We have come a long, long way as a club in the 2 years or so we have been together. From humble beginnings in Auckland we have grown to be a national (and international) social riding club with in excess of 450 members, some of whom even own a deodourant.
It’s fair to say that our expansion has been rapid but not surprising. I have heard so many positive comments about how the whole FBMC ‘thing’ promotes social and safe riding with friendly, likeminded people.
The wish to have a true ‘National’ identity crystallised in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on 16th September 2012 when the Fat Bikers MC hosted the incredibly successful Bikers In Blue ride. Ever since that great event the enquires about our membership, activities and basic outlook on life has grown and grown.
There has been suggestion from many quarters that maybe now would be the time to ‘formalise’ the FBMC, either as an official club, society or such like.
It’s fair to say that there may be some advantages in doing that but the bottom line is simple, The Fat Bikers MC will not go down that path, it’s a founding principle that committees, hierarchy, accounts and all that other stuff associated with clubs does not have a home with us, plain and simple.
However, our growth as a bunch of people is really on the up across the country and therefore it has been decided that the FBMC will have official regions with a central point of contact for each one.
These contacts, fondly known as ‘Pie Ministers’ will look after FBMC goings on in their region, organise rides, book venues, etc etc. This is a way of spreading the load across some FBMC folk who will be the local rep for their area.
So, who are these Pie Ministers….???…well, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you these fine, upstanding and wobbly folk as follows:
Upper North Island – Catherine ‘Soapy Cat’ Merrick
Waikato – Mark ‘Caseye’ Casidy
Lower North Island – Brent ‘StoneY’ Hutchinson
Top of the South – Audrey ‘Ogri’ Rodkiss
Christchurch – Pete ‘Mainlander’ Scott
Each of these fine people will be saying gidday in their own style across our forum and Facebook pages so keep an eye out and give them the support to make the FBMC bigger and better.
The other exciting news is the establishment of a Vice Pastry Pres to help me out with the big, national type stuff. This includes such envious tasks as media liaison, Bikers In Blue event planning, helping out with the newsletter and basically forming and nurturing the relationships in biker land that will see us expand in places other than our waistlines.
I am delighted to announce that Cherie ‘MadDuck’ Scott has accepted this role within our club.
Cherie was there at the very start and shares our attitude of loving the ride, the feed and the company.
Please join me in a big “ah yeah, whatever” to these lovely people for stepping up and making sure the FBMC continues to be the club we all know and love……..
Fatt Max – Pastry Pres