1. Where are your meetings held?
Our meetings are private and the only way to get into a meeting is to be invited. You can ask a patched member, or contact us using the web page or Facebook page. See FAQ #6 for info on joining.
2. When are your meetings held?
Our meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1900 hours (that's 7:00pm for those of you who have forgotten your military time). Again, our meetings are private and only for members and invited guests only.
3. What are the prerequisites for joining?
There are only two prerequisites. The first is that you are a United States Marine (active, reserve, retired, or just plain did your time and got out) or a FMF Corpsman. An Honorable discharge IS REQUIRED if you are not active (NOTE: Dishonorable discharges are not accepted, PERIOD. Everything in between a Honorable and Dishonorable will be reviewed on a case by case basis). The only other prerequisite is that you must own a motorcycle (any make, model, or cc WITHIN REASON will do) and have a valid motorcycle license. Once you have met all the prerequisites, introduce yourself to one of our members and ask about joining. You will then be required to hang around the club for a period of time so we can get to know you and you know us. See FAQ #4 if you do not meet these requirements.
4. What if I don’t meet the requirements?
That would mean that you are not a Marine (or FMF Corpsman) and/or do not own a motorcycle. Our suggestion would be to go talk to your local Marine Corps recruiter and come back in 4 years or if you are already a Marine, go buy a motorcycle. Mind you that you are ALWAYS welcome at any of our open to the public events and if you are really rightous, maybe even ride with us. Please read FAQ #7 though. We do have Support Tee-shirts available for yourself or anyone else who wants to buy them.
5. Can I go to a meeting?
You will need to be invited by a full member to go to a meeting. Please read FAQ # 1. However, being a non-member, you WILL be asked to leave the meeting for most topics and issues but you can stick around and have a few with us after the meeting. It's a good time for us to get to know you and you know us.
6. What is involved with joining and when do I get the "back patch"?
First off, YOU don’t just join. It’s much more involved than that. We require everyone to hang around the club for awhile. We use this time to see if you will participate, represent the club properly, and more importantly, to check your attitude. Once you have hung around the club for awhile and we consider you good prospect material you will be approached by the President to start prospecting for the club. You will be assigned a sponsor and they will guide and educate you on the MC world and proper protocol within that world. We take this time very very seriously. We are always watching and evaluating you during this "hang around" and prospect time. We DO NOT want people who lack commitment to the club, have attitudes, or just want to wear a set of colors to look like a “bad ass”. The time it takes for all this is up to the club. It is absolutely NOT a short process. It can be up to a year or more. If your looking to just get a patch, don’t waste our time. If your looking for brotherhood and people you can always count on, then show up, participate, and carry yourself like a Marine, and you might eventually become a part of that brotherhood.
7. Can I hang out or ride with your club if I am not a member?
Maybe. We are a tight group and we choose carefully who we allow inside our inner circle. Just approach a member, introduce yourself, and show us respect. If we think you are respectable then you might be allowed to hang out with us. Remember our number one rule: Show us respect and you will get respect in return. Be disrespectful and you will get the same back a hundred fold.
8. What is your relationship with other clubs in the area and who do you support?
We are an absolutely neutral club. We are not a support club for any club nor will we ever be. Will you see us attending other club events all throughout the Western NY area? Absolutely. We attend all local area club events and any local area club is welcome at any of our events. We have met many club members from other clubs and have always had an open and cordial relationship with them and will continue to do so in the future.
9. What does your chapter do?
Our Mission is to recognize, strengthen and promote brotherhood among our chapter members and with other chapters in our club and to support these members whenever there is a need. To emphasize and solidify the principles of Honor, Courage, Commitment, and Brotherhood that is instilled in each member through past, current, and future associations with the United States Marine Corps. To support Veterans through Club functions, Marine Corps related functions, charitable veterans organizations, keeping alive the issues of POW/MIA awareness, to close the gap for those who have recently got out of the military and to raise awareness of PTSD and veterans suicides.
10. If I become a member is my family welcome at your meetings and events?
Absolutely. We encourage their participation as well. Mind you that children are welcome as well but they should not be the source of any distractions. Also some of the other MC club events we go to are only open to age 21 and above.