Background The Pilgrim CMC has been blessed with the talents and generosity of its membership, which has grown steadily over the years. Unity, integrity, humility and encouragement are what each member seeks to practice as they represent Christ. Pilgrim traditions have evolved as members from other Christian clubs and associations came to share their journey. We are very fortunate to have had the experience of members who have been with Christ's Crusaders, Crusaders for Christ, Disciples, Exodus, Genesis, God's Squad, Longriders, One Way, Soldiers of the Cross and Southern Sons Christian Motorcycle Clubs, as well as CMA Australia.
The Pilgrims CMC began in January 1987 after a meeting in Melbourne of three Christian motorcyclists, Scott Milan, John Steer and Chris McAleer. Their desire was to create a new model for a club of Christian motorcyclists that allowed for members who were widely dispersed. One of the aims being to vary meetings around country centres such as Maryborough and Shepparton, as well as various suburbs across Melbourne. We also met regularly at motorcycle events such as Toy Runs, GPs at Phillip Island, Touring Rallies and outlaw club-
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In January 2009, three Christian motorcyclists were motivated to restart the Pilgrims CMC with the same traditions but in a new form: as Pilgrim CMC. Ken Bechaz, Joe Tettmann and Chris McAleer did the preliminary work. Mal Doswell, Peter van der Heiden, Linton Eckert, Fred Bertacco, Tony Daniels, John Schoolderman, John Hammersmith and Richard Harvey also became founding Pilgrims. John McIntyre, the Anglican Bishop of Gippsland agreed to be our founding Patron and Oversight. John Schoolderman passed away from pneumonia in November and became our first member to ride on. The tradition of our monthly Prayer List and our planning for the resurrection of the Big Desert Rally in October 2010 were well underway by the end of 2009.
The 2010 Big Desert Rally was held on the 2nd to 4th of October at Broken Bucket Reserve, about 50kms north west of Yanac, Victoria, with $400 being presented to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and a friendly weekend being had by all who attended. During the year, Perry Campbell, Glenn Prentice and Lyn Schoolderman became members of the Pilgrim CMC. The 2011 Big Desert Rally was our last and a celebration of the event's 30th anniversary on the 30th September to 2nd October. Commenced planning of the Peregrine Rally at Jabuk, SA for August 2012 in co-
In 2012 the Peregrine Rally was held at the Jabuk Reserve and many agreed that it was one of the friendliest events that had ever been hosted. The CMA and Pilgrim members worked seamlessly to provide cordon-
In 2013, the Southern Sons CMC voted to amalgamate with Pilgrim CMC, and on Anzac Day they were warmly welcomed into membership as the Southern Sons Chapter, in commemoration of their previous ministry identity; the new Pilgrims being Adrian Austin, Andrew Fooks, Mark Fry, Alan Heron, Mal Phillips, Roger Richards, Warrick Richards, Dave Russell, James Taylor, Max Wohlgehagen and Norm Young. On the June long-
In March 2014, James Taylor organised the inaugural Anti-
January 2015 marked 28 years of Pilgrims ministry and 6 full years since our reformation as Pilgrim CMC. It was encouraging to reflect on what God had done. Pilgrim James Taylor organised the second Luke Batty Memorial Ride with over 500 motorcyclists attending. Rosie Batty, the Australian of the Year, gave the main address at the event which will be organised by the Dandenong HOG from 2016 onwards, due to the expected increases in attendance. Lyn Schoolderman and Adrian Austin gave inspiring contributions to sessions at the triennial Combined Christian Motorcycle Clubs & Associations Conference in Brisbane. Don Manser, Ebi & Cathy Lux of Adelaide accepted membership and the 2015 Peregrine Rally was well attended with Bikers Church on Saturday night, great fellowship, 117 present from as far away as NSW with 22 Pilgrims from SA & Victoria. The Sandgroper Ride 2015 was small in number but warm in fellowship, with no riders nor bikes injured. Occasional monthly rides commenced in Melbourne on the third Saturday of the month.
January 2016 saw CMA Victoria and Pilgrim CMC begin a co-
The Riders on the Storm Rally began in 1988 but was run by God’s Squad CMC for many years since 1992, and after some years of rest was successfully kickstarted back into life at the Rubicon River in 2017, in cooperation with CMA Vic. Despite the increased popularity of the Rubicon camp site with the 4WD fraternity, 85 attendees managed to enjoy the weekend, with bbq meals provided by AFJCMM, over the 3-