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1.Hang Around

This level of club affiliation consists of people who have stated an intention of prospecting for the club but have not either formally announced their desire to prospect yet or have simply not been presented to the club for a vote on their prospect status yet. The “hangaround period” may vary vastly from person to person. Anyone who intends to prospect for the club must go through some hangaround period first. The hangaround period is a relatively informal time for someone who is interested in the club to spend some time with club members, go on some club rides, etc. It is also a time for the person to get a feel for how much they fit with the CFR culture, so to speak. It's also a time for the club to engage in the same evaluation process with regard to the hangaround. A hangaround will usually have his own vehicle. This however, will not always be the case and is not absolutely necessary. The hangaround wears no official club colors or patches and pays no dues. Hangarounds are expected to show a level of respect to all full CFR members and patched members of any other club as well as to show respect to CFR prospects and prospects of all other patch clubs.

The hang around period is just a honeymoon. You are not a member or representative of the club and neither you or the club has a claim on each other. If something happens to you, the club is not expected to back you up. It's a gentleman's agreement at this point. There is no dishonor for either of you if you back away from the deal. In making your decision, you should remember that as a prospect in that club, life will be a lot harder than it is in the hang around phase. Until you are patched, you may be sitting out of meetings as an outsider and not permitted to enter until you get patched in.

While nothing is perfect, there is really only one rule if you decide to back away. There will be conditions on your doing it honorably. That could range from just asking to be let loose to a request that you meet with each patch holder individually and ask their blessing on your decision. Even in the case of an honorable decision, there can be some hard feelings (especially if they thought you were going to make a good prospect). However, if you do it right, and move to another club, those feelings will usually subside with time.

If you do move on, you are OUT. When you're in, you're in and when you're out, . . . you're OUT.

This Club operates on the honor system and you "always dance with the one who brung ya". It is a huge act of dishonor to be doing a hang around with more than one club.

It is a common thing that happens to lots of people that in the beginning you feel the exhilaration of being around those guys, but at a certain point, your life begins to get very boxed in. You see their dedication to each other as brothers and realize that your world is about to go from one where you know many people, to one where there are only ten guys who you will spend the rest of your days with.

Motorcycle and Auto clubs are a family thing. Your brothers become your brothers because you have all learned to love each other through thick and thin. You know each others strengths and weaknesses and love each other even when you are fighting. You don't have any trouble telling one of your brothers "I love you". Brotherhood is based upon a million little moments that run the gamut from life threatening situations, sitting on the side of the road at midnight broke down in the middle of no place, and watching each others kids grow up. Lots of joy and lots of tears make up a brotherhood.

There is a reason we tend to keep the CFR so small. It is because when you get to 14 + guys in a chapter, it begins breaking down into cliques. If you are contemplating not joining because you fear your world will get too small, please remember that what ever club you go to, it will be the same thing, and if you persevere, it will either get better or you will just wake up someday and realize you are not Club material.