|The mission statement of Deaf Bikers of
America (DBA) is to get together at any national level event where deaf
bikers can come and have fun at the lowest cost possible. DBA has its
own webpage (http://www.deafmotorcyclelinks.com/dba/)
to keep all deaf bikers informed. We encourage anyone to host a national
event as long as it is not designed to make a profit. DBA believes that
we, deaf bikers ride to live and live to ride. There are no officers, no
membership dues and no by-laws. DBA wants to just ride and party together
with other Deaf bikers.
bikers had a "Council" meeting during the Deaf Sturgis Rally to clarify
some concerns or issues on Tuesday, August 9th, 2005.
A few questions should be covered and posted on the webpage to let Deaf
Bikers know what to expect of the DBA,
First of all, a majority of Deaf Bikers agree that the name of DBA is an
event with information on the National Level where deaf people can get
together. DBA is not an official organization with a Constitution and
By-Laws, officers, etc.
1) Who "owns" the name of DBA?
No one "owns" the name of "Deaf Bikers of America." It is just a name,
not an official organization. Any deaf individual or local biker club can
host an event and use the name "Deaf Bikers of America" anywhere
at the Five-Year Sturgis Stampede.
If it is in Sturgis, the Sturgis Deaf Biker Rally must be handled by an
individual who is selected during a Sturgis Deaf Rally to take care of the
planning for the next event to be held five years later. No other biker
club can host the Sturgis Deaf Rally event during any Five-Year Sturgis
2) Should DBA elect new Officers?
No. DBA is not an organization. Therefore there are no officers or
constitution and by-laws.
3) Will DBA's webpage continue after the Rally?
Why not? What's wrong with continuing the DBA Webpage? It will help us
keep in touch and be updated. It is very important for us all to know what
is going on. Plus, other deaf bikers will be inspired by it and want to
join us. This means that the DBA must take care of webpage costs which is
pretty cheap by deaf bikers who keep their email address to maintain the
4) Will DBA oversee who the next host will be?
DBA will not oversee because DBA is not an official organization, but
just the name of an event so anyone can be the host. If another group
hosts the event, we hope they will want to work closely with the current
DBA members, but it is not required. See number 1 question above.
5) About adding the name of "Deaf Bikers of America" on the banners,
pins, embroidered patchs, etc.
This is a good idea for publicity reasons. We are a special
non-organization. Therefore, we should use our name of "DBA" on all our
stuff. It can make money to help with expenses. It is voluntary for them
to donate to help the DBA event. DBA has no funds to keep.
6) About DBA's funds and funding.
DBA has no funds at all. During the event, people can donate to cover
the expense of the event. It is not required. After the event, the funds
must be reduced to zero.
7) DBA is on a national level. Can deaf bikers use different names than
DBA? If so, will it be conflict with out DBA? Or should our DBA become
"Deaf Bikers of America" means the national level event. That's why the
word "America" is in the name. Deaf Bikers can use a different name than
DBA. Also, Deaf Bikers can set up a new organization name. For example;
Female Bikers of America," "Deaf Black Bikers of America" "Deaf Senior
Bikers of America." etc.
Another idea is to call ourselves "Deaf Bikers of America" but only for
social gathering reasons and not become a formal organization.
8) People can't use DBA as fund raising for their own purpose.
DBA is not an organization, doesn't have any tax exemption ID. DBA
can't be used to make money for themselves. For example, hearing bikers
raise funds for cancer purpose. Deaf Bikers can't use DBA as
Remember DBA makes no profit, uses the lowest costs
and lets Deaf Bikers enjoy themselves. We are a Deaf Biker social group,
not a business group. Look at DBA's mission,
We keep it simple and have fun. The less meetings, the better it will