Results 1 to 15 of 34

Thread: MOA Board Of Directors Nomimation Accepted

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Registered User CaptRehkopf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Memphis, TN
    Posts
    300

    MOA Board Of Directors Nomimation Accepted

    Hi all,
    I just received word that my nomination package was accepted, so let me be the first I ask for you support and vote. I know there is not an opportunity to meet and greet everybody before the vote so the forum is probably the best means of communication. Below is my resume and 'position' write up that I was asked to submit. I'd be happy to answer any questions, and welcome any comments, ides, input, etc.


    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 wasnÔÇÖt 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 arenÔÇÖt 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 didnÔÇÖt 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 IÔÇÖm 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 isnÔÇÖt much different than other MOA members so why am I running for the BOD, and what can I offer?
    Why? I simply donÔÇÖt 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 canÔÇÖt make it then you wait a year. Most membersÔÇÖ 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 ÔÇÿgood dealÔÇÖ, because you canÔÇÖt 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 IÔÇÖll pursue that help.
    What can I offer? As past President of several local chapters/posts of National Engineering SocietyÔÇÖs I know what a National organization can do for you and how much help they can be.
    Ride Safe,
    Robert Rehkopf

  2. #2
    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    1,444
    Robert, you'll have my support and vote.
    Lee 2011 K1300S
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

  3. #3
    Registered User CaptRehkopf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Memphis, TN
    Posts
    300

    Talking

    Lee,
    THANKS, that's 2 for me! Tony D. is also running for the BOD and he and I agreed we'd vote for one another so we'd have at least one vote each! Debbie's vote too or just yours?
    Ride Safe my friend,
    Robert
    Ps see you in Gunnison.
    Ride Safe,
    Robert Rehkopf

  4. #4
    Registered User 36654's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Central PA
    Posts
    1,642
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptRehkopf View Post
    Lee,
    THANKS, that's 2 for me! Tony D. is also running for the BOD and he and I agreed we'd vote for one another so we'd have at least one vote each! Debbie's vote too or just yours?
    Ride Safe my friend,
    Robert
    Ps see you in Gunnison.
    Engineer, eh?

    What's on your belt?.....Slide rule or calculator?
    Cave contents: 99 R11RS, 2013 Toyota Tacoma, 03 Simplicity Legacy, 97 Stihl FS75, Dewalt DW625 & DW744

  5. #5
    Registered User CaptRehkopf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Memphis, TN
    Posts
    300
    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Engineer, eh?

    What's on your belt?.....Slide rule or calculator?
    I am one of the few engineers that actually got 1 hour credit in college for slide rule!
    A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
    Ride Safe,
    Robert
    Ride Safe,
    Robert Rehkopf

  6. #6
    Registered User 36654's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Central PA
    Posts
    1,642
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptRehkopf View Post
    I am one of the few engineers that actually got 1 hour credit in college for slide rule!
    A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
    Ride Safe,
    Robert
    I had to take an exam on slide rule techniques and significant digits in HS to have privilege of using a calculator in class............
    Cave contents: 99 R11RS, 2013 Toyota Tacoma, 03 Simplicity Legacy, 97 Stihl FS75, Dewalt DW625 & DW744

  7. #7
    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    1,444
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptRehkopf View Post
    Debbie's vote too or just yours?
    Ride Safe my friend,
    Robert
    Ps see you in Gunnison.
    Debbie also.
    Looking forward to Gunnison.
    Lee 2011 K1300S
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

  8. #8
    Still Wondering mika's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Fly Over Land
    Posts
    10,531
    I must admit I don't know if I should be excited that a member deciding to launch a Board of Directors campaign on the Forum means it has arrived as a business tool for the Association or sad that it ain't the wild west around here anymore. Either way congratulations and good luck!

    If history repeats there will be an election sub forum. Let me start you practicing your stump speech by asking you to expand your comments and thoughts of what you mean by more offerings for members. What kind of events do you envision: an expansion of the getaway theme, tech sessions, theme rides or
    ?_ ?
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

  9. #9
    Registered User CaptRehkopf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Memphis, TN
    Posts
    300
    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    What kind of events do you envision: an expansion of the getaway theme, tech sessions, theme rides or
    ?_ ?
    Mika,
    I'm big on events, rides, rally's, etc., basically anything involving ÔÇÿget up and goÔÇÖ mentality that will help the local club and its members on a month to month basis; and I have some non-riding ideas regarding motorcycle safety and training as I have previously mentioned. However, to answer your questions: YES, yes and more yesÔÇÖ on expanding the Weekend GetawayÔÇÖs, Tech Sessions (maybe by BMW master tech), Rides and more Rides, AND what about multiple club participation in something cool (a gathering)? But quite frankly these are just some of my ideas; I believe there are other GREATER ideas within the membership, but how to cash in on them is the question. I believe the answer is to engage the membership face to face, not by remote absence (polls)!

    Mika you know, paramount in my mind is the importance of offering a good deal to members via the local clubs through much, much stronger support from the MOA. I believe the month to month 'good deals' are the key to having viable National association, local clubs, and therefore engaged members. However, from the people I have talked to, and my own experience, my local club has never (at least in the last 5+ years for sure) had a MOA staff or BOD member attend a club meeting! In my opinion, that illustrates the importance the MOA has for local clubs and their activities, and is symptomatic of the lack of necessary communication with the general membership. I know the MOA holds their leadership training conferences and other aids for the club officers at the International Rally, but I think that isnÔÇÖt all that can be done to support local clubs or engage the general membership?

    If elected, I would recommend a complete DNA analysis of the communication between the MOA, and the local clubs and membership. In the military there was a term Triple C (CCC)) the term was for Command, Control and Communications. I propose my own Triple C, Chartered Club Communication. I believe my CCC would serve as the keystone for improvements and the exchange of GREATER ideas (see above). How about having a MOA BOD member or staff member participate in club meetings, visit members, which by the way would not require local members to travel to see their elected officials. BG Walt Bachus, Executive Director, of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) for many years, visited local posts regularly and regularly asked for input on anything the SAME was doing. If there is to be improvements they will not come without establishing greater lines of communication with clubs and members, my belief!

    Probably more than you wanted to hear!
    Ride Safe my friend,
    Robert
    Ride Safe,
    Robert Rehkopf

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •