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Scootin' Sisters Gear Up for Christmas

Get on your motorcycle and join the Scootin’ Sisters for the first Toys For Tots Ride on Saturday, September 27 at 9 am. The 60-mile ride begins at May’s Honda, at the intersection of 30 Gun Club Road and Hwy. 95 in Sagle. A band will play at Duke’s Cowboy Grill, where lunch, chili, cornbread, brisquet and coleslaw will be served. The event costs $20 plus two new unwrapped toys and includes a ride pin, bandana, breakfast, lunch, door prizes and raffle. The Sisters are working with the Lion’s Club, and all proceeds will help raise money to make sure every child in Bonner County has a special Christmas this year.

What a diverse, loud, wild and crazy bunch of ladies! The Scootin’ Sisters, an all women motorcycle club, formed in 2005 with four gals. Currently, the gang consists of 28 women ranging in age from 35 to 67. These girls ride Harleys, Hondas, Triumphs, Yamahas and BMWs. They name their motorcycles, have biker nicknames, and carry pictures of their mounts in their wallets. When they’re not cruising on their bikes, they drive buses, make quilts and stained glass artworks, work in medical offices and for the city of Sandpoint.

“The only requirement,” said Colleen Ankersmit, “is that you have an inny, not an outie, and a motorcycle.”

Crystal Closson, aka “Butt Fast,” the first Scootin Sister, got the idea for the club when she met some other women motorcyclists at Eichardt’s. Closson said she started riding a Harley in her twenties. She stopped riding to raise a family, and after the kids grew up, she and her husband, Tim, bought a set of bikes so they could do something adventurous together. When Closson isn’t driving a school bus, she rides a 2006 Harley Davidson Soft Tail Deluxe named Lilly Belle.

Dale Snipes, “Goldwing Gal,” 67, rides a brand new 2008 Honda Goldwing trike. Growing up, Dale rode horseback with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who she is named after. When she’s not riding her bike, Snipes writes, designs and publishes fishing and motorcycle cartoon books with her husband, Wally Snipes.

Chris Owens, one of the newest members, said she started riding a dirt bike when she was eight years old.

“I rode on the back roads and in the fields,” Owens said. “I jumped on a street bike in high school and have been going ever sense.”

Today, Owens rides a 1999 Custom Shadow. She worked for Woods Meat Packing for ten years, and then changed gears and became the Executive Officer of the Panhandle Building Contractors Association.

One of the original four members, Donna “Rude Girl” Foord, 53, a physician’s assistant, doesn’t look like the biking type. Quiet and dignified, she weighs in at 125 pounds and rides a VTX1300R Honda named “Rea” (as in rea fast, rea fun, rea smooth, rea comfy). Foord purchased her first bike in 2002.

“In the fall of 2002,” Foord said, “I took the STAR (Skills Training Advantage for Riders) program. Two weeks later I was headed down 101 on my motorcycle.”

The Scootin Sisters have already rounded up several sponsors for the Toys for Tots Ride. They will accept raffle items, door prizes and monetary contributions until Monday, September 8 to ensure that sponsors’ names will be printed on the ride bandanas. Each raffle item will have its own container so that people can put their tickets in the cans for the items they really want to win. For more information, call Colleen Ankersmit at 208-290-6221, Crystal Closson at 208-290-3508, or Donna Foord at 208-255-9586.

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Desire Aguirre Desire Aguirre lives in Sandpoint with her daughter, DaNae, and numerous pets. An LCSC student, she plans on graduating May, 2009, with a bachelors in communication. Her favorite sport is riding her horse, Splash-of-Paint, into the wilderness with Cholo, her son's faithful dog.

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