Looking out the window this morning, I am trying to find a topic to write on, then it hits me. It hits me hard.
In yesterday’s UPS shipments, I received our Chapter’s new recruiting cards. They are business cards, very generic, that tells people where we meet, what time we meet and who to contact. All of our members will carry a few to pass out and hopefully boost our membership.
This is what I am having a hard time understanding…. Why is our membership dropping on a National level? Why are we having problems getting new, young blood into the Club? Maybe the answer lays here:
My office not only overlooks a beautiful park, but there is a motorcycle dealer next to the park. It is the busiest metric shop in town. They sell Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and now Victory. Their repair shop always seems to be busy as you cannot book an appointment for months and they have now restricted their repairs to injected machines – if you have a carb, you are out of luck.
I can always tell when the ship comes in from an extended deployment. It seems that all the young sailors have a pocket full of cash, so off they go to the dealership and buy - - - - a crotch rocket! Crotch rockets out sell cruisers 12 to 1 in that shop and most of the cruisers are sold to the more “mature” crowd.
So the question I have is “Do these young crotch rocket crowds not want to mix with the cruiser type crowd?” I think yes. They are in it for the speed and the “daredevil” aspect. You know, stoppies, standies, hoppies and all the other “p-pees” there are.
The young people will be the ones that keep the club going so I would like your opinions on how we can booster the membership and get some young blood into the club.