The "old days" of harley riders are gone (as a group). With the price of a "hog" nowdays and their quality increases, the vast majority of hog riders are now middle class and above. Gone are the days that if your hog isn't leaking oil, it's out of oil. Yes, there are still "outlaw gangs" that ride hogs but the vast majority are fine upstanding citizens who are the movers and shakers in our civilization.
And then there are those, my wife and I included, who prefer a "rice burner". But a sexy woman on a rice burner is just as sexy as the one on a hog. Photographic evidence provided below.
As for volunteering. I'm up for it. My skills?
I'm a Marine - there is nothing I can not do if I set my mind to it. If it's possible, I'll get it done. If it's impossible, it might take me a bit longer.
Politics - I have run two personal campaigns for public office, held two political appointments, presented "testimony" on issues that I was for as well as those I was against.
Public speaking - I'm formally trained and experienced in public speaking. As a political candidate, a formal instructor, and as an appointed Commissioner.
I am prettygood at researching the internet to support my writings.
I can donate 20 Trout to the BBQ if interested.
I've got two feet and two hands that I can use to distribute flyers.
I'm a disabled Vet, ride a bike, fly airplanes, type like a banshee (almost as fast as I can bump fire - LOL).
I would suggest the creation of a yahoo group for individual areas. The forums here are great but a yahoo group could provide a LOCAL resource for communication, planning, and dissemination of information. There are a lot ofgroupsthat use, or started out using, separate yahoo groups for individual localities quite sucessfully. They allow networking at whatever geographic size you want, they're free, they're pretty simple to set up and use, they allow several messaging methods including the ability for the person running it to send a group message without maintaining separate mailing lists on their regular everyday mail service, allow uploading of files and pictures, just a ton of things that would be useful.
I would also suggest a weekly or monthly meeting in each area to build membership and awareness. Nothing fancy, could just be going out for coffee or donuts (donut shop meetings might have the added advantage ofmeeting and recruiting local police). With the regular get togethers, people can get to know each other as well as offer the opportunity for those that "aren't sure"to meet in a safe public place and "check things out" before just jumping on the band wagon.
If it's publicity you want, how about an organized "public service" event? Identify a location with a lot of trash about (park, playground, road, street, etc.), get 10 people with trash bags and go spend 2 or 3 hours picking up the trash. Be sure to send press releases to the local news services and try to get some coverage on the local television or radio news shows. Better yet, try to get a television or radio personality to participate! Also, in areas where LE may not be completely supportive of legal carry, inform theChief to let them know what's going on, when and where, and suggest (nicely) that officers and 911 dispatchers are informed so that any "man with a gun" calls are handled in a way that isn't disruptive to them or us and officers on the street don't need to worry about why all those people have guns. Yes, it's legal and our right, but this is politics.
How about some "OC walks"? 4-10 (or more but not so large it's considered a political "march")people walking through a public location that's got lots of people shopping and/or downtown Medford. It would be even better to stop at a few businesses known to be supportive and spending a few dollars. Lunch here, a drink there, etc. Invite media coverage, heck invite the media to join us.
BBQ sounds great and again, notifications to media and police would probably be a good political/PR move. PR would best be accomplished by having it in a place that is going to make people take notice. Location choice should be for the most impact rather than the most (non participating) people being around. In other words, if 1000 people are likely to be around but none would even bat an eye at the OC event that's not going to provide as much PR as an event where only 100 non participants could be expected to notice if those that do notice REALLY NOTICE. In my opinion, 100 "man with a gun" calls to 911 would be great PR, especially when the police and 911 have been notified ahead of time of the event and it's lawfulness.
NOTE: When notifying LE to "headoff" man with a gun 911 calls, it has to be realized that cellular 911 calls will be routed to predetermined 911 call centers based upon what cell tower is picking up the call. That generally is NOT the local police 911 call center so an effort should be made to also notify those call centers as any "man with a gun" calls to 911 would most likely be made by cellular phone.
I realize that some will oppose the idea of giving a "heads up" to police and 911 centers based on the fact that OC is legal and shouldn't be harassed but this is a political movement and politics, like it or not, plays a part. When some anti calls 911 to report a man with a gun and is informed by the dispatcher that it's perfectly legal......we've won twice. Twice you ask? Yes, once because the dispatcher now understands that not all people carrying guns require a police response and secondly because the anti has just been informed by the "system" to mind their own business.
Okay, I'm getting long here so that's all for now.