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Membership Requirements

Our club is open to all active and/or retired correctional employees, as well as active or retired law enforcement officers, from across America.  Anyone seeking membership must be currently employed as a correctional employee, or a sworn law enforcement officer, in good standing or retired of the same. All membership applications must be reviewed and approved by the chapter accepting the application, and must also be approved by the national board. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age; not part of a terrorist group or recognized subversive organization; not be a registered sex offender or convicted felon; be of good moral character; and be capable of understanding the obligation of membership. The national board may, on a case by case basis, grant an exemption to any applicant or member, as may be determined.

Anyone seeking or accepting membership must have and maintain an interest in motorcycles and in being a participating member of this motorcycle club; whether or not they possess the ability to operate a motorcycle.

Origin of The Pride

In 2000, a corrections officer from the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA, was hit by a drunk driver and seriously injured.  He exhausted all of his paid leave time, and had no source of income.  In an effort to raise funds for the officer and his family, some friends and co-workers who rode motorcycles came up with the idea of holding a benefit run. The run was a huge success, exceeding everyone’s expectations.

A few weeks later, while sitting around a campfire, Charlie Coleman, Linda Wodyka, Paul Robinson and Ed Lanyon talked about the run that they had just put on.  They realized that other correctional employees might very well find themselves in the same predicament. Our Founders had the vision and foresight to recognize that if one person could be helped by the actions of a few, if we were to organize as a club, we could have a reserve on hand to assist others in their times of need as well. The wheels were in motion as ideas spilled into the embers of the campfire for hours. When the evening was over, a plan of attack was in place. Included was Jack Callaghan, who was instrumental in organizing the original run.

Jack took the idea of the “Pride” as our name and helped create the symbol that is now our back patch. An original set of by-laws was drawn up, and from there the idea was brought to a public forum, where it was met with favorable response. At that time, it was determined that a National Board should guide the new club.

Our first National Board consisted of: Ed Lanyon, National President; Tom Miknich, Vice-President; Art Comparetta, Treasurer; and Rich Snyder, Membership Chairman.

Jack, Charlie, Linda, Ed, Tom, Paul, Art, and Rich are our founding members; the “Circle of the Eight” forged the foundation on which this club was built.

 

National Executive Board 

President         Sam Bower

V. President     Josh Kurten

Secretary          Jenipher Pierce

Treasurer         Kayla Resser

Sgt. at Arms     Lou Sewell

PR Officer         Tom Mehm

Memb. Chair    Dan Pfleegor 

Board of Directors 

Charlie Coleman, USN – Founder

Paul Robison, USN – Founder

Ed Lanyon – Founder

Linda Lanyon – Founder

Tom Miknich – Founder

Tut Biagini, USN – Life Member

Woody Groner, USMC – Life Member

Steve Rutkowski, USMC – Life Member

Marty Carr, USN – Life Member

Past National Presidents 

2017-2023       Marty Carr

2014-2017       Steve Rutkowski

2013-2014       Seat Warmer

2011-2013       Tut Biagini

2007-2011       Woody Groner

2005-2007       Mark Kilmer

2001-2005       Ed Lanyon 

Membership Application

PRIDE Application 2019

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