Chap­ter vis­its region

Benalla Ensign - - VICTORIAN STATE ELECTION 2018 - By Si­mon Rup­pert

More than 30 Har­leyDavid­son Mo­tor­cy­cles thun­dered their way into Benalla on Satur­day morn­ing, as part of a North-East tour and overnight Ride to Har­ri­etville.

The Yarra Val­ley HOGs (Har­ley Owner Group), is one of the 1400 of­fi­cial world­wide Chap­ters, spon­sored by Har­leyDavid­son.

This par­tic­u­lar chap­ter is spon­sored by Har­ley-Heaven in Ring­wood, Mel­bourne.

HOG mem­bers are an eclec­tic mix of rid­ers, rang­ing from 18 to 70 years — across a wide range of pro­fes­sions.

As well as tour­ing, the group par­tic­i­pates in many fundrais­ing and char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the Brighter Days Fes­ti­val in March 2019.

In Novem­ber the club runs a Poker Run, which raises money for Vet­er­ans Men­tal Health.

The Yarra Val­ley chap­ter boasts that one-third of its mem­bers are fe­male, and it has a strong Ladies of Har­ley sub group.

The HOGs dropped in to see the progress on the restora­tion of the Old Benalla Butch­ers House on Car­rier St, which is owned by Yarra Val­ley Chap­ter mem­bers Kim and Richard McKel­lar.

‘‘It was great to have the HOGs come through Benalla, the weather was per­fect and ev­ery­one en­joyed their time in town,’’ Mr McKel­lar said.

To join a HOG Chap­ter, you need to own a Har­leyDavid­son, and regis­ter your­self and your bikes de­tails with HOG in Mil­wau­kee USA. After this has been ap­proved, you can ap­ply to join your lo­cal HOG Chap­ter.

Un­der con­trol: A fire which started in a pile of rub­bish on a prop­erty at Baddagin­nie had to be ex­tin­guished by Benalla CFA last week. The CFA is urg­ing peo­ple to clean up their prop­er­ties as we head into what is ex­pected to be a long, dry fire dan­ger pe­riod.

En­joy­ing our city: The HOG Yarra Val­ley Chap­ter rum­bled its way into Benalla on Satur­day.

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