OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To promote motorcycle safety.
To project a positive image of motorcycling.
To enjoy the fraternity of FireFighters.
To engage exclusively in social, charitable
and educational activities directed at
increasing the general understanding of,
enjoyment of, competency, sportsmanship and
participation in the sport of Motorcycling.
Red Knights Motorcycle Club Chapter 40 New York
In 2007, two New Berlin firemen participated in a motorcycle rally and met several Red Knight members who spoke of a social club made up of paid and volunteer Firemen and EMS personnel riding as a group, participating in charitable causes, and just plain having fun. The thought of establishing a local chapter began.
In the Summer of 2008, an e-mail was sent throughout Chenango County, looking for interested potential members. The Chief of the Brisben Fire Department responded that they had been considering forming a chapter as well. A week later, a meeting was held at the Chenango County Bureau of Fire Training Center in Norwich, NY. With six short straws, the officers’ team was picked and the application was submitted to the Red Knights International Motorcycle Club. On July 3, 2008 our Charter was issued and with nine Charter Members and two Social Members, we officially became NY Chapter 40.
What we didn’t realize when forming the chapter was that the time-honored tradition of brotherhood, so well-known in the fire service, would become part of our Chapter Mission Statement. Our members span Chenango County and outlying areas. They bring to the club the natural caring and giving qualities of Fire and EMS personnel.
We as a chapter look forward to growing and being an active part of the Fire and EMS service in our community; sponsoring and taking part in various activities throughout the year, such as benefit rides, poker runs, tour rides, family-oriented events, and other motorcycle club activities.
Although we enjoy hosting and participating in charitable causes, we recognize that our fellow brothers and sisters in the fire and EMS service also sometimes need help. As a result, the club has established a fund to help our fellow brothers and sisters in need. We have teamed with the Chenango County Bureau of Fire to assist us with that networking process.
Our club has grown to approximately 50 members strong, and we look forward to a long and safe riding season.
Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club
During the summer of 1982 several firefighters were visiting “Randy’s Cycle Shop” in Boylston, Massachusetts and the subject of motorcycle clubs came up. Soon they were all grousing about the fact that law enforcement people had a motorcycle club known as the Blue Knights but there was no club for firefighters. After this tire kicking session, owner Randy Wilson suggested to Ed Wright, a firefighter from Northboro, MA, that he stop talking about the lack of a club and form one instead.
Recognizing a good idea when he heard one, Ed Wright went home that afternoon and made some hand printed posters inviting firefighters from the area to meet and determine if there was enough interest to form a motorcycle club. On August 17th, 1982, Fire Chief Jack Pierce allowed a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts to meet in Northboro Fire Headquarters to lay the ground work for the formation of a motorcycle club.
On October 19th, 1982, firefighters Colin Mackey, Bob Bourassa, Ed Wright, Roger Wentzell, Dave Hamilton, Bob Goulet, David Hunt, Jon Tripp, Don Parker, Norm Beausoleil and Chief Pierce met again. There was interest in promoting the positive image of motorcycling while enjoying the camaraderie of other firefighters. It was decided then that this group would be known as the Red Knights Motorcycle Club.
News of this new club spread like a grass fire. In July of 1983, a chapter was formed in Connecticut. In October of that year a second Massachusetts chapter was formed. Soon applications came in from such distant places as Nevada and Louisiana. In August of 1983 the founding members realized the organization was rapidly growing beyond their original expectations. To properly handle this growth they elected a committee to serve as a National Board of Directors. With applications from Ontario and Saskatchewan, Canada, the club became the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club.
In 1984 the first club convention was held in Boylston MA. Each year since that time a convention has been held for all Red Knights.
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