your interest...express your vision...demonstrate your dedication...and then we
will watch, wait and see.
interested in character, chemistry and commitment. Each of these has to be demonstrated over time through
engaged relationship. That's the way we do it.
Prospecting is not an initiation, as you
would find in a fraternity. It is, instead, a period of training that is
sustained until the prospect, in every sense, conducts himself as a
Patch-holder. It's a time in which:
1. The man's attitude is conditioned so that he displays a
sense of responsibility and respect toward the Patch-holders of the Club,
without which he will not develop a sense of brotherhood.
2. He is educated in basic MC protocol and etiquette.
3. He is given time to develop the habits that are basic to
good security and good communications.
4. To get the man into the habit of participating.
5. To give his family time to adjust to the demands of the
6. To experience and learn an essential degree of humility.
7. To become accustomed to trusting the judgment, at times
blindly, of those Patch-holders who will someday be his brothers.
8. To break the man of habits that is self centered and
The list could go on but the point here is
to demonstrate that prospecting has definite objectives and that a prospect will
go nowhere in the Club if he is not aware of this and does not apply himself to
It's not possible to make a checklist of
what is expected from a prospect in all cases. There isnít any formula for
success, but the key is ATTITUDE. Everything else can be learned in time, but a
man's attitude comes from the heart.
The testing of a prospect may come in many
ways. It may be planned or spontaneous. In any event, when a prospect is given a
task, the Patch-holder is going to be looking for the man's attitude and the
spirit in which he carries out the task. The prospect should be alert and always
attentive in looking for more to do. If he is ever in doubt of his priorities or
he can't find something to do, he should ask. The Patch-holders know which of
the prospects hustle, and those are the prospects that are spoken of with the
greatest pride and respect. It is also the way by which confidence and trust are
developed. These are the seeds of brotherhood.
Remember that you will be prospecting for
the whole Club and not just one individual or individual chapter. The
Patch-holders of one chapter are always held accountable for the actions of a
Patch-holder of another chapter. It is therefore only right that the
Patch-holders of all chapters have a hand in developing the prospects on their
way to becoming a full Patch-holder.
1. As a prospect, strive to conduct yourself as a responsible
Patch-holder at all times.
2. Always display a positive attitude.
3. Participate as much as you think is acceptable; then
4. If you see a Patch-holder of your Club that you have not
met, take the initiative to introduce yourself. Always introduce yourself as
"Prospect (your name)".
5. At all gatherings, make it a point to circulate when you
have the time to do so and greet every Patch-holder who is there.
6. Anticipate the brothers' needs and offer to supply them.
Don't wait to be told.
7. Don't get overly friendly with someone that is not a
regular acquaintance of the Club. If someone outside the Club has questions,
refer him to a Patch-holder.
8. Never give out a Patch-holder's name, phone number,
address, or any personal information to anyone outside the Club.
9. Never give out any information about the Club itself to
outsiders. This includes, but is not limited to, where the Club is based, how
many members are in the Club, etc.
10. Always be security minded, look around and see whatís
going on around you in public places and report anything that seems suspicious.
11. While in public places, always conduct yourself with your
association with the Club in mind. Remember that what you do people will
remember; good or bad.
12. Never let a Patch-holder walk off alone in an unsecured
area. If he is going out to his car, his bike, or even just out to get some
fresh air, go with him. Watch his back at all times.
13. If you are at an open function and pick up on some
negative attitudes, especially if from another Club, quietly alert a
14. Keep your ears and eyes open and feed any information
that you may pick up on to a Patch-holder, especially information regarding
15. Remember that you are a prospect 24 hours a day. Your
association doesn't go on and off with your colors.
16. Remember that you are every Patch-holder's prospect, not
just your sponsor's or just your chapter's.
17. Never wear your colors out of your area without your
sponsor's approval and never out of state unless you are with a Patch-holder.
18. If two or more Patch-holders are having a private
conversation, don't approach them within earshot, especially if they are talking
with a Patch-holder of another Club. If you need to interrupt put yourself in a
place of visibility and wait to be acknowledged. If it is important that you
interrupt, ask another Patch-holder to break in for you.
19. Never use the term "Outlaw Club" when speaking
to a member of another Club.
20. Never lie to a member of another Club. If you are in a
situation where you are asked about the Club or its membership, it is acceptable
to say, "That seems like Club business and I really can't talk about itĒ.
If this doesn't put the subject to rest, offer to put him in touch with a
Patch-holder for him to speak with.
21. Always show respect to a Patch-holder of another Club.
Even though he's with another Club he's earned his patch; you haven't.
22. Always carry a pen and a paper, a watch, and a calendar.
23. Frequently ask the Patch-holders how you are doing and if
there's anything you should be doing differently.
24. Never ask when you may be getting your patch.
25. Never call a Patch-holder "brother". He's not
26. Never call a Patch-holder of another Club
"brother". He's not your brother, either.
27. Remember that your patch is earned; it
is not given to you.
28. Never bring a personal friend or a stranger into the
presence of Patch-holders without asking permission to do so first.
29. At an open function, never turn your back to a
Patch-holder of another Club. This is not so much for safety reasons, but as a
show of respect.
30. Always show respect and courtesy to Patch-holders of
other Clubs. Don't come across like you want to be best friends. Be professional
in such encounters; keep it short, then move on.
31. Keep away from women associating with other Clubs.
32. Never be quick to walk up to a Patch-holder of another
Club in a public setting, even if you know him well and the Clubs are on
friendly terms. If you want to greet him, walk up slowly and wait for him to
indicate that he wants such a public display to take place. He may be on some
Club business and may not want to give the general public the impression that
the Clubs are on such friendly terms. If he looks like he's going to ignore you,
accept it and keep your distance. The best approach is always to wait for them
to come to you, and to let everyone else see that.
33. Learn what different parts of our patch represent and
what the different color combination of yours and other Clubs represent.
34. As you gain experience with the Club, you will begin to
see the importance of some of the points discussed in this document. Although no
amount of writing can convey all that you will need to know, it is hoped that
this will at least help you get off on the right foot.
What you have just read is a brief
overview of the structure and philosophy of a majority of the traditional MCs.
Additionally, a brief overview of the standards of conduct of
"Prospects" to those Clubs was presented. The importance of you
absorbing and understanding the information contained in this cannot be
overemphasized. Your understanding of what wearing the MC patch means and of
conducting yourself appropriately is paramount to the continued recognition and
credibility of your Club.