NEW HAVEN — A unique group of bikers converged Saturday on the Town of New Haven as the state chapter of the Red Knights International Motorcycle Club conducted it inaugural picnic.
The club is exclusively for firefighters and their family members who enjoy riding motorcycles. The picnic was sponsored by the West Virginia Chapter 8 club, which is the New Haven chapter.
Trey Anderson serves as president of the local chapter, as well as vice president of the state chapter.
A total of 13 chapters from seven states attended Saturday’s event at the New Haven Fire Station. The 88 people attending came from West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey, and included the international quartermaster from New York, Anderson said.
During the picnic, a short meeting was held and then members participated in biker games. Anderson said the goal of the state association is to improve communication across the state and in other states for various rides, benefits and events.
Anderson said each chapter chooses a local program or charity to help. Many have children’s Christmas programs as their charity. The New Haven chapter donates to families in the county whose homes have been destroyed by fire.
The New Haven chapter has 10 members, and is one of five chapters in the state. Anderson said the remaining West Virginia chapters are located in Charleston, Weirton, Vienna and Fairmont.
Membership into the association is open to all firefighters, whether active, retired, volunteer, professional or industrial. A prospective member must have access to a motorcycle and hold a valid motorcycle driver’s license.
For more information on the local or state chapter, contact Anderson at 304-675-0402.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.