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Future of Blues Angels (Follow up)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
This missive is a follow up to my earlier concerns about the leadership of the group. I promised that I would share all of the responses that were tendered and am surprised that as of this writing, there are only three. I will post them here with the assumption and hope that when more of you get back to Arizona that a new leader arises. These all come to in the order of their submission...
   I have to nominate Paul B. [Cowpoke} as the new leader of the Angels. He did a terrific job last year organizing rides for the few riders that were here and as the riders started coming in for the winter did a great job as well. When Bill B. arrived for his stay last year Paul was his "right hand man", therefore I feel it is only logical Paul take over because if his abilities and leadership skills. I am sure there are many Angels that feel the same way.
                                    Mike McDonald [Michigan Mike]
Dear Pat,
Bill Barrington was the quintessential Captain of Blues Angels  as our group emerged as a recognized activity within the Golden Vista structure. He presented the ideal image of a clean-cut rider who was also involved with other activities. His firm leadership achieved success in an increasingly supportive social program.  An unexpected loss of leadership sometimes causes a group to disintegrate, not likely with this group that so enjoys the things we do.  I have a strong opinion that the leader for Blues Angels should be chosen by the group that he or she serves.
I believe there are active leaders who can take charge of one ride at a time during the fall biweekly schedule. This remains the low point of activity during the year as participants return between October and January.  The group has always sought member ideas for rides, and that person often leads the ride. I perceive that process will continue until a new leader emerges.  It's likely the membership will choose an election date during the most active period of the riding season.
When a new leader is chosen, we need to think of also choosing an organization assistant who could act as the treasurer, possibly also keeping the history which John Kelty did so well. Bill had started the plan of having ride captains, who themselves will now become the leadership potential.
We particularly appreciate the role you have play in keeping the riders connected, with relayed reports and the all important roster. I hope you will continue through this transition, and even have a suggestion if you ever want to pass it on to others.
                                Phil Parsons
A couple of us talked about discussing it in December when more people out in AZ and we would make some nominations and try to come up with a leader
                                  Al Jeanquart
Arizona Rides Again Oct 3, 2015Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
 Well I had enough people for a ride today, Sat   10/3/2015.  We net at the chevron at 7:00. We talked awhile  until it was time to saddle up. We had three bikes and one passenger. We went down to  Hayden, to Maria's. The service was slow because there was two other M/C groups. Plus about  5 other tables. The food was good , and we talked to the other clubs to. In fact a couple of rider ask if we would like to ride with them Thursday. Since  Max and I can't ride Wed. we agreed to meet and ride with them. They are going to Oracle, don't know the restaurant .
      We traveled 155 miles wit h two stops. Maria's and the shell station for gas.
    we got home at 11:30.  The weather was great, a little cool in the canyons. Max and I stopped to put on a light jacket.
      If any one wants to ride Wed meet at the station at 7:00, I hope there will be  enough people to make a ride.  If not and you want, meet  Me and Max at the chevron between 8:15  and 8:30, on Thursday.  So until next time.
Future of the Blue's AngelsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Future of the Blue’s Angels
I don’t know that it is my place to approach this subject but you know me. It seems that I am never reluctant to put my nose in the middle of things. So, here goes.

As you know the Angels originated way back in 1995 when John “Blue” Kelty began riding with 3 or 4 of his pals. It was never the intent of John to build a large organized group, but with his loving care and charisma it happened anyway. Currently our roster shows about 60 active riders and if you look at the Web Site you will find that there are well over 100 who consider themselves a member of the Blue’s Angel family.

When John asked Bill Barrington to assume the leadership role of the group I am sure he, like most of us, felt that he had picked a person who had the personality, skills and dedication to continue what became a real love in his life. Certainly he made a wise choice and Bill will always be remembered as a friend and natural leader. We mourn his passing.

To the best of my knowledge, Bill had not talked to anyone about one day taking over the leadership of the Angels and his sudden passing leaves all of us with the need to find a person willing and capable of maintaining the legacy of these two dynamic people.

I have talked with John’s son Ed and he is not at a stage in his life where assuming the leadership role is practical. I understand that Ed’s brother John now has Blue’s Harley and is beginning to ride and who knows, one day he might be the person to lead you all. But, in the meantime it is my thought that the group needs to make a decision about who will be the coordinator. It is not a full time job and does not require a person who lives, or winters at Golden Vista. I would hope, however, that the person that you pick will have the initiative to maintain some of the traditional activities. That would include the bi-weekly rides,  the annual picnic and perhaps working with Jan Miller (Golden Vista’s Activity Director) in sustaining the breakfast that Bill was responsible for arranging. And I would like to think it would be a person who, like John and Bill, was good about encouraging new riders to join the group, while at the same time, stressing safe riding habits, motorcycle education and love for one another. And it does need a person who will take the time to set up the rides and employ the willingness of others in the group to lead or coordinate them.

I know that Bill donated much of the proceeds of the events he coordinated, but also set aside some of those funds for group use. Whoever assumes the role of leadership will need to administer those funds as well.

So, the purpose of this letter is simply to open the discussion as it relates to making a decision about how the Angels will function in the future. I have no doubt that without leadership, in a couple of years there would be no Blue’s Angel organization. Yes, some of you would still ride together, but it would dissolve into splinter groups and eventually disappear. I would hate to see that happen.
OK, the ball is in your court. I welcome your thoughts as to what the next step should be. I am happy to use this forum to share and promote your suggestions.

 If any of you would consider throwing you name into the hat as one willing to take the lead, I will gather those names.

If you are not willing to lead, but have a suggestion as to who you think would be a good person to ask to take the reins, I will be happy to compile that information as well.

And, if you have other suggestions concerning the best road to travel, I encourage you to share them with the group. Send them to me and I will pass them along.

I would thank you for allowing me to share my concerns, but I guess that is not necessary as I did not ask permission.

Ride safe and please, let me hear from you.


Angel (singular) rides in ArizonaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I received this note from Paul B today. Sounds like he is ready for the Snowbirds to return to the nest.
Hi Pat
       I got my bike put back together but keep blowing fuses.  Saturday I went to the station and waited about a half hour.  No one showed up,  so I went for a short ride myself.  I went to Mickey 'D's for breakfast. then rode to  Florence and back.  It is not much fun riding  by myself.  So lets see what happens on Wednesday..
Update on Michigan MikeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I received this note from Gene V concerning Michigan Mike....
Pat -- Mike was putting his bike away in Michigan, hit a rock and was ejected from said bike landing on ground that didn't give a lot.  I guess he wasn't aware of the damage to himself and left for AZ.  Actually went to see the Dr for a cold and they found the damage to his ribs -- He is hurting.  I am sure Barb will send you an update soon.
Talked to Barb last night and things were a little touchy for the big guy
Gene V
And this evening I saw a Face Book posting saying that Mike is out of the hospital and home. He is a tough one.
Thank you Gene for the update and Mike...... Get better soon.
Mike McDonaldUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I just received a Face Book posting saying that Michigan Mike McDonald is in the hospital with 6 broken ribs and pneumonia. There was no explanation as to what happened to cause the injuries but if I hear I will pass it along. Until then, please keep our friend in your prayers.
Sept 19 - Idaho RideUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
See all of this days pictures by CLICKING HERE
I thought some of you might enjoy seeing the pictures from the ride Wanda and I took yesterday. We joined the DWP (Dallas Wilson Productions) group for an outing to Hazelton where we took in a car show and then rode on to Glens Ferry and the Crossings Winery that was featuring a wine tasting and grape stomp. There we had lunch and some managed to sample the wares.
It was a beautiful day for an outing. Clear skies, 70 degree temperatures and it is always enjoyable to join our son and his friends as they pursue their passions. We had 4 bikes and 8 riders but fun sufficient for a dozen or two.   Total miles = 138...  Average speed 41 mph and while we were away from home for almost 7 hours our total riding time was only 3 hours 31 minutes.
You can see the ride photos, pictures of some pretty nice cars and the festivities from the Crossings Winery by CLICKING HERE
Finally, I do wish that more of you who are riding this summer would send reports of your outings. Pictures as well if you have them. I am pretty sure that your riding pals would like to know that you are enjoying time in the saddle.

 About the Blue's Angels

The “Blue’s Angels” was formed in 1995 by John H. Kelty. The name of the group came from John’s original 1993 1500 cc blue Goldwing which he named “Blue”. The "Angels" was chosen because all the riders are all such good little boys with their toys, and most of all because we wanted prayer involved as we rode and socialized.

Blue’s Angel's started with six bikes from the Golden Vista Resort in Apache Junction, AZ. and four from West Phoenix. There are now over 40 active, enthusiastic guys and girls. Every time “Blue” met a new person at Golden Vista he asks “why don't you buy a motorcycle?” Many did!

Blue’s Angels strive for comradeship while doing a fairly dangerous hobby and enjoying every minute of the time we ride. Blue loved people and wanted them to all feel the joy of riding as he did.

In the Spring of 2012, Blue handed the leadership of the group to Bill (Dollar Bill) Barrington who did so with the mutual agreement that it remained "Blue's Angels" and that while he would coordinate the rides and the general direction of the riders, John Kelty remained "THE MAN"

Unfortunately after over 20 years of riding nearly 250,000 miles, Blue succumbed to cancer on November 11, 2014. Up until his last days he loved to ride and it was his hope, as well as his families, that the Angels remain together and continue riding and loving the open road as much as Blue did.

The Angels have no specific restrictions of membership. The only requirement would be that members maintain a safe bike. All riders are encouraged to complete a motorcycle safety course. To be an official member one must invest $12.00 to buy a Blue's Angels Cap. After that huge expense, there are no dues or fees.

The main goals are:

- to keep the group going forever

- to keep it simple and informal

- to keep the prayers flowing for all in need


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