EB Meeting Notes from January 29th 2023

2000: Meeting called to order

2005: Opening Prayer offered by Father Sinclair

2010: roll call of officers conducted by Dennis Mailloux. All officers are present or accounted for.

2015: IP Bob Bagley discussed the agenda for the meeting.

2020: Brother Ray Medina talked about a trademarking of the Knights on Bikes Emblem. After providing all the necessary paperwork the filing of the trademark was completed with the federal government and was assigned a serial number. With the trademarking Brother Ray now has final say who can use the emblem and what it can be used for.

Brother Ray then stated that he would be taking back control of the patch ordering and would work with Ringold you continue to streamline the process.

It was stated that we can get a number of the patches from the English company if we wanted to leave Ringold. Brother Johnny V said that he thought we had an agreement with Ringold. Brother Lawrence stated that we do have an agreement with them and that has stayed the same all along. Brother Paul stated that Ringold also sells the Vatican flag patch if we would want to start wearing it also.

Brother Bob asked with Ray doing the patches should we leave our current supplier and look for a new one. Also orders for patches should still come into Brother Jesus and Brother Jesus can forward them to brother Raymond. Canadian orders should still go to Brother Dennis or Brother Johnny V.

Brother Ray stated that he would not send out orders until he has the money for the order in hand. Since we have an agreement / contract with Ringold we need to sit down with them and clarify who was able to order patches or create new items for KonB to be sold on the website if we continue to use them.

Brother Lawrence said he would contact Ringold and talk to Chris about who can change anything within the Knights on Bikes portion of the company. Brother Ray agrees with Brother Lawrence as to how we should handle things with Ringold. Brother Johnny V suggested that if we move away from our current company that we buy any KonB Overstock that they have on hand.

Brother Lawrence suggested that we let Ringold know that Brother Santa is no longer responsible for patch orders from Knights on Bikes. Also we should let them know by both email and letter of Our intention to take brother Santa out of the patch Loop.

Brother Bob made a motion to have Brother Lawrence to draft a letter requesting that Ringold cease and desist working with Brother Santa and work only with the Executive Board or the person appointed by the Executive Board. Brother Paul seconded the motion made, there was no debate and the motion was voted on and passed by the executive board.

It was decided to table the sending of the letter to Ringolde. Brother Lawrence will still call them and discuss with them that anything that they are doing for KonB at this time should be done through the Executive Board. At this time just notify them that brother Jesus will be taking over the ordering of patches.

Brother Lawrence is still to draft the letter for Ringolde and send it to the Executive Board for approval before the sent to anyone.

The next item that the board discussed was a list of members who don’t want to follow the current Bylaws and Executive Board, they also refuse to recognize that there are other countries who are part of Knights on Bikes. By refusing to follow the current rules and bylaws this represents a voluntary resignation on their part from Knights on Bikes.

The following is a list of those people who will no longer be members of K on B:

Mickey Huber, Mark Kuczera, Herb Holloway, Anthony Moore, Jim Spaeth, Bruce Hines, Eric Kirby, Doug Richardson, Steve Geiling, Jim Reinke, Bob Hall, Raj Rajput, Enrique Bonilla, Miguel Sanchez, Peter Morton, Andy Milot, Bret Fleming, Albert Truax, Chris Oldmixon, John Blackburn, Matt Kirby, Daniel O’Keefe, Bob “Santa” Anderson, and Russ Locke. 

These brothers will also be notified by mail by the end of the month as to why we consider them self quit or self-terminated. With the new trademark rules these gentlemen will be asked to return there K on B Patches.

Brother Ray ask the board what they thought of his Facebook post regarding the Branson Rally. All the feedback that he received from the board was positive.

Brother Bob received a call from Brother Angel stating that he and his members will do whatever is necessary to help alleviate the current issues within Knights on Bikes.

Brother Bob will have Brother Jesus write a letter to each member dismissed informing them of their voluntary withdrawal from K on B because of their violations of current KonB rules.

Brother Paul brought up the use of the term Godfather in regards to Brother Ray. He stated that he used the term for Brother Ray as a term of respect for Ray. He has never heard Brother Ray use the term in regards to himself.

It was also stated that is new members come in to join KonB they must continue to go through the interview and screening process prior to be accepted Within Knights on Bikes.

New members and current members will still need to follow the Bylaws and Rules of Knights on Bikes. This is a requirement if you wish to remain a member.

Brother Johnny V stated that Knights on Bikes Canada has been accepted properly by the Knights of Columbus of Canada and they will continue business as usual within Canada and will hold a meeting with Canadian members.

Brother Paul stated that Southern Cal will be holding a membership meeting on the 18th of February. Because of some of the divisions within KonB Brother Lawrence suggested that we’ll attending the meeting Brother Paul push for peace and unity within our organization.

Brother Angelo suggested that Brother Bob be invited to the meeting on 18th February.

The next item discussed was the 2023 International rally. We were told that there were a large number of cancellations because of the tension currently taking place within our organization.

What we discussed next was ideals for alternate sites where we can all get together in peace and harmony.

The Ark in Kentucky is fully booked for the rally week. EWTN in Alabama has nothing for kids or families to do while there. Michigan stated that they’re willing to hold a rally if requested to. Brother Lawrence said that the ride could be viewed as an event as opposed to a rally. Brother Paul suggested meeting in New Mexico. Brother Lawrence suggested possibly using Sturgis South Dakota. Brother Johnny V suggested doing two separate events one for the northern part of the country held in Michigan and one for the southern part of the country held in Dallas Texas. Brother Paul suggested doing a series of just State rallies.

It was then suggested that KonB meet for the Rally at The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It was also stated that we need to make sure we have priests with us. After some research and discussion a motion was made to hold the 2023 rally at The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse Wisconsin. It was seconded, there was no further discussion, the motion was voted on and passed.

The next thing discussed was the election of national officers. These elections would be for a national president, time zone vice presidents and a national advocate. There will be an email going out asking for nominations for these positions and elections once all nominations are in would be held in March. Elections would be held the last week of March and voting would be online. The national president and vice presidents would be responsible for monitoring the state elections.

Brother Bob Bagley stated that he will contact the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe about holding the rally there and will pass the information on to the membership.

The next meeting of the board will be February the 19th at 1730 Eastern Standard Time.

2330: A Closing Prayer was offered at this time and the meeting was ended.