Let’s talk about Road Names for a second. What is a road name?
A road name is a moniker bestowed on someone as a reminder of an event or trait that was impactful and meaningful whether funny, serious or otherwise.
Road names are bestowed by your brothers/sisters and throughout club history there will be road names that come and some that go. Some will stay, some will change. Some will have multiple during their time with the club. But, like the patch, they should be earned, not just tossed about haphazardly or brought in from another organization.
This is an established club, we have a very rich history. This is a history that should be pivotal in your prospects journey. Prospects should research who we are and what we do prior to pursuing membership. While pursuing membership, learning about the club and its requirements and even getting to know those that represent the AGMC should be a priority. I say this because I see prospects and chapters scrambling so hard for road names and they don’t even understand the significance of what they are, where they come from or how they are earned!
You know some road names that are indelibly etched in our minds because of the personality, persona, commitment and sometimes the story and longevity of the bearer…and they are still here.
There are also road names that have impacted this club in MANY different ways that you may or may not know about, but they are etched into the archives of who we are as a club and building the legend of the AGMC.
When a prospective member comes from another organization (as many of us have) and tries to bring a road name with them, it shouldn’t be used. If you should happen to leave this organization after having the privilege of being given a road name, you will no longer be referred by that road name because its meaning was attached to the AGMC and that is something we no longer share with you. (good, bad or otherwise).
The long and short of what I’m trying to say is this...Road names have meaning to the club and its members, just like people have meaning to the club and its members. Road names bring history and color to the stories told around the table, when on the road during events, at Chapter meetings, even during Regional Gatherings or at Nationals.
So, everyone prospects and everyone earns their roadname. What does your roadname say about you? What happened that made you get that roadname? Do you think you have a story that matches up to the tales around the campfire or when someone speaks of you, does everyone else ask, “Who is that?”
Earn your patch and earn your name. Etch your memory into this brother/sisterhood. Become part of the legend of the AGMC. Have a meaningful impact on those around you. Build bonds deeper than those sitting in a foxhole or in a rig in the middle of nowhere. Walk with integrity, cry with your brother or sister when they hurt. and laugh with them when they laugh. Be there when no one else is. Go to the ends of the earth without hesitation just because….
Then, and only then, will your road name make a lasting impression on the brother/sisterhood of the AGMC.