Subject:Nov Meeting Minutes, Holiday Event, Freeze Your Butt Ride Date:Wed Nov 24 21:35:54 2010

Highlands Chapter Meeting Minutes
November 18, 2010

Location: Cliff’s House

When: November 18, 2010

Attendees: Hodge, George, Cliff, Rachel, Chopa Rob, Bob and Stephen

Meet and Greet – 6:30 to 7:30

We met at Cliff’s garage at 6:30 PM. We took the tour of the garage and
checked out all the bikes. I honed in on the early 70s Sportster and took
a bunch of photos. I’m hoping they will help me in figuring out how to
mount all the parts I have on order. Stephen, Rachel’s boyfriend, had just
purchased a 1970’s era Honda 360. Cliff and Stephen are in the process of
getting it back on the road. It’s a nice looking bike. Congratulations,

We had planned on consuming beer and pizza, but those plans quickly
changed when Juanita invited us up to the house for her homemade beef
stew. Boy, did we luck out on that meal! It was fantastic. Juanita’s home
cooked beef stew was outrageous, ask Hodge…Juanita also made Hodge a
special large plate of Thai-hot and spicy vegetable salad, he ate a fairly
large portion of the extremely hot/spicy salad that went along with his
fairly large portion of her beef stew. It appeared that he thoroughly
enjoyed each helping of both of her well thought out meals. Hodge wanted
to make sure that we sent her a special ‘Thank You” for all that she did.

Thursday was also Rachel’s 30th Birthday. I asked her what special plans
she had for her big day. She told me that attending the Highlands meeting
was one of the things she wanted to do. Good on ya, Rachel. After
supper, we all gathered in the kitchen and sang Happy Birthday. The
Birthday Cake was a “Bacon Cake”. (You’ll have to ask Rachel about it).
There were many homemade sweets that Juanita’s insisted that everyone
sample, Hodge enjoyed them as well,

Unfortunately, Flat Head Ed couldn’t make it to the meeting on Thursday.
Ed sent us an e-mail earlier in the week letting us know that his long
planned move down south was finally coming to fruition. Ed is relocating
to North Carolina starting in January. Flat will be greatly missed by the
club. He has been our unofficial photographer and tow vehicle driver for
many years. Ed has hauled my bike back to base camp on a number of
occasions. I’m sure my club brothers join me in sending Ed our best
wishes for a successfully and happy retirement.

Down to Business

We headed back to Cliff’s garage for the meeting. We only had a couple of
things to discuss.

First Item – The Christmas Party

We took a head count of the people we expect for the upcoming Christmas
dinner at P.J. Skidoos. It looks like we should have 22 to 25 folks
attending with a possibility of 30. Here’s what you need to know:

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 6:30 PM until….
Place: P.J. Skidoos
9908 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22030-1795

Phone: (703) 591-4515

We’re looking forward to seeing everybody there.

Second Item – T-Shirts

As discussed at the last meeting Hodge brought fine examples of past
T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Hats and the like. Because we did not have enough
members present to make such an important decision in regards to spending
the clubs money Hodge suggested holding off discussing the T-shirt designs
until the next meeting when we would have more members present. He wanted
as much input as possible on the members’ design ideas for the t-shirts.
The attending members agreed. We’ll talk about it again at the next
meeting or when ever.

Third Item – Freeze Your Butt Off Ride

One of the last rides this year is our annual Freeze Your Butt Off Ride.
I had asked Hodge if the club might consider having the ride on the Sunday
after Thanksgiving. Normally, we ride on Saturday. We put the idea up
for a vote. The members voted to have the ride on Sunday, November 28,
2010 assuming the weather looks like it will cooperate. If the
weatherman predicts good weather on Saturday and rain on Sunday, we’ll
switch to a Saturday ride.

Date: Sunday, November 28, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting at the Safeway in Middleburg

We plan on riding for a while and then stopping to warm up and have some

We’d heard that our normal stop, Griffins Tavern in Flint Hill, had
closed. I promised to make the call to get the scoop on the eatery. I
made the call today. I’m happy to announce that the rumors of Griffin’s
demise were somewhat premature. The tavern is still open for business.
The owner asked me to call around 11:30 on Sunday to reserve a table. The
outside patio is available for those who have a particular fondness for
the cold. I’m planning on eating inside this time.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Many thanks to Cliff for hosting this month’s meeting. We greatly
appreciate Cliff’s and Juanita’s hospitality. Juanita is a fantastic
cook. If you didn’t make it to the meeting, you missed the best club
meeting meal we’ve ever had.

Hope to see everybody on Sunday for the F.Y.B.O. ride. If you can’t make
it on Sunday, we hope to see you on December 4th for the Christmas Dinner.

Best Regards,

Bob Nicholas, Secretary – Highlands Chapter – AMCA

November 21, 2010