There was no other way to describe the weather or the day, as 45 like-hearted souls gathered on Saturday morning, June 24 for the 3rd Annual TTS Ride for Rubicon fund raiser. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the temperature was very comfortable in the upper 60s.
The Ride for Rubicon started in 2015 with the desire to make a difference with a fund-raising event for our then new cause partner, Team Rubicon. The premise was simple; gather a group of TTS employees that show their aliveness by riding motorcycles and plan a route through some beautiful countryside, stopping at war memorials and points of interest along the way.
Three years later, this legion of like-hearted people still gathers for this worthy cause. This year the event was expanded to include convertibles, Jeeps, and sports cars so even more could join in on the fun. The group was treated to an informational address by Barry Peters, the Indiana Region Team Rubicon Event Coordinator, then it was time to saddle up and head for the first stop in Wabash, IN. The riders broke into two groups, one led by Bruce Cole and the other by Brock Holly and were supported by Tony Turner and Miles Ebert. The cars and Jeeps left first, led by Tim Gorman followed at 5-minute intervals by two groups of motorcycles. Jeanice, riding with our electrical engineer, Wayne, displayed grit as she embarked on her second, ever, motorcycle ride.
The first leg of the ride took the group to Wabash, IN. Wabash is a quiet little town of just over 10,000 people, and lays claim to the distinction of being the third city in the world with electric lighting. The Wabash Courthouse sits on a hill overlooking most of the city, and bears memorials dedicated to local heroes who gave their lives in the service of their country. Participants gathered for refreshments, and to discuss the importance of the memorials. After this, it was on to beautiful Memorial Park in Huntington, IN.
Memorial Park offers visitors the opportunity to see the USAAF's first operational jet fighter, the F80 "Shooting Star". It is the centerpiece of an exceptionally beautiful memorial that honors fallen heroes from all wars. An M4 Sherman tank is also on display adjacent to the F80 and memorial path. After pausing to reflect on the significance of these two pieces of military history, the group posed for a photo at the memorial, then mounted their rides for the final leg back to TTS for lunch.
All participants made it safely back to TTS, where the air was filled with the enticing smell of grilled burgers and hot dogs. After swapping stories it was time to call it a day, and what a day it was. Beautiful weather, fun "toys", friendship, and best of all, $1160 was raised for Team Rubicon to further their cause.
If ever an event breathed through the compass, the Ride for Rubicon does! This group of like hearted people lived into our common values to wake the world! Huge thanks go out to all participants, particularly those who were involved in organizing, executing, and feeding everyone! We couldn’t do this every year without ALL of you!