Fifth Chapter M.C.-Finger Lakes
Clean and Sober Motorcycle Club
P.O. Box 122
Marion, NY 14505
The Fifth Chapter Motorcycle Club originated in Manhattan Beach, California in 1978. Members of the Fifth Chapter Motorcycle Club are comprised of recovering alcoholics, and addicts. All members must practice abstinence from alcohol and drugs. Members also subscribe to the moral and spiritual principals set forth in the book “Alcoholics Anonymous”. Club members are required to conduct themselves in a manor above reproach to the law and community standards. The club name “Fifth Chapter” comes from the fifth chapter of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. “How it Works”
RARELY HAVE we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.
Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided that you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it - then you are ready to take certain steps.
At some of these we balked. We thought that we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.
Remember that we deal with alcohol - cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power - that One is God. May you find him now.
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.
Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Many of us exclaimed, "What an order! I can't go through with it." Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we were willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.
Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:
(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
(c) That God could and would if He were sought.
Bikers: If you drink or use that`s your business. But if you want to quit and can`t, then it`s our business. Ride to live. Live to ride – sober!!
The Fifth Chapter Motorcycle Club is a close knit family that is currently comprised of four different charters. These charters promote sane and safe motorcycle riding and activities. We assist our communities with fund raising, and just pitching in for charitable causes. The current charters are located in Finger Lakes Region of NY, Rochester, NY, Binghamton, NY and Cape Cod, MA.
These Fifth Chapter charters support one and other by attending each clubs functions (barbeque's, spaghetti dinners, steaks roasts, clam bakes, poker and dice runs etc.) Full patch holders are brothers and are loyal to one and other and their respective charters. We support each other and our families. We wear the Fifth Chapter colors with pride. We are also a part of the motorcycle community in our respective areas. We have great respect for these motorcycle communities, and attend many functions over the course of the year. Riding to these events together, having something good to eat, and riding home together is a great time.