Hi everybody, my name is Terry Hughes, and I am running for the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) Board of Directors. I live outside of Sioux City, Iowa, and I am retired from the U.S. Air Force. I am also a past president of the Big Sioux Riders of Sioux City, Iowa, MOA Chapter 308. I consider myself an average rider; if I get in 3000 miles a year, it has been a great year. I also have attended the BMW Performance Riding School’s One Day On-Road School. Now that I am retired I have time to work on increasing the mileage and time to devote to the demands of the MOA Board of Directors.
The reason I am running for the Board of Directors is to represent you, the members of MOA. During the BMW MOA International Rally in 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn., I attended the Chapter Presidents meeting. There were several issues addressed at that time, including two outstanding presentations on how to put on a successful rally. I was impressed with the MOA Board leadership’s involvement with the MOA Chapter presidents. I was also impressed with the way the board members were willing to listen to ideas and concerns in regard to improving the MOA at the chapter level as well as at the board level.
I liked the idea of being heard, somebody listening. That’s what I bring to the table. I am a communicator; I want to hear from the membership—to hear their concerns, their ideas and their views. Communicating these ideas and concerns to the board can bring a response from the board and bring changes beneficial to all. Simply put, listen and communicate. Emphasis on listen. I know the best ideas come from the members.
As I stated, I know that there are many great ideas out there. These ideas will help the membership get the biggest bang for the buck. After all, the members are the ones who are paying for their benefits. My actions on the MOA Board will be based on integrity and independent judgement, for the benefit of all the MOA members.
Again, I want to hear from you, the members, communicating your ideas. By doing this, I hope to continue to increase member involvement, in local chapters as well as the MOA.
In closing, I intend to be out and about at BMW MOA events this year, meeting the membership of the MOA and all those who enjoy riding on two wheels. Look for me on either my R 1200 GS or R 1200 RT. If you see me, please come up and say hi, I would like to meet you. I would really enjoy the opportunity to serve you on the MOA Board of Directors and to invite more people to join local chapters and get involved with the MOA. I respectfully and humbly ask for your kind consideration and your vote. Thank you.