Dale opened the meeting to 24 attending and nine members riding. There were 2 guests; Kevin who rides a V Star 650 and Debby who rides a 900 Vulcan (she has exceptional taste).
Lester brought a guest Glen Head.
There was no treasurer’s report as Laura was not attending however it was reported that there is $4,400 in our bank account.
The Bike Show was discussed and the dates for it are Thursday January 19 to January 22 2012. Volunteers for the Coast Riders booth were requested and many have volunteered but we still need to cover some time slots; so if anyone wants to help and get a free ticket for the show please let Dale our illustrious President know. Have a look to see the time slots still available: HERE.
Membership update: there are 60 paid members and 13 new renewals for a total of 73 members.
Greg Cooper spoke about the new website he has designed. Thank you soooo much for all your work Greg!!(Just typing out this report was a huge pain. I can’t imagine doing an entire website, especial one as great as the Coast Riders)
[Edit (Greg): Much credit is due to our VP Daryl who pushed for this and did the initial setup and migration from the old static web site to our new shinny WordPress site]
Some highlights of the website are:
- Interactive calendar
- Ride calendar
- Articles that can be posted by members
- Forum (for members and non-members who sign up)
The Spelling Bee needs a co-coordinator. The Spelling Bee is a challenge to members and has two aspects. To achieve a spelling Bee pin you can start a ride beyond Hope or Whistler and first pin requires: spelling Coast Riders in 2 provinces and second pin requires spelling coast riders in 2 states in theUSA. Pictures of yourself must be submitted showing you in front of an official sign stating the name of the town that’s first letter forms the Coast Riders name. See the complete rules HERE
David spoke about the end of season party and as the fabulous organizer he has it all under control. It will be held at the Eagle Creek Golf Club and the tickets are $30.00 for members and $40.00 for guests. It is a fun time and great to see bikers dressed in their finery. The date is November 26th for the party and David needs to give some numbers to the Golf Club by Nov.20 so please call him. More details are HERE
Reminder given that the AGM meeting is in January so please have your nominations ready.
Philip Funnell gave a great talk. He had his 40 year old revised/rennovated BMW motorcycle, with monopod behind it that he sleeps in. It was a great experience to look at it, in the parking lot.
He’s known for “adventure touring” before it became more common. Cycle Canada has featured him years ago in their magazine. Philip has crossesd 23 Border Crossings in 11 months. Yes, it was a talk about riding in the Arctic. He rode alone, up the Dempster Highway and over ice roads up to Tucktyacktuk (sp?)
It was -43 oF in Fort McPherson he said, then to Red River in the Arctic. (His 18 flat tires in South America was one of his stories).
He was a great guest speaker and instilled a curiosity about really challenging and unique motorcycle travel.
Many thanks to Lester Lightstone for asking Philip to come and talk to us.
Some more detail can be found HERE
Report onHarrisonride on Sunday was given by Chris Smith. A large turn out for this ride and it was enjoyed by all.
The 31st Annual Toy Ride was attended by thousands of motorcycles with approximately 9 Coast Riders motorcycles riding together. It was a beautiful day and the ride was very smooth. It was well organized and the police and volunteers along the way did a great job of clearing the way for the participants. The ride ended as always at the PNE buildings and each gift of an unwrapped toy was met with a pin commemorating the ride. Afterwards eight of us went to the Slocan Diner for brunch. We enjoyed our time together and the food was good too.
Greg gave a near miss ride report that happened on his way to work. It was a reminder to keep your brake hand ready and your rear brake on alert. People making left hand turns are not watching for motorcycles.
David Miller also sent me a very detailed account of his latest trip. Read all about it here: From Here To Eternity Almost.
Well that’s it for October I have just about torn all my hair out using Brian’s minnie me computer and I guess I have Dale to thank for all the chocolate I ate during this dialogue.
– Donna (firstname.lastname@example.org)