By Jonathan “Judge” Hayes
Respect is, in my opinion, the most important part of a successful motorcycle club……
Respect for the club
Respect for each other
Respect for your community
Respect for others
We held each other to a strict concerning respect. The best example I can give you is the case of a longtime member of the club. In fact, he was my sponsor! I had been a full patch member for about a year when this problem arose. The member, who I’ll call Bob, and his wife were attending one of our regular parties. We couldn’t help but notice that Bob’s ol’ lady had quite a black eye. We asked him what happened and he said, “well she got mouthy!” Here’s the deal, that was disrespecting his ol’ lady and we told him that was unacceptable. Now you’re probably saying it was none of our business, but you would be wrong. We did not want to be seen as woman beaters in our community or at our clubhouse. We have him a verbal warning and told him to not let it happen again. Everything was fine for about 3 months when again, his ol’ lady had a split lip! He had violated a club rule after being warned. He was out as of that moment! We no longer associated with him or even went to his bike shop.
Now, some of you may think that was bullshit or TOO harsh, but here’s the point. They were OUR rules for OUR chapter and if you’re not going to enforce your own rules, then why have a club in the first place? We wanted every woman to feel safe and respected around us. With that being said, we were one of very few chapters or clubs for that matter, that felt that way. Most other clubs back in the day were extremely misogynistic, and treated most women like whores.
We wanted to project a different image.
If your club is still acting like the 60’s or 70’s clubs, you’ll never achieve BETTER SCHOOL!