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MARCH 12, 2015

Raymond Plue, Past President of IFMR-NA Selected as Next IFMR International President

The North American chapter of IFMR (IFMR-NA) is pleased to nominate PDG Raymond E. Plue, DVM, as candidate for International President of IFMR for the term 2015-2018. Raymond served as President of the North American chapter of IFMR 2007-2010 and as Governor of Rotary District 6080 2010-2011. He currently serves as chairman of the IFMR-NA Council of Governors, which he helped found in 2011, and as Dean of the District 6080 Rotary Leadership Academy. He also continues to serve in a number of other key leadership roles in Rotary District 6080 and beyond.


September 21, 2014


IFMR-NA member Gary Wegener  of Woodland, California, has been riding east-to-west across Russia on his Honda Gold Wing and occasionally posting photos and other info on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007107378662&fref=photo).  

Along the way he's obviously been meeting and making friends with dozens of local people.  It's apparently been a great trip so far.  What a great adventure.  Take a look, leave a comment, and pass the link on to your Rotary and motorcycling friends.  We've also asked Gary to send photos and write something for the IFMR

12 August, 2014

Chris Jones Named IFMR-NA Vice President

IFMR-NA president Tim Cudd announced today that the Executive Council had considered and approved new officers and directors of the fellowship to continue implementation of the IFMR-NA Leadership Plan agreed on and announced in July 2013.

Heading the list of new officers is Chris Jones, who has been named IFMR-NA Vice President & President-Elect. Jones is a member of the Lake Norman-Huntersville, NC, Rotary Club and past governor of district 7680 (2012-13) and has served as IFMR-NA webmaster since 2011. He has also held numerous other club, district, and zone offices. He and his wife Colleen are also members of Rotary's International Hosting and Travel Fellowship.

A Professional Network Marketer with ACN_Direct, Jones is also President & CEO of two North Carolina companies: Willow Root Properties LLC, a Real Estate Investment firm and also The Bordley Group LLC, a management consulting and web marketing firm. He has also served as a PARC Commissioner for the Town of Cornelius, NC, where he lives, and as a member of the Vestry for St Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson, NC. He attended Towson State University in Maryland, studying business and accounting.

19 July, 2013

IFMR-NA 'Changing of the Guard'

Outgoing IFMR-NA president Bob Shriner and incoming president Tim Cudd had originally planned to have a 'changing of the guard' ceremony in Colorado during the Rocky Mountain High Ride in late July.

A few days before the Colorado ride, however, Cudd had to cancel his trip due to an unexpected medical problem with his elderly parents, so the ceremony was shifted on short notice to Columbia, MO, where the two met with past president Raymond Plue and treasurer Hal James while Shriner was enroute to the Colorado ride.

Shriner turned over official IFMR-NA files and the IFMR-NA check book to Cudd. James briefed Cudd on the organization's finances and the procedures used to track and control expenses, then pronounced him the new “King” of IFMR-NA.

Cudd is a resident of St. Charles, MO, and a past district governor (2012-13) of Rotary District 6060-Eastern Missouri. A resident of St. Charles, MO, he is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of St. Peters, MO. He is also an avid motorcyclist and has been active in IFMR, the Harley Owners Group (HOG), and Legion Riders. IFMR-NA presidents customarily serve in that office for three years.

February 26, 2013
Tim Cudd Named VP & President-Elect of IFMR-NA

Attached is a press release by IFMR-NA regarding the selection of Tim Cudd as Vice President and President-Elect of the North American chapter. Tim is currently Governor 2012-13 of Rotary District 6060-Eastern Missouri. He is a resident of St. Charles, MO, and a member and past president of the Rotary Club of St. Peters, MO. He is also an avid motorcyclist and has been active in IFMR, HOG, and Legion Riders. A more complete bio is provided in the attached release. 

If you haven't met Tim previously, you'll doubtless have the opportunity to do so at one of the IFMR get-togethers being held around the country in the coming months. Meanwhile, you can send congratulations and best wishes to him at dg2012.13@gmail.com.

Please forward a copy of this announcement to your District Governor, DGE, and District Newsletter Editor to help increase awareness of IFMR and other Rotary fellowships.


Jim Perra, the newly-appointed IFMR Ride Guide for Minnesota, recently completed a 48-state, 10,650-mile solo motorcycle ride in just 20 days, 6 hours.

Attached is a copy of the story about his ride which has just appeared in his local newspaper, the Zumbrota News-Record. (You can also access it at http://tinyurl.com/brb9xxn)

The publicity will certainly help him build awareness of IFMR and Rotary throughout his area. He deserves a big 'attaboy'! You can contact him at jimp@bankofzumbrota.com,


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Washington “Ride Guide” Marc Baker Loves Rotary
. . . and Riding

When plans were being made for last year's IFMR PolioPlus Ride to the RI Convention in New Orleans, it was clear that we needed someone to organize and lead a group of riders from the Pacific Northwest.

As we began talking with people in that area about possible candidates, Marc Baker's name came up time and again. When we contacted him, he expressed some initial hesitation but soon agreed to take on the tasks of fund-raising and recruiting other riders for the long journey to New Orleans from the Northwest.

The time and distance required for the journey made it difficult for most Rotary riders to make the trip by motorcycle; but Marc persuaded a few to join him and, more impressive, he proved to be the top IFMR fund-raiser, collecting over $10,000 – roughly one-fifth of the total amount collected by all the IFMR members on the ride.

Those who know Marc will tell you this is just typical of him. He joined the Rotary Club of Everett, Washington, in June 1980. According to Marc, “I became a Rotarian after hearing Past Rotary International President Dr Cliff Dochterman speak at a Rotary Foundation Dinner.” During his 30+ years in Rotary, Marc has served on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Everett and the Everett Rotary Youth Foundation, becoming the President of Rotary Club of Everett for 1999-2000, for which he attended the 1999 RI convention in Singapore.

He has been chair of virtually every club committee, including Attendance, Club Bulletin, Fellowship, Roster, Sergeant-At Arms, Fireside, Youth Exchange, Local Impact, Rotary Foundation, Group Study Exchange, World Community Service, Air Fair, and Rotary Run. He has also been actively involved in District 5050 activities, serving on various committees and project teams, including Chair of World Community Service, Matching Grants, Group Study Exchange Team leader to Turkey 2007, and Alumni Chair.

Marc is a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation (TRF), a Benefactor and a member of the Bequest Society, has received Service above Self awards from the Rotary club of Everett and District 5050, and been acknowledged by The Rotary Foundation for Generosity, Commitment and Dedication to TRF.

An avid motorcyclist, Marc has been involved with motorcycling since 1969, is member of the “Hell’s Rotarians, the Mild Ones” since 1990, and with the IFMR since its inception, having helped organize and form the organization. Marc has ridden to RI conventions in Calgary, AB; Indianapolis, IN; San Antonio, TX; Portland, OR; and New Orleans, LA. He recently agreed to become IFMR Ride Guide for the state of Washington.

Marc's close friend and long-time Canadian IFMR member Otto Rieve said, “I have ridden with and have been guided by Marc to two RI Convention -- in 2001 at San Antonio and 2011 at New Orleans. In 2011 Marc and I were followed by Elisabeth Saunders from Leavenworth WA in her SUV. While I found Marc to ride hard and sometimes long, he was unfailingly fair even as he grumbled at me. More important, Marc raised over $10,000 for PolioPlus and through his leadership inspired me to raise $3,000 from my District 5040 for IFMR-NA President Bob’s PolioPlus Ride for the 2011 Convention. I have greatly enjoyed Marc's enthusiasm and fellowship over the years”.

Marc has ridden in 49 US States (missing only Hawaii), nine Canadian Provinces (missing NW Territories, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunavut), and has traveled over 350,000 miles on motorcycles, of which over 300,000 is on Harleys.

Marc says, “I used to be in the ambulance business but I am now employed in my own business, Bakers Services Ltd., which provides medical gases to Doctors, Dentists and Veterinarians”. However, he quickly adds that he now takes more times off from his business since he has a family member running it for him.

Marc enjoys skiing in the winter, but he says his passion is riding and working on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Marc’s family consists of his partner Lori A White, son John Garth, and daughter Gretchen E (Betsy) Baker-Bold, and grandson Josh, and Lori’s son Andrew.

IFMR is blessed to have members like Marc who take the lead when asked and serve with good humor, honor, and distinction.


May 20, 2011 - Motorcycling Rotarians Raise $50,000 for Rotary Club's Polio Eradication Effort

April 11, 2011 - Volunteers needed for IFMR exhibit booth at New Orleans convention

Long-time IFMR members and frequent RI convention attendees Bill Fee and Ken Brandt are working on plans for the IFMR booth in the House of Friendship at the New Orleans convention, as well as arrangements for an IFMR membership meeting and fellowship dinner.

Plans for the IFMR booth include show-casing Bob "POLIO PLUS" Mutchler's side-car motorcycle in the booth, plus the usual displays of photos and hand-outs describing our fellowship and events, membership forms, etc. At last year's convention in Montreal, we signed up some 30 new members at the IFMR booth. We hope to do the same at this year's convention.

In order to do that we need volunteers to help us staff the booth for a few hours every day the House of Friendship is open, beginning Saturday May 21 thru May 25. If you plan to be in New Orleans and can help staff the IFMR booth for a few hours, please contact Bill Fee (wsfee@comcast.net) or Ken Brandt (keystnken@aol.com) and let them know about your interest and availability. Also, if you have photos from one of the IFMR get-togethers/rides in your area that you'd like to have included in the photo display in the booth, send those along to them as well.

Keep up-to-date on new developments for IFMR at the New Orleans convention by visiting the blog at IFMR2011NewOrleans.blogspot.com

January 10, 2011 - Motorcycling Rotarians Plan Rides to New Orleans to Help Raise Funds for POLIO PLUS




See the Upcoming Rides page for more details on these and other rides.

Be sure to look at some of the past rides on our Ride Archives Page.

See the Upcoming Rides page for more details.

For info on domestic and international IFMR rides, also check www.ifmr-na.org and www.ifmr.org If you plan an IFMR event in your area, send information about it to newsletter editor Juan Yebra editor@ifmrna.org and to webmaster Chris Jones at webmaster@ifmr-na.org.

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Start planning your IFMR rides for 2017 now. Pick the date and location, then let us know and we'll help you get the word out to other IFMR members in your area. Also, let your DG, ADG, and district bulletin editor know; and ask them
to help you spread the word among Rotarians who may not have heard of IFMR yet. IFMR. . . Join, Ride, Share, Enjoy!!!


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