In 2002, four female motorcycle enthusiasts in Tallahassee, Florida were looking for other women they could ride with. They formed a group and called themselves the Chrome Divas.
Since that time, they have evolved into an international organization with over 1500 members. The Orlando chapter currently has 27 registered members.
As membership grew, they restructured in April, 2012 as a 501 (c)(7) social organization and the board of directors was appointed. Jan Myers is currently the Chair of the Board in Jacksonville, Florida.
Serving as a national link to all women who ride motorcycles, they also pull their resources together to serve their communities. The Chrome Divas, to date, have raised over $150,000 in donations to various charities throughout the country.
“We strive to be known as outstanding citizens in our communities,” Myers said. “We have fun and share our talents and compassion in a group effort.”
“We are really a band of sisters that use our passion for riding to provide community services to local programs,” Teresa Blouin, Activities Director of the Orlando Chapter said.
Some of the charities the Chrome Divas have helped in the Orlando area include:
- Bikers Against Child Abuse
- The SafeHouse of Seminole County (FL)
- Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
Recently, the Orlando Chapter rode out to Fallin’ Pines Critter Rescue in Christmas, Florida. This non-profit organization is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of handicapped and unwanted “critters,” exotic species, farm animals, reptiles, and certain other wildlife.
Shirley Cannan, director of the rescue, said the group “brushed the young horses and sprayed them with show sheen so they looked better.” She said the horses loved the attention and loving care. The group then performed much- needed yard and grounds work.
“The Divas also brought out a big truck load of hay, feed, supplies, cash donations and a gift card,” Cannan added..”What a wonderful group of ladies.”
The Chrome Divas are currently raising funds and accepting donations to help them with the annual Halloween Party for the residents of Seminole Safe House.
“Because these women & children are at risk, they are not able to enjoy simple things like leaving the shelter for trick or treating so we bring the party to them,” Blouin said.
“Often these moms must leave in the middle of the night to escape their abusers with little more than their kids and the clothes on their backs,” Blouin explained. The shelter provides the basic necessities for the women and families at the shelter, but that leaves no funds for parties or other events to help make the stay more comfortable.
“Although a party may seem like a trivial activity,” Blouin said, “anything that helps a scared, confused and stressed child forget about everything for even just one day, and is able to just be a child – makes it all worthwhile. “
The Chrome Divas are always eager to meet new women riders looking to join them in their efforts. For more information, or to find out about making a donation, visit the Chrome Divas website.