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BMWNEF 2018 Christmas Party

The 2018 BMWNEF Christmas Party was held at Toscanos Little Italy in Jacksonville. We had a great turnout and the restaurant was full of members. There was a huge Christmas tree and decorations, and the mood was festive.

This year’s event was a departure from meeting at the park lodge, which was rustic and had a blazing fireplace. The past events involved many volunteer hours and members bringing dishes and desserts. The club leadership wanted to make this event special and they were successful.

The Toys for Tots campaign, run by the USMC, was our charity for the event. We had so many toys that the USMC representative needed to call for reinforcements with a larger car to transport the toys. The club donated the toys in honor of Bill Botkin’s late brother Major Charles Botkin USMC (bio below). Our generosity will be appreciated by many children who will have a brighter Christmas for our efforts.

We also held a business meeting to elect the new slate of officers, and to thank our outgoing leader Jim Quinn. Jim will still be around as the Immediate Past-President, and his leadership and vision for the club has helped us be a better club for our members and the community. Welcome Philip Mule’ (L) as the next President of BMWNEF, as Immediate Past-President Jim Quinn dons his Past-President’s hat and Philip commends him for his term of leadership with the club.

Bill Botkin was chosen for the Maggie Award, in honor of the late Maggie Nelson. Maggie’s spirit of volunteering and helping others is memorialized in this award, and Bill’s efforts to lead and help the club through many years was honored with the award. Sparky Peterson looks on as the most recent Maggie Award winner. Norm Nelson presented the award to Bill (and his better half Ginny). Congratulations to you both.

It was a great time, and if you missed it this year, make plans to attend next year. There’s something special about having a Christmas party with motorcycling friends.

Bio: Charles Thomas Botkin, Jr. was born in Muncie, Indiana in January 1947.  He was the second child of Charles Thomas and Jeanette Botkin.  His father was a WWII medical officer in the Pacific and mother a college educated interior designer.

After high school, Charles enrolled at Ball State University and graduated with honors with a BS in Chemistry. Charles entered the Marine Corps in 1973, and after Officer’s Candidate School, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.  He attended the advanced infantry officers’ course where he was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of an Artillery Officer.  He deployed to the Mediterranean in 1983, shortly before the Marine Barracks bombing. After serving in many stations in the USMC, He retired as Major, the Officer-in-Charge of the Marine Corps Museum, MCRD, San Diego.

Charles and family returned to Muncie, Indiana after retirement, where he graduated from the Indiana Vocational Technical Institute with a culinary degree. During retirement he operated several restaurants and was head chef at several more.  He was an excellent chef. Timmy is survived by his wife, Lou Ellen, and children Matthew, Jennifer and Ellen.  He has several grandchildren in California and Indiana.


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,


REMINDER: AIRHEADS TROPICAL TECH TIME TWO on November 30- December 2, 2018



A reminder that the Tropical Airhead Tech Day #2  is next weekend in Merritt Island, FL from November 30 though December 2nd, 2018. It will be held at Shaye and Celia Williams property.  5900 North Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL 32953.  contact:  or call 321-453-5452 . Or you can also contact Larry Meeker if further information is needed.

**REMINDER** Yalaha Bakery Ride is this Saturday, November 3

Dear Members:

Just a quick reminder, the annual Club ride to the Yalaha Barkery is this Saturday, November 3rd.

There are two rendezvous points:

Group A will leave from Weedmans Express 9900 Shands Pier Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32259, (AKA Orangedale) and will depart from Weedmans Express at 9:00AMsharp, for a 108 mile, 2:15, ride through the beautiful Ocala National Forest to the bakery.

Group B will leave from the Pilot Flying J, 950 State Road 206 West, St Augustine, FL 32086. (State Road 206 at I-95 Exit 305) and will depart from the Pilot Flying J at 9:15AM sharp for a beautiful two hour ride through the Ocala National Forest to the bakery.

More details are available on the events calendar:

Ride Safely, see you there