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Philip Mulé has been a BMWNEF club member since 2014. In 2017, he joined the EC as a Member At Large. Later that year he volunteered to take over for our departing Treasurer. He remained Treasurer until his recent election to President of BMWNEF.
Philip has served in the US Army, Army Reserve and the US Coast Guard. Retiring after 27 years in the military, Philip, and his lovely wife Deborah, returned home to Anastasia Island.
He has been an avid motorcyclist and has completed numerous long distance rides. Earning an Iron Butt Association Bun Burner 1500 certificate in 1996.
Jim joined the BMWNEF in 2008. He served two terms as a director on the Executive Committee before being elected as BMWNEF Vice President for 2015. Jim has also volunteered to be on the Winter Rally Committee, Events Committee and Riding Into History. Jim is a member of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, the BMW Riders Association, the Iron Butt Association, the American Motorcyclist Association and the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He is also an Associate with Motor Racing Outreach and serves as a Chaplin for the Championship Cup Series, a motorcycle racing series, in Florida. Jim, along with, Paula, his wife of 29 years, and a dog, reside in St. Augustine.
My dad loved to ride and rarely left home on his bike without me. At fourteen I got my endorsement and purchased my first motorcycle, a 250 Yamaha Virago. Growing up in Tennessee the mountains were always close and next curvy backroad was only a short straight stretch away. I moved to Florida for a job opportunity and started riding with Todd Sandlin. After attending a few club meetings and rides I joined BMWNEF and am looking forward to contributing to the club in any way I can.
Pedro joined BMWNEF in 2018 and attends monthly meetings with his wife, Petra, and twins boys, Andreas and Mateo. He rode his first motorcycle in 1980 and immediately fell in love with the sport. He hopes his sons, who take turns being passengers, also inherit the passion. Pedro was part of the Food Committee during the 2018 and 2019 Winter Rallies and is looking forward to participating in other club events. He has lived in various states (California, Colorado, and Minnesota) before moving to Florida in 2014. Although the year-round riding in Florida is nice, he misses riding the curvy backroads.
Member-at-large & Membership Chair
Vicki Decker has been a BMWNEF club member since 2003, and a member of the EC since 2011; first as a Member at Large, then Secretary, and now as an Elected director. She has volunteered at key club events including Riding Into History, and the Winter Rally. Her Winter Rally responsibilities have been Merchandise Chair, Housing Chair, Registration Chair, and Rally Chair or Co-Chair 4 times. She currently rides a 2006 BMW 1150RT.
Appointed Director & Finance Chair
Chip Kenyon joined BMWNEF in 2004. He has served the club in a wide variety of capacities including: President, Vice President, Winter Rally Co-Chair, chair of a number of different rally committees and Executive Committee member for 13 years. In 2016 Chip and his wife Cathy, were honored to receive the Club’s Maggie Award for service. Chip has logged 150,000 miles on BMW motorcycles and enjoys long distance rides and motorcycle camping outings.
Member-At-Large & Newsletter Chair
David bought his first motorcycle while still a teenager. The Kawasaki H-1 was probably not the best starter bike but he quickly learned to ride it. His love of riding led him to a career as a motorcycle mechanic, working on the full Suzuki product line plus many European MX bikes, scooters and mopeds. David has owned and enjoyed over 20 motorcycles including 7 Suzuki’s, 5 Kawasaki’s, 4 Yamaha’s and 3 Honda’s. He has served on the Executive Committee for over 4 years and leads the Safety Committee. David has been a member of BMWNEF since 2007 and is a member of the Iron Butt Association. David and his wife Patty enjoy riding together whenever possible.
Ride & Safety Chair
Tom bought his first BMW in 2011, a K1600GTL, in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Jacksonville in 2014. In 2013, he retired from the Military and married Laurie Schaefer Gross in July of the following year. Tom enjoys being a member of the BMWNEF and has served on the EC for a few years.
Tom was fortunate enough to be able to acquire his late father-in-law’s 1981 R100RT. Which his father-in-law had purchased new. Tom is looking forward to getting it road ready, and riding it again soon.
Beginning with his childhood neighbor’s 1948 Pan Head Harley, Mark became addicted to anything with an engine, especially motorcycles, and going fast. He has owned a variety of motorcycles and has ridden hundreds of thousands of miles throughout his 57 years as a motorcyclist.
Mark joined the BMWNEF over thirteen years ago and has enjoyed riding BMW motorcycles for as long. For the past 30 years, he has been a member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, and nine years ago was appointed the CMA Florida State Coordinator. Mark’s bride of 38 years enjoys riding with him and they are the proud parents of three grown children and four beautiful grandchildren.
Bill is a lifelong motorcyclist who started riding off road as a kid and riding street bikes as a teenager. He has ridden through 43+ countries across 6 continents and most of the continental US States.
Bill owned and has ridden many different brands over his lifetime with an affinity for BMW Motorcycles. His current bikes include a ’87 BMW K75, a ’16 Ducati Hyperstrada 939 and a Vespa GT200 Scooter. He has been a member of BMWNEF since ’95 and served in numerous different capacities including Rally Chairman/Seminars/Rides, Club Treasurer, and Vice President.
Mike joined BMWNEF in 2014 after a 30 year break in motorcycle riding. His first BMW was a 2004 R1150RT and he currently rides a 2012 R1200GSA. He served for 27 years in the military (active and national guard) and recently retired as the Logistics Officer for Nassau County Fire Rescue. He was born and raised in Jacksonville and currently lives in Hilliard, Florida.
Elected Director & Programs Chair
I’ve been a club member since 2002 and a rider since 1964. A job transfer brought Jeanette and I moved to FL in 1997. Our involvement started with the Winter Rally. We were asked to volunteer. That really was a fun experience and one that we continue today.
Now retired, I’m able to ride a bit more. I’ve always liked travel by motorcycle and I have covered over 300k on BMW’s on our fine Interstate system. I thought I was fairly experienced and competent till I started riding with this group. My eyes have been opened to the vast world of BMW and I thank you all for that realization.
The club is ever changing, like most things. With a large club, there are always challenges and opportunities. I believe everything we do should be about motorcycles or motorcycle people. All members need to support the Winter Rally and our local dealer.
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Fleming Island, FL 32006-0035