Here at J&P Cycles’ headquarters in Anamosa Iowa, we’re used to hearing (and feeling) the rumbling of motorcycles pulling into our retail showroom lot. It’s music to our ears.
However, on one sunny Saturday, I happened to be driving by the office on my day off when I couldn’t help but notice a fairly long line of motorcycles taking a left at J&P Cycles. I had passed the turn into our parking lot but didn’t hesitate to make my next available U-turn.
It was as if they had done it dozens of times before. The bikes were perfectly choreographed as they parked two-by-two. As the bikers dismounted, the camaraderie was instant as they met up with their friends and fellow riders.
They were very approachable and I had to know more about them. I looked for the first friendly face I saw, which didn’t take long, and introduced myself, and I’m glad I did.
The gentlemen I had the pleasure of talking to were the presidents of three area Midwest chapters: Mike Sanders of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Roughnecks, Aaron Kelly of the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Roughnecks, and Mike Moore of the Springfield, Ill., Roughnecks. The three chapters had met up for a weekend ride including stops at J&P Cycles and the National Motorcycle Museum.
These guys were very friendly and more than happy to tell me about their club. Being the first “motorcycle club” I’d encountered, I wasn’t sure what to expect. These riders are fathers, husbands, wives, mothers, sisters and brothers all riding together for one purpose: to make a difference.
The Roughnecks MC, a non-profit independent and charity oriented club that donates to and supports charities that benefit injured or slain public safety officers, first responders, and military personnel and their families, as well as charities that benefit children. The Illinois chapter is gearing up for their annual Poker Run for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, June 13. Follow them on Facebook to learn more.
The Roughnecks Motorcycle Club is a national and international motorcycle club comprised of military, police, firefighters and other service personnel with chapters in 67 locations. The Roughnecks are part of the ninety-nine percenters, an old term used to define the 99% of motorcyclists that care about our society and communities and the laws that govern the world we live in.
According to their website, the club refers to themselves as Roughnecks because of the rough and harsh realities of their officers as public servants. “A Roughneck is trustworthy, loyal, tough and resilient. To deal with the dangers and the problems within our society, a public servant must be a Roughneck. Respecting All and Fearing None!”
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