I want to start by thanking all riders
and chapters that attended the 2010
Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids event this past Saturday. There was
a tremendous turnout and everything went as planned. There were 110 kids from
the Children First Academy that came out to participate for the day. They were
entertained by a stilt walker as a warm-up act that really turned out to be very
funny. He was later dubbed "Stilt Chamberlain" by Jim Moore
as he stood 9' 7" tall with the stilts. In fact, he even found a way to sit on Mrs. C's bike. I don't know how he pulled that off. The kids as well
as the adults got a kick out of this guy.
Given that I had the audience of 110
children, I wanted to use this time to teach them something. Since the schools seemed to have lost some of the basic education of the
history of our country, I wanted to teach them about singing the National
Anthem. I quickly went through the kids and asked about 6 of them if
they knew what that was. To my chagrin, not one of them knew. So I thought it
would be a good time to expose them to this tradition and teach them at a young
age to HONOR our country. I then asked all of them to stand, put their hand
over their heart and sing along as we had 12 year old Tianna Martin sing the National
Anthem while a little boy from the crowd held the flag. I can only hope that
this will be a start for them to learn how to honor our Country and our Veterans
who have made it what it is.
To help inspire these kids to follow
their dreams, I went through the kids and asked them what they
wanted to be when they grew up. We had a variety of answers of which a few of
them were to be singers. I shared with them that Tianna was soon going to be
singing the National Anthem in front of thousands of people at a Phoenix Suns
basketball game. To help encourage these kids to follow their
dreams, I asked 12 year old Tianna to
share how she was moving forward with her dreams to be a singer in hopes of
inspiring some of the children that they could do the same.
It was then time for Bret Kaiser as
to rock the crowd with a few of the Kings hits. As usual, I rode
him in on the back of my bike for his
introduction from Scott Pasmore of TV3. As only Elvis can do, he added
some life to the event and got the kids and riders ready to see the kids get
their gifts. To instill the joy of giving, we ask the kids to pick out 3 gifts.
They will keep 2 for themselves and give one to another sibling or to the school
to share with other classmates that could not make the trip.
It was a wonderful day with beautiful
weather and fun
times with the kids. Thanks to all that donated their time and
to the riders who attended and brought these great toys for these children who
will certainly have a better Christmas because of it. After they had put away
their bag of toys, Saddle Ranch fed all 110 of the kids for free. Thanks to
Saddle Ranch for being so generous. Thanks also to Westgate City
Center for providing the venue, David Darnell
with Big D's
mobile DJ's for donating the DJ and sound
services, Bret Kaiser for entertaining us
as Elvis, Arizona Bike Week for the bus
transportation for the kids and all others who helped make this a special day
for all of us. Thanks again for your support of Cyclerides.com events. I truly
appreciate it more than you know.
As I have done in past years, I like to take some time off to recharge the batteries a bit. So for the
next couple of weeks, I will have some content selected from past
newsletters for you to read. Then I will be back in full swing the first of the
year to lay out the riding opportunities for 2011.
Merry Christmas from Mrs. C. and
Myself. Have a wonderful holiday season.
Click Here for over 250 Photos
that were taken by Barry, Jim Moore and Nancy Paganelli. There are
a lot of good pics of the kids and maybe even you.Thanks to Jim and
Nancy for sharing.
Saturday, December 18th
Stop by either dealership from 11am - 3pm and
enjoy FREE Food, Drink and Live Music. Buy your Christmas gifts and
get FREE Gift Wrapping by Ladies of Harley. At the Phoenix location, take a tour
of the motorcycle museum with Buddy and enter the Pool Tournament. Pictures with
Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11am - Noon at Anthem and 1pm - 3pm at
Phoenix. Buddy Stubbs Phoenix is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix.
602-971-3400. Anthem location is 41715 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ.
Saturday, December 18th
Join us to honor and Bring joy to our American
Hero’s. Sponsored By: American Legion Riders Post 61 & Post 53.
We welcome all to help us bring joy, love and respect to the 200 patients
confined to the VA’s “Old Vet’s Home”, located on the east end of the VA
Hospital. Event time is 2:30pm. An event you will never forget. Many of
these Veterans rarely receive visits from the outside world, and not only need
and desire companionship, but are all in desperate need of the items listed to
the left of the flyer. Food, live entertainment, and special VIP’s will also be
in attendance. If you are not able to attend this years event, please donate as
many of the items listed on the left, of the flyer so we can insure
each and every patient will receive the items they need and the items they
desire. For more information contact Tom at email@example.com. Or Jim Cooney at
Saturday, December 18th
This ride is support the Mercy House. Sponsored by American Legion Post 41.
All Riders and Passengers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for
children ages 1 – 16 years of age. Riders will stage at Post 41, located at 715
S 2nd Avenue in Phoenix at 10 AM with KSU at 11:15. We will ride to 111th
Avenue and Buckeye Road in Cashion, AZ where we will have Santa mount his Sleigh
and we will ride into the neighborhood to the Mercy House. Bikes, Cages
and Sleighs are all welcome. Once at the Mercy House we will also be
retiring the past post and ALR Charter Commander’s Patches for Arnie Garcia who
passed away in 2009. The Mercy House was Arnie's Favorite
Sunday, December 19th
Come and join the fun of our 24th Annual WSM Police Toy Run. Each bike that checks in gets 2 chances to win a 42 inch HD TV and 1
chance to win a Week in Hawaii. Ride starts at The Police and Fire Toy Drive
Warehouse located at 2511 N. Arizona Ave. behind the Stool and Dinette Factory.
Sign in from 8:30am - 10:30am. All we ask is that each rider bring a New
unwrapped toy and donate $20 per bike. You are invited to come in and see the
Toy Warehouse, place your gift on the shelf in the area for the age group you
have selected. After check-in you'll be given a map of the other two stops you
will need to complete the ride. The last stop will have food, beverage and our
50/50 prize giveaway at 1pm. Total ride is about 40 miles. End at Iguana Macks,
1371 N. Alma School Rd. in Chandler.
Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
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the new photos posted on the
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There are always great sports plays throughout
the year. Here are 3 great plays from 3 different sports.
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Video of the Week: Here is a video
of a bike riding down the road that you definitely won't see every day. Or any
day for that matter. Pretty cool. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the
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