Important news and announcements for chapter members.



Bicycle Raffle Winners:
Today at Biker Bob’s we drew the winning tickets for the bicycle raffle and the winners were Brian Walters and M. Townsend. Both winners were notified by telephone to claim their prize. Congrats to the winners! This was an L.O.H. fundraiser and we collected a total of $630. That was a great success. We wish to thank everyone who helped put this event together and to all who participated for a chance to win one of the bicycles. Stay warm over the holidays and we hope to see you soon!

Do You Want to Be a Board Member?
We would like to announce that there are several board positions for the Motown H.O.G. Chapter which need to be filled for the 2018 season. If you are a Motown H.O.G. member and wish to apply for a position listed below, please contact Jake Probe, the General Manager at Biker Bob’s who will schedule an interview with you. You may ask for Jake in person at the dealership or call him at (734) 947-4647.

  • Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Membership Officer
  • Photographer
  • Webmaster

Purpose of the Chapter
The Motown H.O.G. Chapter’s purpose is to promote responsible motorcycling activities for H.O.G. members by conducting chapter rides and activities and encouraging participation in other H.O.G. events. The chapter’s activities and operations shall be conducted in a manner consistent with a family-oriented, nonpolitical philosophy. The Chapter shall at all times conduct its operations and activities in accordance with the standards set forth by the sponsoring dealership, Biker Bob’s Harley-Davidson, and the National “Annual Charter for H.O.G. Chapter” and H.O.G. operating policies.

Board Member Requirements
You must be a current National H.O.G. member and local Motown H.O.G. Chapter member to become an officer on the board. Board members are volunteers and are not paid for their time and services to the chapter. Board members will be expected to attend board meetings and chapter meetings as scheduled, and are also encouraged to attend as many rides and events as possible that are planned throughout the year to help promote the chapter. All other board requirements will be based upon each individual officer position and their duties.

We wish to thank everyone who is willing to dedicate their time and hard work towards making this chapter grow and thrive, along with sharing a very fun and rewarding past time for the motorcycle community.


Family Member Passing:
With a heavy heart, we are saddened to report the passing of Ken Schmid’s (and Leola) Mother, Kay M. Schmid. She succumbed to her long battle with Dementia on Sunday October 22nd. Visitations & Funeral arrangements are as follows: Oct. 25. 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at O’Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, 41555 Grand River Avenue, Novi. Oct. 26. 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM, O’Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home. Oct. 27 10:00 AM
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake, MI. You may view the obituary page at this link:
Please keep the Schmid family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Family Member Passing:
We are saddened to report that Carol Newman, mother of Denise (Jim) Joyce passed away on Thursday. Arrangements: Services at Howe Peterson, Sunday from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Monday funeral service at St. Constance Church, instate at 9:30 am, and Mass at 10:00 am. We will go to the cemetery after the mass, Michigan Memorial. Please keep the Joyce family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Family Member Passing:
We are saddened to report that Brian Radtke’s mother (and Lisa’s mother-in-law) Karen L. Radtke, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017. There will be no public service arrangements. Please send your condolences to Brian and Lisa and keep them and their family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Bike Raffle Tickets For Sale:
The Ladies of Harley are having a Bike Raffle for two separate bicycles and proceeds will go to help families without a Christmas. You can purchase tickets for $5.00 each at our chapter meetings or at Biker Bob’s. The drawing will be held on December 16th at Noon at Biker Bob’s, but you do not need to be present to win. The bicycles are on display at the dealership. Next time you stop by, please take a look at the bicycles and purchase a ticket or two for a chance to win one and help some families in need at the same time. Your generosity is appreciated!








Fall Bowling League:
Are you interested in bowling? You should join us for some indoor fun with our Fall Bowling League beginning on October 16th. This is open for anyone to participate, not just chapter members. Please contact Marty Kerstens if you are interested.

Family Member Passing:
We are saddened to report that Richard Lupu’s mother (and Debbie’s mother-in-law), Judy Lupu, passed away on Wednesday. We will send out an update when funeral services have been arranged. Please send condolences to Richard and Debbie and keep them and their family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Chapter Member Passing:
With a very heavy heart, we are saddened to report that Edward (Pops Jr.) Keith has passed away Saturday night from a heart attack. Pops Jr. was a beloved chapter member and long-time Road Captain and he will be sorely missed. Here is what we know about funeral arrangements and we will update you if anything changes: Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 30th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm followed by a Service at 1pm at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Walled Lake, 340 North Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, MI 48390. After the service, everyone attending is invited to the Walled Lake Eagles for lunch. They currently have Mostaccioli and Chicken, however they are in need of side dishes. Please text Kris Zilka at 313-598-2306 and let her know what you plan on bringing so she can coordinate with the other clubs that will be attending as well. The Walled Lake Eagles facility will be open from 9am – 11pm in case you want to drop off any food early.

Here is a link to the funeral notice and guestbook: Please say a prayer for Pops and keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult week.

Family Member Passing & Injury Notice:
We received word that member Ricky Essa’s mother Jane passed away on Monday. She was 86 years old. There will be no funeral or burial. The family will lay her to rest at Cadillac Mausoleum. Please send condolences and prayers to Ricky and his family during this difficult time.

We also received an injury report about member Russ (Crossbones) Hall who had an unfortunate bike drop and broke his leg. Please send Russ best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.

Tennessee Ride Card Punches: For those of you who traveled to Tennessee for the Southern Backroads H.O.G. Rally, Steve Pearce will be punching Ride Cards at Boswell’s HD from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and again at the Best Western from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Have fun and safe travels on your way back home.

Movie Night, Meeting & Group Photo: We will be taking our annual chapter group photo and hold a brief chapter meeting at Biker Bob’s on Friday, July 21st at 7:00 pm since we skipped our regular July 6th meeting and had our Screw It. Let’s Ride instead. We decided to add a MOVIE NIGHT with food for a fun evening. The chapter will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring your own refreshments and chairs for the Movie. If you prefer not to stay for the movie, you can still join us for the group photo and brief meeting. This event is CLOSED for Members and their guest only. We hope you will join us for another evening of fun!

Screw It. Let’s Ride: There will NOT be a regular chapter meeting on Thursday, July 6th at the American Legion hall since many of our chapter members are out of town for the week of the July 4th holiday. Instead, we will have a Mystery Ride, leaving from Biker Bob’s and ending at a place to eat. You will be responsible for your own food and drink costs. Staging begins at 6:00 pm at the dealership. Kickstands up at 6:30 pm. Please make sure you have a full tank of gas for the ride. Road Captains will escort the ride to our destination.

Family Member Funeral Notice: We have been notified that Bob & Jan Cunningham’s son, Greg has passed away. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 16th at John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, located at 1139 Inkster Road in Garden City, starting with a viewing at 4:30 pm, then a Service at 6:00 pm. There will also be a luncheon held on Saturday, the 17th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Park Place Banquet Hall, 23663 Park Street in Dearborn. Please send condolences to Bob & Jan and keep the Cunningham family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Deadline Approaching: The Gilmore Get-A-Way Weekend is right around the corner and the deadline for booking your hotel at our special rate is June 1st. To get our group discount, you MUST call the Clarion Inn between 9 am and 5 pm and ask for Mac. Please state you are with the Motown HOG group and your room rate for 1 night on 6/10 will be $75 all included. The telephone number for the Clarion is (269) 381-1900. See the flyer below for more info. If you have any issues about the hotel booking, please contact Kris Zilka.

Date & Time Change for LOH Meetings: We have changed when and where we meet for the Ladies of Harley (LOH) meetings. We will now meet at 6:30 p.m. on the same Thursday night as our regular chapter meeting at the American Legion Hall. We will gather at the tables in the bar area. The new planned schedule is to meet on June 1st, then we will vote and decide if our LOH meetings should be monthly or every other month after that. Remember, ALL ladies within the chapter are welcome to join us. If you have any questions about LOH, please contact Diane Dombecki.

Gilmore Get-A-Way Weekend Hotel Deadline Our Gilmore Get-A-Way Weekend is coming up on June 10-11th. This is an overnight ride to the Gilmore Car Museum, Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet in Hickory Corners, MI. This is the first ride on our Ride Card for the season. You MUST make your hotel reservation by June 1st to take advantage of our group rate. Please contact the Clarion Hotel at (269) 381-1900 and ask for the Motown HOG Chapter discount to book a hotel room. See the flyer on the event page for more details on the hotel contact info.

Early Membership Renewal Contest Re-Draw: The winner of the $100 Biker Bob’s Gift Card for our Early Membership Renewal Contest has not claimed his prize, after many attempts to reach him, so we plan to hold another drawing for all who qualified for the contest and pick another winner at our May 4th General Membership Meeting. Also please remember that starting May 1st, our membership dues will increase from $20 to $30 so if you haven’t renewed your Motown H.O.G. membership for 2017, you still have time to renew at Biker Bob’s before the price increases on Monday.

Looking for pictures from the past: We are searching for pictures of former chapter members who have passed away that are missing on our Memorial Page. If you know any of the 3 people below and would be able to provide us with a picture and maybe a quick bio, we would appreciate anything you can share with us.

  • David Love – Passed in 2007
  • Mike Stremmel – Passed in 2005
  • Kenny Mulholland – Passed in 2001

We also ask you to also reach out to other family members and friends from the past who may be able to help us complete our Memorial Page. Please contact our Historian, Marty Kerstens if you have anything we can use.

Need a Chair Person for the Vets Dinner: We are looking for a Chair Person to coordinate the Vet’s Thanksgiving Dinner that is run by the American Legion Hall in November.
The designated Chair Person will receive 3 volunteer points for doing this. If you are interested, please contact Kris Zilka or Diane Dombecki.

Reminder on CLOSED EVENTS: As a reminder, our Motown H.O.G. chapter has to do so many “Closed” chapter events. Our Memorial Ride and our Chapter Picnic are two of these events. The Memorial Ride gives our current active members a chance to remember our past chapter friends and family members who are no longer with us. Because this event is not an “Open Ride” to the general public, additional insurance is not required nor purchased. Therefore, we remind everyone that both the Memorial Ride and our Chapter Picnic remain a CLOSED event for members only. If any non-chapter member wishes to attend the ceremonial service held at the end of the Memorial Ride, they are welcome to join us at the Michigan Memorial Park pavilion at 1:30 p.m. The date for the Memorial Ride is Saturday, May 6th. The address for Michigan Memorial Park is 32163 W. Huron Drive in Flat Rock. Thank you for your understanding.

Passing & Life Celebration for Mike Finley: We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mike Finley this week who was a long time member of Motown H.O.G. There will be a Celebration of Life in his honor tomorrow evening, Thursday, March 23rd starting at 5:00 pm at the American Legion Post 200, the same place as our chapter meetings. Please stop by to pay your respects and share memories and photos of Mike. There will be a Cash Bar. We ask you to share this news and keep the Finley family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Volunteers Needed in March: Kurt Sebaly has requested the help of a few people in March. He is looking for volunteers to help sell Harley-Davidson Street Glide raffle tickets at the Michigan Golf Show on Friday, March 10, 2017, Saturday, March 11, 2017 and Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Suburban Showcase Collection in Novi. If anybody is interested in earning a Volunteer Point, please contact Kurt directly at 734.946.7500 or Thank you to those who can help out!

Membership Renewal Contest Ends 2/28: Reminder, that our Membership Renewal Contest ends on February 28th. If you renew your local Motown H.O.G. membership by 2/28, you will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a Biker Bob’s gift card. Make sure your National H.O.G. membership is current as well. Please fill out the membership form from the website or get one at the dealership. All renewals must be paid at Biker Bob’s to be properly recorded and you will get a receipt. We will have the raffle drawing at our March 2nd chapter meeting.
Please also remember that starting May 1st, the membership dues increases from $20 to $30 so take the time to renew now, if you haven’t done so already. Thank you and good luck in the raffle!

Accident Scene Classes: Here’s your chance to be prepared in the event of an accident and learn the skills necessary to help during an accident scene until professional medical help arrives. There are two classes: Basic Class – February 19; Advanced Class – March 5. The all day classes will be held at Joy Manor and includes lunch. To register for a class, you MUST contact the class instructor, Debbie Parinello, directly. For questions, you may contact Ken Kirk for more information. Please see the flyers below for details on each class and how to register:
Bystander_Basic_Class_02-19-17 and Bystander_Advanced_Class_03-05-17

Have You Met Joe? We would like to welcome Joe Anzalone, as the new General Manager at Biker Bob’s. If you plan to attend our first general membership meeting tonight, you will meet Joe in person and learn about the new Loyalty Program at Biker Bob’s. We also encourage you to read about his vision for the dealership and our chapter: 2017_GM_letter_to_MotownHOG

Two Events Coming Up:
1) We will be having a Winter Meet & Eat on Saturday, January 28th starting at 4pm at Iron Mike’s Tavern, 22900 Waltz Road in New Boston. Please RSVP by 1/24 to Kris Zilka if you plan to attend:

2) We are also holding a Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 11th at Biker Bob’s starting at 11am. A sign up sheet will be available at our February 2nd chapter meeting. Please contact Kris Zilka to sign up for the friendly competition. Email:

Family Member Passing: We are saddened to hear of the passing of Larry Suban’s mother, Angela Elliott, who passed away last night. Services will be held at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 11. The viewing will be held from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm for the public, followed by an Entombment from 3 pm to 4 pm. Please send condolences to Larry and Kathy and keep the Suban family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Thank you.


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