After church today I stopped in at Spinners in Pflugerville for the benefit for Grady. It was very well supported by the community, and I heard by Grady’s job co-workers as well. There was a dunking booth, and a bikini bike wash, so no-one needed to go away without a clean bike or dry, if you wanted to volunteer for the dunking booth. They were serving up great taco plates, and auctioned off a few items to help Grady with his medical bills. Heal quickly Grady, we are praying for you!
We headed to Rockdale this morning, to the Sovereign Sons Food and School Supplies drive at the VFW. Before stopping into the VFW, we headed to Walmart and loaded up on stuff for the drive. Then we headed over to the VFW which was just down the block and dropped them off with the Boy Scouts that were filling the trailer outside. Since it was really too hot outside for Debbie and I, we head inside to socialize and make a donation. Debbie had to buy one a Koozy for her collection, and I couldn’t be left out, so I had to get one too. After a bit, we headed over to the local Dairy Queen for some lunch, then home bound we were to relax in the AC. Man summers are hot in Texas!
We had our UCOA meeting this evening, and we had a really good crowd. Beth our secretary was out of town this week, but she got applause anyway for the great job she did in organizing the UCOA Family Campout. I know I’m looking forward to next year. Several events were mentioned, and you can see them listed after the photos.
I would normally tell everyone to go to UCOTexas.org, but our web site is being refurbished for a few days, so here is the contents of email we receive, listing the events for this week;
- UCOA meeting @ Texas Mist
- Wednesday, July 20th @ 7:30 p.m.
- Bike Night @ Texas Club (Austin)
- Thursday, July 21st @ 7 p.m.
- Sovereign Sons Food/School Supplies Drive
- Saturday, July 23rd
- VFW in Rockdale, TX
- See attached flyer
- Bakefest & Benefit for Boozefighter Woodstock
- Saturday, July 23rd @ 3pm
- Blanco Riverside Bar, Blanco, TX
- See attached flyer
- Victory or Death & Boozefighters #100 event
- No details at this time
- Benefit for Companero Grady
- Sunday, July 31st @ Spinners Bar & Grill
- See attached flyer
- Mohawk memorial patches. I have a few of these patches if anyone would like to make a donation.
- Upcoming Events. If you are having an event/benefit and its on the UCOA calendar, please send me the event’s/benefit’s details and flyer (if there is one)
- Club Officer Contacts. If there are any changes in your club officers, please email me the new officers’ contact info.
There is a lot of anger in our country today. Anger at white people, anger at black people, anger at police, anger at almost everyone, for almost every reason. Oh, and don’t forget to include Muslims, Christians and Jews in there too. There is plenty of anger to go around, and the tolerance for people that don’t agree with us has dropped to almost zero. And to make matters worse, there is no sign that all this anger is going to let up any time soon.
BUT, I am here to tell you that there is a solution to all this anger and frustration, if we will just stand up and be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
This community we are all part of is based on respect, we know what it means, and it is something that is sadly lacking in our society today. But, if we will extend love and grace to those around us, and I mean to those outside our community, we will surely be a bright light in what is becoming a very dark world.
So, I have talked about respect, and I talked about love and grace. What do those have to do with each other?
The Bible tells us;
1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the leaders.”
Titus 2:7 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness”
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”
You see, just as we have learned that you have to give respect to get respect, so also outside of this community, we need to be examples of what we want our world to be. Not that we need to be weak, but we need to be gentle with those that are still learning what respect is.
And finally, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is going to be easy. But Jesus tells us that he will sustain us;
John 14:27 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.“
And, if that isn’t strong enough encouragement for you, how about this verse, spoken by King David, the man God said was a man after His own heart;
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
So, I say Stand Up for what is right, for what is good, and for what is just. These are dark times, and the world needs people like us. That is my desire, how about you?
Well, we had two activities today, the first stop was at the Roadhouse for the Shalah Dame Benefit for lunch. They had a fish fry, and I must say it was the best fried fish I have ever had. It was really great. Congratulations to who ever was doing the frying, they deserve an award. Next, we headed up to Hardtails in Georgetown for the final stop of the Tornados MC Jug Run. We dropped in briefly to Hog Alley to say hello to friends and then headed next door to Hardtails to visit with more friends for a bit. The music was definitely kicking, just a duet with a guy on guitar and a woman on drums and singing’, gut they were really pretty good. After saying hello to everyone, we were starting to melt in the heat so we headed home to the AC. I guess we are the hit and run wimpy kind of bikers. Oh, well, it’s all good. See you down the road.