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Upcoming Rides 

See the column to the right for some other Coming Events.

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

Getting to the Convention

  1. Past District Governor Pam Gray (my wife) and I are planning on riding from Paradise California, down through Flagstaff Arizona (to see kids) and then East to Atlanta.

    So, my current itinerary….

    Leave Paradise California on May 25. Arrive in RENO Nv.
    Leave Reno May 26. Arrive in ELY, Nv
    Leave Ely May 27, arrive in Page/Lake Powel, AZ….yes, busy on Memorial Day weekend
    Leave Page May 28, arrive Flagstaff, AZ for 2 nights….seeing family
    Leave Flagstaff May 30, arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 2 nights
    Leave Santa Fe June 1, arrive in Amarillo, TX
    Leave Amarillo June 2, arrive in Henryetta, OK
    Leave Henryetta June 3, arrive Greenville, Mississippi
    Leave Greenville June 4, arrive in Atlanta, GA

    We have a couple of days lee way built in on purpose. This is a long ride, and stuff happens, and I may get distracted and stop to see something good!

    We are still planning our ride home, but will leave Atlanta June 15 and head to Nashville, Memphis, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Estes Park CO, through Utah, and back to Ely and Reno. All in pencil still.

    I am VERY interested in suggestions! I don’t want to miss a good road side stop. Or the BEST ribs. Or the biggest Rotary park/project/statue or whatever. My wife is a PDG, and I joined Rotary in 1992. We are very involved with Rotary.

    I only have reservations through Santa Fe, all else is up for grabs. This is our vacation this year too! Please let me know of exciting or interesting stops. And if you can join us for dinner or a drink after a grueling day on the Harley Road King (Lazy Boy with an engine). Or if you want to ride with us all the way, or for a day or two?? We will be on the bike, 2 up, for 30 days straight, a first for us!

    I appreciate your input, and hope to meet some new friends!

    Brian Gray
    Rotary Club of Paradise
    Area Foundation Rep
    President Nominee
    Past Assistant Gov
    Spouse of PDG, Pam Gray 2014-2015

  1. Hi Motorcycling Rotarians,
    I plan to ride to the Atlanta Convention from Fremont CA the week before so I'll be there on Sat. the 10th. I'd love company on the ride. I do have to shoot straight back after the convention so no post-convention tour. Let me know if we can meet up along the way!
    Thank You ,

    Harald Westendorf, Esq.

    39510 Paseo Padre Pkwy. Suite 190
    Fremont, CA 94538
    T: (510) 792-3750 F: (510) 796-1624

  1. I will ride from Columbia, MO to Atlanta, GA Thursday, June 8, 2017.

    It will be a tank-to-tank ride. Anyone wishing to go along, stay with us in Columbia and ride before sun-up.

    Best wishes,
    Raymond E. Plue
    2805 Butternut Ct.
    Columbia, MO 65201-3538

  1. From Tim Shear in Columbus, OH

    Expect to depart Columbus on 6/9,
    Ride Interstates to Lexington, KY
    Blue hwys through TN/N Car mountains
    Into N GA
    E-T-A Atlanta: Sunday mid-day
    Subject to weather conditions

    Timothy S. Shear
    PE, Dublin Worthington Rotary, Dist. 6690, Cntrl/SE OH
    CEO, Capital City Energy Group, Inc.
    Managing Director, Capital City Partners, Inc.
    1335 Dublin Rd., Suite 122D
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    614.485.3110 <office>
    614.296.6990 <mobile>


Last chance to register for the post convention ride.   Please register for the ride at

And please register at the hotels individually (need to do so by May 20)

NOTES: 1) All Rates Quoted do NOT include taxes

               2) Rates quoted are per night

3) Call & register at each hotel separately

4) Ask for “IFMR” group block/rate

5) Each hotel will have a mixture of rooms blocked, some with 1 bed & some with 2 beds

6) We have 15 rooms blocked at each hotel.  Although they have various dates of last day to register, suggest you reserve your room as early as possible.  The ride is during the height of these hotels busy season.  There is no guarantee we will be able to get additional rooms at any hotel.


Questions or concerns: contact me, Gerry Jackson, geraldwjackson@gmail.com or ph 248-820-9804


Thursday morning, June 15,

Depart parking lot of (time yet to be determined)

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Atlanta Perimeter Center

1145 Hammond Dr. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Note this is the IFMR-NA designated hotel during the Atlanta Convention June 10-15


Thurs. Night June 15 – Sun. Morning June 18 (three nights stay)

Great Smokies Inn

1636 Acquoni Rd, Cherokee, North Carolina 28719

Ph. +1-877-214-5547


Register No Later than June 1

$99 / night plus tax

Cancelation policy: no later than 24 hours prior arrival


Sun. Night June 18 – Mon. Morning June 19 (one night stay)

Jonathon Creek Inn Creek and Villas

4324 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley, North Carolina 28751

Ph. +1-800-577-7812 or +1-828-926-1232


Register No Later than June 1

Mixture of King, Queen, and Queen with 2 beds rooms, all creek side

Cancelation policy:


Mon. Night June 19 – Wed. Morning, June 21 (two nights stay)

Little Switzerland Inn,

86 High Ridge Rd, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777

Ph. +1-800-654-4026 or +1-828-765-2153


Register No Later than May 20

$149/night mountain View ($165 deposit)

$119/night courtside view ($135 deposit)

Cancelation policy: Up to 10 days before arrival for $20 fee, after 10 days forfeit deposit


Wed. Night June 21 – Thur. Morning, June 22 (one night stay)

The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa

2771 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, North Carolina 28746

(This is where the film Dirty Dancing was filmed)

Ph. +1-828-625-2525


Register No Later than June 7

8 rooms with King beds, 7 rooms with two Queen beds

All rooms $118.15/night +taxes

Cancelation policy: No later than 48 hours before arrival.


Thur. Night June 22 (optional one night stay)

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Atlanta Perimeter Center,

1145 Hammond Dr. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Ph. +1-770-350-0000


Register No Later than June 8

All rooms $139/night +taxes

(Note for this hotel please mention “IFMR March 22 for group so as to not confuse with the room reservations during the convention)

Cancelation policy: ?

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Hey y’all.  Welcome to the “South”!!  Home to the Tail of the Dragon, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Biltmore Estate, Grandfather Mountain, and the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Our Southeastern Region Director Carlton Pernell has laid out a wonderful 8 day leisurely yet most enjoyable 1200(+) mile excursion coupled with great fellowship starting & ending in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Day 1 starts from Atlanta, Thursday morning, June 15, 2017 traveling through Helen, Georgia to Cherokee, North Carolina.   We will spend 3 nights in Cherokee, daily riding and enjoying various rides & activities in and around that area including the Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Maggie Valley, Wheels through Time Museum, Great Smokey Mountain National Park, and the Cherokee Casinos.

We will ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and on our 4th night will be in Ashville, North Carolina where we will enjoy visiting (and perhaps even stay on) the Biltmore Estates.

We will then continue up the Blue Ridge Parkway and on our 5th and 6th nights will be in Little Switzerland, North Carolina as we enjoy rides and activities near there including US 421 (a.k.a. the Snake), Grandfather Mountain and the opportunity to ride your motorcycle on the Bristol Motor Speedway, in Bristol, Tennessee.

Our 7th night will be near Lake Lure, North Carolina where we will experience Chimney Rock.   And on the 8th day we travel back to Atlanta, Georgia completing a wonderful week of riding and fellowship.

Not enough?  Separating from the rest of the group at the end of the Little Switzerland activities, we have an optional 3 day side trip to the “Outer Banks”: site of the first manned flight at Kitty Hawk, iconic light houses, ferry ride to Beaufort Nags Head, attend the famous outdoor drama “The Lost Colony” and then the ride back to Atlanta.

If you have never experienced riding in these areas, boy are you in for a great treat.  For those of us that already have been to at least some of these areas, I’m sure you agree they are a timeless pleasure that can be enjoyed time and time again.

Keep your eye on our www.ifmr-na.com web page for the pending registration and hotel information.





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.

IFMR-NA Polio Ride, Laredo, TX, March 25-26, 2017.

IFMR Spring Ride, Gettysburg, PA, April 27-30, 2017.

IFMR-NA Post Convention Ride, from Atlanta, GA, June 15-23, 2017

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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