History of Red Knights Alberta 1
|Red Knights Alberta 1
became a reality in the summer of 1998 when firefighters Don Brandon
and Brian Hoekstra discussed the possibility of an overnight
motorcycle trip to Banff with some of their fellow firefighters.
They put up posters in all of the fire halls announcing an overnight
"bike" trip to Banff, and anxiously awaited a response. Much
to their dismay, no one responded.
Later, that fall, fellow firefighters began asking "How can we peddle our bikes from Edmonton to Banff and back with just an overnighter?". Don and Brian realized their mistake! Once everyone knew they were talking about motorcycles, several people became interested.
Don Contacted Gary Nelson, President of the International Red Knights, in January 1999 and formed the first Chapter in Alberta, known as Red Knights Alberta Chapter 1. Now when posters are put up in the halls about "rides", they always include the picture of a motorcycle.
In the first year, 1999, Red Knights Alberta Chapter 1 had 30 members. During 2000/2001 the club grew to 60 members.
is involved in charity work, supporting the Firefighters Burn
Treatment Unit at the University Hospital, in Edmonton, Alberta.
With an evening of hypnotism, the chapter raised $3,100 and presented a check to the Firefighters Burn Treatment Unit.
||Membership is made up of
chartered, active, associate, and social members. Within the
Chapter, there are members from Edmonton and the surrounding areas.
We are also very please to have Gord Steinke, of Global News, as an
honorary member of the Red Knights.
During the summer of 2000, another Chapter in Medicine Hat was formed. This new Chapter is known as "Red Knights Alberta Chapter 2.
|During one of the Chapter's meetings, we chose not to use the international crest, but instead be unique and create our own Alberta crest. Bob Harris created the new design, which was approved by Red Knights International. The crest appears on our posters, t-shirts, and other apparel. With the growth in our Chapter and the need to distribute information effectively, we developed our own website:||