History

THE BEGINNINGS

APRIL 06, 1995

On a beautiful, warm, sunny day in the month of March, 1995, a group of people riding motorcycles (mostly Honda Shadows) got together at Bone’s French Quarter Bar & Grille on Manchester Road.  The ride was organized by Jim Diaz.  Jim was the driving force behind the inception of the Shadow Riders Club.  The first meeting was held on April 6th, 1995, in the basement meeting room of Bone’s French Quarter Bar & Grille.  At this meeting Jim asked if we were interested in organizing and becoming part of the National Shadow Riders Club out of Plano, Texas. Everyone who attended said yes, which are the charter members in the club with dates of April 06, 1995, on their membership cards. People who joined the club throughout the year 1995 are considered to be “Charter Members.”   This was the beginning of the National Shadow Riders of St. Louis. As you can tell, we do not belong to the National Shadow Riders Club any more. We broke off in early 1996 to become our own independent club of St. Louis.

Dave Mungenast St. Louis Honda agreed with our decision to break away and be on our own, because we were big enough and organized enough to be an independent club. The Club offers a lot to its members and to the St. Louis area and surrounding communities. We all have made a lot of new friends that range from all over. We are no longer outsiders to the motorcycle community in this area.  We are and will continue to be a driving force in Motorcycle Safety & Awareness through our support of area groups like ABATE & Freedom of Road Riders. (excerpts from a newsletter article written by Bob Gebel in April 1999/the Club’s 5th Anniversary).

1995-1996
Starting Board October 1995 to March 1996
Jim DiazPresident( Resigned March 1996)
Bob GebelSecretary
Gary Spence Treasurer(Resigned March 1996)
Jay WeberSafety Officer(Resigned in late 1995)
Jim WalkerAsst. Safety Officer (Resigned March 1996)
Ruth WalkerAsst. Treasurer (Resigned March 1996)
Mary Ellen Whitelaw Asst. Secretary (Resigned March 1996)
1996-1997
First Year  March 1996 to January 1997
Bob GebelPresident
Paul ThurmanVice President(Appointed March 1996)
Jim KuddesSecretary
Mike ParrTreasurer(Appointed March 1996)
Keith CurtisSafety Officer(Appointed March 1996)
1997-1998
Second Year January 1997 to January 1998 (1st Elected Board)
Bob GebelPresident
Jim WindleVice President(Resigned November 1997)
Jay WeberVice President(Appointed November 1997 to January 1998)
Rhonda KerleySecretary
Mike ParrTreasurer
Bill StanleySafety Officer(Resigned February 1997)
Jim MurawskiSafety Officer(Appointed February 1997 to January 1998)
1998-1999
Third Year January 1998 to January 1999
Jay WeberPresident
Mike HackettVice President
Cindy WrightSecretary
Peggy PhillipsTreasurer
Jim MurawskiSafety Officer
1999-2000
Forth Year January 1999 to January 2000
Jay WeberPresident
Bob GebelVice President
Cindy WrightSecretary(Resigned March 1999)
Michelle BirchSecretaryMarch 1999 to January 2000
Peggy PhillipsTreasurer
Lenny MorrissetteSafety Officer
2000-2001
Fifth Year January 200 to January 2001
Paul BensonPresident
Bob CobbVice President
Ann BensonSecretary
Peggy PhillipsTreasurer
Grace PopeSafety Officer(Resigned August 2000)
J. W. TrueSafety Officer(August 2000 to January 2001)
Bob RauMember @ Large
Paul ThurmanMember @ Large
2001-2002
Sixth Year January 2001 to January 2002
Paul BensonPresident
John EverrittVice President
Ann BensonSecretary
Peggy PhillipsTreasurer
Cliff ConnoyerSafety Officer
2002-2003
Seventh Year January 2002 to January 2003
Paul Benson & Cliff ConnoyerPresident
John Everritt & Larry EndicottVice President
Lisa Culbertson & Marklyn CobbSecretary
Peggy PhillipsTreasurer
Cliff Connoyer & Ryugen FisherSafety Officer
2003-2004
Eighth Year January 2003 to January 2004
Larry McGowanPresident
Peggy PhillipsVice President
Marklyn CobbSecretary
Diana JohnsonTreasurer
Ryugen FisherSafety Officer
2004-2005
Ninth Year January 2004 to January 2005
Nita FisherPresident
Randy TallentVice President
Cathy EidsonSecretary
Steward MarolfTreasurer
Dennis MeadeSafety Officer
2005-2006
Tenth Year January 2005 to January 2006
Nita FisherPresident
Randy Tallent/Dennis MeadeVice PresidentRandy resigned for health reasons
Cathy EidsonSecretary
Steward Marolf/Larry WahlersTreasurerStewart moved out of state
Dennis Meade/Kevin PolitoSafety OfficerKevin volunteered to take this after Dennis took over VP role
2006-2007
Eleventh Year January 2006 to January 2007
Nita FisherPresident
Ryugen FisherVice President
Sally HightSecretary
Larry WahlersTreasurer
Kevin PolitoSafety Officer
2007-2008
Twelfth Year January 2007 to January 2008
Eric LevyPresident
Rich BayersVice President
Sandy MeadeSecretary
Larry WahlersTreasurer
Dennis MeadeSafety Officer
2008-2009
Thirteenth Year January 2008 to January 2009
Eric LevyPresident
Rich BayersVice President
Sandy MeadeSecretary
Dan NewtonTreasurer
Dennis MeadeSafety Officer
2009-2010
Fourteenth Year January 2009 to January 2010
Bob MuellerPresident
Rich BayersVice President
Diana JohnsonSecretary
Russ DavisTreasurer
Cliff ConnoyerSafety Officer
2010-2011
Fifeteenth Year January 2010 to January 2011
Bob MuellerPresident
Diana JohnsonVice President
Rhonda SimorkaSecretary
Russ DavisTreasurer
Lou SoucySafety Officer
2011-2012
Sixteenth Year January 2011 to January 2012
Bob MuellerPresident
Diana JohnsonVice President
Rhonda SimorkaSecretary
Russ DavisTreasurer
Lou SoucySafety Officer
2012-2013
Seventeenth Year January 2012 to January 2013
Dave SimorkaPresident
Ronald EckertVice President
Andrea GeilerSecretary
Russ DavisTreasurer
Dave WaltersSafety Officer
2013-2014
Eighteenth Year January 2013 to January 2014
Dave SimorkaPresident
Ronald EckertVice President Ron past this year doing what he loved Riding, RIP.
Andrea GeilerSecretary
Russ DavisTreasurer
Dave WaltersSafety Officer
2014-2015
Nineteenth Year January 2014 to January 2015
Lou SoucyPresident
Eric JohnstonVice President
Andrea GeilerSecretary
Russ DavisTreasurer
John GeilerSafety Officer
2015-2016
Twentieth Year January 2015 to January 2016
Lou SoucyPresident
Sue BraunVice President
Ira SteuerSecretary
Russ DavisTreasurer
John GeilerSafety Officer
2016-2017
Twenty First Year January 2016 to January 2017
John GeilerPresident
Sue BraunVice President
Suzanne MuschanySecretary
Tony WeaverTreasurer
Lou SoucySafety Officer
Twenty Second Year January 2017 to January 2018
John GeilerPresident
Erin O'DonnellVice President
Karen JohnstonSecretary
Tony WeaverTreasurer
Ross McGovernSafety Officer

Miscellaneous Committees of Importance
Original By-Law Committee
Chair Person-Bob Rau, Jim Kuddes, Brian Wright, Lynn Crites, Jay Weber & Bob Gebel

By-Law Review Committee (2003)
Bob Rau, Bob Cobb, Linn Acree, Randy Tallant & Nita Fisher

Patch Committee
Bob Rau, Mike Parr, Bob Gebel & Neil Wayne (non-member artist)

Noteworthy Facts & Figures
October 1995     70 members
January 2000   362 members

 

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