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.