A small, but devoted, group of riders is looking forward to its first full season of hitting the road and helping the community.
The Dedicated Few Riding Club was established late last fall, and its social calendar for the spring/summer of 2016 has been filling quickly.
The club, a group of seven dedicated riders and friends, says it's all about helping others and promoting a positive image for serious riders, and bikers in general.
"We're a community-minded, social riding club," said its president, Perry Montgomery. "We're going to be big on helping out in the community."
How big will the club get? Time will tell, but there's definitely growth potential, as far as Montgomery is concerned.
"We're probably going to have 25 (members) or so by the end of the year," Montgomery estimated. "We started out with seven original members, and we want to grow slowly. We want to bring in good, personable people, dedicated riders who'll be loyal to the club."
A main objective is to help out with community events and local charities, and members will be heavily involved in the Children's Treatment Centre Charity Ride that's May 28 and departs from St. Lawrence College in Cornwall.
It's part of the Bike-A-Thon Plus activities, and the Dedicated Few RC are the ride co-ordinators for the event.
The founding members of the club are primarily from within SDG, and Montgomery says many of them have extensive club experience outside of the area, including in western Ontario and the Canadian east coast.
The club's patch was a collaborative effort, made to represent the founding group's dedication to riding, club life and the motorcycle culture.
The members say the blue colour on the patch symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, faith and truth, among other attributes.
The green represents growth, renewal and rebirth, and also the Celtic heritage of some of the members.
The shield with crossed broad sword and battle axe represents honour, respect, dedication and devotion.
"These are all qualities the club aspires to," Montgomery said.
The club supports many local groups, including the Red Ribbon Forces Support Our Troops efforts which are based in Cornwall. In fact, Brian Goodfellow, who started the Red Ribbon efforts, is an honourary member of the Dedicated Few RC.
The Dedicated Few is also helping co-ordinate a Poker Run in SD&G in support of Habitat for Humanity -- Seaway Valley. The ride will be held on June 4, departing from Bonville, and with funds being raised to help build a new home for a young family in the Lancaster area.
Indeed, it's getting close to the start of a busy season for club members.
"Over the summer there are rides and events almost every weekend,' as well as other social events for club members," Montgomery said.
More information can be obtained at www.dedicatedfewrc.com.