I would like to take this opportunity to give recognition and our sincere gratitude to Philos Enterprises, Inc for their generous donation ($20,000) to K9 For Warriors. Making the donation on behalf of Philos Enterprises, Inc. was James Quinn and receiving on behalf of K9 For Warriors was Riding Into History chairman Bill Peterson. These wonderful organizations go to great lengths to help our service members. It is through their hard work, support and donations to the K9 For Warriors program that many service members are able to get the help, support and training they need. I want to thank each and every member of these wonderful organizations, including our own BMWNEF members, for making life easier for these service members. God Bless each and everyone of you, and all our service members.

As many of you are reading this you will be packing, making last minute updates, going through your check lists, or whatever other ritual you might have, to get ready for our 36th Annual Winter Rally. To Bill Botkin, our Rally Committee, the countless volunteers and many supporters, I cannot thank you enough for putting this amazing event together. Ladies and gentlemen, you are awesome!

Many thanks to all those motorcycle enthusiasts who have registered for our Winter Rally. I hope you will have a wonderful time and enjoy the many events/ seminars we have scheduled for you. Please have a safe journey to and from our event. If at anytime during your stay with us you might need our assistance please contact one of our many staff members. If they are unable to assist you, they will be glad to contact the Rally Chairperson or myself so that we might be able to help you. Be safe, have fun and please abide by Camp Blanding’s policies and rules. We are guests here, just like you, and would like to keep our event on their base. Please visit Camp Blanding’s website (http://www.fl.ng.mil/units/cbjtc) for more information.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! Once you have recuperated from the Winter Rally, I would like to ask each and everyone of you to look at your calendars and schedules. Do you have some free time? Are you interested in attending one or more of our upcoming events? Do you have ideas and suggestions you want to share? Do you see areas where we as an organization can improve? If so, I AM LOOKING FOR YOU! Please contact me, so we can get you on one of our wonderful committees.

To keep abreast of what is happening at BMWNEF please review our official website. We will be posting upcoming events on the calendar and making revisions when changes occur. If members have relevant information to add please contact either the President (president@bmwnef.org), Vice President (vice- president@bmwnef.org) or one of the Committee Chairpersons for which your event falls under. Provide all pertinent information regarding the event you would like to see added. Make sure to include your name and contact information in case we have additional questions.

2019 Winter Rally  Help Needed!!

2019 Winter Rally Help Needed!!

Dear Members:

I need assistance in 2 matters, thanks in advance if you can help.

Item 1: It’s a Friday evening meal tradition for members to bring a hand-held dessert snack to the rally.  So, if you’re attending and can do so safely, please bring cookies, cupcakes, brownies, some treat that can be eaten by hand.  No big cakes or pies please.

Item 2: The Club’s computer projector is MIA. (Missing in Action).  If you know where it might be please contact me immediately.  Someone may have picked it up while helping clean up.

We need it for the rally.



Thanks,  Bill


After Ride Report – Penguin Ride

Happy New Year everyone.

Thanks go out to all those die hard riders for braving Florida’s harsh winter weather and joining us on our annual Penguin Ride. When my group arrived, there were several other riders already defrosting from their arctic adventure getting to Corky Bell’s. All in all, we about 40 brave souls willing to endure the extreme cold to enjoy a wonderful view of the St Johns River, good food, and most of all, some great fellowship.

We would like to acknowledge our two lucky draw winners, Jeanette Meeker and Greg Baker, on winning the $50 gifts cards. Greg, I agree, we will offer some Bath & Body Works (etc.) gifts cards in the future. If you would like to exchange your winning gift card let me know!

Some kidding aside, there was a great turn out. I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend and make our first event of the new year a huge success. Thanks to Corky Bell’s for providing some great service and food. Be safe, ride smart, and enjoy life.

Remember to “CHECK THE EVENTS CALENDAR” for other great upcoming events!


Winter Solstice Ride, This Friday, December 21st, Update

Winter Solstice Ride, This Friday, December 21st, Update

Dear Members:

The Winter Solstice Ride is this Friday, December 21.  Sunrise at Jacksonville Beach is 719AM, with first light about 650AM.

The link below has all the details on where to meet and Cedar Key hotel info.  I checked with the Beachfront Hotel, they still have availability.

You’re invited to meet us in Cedar Key if you’d rather drive.

Here’s the link for the ride from the events calendar:


We have a nice ride planned following breakfast near the rendezvous point.  We’ll head SW toward Camp Blanding then north thru McClenny entering the Osceola National Forest on Big Gum Swamp Road.  We’ll stop in Lake City at Ken’s BBQ.  From there we’ll head on to Cedar Key.

It looks like the weather is going to cooperate with cool and dry conditions.

Please join us.  If you’re unable to ride and stay in Cedar Key then join us for a portion to Lake City or Cedar Key.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

Always Ride Safely,


Christmas Party, Toys for Tots Toy Drive, You Can Help

Christmas Party, Toys for Tots Toy Drive, You Can Help

Dear Members:

Once again this year we will continue our tradition, started by Sherry Potter, to participate in the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive.

The Christmas Party is another benefit of your BMWNEF membership.  It’s our way of thanking you for your hard work throughout the year.

We all know “there’s no free lunch” in this world.  The recommended price of admission to the Christmas party is an unwrapped toy to be given to the Toys for Tots Campaign.  Please bring an unwrapped to to the party.  Heck, bring as many as you choose.

The Marines of Northeast Florida distribute thousands of toys to need children.  Please do you part to help.

We will have 2 Marines in attendance as our guests.  Please thank them for their service and make them feel at home.

Semper Fi