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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Board Member Editorials
Last Months Events
|Message from the President
Hello Friends and NCVC/ AVA members. I have been mulling over
what to say for this month and I can't think of too much that hasn't already
been covered. I suppose I could remind you that you need to cast
a vote in the ballot for the board members who have volunteered to serve
you this coming year. I know it seems foolish to vote for someone when
they have no competition, but in order for us to legally represent you
as board members we have to be voted in by a majority of the members. If
you remember when we started this chapter I told all members & prospective
members that the board were just in an acting status until we could hold
and election. Well here is your election so now we need for you to
vote, hanging chads and dimples pregnant or otherwise will not count.
Now I would like to remind you of the AVA rally in Red River New
Mexico July 24 - 25 & 26, I am planing to go and am going
unless I turn my toes up before than, The So Cal Voyager Club is going
to ride along with us and we are working on a chapter up in Washington
State to see if we can meet up with them somewhere in Utah, If you have
any idea you might be going I would strongly suggest you make some reservations
ASAP, And if something comes up you can't make it you can always cancel
the reservation, I have planed out a route going to the north where it
will be a lot cooler than down through the south, It's a little farther
but a lot cooler, If any of you want to ride along with me I would love
to have you, Or if you would rather ride your own ride that's fine too,
But we would like to meet up with you before we go into Red River, We would
like to pull into town all in one bunch and try to make an impression on
the AVA group. We have plenty of time for planing but please make your
I would like to take a few seconds here to say thanks to all the
members who have volunteered to serve on the board. It is hard anymore
to find someone who will volunteer their time to any organization, Therefore
I feel extremely lucky to have such a capable and energetic group of people
to serve on the board of this chapter. I would also appreciate it if you
the members would let them know they are appreciated by you. And while
we are on the subject I would like to thank Stuart Bowen and his lovely
wife Mary-Anne for volunteering to set us up a web site and also to produce
the newsletter for us. Please send some information for him to publish
from time to time. We will have a very nice newsletter if we can
keep him busy and the way to do that is to feed him information, (The guy
loves it). A little thank you once in a while would probably make him feel
That's about it for now, Hope every one has a wonderful holiday
season and I just know the little fat guy is going to bring you what you've
been wanting for a long time.
(Uncle) Ray Walls
|Clarence Greer (CG)Vice President
Lee House Treasurer
John Adkins Tour Director
Dear Fellow Nor-cal Members,
My name is Doris Brubaker or you can call me "Wife". I hope
to be the club secretary and I welcome anyone else to be added to the ballot.
My husband is Don Brubaker or you can call him “Husband" or anything else
your heart desires. I work for the Placer County Probation
Dept. as a Deputy Probation Officer. I work mostly with teenagers
and young adults. I love my job and I'm damn good at it. My
job is not to get these kids in trouble, my job is to help them get through
the trouble they are in and hope they don't commit anymore crimes.
I live with "Husband, dog and cat. Also our return edition
to the household is our only son Lee who we refer to as Child".
I never did care much for motorcycles when I was younger (this may have
something to do with the fact that at the age of 12 or so, my 2 older sisters
tied me to a tree and then used the family motorcycle to pretend they were
going to hit me with the damn thing). However when I met "Husband"
he talked me into trying and I have my own license to drive a motorcycle
but I've found that I prefer riding on the back of "Husbands" bike more
because I can sleep better. Every year we go on the motorcycle for
our vacations and we have been blessed to be able to see how truly beautiful
our United States is. I would like to take a trip to Hawaii some
day and "Husband" has promised me we will as soon as they build a bridge
so we can get there on our 1300.
"Husband " and I are long time members of the AVA and IBMC as well
as "The Historical Society of Germans from Russia", the "Veterans of Foreign
Wars" and the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society" and a few more that
I can't remember at this time. We care about a lot of different causes
and we try to be of help to as many that we possibly can.
Joining the Nor-cal club was one of the best choices we could have
made. I love all of our new buddies we have met and they have made
us feel very welcomed in to the club. (I love you guys!!!!
You know who you are!!!!) I look forward to all of our future adventures
with the club and meeting all of the members.
Thanks for taking the time to know me better......
My name is Don Brubaker and I will be your Tail Gunner/Referee
for awhile. I am currently assigned to the Security Team for I.T. at Placer
County. I was plied with alcohol and my arm was twisted to VOLUTEER for
this job. (It was a good party!) I live with my wife, Doris, and my dog
and cat in Lincoln, Ca. I have been riding since the age of 14 (Sears 120cc)
and currently own a 1300. Bought my first 1300 in ‘86 and am now on my
fifth one. (Even talked my brother-in-law into buying one)
Doris and I both work for the county and are able to take a month off for
vacation, which we do. All of our vacations since ’86 have been on a Voyager
and are planned around a motorcycle rally, and boy do we enjoy our selves.
(Blue Ridge Park Way was GREAT).
We are long time members of the AVA and the IBMC. We are on our
second Kwik-Kamp trailer and would rather camp than stay in a No-tell/Motel.
Normally, Doris and I prefer to ride alone. But this Nor-Cal group is fun
to be with. Don’t know much else to say except please do not believe
anything that these people have to say about me, there all lies. That guy
who woke up half the motel in Merced was my evil brother. (Told you it
was a good party!)
Thanks for reading,
Commentary from Robert Webb
I just wanted to thank everyone who joined our little club this
year. We are spread out by GREAT distances so it is hard to get a
lot of people together in one spot at a time. We have done it 3 or 4 times
this year and all riders had a SUPER time when they showed up.
Winter time REALLY makes it even harder but their are still a few
who get together for their own LITTLE rides. Last Sunday I met with fellow
Voyager riders for a little breakfast/lunch ride to Rio Vista. We consisted
of myself, Jerry from Concord, and Robert from Concord. We went to a bar/restaurant
there that is famous all over the State. It has mounted animals from all
over the world. It has THE largest mounted elephant in the world. It cost
$4000 in 1931 to have it mounted. Maybe we can get together this summer
and we can ALL go there to check it out. There is a state park close
to camp at and a few hotels for those that don't camp and it is only about
45 minutes from OLD SACRAMENTO via back roads that follow the River. It
would be a nice weekend ride with lots of places to see and rides to go
on. Well talk about it latter when summer arrives.
The thing that I've noticed most is that we don't have but a few
riders that attend our rides. How come? Are we out of your area? Are we
not going where you want to go. We don't know where you want to go unless
you tell us. We are always open for suggestions for places to ride. If
you're not into camping, we can do day rides somewhere. Speaking of camping,
you DON'T know what you’re missing. Ray Walls SPOILED the HEL! Out of the
women that show up. He won't let them raise a hand to do anything except
lounge around and get pampered by the men. It is sort of an unwritten rule
for our club. If the women come, they DON'T work. That's the men’s job
for a change. We do the cooking, cleaning, and dishes. Hell! it's worth
going camping just to see the men working so hard.
Well, that's enough for now. Oh, BTW, My trailer is FINALLY registered
and my Voyager has a NEW hitch and air shocks. Get involved and you
will enjoy our club even more than you ever thought possible. We are a
REAL GOOD GROUP of PEOPLE.
Happy Trails to all and to all a good night.
Northern California Voyagers Club
|CALENDAR OF EVENTS
MURPHYS RIDE NCVC
JAN 14TH, 2001 11:00 AM
OLD MURPHYS HOTEL 800-5327684
MEETING AND RIDE TO MERCER CAVERNS
EASYRIDERS BIKE SHOW TOUR
TIME: JANUARY 13, 2001
Wall to wall custom bike show, live music,
motorcycle accessories, calendar girl contest, door prizes, tattoo artists,
Easyriders fashion show. Located at Sacramento Convention Center.
HOLLISTER INDEPENDENCE RALLY
TIME: JULY 06, 2001
The West Coast's largest Motorcycle Rally
filled with vendors, bike shows, entertainment, and thousands of bikes!
MEMORIAL DAY MOTORCYCLE RALLY
PLACE: RED RIVER, NM
TIME: July 24 - 26, 2001
CHRISTMAS PARTY IN MERCED
Report by CG Greer
Greetings everyone from Fresno. We had a great party at John and
Dottie's house in Merced but it would have been better if we had more people
there. We got two new members who joined. Fritz Well and Timothy Waters
who battled the elements to get to the party. 12 people showed up and the
food Dottie served was outstanding. Nominations were held and as follows.
President Uncle Ray Walls V. P. Clarence Greer, Treasurer Lee House, Tour
Director John Adkins, and Secretary our own little Doris Brubaker, Tailgunner
Referee none other than Don Brubaker. These are people who volunteered
some with a little arm-twisting including yours truly. They are nominations
only and must be elected. If there are anyone out there interested in being
on the ballet please let me know. I would welcome another candidate for
VP and I guarantee we will count the ballets only once and not challenge
the count as in Florida.
See Ya. Merry and Happy New Year
|Ronald McDonald Toy Run
Report by Robert Webb
Hello Voyager Riders.
Just a short story on OUR December 9th Ronald McDonald TOY
It started on a cold, gray, gloomy Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.
My wife Shirley and myself were loading our bike with toys and getting
our daughter Lori ready on her Harley. We were joined by our son, Tom and
our granddaughter, Ashley on his Suzuki 650. We left for the Harley dealer
in Fairfield to join the rest of our group. When we arrived, Jim and Dennis
were there waiting for us on their Voyagers. We arrived just in time to
get in line to leave. We left the lot at 11:00 AM and rode to Dixon for
breakfast/lunch. After getting our tummy's full, we went to the next
starting point and got in line just in time to leave again. (It seems like
we were always there just in time). We left for Sacramento with our two
motorcycle escorts, who were there on their own time. I only saw the two
of them but you would have thought there were at least 6 the way they controlled
traffic for us. We arrived in Sacramento at around 1:30 at the Ronald McDonald
house. We were greeted by Ronald himself on a gas driven scooter waving
a flag, and a whole parking lot full of children. What a beautiful
site. We dropped off the presents after getting a parking place. After
that, we mulled around taking pictures. I got Ronald to get on my Voyager
with my granddaughter Ashley for a couple of pictures. THEN THE FUN BEGAN.
Ronald asked ME to lead the parade of bikers who wanted to give the kids
rides. I was more than willing to do just that. I got to be the first in
line, followed by Voyager two, Jim, and Voyager three, Dennis. We gave
rides for about and hour or more then we had to leave. My son said he stayed
and helped with putting helmets on the kids until they ALL had a turn.
It was a fun day for all of us that went and we all agreed to do it again
next year. I hope everyone else in our club can join us next year.
1995 Honda Civic EX Coupe 2 door, This car is fully loaded it has
A/C P/S P/W P/DL T/W C/C AM /
FM Cassette Dual Air Bags - Moon Roof - Rear Spoiler
Premium Wheels , Tinted Windows , Power Brakes , 1.6
L 16 valve Vtec 4 cyl Engine, A/T FWD And
a well maintained 64,400 miles, The car has almost new tires F & R
and had new brakes installed in Sept 2000, I have the receipts for every
thing that has ever been done to this car, The car belongs to my sister
in-law she is a 62 year old school principle in Petaluma Ca,
She bought a new car and wants to sell this one, High B/B is $ 11,550.00
and the low is $ 8,285.00 , She is asking $10,500.00. The car is
extremely clean In & Out and would make a perfect graduation gift for
some young person, If you are interested in this car please call for Ray
Walls @ 559-227-3045, Or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, To view the
car come to 2019 E Princeton Ave Fresno Ca, (CALL FIRST).
Safety Tip StuBow (Cold Hands)
We have all ridden in cold weather and despite having heavy gloves,
possibly including extra liners, those fingers get too cold and begin to
numb. (By the way, I have found that silk liners offer better cold weather
protection than heavier cloth liners.)
So, what to do about it?
Here is a tip that my partner, Elaine Anthony, came up with a couple
of years ago when we were out on the last leg (612 miles) of a week on
the road and it was so cold that our fingers began to get numb. We pulled
to the side of the road, got off our bikes, and dug into our first-aid
kits. We pulled out a set of latex gloves and put them on over the liners,
then put our regular gloves on over the latex gloves. It's amazing how
effective that simple idea turned out to be.
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|Other Important News
Membership dues for 2001 are due in January. If you
are an existing member please submit your dues to Lee House via Snail mail
P.O. Box 12703, Fresno, California, 93778-2703
Be sure to include something defining who you are. Dues are
$10.00/single and $15.00/couple.
Absentee Ballot Cast your vote before 1/15/01
We will be holding an absentee ballot on the web at members.tripod.com/ncvoyagers
. Currently there are no contenders so vote for the following or
send a vote for Other. If you do not have access to the web please
send a handwritten ballot to Stuart Bowen at:
34 Southfield CT. San Jose, CA 95138
Press Ray Walls (Uncle Ray)
VP Clarence Greer (CG)
Treasurer Leeland House (Lee)
Tour Director John Adkins
Referee Don Brubaker
Secretary Doris Breaker