I Am A Louisiana Motor Maid

I Am A Louisiana Motor Maid
Proud To Be A Motor Maid

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Motor Maids In The Mississippi Delta 2016

Motor Maids In The Mississippi Delta
April 22-24th, 2016

60 at last count.... Motor Maids and about that many security crew and friends showed up in the small town of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Clarksdale is what is known as “Ground Zero” for the birth of Blues music. This location would be our Motor Maid headquarters for the weekend, with 100 plus folks gathered at the Hopson Plantation and the famous “Shack Up Inn”.

Friday night started off with a BBQ Banquet and “Dot Robinson Day” 104th birthday celebration. We sang happy birthday in memory of Dot and in honor of Deb McGhee’s birthday. Deb blew the candles out on the “Motor Maids Ride” birthday cake.

The states that were represented were LA, MD, AR, GA, MO, TN, AL, VA, TX, MI, NC, IA, FL, MA, MS, NJ, OK, MI, and RI, with Alabama winning the award for most district members in attendance with 9 ladies. Many women rode over 500 miles to get to Mississippi. The high mileage winner for direct miles was Johanna Lawlor-Moore with 1365 direct miles. Michelle Savoie from RI was 2nd place in direct miles with 1346 plus she had about 1900 in touring miles. Several of the MI ladies took advantage of being so close to the 444 mile Natchez Trace and completed it on Friday before heading to Clarksdale. So many Motor Maids had never been to this part of the county, they took advantage of being able to knock out a few untraveled states that were missing on their travel patches and maps. Many ladies were finally able to get LA, AR, and MS and appreciate what they have been missing.

Saturday started out with a little breakfast and the important group picture time! Then off for the day to enjoy what the Mississippi Delta region is all about. First stop the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, MS. This 19,000 million dollar showplace is the only museum of its kind other than the one in LA, California. What a state of the art masterpiece it is! Next stop Dockery Farms for a photo opp. This is said to be the birthplace of the Blues where many music legends worked during their early years. Then we traveled the back roads of Mississippi to the B.B. King Museum and burial site in Indianola, MS. Many were able to make it to Leland, the childhood home of Jim Henson and said to be the birthplace of Kermit the Frog. Then back to Clarksdale, the Delta Blues Museum, the famous Crossroads Sign (where blues legend Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the Devil to play the guitar) and then the WORLD Famous “Ground Zero Blues Club” owned by actor Morgan Freeman. We were very lucky and Morgan Freeman was in the house that night!

Sunday morning we said our “See you later”, hugged and even shed a few tears. The weekend just wasn’t long enough! What a great time and a great way to celebrate being a Motor Maid.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Why I Am Now A Part Of The Motor Maids

This is something I wrote a while back....but wanted to include it on this blog.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Why I Am Now A Part Of The Motor Maids

As a new District Director for the Motor Maids, one of my questions to other Motor Maids is why did you join? This is a post I dedicate to those answers that I have received from the women in my district of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Schelley Brown Francis Ark/La/Miss DD

To learn more about Motor Maids, Inc visit the national website at www.motormaids.org

From Schelley Brown Francis: Louisiana
My love of history goes so far back with me, I can't even remember when I first became fascinated with the love of what has been before. That love carried me into first preservation of old houses then cemeteries, and historic districts in my small town of Minden, Louisiana. My love of old cars and motorcycles was started early in my life before I could even drive. I seemed to be attracted to old, rusty, things that would not start and the paint was peeling off. My first car was a 1951 Pontiac and that was in 1974. My first ride on the back of a Harley was in high school. That ride made such a connection with me that for several years I used that as a way to pick who I dated. (Maybe not the best method to find the perfect man)

April 23, 2011 I did find the perfect man...we got to use both of our motorcycles in our wedding!

My brother always loved motorcycles and let me ride his mini-bike when he got it one year for Christmas which I promptly ran into the chain link fence. After that I just figured I would always ride on the back with someone else. Well I was about to turn 50 and I guess I wanted to begin a new stage in my life. I sold my 1937 Buick named Olivia and promptly bought a 2004 Harley Heritage Softail Classic. I didn't even know how to ride the bike when I bought it! I promptly signed up for the Rider's Edge Class and to my amazement passed. For a year I rode in parking lots and many back roads before I became brave enough to venture out. I LOVED IT! I felt so free and the thrill was overwhelming. It brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. My brother passed away in 1996 and I like to think he smiles down and protects me everytime I get on my bike. I still love to ride on the back with my husband when I am not in the mood to think and just want to take lots of pictures; and he is ok with that most of the time.
Sporting my Life Starts At The Edge Shirt After I Passed!
I am such a nostalgic person that when I decided I wanted my own motorcycle which to me could only be a Harley I started doing research on which groups I wanted to be a part of. I had seen CrisSommer Simmons on CBS Sunday Morning Show talking about her new book "The American Motorcycle Girls", it sparked a fire! I later saw where Chris would be in the Cannonball Run and it would be coming close to my area of the country. I took off to Danville, Arkansas. I had ordered books by Cris and wanted to get her to autograph them for my girlfriends that also rode their own! I met Cris and saw that she was a Motor Maid.
Cris autographing my copies of "THE AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE GIRLS" at Cannonball 2010
A girl and her motorcycle...What more could a girl ask for on a nice sunny day!
I had read a lot already about this group. I didn't know that the District Director lived only 20 miles from my house (plus she was married to an childhood friends brother), until I got on the Motor Maid Website. That is where I found a link that would lead me to where I am today...
Me with Ronnie and Miram Hennigan at Run With The Nuns Event
Hot Springs, Arkansas 2012
Ronnie Hennigan happen to come in the Museum where I serve as the Director one day and I couldn't believe it. He was just who I wanted to talk to and asked him to please tell his wife I wanted to talk to her and join. A few weeks later in walks Miram Hennigan into my life. In life they say there are no strangers only people we haven't met yet and so it was with Miram. She is fearless for sure. I am more a fair weather rider so far but my love of what being a Motor Maid is strong and I think that is what counts with me for now.
Riding Into A Life Of Women In Motorcycle History!

The fact that this organization is the history of Women In Motorcycling is very important to me!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Memory Page For The 76th Anniversary 2015 Convention Book

PMS Paint Party At The Farm 2015

AR/LA/MS District Slumber and Paint Party PMS Event
The AR/LA/MS District showed that Motor Maids have more talents than just riding their motorcycles.  The PMS event had eleven Motor Maids in attendance from Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Texas.   Debra Cash from Virginia went away with the Longest Distance Traveled Award for the PMS event with over 1100 miles from her home to Sibley/Minden, LA.  
November 7th, 2015 weekend was a rainy weekend but turned out to be perfect for a day of painting at “Cultural Crossroads Farm” in Minden.   Chris Broussard; Local artist and the founder of the cultural organization took on the challenge as our art teacher for this BIKER CHICK themed paint party.   I gave Chris ideas and she came up with the perfect little BIKER CHICKEN for us to paint as a group.  “The Farm “is known for its FUNKY CHICKEN art so it was only fitting that we create our paintings with that same idea in mind. 
A great meal at Minden’s newest, best and only Italian Restaurant was enjoyed that evening.  Our meal was followed by a dime auction held at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum.   Everyone had a great time and Chris Broussard our teacher was thrilled to have us at the farm.   Chris had as much fun as we did….she would love to have us come back next year.  Who knows we might just do that! 
Pictured  Front row L-R Angie Graves TN, Yolie Donley MS, Schelley Francis LA  Middle Row L-R Sylvia Bailey LA, Debra Cash VA, Chris Broussard our Teacher, Jane Allums LA, Denise Manire TX, Doris Love AR, Heather Leonard NC, Back Row L-R Jennifer Dwyer TX, Connie Thomas TN

Executive Board Meeting 2014 Daytona

AR/LA/MS District Shirts

Motor Maid Waltz Across Texas Ride 2013 Jefferson, TX