The idea of a motorbike club for SES volunteers first came about after the ride for the hills in February 2010, where SES and CFA members participated and were allowed to ride in uniform. Then it became aparent how many SES members were riding motorbikes. After the ride for the hills, two members of the Broadmeadows SES unit became associate members with the Red Knights Australia 1 (CFA). The first disucssions and consultations then took place with the Red Knights, Broadmeadows SES Controller and SES Central.
We then started a Facebook page name Emergency Services Volunteers Motorbike group, then later on changed to Orange Knights Australia to keep in line with the other Emergency Service Clubs:Blue Knights (Police), Red Knights (CFA). The first serious discussion about forming the club was held at Broadmeadows SES unit in January 2011. About that time we had a minimum of 7 members to form the board and to register the club. The membership consisted of 3 Broadmeadows, 2 Essendon, 1 Footscray and 1 Doncaster SES volunteers.
The application to form the club, ORANGE KNIGHTS MOTORCYCLE CLUB AUSTRALIA INC. was then forwarded to the Consumer Affairs Victoria. The application was finally granted on the 9th September 2011 (no A0056667Y).
The club now has further members from Victoria, NSW and QLD SES units. Orange Knights members have participated in social rides, Wall to Wall rides to Canberra, and ride Beyond the Trauma to QLD, and attended Blue Liners (Police) ride to NSW and Tasmania, as well as many local rides.
The first International Member, Rick Doucette, joined in 2013 from Canada, and now the Prince Edward Island Chapter in Canada is fully operational (Contact details here).
(Photo courtesy of Travis McCue)