Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club

Greetings Region 1 and all Red Knights.

The first quarter of 2015 has started off fairly quietly, short of lots more snow and cold!  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about riding, but not a minute has been on the bike, it’s just been too darned you know what.

Business has been brisk.  I’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to get all of Region 1’s Chapters compliant with TMLA requirements, and we are down to just a couple that haven’t completed their end of the process.  Please remember that you cannot vote on any issues at the International Convention if you don’t have a Chapter Business TMLA.  So please, if you haven’t already applied for yours, do it NOW!

As usual, there are Chapters that are delinquent in getting dues paid.  Remember, the grace period is over so if you haven’t paid your dues, the $50 late fee must be included.  As with the TMLA, if your dues aren’t paid, your chapter can’t vote.

Speaking of voting, we have been pretty successful in getting everyone using the assigned chapter e-mail accounts. ALL official correspondence will be made through the RK e-mail address, and, all electronic voting is done through these accounts.  Please contact me if you are unable to use/access your account else YOU won’t be able to vote.

There are a multitude of rides, rallies, fundraisers, blessings of the bikes, etc. that are scheduled. Reach out to your state reps and the chapters nearby to find out what’s going on.

Maine has been our most exciting state adding 3 chapters in the last several months, and there is at least 1 more on the way.  I had the pleasure of attending the first statewide meeting held in Maine with all but 1 chapter represented.  Topics of discussion were representatives, Associations and general social politics.  Our Newsletter Editor David Michaud was also there, so I’m guessing you’ll be hearing more from him in the months to come.

After the Spring Board meeting, I’ll be heading to New Hampshire to meet with all the chapters at their state meeting to discuss the possibility of hosting the 2019 Convention.  It’s a lot of work, but I think the folks in the Live Free or Die State will be up to the task.

The plans for the Yankee Rally are in full swing.  Bob Holner and NY 12 have been doing a spectacular job given some of the setbacks they’ve encountered.  It is, by all accounts, approaching convention type numbers.  Keep the 29th – 31st of May open on your calendars!

As I plan to head to Syracuse for my last Spring Meeting of the Board, I find myself hoping to have the time to ride with as many of you as possible this year.

Region 1 State Reps, Please get me a schedule of your state and/or association meeting dates so I can do my best to attend.  Thanks!

Here’s hoping spring really is right around the corner!

 

As always, I remain

Loyal to Our Duty

Norm Beausoleil

Region 1 Director

Life Member and Founder, RKMC® - MASS 1

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