— 2018 “First Wednesday” at Hexagon Bar Jan 3rd —
Hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas and your New Year antics are, or have been, as you've expected. Try to get rested up on Tuesday.
The West Bank Motorcycle Club will be having our “First Wednesday” get together on Jan 3rd at the Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 722-3454
Let's hope for a bit of a warm up, like to above zero, so there will be a good turn out. Pass the word...
— Last “First Wednesday” at Whiskey Junction Dec 6th —
I'm sure that all the members and friends of the West Bank Motorcycle Club are sorry to hear of the closing of Whiskey Junction on Decenber 31st, 2017.
On Wednesday, December 6th the West Bank Motorcycle Club Membership will again have a “First Wednesday” gettogether at Whiskey Junction where we will surley discuss all of the wonderful times we have had there.
Tom O'Shea and Little Obregón along with their employees have always been more than kind in providing us with a gathering and meeting place along with excellent service.
We wish Tom and Little the best of luck in their future endeavors.
After 12 great years of business, The Whiskey Junction will be closing its doors for good. Our last day of business will be December 31st of this year.
Unfortunately, after recent changes in the Minneapolis ordinances regarding minimum wages and primarily the lack of a tip credit provision, we feel now is the time to get out of the bar business. We fought for a voice to explain how minimum wage without a tip credit will be detrimental to the small bar and restaurant owners of Minneapolis but we were not listened to. Therefore its on to the next adventure!
I wish to thank our wonderful staff and customers who have been friends and family throughout the years. YOU are what brought us back every day and made working fun! We truly couldn't have done it without you, and we will miss you all.
— New date for Year End Party Oct 22nd —
Weather outlook looks bad for todays Year End Party. Since we cannot come up with another place to hold everyone the party is rescheduled to tomorrow, Sunday Sept. 22nd 3pm, at Mark Cady's place. Yup, same are First of Year Party.
Here's a link to Cady's place
Mark's place, and driveway, is right next to the NE 4th St., NE 16th Av. and stop sign. You can't miss it.
Mark and Amy are also texting to inform everyone.
WBMC founder Richard 'Dick' Franklin passed away
I just found out this week in an email from David Dumford that the founder of what became the West Bank Motorcycle Club had died on December 29th, 2016.
As David says: “Was WBMC founder in 1968. Many motorcycle rides and memories of Dick.”
Read some of the old newsletters here at News page; Really old newsletters
Here's the Obituary for Richard Franklin
— Year End Party Oct 21st - Delayed to 22nd —
Don't let the weather outlook fool you; earlier this week the forecast called for great weather for Saturday; Very good chance the weather will return to that state. Hope you've cleared your afternoon to join us at Anna's.
Here's a link to the flyer with details
[NOTE: Pervious flyer map shows wrong address. Should be 18600 Duck Lake Trail ]
It would be a nice gesture if one person could come up before/after the awards and say something for each of the members that died this year.
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— Distracted Driving —
Mark Cady's call to Distracted Driving discussion on MPR (Minnesota Public Radio).
Sep 30 — Last "Scheduled Ride" —
Here we are again - Nearly at the end of this seasons Ride Schedule. Guess that means the year end party can't be far off.
Well it's not. Year End Party will be on Oct. 21st at Anna's place in Eden Prairie. See the Events page for details. [TidBit: Average October temperatures are 58/40F. At least once every four years, snow comes as early as October but it's only about .6" on the last week or two.]
This also means that the Ambassadors (and other designated persons) should be paying a visit to the current (and past) sponsors to see what they are willing to donate to the West Bank Motorcycle Club Year End Party.
Any questions about the year end should be directed to the Treasurer, Secretary or whom ever has been willing to manage the Year End Party tasks.
If you have any words or photos you'd want posted on this site just send them to the WebMaster. I'm sure it will be appreciated by all the members, lurkers and readers.
Don't forget that our First Wednesday get together's will start just 4 days after the last of the Scheduled rides. Then there are always the impromptu get together's that can easily be setup on the Discussion Board - give it a try.
The Steve Park Memorial Service will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 11:45 AM at Assembly Area 5.
Kindest Regards, Dar Park
[The above link is to Facebook: Since it's a private event you need to 'Friend' Pat Cremin]
All the usual activities: Swimming, water slide, camping, bonfire, hay rides, etc.
NEW THIS YEAR: We will NOT be providing beer or rootbeer, due to cost and liability considerations. Everyone is expected to either bring a food dish or beverage to share or contribute to the general party fund. We are old farts now and can't shoulder the full costs and effort of putting on this extravaganza oursleves anymore... :)
Please coordinate food plans with Marlene or myslef... We will post a menu ahead of time to help coordinate the food effort. Anyone that can come early/stay late to help with the setup and teardown efforts will be especially appreciated!
We look forward so seeing all of our dear friends and family once again.
Pat Cremin has posted the below update for the Hell Hole Lake gathering.
We are trying a couple of new things this year. First, due to financial constraints, we will not be buying kegs of beer and root beer as we have in the past.
Secondly, we are asking people to sign up for bringing something to the pot luck. Please look over the list of generic stuff and let me know what you can bring. Any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated!!!
Call/text/email/message/post... Thanks, Pat < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Since it's a private event you need to 'Friend' Pat Cremin; Also you will need to click the Party Menu... 'See More' link to see the menu list
Contact: Pat Cremin 715-497-2240 (cell) Email: email@example.com or RSVP on Facebook
Ron is taking the ride to Route 65 where we're having a ceremony for Greg and Sara.
Here is a link to Arnie's Obituary article.
Here is the link to the Star Tribune Obituary, with Guest Book, for Arnold Stuart 'Arnie' Hymanson [click 'Continue to site' to see Obituary]
It is with a very heavy heart that I am reporting that there was an accident involving our members on Sat Jul 8, 2017 around 3pm.
Sara G. died at the scene. She was a passenger on Greg E's bike when Greg hit Neil T's bike, with Sherri on the back, which was turning right from Hwy 65 on to 184th Street in East Bethel.
Greg was initially listed in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Neil and Sherri were listed with noncritical injuries with Neil at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and Sheri at Hennepin County Medical Center where she is now listed in critical condition.
An update from Sheila is that Greg died and was put on life support to save his organs. Sherri was hurt more than reported by the StarTribune article.
More info from News outlet's can be obtained by googling "East Bethel, MN motorcycle accident".
This is to inform the West Bank Motorcycle Club (WBMC) that Stephen Park passed away, at his home in Silver Bay, MN. on 6-6-17, of a heart attack.
There are no plans, at present, for an obituary, service or celebration of life.
The family plans to organize something a few months from now due to relatives from out of the country needing to make arrangements to come stateside.
I wanted to let you all know how important your friendship was to Steve.
For over 40 years he enjoyed involvement from rides, camping, parties and events with the members.
As his family mourns and prepares to bring his life full circle, I will contact you down the road with any public memorial. Stephen will be interred at Fort Snelling Cemetery.
Update 2017.07.23: The Steve Park Memorial Service will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 11:45 AM at Assembly Area 5.
Kindest Regards, Dar Park
Got this message from Clay about Arnie:
I spoke to Arnie this morning. He had major surgery and is in a long term care facility. It is unlikely that he will be riding with us this year.
It would be nice if more of us checked in with him from time to time. Arnie can be reached at 952-852-0605
Mark C. whizzed us around the cities parkway's in a spirited style. AFter the two+ hour ride we were ready to dig into the two kinds of Chili on the menu. One by Mike McC. and another cooked up by Mark C. Both were very high up on the very good to great list.
Along with the chili there were lots or side dishes, meat plates, coleslaw, fresh veggies, etc. I mean lots of side dishes with plenty of sweets to satisfy anyone.
There were 17 bikes on the ride and at least 29 sign in's with a few past members also showing up such as Mike & Karen Green and also Dave & Sandy Ellingson.
The weather was just wonderful with a few wanting or needing it just a bit warmer although the majority was very happy with the 55 degree, light breeze, afternoon.
Now to get the rest of the ride schedule filled up with great rides.
Mark C. will be leading the first ride, Apr 29th leaving at 12:30, along the parkway's with his place as the destination for a chili feed. See the Ride Schedule for address and map.
Mark asks that you give him a call if you are bringing something. You can also contact Carrie B. with the information. Do it now...
Here we are again. First ride of the season. The Duck has waddled back to his place on the truck and the Chicken is now firmly belted into his chair. They are ready to go - How about you?
The Duck requests that all the girls, and guys, PLEASE - No 'choking the chicken'... He's had enough of that on previous rides. Look, don't touch - He's not as tuff as he looks. [or find me another 'dirty' chicken]
Ride Schedule, Ride count and Signin sheets are all ready for this year. If you believe your name should be on the signin and it's not - check with the Treasurer, Mark Cady.
The Ride Schedule and Ride Credits will be handled by the Secretary, Amy Thomas.
Lets make this a very safe riding year. Keep your head on a swivel.
Keep a close eye on the actions of the person behind the person that's in front of you...
A note from Mark Cady: A few West Bank brothers will be gathering at the Joint at 10am on Saturday for breakfast & on to the Defrost your Nuts ride in Hudson Wisc.
Defrost Your Nuts Run on facebook Ride starts at the Mallalieu Inn; Ride is free. Riders will start showing up at 10:00am; The ride route will be known when you get there
This Wednesday will be the last 1st Wednesday for the 2016 - 2017 winter season so get yourselves down to The Whiskey Junction.
Sheila, our Editor will be celebrating her birthday at The Whiskey on Wednesday so be there to wish her many more.
All you other members, and non-members, come on down and join the fun.
This is a meeting for all paid members from 2016 and those paying at the meeting. Voting for club officers and any other items on the agenda will be attempted.
If you want to have a voice in the club then plan on attending this meeting. It is again hosted by and at The Whiskey Junction with another Noon-ish start time. Let one of the officers know of any issues you want brought up.
This is also a very good time to pay dues so your name gets on the Sign In sheet for 2017.
The Ride Schedule will also need all those empty dates for the first half of 2017 filled in - Road Captain anyone?.
West Bank Motorcycle Club Road Captain/20 Riders meeting. This meeting will be hosted at The Whiskey Junction with a Noon-ish start time. Let one of the officers know of any issues you want brought up.
Looks like it's time to wake up from my long winters nap and get some information out.
We still have a couple 1st Wednesdays before the club rides start. In fact the 1st of March is one of those Wednesdays.
Don't let the February weather fool you but then again those that store your bikes at dealers may want to get your rides out early just in case we are greeted with a very early and warm spring which according to some long range forecasts will be about 50's high to 30's low at the beginning of March to 60 by mid-March and mid 60's by the end of March - Not bad at all.
Now don't let the 1st of March snow, cold and wind get to you. Temps should be sliding into the 50s (or higher if you keep your fingers crossed) by month end.
I've got website tasks on my ToDo list so we should be ready to 2017 activities before rides start. As a matter of fact I see we have at least 3 rides already on the schedule.
"Doing a good job around here is like peeing in a dark suit,
It makes you feel warm but nobody notices" Jason Bolt
WHO WE ARE: West Bankers are just people who love to ride.
We ride twice a week and reward the most fanatic among us.
Just a "weekend rider"? Come ride with us on the weekend!
Feel free to send us your opinions - I'll pass it on to Dr. LockSprocket and the management.