To join the Deacons of Deadwood Motorcycle Club, a candidate first must submit an Application for Admission to the Board of Directors along with a $100 non-refundable application fee. The candidate must be sponsored by a Member of the Club, and the sponsor must sign the Application for Admission. If you do not know any of our Members, come to our meetings and introduce yourself.
Candidates must attend at least three regularly scheduled monthly meetings and participate in at least three official Club rides before he can be voted on for admission. At least one of the three qualifying rides must be an overnight ride. The process will take a minimum of 12 months to allow the prospective member to properly integrate with the membership.
Each candidate also must be interviewed by the Club’s full board before being considered for admission. At that interview, the candidate will be asked why he wants to become a Deacon and will be offered the opportunity to ask any questions he might have. The Board will explain to the candidate that along with the benefits of being a Member of the Deacons, there are responsibilities. Responsibilities involve active participation in our fundraising efforts, including selling tickets to our annual Charity Ball and selling tickets for the motorcycle being raffled in connection with the Ball. The minimum sales requirement is two Ball tickets and two books of raffle tickets; however, the candidate will be told that he will be expected to exceed that minimum. The candidate also will be informed that the Club requires each Member to purchase two tickets to our Charity Ball, even if the Member cannot attend. We want to let our donors know we have skin in the game. A candidate who does not enthusiastically support our fundraising efforts should join a different club.
Once the candidate has met the criteria for admission he will be put up for a vote. In general, it is a one blackball system, so admission requires the unanimous vote of our brotherhood.
The initiation fee is $130 and the annual dues are $300, each of which is payable in full upon admission. The candidate also must pay for two tickets to the upcoming Ball upon his admission. Upon admission, the new Member will receive his Club patches and some Club t-shirts at no additional cost. The candidate must be present at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting to be admitted to the Club and receive his patches.
New Members are non-voting Members. Non-voting Members can vote on everything except raising dues and amending our bylaws. Also, only voting Members can serve as Directors of the Club. A Member automatically becomes a voting Member after attending five regularly scheduled monthly meetings in any trailing 12-month period.