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May 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

I am typing this message to our membership despite suffering from a severe case of “Glock Thumb” that would incapacitate a less devoted scribe.  Glock Thumb (or “GT” as it is known in medical circles) is the well-documented condition that results from firing too many rounds from a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol in rapid succession.  That particular weapon’s slide just keep whacking your thumb and the next day you just want to go shoot some more!!!  I contracted my most recent case of GT at the RCB’s inaugural “Ride ‘n’ Shoot” event at Beale AFB.

April 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

We are officially in the prime riding season. In the next few months, members can look forward to Morro Bay, the Lois Lewis Memorial Poker Run, the 49’er Rally, and the Spring Classic at Trinity Lake.

In addition to those returning favorites, we have added the following inaugural events this year: the RCB “Ride and Shoot” at Beale AFB in late April; the “Rope Swing Extravaganza” at Mike Ledbetter’s house and pond in Newcastle in late June, and the “Surprise Valley Surprise” in late August.

March 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everybody!

As a special tribute to the Irish in all of us, the Club will cover the cost of any member wishing to paint his or her bike green for the festivities. To qualify for this offer, the entire bike must be painted (except for the tires and windscreen, of course), but different shades of green may be used on various body parts. If this new program is a success, the Club will consider funding similar color scheme programs for other holidays throughout the year: i.e., soft pastels for Easter; red/white/blue for July 4th; orange and black for Halloween; fall foliage shades for Thanksgiving; and red and green for Christmas.

February 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

It’s only a few weeks until Valentine’s Day, so don’t forget to get a nice romantic card and some candy for your Significant Other. You also might want to consider a nice container of BMW Motorcycle Wash and Detailer for your “other” Significant Other – the one with two wheels! You should also plan to take one of them on a nice long trip. I leave it up to each of you to decide which S.O. gets invited. Regardless of your choice, always remember that the more love you give, the more love you receive!

January 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!!

I am genuinely excited by the prospects of new rides, new members, and new adventures in 2015.  The Club already has a full slate of rides and events planned for the upcoming year, but we are always willing to add more at any time. If you have an idea for a ride, for a camp-out, or for some other group outing, then don’t be shy!! Let a Board member know and we will see if we can jam it into the calendar. Just as you can't have too much money, you can't have too many fun events!

Stan Paolini Feb. 7, 1931 – Nov. 29, 2014

Stanley Bernard Paolini, 83, a longtime resident of Placerville, passed away Saturday, November 29th 2014, due to complications resulting from a fall. He was born February 7th, 1931, in Hanford California and attended high school in Walla Walla Washington. Stan worked as an engineering assistant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and also with the Bureau of Reclamation. While working for Western Auto, he attended and excelled at the Dale Carnegie Institute. He served on active duty in the Navy as a heavy equipment operator from 1951-1953 and the Ready Reserve until 1960.

December 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

I write this month’s column with a heavy heart.

As all of you are probably aware by now, we lost one of our own last month due a careless cager. A pick-up truck driver made a sudden U-turn from the shoulder directly in front of Terry Dilley without looking or signaling. Terry was justifiably known as a cautious and sensible rider and his passing is a message and reminder to us all to be vigilant on every ride and to never assume that other drivers will not make careless, stupid, or even badly intentioned maneuvers.

November 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Perfect weather… marvelous food… homemade pizza… great company… plenty of twisties… cold beer… coffee and bagels every morning… that was the recipe for a great weekend up at Manchester Beach! I think it is safe to say that everyone who attended the Fall Classic got his or her $10 worth of fun, food, and frolic!

October 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Fall is officially here and the riding just keeps getting better and better.  The first weekend of October will find nearly one hundred of us up at the Manchester Beach KOA for the annual Fall Classic. Just a few weeks after Manchester, it will be time for the Fall Colors Ride (what used to be known as the Five Passes Ride). Apparently, our esteemed RideMeister did not want to be limited to a mere five passes, so he changed the name to give himself maximum strategic flexibility. Whether the ride ends up including three passes or thirty, rest assured that the roads between the passes will not be straight!

September 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

It is hard to believe how fast 2014 is going by.  Autumn officially starts this month and the leaves are already changing.  They should be in peak form for this year’s Fall Classic and for the Fall Colors (nee “Five Passes”) Ride after that.