The SAMARITAN Riders of Washington are an American Motorcyclist Association Charitable Charter # 02851 and are also a State Non-Profit Charitable Corporation seeking 501(c)(?) status from the IRS. We conduct fundraisers and raise awareness for the disadvantaged children we represent; promote motorcycle safety; and raise public awareness and support for other charitable organizations. Above all else - WE exemplify Good Citizenship! Our leadership is community and volunteer oriented. As such, we encourage members to participate in charitable events, fund raisers, parades and other ceremonies that are within the goals and purposes of the SAMARITAN Riders Business, Vision and Mission statements.
Because we are a charitable non profit organization - We will donate 100% of all the collection can funds and/or materials raised on the behalf of, the disadvantaged child we sponsor. We will also support, in cooperation with, other charitable organizations’ fund raising efforts, or material drives. The SAMARITAN Riders will participate in fundraiser events specific to our organizational needs. Our purpose in raising these funds is to finance, or partially finance our individual event promotions and our operational overhead ; to include our website maintenance, and annual business and charitable application renewals to operate here in the North Central Washington region. There may also be an administrative fee associated with our event registrations to offset the cost of any on site fees and event insurance.
We are an organization established for the purpose of furthering the sport of motorcycling while simultaneously promoting the principles of good citizenship and community service through our actions as charitable contributors to society. SROWA's primary recruitment focus has been centered on Police, Fire/EMS and Medical persons - However, that is not a prerequisite for membership. Our members are indeed public servants at heart and motorcycle enthusiasts by nature. But more than that, we share an intrinsic motivation to further serve the disadvantaged in our community. Our hobby is motorcycles, but our passion is for the enhancement of our community through public service and charitable actions. We will consider anyone for membership who is committed to making the world a better place.
The idea of a motorcycle based charity club originated in 2008 when the organizations Founding Fathers “Cool Cat” and “Bandit” discovered that they have one thing in common besides motorcycles - They are committed to being good citizens and wish to serve the underprivileged within our community. They hold the inherent belief that people want to help other people in their community to achieve the greater good in life.
Their primary focus of recruitment was then, and remains to be, based in the professional communities of Fire/EMS, Law Enforcement/Corrections, Primary Care/Nursing, Public Education and Volunteer Community Service. This is not a prerequisite however, and we will look any applicant who has solid merit and good intentions.
In January 2009, we were incorporated under the name BRETHREN and registering with the AMA as a Social Charter. In order to ensure the personal safety of new members, the Founding Fathers felt it important to communicate their intentions and state the purposes and visions for establishing a charitable motorcycle club. This communication was made through a support club of our local dominant. Respects to the former RWMC President Bear for your early assistance and guidance.
This early demonstration of Respect was later misconstrued. We falsely believed that with the local approval of our early patch amendment discussions, (to include the incorporation of "MC" into it), came the recognition and acceptance to carry on as such. Naive to the rules of the road, we falsely presented ourselves as following proper MC etiquette in the formation of our club. The addition of Riders differentiated ourselves from a previous Brethren MC (then defunct) in WA. This trespass and our choice of black and white rocker eventually led to conflicts with some members of the Washington Confederation of Clubs who believed we had intentionally violated a long standing, and well established history of MC tradition and protocol. Respects to Lone Wolf for mediating this road to diplomacy.
In October 2009, we were invited by concerned parties to attend the Regional Confederation of Clubs meeting tin Portland OR to discuss these issues. Communications in preparation for this meet and greet allowed everyone the opportunity to set the record straight regarding the misinterpretations of our "approval" to form and ride with a patch that had since snowballed. We made the necessary amends to correct the simplest of misscommunication which occurred early in our formation regarding the use of our BRETHREN name, B/W rocker colors and the "MC" in the patch. Respects to the Original WA BRETHREN President Preacher for your patience and assistance in this matter.
Choosing a new name, no - the right name that reflected our goals and principles as an organization was easy. We chose to identify ourselves as SAMARITAN Riders. Our online research of this name has yielded no results in the NW Regions of Washington, Oregon or Idaho. The only other bearer of this name is a Christian Motorcyclist Association chapter located in Kansas. David Claridge, then Vice President of the Heartland Samaritan Riders was contacted and gave us his blessings to use the name here in the NW. Respects to the HSR of Kansas.
With our original intentions of remaining an AMA Social Club being clearly delineated from a desire to seek Wa-COC membership - We believe the newly Christened SAMARITAN Riders of Washington have been given both recognition and approval from the concerned members of the Wa-COC to carry on as we originally had hoped to do as a motorcycle based WA State Non Profit Charitable Organization without fear of reprisal for our previous BRMC & B/W ignorance. Respects to the GJMC.
In November 2009, we were asked to re-evaluate the use of the 3-part color (red border, white background and gold letters) combination in our patch. An issue easily resolved through communication. As was our intention in the beginning, SROWA's first priority is ensuring the safety and continued acceptance of our charitable riders in their own back yard. Respects to the Red & Gold for your patience as we attempt to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate children of North Central Washington.
In 2010, we began anew...Much like the wheeled evangelists, the SAMARITAN Riders wish to be of service to the Motorcycle Community. Our long term measure of success will be to bridge the gap of club colors and territories when it comes to helping the children disadvantaged by life circumstances of loss, injury or illness. - Regardless of where they live. We have established a charitable network with a variety of like minded organizations throughout Washington State and have reached out to fellow Samaritan Organizations spanning the globe with similar visions of service for their communities.
In 2011, we applied to the IRS for a 501.c.3 Tax Exemption as a Charitable Organization and were denied. Then, in 2012, we applied for 501.c.7 Tax Exemption as a Social Organization and were again denied. Entering 2013 we will be trying to achieve 501.c.4 status as a Social Welfare Organization.
If you know of any disadvantaged children in need of a lending hand.. .ContactUs@SamaritanRiders.org
OUR Business Statement:
The SAMARITAN Riders are non territorial AMA social club and a charitable Washington State NPO. We are not a MC, MM or CM. SROWA subscribes to the "live and let ride" and "give Respect - get Respect" principals. We provide each of our new members with the history of the traditional back patch and an introduction to MC Riders Etiquette to preserve the foundations of Respect and friendly acceptance amongst the MC’s, MM's, CM's and other motorcycle associations / social clubs in the Northwest.
If there were such a thing as a "CC" - we would be it. As a charitable motorcycle riding organization, we strive to work hard at establishing and maintaining networks amongst a variety of these organizations for the purpose and principles of helping disadvantaged children in the North Central Washington areas.
The purpose of the SROWA is to lend a hand to those in need. Our primary focus for each ride season will be to ease the suffering of a disadvantaged child. If you know of such a child, please tell us about them at ContactUs@SamaritanRiders.org
We will also support the efforts of other organizations whose focus is to raise awareness or funds for a persons' medical plights. And we support those that wish to improve the quality of life of others through material donations such as non perishable food items for local food banks, Coats for Kids and Toys for Tots charitable collections.
We are also proud to support our Veterans, Law Enforcement and other Public Safety Service Organizations and place priority on such events that allow us to demonstrate that support.
Our Mission and Vision Statements
To participate in charitable events and fund raisers, while providing a positive social atmosphere for our members and their families who share an interest in motorcycling, volunteering and otherwise serving their communities.
We believe that a person will most likely commit to volunteering their time if we do not pressure them to participate. Instead, we offer a variety of causes to support and are appreciative of any participation that they can provide. We understand that our members time is precious and that they each have their own priorities in life.
We want our members to be recognized and accepted as being non threatening, non territorial motorcycle riders who are out there on the road trying to ease the suffering of someone else.
Each Scheduled Ride, Charitable Event, or Honorary Mission we undertake has two basic objectives:
Show our sincere respect for those we represent, their families and their community.
Leave them with a positive impression of our charitable organization and its members.
We accomplish the latter through pride, professionalism and a true sincerity in our actions.
Our Business Logo
Wheat is the biblical symbol of a good harvest; gold and silver are the prosperity of spirit and white, the purity of our intentions. There are 6 heads of wheat representing the six iron-butt originals and the (6) month ride season of the Great Northwest April-September. Coincidentally, these are the months where we can plant the seeds of CHARITY and watch our efforts take root to blossom. The "lending hand" could very well be sowing those seeds; or even the extension of friendship. In any case, its sleeve is rolled up and there is work to be done. "SAMARITAN" is a general term to remind us that we are here to help others. "RIDERS" represents the long road we travel in this journey called life. Our riders seniority is identified at the foot of our logo with a silver "M" for member, followed by the year in which they joined our organization.
And let us not be weary in well-doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. ~ GALATIONS 6:9
What it means to wear a SAMARITAN Riders' Back Patch™:
Wearing a SAMARITAN Riders Back Patch ™ is more than getting together for good times. It is also getting together in bad times. It constitutes a lot of work.
It is committing yourself to a lifestyle in which you do not look for how your fellow SAMARITANS might help you, but ways in which you can be of help to them.
You always look to give, but never expect to receive.
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