News and Press
MARCH 12, 2015
Raymond Plue, Past President of IFMR-NA Selected as Next IFMR
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
MOTORCYCLE RIDE ACROSS RUSSIA FULFILLS DREAM FOR IFMR-NA RIDER
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
July 31, 2012 - IFMR RIDER COMPLETES 10,650 MILE
48-STATE RIDE IN 20 DAYS
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 email@example.com,
WAY TO GO, JIM !!!
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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
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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ken Brandt (email@example.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