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Rotary Fellowships are one of Rotary's best-kept secrets, and it doesn't need to be that way. There are almost 80 different Rotary Fellowships that appeal to a wide variety of hobbies, interests, professions, etc. This graphic, created by Debbie Vance, demonstrates one of my favorites, The International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians. Come check us out at www.ifmr-na.org.

 

June is Rotary Fellowships Month...
and here's an awesome Fellowship with awesome Rotarians
www.ifmr-na.org
www.rotary.org

 

 


 
Join us on Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern/6pm Central/5pm Mountain/4pm Pacific.

IFMR-NA is announcing the start of a Rotary eClub for motorcycle minded persons interested in belonging to the Rotary but are unable to attend a traditional club.

This Rotary club is ideal for persons wanting to be part of Rotary but have issues attending a traditional club for various reasons, meeting times, relocation, travel, to name a few.

Belong to a Traditional Club but are also interested in the Motorcycling Rotarian E-Club? Associate membership is available at a nominal cost.

Come join the meetings at:
Zoom Meeting Connection info: Click Here
Download Zoom at: Click Here

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   Planning A Successful IFMR Ride
   Bob Shriner - Master Ride Guide
   IFMR-NA Past President 2010 - 2013
I'm often asked for guidance in planning an IFMR event to get the most participation and rider enjoyment. Here are a few things I've learned from experience.
 
Usually 2-3 months is needed to get a weekend event onto people's calendars and let them make plans to attend. Longer events need even more lead time.
 
Start planning well in advance. Think of some likely routes and possible dates. Aim for a route that will be interesting and enjoyable to riders and their passengers. Don't make it too long – about 200 miles of twisty roads will take about six hours of riding time, about as much as most passengers can endure. Anything more than 220 miles of twisty roads will produce complaints from passengers. Plan to start at 9 AM and be back by about 5 PM. If necessary, you can push the start time up to 8:30 but not much earlier. If you're lucky and complete the ride before 5 PM, it will give everyone time for more face- to-face fellowship together after the ride.
 
Allow about 2½ hours for lunch and pit stops en-route. You may think you can get the group moving in 10-15 minutes after making a 'short pit stop'; but you’ll find that it's VERY hard to get a group moving again in less than 25-30 minutes. Even a 'quick lunch' with a group usually takes more than an hour, so assume it will take an hour and a half.
 
Make your first pit stop no more than one hour from the start. Remember, many will have been tanking up on coffee shortly before the start and will need to stop in about an hour. Plan on two pit stops after lunch. Include a couple of special attractions along the way, if possible. Allow plenty of time for stops and fellowship along the route. Try to arrange 'meet & greet' events with local Rotary clubs, etc.
 
Once you have a tentative decision on the likely route, then pick a date. Try to avoid dates with big local sports events or other events that will fill up area lodging places.
 
Once you have a date, start contacting lodges/motels that you'll need to check availability and get written quotes for your group. Ask for a few more rooms than you think you'll need, with agreement to release unreserved rooms 3-4 weeks before the actual date of use but with the group rate still available after the date if vacancies are still available. That's common practice.
 
As soon as you have pinned down the dates, the route, and the lodging details, put together and distribute an announcement flyer with details. The sooner the better!
 
Finally, before the event, do a pre-run to check the road conditions, travel times, and other details. Make changes as needed based on the pre-run. You'll end up with a better event, and you'll have more fun yourself.
 
 

 
 
Up to 23 IFMR members and friends got together for the Spring Ride on May 25th and 26th, with riders coming from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ontario, South Carolina and Tennessee.  We toured the back roads of Virginia and West Virginia, hitting the towns of Front Royal, Monterey (VA), Blacksburg, and Canaan Valley. The weather cooperated on both days, although we had to don wet suits to appease the rain gods on day two.  The scenery was beautiful, the fellowship was great, and we all returned home safely.
 
Ride Comments:
"Thanks John! Great weekend. Perfect weather, perfect Roads, good accommodations, good fellowship. Thanks for all you do for Rotary."  -- Michael 
 
"John & Bob: I’ve been on rides before but never have I been on one so well organized or with riders who are so considerate and helpful. I had an amazing time and really appreciated the evening camaraderie. Thank you again and hope I can participate in future rides." -- Sam
 
"Thank you for organizing the ride! One of the best organized and well run events I have been on. Cheers to everyone that rode and safe travels." -- David
 

 

The Indian Himalayas is unlike anywhere else on Earth, a rich tapestry of dramatic scenery and fascinating cultural diversity. En route of this motorcycle tour across the Himalayas you will be awe-struck by the rugged peaks of the Himalayas, you will sip tea in a hill station before hopping back on your motorcycle and ride to the world highest road, you will experience the rush of river crossing by your motorcycle and find inner peace at a yoga retreat.

 

On this tour you will also experiences crossing a couple of the highest mountain passes in the world, an experience that worth doing on its own, not to mention doing it on the legendary Royal Enfield Motorcycle

 

Cross India Challenge is a series of guided motorcycle and scooter tours across the vast Indian territories, and although we have included everything you need into our tour packages, but traveling always require prior planning. Here you will find some further details that will help you plan your next adventure around India.

 

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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.