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Happy Hour Meeting
Apr 24, 2019
Marie Wuelleh
May 01, 2019
American Motorcyclist Association
Lashonda Delivuk
May 08, 2019
Club Success Story : How Public Image Supports Increased Membership & Giving
DG Jane McManus
May 15, 2019
Induction of New Members and PH+8 Recognition
Happy Hour Meeting
May 22, 2019
Alex Arkhangelskiy
Jun 05, 2019
Break Free Technologies, CEO/Co-Founder
Paul Quintavalla
Jun 12, 2019
Rotaplast - www.Rotaplast.org
Nancy Barbee
Jul 17, 2019
National Day of Immunization
Bob Mutchler - Tentative
Aug 07, 2019
Polio Plus
Happy Hour Meeting
Aug 28, 2019
Happy Hour Meeting
Sep 25, 2019
Jim Dodmead
Oct 02, 2019
Cybersecurity Update
 
 
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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.
 
Have You Reserved Your Room and Secured Your Spot Yet? 
 
 
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK ON THIS LINK TO REGISTER!
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
 
 
Location 
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).
 
 
 
Rides
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 https://www.windy9.com/
 
 
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: pdgjohn2015@gmail.com for even more information
 

Not a member of IFMR yet?  CLICK HERE to go to the IFMR application and add your membership to the roster!
 
 
 
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
bob@shriner.com 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.
 
 
 
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOURSELF OR YOUR GROUP
 
 
3-Pass Tour
In Conjunction with District 5190 Conference
 
ALL Are Welcome to Join in the Fun
Check out IFMR-NA.org 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:
 
Monitor
Luther
Mt Rose
 
For more information contact Larie Tripett by clicking here

 
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.
 
 
 

 
In one of the most beautiful areas of California. You will be within range of Death Valley, The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Mono Lake, The Alabama Hills and Whitney Portal. There will be great rides and many activities in the area for non-riders and riders alike!
 
Dow Villa Motel (downtown Lone Pine - very accessible to everything)
Rates: Queen or King – $113 + tax
2 Queens - $122 + tax
Reservations: 760/876-5521 or 800/824-9317
Ask for the CDA Motorcycle Group 
There are other motels close 
Please stay where you like, the town is small
 
 

 
 
September 12 - 15, 2019
Ride Leader -  Bruce Patterson
 
 
Day 1, September 12
Arrive in Owen Sound
Best Western Inn on the Bay Owen Sound
1800 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5R1 Canada
Reservations - (866) 719-9200

Mention "Motorcycling Rotarians"

Rate is $134.99 + tax Canadian

 

Day 2, September 13

Ride to Espanola, Ontario via the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry

Coffee and Snack at North Bruce Peninsula Rotary in Lions Head, Ontario

1:30 departure on the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry from Tobermory, Ontario to South Baymouth Ontario

Rate:  Motorcycle $18.85 Canadian + Adult $16.85 or Seniors (55+) $14.85

Make a reservation (on or after April 1)  by clicking here

Or call (800) 265-3163

Reservations are First Come, First Served

Pinewood Motor Inn

378 Centre Street, Highway 6

Espanola, Ontario P5E 1G3

Click Here for Website to make reservation online

Or call (800) 361-3460 or (705) 869-3460 to make a reservation

Mention "Motorcycling Rotarians"

Rate is $100 - $118 +tax Canadian

 

Day 3, September 14

Ride to North Bay, Ontario

Best Western

700 Lakeshore Drive

North Bay, Ontario

Reference "Motorcycling Rotarians"

Reservations - (800) 461-6199  or (705) 474-5800

Room rate is available until August 14, 2019

Rate is $134.99 +tax Canadian

 

Day 4, September 15

Ride to Collingwood Ontario
 
Georgian Bay Hotel and Conference center
10 Vacation Inn Drive
Collingwood Ontario  L9Y 5G4
 
Reservations (705) 445-9422 Ext 725
 
Reference IFMR Motorcycling Rotarians
Rates available until September 1, 2019
Rate is $101.15 +tax Canadian
 
 
 

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 2019 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will run between October 17 and 26, 2019 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.

 

 

Click Here For More Information

 

 

 
 
 

 

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

Reprinted with permission, Liz Jansen 
lizjansen.com posted April 5, 2019
https://lizjansen.com/10-spring-motorcycle-hazards-and-how-to-manage-them/
 
 

As eager as we are to get out for the first ride of the season, it’s important to prepare for unique spring motorcycle hazards.

Trudy and I went for our first ride last week. It was an early start but she needed routine maintenance beyond my repertoire. We’ve got travel plans for later this month so the work had to happen. We lucked out with a beautiful sunny day (sandwiched between two snow days) for the ninety-minute cross-country ride to my local Triumph dealer.

I wasn’t as ready as I would have preferred so I stayed away from traffic and rode more deliberately, aware of what I was dealing with.

 
10 Spring Motorcycle Hazards
  1. Automobile drivers. They haven’t had to share the road with motorcycles for four months. Add in their general inattentiveness and distractions and it’s a recipe for trouble. Give yourself plenty of space, watch other road users closely, and make yourself as visible as possible. Assume they don’t see you.

 

The "Daily Dozen" list from John Maxwell's book "Good Leaders Ask Great Questions"
 
I will choose and display the right attitudes.
I will determine and act upon important priorities.
I will know and follow healthy guidelines.
I will communicate with and care for my family.
I will practice and develop good thinking.
I will make and keep proper commitments.
I will earn and properly manage finances.
I will deepen and live out my faith.
I will accept and show responsibility.
I will initiate and invest in solid relationships.
I will plan for and model generosity.
I will embrace and practice good values.
I will seek and experience improvements.
 
 

This article is published with the permission of RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine. It is not for sale or redistribution. RoadRUNNER is a bimonthly motorcycle touring magazine packed with exciting travel articles, splendid photography, and maps. Subscriptions are available online, or by calling (866) 343-7623. 
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.

 

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.
 

 

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.