Sunday, June 30, 2013

June newsletter 2013

The Knights Table

Monthly Newsletter June 2013

Greetings from your President Will

Is it or isn't it “more than just a ride”?

By Will

While I know that it always starts with the motorcycle, it can go well beyond that.  For me there has always been a biker social aspect of riding, and for some this includes entities like our club. For many people, the idea of a motorcycle club is a new and somewhat unknown idea. While others have tried different clubs and found them lacking (myself included).   Along with books, various television shows and movies over the years, media certainly has played a role in the growing popularity of these types of groups, in reality they have always been so much more than what is shown. (Some of it bad, some good)
Why do people join motorcycle clubs? Funny you should ask. (I know, but in my head you asked)  There are as many reasons why, as there are clubs. First, it depends on the club itself. Guys don't just join a club for the sake of joining a club, but because that club offers a specific purpose.

Each has different, philosophies. Of course, the people in the club have their own personalities, and that makes each club (including The Knights) unique.
People join motorcycle clubs mostly because the club offers something that they're wanting. Be it a sense of brotherhood, a sense of family, partying, or spiritual healing.  For me it’s the sense of brotherhood and fellowship. (Ok, a little partying) I founded this club with that idea in mind. If you're wondering why you should join a club, take a look at the club. (I hope ours offers some of it all)
As I stated our club like some other motorcycle clubs was founded with the purpose of brotherhood which is why our motto is “It’s more than just a ride”.  Some clubs are more like "support groups", particularly on staying clean and sober, or recovering from alcoholism. Think of them like an Alcoholic Anonymous group, but for bikers. (No, not me)
Keep in mind that we are also a "riding clubs", as opposed to a "motorcycle club". The riding club is centered on riding motorcycles. Motorcycle clubs usually have a greater goal or agenda than just riding bikes. The riding club offers no other purpose than to go out riding with some folks, grab some lunch, have a beer, and be with friends.
When it comes right down to it, a biker club is only a group of individuals who share a common passion and love for their motorcycles. It is a group of friends, family and comrades that have found a strong and common bond, which is started with a common love of motorcycles and riding them. If you strip away all the stereotypes that are seen, a motorcycle club is very much like any other club in existence. There are criteria for membership, there are benefits for belonging, and the members are expected to act in a manner that reflects the ideals of the group as a whole.

Like many close-knit groups, biker clubs are characterized by a strong sense of belonging to something that is grander than what you are. It's about a strong bond, a friendship that while borne out of the love of motorcycles has grown into something much more. For many motorcycle enthusiasts, being part of a biker club is a sense of pride, of honor, and some would even say a sense of familial love that may be lacking in other areas.  It’s been my hope from the very beginning that we would become this kind of club. I’m happy to say I think that while we still may be evolving, we can take pride in what our club has become.

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride!  
~Hunter S. Thompson

Of Note: 
Congradulations to Steven "Greenies" for being made an officer for the 
Knights. Thanks for all your help!!

The club has finally decided on an official communication system...we are going with the Sena SMH10.


To help pay for the outlay to have club patches made, I'm donating a slightly used iPad to the club. It is in perfect working condition and sells for about $300 on E-bay. We will be raffling it off. Tickets are $10 and we'd have to sell at least 20 tickets, but not more than 30. 1st place wins the iPad, 2nd and 3rd a free club patch. Please help your club out and buy at least one ticket. The drawing will be held on the Club Night!!! 


Happy Birthday to:

Tim Franz 6/19
Will             6/23

We have been having some really awesome rides

We had great weather and a really nice ride out to Hutchinson island. The museum was worth the $12. Great idea from our Road Capt. in training Gunner!! BBQ lunch was a topper, and then we payed the HD dealer a visit. We ran into another Knight while we were there. Seems Lauren needed to visit the HD dealer as well.

Gunner and I tried to recruit this guy in the glass case!

Officer's meeting June 13th

Here we are hard at work trying to make your club even better. (does't Greenies look thrilled )

We meet at  Johnnie Brown's so the officer's could discuss some issues with communications, up coming rides and tricking...I mean convincing Steve Greenies to be our club Secretary. We were join by Lauren and her boyfriend. After the meeting we had a some good food and beverages. Kruzen and I rode home along the beach. Perfect (K)night for that ride. 

Rib City Immokalee June 15th

A great time was had by all! The ride out to Immakalee was easy and enjoyable. We were joined by a new member  

Keith Baldwin. It was Keith's first time riding with the Knights and first time riding with a group. He did an outstanding job and we hope to see him on many more rides. OK so we go to a place called RIB CITY, and I think I'm the only who got RIBS!!! Oy. Good to see MJ and Devon who rode 60+ miles just to be with us..Thanks guys! Greenies found us a deserted back road to take home, it was great. Good job!

Tech day/ BBQ  Sunday, June 23, 2013

Well it was a perfect way for me to celebrate my birthday.
We had some fun, food, and even got some work done on a couple of bikes. Thanks to Kruzen for all the help with a real PITA job of putting my new grips on. Greenies got his oil changed and Gunner assisted. John Kali arrived just in time for cake, maybe that was planned!! 

Clewiston Inn Sunday Brunch Sunday, June 30, 2013

Canceled due to weather! While I really hate to cancel rides, it's a call I have to make. If it rain hard enough and we're out, it sucks! if I cancel and it rain later or in a different spot it SUCKS!! I have to decide based on safety, comfort, and enjoyment. 

Member of the Month

MJ. For riding so far just to be with me....OK us.

Thanks MJ it's people like you who make this club great!

Check out the upcoming events:

Bike nights at Renegades. July 3rd

Sunday Brunch at the Seminole Country Inn Indian Town July 14th

6th Annual Fort Lauderdale Summer Bike Fest July 21st

Club (K)night get together July 26th

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