Thursday, June 6, 2019

Seeking: Independent Insurance Agency

Indianapolis, IN (June 6, 2019) — Bikersinc, a grassroots non-profit organization has opened up their membership options for their 2020 year, starting in the 1st quarter. They are currently seeking an independent insurance agent or agency who can offer several different types of insurance and discounts for their members.


They are looking for a preferred insurance provider to offer the following services:

1. Group life insurance
2. Accidental Death and dismemberment with minimum amount of $3500
3. Motorcycle and Auto Insurance discounts for all types of motorcycles, including coverage on custom vehicles is a must for their members.

Referring agent or agency must be licensed for the State of Indiana. Licenses for surrounding states would be a bonus. Must be an established insurance provider with good credentials, open minded and motorcycle friendly. Military Veteran preferred.

About: Bikersinc is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with charter members in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and Tennessee. To inquire:  info@bikersinc.org


Monday, May 13, 2019

Veterans gravestones restored at cemetery

Greenwood, IN (May 13, 2019) — A Greenfield, Indiana man that runs an organization that restores veterans gave markers in Indiana was in Greenwood Saturday. He was assisting a veterans group with cleaning century-old grave markers belonging to Civil War Veterans.

Raymond R. Brown, a disabled veteran of the Vietnam war dedicates his time to restoring Veteran markers in cemeteries throughout Indiana. He is the director for Mission Restore Bronze Indiana and restores Veteran Markers at no charge whatsoever to the family.

Raymond R. Brown of Mission: Restore Bronze Indiana (Photo: Jim Floyd)

On this particular day, he brought his trailer and equipment to Greenwood to assist the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Every year, on the second Saturday in May, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Benjamin Harrison Camp No. 356 clean gravestones at historic cemeteries around central Indiana. Most members of the organization, whose main focus is educational programming, have ancestors who served in the war.

The SUVCW is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. Organized in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1954, it is the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic.

Raymond R. Brown of Mission: Restore Bronze Indiana travels all over Indiana (Photo: Jim Floyd)

This year, Mike Beck, a member of the Benjamin Harrison chapter and former state commander, recommended a graveyard minutes from his home — the old Greenwood Cemetery off Main Street, just west of U.S. 31. He visited the cemetery to check on the condition of two Civil War cannons, and realized many of the gravestones nearby could use some work.

Together, six men in their 40's, 50's and 60's spent much of the day on their hands and knees scrubbing and treating 25 to 40 Civil War gravestones throughout the cemetery. They also had plans to reset one or two that had sunk into the ground or fallen over.

Raymond R. Brown of Mission: Restore Bronze Indiana maneuvers around around gravestones (Photo: Jim Floyd)

Most of the men who help clean and restore the gravestones have gone through a Department of Natural Resources course on cemetery and stone restoration, he said. They learn how to clean and reset stones without causing any harm to the historic markers.

“We try to be as gentle as we possibly can,” said Tim Beckman, Department of Indiana commander for the SUVCW. Using nylon materials — gloves, brushes and scrapers — they removed algae and dirt from the old stones, then rinsed them with D-2, a special solution that’s used in national cemeteries.

LEARN MORE: Mission Restore Bronze Indiana on Facebook
WEBSITE: MRBI.Rocks

LEARN MORE: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War on Facebook
WEBSITE: BenHarrisonCamp.org


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Biker Blend Coffee for Bikersinc

Beech Grove, IN (April 6, 2019) — It was something that was long overdue for our organization, an appreciation on a grand scale by a veteran owned company. In a little hamlet on the Eastside of Indianapolis called Irvington, The Wood Whomp Coffee Company made it all happen. In April of 2019, the Biker Blend roast went on sale with 100% of the coffee proceeds being pumped into the Bikersinc veterans programs.


The owner of Wood Whomp Coffee was looking for a local non-profit that was ran by a veteran like himself that would love to see a little money come in for doing good work. He remembered reading about a Non-profit in Beech Grove that worked with veterans and also were into preserving the Indiana motorcycle history, phones calls were made and emails were sent that finally resulted in a meeting and more meetings.

They worked out a deal with Shades of Chrome to assist with the internet technical stuff, domains and they created a eCommerce site using Shopify for online sales. An agreement was made that in lieu of monetary exchange, proceeds would benefit fellow veterans and the Biker Blend was born.

Working out of a preserved warehouse, Wood Whomp Coffee is a small batch roasting company that employs fellow veterans. Their current roaster is a Phoenix double drum and is capable of roasting up to eight pounds with 4 roast per hour. As the operation grows, more roasters will be added.

Out of all this came the Biker Blend, a medium roast with an above average caffeine content. The coffee is packaged in a full 1 pound bag, not just 12 ounces like some. They sell for $20.00 a bag and shipping is free in the Continental United States.

In addition to the Biker Blend, they have regular roast called Easy Days that is their signature blend and a high caffeine blend that packs almost double the amount of caffeine that is rightly called Wide Eyed.

You can visit the Wood Whomp Coffee Company website at WoodWhompCoffee.com or on Facebook below.




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Newby Oval

Beech Grove, IN (January 15, 2019) — In the Gilded Age, Indianapolis was at the heart of manufacturing and a large player in the burgeoning bicycle industry. The famous founding fathers of the Indianapolis Speedway all had their hands in said industry prior to the shift in their interests to align with automobiles.

Yet out of all of them, it was actually Arthur C. Newby, the quieter of the quartet who actually put forth the foundation to make Indianapolis the racing capital of the world.

The Newby Oval in Indianapolis, Indiana

Arthur C. Newby halied from around Monrovia, Indiana and spent much of his youth in California prior to moving back to Indiana. Initially he worked as a clerk and made his way up in Dickson Trade Palace and soon thereafter began to form the ZigZag Club, a wheelman’s (bicycle) club.

In 1890 Arthur Newby and a few contemporaries started the Indianapolis Chain and Stamping Co. (Which would later on become Diamond Chain Company.) During this time his involvement with the bicycle industry and formation of the ZigZag Club allowed him to become friends with the other founders of the Indianapolis Speedway.

Map of where the the Newby Oval used to be located

The group’s enthusiasm over bicycling veered into racing and Newby saw the Newby Oval as a means to attract the League of Wheelmen to Indianapolis and turn the city into a bicycle mecca. In 1898 the Oval was constructed and could seat 20,000 spectators and declared a marvel in bicycle racing. In August that same year the 19th Annual League of Wheelmen meet was held at the Oval.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Bikersinc seeking new location

Beech Grove, IN (January 5, 2019) — Bikersinc is currently in search of a new location for the nonprofit’s headquarters for the Summer of 2019. The reason for the move is primarily due to the growth of the organizations programs and also because the current space is no longer suitable for the nonprofit’s needs.

Current location in Beech Grove, Indiana

Our current location lacks proper or ample ADA compliant disabled parking for veterans who come to our office. There’s only 3 disabled parking spots, in awkward locations on the block the current office is located at. The condition of the building is less than ideal as well with roof leaks, lack of proper insulation and a broken furnace which makes it difficult to provide service.

The organization is searching for a commercial zoned building with ample parking for disabled veterans to comfortably park and maneuver. Ideally the building would be able to house our offices, programs and equipment as well as provide space for workshops and gatherings. A C-4 zoning is right at the minimum and about C-6 would be about the right zoning, however we are also open to higher commercial zoning as well.

To house what we do, a space at least 3,000 sq. ft. would be sufficient to ensure proper spacing of our programs, retail and archives. A small kitchen and inside parking area with a roll up door would also be a huge plus. Must have high speed broadband available, true fiber would a bonus. 

Our budget is between $800 and $1100 per month. Suitable locations would be Southside Indianapolis, Speedway, East side and the East 10th Street corridor. Outside of Indianapolis areas include: Franklin, Greenwood, Cumberland, Southport, Greenfield, Shelbyville, Plainfield.

We are up to date on commercial insurance, permits and required licensees. If you have property that meets these requirements, feel free to contact us at: info@bikersinc.org

About:
Bikersinc is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with chapter members in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and Tennessee. For more information about Bikersinc, visit our main site at Bikersinc.org to learn more about our programs.