I would like to start this Presidents Column by saying thank you. I am honored that I have the opportunity to be club president this year. For those of you who don’t know me here is a little about me. I am a Colorado Springs Native. Although I was raised around motorcycles, I Have been riding for 4 years and a member of the club for 3, I got involved with helping the club my 2nd year, I served for 2 years as club secretary and have enjoyed helping with the events committee from the very beginning. Organizing events is what I truly love doing for this club. There have been some amazing gatherings in the the past few years and I look forward to working with our new officers to have a great year of events planned.
The Pikes Peak BMW riders has been a charted club for 37 years. That is a long time for a group to survive. There have been ups and downs in member numbers, there have also been times when not much was going on, but for 37 years this club has kept moving. There are traditions that have been set like our Sunday morning breakfast meetings that seem unmovable and there are few ideas that have not been tried at least once over the years. There are members who have been part of this club from the very beginning, we are lucky enough to still have 3 charter members still with us. Moving forward we must continue to find ways to keep our club alive, thriving and solvent. That requires strong leadership from a dedicated officers council and input from our members at large. Volunteers to make events run smoothly and feedback when they don’t. One thing that has not changed is that this is our club. It may have a long history with many funny stories to be told. Whether you have just joined us or have been a member for many years, there is a reason you joined and a reason you have stayed.
I encourage each of you to think about what you want your club to do, be and participate in. We have a pretty open calendar right now and we are going to try and fill some of it at our first officers meeting. We will announce the upcoming events at our next meeting. Please let us know if there is something you want added. Are you willing to help plan an event or volunteer to help with another event your help is always welcome. With any event we plan there may be huge turn out or there may be only a few, but each event adds to our club in some way. Take a picture, write a paragraph or two, send it in, the newsletter and the web site are there for our enjoyment. We really need your participation in both.
Most of all with the beautiful spring weather upon us, get out and ride often, ride hard and ride safe. See you out there.