I was introduced to motorcycles as a child when my uncle gave me rides around the area. Although he had many motorcycles over time, it was his wife who had the BMW. When I was about 15, he let me drive his Cushman motor scooter around the tobacco fields, and about 25 years later I rode pillion on a couple friends' BMWs. I got my license in 1999, started riding my own bike in early 2000, and I have my eye on an upcoming 100,000 Mile Award on my two BMW F650s - hopefully this year. I often ride solo, including trips to Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Blue Ridge Parkway, sometimes camping along the way. These past years have been some of the best years of my life to date.
I moved to White River Junction, Vermont in 1978, after 18 years traveling the country as an Army wife. Much of my life has been lived backwards - motherhood preceded undergraduate and graduate degrees. I work in software sales and am now approaching retirement. I have been active in both the military and civilian communities for years.
Since joining the BMW MOA seven years ago, I've attended National rallies in Trenton, Charleston, Lima, Vermont and West Bend. I spent many hours volunteering in setup, registration, 50/50, and even took a turn at bike judging. I was Publicity Chair for the MOA International Rally in Vermont, submitting numerous articles and photographs for the January through July issues of Owners News, and preparing numerous route sheets and descriptions for day rides from the MOA rally in Vermont. I contributed additional articles to ON before and after the rally.
Active in BMW Motorcycles Owners of Vermont #115 since 2000, I volunteered for Newsletter Editor in late 2001, a job I still hold. I served four years as Secretary and am now serving my second term as President. I have co-chaired the Green Mountain Rally for four years and co-chaired Vermont's Puppy Dog Ride. I am a member and past Director of the Yankee Beemers and belong to the BMW Riders of Southern Maine, the Chain Gang, and the AMA.
These next three years will be exciting, and I look forward to contributing more to the MOA.
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