Title: About OBRC
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Four Basic Rules

The Older Bikers Riding Club is a motorcycle riding club for older bikers that LOVE to ride their bikes and want to enjoy their remaining years as much as possible.

 

We are a Special Division of      American Legacies, LLC.,  a Not-For-Profit Organization dedicated to catering to older mature bikers and helping them to enjoy the last few years of riding before their bodies and nature take that pleasure and freedom away from them.

Our club logo is a silhouette of a biker standing beside a motorcycle and gazing at a colorful sunset.

Our motto is “Enjoying the Sunset of our Lives.

We have some members that got back into riding after their children grew up and left home, other members that "used" to be patch holders in weekend MC's or 1% MC's and other men or women that just started riding. The common bond we all have is that we love riding and want to spend as much time riding as possible, while our health allows us to.

Some of our members have Cancer, while others have had knees or hips replaced. We also have individuals that have suffered strokes or heart attacks. Yet the  bond they all have is the fact that they are still riding because they love the freedom and feelings each and every ride instills within them.

It's all about riding, going to rallies and friendships. We don't ride from bar to bar. Our policy is that we never drink and ride. We save the drinking for rallies where our bikes are parked for the night.

Some people have referred to us as a “Eating Club, with a Motorcycle Addition” and we are fine with that analogy because we love to enjoy a wide variety of tastes and flavors while we nourish our bodies and some of us have been known to ride hundreds of miles or even make overnight trips, just to check out a unique restaurant.

Others like to travel to motorcycle rallies and camp out where they can sit by a campfire and share stories of the “Good Old Days” and “Most Memorable Rides or Road Trips” while we make new friends and strengthen our bonds and knowledge of our closest club brothers and sisters.

Other members have even been known to share holiday meals with elderly or widowed members that would other wise be all alone without any biological family living close by.

So yes, we are more then simply a riding club. We are a family of Older Bikers. Even during the winter months, where our chapters that are located in the colder regions of our country, OBRC members have been known to drive cages in order to meet up and go to a movie, play pool, go bowling, play cards or just go out to EAT together when the weather prohibits the safe riding of our bikes.

But it is not all fun and games. We do have rules that we must abide by.

For safety reasons, since our reaction time gets slower as we age, we do not allow anyone to drink alcohol while we are out riding. That includes if we stop to eat at a place that serves beer or other alcoholic drinks.

On the other hand, if we are camped out at a rally and parked for the entire night or week, many of our members to like to indulge in some cool alcoholic beverages and relax.

Life on two wheels can get dangerous enough when you get older, without adding more risk factors. So, another important rule is that we do NOT allow any members that use, carry or distribute illegal drugs. That is for multiple reasons, including the fact that we don’t want to spend our final days in a jail cell because of the actions of someone else, combined with the fact that we don’t want to ride behind someone that is using any type of mind altering drugs.

As old school bikers, we try to promote the enjoyment of riding motorcycles, brotherhood, family responsibility, and respect for others as well as for ourselves. Therefore, we do require that every chapter has at least ONE experienced old school biker, preferably an ex-patch holder that can help educate the newer riders on proper riding techniques as well as acceptable policies when dealing with current patch holders from MC's they may meet at rallies and other motorcycle events.

Our goal is to gain the respect of citizens as well as other bikers, not only because of our age and wisdom, but also because of our respect for them.

Another goal is to assist our Parent Organization American Legacies by raising money to support their Preservation of Historical Information about our Country, the People within our biological families, the Towns where we grew up, the Lifestyle and Traditions of our Heritage and even the type of foods we shared with our loved ones growing up.

We do this by sponsoring poker runs and other motorcycle events that accept donations as well as donating part of the profits we make from selling OBRC support shirts and other apparel to American Legacies.

We also have some members that volunteer to go into nursing homes and record stories told by elderly residents about the lifestyles they endured as they were growing up, events they endured while fighting in the armed services, or even stories about the way their home town was many many years ago, before we had electricity, cell phones, computers or running water.

The monies we donate to American Legacies help to pay for the web servers that host our websites as well as the publication of the hard bound books containing the historical information relating to the People, Places, Things and Lifestyles they have gathered and documented in America and get donated to Public Libraries .

We do NOT charge a membership fee or annual dues in order to join the Older Bikers Riding Club, however in order to ride with us, we do have FOUR basic rules.

1: You must ride a motorcycle or trike.

When we say ride, we are looking for people that are out riding every week during the summer, traveling to rallies, bike nights, poker runs and using any other excuse they can find to ride.

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2: No drinking while riding.

We do NOT stop at bars when we are out riding. You can drink as much as you want when you arrive at a rally or get home, but we do not allow drinking while riding with us.

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3: No Illegal Drugs.

You can not use, carry or sell illegal drugs of any type, if you want to be a member of our club and ride with us.

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4: NEVER abandon another biker.

If we see another biker on the side of the road, we always stop to help and never leave another biker sitting alone.

 

Keep in mind that we are not an Internet club or Association, therefore we do not hand out a club patch to just anyone. While we are a riding club instead of a motorcycle club, we are still particular about the quality of people that represent us, therefore before a new member can obtain a back patch, he/she MUST belong to a local chapter and meet with, ride with and/or attend a rally with an existing "old school" or charter member of our club, so we can get to know their character and they will get to know us.

Basically, that means Nomad members that live in areas where we don't currently have chapters, are encouraged to wear t-shirts, caps and small patches that will help promote the name of our club, but only Chapter Members are entitled to wear the large Back Patch, unless the Nomads are attending a rally or event with a Chapter.

If these rules are acceptable and you would like to join our riding club, either contact one of our Chapter Members via facebook at facebook.com/groups/olderbikers or look for one of our full patches members at a bike night or rally where we have an existing chapter.

We would also like to encourage you to visit the American Legacies Websites located at:

https://USlegacies.com

https://USlegacies.org

https://AmericanLegacies.org

https://AmericanLegacies.net

Title: Steve Ray
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Steve Ray, a True Club Brother that would do anything for anyone. I will be happy to ride with him again when/if I ever make it through those pearly gates.

FTW

 

Stephen M. "Steve" Ray, 60, of Maceo, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2012 at his home with his family around him.

He was born on May 30, 1951 in Daviess Co., KY to the late McAdoo and Margaret Hazelwood Ray.

He was a U. S. Navy veteran of the Viet Nam War and received the National Defense Service Medal.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Older Bikers Riding Club.

He also enjoyed drawing, playing Texas Holdem, watching cartoons especially the classic Disney cartoons, and drinking coffee and visiting with friends at Hillbilly's.

Steve loved all animals and his years of umpiring and coaching softball and soccer especially when his daughters were playing.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Shadrick on October 31, 1983.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Karen Ray, daughters, Stephanie Dunn and husband Jared of Owensboro and Angela Ray of Maceo, three sisters, Darlene Johnson of Calhoun, Sandy Brown of Owensboro, and Judy Hilliard of Livermore, two brothers, Mike Ray and wife Donna and Oba Hayward Ray, all of Owensboro, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a time of sharing of memories and special times of Steve by family and friends at 7:00 P.M. Monday evening at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Visitation will be from 1:00-8:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 1809 Grimes Ave., Owensboro, KY 42303 or to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathens Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301. Online condolences may be placed at www.glennfuneralhome.com.

Birthplace:  Daviess Co., KY

Resided In:  Owensboro KY USA

Visitation:  January 30, 2012

 

Comments:

Karen, Stephanie, and Angela: My deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time. It seems like yesterday we were riding to ball tournaments together and listening to Steve make us laugh the whole way. Wow, could he embarass us too! He was such a wonderful, fun loving man and he will truly be missed by many. My prayers are with each of you during your loss.

Posted by: Kim Peak Quinn - Owensboro, KY   Jan 30, 2012

Karen and the Family: My condolences goes out to you and your children. Steve was the most wonderfull person that I have known. I can remember him being at Maceo Playgorund cleaning off the bases for the kids to play ball. I would drink coffee with him at Hillbillies in Maceo. The mold was broken when he was born. Steve was a Great Person to have known.Debbie Sosh Mcknought

Posted by: Debbie Sosh Mcknought - Philpot, KY   Jan 29, 2012

Steve was a man who would do anything for you . He was fun to be around. He was always there for his family and his Biker Brother and Sisters that was his second family. I had the pleasure to ride with him on a couple rides and once in the truck on a ride. Steve & I had a good talk on that ride and I really got to know him and how he felt about both of his families. He was a Good friend and I know every time the Older Bikers go out that Hippie Steve will be there looking out for us and blocking . Steve you have earned your wings now Ride With The Angels My Friend

Posted by: Steve & Debi Shaver - Owensboro, KY   Jan 29, 2012

My condolences to the family & friends. I had met Steve a few years ago. Great man & all around friend. We had ridden together a few times as well. Steve you will be missed brother.Patriot Guard Riders of KY

Posted by: Gregory Newman - Livermore, KY   Jan 29, 2012

Karen and Family,My Condolences to the family, Steve was a great man,I got to ride with him a few times,I always remember Steve cracking jokes he was fun to be around,I will miss Steve.May the Lord Comfort you in this time of need.

Posted by: Brian Quisenberry - Owensboro, KY   Jan 29, 2012

 

Karen, Stephanie, and Angela, My deepest sympathy to you as you go through the days, weeks, and years ahead without Steve. I will always remember the many times he volunteered at Maceo Elementary School when Stephanie and Angela were students. He was always so kind to me and I truly appreciated the help that he gave to so many. May God bless and comfort you. Your friend always, Peggy Potts

Posted by: Peggy Potts - Lewisport, KY   Jan 29, 2012

 

When I first met Steve he had me laughing within the first minute. Steve always found a way to bring out a smile; he will be missed by many. So sorry to hear of your loss.Prayers go out to all the family and all who knew him. Mike and Donna Hamlet

Older Bikers Riding Club

Posted by: Mike Hamlet - Owensboro, KY   Jan 28, 2012

 

Karen, Stephanie & Angela,Steve was a wonderful man. When I was a little girl, he always scared me and I think it was his laugh. It was so powerful and joyous!!!! He would have done anything for anyone at anytime. I know you all feel you have been blessed by the time you had with him and he was lucky to have you!!!! May your friends and family surround you with their love and support during this difficult time!!!

Posted by: Lea Ann Payne Thompson - North Augusta, SC   Jan 28, 2012