Timmins H.O.G chapter rally to support retirement residence

The North Eastern Ontario Harley Owners Group (HOG) Chapter 9998 made a vibrant appearance at the Spruce Hill Lodge Car and Bike Show on Sunday, June 7, showing strong support for the retirement residence where HOG treasurer Steve Charbonneau's grandmother resides.

Director Gail Mills expressed their dedication to local causes, highlighting their annual toy drive in partnership with the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

“This year, Santa led a group of 60 motorcycles to a barbecue at the South Porcupine Legion in June. We raised $7,100 for our local Snowarama Easter Seals and toys to make toy kits for law enforcement to hand out for children that are in crisis,”  Mills explained, recounting a recent charity ride where Santa led a procession of 60 motorcycles to a fundraiser at the South Porcupine Legion in June, accompanied by a performance from the Timmins Police Pipes & Drums.

The Harley Owners Group, a global community of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts, emphasizes camaraderie and safe riding, dispelling any misconceptions about being a mere club or gang.

“We enjoy the riding lifestyle of meeting new people, encouraging fun and safe riding,” Mills, a rider for over a decade, affirmed.

With more than 1,400 chapters worldwide, each sponsored by an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership, the Timmins chapter receives support from the Rock Harley Davidson in Sudbury.

Mills encourages women to join without hesitation.“We have rides just for the ladies. Last year we started a fundraiser for the Breast Wellness Centre at the hospital in August. It’s a pink ride. It’s in August and we have lots of fun.” 

To become a member of HOG, individuals must acquire a Harley Canada membership and can participate in various events, including Wednesday night open rides for all types of motorcycles.

“It’s open to all riders, and getting them the opportunity to ride with a group and make new friends,”  Mills added, highlighting upcoming plans such as a lunch gathering with a Quebec chapter at Kenogami Bridge Inn and rides to Thunder Bay and Calgary.