January 2019 Newsletter

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Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information. 

December Holiday Party Recap

Once again Chris and Richard did an awesome job hosting the Club Holiday Party. The meal was a group effort with Chris preparing the appetizers, the chicken cordon bleu prepared by Alan. Buck made the squash soup and Jeff made the desserts. As usual the food was great.

There were a total of 26 members and guests present. The white elephant gift exchange followed the dinner and everyone had a good time. There were some presents to be envious of and some not so much. Several gifts were stolen with a couple of them reaching the limit on the number of times they could be stolen. Guest Ramon drew number one and hand the first pick of packages. Since he was first he had the opportunity once all the gifts were open to then steal one of them in exchange for his. The gift he opened was a lovely bear holding cowboy hat that he decided he didn’t want and thus stole two blown glass ornaments leaving the person that brought the cowboy hat with it to take home. The cowboy hat will be making another appearance next year!

Chris and Richard also hosted several members and guests overnight at their house. With a group of “locals” and guests then going to breakfast the next morning at the Calico Cupboard in Mount Vernon.


From the Handlebars of the President

Here we are the first of January with the AGM coming up soon. Ballots will be emailed to those eligible to vote for the proposed slate of officers and new member. Remember to check out the bio of proposed member on the members section of the website.

As we wind down our 49th year and enter into our 50th year I would like to thank a few members for their work this past year. Every member contributes in his own way but there are a few that I would like to recognize. These are listed in no particular order.

  • Joe C - webmaster and for developing our new website this year

  • John D - host for the March meeting

  • Dan S - hosting April meeting

  • Dave J - Newsletter editor

  • Doug H - hosting the October meeting

  • Guest Kas C - hosting the November meeting

  • Iain M - For faithfully making sure we have electricity at Victoria Day Campout

And last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my fellow board members Dan, John, Stan, and Dennis for all they have done for the club this past year. Without their help the club and it’s events would not have been as successful as they were.

I am looking forward to our 50th Anniversary Year and the special events that are being planned. Additional activities are being planned for Victoria Day Campout, a special week-long rally is planned for September and the Anniversary Banquet to end the year in 2020 will be exciting.

Happy New Year……and keep the shiny side up!

Jeff C -

Road Captain Rumblings

On Sunday/Monday did a little road trip to Entiat with an overnight in Wenatchee to retrieve the flag from the locker so we will have it for the meetings for the balance of the year rather than having to wait until Victoria Day.  Fortunately, the it wasn’t buried too deep in the storage unit.  Went up the road towards Pine Flats and road and the road was good, but closed at the point where sign says “End of County Maintained Road”, so 2 miles from Pine Flats.  Beyond the closure there was a little bit of snow on the road and tried doing a little hike but the snow was too icy for decent traction.  Good thing is there was no evidence of fires at that point.   Would have stopped at the Ranger Station to check in, but closed due to the government shutdown.

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The December meet and greet at The Cuff was attended by Chris, Dale and myself with no Karaoke to contend with like November.  Chris removed the Borderriders picture for updating.  Pencil it onto your calendars for the 3rd Wednesday of the month - a good opportunity to catch up with a fellow member for dinner and go over to the Cuff afterwards to get together with others.  It would be good to have at least 2-3 members there every month.

Booking group sites is challenging as any Road Captain can attest with all the various open dates/deadlines and also having a city close by for food and support.    I need to wait until January 2nd for my first choice for July until January 2nd, so July and August are still up in the air.  May is obviously Pine Flats, June is Bear Springs Group campground near Maupin, Oregon – close enough to Portland to do the Pride Parade in Portland if that is the desire.  July will be Washington, August will be British Columbia.  Stay tuned for the actual sites.


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Treasurer’s Ramblings

I’ll start with a mighty compliment to Chris and Richard for hosting our annual holiday party and white elephant gift exchange. This is always a fun event and one of my favorites. As always, they put on a wonderful spread to compliment the evenings activities.

I’ll also give a shout out to my one and only Alan who helped Chris in the kitchen. What an amazing meal that was and I thank you both for all your hard work.

Club Finances & Such

The club closed the 2018 year financially strong. We ended the year by not having any uncollected receivables and the only debt we have is related to the patch deposits. I congratulate the members for making sound financial decisions which made this possible.

As I write my portion of this newsletter, I still do not have any response from the IRS regarding our NFP Status. To make matters more frustrating, the US Government is currently closed due to this financial impasse and political bullshit going on in Washington DC. There is no dependable timeline as to when the government will reopen so all we can do is wait.

Portland’s November M&G and Day Ride

Portland had 1 Meet & Greet “M&G” in December and it was attended by 4 people. We decided for the day ride we would take part in the ABATE Toy Run for the Portland Shriner’s Children Hospital happening that Saturday on December 8th. The word was put on Face-Book and 5 people showed up.

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Jeff, Joe, Alan and I met for breakfast and then rode over to the Fred Meyer Corp Center parking lot to participate in the toy run. This is where we met up with Blue. We walked around for a couple hours looking at all the bikes and people in attendance.

I’m guessing about 400 bikes showed up for this event. A couple dozen had Christmas decorations on them and were competing for a prize. It was interesting to see what people did with their bikes. One guy had so many lights he couldn’t shut off the engine due to the power demands. He didn’t win anything, so quantity wasn’t what they were looking for. They also had a raffle happening. I was tempted by a new motorcycle being raffled off, but luck escaped me once again. At least the money went to a good cause.

This ending up being the largest group ride I have ever been with. We were escorted by a slew of police and the streets were lined with bystanders who waved and cheered us on. To say it was fun would be an understatement. I shall do it again next year, weather permitting.

The weather was damp and cold but at least it didn’t rain. Towards the end of the ride Blue headed home and the rest of us broke off and went to lunch at the zoo. What ride isn’t fun when it starts with one meal and ends with another?

 I thank Jeff B for organizing this event.

Don’t forget, Portland’s next M&G will be on “Wednesday”, January 2nd at the Eagle on Lombard at 7:00. This is the first M&G held on our new schedule. Starting in January the Portland M&G will be on the 1st Wednesday of the month aligning itself with the M&G in BC on the 2nd Wednesday of the month & Seattle’s happening on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Also, there should be a day ride or some social event in each area on the 1st Saturday following the 1st Wednesday of each month. January’s day ride is scheduled for Saturday 1/5/19. Check with your local organizers or watch Face-Book to see what is happening in your area.

I am suggesting we try use Face-Book as the means of notifying everyone about the details for each area’s day ride. This will allow people visiting other areas to know what is happening everywhere in case they would like to attend that areas event.

If you don’t use FB, buddy up with someone who does and have them keep you informed. If you use FB but are not yet familiar with our FB page and need help finding us, please contact me via e-mail, Treasurer@BorderRiders.com and let’s get you hooked up.

Treasurer’s Ramblings

Last month I asked for some help in finding a cool name for my rambling section of the newsletter. I didn’t receive any input, ☹ so I can only guess that either no one has a better idea, no one cares, or no one reads it. I will just call it “Treasurer Ramblings” for now. It seems rather fitting anyway.

By the time you get this newsletter, 2019 will have arrived and what an amazing year this is looking to be for the club. Chris L has been bouncing his ideas for the VD Campout off me and it should turn out to be a wonderful event. He has a lot of wonderful ideas, but I will let him tell you all about what he is doing when he makes his announcement at the AGM. Just know I am excited and I can’t wait to get our 50th Anniversary Celebration to get started

Team Oregon 2019 Motorcycle Class Schedule

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AMT Class

In addition to the 50th Anniversary events, I would like to bring to your attention to 3 motorcycle skills enhancement classes I have set up with Team Oregon. The first is their RSP class happening on Saturday, June 1st. The second is their ART class happening on Monday, June 17th. The third is their AMT class happening on Saturday, September 14th.

Registration will open for the RSP & ART classes February 1st and only BRMC affiliates will be able to register for these classes until May 1st. On May 1st these classes will be opened to the public. Team Oregon will sell any spots we did not purchase to the general population. We need 12 people to register for the RSP Class and 18 to register for the ART Class. If we can fill these classes they will be closed for us only. I will post information about how to register in the February newsletter.

I don’t always fill these classes and I believe it’s important to make it a closed class for BRMC and our affiliates. For that reason I don’t request that attendees be gay or male in order to attend. All I ask is that you are gay or gay friendly. These events are about learning to ride and becoming a better/safer rider in a non-judgmental environment of people who will support you and want you to succeed without being hackled by non-gay friendly people. So, if you have a friend or family member that would like to take one of these classes and would be a fun addition to the event, let’s get them informed and have them register and take this class with us.

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RSP Class

There will likely be a social event before and after these classes. For that reason, I am asking everyone who registers to contact me at the same time. This will allow me to make sure everyone gets invited to the whole event (before and after parties) and not just the class.

The RSP Class is their Riders Skills Practice Class. It will begin around noon and will last 4 hours. This course is in Oregon City, OR. It’s mostly about emergency maneuvers and working out the cobwebs we acquire during the winter. I have taken this class 3 or 4 times and I always come away having learned something. I’ll be taking this class again this year as well. The fee for this class is $99 however, an anonymous donor has given us one admission ticket for this class. We will auction off this ticket at the banquet in February to raise money for our 50th Anniversary Celebration. For more information about the class, visit their web site at https://team-oregon.org/training/riderskillspractice/

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ART Class

The ART Class is their Advanced Riders Training Class. It will begin around noon and last for about 4 hours. The course is in Canby, OR. This class is designed to further our cornering skills. The course is a go cart race track and while not intended for high speeds, sorry Dale, I believe it will give us the skills to handle corners “more efficiently”. The fee for this class is $179 however, an anonymous donor has given us one admission ticket for this class as well. We will auction off this ticket at the banquet in February to raise money for the 50th Anniversary Celebration. For more information about the class, visit their web site at               https://team-oregon.org/training/advancedridertraining/

OK, as if that wasn’t enough training for one year, Team Oregon and I have worked out a special class for BRMC. Team Oregon will set up a private class on Saturday, September 14th just for us. I am still working out the details and time for this class, BUT this is going to be an abbreviated version of their Police Training Course. Can you believe this? It is called their AMT or Advanced Motors Training Class. I’m so freaking excited.

I think the version they are putting together for us is the one we all watch on You Tube and wish we could get a chance on that field of orange cones doing tight maneuvers, a clock ticking, music playing on a loud speaker and people cheering us onto a finish line. Heck, there might even be some donuts to be found. Team Oregon trains the police and they are offering a version of their police training class to us. They want to help us kick off our 50th Anniversary Rally happening in September and are creating this special class just for us. Can you believe this? Yahoo!

I doubt we will have a loud speaker and we will need to be our own cheering crowd, but the course is real, and I know many of you have dreamt about this. I know because we’ve talked about it. As Collin would say, bounce, bounce, bounce.

As if it couldn’t get any better, an anonymous donor has donated the entire class for anyone affiliated with BRMC. Seriously, it’s free to BRMC members and out affiliates who want to spend a couple hours playing on this course while getting feedback from their instructors. The course is in Albany, OR and it’s on the way to our 1st 50th Anniversary Rally check-in happening that Saturday night in Roseburg, OR. I believe it would be a horrible loss if we didn’t take advantage of this opportunity. I hope you gents are as excited about this as I am. What a hoot! I can’t wait!

I know it will be a stretch for some of you more northern riders to get there by noon or 1 so I am hoping the Seattle and Portland people will open their homes Friday night. This will make it possible for the northerners who want to play on this course but live too far north to get to the course by noon or 1.

Additional information for this class can be found at https://team-oregon.org/training/advancedmotorstraining/

BTW, even though I talk about these events as a BRMC event, these events I put together with Team Oregon are not a BRMC sanctioned event. This is just me organizing these classes for my BRMC brothers and our affiliates because I keep getting request for it. Also, I love them, I see everyone having fun while improving their riding skills and I learn something every time I go.

Closing Statement

I hope you all had the best holiday season possible whatever that might have been for you. I honestly hope to see you at one of our upcoming events and if you should have any questions or comments about anything I am dealing with, please feel encouraged to contact me & let us chat.

Sincerely,
Stan C, BRMC Treasurer
Treasurer@BorderRiders.com


2019 Board of Directors

The following members members have been nominated and accepted the nomination to serve as board members for the coming year:

President: Jeff C

Vice President: Dan S

Road Captain: Dennis H

Secretary: John D

Treasurer: Stan C

Elections will be conducted electronically by email.  Members who are eligible to vote please be on the lookout for your ballot and vote prior to the Annual General Meeting.  

AGM - Annual General Meeting

Each year the club holds the AGM at the Cuff Complex in Seattle in a closed, member only business meeting. At that time voting is completed for new officers, new prospective members, and changes to the bylaws or standing orders and other various administrative items. As such the meeting is closed to guests but guests are welcome for social and dinner time.

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Social time will begin at 4:00 pm on the lower level of the Cuff on Saturday, January 19th with everyone encouraged to attend. The member only meeting will begin at 5:00 and guests will be asked to move to the upper level until the meeting is adjourned. Dinner and social time with members and guests will follow the meeting at approximately 6:00 pm. The group photo will be taken before dinner.

The Cuff is located at 1533 13th Ave, Seattle, WA.

Anniversary Banquet

It is not too early to start thinking about the Anniversary Banquet. Jeff B has taken on the task of helping plan and organize the banquet for the club.  The banquet will be on February 16th to be held at the East Moreland Golf Course south of Portland. 

50th Anniversary Celebration

The 50th anniversary celebration committee is busy planning one heck of a year for us that will not soon be forgotten. In September, BRMC will be hosting a week long ride with invited guest clubs joining us! Ride as far and long as you wish. The weather should still be great in September for us all to enjoy safe riding conditions. Stay tuned each month for more details.

Annual Dues

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As a reminder, the annual club membership dues are payable in advance of the Annual General Meeting in January. A link to pay dues will be on the website. If you wish to pay in person you may do so at the AGM on January 19th.

Calendar of 2019 Events

  • January 19 Annual General Meeting - Seattle, WA

  • February 16 Anniversary Banquet - Portland, OR

  • March 16 Membership Meeting - TBD

  • April 20 Membership Meeting - TBD

  • May 17-20 Victoria Day Weekend Camp - Pine Flats Campground, Ardenvoir, WA 

  • June 14-16 Bear Springs Group Campground, Maupin, OR

  • July19-21 Washington, site still to be determined

  • August 16-18, British Columbia, site to be determined

  • September 14-21 50th Anniversary Ride - OR, WA, BC

  • September 21 Membership Meeting

  • October 19 Membership Meeting - TBD

  • November 16 Membership Meeting - TBD

  • December 14 Holiday Party - TBD

Birthdays

We have 1 member with a birthday this month.  Please take a moment to wish him a great day.

  • Del C - Jan 30

Meet & Greets

BRMC members will be available for new and returning guys to connect and learn more about the club and opportunities to participate.  If you are interested, check out when and where in the cities listed below.  Also, in addition to the club's monthly events, local rides may be organized, weather permitting.  To lean more, email the Road Captain for specific details, or to ensure a member to meet you, at captain@borderriders.com.

Portland: Meet & Greet - 1st Wednesday of the month, 7pm at The Portland Eagle

Vancouver BC Meet & Greet - 2nd Wednesday of the month. Time & Location YTBD

Seattle: Meet & Greet - 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7pm at The Cuff

Contributions of Photos & Stories

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If you have photos and stories to share, please send to news@borderriders.com

December 2018 Newsletter

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Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information. 

November Club Meeting Recap

The November meeting was at the home of Kas C. and his partner Chris M. in Vancouver, Washington.  Despite the fact that the weather was good that day, only one member took advantage of it to ride to the meeting.  There was no way to miss Kas and Chris’ home.  It was already beautifully decorated for the holiday season.  People began arriving at about 3:30 that afternoon.  There were a lot of conversations, and catching up between members and guests during  the hour before the meeting.  A crowd of nineteen members and nine guests was present.

Vice President, Dan S. called the meeting to order just minutes after five o’clock.  Road Captain, Dennis H. told the club of the plans for the June run which will coincide with the Portland Pride parade like it did this year.  Treasurer, Stan C. gave a very positive report about the financial standing of the club and the process of filing with the IRS for our non-profit status.  He also talked about a couple of riding classes that he is planning which members are invited to join.  These classes are not club sponsored.  Since we had a quorum present, the members were able to approve the minutes from the last three meetings.  The issue of quorum requirements and how it has limited our ability to do business was a topic of discussion.  Voting for new members, and officers as well as the 50th Anniversary run were also discussed.  The meeting closed exactly one hour later.

For dinner, Kas and Chris presented a true Thanksgiving banquet. The turkey was boned and baked by Allen H., the hosts prepared the mashed potatoes and turkey dressing, and the carrot salad was prepared by Chris L.  The meal was topped off with an incredible choice of a variety of pies for dessert. Not only was the meal filling, but it was also delicious.  Dessert was downright sinful!  

After dinner, the conversations continued.  Everyone gathered in the living room for a group picture.  Also, we all had to go down to the garage to admire Kas’ new motorcycle.  Later in the evening, a group of attendees went to Portland’s BRMC “Clubhouse,” the Eagle on Lombard,   for more social time and drinks.  Kas and Chris are thanked for the hospitality they showed by opening up their home for the dinner, meeting and socializing we experienced. 

From the Handlebars of the President

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November was a rather busy month and I am not sure where it went.  Unfortunately I was not able to attend the November meeting.  I had to attend a conference and class for work in San Diego the week before.  As many of you know, I also do a ton of baking for the holidays and my having to be out of town interfered with my baking.  As I had customers wanting cookies and fudge for Thanksgiving I had to stay home to bake. 

As far as motorcycle riding, the weather is turning bad and I haven’t been able to ride much.  I was still riding my bike to work up until the middle of the month.  Now that the weather has turned toward the wet season I have not been riding.  However, should we have a sunny day I will be riding to work.   

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Our year is coming to an end with only one club event left.  I would encourage everyone to attend the Holiday Party on December 8th outside Burlington.  Registration is open on the website.

I hope you all have a holly jolly holiday season.  I will be heading to my parents in Montana on Christmas Eve and return in time for New Years.  Please be safe during the Holidays. 

Our 50th year is just around the corner.  Stay tuned for information about the 50th Anniversary ride in September as well as other 50th Anniversary events during the year.  As always if you have any questions or concerns regarding the club, please feel free to contact me. 

Jeff C

Seattle’s Meet & Greet

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On Wednesday, November 21st was the second Seattle Meet and Greet.   Thanks to the efforts of Chris L we have been making an effort to have members present on the third Wednesday of the month for the club meet and greet.  In October we had three members and one guest present.  This month we had seven members and three guests present.  The Cuff was under construction on the main floor and that portion of the bar was closed.  The dance floor was closed.  Most of us left after an hour as the next day was Thanksgiving.  It was good to see such a turn out.   

Road Captain Rumblings

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Tis the season – not just for the holidays, but that time of year where we are thankful, but also to a time where we are retrospective of the past year.  Looking back to the past year as a group – not just meaning club events - we had a very safe year.   Don’t know of any occurrences of road rash or injuries to bikes or people.  We as a group put many more miles on our bikes than average statistics yet and likely have a safer averages.  This is in part due to the culture of who we ride with and things like Stan putting together events like training with Team Oregon.   Most of us don’t put our bikes into hibernation on Labor Day and ride when we can which helps us stay current and proficient.

I’m thankful for the group of friends that we have, passionate about riding and able to socialize when we aren’t.

May you all have a great holiday season, paint up, rubber down and a new bike under the Christmas tree.  Looking forward to a great 50th year.   

Treasurer’s Report

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I’ve been trying for 6 months to come up with a fun heading for my part of this newsletter. President Handlebars and RC Rumblings are so cool and “It’s T-Time” seems dorky. I want to be cool too, but I’m not a creative person, so I’d like some input from you creative types. Please, PLEASE e-mail me your suggestions. I need help.

I start with a HUGE compliment to Kas & Chris for being able to pull off the November event flawlessly. The food was wonderful & the timing was perfect. I think this might have been one of the very few times a “GUEST” hosted such a major event. Great job guys!

I’ll let you in on a little secret. As his friend and sponsor, I advised Kas not to take this on until he had been to a November meeting. I thought he needed to know what he was getting into, but he made it clear that it was important to him to give back to the club and he was going to do it anyway.

I also give a major sized compliment to Kas’s husband Chris for supporting him and helping him pull this off. Motorcycling & camping isn’t exactly Chris’s thing. He had no vested interest in this other than to help his husband Kas and help he did, WOW. Thank you very much Chris. You deserve and have my respect.

Last but not least, I send out a big thanks to Alan H & Chris L for helping Kas & Chris behind the scene. You gents are very skilled in the kitchen and you always impress me with everything you do. This was no exception. Thanks to you both.

Club Finances & Such

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Our finances continue to be strong and we are in a wonderful position financially. We do not have any uncollected receivables and the only debt we have is related to the patch deposits. I expect to close the year without any changes to this standing. Kudos to the members for being fiscally responsible during the last 12 months.

With our finances up to date, I spent some time working with the IRS to secure our status as a Not-for-Profit “NFP” organization. The first time I called I spent 40 minutes on hold and was disconnected when the operator tried to pick up the call. The IRS calls this a “Courtesy Disconnect”. It sure doesn’t feel very courteous.

I called back and after another 40 minutes on hold I was able to reach a very seasoned and knowledgeable person. I am very excited to report, I have finally been successful at getting the IRS to accept our 2017 Tax Return as a NFP organization. Since we are technically still in the process of being approved it wasn’t an easy sell, but I found an understanding person in the NFP Approval Department and she was able to accept the return to keep us compliant while we go through the process of straightening this all out. Whew! The IRS has less than 90 days to make their decision, but I am hopeful we will get approved.

Portland’s November M&G and Day Ride

Portland only had 1 Meet & Greet “M&G” in November and it was a nice turnout. About 5 people showed up for a lively chat and a drink. Later that week, Jeff B and I decided the day ride should be a very scenic ride up to Vernonia OR which includes some fun twisties, a lot of them. It’s a wonderful ride to practice your cornering but as such, creates some challenges when riding with various skill levels and riding styles. No matter, we make it happen and everyone seems to enjoy themselves on day rides.

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Unfortunately, the weather ended up being very cold the night before and it got below freezing along the desired route. With wet leaves on the road and shaded twisties, I made a safety-based decision and canceled the route. We still met for breakfast as planned and while there, we decided to ride north to Loves Leather. Leather shopping with 6 gay guys, what could possibly go wrong? To get some time on the bikes we took the long way riding from Beaverton to Oregon City and then out to Loves Leather.

We called it a day from there. I do know a couple guys weren’t done and went out on their own for a ride or took the long way home. Alan, Kas, Chris T & I didn’t have time and heading home from there. While it wasn’t the day we wanted, it was a fun day hanging out with everyone.

Don’t forget, Portland’s next M&G will be on Tuesday, December 4th at the Eagle on Lombard at 7:00. This will be the last M&G held on a Tuesday. Starting in January the M&G will be switched to Wednesday aligning itself with the M&G in BC & Seattle. There is also a new poster board about us hanging in the Eagle so come see us and it on Tuesday the 4th.

The day ride this month, December, will not occur on the Saturday following our M&G due to the holiday meeting in Burlington, OR. That said, some of us are looking at doing the Toy Run on Saturday, December 1st instead. Since you will likely be reading this newsletter after the 1st, I hope you saw the notice about the Toy Run on our FaceBook “FB” page and were able to attend. If you are not familiar with our FB page please contact me via e-mail, Treasurer@BorderRiders.com and let’s get you hooked up. The newsletter is only monthly, and the FB page is constantly updated making the FB page a great way to stay current throughout the month.

Treasurer’s Ramblings

The wet weather has finally arrived here in the PNW. While I’m happy to see the rain because we need the rain to keep everything green, I am sad to see it because it signaled the end of our dry/warm riding seasons. Did I just hear a collective boo? Anyway, since it’s time to put the bikes away until next season, I thought I would share the process I go through when I say, “I put the bike in storage”.

Somewhere near the end of the riding season, I try get the oil changed. I do this because I want the engine to be as clean and lubricated as possible on this inside and I want the manufacturers recommend oil for colder temperatures which may be different than the hotter months of summer. Also, the bike will likely not be run for a while and I don’t want any dirt to be allowed to exist in the engine and possibly cause pitting, damage or unnecessary wear.

The next thing I do is I wash the bike in a very detailed way. This means taking off all the easily removable components such as the seat, the saddle bags & the trunk. I have a quick release trunk on this bike otherwise I may try working around it.

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I start washing all the places that are difficult to get to and I make sure there is no dirt left behind. I spend some time on the wheels (I hate doing wheels) and I scrub the tires. I use an old toothbrush and a little soap and hot water to clean the rough surfaces and hard to get to spots on the engine. I use a spray cleaner and a clay bar on the painted surfaces to remove any remaining debris before I start buffing and waxing. I use a buffing compound on all the scratches I have accumulated throughout the summer and I put a coat of wax on all the painted surfaces. I will add additional coats of wax throughout the winter and mostly when I am missing the bike and want to ride but can’t, so I wax. I use a chrome polish and tar remover on all the chrome (tar on chrome pipes are a PITA) and I put a coat of Amoral on all the leather. I reassemble the bike as I do all this since some things are easier to wax when they are attached to the bike.

A couple little secrets I’ve learned that may help you. When I am making my soap and water mixture, I use water as hot as I can get it and a good soap designed for automobiles. I don’t use dish soap because I’ve been told it will remove a wax coating. That said, my friend Kas has a beautiful Indian with a matt finish and he uses dish soap because he doesn’t have to worry about a shiny waxed surface on his bike. He has said dish soap will remove finger prints and works better on the unique challenges he faces with his matt finish.

Hmm, I guess this is a good place to put in some fine print. I am only saying this is what I do. I’m not telling you this is what you should do because there are all kinds of surfaces out there. You should do you a little research regarding your bike before you get started.

Another little secret is that I use the leaf blower to dry the bike after I wash it. I normally need to make a couple slow walks around the bike, but this will eventually get the bike dry enough to prevent most water spots. At the very least, it gets it dry enough to negate the need for more than 1 drying towel.

The last little trick is to use finger nail polish remover to get any sap or other stubborn stains off the bike. Please test the finger nail polish remover in an inconspicuous spot in case your paint doesn’t take well to it. I’ve been lucky so far. I am always nervous and pay very close attention when using finger nail polish as a cleaner so please be careful.

Once the bike is thoroughly cleaned and put back together, I plug it into a battery tender and put things on the seats to keep the cat from getting up there and using my leather seat as a scratching post. Yes, she did it once and I learned to cover it up. No, I didn’t kill her, and no, I didn’t declaw her although the thought may have crossed my mind. Cleaning the bike this way normally takes most of a day. Have fun

Closing Statement

I wish you all the best for this holiday season. I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events and if you should have any questions or comments, please feel encouraged to contact our President or myself directly. We will try our best to respond to you timely.

Sincerely,

Stan C

BRMC Treasurer

2019 Board of Directors

Officer positions are President, Vice President, Road Captain, Secretary, and Treasurer. Please give some thought to serving as an officer of the club. The following members were nominated at the October meeting:

President: Jeff C

Vice President: Dan S

Road Captain: Dennis H

Secretary: John D

Treasurer: Stan C

The final opportunity to nominate club officers for next year is at the December Holiday Party/Meeting.  Elections will be conducted electronically by email.  Members who are eligible to vote please be on the lookout for your ballot and vote prior to the Annual General Meeting.  

Holiday Party - December 8th

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This year our annual Holiday Party and white elephant gift exchange will be hosted by Chris L and Richard A at their place outside Burlington, WA. The date is December 8th.  Detailed directions will be provided in the confirmation email.  Group social time is at 3 pm, dinner at 6pm, followed by the gift exchange.  Chicken Cordon Bleu with all the fixings will be prepared by Chris, Richard, Stan, Alan and Buck.  Jeff will be providing the desserts.

Also, remember to bring a gift for exchange. Keep the value under $15. Both gag gifts (no pun intended) and fabulous gifts are encouraged. And, of course, festive holiday attire is encouraged.

Chris and Richard have invited members and guests to stay at their place.  Please contact Chris L for arrangements as it is on a first come first serve basis.   Also, Jeff C has a couple of sofas and lots of floor space if anyone wants to stay at his place. 

Registration will close on Wednesday, December 5th at 9:00 pm.  Be sure to register. 

AGM - Annual General Meeting

The annual AGM will be held on January 19th at the Cuff Complex in Seattle. This is the time to renew club dues, elect officers for the coming year as well as conduct club business. Please remember that if your eligibility to vote has lapsed that you must attend two business meetings in order to be able to vote at the AGM. If you have questions about your eligibility to vote please contact the club secretary.  Please watch your email for your ballot prior to the meeting.

Anniversary Banquet

It is not too early to start thinking about the Anniversary Banquet. Jeff B has taken on the task of helping plan and organize the banquet for the club.  The banquet will be on February 16th to be held at the East Moreland Golf Course south of Portland. 

Calendar of 2018 Events

  • January 20 Annual General Meeting – Seattle

  • February 17 Anniversary Banquet – Vancouver, BC

  • March 17 Club Meeting

  • April 21 Club Meeting

  • May 18-21 Victoria Day Weekend Camp

  • June 15-17 Milo McIver, Estacada, OR & Portland Pride

  • July 20-21 Evans Group, Kettle Falls, WA

  • August 17-20 Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC

  • September 14-16 Bear Hollow Camp, Fossil, OR

  • October 20 Club Meeting, Vancouver BC

  • November 17 Club Meeting, Vancouver, WA

  • December 8 Holiday Party, Burlington, WA

Calendar of 2019 Events

  • January 19 Annual General Meeting - Seattle, WA

  • February 16th Anniversary Banquet - Portland, OR

Birthdays

We have 2 members with birthdays this month.  Please take a moment to wish them a great day.

  • Marc L - Dec 2

  •  Richard A - Dec 14

Meet & Greets

BRMC members will be available for new and returning guys to connect and learn more about the club and opportunities to participate.  If you are interested, check out when and where in the cities listed below.  Also, in addition to the club's monthly events, local rides may be organized, weather permitting.  To lean more, email the Road Capatain for specific details, or to ensure a member to meet you, at captain@borderriders.com.

Portland: Meet & Greet - 1st Tuesday of the month, 7pm at The Portland Eagle

Seattle: Meet & Greet - 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7pm at The Cuff

Vancouver BC: Please contact the Road Captain for arrangements

Contributions of Photos & Stories

If you have photos and stories to share, please send to news@borderriders.com

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November Newsletter

Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information. 

October Club Meeting Recap

Despite the sunny weather, only a couple of people rode their motorcycles to the home of Doug H. in Surrey, BC.  Doug’s home is in a pleasant neighborhood and it also is the home where he grew up.  A total of seventeen people made it for the get together. Five of them were guests.  There was a hour of snacks, good conversations, joking, and camaraderie during the hour leading up to the club’s business meeting. 

At the meeting, the main business included reports on the plans for next year’s riding season.  Chris L. reported that he is working on finding good venues for the overnight stays during the Fiftieth Anniversary Circle Tour.  This tour will take seven days and will have legs in all three of the regions of the BRMC.  Reports were made on the plans for the Meet and Greets in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver during the 2019 riding season.  There was discussion of how to make BRMC more visible in our Gay Community.  To this end, Tom C. recommended that BRMC members be regular attendees of the Back Fire Moto motorcycle group events.  Plans are in the works for creating posters, and flyers that members can have with them when attending such events.

Nominations were opened for electing the 2019 officers.  All of the current officers were nominated.  Nominations were also opened for accepting new members.  Kas C. was nominated.  Nominations will not close until the December meeting.  Voting to accept new members and to choose officers will happen at the Annual General Membership meeting (AGM) in January at the Cuff in Seattle. 

The meeting lasted slightly more than a half hour.  It was followed by a picture of the group in front of Doug’s house under a huge Canadian flag.  Doug then served a delicious barbecue chicken dinner with all the trimmings and the conversations continued into the evening. 

BRMC Group Photo, Vancouver, BC

BRMC Group Photo, Vancouver, BC

BRMC Members Jeff, John, Dennis, Stan, and Marc

BRMC Members Jeff, John, Dennis, Stan, and Marc

Chris, Richard, Stan & Allen with what appears to be a few pints

Chris, Richard, Stan & Allen with what appears to be a few pints

Chris out and about on a very fine day in Vancouver

Chris out and about on a very fine day in Vancouver

Chris and Marc all smiles

Chris and Marc all smiles



From the Handlebars of the President

Our “winter” meeting season was kicked off with Doug H. hosting the October meeting at his home in Surrey, BC.  I would like to thank Doug for hosting the rowdy group.  Doug put on a great spread but unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay and enjoy dinner.  I rushed home on my motorcycle, swapped vehicles and headed to Seattle.  There was very little traffic at the border.  I took the Truck Crossing at Blaine and pulled right up to the guard station.  No other vehicles were in front of me.  

The Amazon Spheres had a Corpse Flower in bloom on display.  The UW botany program donated several Corpse Flowers to Amazon and this was the first one to bloom.  The Spheres added additional hours to be able to see the flower so Tim and I decided to drive to Seattle and see it.  We had obtained tickets Saturday morning for the 10:30 tour.   It was neat to see but unfortunately the rest of the Spheres were closed off and we were only able to briefly see the flower. 

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As we move into our winter meetings we still have a lot of fun to be had.  Our November meeting will be in Vancouver, WA and feature a Thanksgiving meal.  December will see the return of our annual Holiday Party and White Elephant gift exchange to be hosted by Chris L and Richard.  Then in January we have our Annual General Meeting in Seattle and followed by our Anniversary Banquet in Portland in February. 

Jeff C

Treasurer’s Trappings

It’s T-Time

A big thank you to Brother Doug Hutchinson for hosting the September meeting. Your house is very welcoming & very comfortable. Thank you for all your work and hospitality Doug, great job & much appreciated.

Treasurers Report

Our cash flow for 2018 is currently exceeding our 2018 beginning balance. The board has been trying to generate some seed money to help with our 50thAnniversary fund so this small excess cash will come in handy in 2019. This and the gifts some people have already made will help with the cost of our 50thAnniversary Celebration. We still need some additional funds to pull this off so feel free to donate.

That said, if any of you would like to make a donation towards our 50thanniversary fund, please contact me at Treasurer@BorderRiders.com & let me help facilitate this gift. I say gift because this is not a tax-deductible charitable donation. It is a gift. Contact me if you want details as to how this is.

As of the release of this newsletter, I have not received anything from the IRS regarding our Not-For-Profit Application. They say allow 6 months, but I can’t help but get impatient.

Portland Area Meet & Greet

There will be no change to the M&G until the 1st of the year. The Meet & Greet “M&G” in Portland will be from 7 to 8 on Tuesday November 6th at The Eagle on Lombard. I hope to see you there.

As you all know, I have been looking to see if there was a different place we might want to have our M&G. Suggestions ranged from location (to far north) to venue (no porn, it’s distracting) to non-alcohol (can we meet at a coffee shop) and so forth. I went to several places throughout the city and looked at several options and at the end of it all, I believe the Eagle on Lombard is the best place for us to use as our “Portland Club House”. The Eagle has always been easy to work with. The staff are very accommodating, and they let us put up that big poster board. Really, what more can we ask for?

There is a change however. Starting in January the M&G will move from Tuesday to Wednesday. The time and the place will stay the same. Only the day will change. This change was to align ourselves with our other Club House Schedules. Vancouver BC is going to start their M&G back up and that will happen on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Seattle is moving theirs to the 3rd Wednesday of the month. This will give us a M&G on 3 Wednesdays a month and make it easy to remember if you happen to travel to these other places on a Wednesday. 

In addition to Portland’s regularly scheduled M&G on the 1stWednesday of the month, I am going to start going to a different location in a different part of the city for a 2ndM&G. I cannot promise to do this every month, but I will try make it happen as often as possible. I will announce in the Newsletter when and where this 2ndM&G will be. Hopefully those who can’t make it to the regular M&G will be able to attend this 2ndM&G. I’m thinking about calling this the Out & About M&G since it will not be at the same place. If you have a suggestion for a name, please send it to me and I’ll take it to the board for a vote.

Portland’s October Day Ride

Portland did try to do a day ride on 10/7 but it was rained out. Since it was already scheduled, several of us met for brunch in downtown Vancouver, WA and ½ of us went to Pro Caliber and drooled on a couple new bikes. We were joined by a new guest Chris who was a great addition to the day.

Portland Day Ride

Portland Day Ride

Those who tried to go on the day ride on the 7th ended up being able to go on the 14th. We went from West Linn, OR to Carson, WA, to Cougar, WA to Woodland, WA and from there we all went our separate way. Lot’s a fall colors and a wonderful viewpoint. The weather was dry and cool, and traffic was minimal. The road had its challenges with dips, sweeps, twisties, drop offs and pot holes. It was a very technical, mostly a slow ride, but lots of fun.

Stan

November Club Meeting

Our guest Kas C and his husband Chris will be hosting the November meeting.  Social hour will begin at 4:00 followed by the meeting at 5:00 with dinner to follow.  Dinner will be a semi-traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner.  Please BYOB.  Cost for US members and guests will be $20, and for Canadian members and guests $15.  Following dinner plans are to head to the Portland BRMC Clubhouse “The Eagle on Lombard” for additional social time.  Directions and address for the meeting/dinner location will be provided in the confirmation email after payment has been made via the website.

2019 Board of Directors

It is time to begin thinking about members for the Board of Directors for 2018. Club Bylaws state nominations for club officers are to be done at the October, November and December club meetings with the elections held at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Voting is by secret ballot with the person receiving the most votes in each position assuming office beginning at the time of Annual Banquet.

Officer positions are President, Vice President, Road Captain, Secretary, and Treasurer. Please give some thought to serving as an officer of the club. The following members were nominated at the October meeting:

President: Jeff C

Vice President: Dan S

Road Captain: Dennis H

Secretary: John D

Treasurer: Stan C

Holiday Party - December 8th

This year our annual Holiday Party and white elephant gift exchange will be hosted by Chris L and Richard A at their place outside Burlington, WA. The date is December 8th.  Detailed directions will be provided in the confirmation email.  Group social time is at 4pm, dinner at 6pm, followed by the gift exchange.  Chicken Cordon Bleu with all the fixings will be prepared by Chris, Richard, Stan, and Alan.  Jeff will be providing the desserts.

Also, remember to bring a gift for exchange. Keep the value under $10. Both gag gifts (no pun intended) and fabulous gifts are encouraged. And, of course, festive holiday attire is encouraged.

Chris and Richard have invited members and guests to stay at their place.  Please contact Chris L for arrangements as it is on a first come first serve basis.   Also, Jeff C has a couple of sofas and lots of floor space if anyone wants to stay at his place. 

AGM - Annual General Meeting

The annual AGM will be held on January 19th at the Cuff Complex in Seattle. This is the time to renew club dues, elect officers for the coming year as well as conduct club business. Please remember that if your eligibility to vote has lapsed that you must attend two business meetings in order to be able to vote at the AGM. If you have questions about your eligibility to vote please contact the club secretary.  Please watch your email for you ballot prior to the meeting.

Anniversary Banquet

It is not too early to start thinking about the Anniversary Banquet. Jeff B has taken on the task of helping plan and organize the banquet for the club.  The banquet will be on February 16th to be held at the East Moreland Golf Course south of Portland. 

Calendar of 2018 Events

  • January 20 Annual General Meeting – Seattle

  • February 17 Anniversary Banquet – Vancouver, BC

  • March 17 Club Meeting

  • April 21 Club Meeting

  • May 18-21 Victoria Day Weekend Camp

  • June 15-17 Milo McIver, Estacada, OR & Portland Pride

  • July 20-21 Evans Group, Kettle Falls, WA

  • August 17-20 Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC

  • September 14-16 Bear Hollow Camp, Fossil, OR

  • October 20 Club Meeting, Vancouver BC

  • November 17 Club Meeting

  • December 8 Holiday Party

Calendar of 2019 Events

  • January 19 Annual General Meeting - Seattle, WA

  • February 16th Anniversary Banquet - Portland, OR

     

Birthdays

We have 1 member with a birthday this month.  Please take a moment to wish him a great day.

  • Don W

Meet & Greets

BRMC members will be available for new and returning guys to connect and learn more about the club and opportunities to participate.  If you are interested, check out when and where in the cities listed below.  Also, in addition to the club's monthly events, local rides may be organized, weather permitting.  To lean more, email the Road Capatain for specific details, or to ensure a member to meet you, at captain@borderriders.com.

Portland: Meet & Greet - 2nd Wednesdays, 7pm at The Portland Eagle

Seattle: Meet & Greet - 3rd Wednesdays, 7pm at The Cuff

Vancouver BC: Please contact the Road Captain for arrangements

Contributions of Photos & Stories

If you have photos and stories to share, please send to news@borderriders.com

October Newsletter

Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information. 

September Newsletter

Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information. 

August Newsletter

Welcome

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club (BRMC) is an organized group of guys who like to ride and camp.  Our membership spans the Pacific Northwest, with the greatest participation in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.  We have one of the largest memberships of gay clubs in North America, and welcome like-minded guests to join us on our monthly club events and local activities during the riding months.  Check the main page of the website at http://borderriders.com for additional information.