every day, is a great day to ride...
... so hit the road Biker!
Hello, and welcome to the Emerald Coast Harley
Owner's Group (HOG) Chapter Web Site. We are glad you found this site and hope it will
convince you to come and share our favorite pastimes, riding and socializing, in one of
the most beautiful areas of the world. For those of you unfamiliar with the Emerald Coast
of Northwest Florida, it is blessed with sugar white beaches and emerald green waters,
friendly people, and best of all, favorable motorcycling weather most (some would say all)
of the year. It does get cold for a few days to a few weeks at a time between November and
March, but we usually can squeeze a few great riding days into those "winter"
months. Please look around our site and if you have any questions about HOG or any of our
group activities, please feel free to drop me an e-mail Webmaster@echog.com or stop by our sponsor,
Our founding fathers were Buddy Cotton and Ken
Russell. They approached the late John Pritchard who was the owner of Heritage
Cycles H-D about this brilliant idea of joining a lot of other Harley only clubs across
America known as HOG. Luckily he had the good sense to sponsor these independent
bikers and Emerald Coast HOG Chapter was born 10 Sept 1990 with about 80 charter members.
The club's first director was Buddy Cotton.
The club's first year was a busy one, not only
did they author a charter for the new chapter, they also took the reins of an annual Toys
4 Tots event that was previously sponsored by independent bikers. Back in those days
along with proceeds going to some Okaloosa County Schools, an Orphanage in Milton sold the
T-Shirts collecting money to help their cause.
Still today the annual Toys 4 Tots is the
highlight of the year for our chapter. The proceeds and all the toys collected go to
the Emerald Coast Child Advocacy Center and Children In Crisis. One thing remains
"It's allll gooood!!!!"
If you were a member of our club and have some
memories you'd like to share please email me with
any inputs on our history.
ECHOG's Mission Statement
The goal of this local H.O.G.® Chapter shall be to
promote responsible motorcycling activities for the H.O.G.® members by conducting
chapter activities and encouraging participation in other H.O.G.® events. We
would like to increase the level of enthusiasm for riding Harley Davidson motorcycles and
create a family oriented atmosphere in which all members can live the Harley Davidson
The Emerald Coast HOG Chapter holds their
official Saturday Social and general membership meeting on the third Saturday of the month at 9:00am at Emerald
Coast H-D in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Stop in for coffee, donuts and ........ We
hold our monthly business meeting at 5:30pm on the Monday prior to our Saturday Social,
We'll put our jiffy stands up 15 or 20 minutes
after the Saturday Social/Meeting and hit the hard-top. See this quarters newsletter and/or watch
your email for destination and lunch place.
Check the events page for date and time of
upcoming meetings. Come and meet the Club and share our favorite pastime.
The Emerald Coast Harley Owners Group publishes a
quarterly newsletter which is posted to the Clubs Message Board where it may be read and/or
downloaded by registered members. Question and/or comments? Contact: Webmaster@echog.com
Membership Policy: Annual Chapter membership is
from January 1 to December 31. This coincides with the reporting requirements set down by
National HOG. You must have a current National HOG membership to be a member of any local
chapter. As a result, you will be asked to show your National HOG membership card when you
renew your chapter membership. You may also mail in your renewal request. You need to
include a photocopy of your National membership card with a mailed renewal request. Any
mailed renewal forms that are not accompanied by a photocopy of your National card will be
returned. Annual chapter membership dues are $20.00. Please note, even though you are a
member of the chapter, your significant other does not automatically become one also. So
have your better half join the chapter too!
||To join Emerald Coast Chapter #3605,
complete the Membership Forms, which can be obtained at the Emerald Coast H-D Dealer,
from the Road Captains, at General Chapter Meetings, or download a copy Here. Open the PDF
file. Fill in the blanks (Do not use digital signature). Print enrollment form. Sign form.
Please remit the form with $20.00 check payable to:
" Emerald Coast HOG Chapter #3605".
To join National HOG, have your
bike's VIN and a VISA or M/C card handy. Click Here to join online or call 1-800-258-2464. National membership
is $49.00 annually.