MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
These awards honor Blue Knights who serve above and beyond their normal duties, at work or off duty. There are three categories; lifesaving, heroism and distinguished service, which are presented by the Board of Governors, annually at the international convention banquet, since 1994.
Written nominations, including any related news articles must be sent to the International office for forwarding to the Board of Governors by May 1. The BOG executive reviews the nominations and brings the selections to the International board for approval. The selected candidates are notified in writing.
ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
The annual convention is held the third full week in July. The event site moves annually, is bid two years in advance and is voted on by the Chapter Presidents present at the annual Board of Governors meeting (held on the Monday of the annual convention).
A Chapter or group of Chapters, bidding for the International Convention, must request updated “Convention Rules and Guidelines” from the International Office in Bangor, Maine. The “Rules and Guidelines” provide the required format for an International Convention and should be acquired in advance of your bid.
You must notify the International Office of your intent to bid by May 1st, so that it can be placed on the BOG’s agenda by their deadline. When your bid is placed on the BOG agenda, it will be sent to all the chapter presidents and they will then have the opportunity for input from their chapter in advance of the BOG meeting. For up to date details on this process contact the International Office.
The International convention is attended by Blue Knights families from all corners of our membership and is a great place to make new contacts, renew old acquaintances, tour and enjoy motorcycling.
The annual BOG meeting and the General Membership meeting take place at this convention. These provide opportunities for you to meet your International Board and take part in the business at hand. Agendas for these meetings are mailed out in advance to the chapters.
The format of each convention varies somewhat depending on the ingenuity of the host chapter(s). There are usually rides, tours, BBQ’s, banquet, awards, entertainment, skill competitions, parade, sales rooms, participation awards and much more fun. Accommodations are available ranging from hotels to campsites. Give a Convention a try. You should truly enjoy yourself.
INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE “BLUE KNIGHTS® NEWS”
The “BLUE KNIGHTS® NEWS” is a quarterly publication. Articles and photographs may be submitted by members, chapters or conferences to the International Editor, Mike Fletcher, 5 Briarwood Dr., South Portland, Maine, USA 01406. Phone: (207) 828-0956, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you know of a business or individual who would like to advertise in our magazine, please contact the editor with the details. If the material does not reach Mike by the deadline, it cannot be considered for that issue.