First of all if you are thinking of making
the leap from independent biker to
club life, think twice and ask yourself,
why do I want to be a club member?
Now I’m not talking about corporate
clubs or organizations, I mean old
skool three-piece patch holders. And
be honest, if your goal is to look tough,
cool, or to be the envy of all your friends...then do everybody a big favor, stay an independent and enroll in a self-esteem class. Club life is anything but easy and it's not for everybody. Being a club member means a lot of hard work. Aside from that, you lose many personal freedoms such as; where you go, what you wear, and who you talk to. All things to think about before taking that next step.
Prospecting is much more than a tiring obligation. It’s a proud time tested tradition that unfortunately some bikers seem to feel is beneath them and that they should just become instant club members (yeah right!), probably the same guys whose parent's bought them a brand new car for their sixteenth birthday. I believe in prospecting...every member of every club should have paid their dues in this manner. That’s what separates us from all the rest. No shortcuts and no free rides. No one should be aloud to beg or buy their way into any club. Patches must be earned not handed out like party favors.
STEP 1: The Hang-around
From independent, the next step is club hang-around. Hangarounds have to be invited to club meetings. As a hangaround club meetings give you the opportunity to try the club on for size, so to speak. But here is what you have to keep in mind; all clubs are not the same, if your dead set on the idea of being in a club, know its history, meet the members. Clubs support themselves in a variety of different ways.
STEP 2: The Prospect
All prospects will be expected to do what their told, that’s a given. But go that extra mile. Always remember as a prospect you’ll have no rank or privileges. Most clubs require a 100% of its members to give a yes vote before a prospect can patch-out. Out of every 10 hang-arounds maybe 3 will make prospect and 1 will patch-out. JUST TO BE CLEAR: There is NO maximum time required of a hangaround or a prospect. Believe it or not, some of the most well known and respected heads of clubs
today prospected over 5 years,
that’s why prospecting shouldn’t
be looked at as a necessary evil,
but instead a labor of love!!
So good luck...and keep your knees in the breeze and the rubber side down.
Original 11th By-Law of the Boozefighters MC in 1946
11. There will never be any women in any way affiliated in any way shape or form with the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club or its subsidiaries.
*** Johnny's Bar in Hollister, CA. ***