I read an interesting article this morning on what some of the younger generation are looking for with regards to choice of motorcycle styles.
The article was on the Revzilla site (the link to the article is at the bottom of this e-mail), and says that the Scramblers and retro style bikes are gaining a significant amount of popularity with the younger generation of bikers. They use the term hipster millenials, but I think this really reaches further than that particular demographic.
I know that my 22 year old son (who is in the SAL, and is definitely not a hipster millennial) has no interest in the bigger cruisers, and is looking at the retro style bike as his first ride. About a month ago I went with him to a dealer who sold all types and brands of bikes, and the place was packed with young people looking at sport and retro bikes. And just recently I went with a friend to a HD dealer to get his bike serviced, and the place was a ghost town. That by itself tells me there might be something to what this author is saying.
This is something to definitely consider while you and your Chapter are working on recruiting new members. How open and accepting is your Chapter to different style of bikes and riders? If these riders don't feel welcome, you could be missing out on a whole new generation of riders (Vets, Auxiliary and Sons).
Now that better riding weather is coming, you will see more and more "Bike Nights" taking place. I would recommend visiting a couple to get a feel for what the younger generation of riders want, and what they are looking for in a ride organization.
While what we do as the nation's largest veterans service organization will not change ... we as an organization must be constantly evolving with how we recruit, and looking at how we can make these younger riders welcome. They must understand that they are just as important to helping us meet our mission, regardless of the type of bike they ride.
Read the article here: How younger riders, Scramblers and Retro style bikes can save motorcycling in the U.S.
American Legion Riders
Department of California
In the next couple days you will be seeing the Annual ALR Convention Call Letter. This is the official notification and invitation for the 11th annual American Legion Riders - Department of California Convention in late April. This call letter will provide the purpose, intent and ground rules for the convention.
As we are counting down to the start of convention, here are a couple things that you can do to get ready:
- Lodging reservations. Lodging is somewhat limited, so you are planning on attending as either a guest or delegate, you need to make sure this is taken care of soon.
- Register. Chapter 69 is offering an optional registration that will get you convention goodies, such as a t-shirt, breakfast, dinner and other good stuff. Early registration ends the 1st of March. After this, the price goes up to $45. You can get the lodging and registration information from the flier from alrdoc.org
- Uniform and headgear. Chapter delegates and alternates are required to wear their ALR Vests and official headgear while on the convention floor. The headgear is either the ALR beret, or the garrison cover from their parent organization. These are the only authorized headgear.
- Membership cards. Delegates and alternates MUST have in their possession their official 2017 membership card from their parent organization (TAL, Aux or SAL). NOT the ALR Membership card. You will not be allowed to register if you do not have this card.
- Guests are completely welcome to attend the convention and sit in the gallery. Guests are not required to wear their ALR vests or headgear. Please keep in mind, guests will not have a voice or vote during convention.
- Resolutions. If you have a resolution that you would like to have considered during convention, please submit it to the resolution committee as soon as possible.
- Elections. During convention, the following Department Executive Committee officer positions will be voted on: ALRDOC President, Vice President and Sgt. At Arms, plus the Area Vice Presidents and Alternate Area VP’s (all area VP’s will be voted on by their area during the Area Caucus). If you would like to run for any of these officer positions, please submit your intent to run, and a resume/bio to the ALRDOC Secretary. Department Officer candidates will be required to give a brief nomination speech to the convention delegates so be prepared to talk about yourself and why the delegates should vote for you.
Something new this convention … each delegate will receive a convention information packet during delegate registration by the credential committee. This packet will include copies of all proposed resolutions, the draft budget, and officer nomination resumes/bios. This will allow Chapter delegates to thoroughly review and contemplate all the material that they will be asked to vote upon.
If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, or any of the DEC. We want to make sure you are as fully prepared as possible to make this a highly successful and enjoyable convention. I can’t wait to see you in Hollister!
American Legion Riders
Department of California
ALR DoC Convention Rooms for April 21-23, 2017
1) Best Western San Benito Inn (HOST 27 blocked rooms)
660 San Felipe Rd. $145.+ tax
Hollister, CA 95023 Ph.831-637-9248
2)Hollister Inn www.hollisterinn.com
152 San Felipe Rd. $99.00 + tax
Hollister,CA 95023 Ph. 831-637-1641
10% off online registration Promo code:7777
3) Cinderella Motel (Bargain motel no blocked rooms)
110 San Felipe Rd $59 + tax Single
Hollister,CA $70 + tax Double
4)Weibe Motel (Bargain motel no blocked rooms)
1271 San Felipe Road $88.00 + tax
Hollister,CA ph: 831-637-5801 www.wiebemotel.com
5) Casa De Fruta Inn Motel
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy. $129+ tax and up
Hollister,CA 95023 ph: 408-842-9316 / 800-548-3813
offers AARP & AAA discounts www.casadefruta.com
6) Casa De Fruta RV Park
full hook up sites starting at $42.00+ tax and up
OUT OF THE AREA (approx. 15 miles)
1)Hilton Garden Inn $159.00 +tax
6070 Monterey Rd ph:408-840-7000
2) Quality Inn & Suites $129 +tax Single
8430 Murray Ave. $139.00 +tax Double
Gilroy, CA 95020 ph: 408-847-5500
3) MOTEL 6 (American Legion Riders Convention)
6110 Monerery Rd 1st> call:1-800-466-8356 group sales
Gilroy,CA 95020 code# M002500238 2nd>call local Ph: 408-842-6061 to confirm reservation
4) SUPER 8 ( No Blocked Rooms)
8435 San Ysidro Ave Giloy,CA 95020 Ph: 408-848-4108
5) Best Western Plus Forrest Park
375 Leavesley Road, Gilroy Ca. 95020 Ph:408-848-5144
20 blocked rooms
The official Call To Convention for the 11th Annual American Legion Riders Department of California Convention to be held in Hollister from 21-23 April 2017.
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