Q: “Is this a Motorcycle Club?”
A: We are considered a Motorcycle Association, not a Motorcycle Club (MC). There are several differences between the two types of organizations, but a primary difference is that many MCs require that their members make the club the most important part of the members’ lives ... sometimes even above their own families and careers. A motorcycle association, such as ours, is not intended to take precedence over these important obligations. In fact, it should compliment them. One of our mottos is that participation should be viewed as “a” priority, but it should never become “the“ priority. Your family and career should always come first.
Q. “Is this a charitable organization?”
A. We are a Motorcycle Association that helps charities, but we are not a charity ourselves. The HHMA National Board donates annually to national non-profit organizations, but we will never ask our members, or anyone else, to contribute to any HHMA national program, raffle, or any other fundraiser at the national level. The HHMA is about community, and we encourage all of our members and chapters to assist with LOCAL non-profit organizations in their communities where they can see their contributions at work. Whether it’s participating in memorial rides, charitable fundraisers for a worthy cause, or personally sponsoring an event to help others, helping locally is what truly makes a difference, and that is what the HHMA is all about...We make a difference.
Q: ”Who can join?”
A: Membership is available to current or former (federal or local) Law Enforcement (to include Corrections Officers, Jailers, Prosecuting Attorneys, etc.), Military (to include DOD armed contractors), Firefighters, Emergency Medical Services, and other Emergency Response Personnel who are serving or have served honorably, as well as their immediate family members.
Q: “What is considered immediate family?”
A: Immediate family includes an individual’s spouse, parents (to include Loco Parentis), siblings, and children. Parents, siblings, and children related by adoption or marriage are also included as immediate family.
Q: “Can federal agents join?”
A: Yes, former or current agents of any branch of the US Department of Justice or the Department of Homeland Security are definitely welcome to join.
Q: Where is this organization located?”
A: We are a national organization with membership available in all fifty states, as well as all official U.S. territories.
Q: “Are sport bikes allowed?”
A: Sport bikes, adventure bikes, cruisers, touring bikes, trikes, etc. all meet the criteria as long as they are licensed as a motorcycle, insured, and can be safely operated on U.S. highways.
Q: “Can women join too?”
A: Women serve their communities, states, and nation the same as men, so they are definitely welcome.
Q: “Can I join if I ride with my spouse but do not operate a motorcycle myself?”
A: Yes. If you operate or are the primary passenger of a motorcycle that is licensed and insured, and you meet all other membership requirements, you are eligible to join.
Q: ”How old does someone need to be to join?”
A: 18 years of age, the same age required to join the military without a parent’s consent.
Q: ”Can someone with a criminal record join?”
A: Due to the nature of our association, a background check is required in order to be considered for membership. Any misdemeanor conviction within the last five years, any felony conviction ever, a punitive discharge from the military, an “other than honorable” (or equivalent) discharge from service, or any pending criminal charges are disqualifications for membership.
Q: “Do new members have to ’prospect’ in order to join?”
A: No, if an individual meets the membership criteria as outlined in the National Operating Policy, he or she is eligible to become a member. Individual chapters may require a “hang-around period“ to get to know the person before voting him or her into that particular chapter, but there is no “prospect period.” All members and potential members are treated with dignity and respect at all times.
Q: “If I were to join, would I have to join a specific chapter?”
A: Although joining or forming a local chapter is encouraged, individuals may initially join as an Independent Member with no chapter affiliation. Independent Members have the option to later transfer to a local chapter, officially charter a new chapter, or simply remain an Independent Member.
Q: “How do I start a chapter in my area?”
A: At least three members are required to start a chapter. The step by step process can be found in the HHMA Operating Policy, which is available to all members or upon request.
Q: ”How often do chapters meet?”
A: This is ultimately determined by each individual chapter. However, active participation is required for any organization to be successful. Remember, you will get out of it what you put into it!
Q: “Is this a support club?”
A: No, we are an independent motorcycle association and are not affiliated with any other motorcycle club, riding club, motorcycle association, coalition, or any other organization. In the same respect, we claim no territory and our members are courteous to all.
Q: ”How do I find out more?”
A. Contact us using the form below, or send an email to National.HHMA@gmail.com
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