Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
I want to start by thanking all riders and chapters that attended the 2010 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 "Elvis" 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 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.

This Week
Saturday, December 18th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Phoenix and Anthem Dealerships Customer Appreciation Party.
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. 623-465-1122.
Saturday, December 18th
4th Annual Christmas Celebration at The Old Vet's Home at the VA Hospital.
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 Or Jim Cooney at .
Saturday, December 18th
Mercy House Toys for Tots Ride
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 Project.
Sunday, December 19th
W. Steven Martin Police Toy Run.
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.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 2700 FANS!
Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
There are always great sports plays throughout the year. Here are 3 great plays from 3 different sports. Click Here to View.
When things go wrong in a helicopter, they can go really wrongClick Here to View.
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 page.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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