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March 25, 2017

I've Been Busy as a HOG

Since summer of 2014, I have belonged to a HOG (Harley Owners Group) and their subgroup LOH (Ladies of Harley). I haven't participated much in their activities, but do attend the monthly meetings. I also helped man the tables for selling tickets in a fundraising endeavor in the spring of 2015. And I also participated in 1/2 of a ride that fall. I was going to visit a friend in central NY at the same time they were having a ride to extreme eastern NY so I tagged along and peeled off when they stopped in NY. I've also participated in the Internationale Female Ride Day. But that has been the extent of my participation in activities.

Late last fall, the LOH Officer announced that she was going to be submitting her name for consideration as the Assistant Director of our HOG chapter and asked for ladies who were interested in the LOH Officer position to let her know. A week or so later she emailed me asking if I was interested. I responded that with working two jobs I didn't feel I had the time to put into it, but if she couldn't find anyone else, that I would do it. She had served as LOH Officer for 2 years, done an extremely good and effective job at it, so deserved to look for a higher seat.

She did find someone else, so at the elections held in November, the Officers were elected without fanfare and that was that. Or so I thought.

So how the heck did this happen?

LOH Officer list 2017

Well, In mid January The lady who had accepted the nomination as the LOH Officer found that her work schedule would not allow her to effectively perform her duties as LOH Officer so resigned her position. A call went out for all interested parties to contact the Director and the Officers would chose the candidate from amongst that pool. A week or so later, keeping in mind the troubles of finding a candidate last fall, I contacted the Assistant Director letting her know that IF no one else put their name in, I could do it. I reminded her that I had two jobs and didn't have a lot of free time on my hands so I didn't want my name thrown in if there were other interested parties.

Apparently, no one else volunteered so at the February HOG meeting, our first meeting since the elections, I was tentatively affirmed as LOH Officer - tentative because they wanted to make sure that everyone who attended the HOG meeting was aware of the vacated position. Two weeks later it was official.

Since then I have organized two LOH meetings; the February meeting (which was delayed a week because of a blizzard) was as presumptive LOH Officer, and March meeting as the affirmed Officer. At the March HOG meeting I had to give the report on our meeitng and upcoming events. I have attended a Monarchs Hockey game with the HOG chapter (on the left is our chapter Secretary and on the right is our Membership Officer).

Monarchs Hockey game

And the biggest, most time consuming event so far, was organizing and running the LOH bake sale and raffle of which the proceeds benefited two charities. (I'm way back  behind the white haired lady).

LOH Bake sale-raffle 3-18-17

The first weekend of April is the HOG meeting, for which I have to give my report. The second weekend of April I have to attend Officer training in Buffalo, NY with 5 other chapter Officers. That will consist of two days of travel and two days of training. Then the April LOH Meeting is 4 days after we return, then in May is the International Female Ride Day plus the regular HOG and LOH meetings.

It's all busy and good. But what the hell did I get myself into? :O

And last - at the raffle / bake sale, I had to have my picture taken for the HOG Chapter website.

  LOH Officer Picture

2017 HOG flyer

Posted by Bogie on March 25, 2017 at 07:11 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink

Comments

Great photos - thanks! Your HOG officer involvement should keep you out of the bars at night, lol. You and LOH sound like a winning combination. Enjoy!

Posted by: Cop Car at Mar 26, 2017 7:09:58 AM