To sum up what a Motor Maid does in one word is easy – we RIDE. Members are working professionals, retired ladies, and everything in between and no two are alike, except for their interest in riding. Our lifestyles are different, our other hobbies and interests are different, and the amount of time we can devote to Motor Maids and riding is different depending on whether we work or enjoy retirement.
Trophies and acknowledgements are awarded at the state and national level for the women who ride the most miles, tour the largest number of states each year, recruit the most members for the year, etc. Once upon a time the husbands and significant others were acknowledged at the end of the year for their encouragement and for taking on additional responsibilities at home so that their wives had enough free time to ride. Men doing housework and babysitting in the early days was about as unusual as a woman rider.
In 1958, I was an infant in diapers. My mother and aunts would no more have considering riding a motorcycle than my grandmother ever considered driving an automobile. (She died just short of age 101 and never drove a day in her life) Even my Motor Maids district only dates from Jan. 1, 2011, but in other parts of the country Motor Maids and the auxiliary members were burning up the roads in ‘58.
Dorine Hamilton, DD for Kansas was confirmed as “Queen of the Highways” that year, having ridden more miles than any of her sister Motor Maids. She started riding six years earlier. The reigning queen from the previous year was Hi Cowan LaCoy of Killeen, TX. Unfortunately, the article did not include either lady’s mileage.
The auxiliary members did not go unnoticed at the end of the year gathering.
“In keeping with the fact that Motor Maid Auxiliary members are essential and much appreciated, a “Work Trophy” was presented to Hershel Broadbent as Auxiliary member doing the most work in helping conduct Motor Maid events. A “Babysitting Trophy” was presented to Jerry McLaughlin as the member doing the most babysitting while his wife was away attending Motor Maid events. A “Traveling Trophy” was awarded to Leroy Hamilton as the Auxiliary member traveling the most miles with his wife attending Motor Maid events. All of these trophies were appropriately engraved.”
I’m thankful I don’t need a babysitter, and that Martin (my auxiliary member), joins me wherever my ramblings take us. He’s always ready for an adventure and together we have fun no matter how outrageous or mundane the ride. I’m also thankful that the Motor Maids still appreciate these gentlemen and welcome their participation in group rides.
Source: “American Motorcycling”, Feb. 1959