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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.


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Motorcycling Makes You Happier, Healthier, and Smarter   2019-02-15 05:00:00Z 0 Health,Motorcycle Study,Motorcycling,Ryuta Kawashima
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Mark your calendar for another great IFMR weekend get-together and spring ride on the scenic mountain roads of 'wild and wonderful' West Virginia. We've put together a great weekend event including Thursday evening food and fellowship in Lewisburg, a great 200 mile ride Friday north on scenic WV20 thru central WV fields, forests, and mountains to Canaan Valley Resort, where we'll enjoy another evening of fellowship. Then on Saturday we'll take a different but equally scenic 210 mile ride back south thru the Allegheny Highlands to Lewisburg, for yet another evening of fellowship, before heading for home on Sunday. It's a great opportunity for IFMR members and their guests to meet and greet old friends and also make some new ones.

Make room reservations in Lewisburg at the Holiday Inn Express (304-645-5750) for Thursday May 2 and Saturday May 4 under the "IFMR" group rates of $119+tax Thursday and $139+tax Saturday, breakfast included. Since this is the busy season in WV, rooms not booked by April 18 will be released, so book early.

Make room reservations at the Canaan Valley Resort (800-622-4121) for Friday May 3 using the group code "IFMR.019" for our group rate of $99.00+tax&fees. This is an especially busy season for Canaan Valley visitors. Rooms not booked by March 3 must be released, so act now to assure yourself of a room. After that date, reservations at the group rate will only be accepted on a 'space available' basis.
The preliminary route map is shown above. Route details may change slightly depending on road conditions, weather, etc.

Mark your calendar, call now for room reservations, and plan to join us in Lewisburg!
If you have questions or would like more information, contact
Bob Shriner or 703-795-4355.
Otherwise, just send Bob an email to let him know you plan to come so he can have a head-count for meals and other activities. And don't forget to pass the word to your friends.
IFMR 2019 Spring Ride in Appalachia 2019-01-19 05:00:00Z 0
3-Pass Tour
In Conjunction with District 5190 Conference
ALL Are Welcome to Join in the Fun
Check out for up-to-date information
Check-in 9:30 am on Friday May 17
Start at 10:00 am
Return to Peppermill between 4:00 and 5:00 pm
Distance 215 miles
Lunch Stop but lunch on individuals
The tour will go through the following passes:
Mt Rose
For more information contact Larie Tripett by clicking here

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Have You Reserved Your Room and Secured Your Spot Yet? 
Cost is $103 as a donation to Polio Plus 
per motorcyclist or motorcyclist & rider (includes credit card convenience fee)
Arrive -  Thursday, June 20
Depart - Sunday, June 23
Fairfield Inn and Suites 
924 East State Street 
Athens, Ohio 45701
Group name:  IFMR - Windy 9
Group rate is $149 per night plus tax.
Call 740-589-5839 for reservations. 
Be sure to use the group name.
Hotel stay includes free breakfast, a salt water swimming pool, free wi-fi, and ample parking (even for trailers).
21 June - two of the Windy 9 tbd
22 June - two different rides of the Windy 9 tbd.
I will ensure that we ride on the triple nickel at some point.
Learn more about the Windy 9 at
Please let me know if you plan on joining us.  You must make your room reservation separately. 
The terrain is moderately hilly, and the roads reasonably windy (as in twists and turns, not breezy)
Contact John Kramb: for even more information

2019 IFMR Polio Plus Ride - Ohio Windy Nine  2018-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Nelson
The 2018 Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival was recently covered by "This Motorcycle Life" podcast. The attachment has links to several of the films reviewed there- short and long format, free and for rental. Even if the snow is flying where you live, hopefully this will keep your motorcycle dreams warm throughout the winter. Download the document with links here:  2018 Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival.

Motorcycle Films:  If We Can't Ride We Can Still Watch! Scott Nelson 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
There will be no meeting on Wednesday, December 26 and Wednesday, January 2, 2019
in observance of Christmas and New Years celebrations.
Please join us on Wednesday, December 9 at 7pm Eastern/6pm Central/5pm Mountain/4pm Pacific
Lively discussion and an excellent program on Motorcycle Oils and Lubricants.
Holiday Meeting Schedule 2018-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

A.B. 51 authorized standards development

The California Highway Patrol has released its long-awaited tips for motorcyclists who split lanes in traffic.

The recommendations were authorized under A.B. 51, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in 2016. The law, sponsored by Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Tom Lackey (R- Palmdale), is the first legislative recognition of lane splitting, in which motorcyclists ride between lanes of stopped or slowed traffic.

The CHP tips include information for motorcyclists and drivers of other vehicles.

Photo by Kevin Wing

Download the CHP document by clicking here.

California Highway Patrol Releases Lane-Splitting Tips 2018-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary International Convention 2019 will take place in Hamburg, Germany from June 1st to June 5th.
The IFMR chapter Austria-Germany-Switzerland is organizing a pre-Convention rally starting at several
places in the Chapter’s region. All members of IFMR are very welcome to ride with us to the
Convention 2019.

We have planned different tracks from the starting locations, all tracks will end in Lüneburg close to
Hamburg. In Lüneburg we have reserved a contingent of 200 rooms in two hotels from 31st of May
until 5th of June 2019. During the Convention we will offer different rides to Hamburg and daytrips in
the region.
There are a few scheduled rides during convention as well. Ride back to your starting point individually or in a group.
Download ride details by clicking HERE.

IFMR Ride to Rotary International Convention in Hamburg 2018-11-09 05:00:00Z 0


New Year, New Adventures

We’re changing things up in 2019! We’re adding even more value, fun, and scenic views to the annual “Hooked on Healing Veterans” ride. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Win a 2018 Harley-Davidson Road King in our Poker Run! - Photo does not represent actual motorcycle

The day will start at registration with a complimentary breakfast of pancakes, sausages and coffee. If your boots are a little dusty, visit our free boot shine station, courtesy of Brian of Black Sheep boot shine. Join your host Brad Perry for raffles and a live band throughout the day. That’s not all! There will also be complimentary lunch at Desert Wind H-D courtesy of the excellent Desert Wind staff. Lastly, guests will qualify to win a new 2018 Harley-Davidson Road King by entering our Poker Run (which is included in your Registration fee). Poker Run contest rules found here.


Rather than ride around the city on surface roads, we are going to treat everyone to a scenic country ride.

From Desert Wind, head east out the #60 and then south on Hwy #79 to the River Bottom Bar in Florence. The route is a breathtaking 45-minute ride. Then it’s just a 20-minute hop, skip, and jump over to the Galloping Goose Bar & Grill in Coolidge. From the Galloping Goose, we take AZ #87 north back to Desert Wind for free lunch and festivities. Expect lots of unforgettable scenery on this pleasant 55-minute ride.


We are honored to have Brad Perry as our MC for this years event

Brad Perry is not a stranger to the entertainment world. He was waking up people for over 20 years on morning television. Brad is currently the Executive Producer and Host of his own show ‘BRAD’s BIG ADVENTURES


2019 Hooked On Healing Vets Motorcycle Ride 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
Associate Member, Keith Lindgren (in red shirt) recently did a program at his home club, The Rotary Club of Hampton Roads, he spoke about traveling the country on 3-wheels.  District 6300 District Governor Elect Clenese Platt (blue dress), was in attendance (we are her Home Club) and I got a picture of her sitting on the Can -Am Spyder that I had in the meeting room for my presentation.
Riding A 3-Wheel Motorcycle 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0


On September 7-8, 2018, Scott Nelson of Oakland Rotary #3 rode his Triumph motorcycle in the 2018 No Polio! Rally. Bob and Patti Mutchler (Folsom Rotary members) hosted the pre/post Friday & Saturday BBQ dinners at their home, prepared to perfection by rally chef David Hatfield. Allan Pratt, Our Rallymaster, mapped a Saturday 8-hour ride with route alternatives and bonus-point opportunities on beautiful backroads.

Other participants included Mario Winkelman, Neil Cook, Nancy Lefcourt, Peter Perrin, and Katherine Copeland, member of the Vancouver BC Rotary club. Notably, Katherine drove the farthest to participate, nearly raised the highest donations, and passed her motorcycle license test the day she departed for this rally.

Bob’s goal for this 10th annual NoPolio! Rally was $10,000. As of Sept. 9th, we went over, totaling $16,905 in donations! This event is a charity fund raiser: donations raise money and awareness for PolioPlus and for fighting polio worldwide. Since 2008, we have raised more than $110,000.00 towards this goal from the motorcycle community alone. More details about the rally series can be found at



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Rotary Motorcycling Club or Rotary Motorcycling Fellowship? Paul McAfee 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0 Motorcycle,MotorcyclingRotarians,Rotary,Service Above Self,eClub
Motorcycling Rotarians Online Happy Hour Paul McAfee 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0 Motorcycle,MotorcyclingRotarians,Rotary
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.
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians Linda Ryan 2018-07-02 04:00:00Z 0 Motorcycle,MotorcyclingRotarians,Rotary,eClub
There's A New Rotary Club in Town!! Debbie Vance 2018-07-02 04:00:00Z 0 Motorcycle,MotorcyclingRotarians,Rotary
10th Annual NOPolio! Motorcycle Rally 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowships are one of Rotary's best-kept secrets, and it doesn't need to be that way. There are almost 80 different Rotary Fellowships that appeal to a wide variety of hobbies, interests, professions, etc. This graphic, created by Debbie Vance, demonstrates one of my favorites, The International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians. Come check us out at


June is Rotary Fellowships Month...
and here's an awesome Fellowship with awesome Rotarians




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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

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Ride the Ozarks Rally October 5 & 6 2018-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Where Our Members Hail From Gerry Jackson 2018-04-24 04:00:00Z 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
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

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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.



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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

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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



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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:

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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



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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!

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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
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