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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-27-2011, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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toys for tots ride feeler?

i've been wanting to put an event together to collect toys for needy chicago area children and donate them.

so,
what do you guys think of a "toys for tots" ride earler in the season.

earlier than december, cause the weather is better and the ride is safer.

we could prolly do the 16th of october.

here are some details:

meet at the south end of lakeshore drive (location will be determined)

make this an early meetup (600am) so we wont have an impact on the traffic

ride up lakeshore drive (instead of western ave) to foster avenue to the marine corp donation center.

right now this is just a informal group of bikers that want to contribute to the cause


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Whoa, that's pretty early!

I'm out of town the 14th-16th...any other weekend I should be down, so long as a warranty issue on the bike is fixed by then.

Keep us posted, once organized I'll put it up on the front page.

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I'm all for you and if this happens I will support it at least with a toy donation and even ride if I can. That said let me tell you there is alot to consider if this gets bigger than say 20 or 30 riders. Even at that level you could encounter some challenges. The City has some very specific rules and regulations about motorcades and parades. Permits are required and using a public place as a meet spot or destination will require proper permission. Because you are the organizer you expose yourself and anyone who helps you organize to liability not just to those who participate but to the surrounding community. Having the proper insurance for your event is a must as is getting the participants to sign a legal and properly worded release.
I don't know you but I've seen your posts on CLSB for a long time and I am sure your motives are 100% pure about wanting to do something good. The only reason I bring this up is I would hate to see you and those who help you run afoul of the law or city ordinance or on the hook in a lawsuit. Do some "Due Dilligence" and make sure that what you plan won't get you in hot water. Plus...you will need to coordinate ALL of your plan with the Marine Corps as well.
Two more points...You are starting awful late. To get something like this properly organized you should have been working on it 6 months ago. (Hell...it will take the Marine Corps at least that long just to go up and back down the chain of command just to agree to accept the toys you want to donate! That is IF they do because they have a pretty exclusive thing going with the TFT organization that does the December run).
There is a Toy and food run in the western 'burbs usually right about that time. If your run doesn't happen you could do that one.
In any case, I sincerely wish you good luck.

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Gotta love our new age huh? Say just put on a group ride and go to some homeless shelter with the toys.



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I'm all for you and if this happens I will support it at least with a toy donation and even ride if I can. That said let me tell you there is alot to consider if this gets bigger than say 20 or 30 riders. Even at that level you could encounter some challenges. The City has some very specific rules and regulations about motorcades and parades. Permits are required and using a public place as a meet spot or destination will require proper permission. Because you are the organizer you expose yourself and anyone who helps you organize to liability not just to those who participate but to the surrounding community. Having the proper insurance for your event is a must as is getting the participants to sign a legal and properly worded release.
I don't know you but I've seen your posts on CLSB for a long time and I am sure your motives are 100% pure about wanting to do something good. The only reason I bring this up is I would hate to see you and those who help you run afoul of the law or city ordinance or on the hook in a lawsuit. Do some "Due Dilligence" and make sure that what you plan won't get you in hot water. Plus...you will need to coordinate ALL of your plan with the Marine Corps as well.
Two more points...You are starting awful late. To get something like this properly organized you should have been working on it 6 months ago. (Hell...it will take the Marine Corps at least that long just to go up and back down the chain of command just to agree to accept the toys you want to donate! That is IF they do because they have a pretty exclusive thing going with the TFT organization that does the December run).
There is a Toy and food run in the western 'burbs usually right about that time. If your run doesn't happen you could do that one.
In any case, I sincerely wish you good luck.


Why do you think this is a "organized" ride? Vern just threw this out here and you have to get all legal on him.

I have never done the "organized" ride in december but from what has happened in the past i have no plans of doing it any time soon.

It's just like meeting for breakfast and then going for a ride afterwords except we'll be bringing some well needed toys to the marine corp center.

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He is just trying to help by giving a heads up on what COULD HAPPEN.



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Why do you think this is a "organized" ride? Vern just threw this out here and you have to get all legal on him.

I have never done the "organized" ride in december but from what has happened in the past i have no plans of doing it any time soon.

It's just like meeting for breakfast and then going for a ride afterwords except we'll be bringing some well needed toys to the marine corp center.
"...hopefully this could be a yearly event that the sportbiking community could host..."
That exact quote from the OP would indicate that indeed his intent is to have this be an organized event that he wants to grow. I said I was all for him and I meant it. My input was to get him to consider what an organized event entails. I've organized alot of them. This is the reality of what it takes to have an event. Even a relatively small one requires you to protect yourself. It is what it is.

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I've organized this very event, with the same route for 4x4's for several years. It was a TON of work, and oldtimebiker hit it right on the head. If you google GLJT 4x4 toys for tots parade I'm sure you'll find plenty of pics and videos from our event. I've sat through hours of meeting with Marines, mayors office of special events, department of transportation, the CTA, police departments, you name it. It isnt fun. It took about year to organize, promote, and make legal a parade of 400 plus 4x4's down lake shore drive.

It was very satisfying, I got a huge kick out of doing it, but I got burned out and passed the torch to others who were more willing.
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wow, you guys are brutal on vern......

I just wanna ride, whether i have a toy or not.

Vern, count me in.
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"...hopefully this could be a yearly event that the sportbiking community could host..."
That exact quote from the OP would indicate that indeed his intent is to have this be an organized event that he wants to grow. I said I was all for him and I meant it. My input was to get him to consider what an organized event entails. I've organized alot of them. This is the reality of what it takes to have an event. Even a relatively small one requires you to protect yourself. It is what it is.
first post has been changed...this will be an informal group of riders that want to contribute to the cause

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first post has been changed...this will be an informal group of riders that want to contribute to the cause
That's cool...believe me I was in no way trying to discourage you or put you down. I understand completely how some would rather not do the TFT thing in December. I've been a loud voice just trying to get their board to consider the Sunday before Thanksgiving...It's always better weather just 2 weeks earlier!
I would suggest you contact the Marines and let them know when you're coming.
Also...you do understand that if you donate toys to the Marines they have guidelines on what they except (no stuffed animals) and they do not guarantee that the toys are going to children in the local area? The toys could end up in on an Indian reservation in New Mexico or on Guam. Where ever they feel the need is greatest.
Just advising you of that in case you might want to find a group that will use the toys locally.

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seriously, i don't care where the toys go.....indian reservation, somalia, salvation army, etc......as long as I get to ride....AND write it off on my taxes lol.
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Why do you think this is a "organized" ride? Vern just threw this out here and you have to get all legal on him.

I have never done the "organized" ride in december but from what has happened in the past i have no plans of doing it any time soon.

It's just like meeting for breakfast and then going for a ride afterwords except we'll be bringing some well needed toys to the marine corp center.

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I'd like to join in. Was just trying to point out that the event my group started was also informal in the beginning. We went from 15 vehicles to over 400 in a few years. Not saying that would necessarily happen here, just giving my experience.
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