History of the Christian Motorcyclist’s Association of Australia

as seen by………Roy Breyley (life member)

roy2The association was formed in 1979 by two Sydney Christian Motorcyclist’s Clubs and a number of lone riders. The original idea came from Greg Hirst of Brotherhood CMC. Brotherhood CMC and The Disciples CMC decided upon the name of the association, without any knowledge of the Christian Motorcyclist’s Association of America, which was formed during 1976 by Herbert Shreve, ( Senior). CMA was called an association and not a club so as Christian riders, who did not want to belong to a club with the responsibility of club involvement, could be linked with Christian motorcyclists where ever they lived without being deeply involved. It also meant Christian Motorcycle Clubs could join and fellowship with other Christian bikers in a fellowship setting, rather than because of any evangelistic or task orientated purpose, (after all this is what the clubs existed for). I found it good when I was living at Griffith to receive the Newsletter to keep in touch and go to the events that I could or wanted to.

Later on in time Hirsty, one of the original founders was to visit America CMA and also meet with members from CMA South Africa, which by my records was founded in 1980. We note that CMA is established in United Kingdom as well, formed 1980, plus possibly Germany also. The link between CMA America and CMA UK and CMA RSA, I do not know, but where possible they would attend the International Rally of CMA as also we could. We were asked some time ago to share with as an international link with Herbie Shreve (junior) taking on the role of International Chairman. There was to be an International Newsletter to be published but I did not see that eventuate. Maybe I was partly to blame, as I did not send in very much NSW information on events etc. We were busy being CMA of NSW. From this, and Barry Hugget’s visit to an International Rally in America, with also a visit by Herbie Shreve to a BBQ with us at Dave Beard’s place, to be followed with Herbie travelling to our National Run held in Buxton, Victoria in 1992, we had a loose connection with CMA America. Herbie was visiting Australia on behalf of Open Doors organisation. Since then we had the pleasure of a visit from Joel Wise last year (2001) to Yackandandah, who is one of nine people who head up CMA America. We are still a separate identity as it would seem that UK and RSA are also doing their thing / ministry in a manner that suits their needs.

My involvement started when I saw an advertisement for a gathering of Christian riders to be held at Hume Weir camping ground, under the auspices of Brotherhood, The Disciples and God Squad. I must admit I cannot remember if this was 1980 or 1981. It was after I had moved to Griffith in January 1980, so I think it was November 1980. I note that 1982 would have been when they officially called this meeting the National Run by the seventh National Run being in the Newsletter for 1988. The National Run was moved to Riverglade Van Village, Tumut from the Hume Weir in 1986. The 2002 National Run to be hosted by NSW and held at Narrandera would then be the 21st. National Run.

The first Teaching Weekend 1987 was held at Gilgandra with 60-70 attending. We held the Teaching Weekend at Cootamundra in August 1989 then we must have moved it to Mt. Vincent in 1994 where it is still held

Day Runs were held on the first Saturday each month starting in Sydney, which would have been difficult for country members to attend. As the membership diminished in the Sydney area these day rides ceased.

Other activities over the years have been (not in any order) —Progressive Dinners — Bike Shows / Displays — Midnight to Dawn Rides, (open to the public.) — Half-way meeting with Queensland with the first one being in Coffs Harbour, June 1992 – Sharing Programs (Outreach) which commenced around 1995-1996 with a trip to Griffith to meet the members in that area including Wagga and we were asked to do a seminar at Griffith High School and speak at two churches. — Toy Runs — Christmas Party.

CMA Victoria I think would have been formed in 1988 / 89 with Queensland commencing in 1989. South Australia must have started before 1993 with Tasmania in 1993. Western Australia has also commenced with a representative attending the National Run(2001) last year. This truly makes CMA. Australia, with a person visiting South Australia for a National Run, I think, from Northern Territory. As far as I know no more has developed in NT.

Incorporation for NSW was achieved in 1993 / 94. CMA is listed in the NSW Public Library for the Archives of NSW. We send them a copy of our Newsletter, which is stored as a record.

2002– 2003, CMA USA or International informs Australia that the previous coalition agreement is cancelled and for Australia to join CMA International “under one banner and patch”. This was and is non-negotiable which is a problem for us as we do not and will not wear a “back-patch.”

CMA Australia voted to remain as Australia and not join CMA International“at this time” indicating that the non-negotiable issues ever become negotiable, we would only be too happy to sit around the table as brothers and sisters in Christ to work out a new agreement.

2006 – We see this previous non-negotiable statement “under one banner and patch” as having been a mis-understanding by one of the USA members and we are now working as a separate identity “CMA Australia” with CMA International.

God is blessing us as we ride and share with others in 2007 by local rides, invitation rides, Sharing Weekends with churches and communities, Annual Teaching Weekend and our National Run hosted by the states in turn.

I trust this history is of interest to you. CMA has developed to what it is today with many members being involved, but it still stands as an association where you as a member can be active as much or as little you so desire. The main aim is to encourage each other in our Christian lives, to support Christian living every day whether or not you are on a CMA event.

CMA is an on-going organisation with a desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever He may take us, as this is the responsibility of any Christian. It is you the members who do this as you stand along side your fellow Christians and bike riders. May God Bless us all as we seek His guidance.

Yours in His service

Roy Breyley.

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20-20 New Year message

Ho, Ho, Ho,
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Yes, I know
this greeting is a bit late, but they don’t call it the silly season for

But it’s
not just that. The last few months have simply flown by. And now we’re well and
truly into a very special year. ‘Twenty – twenty.’ Don’t you just love the
sound of it. There is a ring of expectancy, of great things ahead.

Yes, 2019
was a year of changes. Changes in the Committee, new members and new CMA areas.
There was the fine tuning and recording of roles and responsibilities of
members to elected and appointed positions. These are intended to provide
clearer guidelines which will help members to have a better understanding,
purpose in CMA and so fore fill their roles effectively. These information
packages into other areas such as explaining AGM, Committee meeting, membership
etc. and will eventually be readily available to all members.

 For some of our members 2019 was a year marred
by accidents and health issues. It’s true, we’re not getting any younger. But
we have been blessed by the support from the State and National Prayer Team.
The 2019 National Run saw for the first time this group come together to pray
and set up a better prayer chain network system. I’d like to thank this body of
faithful believers who value prayer so highly and I thank God for His love and
healing of our members. Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord, give thanks to the Lord for
He is good. His love endures forever.

speaking about the Victorian National, I’d like to thank the 20 members who
attended this event, and a special thanks to John Kroon who put together show
bags to advertise and promote our 2020 National.

Psalm 45:4

In your majesty ride out
to victoriously, defending truth, humility and justice. Go forth to perform
awe-inspiring deeds.

What a
great verse this is. And it’s so true of what CMA aims to be. We do ride out.
We do ride with a purpose. With Christ as our rock and corner stone, who guides
and direct us into purposeful and worthwhile endeavors. We do perform awe
inspiring deeds, though we may not at the time consider this. Rather, it’s just
something we do as followers of Jesus Christ.

And when I
contemplate all that CMA is involved in, from local rides to long rides, coffee
and chat rides, charity rides, memorials, shoe shines and  bike shows, Communion on the Hill/Mountain,
involvement in the Motorcycle Council of NSW, our AGM and the National Run and
the many other things that individual and group members become involved in, I
stand amazed. How on earth do we fit all this in, in one short year. Praise God!

I’d like to
thank our Committee and Area Coordinators for the great job they do in serving.
They are like the vital organs in a body. The body would not be able to
function without them. Yet still, with out each and every member, there would
be no  body. So thank you members. CMA
wouldn’t be the association that it is today without you all. To each and every
member, from those highly active to those who choose to support from the
sidelines, I thank you.                                                                  Our
Annual Fellowship weekend draws near, the second weekend in March. I am
encouraging everyone to make every effort to attend. Not only will you be
blessed, but your attendance will be a blessing to others. Grahame Bertram,
John Kroon, Graeme Bingham and a host of members have been working tirelessly
on the planning and organizing the huge October National that we are to host at
Rathmines on beautiful Lake Macquarie.  (a special mention of thanks to Steve Mepham
for the fantastic National video promo) So come and be excited about getting involved
in these future plans. Come and check out the National complex and look forward
to the spectacular ride that is lined up for the National. Come and be prepared
to have a great weekend and hang out with some great people.

2020 is
already a busy with different events that have occurred such as the Guyra
Australia Day long weekend and the Bathurst bike show.  The calendar of events was put out in
December will be updated shortly, so if you have any additional events, please
pass these on to the Secretary.

exciting future event will be a fellowship weekend at Griffith, so keep an eye
out for more information about this.

Lastly, our
Assist Fund: I thank all that have given and ask for our members to support
this fund. In 2019 we were able to help a member continue to be active in CMA through
this fund by praying for their National registration.

I believe
God will bless CMA and continue to use us for his glory as we continue to step
up, step into and step out into those things that Christ has laid before us.

So in
closing I thank all our members for their encouragement and  support.

In His service,

Glenn Hartley,

President CMA

 “In your majesty, ride out to victory,
defending truth, humility, and justice.

Go forth to
perform awe-inspiring deeds.” Psalm 45:4

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