Leominster HOG Chapter History
Well first off, as the name implies, we are a group of individuals who are united through our ownership and riding of that American icon, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Secondly, we are individuals who enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of fellow motorcyclists. It was this attitude which in September 1988 encouraged a small group of 37 friends and Harley riders alike, to meet at Phil’s American Harley Davidson to establish the Leominster H.O.G chapter. Action was initiated to partition Harley-Davidson for a chapter charter which was granted shortly after. And in June, 1989 Willie G. Davidson presented Phil with official recognition of the Leominster Harley Owners Group chapter #1870. Within a year the chapter had grown to over 100 members, and today we have almost 300 members.
Like any other social or fraternal organization individuals have come and gone. And like any club there were, and are, members who have made an impact on the character and identity of the chapter. Some names that are etched in our history are our first director Paul Daley, and Jane “Tinkerbell” Salisbury - her life tragically cut short. Many remember Don “Gonzo” Ganczarski who would ride drag on his trike, and Steve Zigler in full uniform on his Littleton Police Motorcycle leading chapter members to various rides and events throughout the Commonwealth. And Joanne DiNardo, a two time cancer survivor, started the chapter on its 12 year association with the Annual “Relay for Life” cancer walk. Over the past 12 years chapter members have participated in this event come rain or shine. There was even one year when snow was in the air. Our chapter members have raised thousands of dollars to support this worthy cause. Furthermore, the chapter holds its Annual Charity Ride. For many years monies raised were presented to the National MDA (national H.O.G. charity). Several years ago a motion was presented to chapter members to consider local organizations to be the recipients of our charity ride. This motion was unanimously passed, and since then local organizations such as Sylvia’s Haven and Ginny’s Helping Hand have benefited greatly.
These few facts are only small snapshots of who we are, and what we are. Our chapter is not an inanimate object. We are a living entity with our members being the life blood. Each member gives life to the chapter; whether they serve as a chapter officer, a volunteer, or simply participate in the various chapter rides and events. Our members tell a story that weaves the fabric of the chapter into a living tapestry.