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IFMR Fall Ride Registration is NOW OPEN
2 fantastic days of riding the Great River Road along the Mississippi River.
 
Iowa is flat?   No way!   We are riding 2 days (October 20 & 21) in Iowa, Wisconsin & Illinois on various segments of the Great River Road and various other local roads within a few miles of the Mississippi River.  Near the mighty Mississippi the roads are neither straight or flat ... not even close.  And at peak fall colors, this is going to be a great ride. 
 
Some other pluses:  1st Day lunch will be at Potosi Brewery (home to the ABA National Brewery Museum).  2nd day lunch at an awesome biker bar in New Diggins, Wisconsin (can you say "Wild Hogs"), fantastic scenery stops along the way in the limestone bluffs high above the river (both sides).   Opportunity to tour the National Mississippi River Museum as well as the Brewery Museum.  And afternoon/evening fellowship with the local Bellevue Rotary Club.  Working on also getting an insider tour of Lock and Dam #12 and a tour of a antique motorcycle restoration shop.
 
 
 
 
 

The Hotel is now available for booking ... ask for the "IFMR" Block.  

Bellevue Baymont Inn & Suites, 4115 N Riverview St., Bellevue, Iowa ph. (563)872-5000

Rates will vary depending on room selection ... there are some great river view rooms!

Please book your room directly at the hotel! ...

 
 
ALSO please register for the ride itself at:
 
 

IFMR Fall Ride Registration is NOW OPEN 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z
Post Rotary International Conference IFMR Ride June 15-22

Hey y’all. Welcome to the “South”!! Home to the Tail of the Dragon, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Biltmore Estate, Grandfather Mountain, and the Bristol Motor Speedway.  Our own Gerry Jackson will be leading the ride!

Our Southeastern Region Director Carlton Pernell has laid out a wonderful 8 day leisurely yet most enjoyable 1200(+) mile excursion coupled with great fellowship starting & ending in Atlanta, Georgia.

Day 1 starts from Atlanta, Thursday morning, June 16, 2017 traveling through Helen, Georgia to Cherokee, North Carolina. We will spend 3 nights in Cherokee, daily riding and enjoying various rides & activities in and around that area including the Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Maggie Valley, Wheels through Time Museum, Great Smokey Mountain National Park, and the Cherokee Casinos.

We will ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and on our 4 th night will be in Ashville, North Carolina where we will enjoy visiting (and perhaps even stay on) the Biltmore Estates.

We will then continue up the Blue Ridge Parkway and on our 5 th and 6 th nights will be in Little Switzerland, North Carolina as we enjoy rides and activities near there including US 421 (a.k.a. the Snake), Grandfather Mountain and the opportunity to ride your motorcycle on the Bristol Motor Speedway, in Bristol, Tennessee.

Our 7 th night will be near Lake Lure, North Carolina where we will experience Chimney Rock. And on the 8 th day we travel back to Atlanta, Georgia (Thursday June 22) completing a wonderful week of riding and fellowship.

Not enough? Separating from the rest of the group at the end of the Little Switzerland activities, we have an optional 3 day side trip to the “Outer Banks”: site of the first manned flight at Kitty Hawk, iconic light houses, ferry ride to Beaufort Nags Head, attend the famous outdoor drama “The Lost Colony” and then the ride back to Atlanta.

If you have never experienced riding in these areas, boy are you in for a great treat. For those of us that already have been to at least some of these areas, I’m sure you agree they are a timeless pleasure that can be enjoyed time and time again.

You must register here to reserve a spot.   You will be emailed hotel registration information.   Also please email geraldwjackson@gmail.com if you need to rent a motorcycle.  You can also email geraldwjackson@gmail.com for any other concern.

There will likely be a collection at the time of the ride (on the order of $100 USD) to help cover cost of incidentals during the ride.

- See more at: http://motorcyclingrotarianseclub.org/event/ifmr-na-post-atlanta-convention-rid/#sthash.KdU4kB2A.dpuf
 
 
 
 
Please register at the hotels individually (you need to do so by May 20)
 

NOTES: 1) All Rates Quoted do NOT include taxes

               2) Rates quoted are per night

3) Call & register at each hotel separately

4) Ask for IFMR” group block/rate

5) Each hotel will have a mixture of rooms blocked, some with 1 bed & some with 2 beds

6) We have 15 rooms blocked at each hotel.  Although they have various dates of last day to register, suggest you reserve your room as early as possible.  The ride is during the height of these hotels busy season.  There is no guarantee we will be able to get additional rooms at any hotel.

 

Questions or concerns: contact me, Gerry Jackson, geraldwjackson@gmail.com or ph 248-820-9804

 

 


 
Post Rotary International Conference IFMR Ride June 15-22 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z
Australia International Ride 2017
Ride begins on October 31, 2017 at Hornsby  Depot and ends on November 15, 2017 in Sydney!
 
 
 
Australia International Ride 2017 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z
Motoquest Motorcycle Transportation Specials
Motoquest (http://motoquest.com) has a special offer for motorcycle transport on a first come, first served basis.  If you want to take advantage of this head on over to https://www.motoquest.com/motorcycle-rental-locations/motorcycle-transporter-specials/ and check it out. MotoQuest is offering many relocations on the West Coast between our Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland facilities in addition to a smaller selection of motorcycles available one way to Anchorage, Alaska.  Thank you Bill Sahlman for sharing the information!
 
 

 
Motoquest Motorcycle Transportation Specials 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z
The Gettysburg Battle

The Gettysburg Battle is named for the city in PA around which the battle was fought.  This battle, along with the Vicksburg Battle, was the turning point of the Civil War. Both battles ended the same day on July 1863 with the Union victorious on both fronts. Causalities were very high at Gettysburg on both sides with approximately 51,000, included ~ 13,000 dead. A note on Pickett’s Charge to the center of the Union lines. The Charge began about 3/4mile from the Union lines and required the Confederate soldier to cover over ground while traversing fence rows and ditches going slightly uphill all the way.

Of all the battlefields Gettysburg is the only entire battlefield mostly preserved. This is mostly  due to President Lincoln dedicating the battlefield In Nov 1863. The visitors center here is by far the largest and most elaborate.

All the other battlefields were not designated national parks until the 20century. However, each has a visitor’s center that has excellent presentations of what occurred on that specific location.

Most all other battlefield has seen development encroached on the actual battlefields. The exceptions are: Appomattox, Andersonville and Vicksburg, Appomattox Court House and the McLean House [ where the Lee met Grant and the surrender occurred]. This area is generally preserved but on a smaller scale then occurred on April 1865. Nothing of the Andersonville Prison remains, just the grounds on which it sat and of course a good visitors’ center. Vicksburg occurred on a bluff above the Mississippi River and is not developed but vegetation growth has obscured much.  Nevertheless, a little extra time and prior knowledge allows one to get a real sense of what HELL occurred at each location.

On my trip to visit Civil War Battlefields I visited the following: Vicksburg [Mississippi], Andersonville [Confederate prison for Union soldiers], Kennesaw Chickamauga, Appomattox, the Wilderness, Chancellorsville, Frederiksberg, Antietam and Gettysburg.

 

 
The Gettysburg Battle RJ Nice 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z
The "Trip of a Lifetime"
In around August of 1999 there was a ride called the “South African Friendship Ride.”  About 25 IFMR members flew into Capetown, South Africa from all over; Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, US, and many members from South Africa participated as well.  We rented motorcycles primarily from BMW South Africa.  I rode an R-1100GS.  Gary Cullen, my riding companion from Australia would not be caught dead on anything but a Harley Davidson, and you can see his picture.  He is a great guy, but no longer rides motorcycles.  As a group we rode from Capetown up the coast, then inland through the mountains, to Johannesburg.  Most nights we would arrive in a town and go to stay with a local Rotarian, after the evening’s reception where we had cocktails, dinner and speeches.  We stayed in some mountain cabins and in the morning the local Rotary club came and cooked us breakfast on charcoal grills.  They fed us the best beef sausage that I have ever had.  I have been on a quest ever since to match it.  To make this trip even more spectacular, we took a bus trip into Kruger National Park and spent a couple of nights there.  No bikes allowed.  Seems the wild animals have a penchant for attacking smaller “beasts.”  We ended up in Johannesburg where we turned in our motorcycles and flew home.  It really was a great trip and I have always wanted to invite the organizer, DG David Griggs, to my home so that I could reciprocate his hospitality.  Another friend from the ride, Jorgen Otzen, is a practicing Santa Claus.  Jorgen is from Sweden and now lives in Denmark & France.  He came to visit us in South Carolina after a Santa Claus conference in Tennessee a couple of years ago.  This ride was a wonderful experience, which I will never forget.  I remember there was this time on a foggy night in the mountains when visibility was about 15 feet and cows were all over the gravel road; and then there was the time we went backroading at 6 AM to Die Hel… but I could go on for hours.
 
Unfortunately, I billed this as a “trip of a lifetime” to my wife (and it was), so now every time I want to take an epic trip I hear:  “You already had your trip of a lifetime!”
 
 

 
The "Trip of a Lifetime" James Dodmead 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z
Helping people with disabilities make their own music
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Finding Safe Haven
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Saving lives in Ghana
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
India celebrates three years without polio
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z
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