HISTORY OF THE BLUE KNIGHTS
The Blue Knights started inApril 1974 when Ed Gallant, a police officer with Bangor, Maine police Department, had an idea and seven or eight other “cops” worked with him to see the idea become a reality. The idea was to form a motorcycle club for people in law enforcement. Some of
the early members were Chuck Shuman of the Brewer Police Department, Urban
Brewer P.D., Wayne LaBree, Sheriffs Office, Doug Miner, Game Warden Service, Bill Robinson, Maine State Police, Joel Rudom, Penobscot County Sheriff Dept., Chuck Gessner, Probation & Parole.
The name “Blue Knights” was suggested by Dave Coleman, Chief of the Brewer P.D. and John Bryant, an artist for the Brewer P.D. drew the logo for the club.
The news of the Blue Knights’ organization began to spread after an article that ran in the Bangor Daily News was picked up by UPI, and Road Rider Magazine. Inquiries started pouring in and chapters began to form. The first outside of Maine was in Brockton MA and in Canada the first chapter was in Moncton N.B.
The first annual convention was held in 1975 at Squaw Mountain, Maine. The annual conventions have since been held from coast to coast, including Canada.
The club has continued to grow over the years, as has the structure, which now includes an expanded International board, Conferences and Chapters. We are an incorporated fraternal organization operating under an International Constitution and Bylaws. The organization has survived many growing pains to reach its size today. Now there are Blue Knights spread throughout seventeen different countries and we are growing annually.
The rewards of Blue Knights are, enjoying the company of different people who share the common bond of law enforcement and the love of motorcycles, being able to visit your friends in various countries and being treated like family, receiving get well cards from people you’ve never met, riding with Blue Knights families who give that added touch, donating your time to children’s camps and various charities . . . and much more!
Ed Gallant’s dream to have a motorcycle club and to ride with his fellow officers has become a reality. “Ride with Pride”
INTERNATIONAL OFFICE HEADQUARTERS
Address: 38 Alden Street, Bangor, Me. 04401 Phone: (207) 947-4600 Fax: (207) 947-5814 E-mail: InternationalOffice@BlueKnights.org Website: www.BlueKnights.org Office Manager: Bessie Small
The Blue Knights Headquarters is the location where all administrative activities are performed. Our staff answers questions concerning the organization and directs inquiries through the proper channels. The Office Manager oversees the operation and keeps the International President informed of issues as they occur so that the proper actions can be taken.
In 1993, the Blue Knights purchased their first International Headquarters building in Bangor, Maine. The purchase included not only an office for our needs. There is also a rental property