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Ride Coordinator Dave Cushing
Ginny Maio email@example.com
AMA DISTRICT 2 PB Newsletter 08-09 Winter-Spring JANUARY, 2009
The staff would like to thank everyone who participated in the Toy Run at the Cabin. We set a new record of members and amount valued. The Valerie Fund has reported that the amount of toys we contributed to be valued at $15,500.00. We had Barry Kirschner, who is the Executive Director of the Valerie Fund, there with his fiancée, and he was very impressed with the membership, their bikes, and the amount of toys that was contributed. Barry said that all of the Polar Bear Members should give themselves a big pat on the back, because we are far and away the largest donator of toys of all 6 parties that donate toys to the Fund. Also, the Ramapo Motorcycle Club donated a check for $875.00 to the Valerie Fund. Way to go, Ramapo!
On our ride to the Knights of Columbus – the profits they made were contributed to the Covenant House. They were able to contribute $187.00 profit from the food that we purchased from them to Covenant House. So, when you go there and eat, they don’t keep the profits, but donate it, so we thank you for that.
The Yin and the Yang
So far, this riding season, the weather has been back and forth; we were lucky there for a while that the bad weather was occurring during the week, and not on Sundays. On the ride to Schoch’s Harley-Davidson, the weather was bad, but we still had a fairly decent turn-out. Mrs. Schoch did her usual fantastic job on the food. She had chili, and her famous pea soup. She had sheet cakes and coffee. There was plenty of food and it was all free.
week, we had the run to
On December 21st,
2008, we had our first ride to Frog Rock Inn and Country Club in
week, we had the run to DeThomasi’s East Five Points Inn in
We’ll be going to Club Dix on Feb. 1, 2009. If anyone is bringing any rider who is not a member, please submit their names to Bob Hartpence by Jan 18th (which is the Flying W Airport run). Bob has to turn a list in, and anyone who isn’t on the list will not be allowed on the base. Please get the names to Bob.
Some Upcoming Rides
2009, is the run to Brian’s Harley-Davidson in
Ginny Maio, our Ride Coordinator, regrets to inform us that she just has too many things going to keep doing the job of Ride Coordinator. We’re asking for volunteers for the job. You know what they say, “It’s a thankless job, but somebody’s got to do it.” Well, we will thank you! So anyone who is interested in being Ride Coordinator, please see Bob Hartpence.
We just wanted to update the members on Danny Sparks since his accident. He is getting along very well now, and in good spirits. As soon as we have contact info, we’ll pass it along for members who want to send cards or letters of encouragement.
Dinner Tickets Ready
Dinner-Dance tickets are available – see your flight leaders for tickets. For those of you who are new, the Dinner-Dance
is held at the Old Bridge Knights of Columbus in
We have reached the maximum that we have set for membership for this year, and we have new people who want to join every year. So if you want to be sure of membership next year, you can sign up early, either on line or there will be applications available for you to sign up. If you do sign up, it’s $18.00 for AMA Members and $20.00 for Non-AMA. But wait - if you sign up before the end of August, it’s $18.00 for Non-AMA and $15.00 for AMA Members. If you have any questions, please see one of the staff members regarding the tickets.
Let’s Promote Motorcycling
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, so we need more bikes out there on the roads in May – we need to be more visible – out there. Also, on May 3, 2009, AMA District 2 and ABATE will be having a function to promote motorcycling and make people in general more aware of motorcyclists. We Polar Bears do our part on Sundays, as people go by us in their cars in total astonishment that we’re even out there in the cold weather. But we need to promote motorcycling all year ‘round, especially in May. As soon as more information about the AMA District 2 & ABATE event is available, we’ll pass it on. Which brings me to a reminder…
Anyone who hasn’t given their email addresses to Bob is missing out on a lot of information. He sends out flyers about rides and info you can use, not only Polar Bear info. And any updates he has between Newsletters is liable to be furnished via email. So please give Bob you email addy if you haven’t already. If you want to be added to the list e-mail your name, flight and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s hoping the rest of the riding season is rain and snow free, and no ice on the roads! That’s the least Mother Nature can do, right? :O) Ride safe and enjoy the rest of the PB season!
Debbie Simpkins Newsletter Editor