This months meeting was held Monday, March 1, 2021 at the The Mason Jar, Morgantown WV. First Officer John Hawkins led the meeting. There were twenty-two people in attendance.

Old Business



Ideas are still being accepted for the new design of the 485 patches. Please bring any ideas, sketches, pictures, etc., to the next meeting. In the event there are no submissions for a new patch, we will keep the current one.

New Business



The following members have graciously accepted the following roles:

  • Brad Hart – Ride Coordinator
  • Scott Nestor – Safety Coordinator
  • Melissa Williams – Prayer Coordinator


Next Meeting

Our monthly meeting will be at Copper House in Fairmont On Monday, April 5. 5:30 dinner, 630 meeting.

Annual Picnic

Our annual picnic will be on August 28th, 2021. The location will be at John and Lisa Hawkins’ home in Arthurdale. Please bring tents if you are planning to stay the night.

A vote was taken and it was decided that this year we will not be having a pig, instead, each member is asked to bring a covered dish.

Riders Rodeo

Dates discussed the end of April. Final plans will be announced later. We are still looking for a paved lot large enough to have the event. Please let one of the officers know if you know of a place.


For the 2021 riding season, we, Chapter 485, will be scheduling rides, on a month-by-month basis, rather than trying to plan out the entire season! Annually planned rides will be scheduled as usual such as Hogs For Dogs, Megans Run, etc. Missed rides due to weather will not be rescheduled. This will allow for a more casual riding season rather than rushing to catch up on rides that were canceled for whatever reason.
Some of the suggested rides were:

  • Skyline Drive, Shenandoah
  • Snowshoe
  • Tripple Nickel (212 miles)


National Rally

Here is the hotel information for the 2021 National Rally located in Ocean Springs, MS, just off Interstate 10 at State Hwy 609 (exit 50). Room nights Thur – Sat, Sept 23, 24, and 25 – check out on Sunday the 26th.

Cancellation policy for individual reservations: no charge if 48 hours before arrival date, one night charged if less than 48 hours. Taxes are approx 9% and apply to all hotels.

Note- some hotels require a $50 deposit in case of damage.

We have 2 host hotels next door to each other, but only the Super 8 allows smoking and pets ($10 per night per pet). The Super 8 has 75 rooms at $69 per night, and the Country Inn has 34 standard rooms at $95 and 16 suites at $105 per night. The Country Inn has microwaves, mini-fridges, safes, and more in every room. Both hotels only serve a grab-and-go breakfast at this time because of Covid19.

Cut off date for making reservations is Sept 9th, 2021.

  • Super 8 – phone: 228-875-2288
  • Country Inn – phone: 228.818.0901

Use the group code “Southern Cruisers” for all hotels except the Red Roof. Hotels will only reserve 1 room per caller.

Treasury Report

Treasury Report $1,592.76

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