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August 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

I am sitting down to write the “Corner” having just returned from the rider training class that Del Christiansen and his buddy “Hawk” put on for about 15 RCB’ers on Sunday (7/27) in the A&S parking lot.  The class lasted almost five hours (rather than the hour and a half that I had advertised) and was both exhausting and exhilarating!

Happily, no bikes or riders went down and no animals were harmed in the filming of the event!  All of us who participated appreciated the instructors’ pedagogic skills and were very impressed with their riding abilities.  Both of them tossed their big GS’s around like 125cc dirt bikes.  I am hoping for follow-up session (probably split over two weekend mornings) at Prairie City.  Look for details on the RCB website.  Special thanks to A&S for letting us use the facility.

A lot of us will be heading to scenic downtown Yerington, NV after the August club meeting and raffle to match wits with the bowling pins at Yerington Lanes.  Based on past years’ performances, the presence of a dozen or so Club members in their “RCB-Squared” bowling shirts will be the only real evidence that this is a bowling event.  Absent those one-of-a-kind shirts, a casual observer of the proceedings might mistake the antics for the 40th reunion of the graduates of Eastern Nevada Community College’s program for troubled youth and other repeat offenders.

The Tahoe Chill is also coming up soon (August 15-17) with a few places still available for those who wish to take advantage of the RCB-provided campsites at Camp Richardson.  If you haven’t already done so, please sign up on the Forum so the event hosts have an accurate head count for the food and beverages.

The annual Beemer Bash up in Quincy is also fairly soon (September 12-14) and one lucky RCB’er will get his or her registration paid by the Club when a winning ticket is picked at the August raffle.  We will also include a free registration in the September raffle (for folks whose August luck was not quite what they hoped it would be).  The Club will also continue its tradition of organizing the Poker Run at the Bash and I hope the recent history of RCB’ers winning the big money prizes continues as well.  While I like being generous to our sister clubs, I LOVE it when that seeming generosity actually results in one of our own coming into some unexpected wealth.

We are still trying to finalize arrangements for the Fall Classic up at Manchester Beach (October 3-5).   The riding will take care of itself, but the logistics will not.  We are looking at options for providing food and welcome any suggestions or volunteers in that regard.  The Spring Classic demonstrated that a “no food provided” event can actually work and that option remains a possibility.  As always, Board members and officers are ready to work on behalf of the greater membership but we can’t do all the work ourselves.  Keep an eye on the website for details as the event date nears.

If you have photos of Club events that you would like to share, please feel free to add them to the photo gallery in the newly renovated customer waiting area at A&S.  (Photos should be either 8x10 or 5x7 to fit into those cute little magnetic frames.)  We will try to rotate photos to highlight our most recent events.  A copy of the latest RCB Newsletter is also available in the binder on the desk in that same area for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy it while you wait for that RT recall to be completed.

In the meantime: Ride often (even if it’s hot) and ride safely (even if the idiots in cages either can’t or won’t)!