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February Fun Run

Hey HOG members…We had our first ever HOG Fun Run last Saturday (Feb 2nd).  For a short notice event, we had a turnout of 27 motorcycles and about 42 HOG members.  The weather was great…clear and cool but what do you expect in February.  At least it was dry!!!

We had a great time at the Minter Field Museum and received a warm welcome from Retired USAF Major General James Whitehead and two museum docents, Don Westfahs and Frank Franceshi.  I was amazed at how many of our members didn’t know the museum existed.

After the tour, we went over to Coffee Road where we had lunch at either Pollo Loco or the China Bistro.  A great day and everyone was almost done by noon…some stayed around and talked for a long time.

Hopefully, more of you can join us for our next Fun Run.  Keep you calendar handy this month; there’s a lot going on in HOG.

From the Director

OK…Our first general meeting of 2008 went off with only a few hitches. I think everyone had a good time, a good dinner, and hopefully, met some new friends.
HOG was represented by over 100 members, most who voted to change our ride days around and make the summer dinner rides into breakfast rides. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, HOG WILL HOST A “FUN RUN” ON THE 1ST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH AND A DINNER RIDE ON THE 3RD SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH.
HOG Fun Runs will leave Bakersfield Harley-Davidson® at 9:00am on the first Saturday of the month. HOG Dinner Rides will leave Bakersfield Harley Davidson at 4:30pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month . We will no longer use the Chevron Station at Olive Dr. and Hwy 99 as a meeting point.
81 out of 90 voters wanted a change on the ride days and 76 out of 90 voters wanted to change the summer rides into breakfast rides. The members have spoken and we will now listen.
Now, if you didn’t attend the January meeting, you missed a great night. We now have a multi-media projector installed at the American Legion. We used this to show pictures before the meeting and information during the meeting. From what the members told me, it was enjoyed greatly.
You, the members of Bakersfield HOG asked to be heard regarding a change in our ride days and you were heard!!! Members can also elect to receive an online survey to critique the meeting and offer suggestions. If you have a ride suggestion, please use the survey or contact one of you HOG officers.
I am very excited about the number of members coming to me asking to help out. I’m sure we’ll have enough to keep everyone busy throughout the year and hope to have a system in place to reward these volunteers soon.

We have some other exciting events coming up. We’ll start having a HOG BBQ on the 2nd Saturday of each month and Reggie has agreed to help out with that.
On February 23rd, Bakersfield Harley-Davidson is hosting an open house and HOG will host a Chili Cook-off. LOH will be hosting a bake sale for some goodies after some good chili so there will be a lot going on that day!!!
On March 8th, HOG is hosting a Welcome Ride. Amy Razor is putting together a Safety Rodeo. HOG members will be able to refine their slow speed riding skills during this rodeo on the parking lot on March 9th. HOG is going to put up some bounty for the lucky winners of the Safety Rodeo. Come on out and test your riding skills. This is open to HOG members only.
Check out our HOG calendar for more upcoming events including LOH rides and meetings. (I went to an LOH meeting and had a blast talking to some of the guys while the girls discussed their business.)

Our February General meeting will be held on February 28th at the regular time and place. Hope to see you there.

Movin’ On

I want to start by saying Thank You to all of our departing officers who have worked so hard to make Bakersfield HOG the great organization that it is.  HOG officers have worked very hard to make sure everyone has a good time and it’s now time for them to take a well deserved rest to enjoy the festivities.  We have a great group of volunteers who have stepped up to help run HOG and continue with the events and activities we have all come to enjoy.

HOG is on the move.  We had our first officer’s meeting on December 20th and there are some exciting ideas coming down the road.  Here’s what’s going on…

At our January 24th general meeting, HOG members will be voting on a change to our ride days.  It’s been proposed by some members that we change our Sunday breakfast ride to Saturday morning and the Saturday dinner ride to Sunday afternoon.  We would keep the same weekends with the dinner ride being on the first Sunday and the “breakfast” ride being on the 3rd Saturday.  By making this change, we would have our sponsoring dealership, Bakersfield Harley-Davidson open for both events for a meeting place and any members who work at BHD would be able to attend the dinner ride if we delay the start until about 4:30pm.  Making this change would take us away from the Cheveron Station at Olive and Hwy 99 and make BHD the starting point for our rides.  HOG will vote by ballot on this change and decide if this is the way we want our rides to be.

Another idea proposed is making the Dinner rides in June, July, and August into Breakfast rides.  Leaving earlier in the day would get us home before the extreme heat making it a little safer in the hot climate we live in.  Again, HOG will vote on this change by ballot.

We are in the process of obtaining reservations for the HOG annual picnic.  We are hoping to reserve Jastro Park for Sunday, April 13th.  We moved the date due to a scheduled HOG ride on the 20th and the Laughlin River Run during the weekend of the 26th and 27th.  We decided to keep the picnic at Jastro Park because it’s worked in the past and everyone seems to like it.

Our January rides have been set.  We will be going to Nikki’s BBQ for the dinner ride.  Vikki Montgomery set up a buffet dinner for $10 each and I’ll lead the ride out through Oildale and then west through the flatlands back to town.  It won’t be too terribly long because it’ll probably be on the chily side.  The breakfast ride will be a run to the Iron Skillet.  I’m going to take that ride out through Hart Park and down Comanche Road to Bear Mountain.  We’ll take a right and head over to Wheeler Ridge Road and then south to the restaurant.  The Iron Skillet is ready for us and has always been good to HOG.

Your HOG officers are also working on a “Pride Patch Program.”  We are developing a patch to be worn on your vest after you’ve earned it!!!  You will receive points for participating in HOG events and volunteering to help HOG out.  Once you earned your points, the HOG Pride Patch will be awarded.  In successive years, you’ll earn a yearly rocker instead of another patch.  This will be a way for HOG to recognize those members who work and help out at HOG events.  You’ll hear more about this new program at the general meeting.

I hope you all have a safe winter riding season and a Merry Christmas.  Stay safe…

Dave Fisher, Director