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OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

The above photo shows five of our ten Founders (left to right: Chuck Wood, Dennis Harfman, Vance Kirkpatrick, Bill Moore, Tim Foley - Packer from Sierra-Kern Unit, Larry Jeffery, our first President, Paul Frisbey, our first Vice President, and June Frisbey, our first Treasurer). Founders missing from the picture are Tom Brundage, Gene Hildebrand, Anthony Majich, Gabriel Ramirez, and Jim Willis.

BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR UNIT

On Saturday, November 12, 1994, Vance Kirkpatrick invited nine (9) individuals into his home to discuss the possibility of forming an Antelope Valley Unit of the Backcountry Horsemen of California.

We made up a flyer stating the "Philosophy and Purpose" of the Backcountry Horsemen of California. The flyer announced that an Organizational Meeting would be held at the Antelope Valley College on Saturday, January 28, 1995. The stated purpose of this meeting was: To determine the interest in forming an Antelope Valley Unit of Backcountry Horsemen of California, and to answer all questions as well as provide applications for the new unit if warranted. The flyer was posted throughout the community and placed in the local newspapers.

On Saturday, January 28, 1995, we held our Organizational Meeting. Mylon Filkins and Charlie Morgan were kind enough to respond to make the presentation for the Backcountry Horsemen of California. We had 57 men and women respond to listen to the presentation and enjoy the interaction with Mylon and Charlie. At the end of the presentation, Charlie signed up 17 members.

Throughout February and March, we continued to recruit new members and work on the Bylaws for the new unit. We circulated a new flyer again stating the "Philosophy and Purpose" of the Backcountry Horsemen of California, and announcing the first General Membership Meeting of the new Antelope Valley Unit. The stated purpose of this meeting was: To elect the officers for the new unit, adopt the Bylaws, which would govern our new unit, and to determine our goals for 1995. The flyer reminded the readers that they had to be members to vote.

On Saturday, March 25, 1995, we held our first General Membership Meeting. The meeting was held at the Antelope Valley College. Twenty members were present as well as 30 interested community members. Prior to the election of officers and the adoption of our Bylaws, twelve new members joined bringing our membership total to thirty-two (32). Our Board of Directors was elected and the new Bylaws adopted. New friendships were initiated and the enthusiasm for the new unit was rewarding.

Most of April was spent with the new Board of Directors getting to know each other and interacting to fine-tune our Bylaws and process new memberships.

On Tuesday, April 4, 1995, our application with all the appropriate documents was sent to the State Board for Unit Membership in the Backcountry Horsemen of California. Current membership was at 58.

On Saturday, May 6, 1995, we had our first unit ride "Founders Ride" and barbecue. Twenty-two riders enjoyed a 2 1/2 hour ride in the rolling hills of the Leona Valley. The ride terminated with a barbecue lunch, which was enjoyed by 43 members of our unit. Lunch was followed by a short General Meeting and the introduction of several guests. Among the guests was Tim Foley of the Sierra Kern Unit who following the meeting conducted a (3) hour demonstration and clinic on "Horse & Mule Packing."

Needless to say that our "Founding Fathers" were very satisfied with the results of their first meeting, on that cold and windy day, at Vance Kirkpatrick's home, Saturday, November 12, 1994.

 

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