Sunday, November 3, 2013

Gateway Ducati Owners Group November 2013 Newsletter

Hi Folks,

The month of October started off with a bike night held at East Coast Pizza.  It was our annual election night.  Gary Kwawer, Vito Sicola, Bob Oesch, and Joe Henderson were re-elected as President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Ride Captain respectively.  Craig McElroy was nominated and elected as Secretary.  The officers are looking to a strong end of 2013 and a great start to 2014.

The results of the 2013 GDOG Scavenger Hunt are final.  Craig McElroy made a valiant effort to take the prize of the most items, but ended up with 70.  Craig was unable to get photos of motorcycle policemen as well as the elusive, naturally occurring, atmospheric phenomenon rainbow.  Gary Kwawer managed to get photos of his motorcycle next to police motorcycles and motorcycle policemen:

This success gave Gary the edge of 71 items as he also did not get the elusive rainbow.  As for the points, they have already been reported in earlier messages and Gary totaled above 18,000.  Both Gary and Craig blew away 2012's winners in items reached and points.  There will be a scavenger hunt as part of the 2014 activities for the owners group.

The October 2013 group ride was attended by 5 riders.  Our ride captain Joe Henderson designed the route to appeal to our riders in the Columbia, IL area.  Unfortunately, our Illinois riders chose not to ride with us that day.  Never the less, the five of us had a great day, even though the weather was a tad bit brisk.  Kevin Fitzgerald, Joe and Gary met at the 1st rallying point.  At the 2nd rallying point, Giorgi and Vito joined the group, as seen by the photo below.

At 11:00AM, we pulled into the restaurant below for lunch, where we attempted to warm up before heading back out.  One thing I can say with certainty, electric clothing makes riding in the fall, winter, and early spring months much more comfortable.

Some calendar items, we will be having our November Bike Night on the 5th at Tavolo V on Delmar, 6:30PM.  Our Holiday Party will be held at Triumph Grill on December 3 at 6:30PM.  Cost is $30/person, plus beverages and tips.  This event is for members and spouses.  Please email Gary at

Riding for the rest of the year is hit or miss, so no rides are scheduled for the last months of the year.

We look forward to seeing you at the bike nights and holiday party.  Please be safe and enjoy the transition into winter.

Gary Kwawer
President and Chief Contact Person
Gateway Ducati Owners Group