Minutes April 5 2011

Paardeberg Unit, 1 CAV
April 5, 2011
Minutes

7:00 pm Trevor, Vice-President called the meeting to order with a request for one minute of Silence for fallen soldiers and riders. The silence was broken with the reciting of:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them, We will remember them.

In attendance:
Executive: Trev, Vice-President; Jay, Sgt-at-Arms; Kathy, Secretary; Spider, Webmaster/Assistant Road Captain

Members: Mapper, Wayne, Mel, Witch, Glen, Flatfoot, Roadrunner, Brian, Newf, Sue, Kitbag

Regrets: Gepetto, President; Lucky, Events Coordinator; and Hammer

Guest: Karen

1. Sergeant-at-Arms
a) Finance report
Jay reported that unit fund are $366.34
b) Membership
Jay recapped current membership:32 members plus 1 honorary member and 1 youth member. CAV new member fees are $65 for National and $5 for the Unit dues and renewing members pay $35 for National and $5 for the Unit. He has some winged wheel awards (riding proficiency award) for the Road Captain to present.

2. Events Coordinator Report
No report

3. Webmaster Report
Spider reported that he had made changes to the Unit Calendar pages. There is now a page listing out Hammer’s Road Captain pdf listing of events with website links were known. The calendar version is there as well. Minutes and meeting photos have been added by Kathy. Spider reminded members to send in a photo of them and their ride for the “Members / Bikes” pages. If you don’t have one we will take one the next ride you are on.
Spider noted that he will be away in Vancouver on April 16th the first Unit ride of the season.

4. Road Captain Report
In Hammer’s absence Trevor reminded members of upcoming events that are on the Unit Calendar:

Apr 9 - 10 Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show - http://www.supershowevents.com/super/index.html/
International Centre, 600 Airport Road, Toronto, ON Adult: $15; Free Parking

Apr 16 Paardeberg Unit Shake out Ride Madoc/Westport area

Apr 30 Ride the Valley for Soldier On, Calabogie Peaks - http://www.calabogie.com
Registration: 0800-1000 hrs; $30 613-752-2720
Rides leaves: 1030 hrs
Poker Run, Show & Shine, Pig Roast, Live Music

Apr 30 Capital City Bikers Church Info Day and Swap Meet - http://www.bikerschurch.com
New Indoor Venue: 155 Carillon St, Vanier, ON 1000 - 1500 hrs; Free Admission

May 3 CAV - Paardeberg Monthly General Meeting 1900 hrs Blackburn Arms, Blackburn Hamlet

May 13 Friday the 13th, Port Dover, ON - http://www.pd13.com

May 14 2nd Annual Tpr Mark Wilson Ride, London ON - http://tmwr.weebly.com/
Hosted by 1st CAV Ortona Unit
Parkwood Hospital, 801 Commissionaires Road

May 13 - 22 Bike Week, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - http://www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com

May 15, 2011 Ride for Hunger 2011, Belleville, Ontario
Sponsored by The Early Treatment Centre
The event starts at the Belleville Market Square. Registration starts at 10:00 am and the ride leaves at 11:45 pm. The ride ends with live entertainment, food, and vendors. The ride will support The Gleaners Food Bank. For more information call (613) 962-9043, http://www.rideforhunger.ca.

May 20 - 22 CAV Spring National, Victoria BC - Hosted by Rimini Unit & 2nd CAV

May 21 Renfrew County HOG Red Ride (tentative) Renfrew County Fairgrounds, Renfrew ON

May 23 Ride to Pte Thompson Grave Site, Chelsea, QC This is an annual ride to pay homage to Private Thompson who served in the Battle of Paardeberg during the Boer Wars and was awarded Queen Victoria Scarf – which is in the Canadian War Museum.

May 28 - 29 Forbidden Ride - Huron and Perth County

May 29 Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Kingston-Quinte - http://www.motorcycleridefordad.org

Jun 4 Motorcycle Ride For Dad - Ottawa - http://www.motorcycleridefordad.org New route, lunch at Kemptville, and ends @ Rideau-Carleton Raceway.

5. President’s Report
a) Remembering Moon

Gepetto phoned Trev prior to this meeting and asked that the unit discuss the Moon Mullins Ride and what the Unit is planning for this event. It was noted that the ride is scheduled for September 25th as a ride For new members Moon was a very active member of Paardeberg Unit and attended as many rides as he could. He often brought his grandson “Dunks” who is a Youth member of our unit. Moon served in the military as a Com Researcher and joined the Corp of Commissionaires upon his retirement from the military. Moon passed away last October. It was agreed that this event should be open to all riders as Moon was well known in the riding community. No other decisions were made regarding this event. Renaming our Rider of the Year Award to the Moon Mullins Award was mentioned but no decision was made.
b) Safety
Gepetto also asked Trev to discuss riding safety at this time of year. In the early years of Paardeberg Unit a member “Dingus” Doug Magee had a serious accident. The Unit has lost contact with Dingus and Gepetto hopes to reconnect with Dingus to see how he’s making out. His accident was serious enough that he was in a wheelchair.
Jay agreed to see if he is able to find and address / contact info for Dingus so that we may arrange to meet with him.
Trev reminded riders that along with the warm weather Spring Riding has some risks such as pot holes and occasionally early morning frozen puddles.
To avoid potholes make sure you leave enough distance between the driver in front of you so that you have time to safely swerve to avoid the pothole. Watch out for loose sand / gravel, its every were until the streets have been swept or heavy rains have washed the debris away.

6. Other Business
a) Breakfast / Rides

Trev mentioned that members might want to consider going for breakfast together. He noted that Busters at Lincoln Fields serves a great breakfast for a reasonable price on Saturdays and Sundays. If you feel like going for breakfast and a ride send out a message to the Unit with details.
b) Society for Ottawa Area Riders (S.O.A.R.)
This is an organization of Ottawa area riding clubs that exists to encourage communication between area riding clubs and riding event organizers to try to avoid more than one riding event on the same day. This group is actively lobbying the City of Ottawa to allow motorcycles free parking on city streets. They were successful in getting the City to provide ½ price motorcycle parking (you need one ticket per bike). S.O.A.R. will be at The Bikers Church Info and Swap Meet or check them out on facebook.
c) Kandahar Fallen Soldier Memorial – It was mentioned that this memorial to Soldiers who have fallen in Afghanistan will be repatriated to Canada and it appears that the memorial will be located in the National Military Cemetery in Beechwood, in Ottawa.

9. Presentations
Tonight’s draw was won by Spider
A number of members received their 2011 member pins. Check out the meeting photos.

10. Adjournment
Trev adjourned the meeting at 7:50 pm

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