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Motorcycling Rotarians

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
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On-Line, MI  7PM EASTERN
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Happy Hour Meeting
Oct 23, 2019
Jim Dodmead
Nov 06, 2019
Veteran's Day
NO MEETING - CHRISTMAS
Dec 25, 2019
NO MEETING - NEW YEARS
Jan 01, 2020
Alisa Clickenger
Jan 08, 2020
Suffragists Centennial Motorcyle Ride
Susanne Rea
Feb 05, 2020
World's Greatest Meal - Polio Survivor
Hailey Hager
Mar 04, 2020
Hailey and Hannah's Helping Hands Lemonade Stand
Tom Medema
Apr 01, 2020
Rally for Rangers
 
 
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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 Club connects you with a diverse group who share your love of riding and your drive to give back. We meet online and ride in person.
 
 
Eye Clinic Missions & Projects
As part of the club's outreach programs, members of the Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians have supported and participated in several Rotary and VOSH* eye clinic missions in various locations throughout the world.
 
With your help, we look forward to continuing to provide glasses and vision services to various indigenous peoples that are less fortunate and often unable to have even the most basic of eye care and vision.
 
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Many do not realize used eye glasses need to be cleaned, adjusted, measured, packaged, cataloged and shipped prior to making someone else's life for the better. Even though we are an entirely volunteer organization and have no labor costs we must still purchase and maintain equipment and supplies and provide for the measuring, sorting, packaging and shipping costs of the glasses. We humbly ask for a small donation (suggested $10 per pair) to supplement our costs.
 
Donated Glasses Change Lives
In many regions of the "third world", eye glasses are a luxury item that most indigenous people simply cannot afford. The simple gift of a properly fitted pair of prescription glasses opens the doors to the opportunity for these people to better their own lives in so many ways. 
 
Without glasses, indigenous children are often unable to attend school let alone be able to read and learn.
 
Without glasses, indigenous adults with vision problems lose their jobs.
 
Without glasses, indigenous senior citizens become a great burden to their families and societies.
 
In these parts of the world there are no aides for the vision impaired. 
 
Without glasses, life can be dangerous.
 
With one simple act of kindness 
YOU can change lives!
 
Please send your used glasses
along with a suggested $10 per pair cash or check donation to:
 
Motorcycling Rotarians Eye Project
c/o Gerald Jackson
11305 Eagle Road
Davisburg, MI  48350  USA
 
You can also donate online by CLICKING HERE 
 
 
*The Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians conducts its eye glass project work in association with the Michigan Chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) International.  voshmi.org
 

 
Rotarian Gerry Jackson is in Guatemala on his seventh mission trip to Casa Colibri to bring eyeglasses, sunglasses and Rotary love to the folks who live in the region.  
 
Casa Colibrí is a not-for-profit humanitarian organization committed to helping the Mayan people of northwest Guatemala improve their lives through programs in health, education, and infrastructure.  Casa Colibrí supports its programs with funds provided by grant-making organizations and generous individual donors. All donated funds are used specifically to purchase medication, supplies and equipment needed to support programs or to pay the salaries of our three Guatemalan employees (clinic nurse, clinic caretaker and executive director.) All members of the Casa Colibrí board of directors are volunteers. All volunteers pay their own expenses to attend meetings or to travel to Guatemala to assist with programs. No funds are used for fundraising efforts or other administrative functions.
 
You can check out Casa Colibri on their website at casacolibri.org  and their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CasaColibriUS/
 

 
 
 

While on business travel in Germany recently, I managed to meet up with the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians via a stateside member of the Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians (an eClub). This ride was organized by Dr. Dirk Jensinghaus, our international IFMR president, so I felt particularly fortunate (and welcomed!) The group was mostly French riders with a few Germans. My limited high-school German and college French is pretty rusty but we did just fine with some translation help by Dirk and Pascal in the group. 

The ride down from Darmstadt on my rented BMW F800GT took a couple hours in the rain. About 30km away from my hotel, my 10 year old Daytona boots informed me they were no longer waterproof. Fortunately my Aerostich and triple-digit raingloves kept the rest of me dry enough. My iPhone on its RAM handlebar mount talked GPS to me through my Sena 10c Pro and worked well enough except for when a raindrop hit the screen directly and acted like a capacitive touch. This required me to tap it once to see my map again, and stop once to navigate back to my map display. More on this later.

Etape 1 : St-Wendel – Sarreguemines (Aus St-Wendel 61 km, 1:00 St.)
Meeting zwischen 9:00 und 9:15 in Sarreguemines, Start 9:30 

I met Dirk and his wife near Saarbrucken and we crossed the French border, fueled up and met the rest of the group. My IFMR clubmates were well-prepared for the cold wet weather and largely on big touring bikes. 

 

Etape 2 : Sarreguemines – La Petite Pierre : (67 km, 1:30 St.) 9:30 – 11h00

Our second stage of riding included winding rural roads between farming towns and through forests. We did stop at one point for Pascal to point out a crystal factory. This region is famous for its crystal.

Kleine Pause in La-Petite-Pierre (11:00 – 11:30)

Based on when I set out from Darmstadt that morning, I would have loved to see a coffee stop earlier- so when we finally arrived at Brasserie Tivoli for libations including coffee and hot cocoa, I was very happy to warm up a little. It was also a great opportunity to get better acquainted with my clubmates and pass around the book I’d brought with as a gift for my 19-yr old. It’s a copy of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, now signed by motorcyclists from all over the world. Though it’s materially modest, I think it’s a pretty good birthday gift for a 19-yr old just starting an adult life. Coincidentally, the author Robert Pirsig had just passed away a week prior, at the grand old age of 88 yrs. He was a fellow Minnesotan and Golden Gopher like me, and of course a motorcyclist. Godspeed, Dr. Pirsig.

Etape 3 : La Petite-Pierre – Le Donon (72 km, 1:30 St) : 11h30 – 13h00

The highlight I remember of this stage is passing through Graufthal and seeing the houses cut directly into the living stone of the cliffs. We also rode to the top of Rocher du Dabo, a castle on a hill that provided an excellent view of fog and rain. Visibility was limited but it was still a cool place to see.

Etape 4 : Repas / Mittagessen

The lunch stop was fabulous, and a hot meal on a cold wet day was most welcome. Our famous chef Cyril Strub happens to be a fellow motorcyclist. He and his wife operate “Black Pudding & Co” together. They met in her homeland Scotland, and moved together to France where we now found them at Le Kiboki. I’ve been told that Rotary motorcycling events are judged in part by the quality of the food. This large French meal certainly met the high standard with wine, several grilled meats, fresh salad, breads, dessert and of course espresso.

Etape 5 : Retour au choix, Rückfahrt je nach Wunsch ab 15 :00 oder 16 :00

After lunch, a few of our party split off to more direct ways home, while I headed back toward Saarbrucken with my German hosts. I sat out the rain and received some dry socks from Dirk, then headed back toward Darmstadt after it became apparent the rain wasn’t letting up. During our final stop I’d noticed one of four the rubber feet on my RAM X-Grip had departed the bike somewhere. I thought it would be okay- and put my phone in a plastic bag so the raindrops wouldn’t disturb the GPS. Unfortunately, while 3 out of 4 ain’t bad, it ain’t good either when it’s rubber feet on the RAM X-Grip. My iPhone left the bike at about 130kph on the autobahn, 40km outside Saarbrucken. I quickly decided that stopping for a black iPhone on the autobahn at night in the rain was a dumber idea than continuing without it. Fortunately I remembered the rest of the way back to my hotel in Darmstadt, and lived to figure out how to deal without a phone while traveling. That part I don’t recommend. Thanks Rotary! It was a memorable ride.

 
 
Three Upcoming Start Dates:
November 16-24, 2019
November 24 to December 2, 2020
November 23 to December 1, 2021
 
All leave from Cape Town, South Africa
15% discount on the trip for the November 16-24, 2019 trip!
 
 
 
Download the full brochure by CLICKING HERE
 

IFMR-NA Friendship Ride to End Polio
Johnson City, Tennessee 
29th and 30th of May 2020  
Ride routes are still being evaluated,
but routes will most certainly contain “The Snake.”  
 
See more info about "The Snake" here: https://tinyurl.com/y6axo94g
 
 
 
 

Lodging - Fairfield Inn 

3078 Hamilton Place 

Johnson City, TN 37604. 

Call (423) 900-8640 to make a reservation and

Mention IFMR for a special rate. 

If we can book 15 rooms, the rate will be $106 plus tax (this rate will also apply to May 28th). 

If less than 15 rooms are booked the rate will be $144. 

The block will be held until April 28, 2020. 

Cancellations up to 7 days prior will have no penalty 

cancelations with less than 7 days remaining will be charged one day of rent and taxes. 

A credit card will be necessary to hold the reservation & Marriott Rewards number would be handy  

 

Ride Registration will be a $100 dollar donation

checks payable to Polio Plus. 

Please include your Rotary International membership number on your check to ensure proper credit is given. 

 

Riders will have the option of following a ride leader, or directions will be provided for more spirited riders. 

 

There will be social events,

a trivia competition,

rally style awards (longest distance, oldest rider, youngest rider, most eventful trip, Motorcycle Genius Award),

fellowship, and dining out.

 

For more information, suggestions, or questions contact Jim Dodmead by clicking here

 

Registration is NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE to register now!

 


 
  • If you didn’t make the call, don’t ever give out any personal information, even if you recognize the person’s voice
  • If it is not a trusted source, DO NOT CLICK ON THAT LINK!!!!!!!!
  • Hover your mouse pointer over a link to make sure you know where you are going https://www.goodlink.com    If you cannot verify it, you are better off typing or copying the link, rather than click on it
  • No legitimate organization is ever going to call and ask for your credit card number.
  • If someone calls and says your grandson is in jail in Paris, don’t send money until you verify the situation independently
  • If you didn’t make the call, don’t ever give out any personal information, no matter what the caller ID says
  • Keep backup copies of important information separate from your system
  • Keep all your systems patched and up to date (if you don’t know how, send me an email by clicking the link below)
 
For more information visit:  https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/
 
To watch the presentation from October 2, 2019 - click on this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dNB83oZGZE
 
If you have a question for Jim click here to send him an email!
 

Dieter's awesome presentation today (August 14, 2019) to the Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians....

 

Dieter Shneider is a very interesting fellow with lots of wonderful experiences to share with us! Dieter has packed up his motorcycle and is riding all over the world visiting Rotary clubs in support of depression awareness.

We can all learn to recognize depression and to actively support those affected to accept the necessary medical help. Talking about it helps.

You can follow Dieter via social media (IG, FB) and his Blog:
http://www.aaadventurer.de/
https://www.facebook.com/Fellowsride/
Instagram: Fellows_Ride

www.mentalhealthamerica.net

 

You can watch today's program by clicking here

 

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 2019 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will run between October 17 and 26, 2019 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.

 

 

Click Here For More Information

 

 

 
 
 

 

The Indian Himalayas is unlike anywhere else on Earth, a rich tapestry of dramatic scenery and fascinating cultural diversity. En route of this motorcycle tour across the Himalayas you will be awe-struck by the rugged peaks of the Himalayas, you will sip tea in a hill station before hopping back on your motorcycle and ride to the world highest road, you will experience the rush of river crossing by your motorcycle and find inner peace at a yoga retreat.

 

On this tour you will also experiences crossing a couple of the highest mountain passes in the world, an experience that worth doing on its own, not to mention doing it on the legendary Royal Enfield Motorcycle

 

Cross India Challenge is a series of guided motorcycle and scooter tours across the vast Indian territories, and although we have included everything you need into our tour packages, but traveling always require prior planning. Here you will find some further details that will help you plan your next adventure around India.

 

Click Here for More Information or Facebook

Reprinted with permission, Liz Jansen 
lizjansen.com posted April 5, 2019
https://lizjansen.com/10-spring-motorcycle-hazards-and-how-to-manage-them/
 
 

As eager as we are to get out for the first ride of the season, it’s important to prepare for unique spring motorcycle hazards.

Trudy and I went for our first ride last week. It was an early start but she needed routine maintenance beyond my repertoire. We’ve got travel plans for later this month so the work had to happen. We lucked out with a beautiful sunny day (sandwiched between two snow days) for the ninety-minute cross-country ride to my local Triumph dealer.

I wasn’t as ready as I would have preferred so I stayed away from traffic and rode more deliberately, aware of what I was dealing with.

 
10 Spring Motorcycle Hazards
  1. Automobile drivers. They haven’t had to share the road with motorcycles for four months. Add in their general inattentiveness and distractions and it’s a recipe for trouble. Give yourself plenty of space, watch other road users closely, and make yourself as visible as possible. Assume they don’t see you.

 

This article is published with the permission of RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine. It is not for sale or redistribution. RoadRUNNER is a bimonthly motorcycle touring magazine packed with exciting travel articles, splendid photography, and maps. Subscriptions are available online, or by calling (866) 343-7623. 
February 8, 2019 -- Written by Heather Oliver
 

Talk to any motorcyclist and you’re likely to hear how they love the exhilarating feeling of freedom they get while riding. The feel of the wind, the intensity of the smells in the air, the vibrant views that come at you as if you’re wearing 3D glasses …

Even still, there are some people who remain unconvinced about the joys of riding—whether it’s procrastination, fear, or disinterest—they just can’t or won’t see the proverbial light.

If your enthusiasm for motorcycles has yet to persuade someone to learn to ride, start riding again, or to at least accept your passion for motorcycling, perhaps science can. Time to rehash the study done by Ryuta Kawashima in Tokyo (in conjunction with Yamaha). It makes an impressive case for riding. Yes, car drivers, we’re rubbing it in—and it never gets old!

Riding Motorcycles Daily Improves Cognitive Functioning

Who doesn’t want to be better at problem-solving and carrying out complex tasks? I don’t know about you, but I’m all for increased mental abilities. Maybe if I ride a motorcycle enough, I’ll finally be able to move things with my mind. Now there’s motivation! Does it still count if you’re on the back? The study didn’t cover that one …

 

Higher Levels of Concentration

If you ever hope to bend a spoon with your mind, then you should ride a motorcycle every chance you get. Seriously though, this one makes perfect sense. It takes much more concentration to ride a motorcycle than it does to drive a car. From shifting and stopping, counter-steering, to cornering, negotiating curves, and avoiding hazards on the road—your mind stays in high gear because you are so in tuned to your surroundings. Besides, doesn’t everyone have at least a teensy-weensy desire to be James Bond (or an Alex Parrish from Quanitco)? As a motorcyclist, you must be daring and quick on your feet—very 007-like.

Reduced Stress Levels

A recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that individuals in the U.S. are consistently feeling stress levels of at least a 4.7 on a scale of 1-10, and that stress is directly affecting our health. Apparently, we’re all anxious, angry, or tired—perhaps that explains road rage! Yet another reason to ride. When was the last time you came across someone who was mad or stressed out because they were riding a motorcycle?

Improves Memory and Reasoning

Dr. Ryuta Kawashima claims that riding motorcycles can prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. If that isn’t a good enough reason to ride, I don’t know what is. Plus, the memories you make while on a motorcycle tour are literally unforgettable. So, if you start riding while you’re young, you’ll keep your mind sharp—start when you’re older and you’ll re-sharpen your mind—sounds like a win-win!

Stimulates the Brain

Most any motorcyclist will confirm that riding takes them to a happy place. Kawashima’s study even showed that riding motorcycles takes a person to a higher state of consciousness. The act of riding is a feast for the senses—no wonder the brain is so stimulated. Read any of Bud Miller’s Zen Motorcyclist columns in our magazine or on our blog and you’ll understand.