We all have membership numbers. The lower the number, the longer you've been with the MOA.
One of this organization's founders was number three. His name was known to many - Frank Diederich. Recently, he passed away.
The following was written by several of Frank's closest friends ...
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Frank Diederich, MOA # 3, Las Vegas, Nevada
We are sorry to share with MOA members that Frank Diederich passed away from cancer on September 28.
Before there was the BMW MOA, Frank saw a need for communication among the few -- at that time -- BMW riders. He was one of the founders of the Chicago Region BMW Club. Shortly thereafter, he was one of BMW MOA's founders and shepherded the fledgling organization through its rocky beginning. His staunch belief that it be a member-focused and -run organization has stood the test of time. He followed Chuck Smith as editor of the fledgling BMW News, which in those early days was brought home from the printer and collated by Frank and his wife Margaret ("Ducks" or "Ducky") on their dining room table.
Frank and Margaret were such inveterate riding companions and rally-goers on their old/2 they will always be thought of together. Frank was an excellent camper and first-rate camp cook, skills generously passed on to fellow riders, many new at the game. He also may be remembered for a rigorous Happy Hour and great stories. Frank became a member of MOA Pioneers, that select group of long-distance riders who attended each of the first ten National Rallies.
Frank's interests were wide-ranging; he was a true renaissance man who could cook a multi-course meal, build a beautiful bookcase, speak intelligently over a huge range of topics, or fix a mildly sick /2. He and Ducky together backpacked, bicycled, hiked, and toured by /2 over many miles of the U.S.
Our organization has become what it is today based on the early vision of founders like Frank. We've lost one of the true characters of MOA and he will be remembered with great affection. Margaret may be contacted at
P.O. Box 678, Ramona, CA 92065
If you'd like to share your memories about Frank you can also e-mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll publish them in the magazine. To read Frank's excellent article on the creation and earliest days of the BMW MOA grab the March, 2012 issue of the BMW ON and flip to page 58. Part two of Frank's excellent written history was republished in the April magazine.
Thank you Frank for your vision. The MOA is still here some 40 years later.