Written by Devon Boen
The Wolf City Rods and Rides Club, which is nearly six years old, held its third annual Rods and Rides membership dinner March 16 at the Elks Club in Wolf Point.
The event is the club’s biggest annual fundraiser and helps support a multitude of the group’s events. Rods and Rides’ vice president Beau Garfield said some of the money goes to the club’s annual car show that is held in June each year and features beautifully restored cars and awards prizes to the owners whose rides stand out in the crowd.
Besides the auto show, Garfield said some of the funds go to poker runs throughout the year as well as to families with medical expenses.
He said Rods and Rides is also dedicated to cleaning, graffiti removal and keeping the underpass painted throughout the year.
The March 16 Rods and Rides event wasn’t just a crucial fundraiser, it was also an opportunity for the club to gain new members. Garfield said the club had 85 members and added about 15 new members by the end of the night.
Garfield said he didn’t know exactly how much money had been raised yet, but said each dinner came with a cost and about 200 people attended.
The fun kept going after dinner with live music and door prizes, but the real show of the night was the club’s first annual Rods and Rides Scholarship donation. The organization donated $500 to Xandre Matejovsky for his tuition at Minot State University.
Besides philanthropy, Garfield emphasized Rods and Rides was about a passion for all things automotive. He said about half of the members of the club have a special vehicle of some type and that the club really wants to pass on its passion to others.
Whether a member or not, all community members can enjoy Rods and Rides events, including a new one set for Stampede weekend. Garfield said the club plan to do a Show and Shine. He explained a Show and Shine was an opportunity for auto lovers to shine up their vehicles and show them off to the public during the city’s biggest weekend.
So if the club sounds like it might be up your alley — or street, for that matter — but you missed the annual membership dinner, you’re not out of luck. Garfield said anyone can become a member any time throughout the year and join the automotive festivities.