NEGATIVE Charter Club Feedback
This certainly not about the set of the club area, that looked great and in a great location... but instead of one clubs attitude in particular.
Being from Northern Illinois I thought I would stop into the Chicago tent to find out more about their club as I am not a member. I was immediately greeted with glares and looks of disgust identifying me as an outsider.
I said hello and said that I wanted to find out more about the Chicago charter as I live in the area... some a$$***e peers over his news paper and says "we are in Chicago... and we are a charter... what else do you want to know? Ya know you can just got to our website."
"OK... so can you tell me anything else?"
"We meet once a month in Villa Park" said another grumpy member
I had enough so I just walked out... at least a gal who was in there was nice enough to come after me and appologize for the attitude. I always heard the club was nasty and just a big click but didn't want to believe it.
I hope other riding clubs actually feel that recruiting new members is a GOOD thing. And for others in CRBMW that are actually decent, I'm sorry you are being represented in that manner.
A whole lot easier to tear down than build up a reputation
DE Frog's post just shows how it's a whole lot easier for a few bad apples to tear down the reputation of a club just by being jerks in a situation like this. Don't know who they were but really saddens me to hear this happen.
In contrast to this we have people like Norm Phoenix, the ONLY guy to [I]ride [/I] to all 40 bmwmoa rallies; and Alice Hanes, both Norm and Alice are MOA Ambassadors. Alice has hosted a first friday of the month gathering at her home for BMW riders for over 30 years. And there are just a whole bunch of genuinely nice caring people in the group.
Guess there is, or should be, a lesson in this for all the Chartered Clubs out there-- we just have to work at making our clubs welcoming to new and old members, it's real easy to get complacent about this issue. Especially as most of the Clubs have relatively open memberships- anyone who wants to join can do so-- so it's really important to have a clear mission statement which emphasizes the importance of new membership, and how to make sure that happens.
I sent a note to the author, hopefully we will have a chance to meet and he (or she) can get a better impression of our CRBMWOA. Ironically Chicago Region BMW people were among the small group of people who got the BMWMOA started!