Let’s take a look at our motorcycle club in our little town of Colorado Springs. I do not intend for this article to exclude anyone nor sound arrogant but I believe many of our members are not aware of the extraordinary composition of our membership. The background and accomplishments of our combination of members are so far outside of the laws of averages it’s truly remarkable. Our club is not only the “Highest BMW Club in the USA” we have many other distinctions that I believe no other club can match, and it means something as to the very nature of what our club is. I’ll return to explain that a bit later.
Yesterday (Saturday, November 12th) at our Novemberfest party, Matthew Parkhouse received an award recognizing a lifetime of volunteer service to the worldwide BMW community. Matt received the “Friend of the Marque.” In my opinion, and many others, this is the highest distinction a volunteer can have bestowed upon them in the BMW community. The award is given by the BMW Clubs International Council; this is the umbrella club of all the BMW automobile and motorcycle clubs worldwide. They bestow this honor on less than ten individuals, worldwide, per year. Less than a dozen living and deceased in the USA have ever been awarded. We have two in our little town. The largest membership BMW motorcycle enthusiast club in the world is the BMW MOA. Within the BMW MOA is a group called “Ambassadors.” This group represents volunteers that for various reasons have distinguished themselves as leading volunteers of the BMW MOA. The MOA has about 35,000 members and about 180 Ambassadors. In our little town we have six Ambassadors. Each year the BMW MOA holds a national rally for BMW enthusiasts, there have been 39 MOA National Rallies, and our little town has four National Rally Chairs, one of which has chaired 3 National Rallies. We have a member that successfully lobbied the MOA to hold the National Rally in Colorado Springs. That member is an Ambassador, in part because of that effort.
To just hit the highlights of some of our members; we have a member who races at the Bonneville Salt Flats attempting to set motorcycle world speed records, we have active motorcycle drag racers, we have retired vintage motorcycle racers, successful Iron Butt Rally finishers, other long distance riders of some note, international motorcycle tour guides, members who have toured the far corners of the earth by motorcycle, highly accomplished off road riders, two world class airhead mechanics, sidecar experts, motorcycle collectors, tuners, tire installers, motorcycle authors and regularly contributing motorcycle columnists in national magazines. I’m comfortable in saying most any one of these afore mentioned people will gladly share their time and experience to enhance your enjoyment of your motorcycle.
These are the same people you see filling many of the volunteer positions in the Pikes Peak BMW Riders currently and in the past. At various times members of our club disagree, we are a club of individuals, but I sincerely thank all the individuals who have served as volunteers to move this club forward through their efforts. Depending on the volunteer position it can take a little or a lot of your time. Often times these are thankless jobs and sometimes members are far quicker to criticize than to get involved and try to implement the suggestions they so easily offer for someone else to accomplish. Please volunteer, this is your club and there are positions available from volunteering to help a few hours to help plan or execute an event to holding a position as a club officer. Elections are not that far off and many of our officers, me included, are not seeking re-election. We are burning out our volunteers, as has been my recollection every year in the past several years, and it really isn’t necessary. If a couple of dozen people would step forward to take on a small part of our annual schedule no one would be overburdened. Please help us make our club a better club for us all to enjoy. Ask any officer which includes Events Committee members, how to get involved and what you may be interested in and I’m sure you will be accommodated.
ride, RIDE, RIDE!!