New members, do we want them? Do we need them? I’m not so sure “need” applies. We have about 100 members and money in the bank. We have events planned and seem to be holding our own on stability more or less. Let me explain why I think we may always desire new blood whether we desperately need it or not.
With new members we get different talents, backgrounds, connections, and personalities. Some newer members are willing to step up and take on key roles and have proven to do an outstanding job in handling those roles. The old dogs all grow weary eventually and we usually have too few volunteers, seldom, if ever, too many.
So if you are willing to agree with me that new members are not a bad thing, allow me to explain a very painless way to recruit. Every member of the club can easily become a recruiter and bring in new talent to share our passion for BMWs and riding. I can’t imagine any PPBMWR member I’ve met that can’t start a conversation about BMW motorcycles, especially when they are looking at one they do not own. It’s that simple, if you see a BMW, at a restaurant, at a gas station, at the grocery store, heck at the dealership, ask the person about their bike. The owner will likely be the person wearing all the gear and not in black fringed leather. Recently Deb and I saw a 12GS Adventure outside a shoe store in Deb’s neighborhood. We walked over and were walking around the bike when the owner came out of the store. We talked and kicked tires for 10 minutes or so and learned he had been a member of PPBMWR at one time. Part of the conversation was that his tires were pretty worn. About a week later he e-mailed me asking how to get in touch with Jay for new rubber and thanked Deb and I at length for talking with him. There were no losers in this exchange. He saved a considerable amount on a tire install, Jay made some gas money, and Deb and I had an interesting conversation with a BMW enthusiast who was a stranger to us before that casual meeting. He may rejoin the club, he may not. It’s not really critical either way. He was however reminded that we exist and has a favorable view of the club that he may pass on to others he meets.
There are people out there who ride alone and would rather be part of something bigger than themselves but really don’t know how to go about finding others who share some of their views about motorcycles. You need to remember we are only about 5% of the motorcycling public. We are all already members of a very unique club by our choice of what we ride. You have a lot more in common with that stranger on a BMW than you know.
Ride, RIDE, RIDE