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Motorcycling Rotarians

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
This is an Online Rotary Club
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Upcoming Speakers
Jim Dodmead
Oct 06, 2021 7:00 PM
Cybersecurity - 2021 Update and Workshop
Penni "Gypsy" Fuller
Oct 13, 2021
Texas Trauma and Lifesaver Training
Clark Paynter
Oct 20, 2021
Classification Talk
Happy Hour Meeting
Oct 27, 2021
Giselle Briden
Nov 03, 2021
Motorcycle Memoirs
Jim Dodmead
Nov 10, 2021 7:00 PM
Veterans Day
George Karnes - IFMR-NA Member
Nov 17, 2021
Journey on the Trans America Trail
Happy Hour Meeting
Nov 24, 2021
Deb Teplitz
Dec 01, 2021
Classification Talk
Sabrina Lopez
Dec 08, 2021
Girl, Speak Up! Founder and CEO
Kathleen MacDonald
Dec 15, 2021
Classification Talk
Happy Hour Meeting
Dec 22, 2021
Andrzej Stewart
Jan 05, 2022
Johnson Space Center
Kathleen MacDonald
Jan 12, 2022
Paragliding
Jeff Ufberg
Jan 19, 2022
The Dirt Bike Academy
Michelle Lamphere - National President USA
Feb 02, 2022
Women's International Motorcycling Association
David George Brooke
Feb 09, 2022
"That Gratitude Guy"
Olivier Van Herck & Zoe Agasi
Feb 16, 2022
WeLeaf Bicycling World Trip
Julie Nordskog Andrews
Mar 02, 2022
Hoka Hey Rider and Women's Motorcycling Writer
Vicki Gray
Mar 09, 2022
Motoress - International Female Ride Day
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
President Nominee
Treasurer
Secretary
DIR & Executive Secretary
DIR & Membership Team
DIR & Membership Team
DIR & Service Project Chair
Rotary Foundation Team
Club Administration Chair
DIR -Associate Member
DIR -Associate Member
Technology Chair
Rotary Foundation Team
Immediate Past President
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Our Latest News and Projects
Do you love to ride and want to connect with other motorcyclists around the world? Do you want to make positive changes in your community and the world? Become a Motorcycling Rotarian to connect with those who share your love of riding and a passion for local and global community service and friendship.
We meet online and ride in person.
 
Join us at a meeting by Clicking Here   
 
 
We had planned to ride as a group with the Harley Owners Chapter 4800 of Greenville SC to Sturgis, which was planned the year before and many people were securing their accommodations... Then the pandemic  happened! The uncertainty of the ride was down the drain and many people thought it was going to cancel.  Our chapter made the decision to go ahead and keep it going for those who wanted to go. 
 
Our Road Captain Bob took his time scheduling the grueling 3 day trek from Greenville SC to Custer State Park in SD.  We have scheduled a hotel night for every day of the trip and in Custer State Park SD. 
 
Day 1: we took it easy and made our way to the Outskirts of Lexington KY for the night.
 
Day 2: we traveled to Le Claire, IA, to check out the pickers (Frank and Mike) rusty gold they say. Their shop was more like a retail store for t-shirts and hats then for stuff they show on tv.
 
Day 3: we made our way all the way to Custer State Park where we ended our first 1670 miles. 
 
Day 4: we started with a visit to the Black Hills HD Dealership where all the vendors and crowds. Which I wore my mask all the time and stayed away from many bar or group events so as not to be exposed.
 
Day 5 - 8: We mostly rode within 250 mile range each day or a tank of gas whichever came first.  We stayed a total of 5 days in South Dakota, went one day to Sturgis, visited the bars and saw buffalo just about every morning.
 
The video above is a compilation of all the rides we did. Custer to Mt Rushmore via Needles Hwy Loop, Custer to Rapid City SD, Custer to Badlands National Park, Custer to Sundance, Custer to the Devils Tower, Spearhead and other places around.  Unfortunately, my front camera went flying on the 7th day of the trip and I had to switch cameras as I lost several hours of footage. I had to make do and try to salvage what I had downloaded the prior night.
 
Day 9: we got caught on the rain sans rain gear, the temperature dropped from 80 to 50 in no time we were shivering from the cold rain. That's the Blackhills for you, unpredictable and hot and cold in the summer! 
 
Our group stayed together for the most part and some of us decided to venture different directions and ride on smaller groups to see more as we did with the Falls of Spearhead and Devils Tower.
 
Day 10: we took to the road again and made our way back to South Carolina via Kansas City, Missouri and on to Cleveland to check out some sites of interest for folks in our group. 
 
It was a fantastic trip, we did not get sick nor had any accidents, just a couple rain days and hardware malfunctions on a couple of the Harleys.  Overall, it was a lot of fun and camaraderie all the way around! I highly recommend taking a trip to SD and not necessarily for Sturgis but for the open skies and the open road, just be prepared for anything... I  mean anything!
 
Cheers! See you on the road again!!
 
 
Emilio Porras
President - Rotary Club of Mauldin
Associate Member - Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians
Member - IFMR-NA (ifmr-na.org)
 
 

 
 
 
On behalf of the Host Organization Committee, we cannot wait to welcome Rotarians and guests to Houston and the great State of Texas for the 2022 Rotary International Convention.  The saying goes that everything is “Bigger”, “Better” and “Friendlier” in Texas, and the goal of the Houston Host Organization Committee is to have each of you feel that every moment as our guest while in Houston! From the humble beginnings of this great city, Houston has been led by “People of Action” who have taken this City to great heights including, to the moon and back. 
 
More Information coming soon!
 
You can learn more about the 2022 Rotary International Convention by clicking here
 

The long awaited IFMR-NA store is now up and running.
 
Currently available are IFMR-NA t-shirts, polo shirts and long sleeve dress shirts.  Please check back to the web store every now and again as we add new IFMR-NA logo products. 
 
This store is a fundraiser with all IFMR-NA profits benefitting the charitable account of the Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians!!
 
CLICK HERE to go to the store and order your very own IFMR-NA gear!
 

    
Carlton Pernell                                          Terry Skogland
 
 
 
August 26-30, 2021
Maggie Valley, NC
 
 
The ride will center around the Jonathon Creek Inn
Address: 4324 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751-9511 
 
Phone: +1 800 577 7812 
 
 
CONTACT THE HOTEL DIRECT TO BOOK YOUR ROOM(s). Options are Deluxe, Creekside Back door/balcony, or Creekside back door with screened in porch.  Mention International Motorcycle or Jim Dodmead if they can't find it when making a reservation for a discounted rate.
 
 
Anticipate arrival on Thursday afternoon, August 26th and we will have pizza and refreshments on the back patio that evening. 
 
Friday we will do a short morning ride, followed by lunch and  a joint meeting and/or a service project with a local club for Friday afternoon.  Friday night we will cook out hamburgers and hot dogs on the back patio.
 
Saturday we will ride for a couple of hours, have lunch, and return to JCI for dinner at
 
J. Arthurs
2843 Soco Road, Highway 19
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Phone:  828-926-1817  
https://jarthurs.com
 
 
Sunday it is anticipated that some people will head home, but if there is enough interest, we can do a morning ride and visit the "Wheels Through Time" museum (if it has opened by then). 
 
Any of the above is subject to change depending upon feedback and the desires of participants. 
 
 
Registration is open!  Click here to register
 
 
 
Contact Jim or Tom by clicking below for more information
Electronic Mail: Jim Dodmead & Tom Kale
 

 
 
October is "Cybersecurity Awareness Month".  Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.
 
CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are proud to announce this year’s theme:

“Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.

NCSAM emphasizes “If You Connect It, Protect It.” Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will focus on the following areas in our promotions and outreach:

  • October 1 and 2: Official NCSAM Kick-off
  • Week of October 5 (Week 1): If You Connect It, Protect It
  • Week of October 12 (Week 2): Securing Devices at Home and Work
  • Week of October 19 (Week 3): Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
  • Week of October 26 (Week 4): The Future of Connected Devices

Use NCSAM’s hashtag #BeCyberSmart before and during October to promote your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness.

 

Tip sheet #1:  Internet Security While Traveling

Tip sheet #2:  eSkimming

Tip sheet #3: Identity Theft and Internet Scams

Tip sheet #4: Internet of Things

Tip sheet #5: MultiFactor Authentication

Tip sheet #6: Phishing

Tip sheet #7: Social Media

Find more information about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by clicking here:  Cybersecurity Awareness Month

 
Jim and Diane went on a multi-stage reconnaissance mission to the NC
mountains for an IFMR-NA ride next year.  There are many spectacular vistas
and rides in the area to choose from. 

This event is tentatively scheduled for August 26-29, 2021.  There are
planned social events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, along with
guided rides on Friday and Saturday or participants can venture out on their
own. 

After a test run at Nantahala Outdoor Center, they have eliminated white
water rafting as a potential activity for next year's ride.  However, other
participants are welcome to try it.  Reservations are recommended.

The pictures are from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lake Junaluska.
 
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.
 
Please Add A Cash Donation
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 $5 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 $5 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
 

 
Upcoming Rides
 
 
From Fellow IFMR Australia:
 
Many of you would remember IFMR German Chapter member Dieter Schneider, Dieter spent most of 2019 in Australia promoting as part of his planned world ride promoting awareness to depression and prevention of suicide. Some of our members were lucky enough to ride with him or home host him, others would have listened to his Zoom Chinwag presentation on 30th August 2020 or followed him on his Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Fellowsride/
 
As a result of COVID-19, Dieter has found himself back in Germany, whilst his BMW awaits his return in Brazil.
 
In typical Dieter fashion, he has continued his passion in Germany, and in a recent email he wrote:
“With some of my friends we are planning a „Fellows Ride“ in my hometown Würzburg at the 12th of June. Inspired by the Black Dog Ride in Australia I’m looking forward to ride with hundreds of bikers for Depressions Help and Suicide Prevention. The various concerns of the police are devastating. Doing good is not easy in Germany. You have to stand the bureaucracy.
 
As a group, let’s support Dieter! Registrations for the Würzburg are free, riders are being “encouraged” to donate 15 Euros (about USD $30) Whilst any monetary donations would, I’m sure, be appreciated, I believe that our support and encouragement are more important.  You can make a donation via Dieter's GoFundMe page that has been setup for this venture:  https://de.gofundme.com/f/pqbw97-depressionshilfe
 
June 12 has come and gone but you are still able to make a donation if you feel so led.
 

    
Carlton Pernell                                          Terry Skogland
 
 
 
August 26-30, 2021
Maggie Valley, NC
 
 
The ride will center around the Jonathon Creek Inn
Address: 4324 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751-9511 
 
Phone: +1 800 577 7812 
 
 
CONTACT THE HOTEL DIRECT TO BOOK YOUR ROOM(s). Options are Deluxe, Creekside Back door/balcony, or Creekside back door with screened in porch.  Mention International Motorcycle or Jim Dodmead if they can't find it when making a reservation for a discounted rate.
 
 
Anticipate arrival on Thursday afternoon, August 26th and we will have pizza and refreshments on the back patio that evening. 
 
Friday we will do a short morning ride, followed by lunch and  a joint meeting and/or a service project with a local club for Friday afternoon.  Friday night we will cook out hamburgers and hot dogs on the back patio.
 
Saturday we will ride for a couple of hours, have lunch, and return to JCI for dinner at
 
J. Arthurs
2843 Soco Road, Highway 19
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Phone:  828-926-1817  
https://jarthurs.com
 
 
Sunday it is anticipated that some people will head home, but if there is enough interest, we can do a morning ride and visit the "Wheels Through Time" museum (if it has opened by then). 
 
Any of the above is subject to change depending upon feedback and the desires of participants. 
 
 
Registration is open!  Click here to register
 
 
 
Contact Jim or Tom by clicking below for more information
Electronic Mail: Jim Dodmead & Tom Kale
 

 
 
 
October 23-24, 2021
South Texas
 
Day 1
Start in Laredo, to Brownsville to Corpus Christi
with several stops in between meeting other Rotarians
 
Day 2
Start in Corpus Christi to Victoria, Alice and end in Laredo. 
 
About 800 miles
 
Funds go to support Polio Plus
 
Get up-to-date info as it develops
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/rotarypoliomoto/
 
or EMAIL Ride Coordinator Joseph Dickerson
 

 
IFMR-NA Friendship Ride to End Polio
Johnson City, Tennessee 
EVENT POSTPONED  
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  

 

 

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

 

There will be social events, fellowship, dining out, a trivia competition,

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

 

 

For more information, suggestions, make a donation to Polio Plus

or questions about the ride contact Jim Dodmead by clicking here

 

 

 


 
 
July 16, 2020
The day starts at the Fairfield Inn at the Wisconsin Dells
511 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
(608) 678-2676
 
Today's ride will take you to Richland Center, Prairie du Chien and end the day in Marquette, Iowa
at the Cobblestone Inn
100 North Street
Marquette, Iowa
(563) 873-8900
 
July 17
We will ride from Marquette, Iowa back to the Wisconsin Dells
via Lansing, MN; Viroqua, WI; Westby, WI; Cashton, WI; Hillsboro, WI; Reedsburg, WI
and finish up back at the Fairfield Inn at the Wisconsin Dells.
 
 
 
To make a donation to the projects of the Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians
or Questions about the ride Send an email to Jim Lawrence, ride coordinator 

 
 
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
 

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