Roll Up! Roll Up! It's Cliff's "Members' choice" ride!
Where Cliff goes, nobody knows!
Coming up on Sunday 27th May is Cliff's “members' choice” ride. Like last year, members suggest a ride on the Hogsback Facebook page and the destination with the most Facebook “Likes” on the day is where Cliff will try to take you. The only condition is that if it’s your ride that’s chosen then you must be on it.
Cliff will put a posting on Facebook, describing how the ride will be chosen together with a couple of suggestions and you can either put a “Like” on one of his suggestions or add your own suggestion. To keep it simple please avoid making comments on other peoples suggestions and just stick to a “Like” or say nothing. For members that don’t use Facebook feel free to email or message Cliff with your suggested ride and he’ll put it on Facebook for you.
Officer Nomination Notice - LoH Officer
After many years as our Ladies of Harley Officer Ruth Palmer is having a rest. The Chapter is indebted to her for her hard work over many years and we are in a good place due to her management of the LoH function. So a hard act to follow but why not volunteer to become involved in the running of our Chapter. Job description and details of how to apply are contained in the following vacancy notice. Closing date is the 3rd June 2018.
Chapter Newsletter - Spring 2018
The latest edition of the Chapter Newsletter is now available in the Members area of the website. Hardcopies can be picked up from GH-D.
The Spring edition of Plymouth's Chapter's newsletter 'High Decibel' is also now available in the Members area of the website.
Stories from Prague
Going to Prague? Is it a special event for you? Perhaps your first long trip abroad? Well why not share your story with fellow H.O.G. members around the world by emailing Dell [firstname.lastname@example.org] and he will send you a questionnaire from H.O.G. to tell your story on and you never know, you just may become famous!
Compton Road bridge replacement
Please be aware that work will start on replacing the Compton Road bridge from the 23rd April and last approximately until 13th July.
See full details in the following letter from Network Rail:
Weekends Away Update
The weekend trip to Bristol (Sat 28th-Sun 29th July) is no longer going ahead.
Weekends Away for 2018
Going on a Weekend Away with the Chapter is a great way to get to know other members within the Chapter and is highly recommended especially for new members. All the trips being run this year, along with their current booking status, are listed on the Weekends Away page in the Members Area of the web site.
LoH cake stall @ the Dealership Birthday Party
A big THANK YOU to Toby and his staff at GH-D for running another great event but special mention must go to those involved running the Ladies of Harley cake stall which excelled (as it usually does). LoH Officer Ruth Palmer is pleased to confirm that they raised £727.27 for Chapter Charities with the odd amount being due to someone finding coins in the car park and donating them!! Well done to all involved.
Rolling Stones in Prague
Kick off the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Weekend in style by going to see the Rolling Stones massive 'No Filter' tour on the July 4th in Prague!
Results of 2017 Chapter Challenge
Well done to the following Chapter members for winning the award for the 'Greatest number of miles accumulated -Top 10' for Hogsback Chapter:
Other categories included:
Greatest number of miles accumulated - Ladies of Harley : won by Bev Beechey 1066 Chapter with 15,283 miles.
Greatest number of miles accumulated : Individual TBC
Greatest average number of miles : won by St Leger Chapter with 10,794 miles.
Greatest number of participants : won by Dunedin Chapter with 210.
Greatest number of miles accumulated : won by Dunedin Chapter with 656,481.
Well done to all that took part in the 2017 challenge and if you didn't then please join in this year. Look out for how to do so in one of the forthcoming e-shots and also look out for Robin's sign-on doughnut days!
Hogsback Charities for 2018 announced
Following nominations from members, the Chapter Committee have chosen the following three charities for the Chapter to support this year:
The committee thanks everyone who sent in a nomination and the following that were not selected will each receive a donation of £100 each from our funds: - Ellenor, Sam Beare Hospice, Stepping Stones DS and British Biker Relief Foundation.
New Chapter Officers
Congratulations to the following who were elected by the Chapter Committee and will take up their posts immediately:
- Activities Officer - Eileen Ostinelli
Eileen is enthusiastic about taking on the role and has already started working on events for us all to enjoy.
- Charity Officer - John Fluker
Many of you will know John in his role as a Chapter photographer. He has had a running start with the funds raised at the recent Charity Race Night!
- Safety Officer - Vince Pyle
Vince has a lifetime of experience as a biker and is an advanced rider with a raft of qualifications including as an instructor and examiner - we are very fortunate to have him.
Keeping the Website up to date in 2018!
If you spot any broken links or have any comments to make concerning the Chapter website, please email them to me at:
Czes Wicherek - Webmaster
The Chapter Shop in the Members area has been updated to include all the Chapter merchandise that is available.
H.O.G. Safer Rider Scheme
Have you done some advanced training or a Bifesafe assessment this year? We would like to know because if twelve or more Chapter members have done so this year, the Chapter will get an award from H.O.G. So if you have, it would be appreciated if you would send a scanned copy of your certificate to Head Road Captain Graham Woods and we will do the rest.
2017 Hogsback Chapter Survey published
As announced at the November Club Night, the results of the 2017 Hogsback Chapter Survey are now available on the Members Area page of the website.
How to get your face on Faces
We have only five faces for the last new 75 members that have joined! So please do send us your details now! Simply email email@example.com with:
- a recent photo taken from one of the Club Night or Ride galleries (copy & paste or URL)
- your Hogsback membership ID (eg 578)
- your full name
Had a great time and want to let the HOG World know?
Stories that you want shared in H.O.G. national communications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may or may not be aware that member stories can also now be shared on-line on HOG.com. Once a member has signed into their on-line profile they can read articles submitted by other members or submit their own. Options are available in the drop down menu that appears under “Live to Ride” on the page that appears once a member has signed in. It looks like this:
H.O.G. UK and Ireland Facebook page
Since the launch of the HOG UK and Ireland Facebook page, word is getting out and H.O.G. are seeing good growth in the numbers of likes and shares. Engagement is also good with members submitting pictures and making positive comments on posts.
You can connect to the page via the blue link at the top of this page or via the url https://www.facebook.com/HOGukandireland/.
Please send any suggestions or feedback on the page and its contents to Marjorie Rae who is the H.O.G. Consumer Experience Manager, UK & Ireland.
It’s still early days but hopefully you can help H.O.G. in developing it and getting the word out to others that it’s there.
Remember - if you want your posts to get picked up when sharing – use #HOGukandireland. To send pictures – message the page or e-mail: HOGukandireland@harley-davidson.com or tag us on #HOGukandireland.
Hogsback Chapter Bylaws
Version 1.3 of the Chapter Bylaws is now available on the Membership page of the website under Membership Information. The new version contains several clarifications in the light of current practice, has been approved by the Dealership and was ratified at the full Committee meeting in January.
Hogsback policy clarification - 29/05/2015
At a meeting last night we reviewed our existing membership and riding policies. This review took place in the context of our Charter from H.O.G.®, the expectations of the Dealership, and what we believe to be at the heart of issues that have arisen over the past few months within the membership.
It was concluded an extract of the forthcoming Chapter FAQ should be published (in the Chapter Standing Notices section of the website and via a special e-Shot) without delay. It re-emphasises what we expect of ourselves in Hogsback with respect to recent issues, and why.
Toby Sleeman, Dealer Principal
Dik Gregory, Director
Dell Evans, Assistant Director
Robin Seymour, Assistant Director
Pillions: to join or not to join ...?
Ever asked yourself this question? Well check out the answer in the Chapter Standing Notices now in the Membership!
Continuing to avoid back patch troubles
You may already be aware that H.O.G. are promoting a series of new logos. As well as the traditional 'Classic' H.O.G. patch, an alternative new look eagle patch, which now incorporates the bar and shield, will shortly be available through the Chapter. You will be welcome to choose either design.
However, we would like to bring to your attention a further logo which is featured on page 43 of Issue 4 2013 H.O.G. magazine. This shows a patch with a skull, wings and a top and bottom rocker. After consultation with a worldwide MCC with local connections, we advise that H.O.G. members should not wear any item of clothing bearing this logo. Accordingly, these patches will not be available from our Merchandise Officer.
If you are unclear about this advice please contact either the Director, a senior member of the Committee or the Dealer Principal.
UPDATE - We have just received this communication from Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd:
"Following consumer feedback on the new skull with wings patch, please be advised that the option is currently withdrawn and will not be available until further notice."