President's Message    October

Wow! What a rally!

Camp Fuller was the place to be last weekend for the Gathering of the Clams Rally 2017. We had a record turnout with attendees from a variety of states including Tennessee, North Carolina, and Michigan, and the province of Ontario. One couple from Block Island traveled to the rally in their 27’ sailboat.

Our special guest, Jack Riepe, author and BMW ON columnist, had us rolling in the aisles as he regaled us on the impact of motorcycles on relationships. Jack also anointed two club members as “Colonels” in the Secret “K” Bike Club: Tracy Karasinski and Roy Jackson. Hmm, why did it seem to be an award for one and a punishment for the other?

I can’t tell you how many times rally goers told me that they just had their best rally meals ever. I wasn’t surprised, and wholeheartedly agreed. How could it be otherwise? Chef Vasilios Kourakis was in charge. Thanks to Vasili and to all the club volunteers in the kitchen, we produced two fine dinners. Friday’s clam chowder was delicious, along with little necks and hot dogs. But Saturday was a feast, with fresh lobster and corn on the cob, red potatoes and broccoli.

Saturday’s hot meal was especially inviting, since we had a wee bit of rain that afternoon. Ok, ok it was a monsoon! Complete with thunder and lightning, it also took down our tent. I felt lucky to be working in the kitchen, safe and dry! Despite all this, everybody seemed to take things in stride. We had a great group of rally goers!

We once again had enough prizes to make nearly everyone a winner in our after-dinner drawing. Many thanks to the generous vendors and sponsors: Razee Motorcycles, Max BMW, Vanson Leathers, Twisted Throttle, Bob’s BMW, BMWMOA, BMWRA, and individual contributors Ernie Young and Siouxzanne Harris.

Thanks to all the volunteers that made this happen. Many club members stepped up in every way possible: set up, registration, clean up, kitchen, leading rides, fetching food and supplies, and many more. Special thanks to Rally Chair Carl Saccoccio. Carl was impressively organized (have you seen his briefcase?) and didn’t miss a beat. He kept the mood light and always fun. Well done, once again!

Bring your MOA Mileage Contest forms to the meeting if you need a signature.

Keep in mind that office nominations will soon be accepted. At the November meeting, we accept nominations for the offices of President and Secretary of the OSBMWR. The two-year terms expire at year-end, and the vote will take place at the December meeting.

See you at the meeting!