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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.

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!

July 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

Summer is officially here, so there is no longer any seasonally-related reason to limit your riding.  Put that heated vest away, dig out the mesh jacket you stuck in the back of the closet last September and get out there and ride.  But seriously, folks…I just wanted to rant a little, knowing perfectly well that RCB’ers do not actually need any encouragement to ride in July (or, for that matter, in January or any other month!). 

June 2014 President’s Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

I need to get this monthly column completed quickly so I can go out in the backyard and practice putting up the new tent that I got for our inaugural Spring Classic/Trinity Rendezvous this weekend!  With over 70 people expected to attend, the Rendezvous is already challenging the Fall Classic as the Club’s most popular event.

May 2014 President's Corner

by Gordy Olson, RCBPREZ

May is shaping up to be quite an exciting month to be an RCB’er!   The month opens with the fourth annual Lois Lewis Memorial Poker Run, giving us all a chance to honor the memory of one of our most beloved members.   Marv and Lois (and their little four-legged buddy, of course!) logged more miles in a year than an entire Harley club does in a decade.  The month ends with the inaugural Spring Classic (AKA the “Trinity Rendezvous”) with over 70 participants already registered.  It looks like June will have quite a tough act to follow.

April 2014 President's Corner

As this year’s deadline to file your taxes approaches, it is also time to think about how you are going to spend the hefty refund you are anticipating. While there are probably lots of practical (i.e., boring) uses to which you could put those funds, wouldn't it be better for your psyche to just give in to temptation and buy that new bike you have been craving? Not only would you get a brand new ride, but you would have something to talk about on Saturday mornings with your riding buddies that they would actually be interested in hearing about.