By Ben Johnstone ~ President
great after holiday party! It is get together’s
like this that make me
realize what a wonderful
group of friends we have become. I am really proud to be a part of this club. I hope
you all feel the same way.
you were late signing up this year, you may
not have received our
ride calendar. You
can send a message to me
through meet up, or the Redwood Riders web site, (Officers page or
Contacts page,) and I
will send you a copy. You
can also see the ride calendar for the entire year on the meet up
site or the main web
site. We do this so you
can plan your vacations for those overnight rides you wish to attend. Also make sure
you don’t miss a ride along your favorite roads
or to your favorite
If there is someplace
you would like
to ride to that is not on our
schedule, let Mike Holden (Tours
and Events Director). He is always
looking for new adventures.
By popular demand, Mike
has instituted a monthly ride reminder email. This is a great addition to our other club communications and lets you know additional particulars about upcomming rides. Look for it in your e-mailbox.
Riders Monthly Meeting
President Ben Johnstone opened the meeting talking about the good
turnout for the Gualala ride on Jan 15th.
It was a chilly morning and there were 20 riders that left Shari’s to
make the ride.
membership that our After Christmas Party was coming up on Saturday,
The cost is $20 to attend which includes a buffet luncheon and there
will be a gift exchange, not more than $10 in value.
Dues are due
($24) and need to be submitted to our new treasurer, DeeDee Dargence.
Homenko has taken on the Safety Officer position and has given up being
Sgt at Arms. Ben asked for volunteers to fill the Sgt at Arms
slot and Rosalie Mack volunteered.
Minutes: were read by
DeeDee gave treasurer report. She said that a new account had
be opened and she and Ben Johnstone are the authorized signatures
requiring only one signature on the checks.
report this month as Marcel is on vacation
Tours and Events: Mike Holden
reported that the first scheduled ride of the year to Stinson Beach had
to be cancelled due to rain
The Gualala ride
on the 15th
had a good turnout even though it was a cool and foggy
morning. Ride home in sunshine.
– Coppola winery – route will be through Mark West Springs, Alexander
Valley and end up at the winery around noon for lunch.
– To Be Determined
George Homenko said he will have a new format. The week
the meeting he will send out a video to watch and then there will be a
discussion on what was covered at meeting. Rosalie Mack
complimented George on the last video he sent out.
Old Business: None
Melisa Brown wanted to make sure she had the names and head count for
those attending our upcoming party.
This month’s raffle was won by Graham Balfour who donated his
portion to the Ceres charity. The second prize which was a
shirt was won by Barbara Bowen and the last prize was won by Dave
Albritton which was a $10 Starbucks gift card.
had as a guest, Dave Donati.
adjourned at 7:20
Tours & Events
your suggested rides to:
January riding was curtailed somewhat by the amount of rain that we
received. Although the rain helped to wash away the drought we were
experiencing here in Northern California it also washed away several
trees, slopes and roads. Rainy season-to-date (since October 1) we are
183% of our normal rainfall with eight months to go.
George, the year’s first Road Captain, washed out our first ride on
January 7 to Stinson Beach on the grounds that we might lose someone on
second ride was led by “The Prez” (not The Fonz) and actually enjoyed
great weather for the ride to Gualala. Ben departed with 20 riders in
tow and actually finished with 18 (2 left for previous commitments).
The route, through the Dry Creek Valley and across Skaggs
Springs/Stewarts Point to the coast, was both interesting and
beautiful. After lunch at Trink’s in Gualala we headed back south as a
group down beautiful Highway 1 with a final convenience stop in Jenner
before going our separate ways. If you haven’t seen it yet, look up
George’s Coppola-like photos/video of the ride.
The next ride is scheduled for
Saturday, February 4th.
The destination is the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville. My
pre-ride indicated that the route would be clear and safe barring any
further serious rain. The planned route will take us out Mark West
Springs Road then back Northwest up Highway 128 with a rest at Soda
Rock before proceeding into Geyserville. Should the need arise the are
several alternative routes available to us, If you haven”t been to the
Coppola venue it is a beautiful location with numerous posters and
photos of his movies, a gift shop and a restored 48 Tucker Automobile
with three headlights. And the food is wonderful, enjoyed with a
beautiful view overlooking the vineyards.
information will be forthcoming on later rides but plan on a ride with
Michael Turpin on February 21 to a secret destination. And remember,
our February General Meeting will be held on Tuesday the 21st at China
Garden in Rohnert Park.
Melissa and Gretchen deserve a giant “Thanks” for their efforts in
putting together a phenomenal “After Party” for the Club. I heard many
appreciative comments from the people who were able to join us
regarding the quality of the food, the great social atmosphere provided
by our in-house planners and yes, even the games, And who could forget
dancing and subtle drumming of the Chinese Dancers!
(I mean it this time), let’s give a “shout out” to our newest Board
member and Sergeant at Arms, Rosalie Mack, for a job well done!
Mike Holden, Tours
& Events Director
Membership Director's Report
members in January
and Conci Mack
of co-riders 14
Club members 102*
*Renewals to date:
Bulletin Board Notices
|Three members honored at the
"After holiday party."
page four of the newsletter for details.
We have a new board of director
Sargeant at Arms: Rosalie
Welcome Rosalie. You are a
great addition to our board.
New style hats are a success!
So far, we have sold 17 of the new
The new design incorporates a sandwitch bill (visor) with a red line,
red accents, is fully adjustable
and best of all it is only $15.00 with no tax.
If you want one of these, you can get it yourself by contacting Toni
Morrison directly. Her phone
number is on the contacts page of the newsletter. Optionally, you can
order one from Marcel at
a meeting or on a ride. Cash only please.
Please don't forget to send in your membership dues.
If you did not get a renewal notice
email, contact Marcel at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download a form on our main website under the "Membership"
tab of the menu.
Send your dues to the address on the renewal form.
2017 membership cards will be handed out at general meetings and on
See Dee Dee or Marcel.
2017 Ride schedule announced:
See the Calendar on the Meetup site or
main site for details.
For last minute ride changes call the
Please note, we have added the contact
information for ordering patches, T-shirts and hats
on the Contacts page of the newsletter. If you prefer, you
can give your order to Marcel.
proud to be a Redwood Rider
general meeting, please order your Redwood Riders hat. Be proud to be a
Redwood Rider and show our colors. Many of you do not agree with the
style of vests and patches. I get that and it is OK. However, we can
wear hats that show our logo and still be in the current style. It
is also good for name recognition. It gets our name out to the public.
Name recognition also helps get new recruits for our club. New members
are the lifeblood of any organization.
Road Rules Safety reminder
do not ride side by side. We ride staggered.
We never pass another rider in the same lane, at any speed. It
OK to get next to the rider in front of you when coming to a stop sign
or a red light but never when the bikes are moving.
RRMC Membership Cards
you don't have your membership card yet, check with Marcel or Dee Dee.
You need this card to get the discounts offered by our sponsors.
Marcel Svizzero, Membership Director
Officer's Tip of the Month
buy more bike than you can handle.
you’ve been off of motorcycles for awhile, you may be surprised by the
performance of today’s bikes. Even models with small-displacement
engines are notably faster and more powerful than they were 10 or 20
When shopping for a bike, start with one
you. When seated, you should easily be able to rest both feet flat on
the ground without having to be on tiptoes. Handlebars and controls
should be within easy reach. Choose a model that’s easy for you to get
on and off the center stand; if it feels too heavy, it probably is. A
smaller model with a 250- to 300-cc engine can make a great starter or
commuter bike. If you plan on doing a lot of highway riding, you might
want one with an engine in the 500- to 750-cc range so you can easily
keep up with traffic.
George Homenko, Safety