FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Club is an independent motorcycle club, not affiliated with any other club. We respect the rights and colors of other motorcycle clubs and expect the same in return.
We are law abiding citizens. We do not support any outlaw motorcycle clubs or their activities. We do not participate in any criminal activities whatsoever.
We must have fun. This doesn’t mean we won’t have work to do for the Club mission, but we must always maintain our enthusiasm for being part of and contributing to the Club. If the not-so-fun effort begins to overshadow the enjoyable times, we’re doing something wrong. We must maintain a balance.
We are professional.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
All members of motorcycle clubs take pride in their club and their brotherhood ... and RIGHTFULLY SO. Every club has its own characteristics and many of them have one or more on our list below, but we feel it's the combination of these that makes us unique as a LEMC. Aside from our own brotherhood and mission, here are some of the reasons we take such great pride in our club:
all patched Members are equals regardless of the length of time the member has as a patched Member
we have consecutive term limits for President and Vice-President
Officers of the Club have additional responsibilities to the Club and membership, but do not have any special privileges whatsoever
disciplinary actions, if needed, are handled by the Chapter as a whole
we have many other bylaws and guidelines to ensure transparency and decision-making by the membership as a whole
we conduct ourselves in a professional manner, knowing our actions reflect on our Club, each other, and indirectly, on law enforcement as a profession
we don't allow obscene patches or insignia on our colors
Officers discussions on our forum are open to all patched Members to read
"Club business" is open to all patched members - nothing is considered "Officers of the Club only"
we don’t have sponsors for our Prospects, since we feel it is a team effort to guide and assist them. Prospects will have a “supervisor” assigned per event/meeting ... this way the Prospect gets to closely work with many patched Members, and gives the membership more opportunity to get to know the Prospect
we ride a lot
Our official name is "Blue Thunder Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club" also known as "Blue Thunder LEMC". The name "Blue Thunder" makes reference to law enforcement (Blue) and motorcycles (Thunder). Our colors are blue and black, representing the "thin blue line" flag, and silver for the old west law enforcement badges/stars.
[Please note: in establishing our club, we sought out other clubs with the same name and we were unable to locate any. We did find events named "Blue Thunder Run" or "Blue Thunder Motorcycle Run", which are typically LE events and held in various parts of the country, but again, no club with the same name. For clarification, we are not affiliated with these events or the clubs that organize them.]
OUR COLORS (PATCH SET)
We use a "3-piece patch" because we like the style. Contrary to public stereotypes, the 3-piece patch style is not synonymous with outlaw motorcycle clubs and is actually in use by a large number of law enforcement motorcycle clubs.
The center patch is a representation of Virgil Earp (18 Jul 1843 – 19 Oct 1905), who served in several law enforcement capacities in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Most notably, as a Deputy U.S. Marshall for Arizona he was involved in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone on 26 Oct 1881 with outlaw cowboys Billy Clanton, Ike Clanton, Billy Claiborne, Tom McLaury and Frank McLaury. Virgil had several fellow lawmen assisting him including his brothers Morgan and Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday acting as a temporary deputy of Virgil.
The center patch design is derived from the scene in the movie Tombstone (1993 version) in which the Earp Brothers and Doc Holiday are walking down to the OK Corral to confront the Cowboys. Virgil, played by Sam Elliot, is wearing the black duster, holding a shotgun up in his right hand. The memorial badge and blue bandanna were added to enhance connection to law enforcement.
Other patches completing the set include the top rocker to designate the Club name, the bottom rocker to designate the Chapter name, "LE" for Law Enforcement, and "MC" for Motorcycle Club.
Many of us also wear the 1* Patch. Often wrongly confused with the outlaw biker “1%” symbol, the 1* actually stands for “One Ass-to-Risk”. It was designed in 1986 by Officer Gary Johnston with the Shaker Heights, Ohio PD to remind officers to be careful. Reminiscent of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division (aka the "Big Red 1") insignia, the 1* logo not only looks sharp but reminds one to be careful, an important element to tactical teams and other professionals who find themselves living on the edge. The 1* insignia was approved field wear for the 82nd Airborne during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the U.S.S Vicksburg, and has been adopted by many other elements of the US military, as well as hundreds of law enforcement agencies and fire departments around the world.