Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

9th Annual Christian Biker Workshop - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  February 1, 2013

The 9th Annual Christian Biker Workshop was presented by the Kansas City Chapter of Cycle Disciples M/C on Saturday, January 5. For the first time, the event was held in the Conference Center on the newly-expanded campus of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary. The recently remodeled building was a significant upgrade from the old Education Building across the street that had been the venue for previous workshops. The room was modern and spacious with several large circular tables around which the 42 participants sat as they viewed various workshop presentations.

Following the opening prayer, Teddy Bitner, a.k.a. Colonel, began the program with a welcome and announcements. Event marketing was the topic addressed by the first presenter, Bethany Bashioum who writes for the Cass County Democrat Missourian and the Kansas City Star. She explained the many advantages of promoting events via social media such as Facebook, and shared useful tips on working with various media outlets such as television, radio, and newspapers for event promotion and coverage. Behany’s presentation included detailed instructions on creating and maintaining a Facebook page.

The next speaker was Ed Schmid, R.N., a member of Cycle Disciples who is currently employed at Children’s Mercy Hospital as a pediatric intensive care nurse and formerly worked as an emergency medical technician. Ed’s stated goal was to “begin equipping those present with knowledge and skills needed to make the scene safe and assist injured riders” in case of a motorcycle accident. Obviously, the subject of motorcycle crash assistance could easily fill a full day or even a weekend, but Ed did a great job covering the basics of securing an accident site to prevent further injury to crash victims and first responders, calling for professional assistance, and assessing the injuries to determine the appropriate first aid techniques to apply.

Next on the agenda was an organizational profile of Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.). Workshop attendees watched a short B.A.C.A. video featuring Chief, the organization’s founder. Local chapter president Thrasher and several chapter members answered questions and handed out informational brochures. The B.A.C.A. mission statement from the handout follows: “Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is a part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.”

After a group discussion of upcoming motorcycle events, Bill McCormack of God’s Wheels M/C spoke to the group about one-on-one sharing of the Gospel with bikers and others. Speaking at the workshop every year, he always stresses the importance of sincere compassion, honesty, and commitment in helping to meet people’s needs, spiritual and otherwise. Bill is an inspiration to all who hear him speak. 

Each year the Cycle Disciples present the Kickstand Award to an individual or group in recognition of significant contributions to the motorcycling community. Previous recipients of this honor include Ralph Wayne Blackmore, Guy Girratano, Kim Suter, Bill McCormack, Ray Worth, Richard and Connie Kephart, and the Patriot Guard Riders. Slacker, 101 the Fox radio personality, was chosen to receive the 2013 award. His radio show promotes Cars 4 Heroes, an organization providing vehicles to military veterans in need of transportation, and supports Bikers with a Mission’s annual ride to raise funds for City Union Mission. He is very involved with the local motorcycle scene and is a worthy Kickstand Award recipient. Normally the award presentation occurs at the workshop event. However, Slacker was not available on that day, so the award was presented a few days later at the radio station. Congrats, Slacker! 

We appreciate everyone who took part in the program and thank the Cycle Disciples for hosting the event. Every year, the Christian Biker Workshop is a worthwhile, informative, and inspirational experience.  

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com