The NTNOA's first meeting of the New Year
was Sunday, 25 January at 2 PM (1 PM for lunch) at
Bill & Laura Keating's Residence
Once again Bill and Laura Keating hosted our monthly meeting at their home in the country - Paradise, Texas.  There were plenty of "pink" signs pointing the way to their house.  Laura even placed her 2008 Lake O' the Pines Rolling Concours winning "pink" 1975 BMW R90S at the beginning of their driveway to highlight the way.

As usual Laura went the extra mile and provided lunch and beverages for all who showed up early and just about everyone did.  Although the temperature was below that for ideal riding the sun was out and those members who rode donned extra clothing and some wore their electric vests.

We had a good turnout with more than 25 members in attendance.  Charles Busbee and Ward Hogue, two of our honorary  members made the effort and attended the meeting.  Ward rode his Royal Enfield Bullet which has become one of his favorite rides.

There was an eclectic mixture of bikes representing many different makes and models.  There were examples from Italy, Germany, Britain, Japan, and America.  It's been a long time since we've had a member with the balls to ride a Harley to one of our meetings.  Thanks go to Richard Asprey for having the nerve to ride his Heritage Softail Classic to the meeting and he did it without the benefit of a chase vehicle.  As far as we know he even made it home.

Clay Walley started the meeting on time and employing his philosophy of "faster and funnier" the meeting was over in record time.

Old Business:  Clay asked for volunteers to help out with our Lake O' the Pines Rallye.  Randy Bauer volunteered to head-up a committee to cook hot dogs and brats Saturday after the awards ceremony.  That should save the club about $1,000.  Letters went out to all our past Grand Marshals inviting them to attend our 25th LOP Rallye as special guests.  We have confirmations from Dave Edwards, Editor-in-Chief of Cycle World who will be our Grand Marshal, Ed Mabry, and Sam Wheeler.  We are still waiting on replies from Denis Manning and Brian Slark.  We are trying to get word to Victor Toogood but it seems no one has any contact information for Victor.

New business:  Dennis Tackett briefed us on the club's participation in the upcoming Rockers vs. Mods III rallye, March 20-22.  We plan on displaying our LOP Raffle bike, a '69 Norton Commando and selling raffle bike tickets.

Our next meeting is planned for 22 February at the new location for RPM Cycle.  It is located just north of Honda/Suzuki North on the northbound I-35E access road, 13700 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 100, Farmers Branch.

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