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October 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

It’s hard to believe, but summer is over! As I write this, I am getting ready to pack my camping gear for the annual Fall Classic at Manchester Beach. Even though our members are famously reluctant to sign up for anything in advance, we expect nearly 100 people to show up for the Stofers’ internationally renowned Continental breakfasts, the catered dinner, Fred’s Bloody Mary’s, the hot tub, the big raffle, the walks on the beach and – I almost forgot – for the great riding. I will have a full report in next month’s Corner for those not lucky enough to be able to be in Manchester in person this year.

September 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

As usual, this column is entitled the “President’s Corner”. It could, however, been just as accurately called the “BMW MOA Regional Coordinator’s Corner”, since I was just selected to represent the MOA in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. I was somewhat reluctant to take on this added responsibility until the MOA agreed to match my RCB salary (even though the Regional Coordinator position is really just part-time!). With a deal like that, I just had to accept the organization’s generous offer. As P.T. Barnum famously noted “There is a sucker born every minute!”

August 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

WOW! That was a great rally up in Billings, Montana. Big Sky Country was every bit as beautiful as our advance scout (and lone member of RCB’s Montana Chapter) Tom Moe promised it would be. We had 45 RCB’ers at the Rally! I may even have missed one or two others who never managed to check in at the Presidential tent or the RCB banner. As far as I can tell, the Minnesota BMW Riders with 51 attendees was the only club with more members at the Rally. I am not very confident that we will win the largest club award next year in Buffalo, New York, but I have high hopes for 2017 when the Rally will be held somewhere in the Pacific Time Zone.

July 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

It is hard to believe but 2015 is already one half over!! It’s time to check your odometer to make certain that you are on pace for at least 10,000 miles this year. (Here’s a hint if you are unsure of how well you are doing: Take your mileage for the calendar year so far and multiply that number by 2 to figure out your anticipated annual mileage.) If it looks like you are not going to reach 10,000 miles at your current pace, THEN PICK UP YOUR PACE!!!!

June 2015 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

I very nearly forgot to do my “Corner” this month, since I was up at the Spring Classic from May 29-31 with my riding buddies. So with only about nine hours left before June 1 -- and an angry message from the Newsletter Editor – I am hurriedly setting my latest thoughts to paper (or to paper’s electronic equivalent).

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


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!