IFMR-NA Northeast Area Spring Ride 2018-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

With sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids and towering Pharaonic temples, Egypt brings out the explorer in all of us. Egypt is rich with temples, soaring lotus-bud columns; enormous stone portals laced with delicate carvings, elaborate underground tombs, windswept desert monasteries, and richly decorated mosques. But as extraordinary as these sights are, they will probably not be the things that linger in your memory after you return home. It is exploring them from the back of a motorcycle or a scooter - from the Mediterranean feel of Alexandria to the electric pace of Cairo to the timelessness of desert villages- that is unforgettable.


Cross Egypt Challenge adventure rally not only gives you the opportunity to explore this magnificent country on two wheels, but it also allows you to experience the Egyptian culture first hand and explore destinations and routes that normal tourists don't get to explore.


Cross Egypt Challenge is a series of endurance cross-country motorcycles and scooter rallies conducted through the toughest tracks and roads of Egypt. The series is aiming to promote Egyptian tourism and is running under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and the Egyptian Tourism Authority.


The series started in 2011 and the first challenge was a 9 days adventure ride from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the North of Egypt to the temple of Abu Simbel, on the southern borders of Egypt with a total distance of over 1700 km. Each following season witnessed a different and more challenging route.


The 2018 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will run between October 11 and 20, 2018 and will include a 2,475 km route that will be completed over 7 stages with two rest days at some of Egypt's finest destinations.


The new route will start from Alexandria, heads east to reach the city of Ismailia on the shores of the Red Sea then go south along the Red Sea Riviera and make stops at El Gouna and and Marsa Alam. After camping by the beach in Marsa Alam, the challenge will then head west to cross the Egyptian Eastern desert - one of the most challenging deserts on the face of the planet due to its rock formation and high mountain range - to reach the Nile valley and the city of Aswan. From Aswan the challenge will head back north again to reach the old city of Luxor, the capital of ancient Egypt and the largest open air museum in the world then make one more stop at Minya before the final leg of the season takes place between Minya and Cairo to end the challenge under the great Pyramids of Giza.


The number of participants in the famous rally has increased over the years from 14 participants back in 2011 to a record breaking 75 participants from 14 different countries in 2015.


We invite you to check out this unique adventure and register to enjoy an unforgettable experience.




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The Guys at Cross World Challenges are happy to let you know about our new tour: Heart of Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe & Mozambique.

This 16 days extra-ordinary motorcycle adventure is not your average tour in Africa. With carefully chosen destinations that are not yet accessible by the masses and hand picked and carefully selected lodges and guest houses, this tour provides an excellent opportunity to see what Africa is all about and experience this great continent first hand.

From South Africa's modern cities with thriving arts and dining scenes to the remoteness and wild life of Zimbabwe, and from the mightiest of water falls - Victoria Falls - to the pristine and relaxed beaches of Mozambique, you will enjoy every new experience this tour offers.

This tour begins and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa and offers travel through 3 of the most welcoming Southern African countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. You will cross 3 international borders on this tour including the most busy border in the continent which itself is an experience of its own.
Get more information by clicking here!

Heart of Africa Motorcycle Tour 2018-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Posted by Linda Ryan for Lionel Cansdale - IFMR Member
AIR17 was a major motorcycle ride for members and friends of the IFMR, hosted by the Australian Chapter, and offered to the worldwide membership of the fellowship. 2 years in the planning, it ran 1st to 14th November 2017 and covered about 5,000kms, to/from Hornsby (Sydney) in an anticlockwise loop of South East Australia via Orange, Hay, Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Adelaide, Mt Gambier, Warrnambool, Ballarat, Sale, and Bega. Many riders did the whole route, and some did part. It coincided with our local chapter’s 2017 AGM in Ballarat on the weekend of 10-12th where AIR17 riders, other IFMRA members and local Rotarians and friends enjoyed dinner on the Saturday night.
AIR 17 International Ride - November 1 to 14, 2017 Posted by Linda Ryan for Lionel Cansdale - IFMR Member 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Are you a motorcyclist who loves to ride and would like to connect with other motorcyclists around the world? Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship both in our local communities and around the world. Becoming a member of the Motorcycling Rotarians eClub connects you with a diverse group who share your love of riding and your drive to give back.

Welcome to the eClub of Motorcycling Rotarians 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Baker City, Oregon
September 16-18, 2018
Venue: Geiser Grand Hotel
Call: 541/523-1889 for Reservations
Book prior to Feb. 14, 2018
Ask for “Dentist Rides” block rate!
The Ken Sanford, DDS Memorial Ride has provided 9 years of fun and fellowship for California dentists with motorcycle and bicycle rides. It has also been a fundraiser for the California Dental Association Foundation. This year we will be hosting the ride in Eastern Oregon and would like you to join us.
Traditionally we have combined the ride with continuing education but due to this year’s location we have planned a more social event. Rides will be planned but there will not be a formal group. Everyone can choose to ride where, when and how they wish. We will socialize in the afternoon/evening but it will be kept informal. Baker City has several venues that would be great for a casual get together.

This is a great location for rides. Plan to spend some time in the area and really enjoy it! The ride is not limited to dentists so be sure to invite your friends that you ride with. Several non-dentists will be attending .
Please join us!
But be sure to book your room prior to February 14 to get the group rate!

                      Baker City                                           Hells Canyon                             Anthony Lake
Scenic Day tripping
Scenic Byways: See the natural beauty of Eastern Oregon from the comfort of your own motorcycle, car or bicycle. Two distinctive National Scenic Byways start right from the Geiser’s front doors!
Hell yes! Explore the beautiful and unique Hells Canyon Recreation Area. By motorcycle, car, foot, or jet boat tour!

The Great Outdoors
Mountain Biking:
Hiking: Maps and guides available for scenic excursions throughout Eastern Oregon
Wildlife Viewing! Rocky Mountain Elk, bald eagles and more; best in winter months Baker City
Craft Brews: Taste and tour international award winning brewery just two blocks north.
Distillery: Sample vodka and tour just across Main Street.
Wine Tasting: Eastern Oregon’s only winery’s Tasting Room is directly across the street
Chocolatier: World class handcrafted chocolate and local art just across the street.

Boating: Whitewater rafting or jet boat cruising
Fishing: Angling and fly fishing at its best
Hunting: Seasonal game in beautiful countryside
Golf: Let us make your tee time at nearby Quail Ridge or the challenging Buffalo Peak course.
Ghost Stories
Have you heard the legends? Intrigued by the possibility of the paranormal? Then join the TAPS team investigators on a real Ghost Hunt!

For further information contact:
Ron Mead – 805/801-1816 or
Click Here to Download Flier  
Click Here to Download Registration

10th Annual Ken Sanford, DDS Memorial Ride 2018-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Are you interested in participating in a National Immunization Day in India?
The next one is scheduled for late January, 2018. Not only will you be participating in an important Rotary service project, but you will be seeing some of the world's best attractions. Cities to be visited include New Delhi, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Agra (think "Taj Mahal". The building, not the singer.)

Initial information is:
Dates: January 18-31, 2018
Cities: Delhi, Agra. Jaipur, Udaipur
Cost:​ $2575 plus the cost of your flight to India and back, assuming some home stays in India. I find that Indian hosts are delightful people.
Fun: Most assuredly

If you are interested in participating, please let John Kramb know by email at He will take your name and keep you posted as information comes forth.



National Immunization Day in January 2018 - India 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Rotary District 7950 “Ride for Polio” 2017-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Plant three rows of peas: Peace of mind - Peace of heart - Peace of soul
Plant four rows of squash: Squash gossip - Squash indifference - Squash grumbling - Squash selfishness
Plant four rows of lettuce: Lettuce be faithful - Lettuce be kind - Lettuce be obedient - Lettuce really love one another
No garden without turnips: Turnip for meetings - Turnip for service - Turnip to help one another
Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your garden, because you reap what you sow.
Our garden must have thyme: Thyme for God - Thyme for study - Thyme for prayer
—borrowed from Rotary District 7680

Plant a "Rotary" Garden 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0


September 8 and 9, 2017

Folsom, CA

BBQ Friday night
Ride & banquet Saturday


Come join us at the annual NoPolio! Rally, an 8-hour (or so) self-paced ride on some great California roads.


Friday: Ride-to-eat BBQ party!

Saturday: Rally ride and banquet.


For 2017, the Rallymaster is Jerry White, and the theme is "Into the Wild Blue Yonder".  The ride instructions tell you about places you can go and things you can do to get bonus points. Big dogs can "go for the gold," and the rest of us can have a fun ride. All finishers receive a certificate.

This event is a charity fund raiser. Donations go to PolioPlus for raising polio awareness and fighting polio worldwide.

For more info and to register for the rally, please visit


Who We Are

Bob Mutchler is an avid long-distance motorcyclist who has been helping Rotary fight polio for a long time. Everyone who knows Bob has seen his passion to eradicate polio from the earth. Bob is a member of the Rotary Club of Folsom, CA.

The NoPolio event started as a ride-to-eat banquet in 2009 honoring some donors to PolioPlus. The next year, Bob decided to do it again and include an eight-hour rally.

For more information, please visit or email Bob Mutchler, or You can also call Bob's mobile number (916) 798-4488.




Download the flier here: Documents/en-us/c00148fa-1c06-494f-b2d8-f326b8aec934/1



Ride the 2017 No Polio! Rally 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
There is less than 1 month before this ride begins and planning is well in hand:
  • the route is well considered and will be interesting,
  • accommodation is of good standard
  • timing for fuel stops and meals allow adequate time
  • support vehicle and riders with local knowledge have been assigned
The applications deadline is almost upon us and must close September 30th. If you're considering joining in on this ride and haven’t already registered please do so sooner rather than later.
See the IFMR International or Australia Chapter websites (  and for more details on the ride or to apply.

Updated Information - 2017 International Ride Australia 2017-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
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 0

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 if you need to rent a motorcycle.  You can also email 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:
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, or ph 248-820-9804



Post Rotary International Conference IFMR Ride June 15-22 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Australia International Ride 2017 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Motoquest ( 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 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 0
Posted by RJ Nice

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 0
Posted by James Dodmead
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0