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    Greetings
    I live in Baton Rouge, La. The closest chapters are the one in TNN and the one in Georgia, around 8 hours. What do you have in mind for a Gulf coast chapter?
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    We are still working out the details and we'll also schedule an organizational meeting with our interested members to finalize them. Pending approval from the interested members, the new chapter will be based out of the Tampa Bay, Florida area and we’ll welcome AMCA member from surrounding Gulf Coast states, heck, we'll welcome members from any state for that matter. I've been a member of the AMCA for 12 years now and always thought about starting a new chapter in our area - I just can't seem to get enough time with antique motorcycles (just ask my wife) and the more chapters we have the better. One of my goals with a new chapter is to attract existing AMCA member in the Gulf Coast areas, and just as important, figure out how we attract non-AMCA members and get them to become AMCA members and join our chapter - I really look forward to marketing and growing our club.

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    Dear Ric, the thing I've noticed about new Chapters is that, once started, they attract many non-AMCA members. There are still plenty of old bikes out there whose owners have not heard of the AMCA, or they are not members. A few activists with a new Chapter soon find them, and this is a great way to sustain and grow our Club.

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    Our new chapter application is complete and in the hands of Fred Davis (thanks for the phone call Fred) so now we wait for approval of the board to proceed to step two. We currently have 20 inaugural members and counting. Pretty exciting!

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    Looking forward to the first meeting Ric.
    Eric Smith
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    Ric, thanks for your effort and tenacity to start a new AMCA Chapter. Your example should be an inspiration to other AMCA members who live far from existing AMCA Chapters. Congtratulations! With a little effort and a lot of enthusiasm, a new Chapter can be born. It only takes eight AMCA members to apply for approval from the Board to start a new Chapter. I can assure you the Board will take prompt action on your group's application. To all who read this thread who don't belong to a Chapter and want to start one, please contact Fred Davis, Director of Chapters, for information.
    Richard Spagnolli
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    We just received approval from the AMCA Board to proceed to Step 2 in forming the Gulf Coast Chapter (GCC)... This is great news! Our home base will be located in the Tampa Bay Area (Brandon/Valrico) and obviously hope to attract AMCA members from the Gulf Coast States but AMCA members from any State are more than welcome to join. Please feel free to send me a private message or email ric_bolduc@yahoo.com if you are is interested in joining the GCC. I will post updates about our new chapter as I get them.

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    Congrats on the new Gulf Coast chapter, but Tampa is 700 miles from Baton Rouge. Sounds like we need another new chapter around the Mississippi or Louisiana coast.....
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    I attended the inaugural Gulf Coast Chapter meeting yesterday at Ric Bolduc's home. Considering the amount of business successfully conducted and completed; it was the most productive meeting I have ever been to. I attribute that to fact that the GCC is full of the smartest, friendliest, club-centric, old motorcycle lovers I've ever had the pleasure to hang with. I can safely predict the GCC is going to be a very active chapter in the AMCA, and is going to grow exponentially. I want to thank Ric and his wife for their hospitality, and hard work, and the way they made everyone feel welcome.
    Eric Smith
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    I second that! Lisa and I were also at Ric and Laura's to attend the kickoff meeting of the Gulf Coast Chapter yesterday. Their hospitality was tremendous. They welcomed all of us biker trash to their beautiful Harley-themed home with open arms; they even provided a catered barbeque and all the fixin's as the meeting wrapped up.

    Eric Smith (above) didn't remember to mention that he was elected Vice President of the new chapter by the unanimous vote of the members present. There were 21 AMCA members present, and many more were spoken for. (Now I know where to take my vise when it breaks: to the master of vices, Eric!)

    Ric Bolduc is President, and I'm Secretary and chapter Chief Deputy Judge. Jack Stauffer was elected Treasurer, and was represented by his wife Kelli Webb, the AMCA National Corresponding Secretary (or something! Sorry if I don't get your title correct, Kelli!)

    Some of the other biker trash in attendance included Bruce Palmer, who was elected one of the Chapter Trustees. Don Huffman (owner of Lakeland Harley-Davidson), and Paul Scott are the other Trustees. All offices are for one year.

    Filling the Peanut Gallery yesterday, and greatly contributing to the discussions, were Bob Courboin and Dennis Craig, both recently "retired to Florida," but who were in large part responsible for the founding and flourishing for many years of Colonial Chapter and the wildly successful Harmony National Meet, in Northern New Jersey!

    Then there was another piece of biker trash, some guy named Ed Youngblood (whoever he is!), who is also semi-retired and ready to help the new chapter to thrive. Ed offered good advice from his long experience in motorcycle matters. With names like that, I can see that Eric's Vice Squad is likely to have its hands full with that crowd hangin' aroun'!

    I'd also like to recognize Cheech & Rock, Dan, the other Dan, Nancy, Wayne, Tom, Tammi, Keith, Alan, Ed and Shelby, and all of their partners and guests. I'm sure there were more who participated. The meeting took only an hour-fifteen. I think it was productive and driven because the smell of barbeque was filling the meeting room.

    Chapter dues were set at twenny bux a year (we don't have a bank account to put it in or a PO Box to send it to quite yet, but now we can get um!) and the meetings will be quarterly. Speaking of which, Don Huffman offered his Harley dealership as the location of the next Gulf Coast Chapter meeting. After discussion, the offer was gladly accepted by the members, and set for Lakeland H-D on October 13th at 3 p.m. Everyone seemed happy with that starting time, in the middle of their otherwise busy weekends.

    This was an important milestone for the new "G.C.C." Now we can proceed with a lot of mundane, necessary things, like tax numbers and a bank account and formal address. With the vast experience represented at this inaugural meeting, I think it's a slam dunk that the members of Gulf Coast Chapter are going to go far and do great things! I'm proud to be associated with this kind of biker trash, ya know?
    Last edited by Sargehere; 07-29-2012 at 05:45 PM.

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