Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Memphis, TN, USA
BMWMOA Board of Directors Nomination Accepted--I am asking for your support and vote
If you are a MOA Member I am asking for your support and vote in the upcoming elections. My resume and 'position' are below:
I have been a member of MOA since 2004, and a member of my local club, Riders Association of the Mid-South (RAMS), Memphis, TN. I ride, mostly solo, and mostly distance. I attend stationary Rallies and like to camp, but I also participate in riding Rallies and like see what strange things the Rally Master (RM) has in store for you. I have been re-riding for about 18 years; early riding wasnít experience, more like thrill seeking, and being lucky, very lucky. As far as motorcycles, I feel strongly both ways, I currently have 2 BMWs (K1200RS & R1100S) and a Harley (FXR3). I have several local motorcycle clubs that I ride with and have dinner socials that arenít brand specific and enjoy all of them. Started riding BMWs when a friend clued me in on how safe they were so I decided to try it, bought a low mileage 98 K1200RS Taxi and have been hooked ever since. He didnít say anything about how great they ride, or how cool they look (my reasoning for buying a R1100S). Nor did he say anything about the camaraderie and especially the camaraderie of the R1100S guys at the TOR.
I am a one person Civil Engineering Company providing Professional Engineering Services in the 5 States Iím licensed. Previously, I was one of four owners/principals in a 75 person engineering firm that I sold 10 years ago, and formed Rehkopf Civil Engineering Company. My wife says I did that so I could ride more! In addition to my civilian world activities, I started military life as a Private in the Marine Corps (Parris Island) and retired as a Captain, USN Civil Engineer Corps (long campfire story).
My background isnít much different than other MOA members so why am I running for the BOD, and what can I offer?
Why? I simply donít think the MOA provides enough organized rides, activities, etc. for its members on a month to month basis. Although the activities such as the Weekend Getaways are definitely the direction to go, I see that more could be done at the National level to enhance local club activities. The International Rally is a once a year activity and if you canít make it then you wait a year. Most membersí experiences come from the local club and its ability to provide what the members want. Some local clubs are very active some are not; some organize rides, and events others need help. Simply put: I want to help make local clubs a Ďgood dealí, because you canít drive people away from a good deal. The good deal making is certainly a local issue but the MOA should be a much stronger supporter, and hopefully if elected Iíll pursue that help.
What can I offer? As past President of several local chapters/posts of National Engineering Societyís I know what a National organization can do for you and how much help they can be.
2014 R1200RT Ebony Black--(deep Burgundy)
2012 R1200RT Tri-Color (traded for 2014 R1200RT see above)
2012 R1200RT Tri-Color (Traded for exact same bike, see above)
2004 R1100SA "Piedmont Red Metallic" (Traded)
2002 K1200RS BLACK (Traded for RT)
2000 FLTRSEI "Screamin Eagle, Triple Red" Gone but not forgotten.
1999 FXR3 "Green Flame" In the Garage
1998 K1200RS "Taxi" (sold)