During the year 2013, several Brothers from the South Puget Sound Chapter (SPS) of Brothers-In-Arms MC (BIAMC) began to realize that due to their close proximity to each other, living in the Yelm/Rainier area, that it would be beneficial to the Club and to themselves to split off from the SPS and start a new Chapter in the North Thurston County area. By the close of 2013, the 9 (IX) members who would become the Charter members of the new North Thurston County Chapter (NTC) had received the blessing and appropriate clearances from both BIAMC and the local Dom Club to stand up the new Chapter.
At the December church for SPS, the 9 Brothers officially stepped away from SPS and formed the NTC Probationary Chapter of BIAMC. The patch holders began meeting in January and formed their Executive Council, began working on the new Chapters By-Laws, and planning their first run. Over the next few months, the Brothers had their By-Laws ratified by the National Body, established their treasury and website, and finalized the planning of their run in support of the Veterans Conservation Corp.
On June 14th 2014, the Brothers of NTC, along with their new Prospect, and patch holders from all the other chapters of BIAMC in WA and close to 70 other riders, including patch holders from other local MC’s and RC’s, started the Chapters inaugural run at Northwest Harley Davidson. After nearly 100 miles of great riding through the scenic back roads of Thurston and Pierce Counties, the ride ended at Bob’s Bar and Grill, which had become the fledgling Chapters home away from home.
In recognition of all the hard work and dedication put forth by the Brothers and Prospect of NTC during the Probationary phase, and for the overwhelming success of its first run, NTC was awarded its Charter and forever became known as the “Thirsty Thurston”. Since then, the Chapter has become a well-respected fixture in the local MC community, has grown and strives to recruit the highest quality individuals to join our Brotherhood, and continues to support Active Duty service members, Veterans, their families, numerous Veteran charities and causes, and the community as a whole.
The Chapter has ridden thousands of miles together sharing Brotherhood in every corner of our state and 2 trips to Sturgis with stops at places like Flathead Lake, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and the Top of the World along the Beartooth Highway. While in Sturgis, members of the Chapter shared Brotherhood with local MC’s and rode together along the Needles Highway, Spearfish Canyon, visited Mt Rushmore, Deadwood, and the Crazy Horse memorial.
The “Thirsty Thurston” continue to ride and share Brotherhood together today, as they have since the Brothers first came together and set out to earn their Charter.