Thursday, November 13, 2014

Big Sioux Riders 2014 Christmas Party

The Big Sioux Rider's Annual Christmas Party will be on Friday, December 12th.  The location will be the popular and historic Pierce Mansion at 2901 Jackson Street in Sioux City, Iowa.  If you haven't been to the Mansion before you will surely enjoy it.  There are several rooms on the upper floors which have historical displays.  The top floor contains an open Ball Room.  You are free to explore the Mansion during the festivities.  Last year one of the caretakers was kind enough to lead a tour, he may again this year if we are lucky.

Please RSVP Brion ( before December 6th if you intend to join us.  We look forward to seeing everyone, so please don't forget.

The dishes being served from Trattoria Fresco will be:
Lasagna, Velasco Spicy (sauteed with fresh garlic, olive oil, white wine, and fresh jalapenos served with roasted Potatoes), Gamberi Primavera (linguine with fresh shrimp sauteed with garlic, oil and broccoli), and a secret dish made from red sauce, mussels, shrimp, calamari and scallops.

We already have folks signed up for salads, side-dishes, and all the other things we need, so please bring a snack, side-dish or desert.  The club will provide coffee and soda, if you prefer a different type of beverage please bring it with you.

6:00 PM - Doors open at the Mansion
6:00 to 6:30 - Social Time - Greeting and Collections of 2015 Dues
6:30 - Dinner Served
7:15 - Club Officer Election
7:17 - Awards and Presentations 
7:25 - Gift Exchange and Stealing Begins
8:55 - Clean Up

The Big Sioux Rider’s Christmas dinner is free to members paying 2015 memberships - $20/person for others.  Annual membership is $20 for individual, or $25 for a family.  Family members may bring an additional guest (paid).  New members are welcome.  Steve Martin will be collecting member dues for 2015 at the party when you arrive.  Make checks payable to Big Sioux Riders.

We will have the traditional Big Sioux Riders gift exchange so bring a gift costing between $10 and $20.  The gifts do not have to be motorcycle related.  Bring something fun, useful, or re-gift a stinker.

PS - Steve Martin Needs Photos for the Poster Calender Soon (he says last week soon).

Monday, November 10, 2014

BSR Meeting Wednesday, November 12th


We have a Big Sioux Riders meeting this Wednesday, November 12th at 6 PM.  The location is Bak BMW.  Dave will be cooking, so bring a few dollars to chip in for the food.   We will be discussing the meal at the Christmas Party December.  Jim Johnson will be bring a menu from Trattoria Fresco (Italian) so let him know what your interested in or show up at the meeting.  We will decide on the menu before the end of the meeting.

Christmas Party:

The Big Sioux Rider Christmas Party will be at the Pierce Mansion in Sioux City again this year.  It will be in the evening of Friday, December 12.  We are hoping this allows more of the out-of-towners to come.  If you haven't seen the mansion, its worth coming just to see the home and the displays.  We don't have a specific time yet, but I'll post it when we get one. Please send me an email RSVP to let me know if you are coming and if you are bringing anyone with you.  Spouses, kids, a fellow rider or just a friend are all good.  Meal is included with your membership renewal.  You can bring another person with a family membership, and there will be a nominal fee to cover our costs for any additional folks you bring along.

As in past years, bring a desert, snacky food, or beverage with you to the party.  The club will have a coffee pot and some soda.  There will also be a gift exchange following the meal which uses the same stealing and keeper rules we have used in the past.   I promise to remember and state the rules more clearly this year, I may even write them down.  Figure spending on $10 - $20 for a gift, unless you find something really cool for a lot less, hehe.

Please send you Big Johnson award nominations to Jim (  He and last year's winners (Terry Hughes, Steve Martin, and runners-up Jim Hawthorne) will form this years nomination committee.  Submissions I'm aware of so far:
  1. Jim Johnson (award namesake) for forcing all his riding buddies to listen to Helen Reddy songs at 130db at every traffic stop between I-35E and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.  Some believe it was some kind of ritualized punishment of his friends who had working BMWs for the past 6 weeks (vs. Jim and his shinny new 2014 R1200RT which had reverted back to garage queen status for several weeks prior to the rally).
  2. South Sioux City Sue, whom after living in Sioux City for years and years (and then even more years), had to ask for directions to Miles for Stan Stille's moving away party.  The shame of living a sheltered life she claimed.  Meanwhile, nearly every 6 year old in Sioux City (and probably South Sioux too) can tell you Miles is the place they make Charlie Boy sandwiches which is just up the street from the famous Tire Man.
  3. Brion Hase.....  hopefully no one can remember why.  I can't remember the details either, but I do remember it would have given me a strong chance to win if anyone else remembered it.  Luckily I don't remember and didn't write it down either...


We need photos for the Club Calender.  Please send any photos you want to include to Steve Martin (