Thank you for being you, and for being here!
2013 saw some big changes in the leadership of the Red Knights with a new president and vice president, and 3 new regional directors. I am proud to be one of the new directors, and I hope I can continue down the path set before me by my 5 predecessors. There are some big shoes to fill, but the road’s been paved pretty well!
I took office in August with a shotgun start and haven’t really had a chance to look back yet to see what’s been left in my wake. There are some big doings in this club and it can be tough sometimes to keep up. I had asked about the job before I ran and thought those that have done the job were exaggerating. They weren’t, as a matter of fact, I think they softened it to get me to run. So here goes!
We have 3 new State Reps in the region, Matt Mattera (NJ 31) in that other country called New Jersey (I got both “t’s” Matt) was elected President of the NJ State Association, Dana Robertson (CT 02) in Connecticut and who, what, oh, he couldn’t give up the “president” title very easily, Dave Emery (VT 02) as the Green Mountain State of Vermont Association President. Congratulations to all of you!
A sad part of our duties is to attend the services for departed members, and with nearly 10,000 members, that call to duty is coming all too frequently. There have been several deaths in Region 1 and nearby in Regions 2, 3 and 4, and for those I couldn’t attend, I thank the other Board Members who were able to step in.
There are 3 new chapters in New York this year, 1 new one in New Jersey, and there have been requests for new chapters in Maine (2), New Hampshire and another 1 (or 2, I lose count) in New York. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the new folk’s interest stays as enthusiastic as that of our European, New Zealand and Australian regions.
The Fall meeting of the Board of Directors was once again held in Syracuse, NY. That was another grand first time experience for me. Many issues were addressed, and after 2 days of running till midnight, we were able to wrap up on the 3rd, and we were all still friends! I also attended the Fall Meeting of the NJ Association and the Massachusetts Red Knights meeting.
The upcoming year has a lot in store. I hope I’m not putting too much on my plate. The Connecticut State Meeting, A New Jersey “After Christmas” Party and quarterly meeting and a New York State meeting are all in January. February and March look quiet, and April brings on the downpour. The International Spring Meeting in Syracuse, Quarterly meetings in NY and NJ, the Irish/English meeting in Cork City, Ireland start it off. May is the Dixie Rally in Virginia Beach, VA, June is Americade and the Massachusetts Fire Chief’s Show, July is the ABM in Prince Edward Island. Then September brings the European Association Meeting in Bruges, Belgium, and somewhere along the line I’d like to go south of the equator, all in the name of getting the Red Knights name out there.
I am asking all of the states and members of my region to do a couple things this year, for me and for you. First and foremost, please advise me when your state (Association) is holding a meeting, at least a month in advance so I can work my schedule around you, especially any meeting that may include elections. Secondly, think about this.
I would like to see a Region 1 Rally held in 2015, but September/October of 2014 would also be great. Here is what you need to know. It should be planned for a Friday evening, all day Saturday with a PIG ROAST as the feature meal with ride events planned for the day and a farewell breakfast on Sunday. We don’t want to have anyone riding their bikes away from the pig roast, so the event needs to be held at a facility that can accommodate up to 100 bikes/riders, OR, transportation needs to be provided to and from the pig roast. I am planning a “Region 1 Caucus” for all region 1 members a day or 2 before the ABM to hear proposals and vote on the location of the first and second event, so put your thinking caps on, and lets show the boys and girls from Dixie they aren’t the only ones that know how to throw a party!
With that said, I would like to say Thank You to all that voted for me this year, and I hope I am proving myself to all of you. May 2014 be a prosperous new year to each and every one of you, and may the weathermen offer us more time to ride than we can handle. Stay safe, pay attention, and remember, there is always time for ice cream before the ride ends. God Bless all of you. See you on the highways!
As always, I remain
Loyal to Our Duty
Region 1 Director
Life Member and Founder, RKMC® - MASS 1
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