SPRINGSHOW 2015’s Motorcyclist of the Year – ‘Volunteer’ Category
SPRINGSHOW 2015 is launching an annual “Motorcyclist of the Year” award which will be presented to a outstanding motorcyclist deserving of recognition from the entire motorcycle community. The recipient will be a VIP Guest of the Show for the entire weekend and will be presented with their award during a stage presentation on opening day. This year’s honouree, in the Volunteer Category, is Betty Anne Clark.
Betty Anne Clark
Betty Anne Clark is a presence that you can’t miss. The motorcycle world has had the benefit of her gregarious personality since the late 80’s when she joined the Brampton Motorcycle Association (BMA) and began volunteering at numerous motorcycle events… and hasn’t stopped since. She was with the BMA for over 20 years, many of those on the executive committee. She has been secretary, treasurer and Chair of the Ontario Road Riders Association (ORRA), secretary and Chair with the Motorcycle Rider Safety Council, active member with several executive positions with the Nortown Motorcycle Club and a current member of the BMW Owners of America.
As a member of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) since 1989 Betty Anne has worn many hats including treasurer of the Old Fort York section, and as an active committee member of the Paris National Rally to which she dedicates an extraordinary amount of time, both in the pre-registration and on-site filling whatever roles need to be filled. She currently works on the National executive as Membership Secretary looking after member issues and overseeing records of over 2500 members and was instrumental in developing the new membership side of the web-site.
Always willing to lend a helping hand, her energy is inspiring and infectious.
Betty Anne Clark
Besides these (and more) motorcycle events she also volunteers at a local church and at her health club. Her latest endeavour is her position on the campground committee where she has recently found a permanent site for her summer trailer.
Betty Anne is now retired, having worked for 25 years as a medical technologist which eventually led to her vital position as Technical Director of Laboratories and Infection Control, and of course she held many executive positions with numerous medical associations in her field.
Did we mention she rides? Boy, does she. She currently has a 2013 Honda PCX 150, a 2005 Suzuki 400 Burgman, a 1977 Honda CT90 and a 1969 Honda Cub. In the recent past she has ridden a 1986 Suzuki 450 to Vancouver and back, a 1999 Virago 1100 to Newfoundland, and she’s even ridden ‘The Dragon’ on a 1988 Honda 800 Shadow. Most recently she took her Burgman to the National BMW Rally in Gillette Wyoming and Johnston CityTennessee where, you guessed it, she volunteered.
This year the Show producers of the SPRINGSHOW ran into Betty Anne at BarberMotorsportsPark in Birmingham, Alabama for the Vintage Racing Weekend. There was Betty Anne riding around on her scooter amidst all the motorhomes and trailers up on the hill overlooking the track, probably looking for anyone in need of help or information. From there a trip to New Orleans was on the schedule with her traveling companions. As you can see she’s on a permanent adventure.
The SPRINGSHOW is proud to recognize Betty Anne as our Motorcyclist of the Year. Her talents are invaluable, her dedication is admirable, her generosity is immeasurable and her smile is irreplaceable. Please make a point of saying hello if you spot her in the Show, shake her hand and thank her for all she does for motorcycling.