New motorcycle club plans community fundraisers

Thursday, October 28, 2004
Members of the new motorcycle club, Northeast Arkansas Rebels (NEAR) meet once a month in Caraway. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

A group of motorcycle enthusiasts in Caraway formed the Northeast Arkansas Rebels (NEAR) Club in May.

The group meets once a month on the third Tuesday at Clayton Simpson's shop in Caraway. The club is open to people from Caraway and the surrounding area that share a love of motorcycles and riding.

"You don't have to even own a motorcycle to be part of our group," Simpson said. "We started this to have a group that enjoys riding together."

In addition to riding, the group is community minded is looking to projects to benefit the area.

NEAR sponsored a yard sale recently raising $1,035. One of the first projects chosen by the newly formed organization is to purchase new playground equipment for the Riverside East elementary campus. The proceeds from the yard sale will go toward that project. Several of the teachers at Riverside East donated baked goods to sell during the yard sale.

President Roger Williams said the cost of the project has been estimated at $4,500.

The next fundraising project planned will be held at the annual Caraway Fall Festival on Oct. 30. The activities will begin at 1 p.m. in the downtown area of Caraway. The group will have chili and hot dogs for sale. Williams' band "Nuthin' Fancy" will also be playing. A discussion was held on possibility having motorcycle rides available on that day.

NEAR also volunteered to assist the Caraway Lions Club with this year's food basket distribution. In addition to collecting food for the baskets, they will help deliver the baskets in time for Christmas.

A "Toy Ride" is being planned for Nov. 20. The group invites other motorcycle clubs, individuals, and car clubs to join in the ride. Tentative plans are to start at the Caraway gymnasium. Each participant will be asked to bring a toy. The toys will be distributed at Christmas time to area children.

"We encourage anyone to join us for the toy run and help make Christmas a little better for area children," Williams said.

For more information on the club or the upcoming events, interested persons can contact Williams at 482-3859; Simpson at 482-3980; Mark Bell at 482-3680; or Tammy Roberson at 482-3736.

Another upcoming event is a family night with a private dinner party at the new Cowboy Grill Restaurant in Caraway on Oct. 26.

Members of the group are: Tammy Roberson-secretary, Bruce Roberson, David Roberson, Gary Taylor, Clayton Simpson-road captain, Jason New, Leland Dowless, Lee Nelson, Earnest Coker, Mark Bell-vice president, Roger Williams-president, Matt Sieling, Kenneth Faulkner, Ronnie Davis, Roger Overman, and Hunter Miller.

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