Page title ESSEX-KENT



It turned out to be a blustery, snowy evening yet some three dozen persons showed up including a nurse and a university student! George, opened proceedings promptly at 7:00 pm. and brought us some sad news. Gerry Morneau passed away on April 5 after a long struggle with multiple health demons. Gerry was a boater, an accomplished mechanic and owner of two bikes. He also enjoyed building motorized bicycles, one fine example of which was on display at the funeral home. We last saw Gerry a week ago at our Tim’s meeting at the Essex bypass where his friend had driven him. As always he seemed in a good mood and greeted everyone warmly. We will certainly miss Gerry’s kind manner and jovial demeanor. The section has donated $100 to the Hospice of Erie Shores in Gerry’s memory.

Next, George announced that Kevin R. is our newest Facebook member. It was also indicated that additional proxy forms were being circulated for the upcoming annual CVMG meeting. Also a compilation of services available to Essex-Kent members entitled: “Vintage Motorcycle Related Services” was distributed. George hopes that, if members have other useful names and addresses, the list can be expanded in the future for the greater benefit of our members. As per usual, we will continue to meet at Tim’s at the Essex Bypass every Wednesday at 11:00 am but, as Dale P. added, no rides have been officially scheduled because these are weather dependent. However, for the April 23 Bob Williams Breakfast meeting at 10:00 am at the Husky service station located on County Road 46 near the # 401, it was suggested that members arrive at 9:00 am to get a “good” seat and that afterwards we motor off together or separately on our bikes.

Now it was Carl’s turn to speak about the MotoExpo at the Paris Rally gathering. He already has five volunteers but he is looking for more. So if you are going to be there on June 17, get in touch with Carl asap!! There is a swap meet at the Paris Fairground April 29; it is organized by the Kitchener section and features some 30 vendors but, as Cyril B. pointed out, you must get there early!!! Carl also made mention of our Roundhouse meeting for vintage bikes (across from the Devonshire Mall) on May 27.

Next, there was a detailed discussion about insurance companies, their rates for vintage bikes and various clauses and limitations that may or may not be beneficial. Mention was made of Co-Operators’ rates for such bikes but also of Dalton Timmis and HUB Wawanesa.

Under “New Business” Rob D. announced that he and Kevin R. are planning a group ride starting July 17 in the Niagara area. The bikes will be trailered to Fort Erie –there is room for a good number- and from there trips will be organized throughout the Peninsula. Motel rooms will be reserved and it will also be possible to camp. Rob repeated emphatically that the event is STAG only. No IFS or BUTS about it!!!

George also reintroduced us to Don H. who actually has been a member since 2011 but made a re-appearance and then he asked new member Matt B. to rise and he explained that he has a clutch of Honda CM 400 in various states of repair. Our next meeting will take place on May 4 at Brew & Cues in Lasalle.

As ever your humble scribe, Adrian van den Hoven

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