Bikers work to improve lives, local community

"Raffle prizes include romantic getaways and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses," she said. "The drawing will take place at the annual SWFR Spring Swap Meet coming up on Sunday, May 16, at the Spartan Arena."

Another upcoming event for SWFR, joining with Fairwood Lanes in Fair Haven, will be a fun-filled "bowlathon" Sunday, March 14, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Bowlers will help raise money to purchase telephone cards for Vermont troops and other U.S. militart personnel serving overseas.

"You don't have to be a biker to participate," said Van Lew. "If you would like more information about our fundraisers, or any other Southwest Freedom Riders event, feel free to contact President Charlie Van Lew at 802-265-3596 or 888-299-SWFR."

Check It Out: If you are you a Rutland County biker interested in meeting other civic-minded local bikers, call Charlie Van Lew at the telephone numbers above or visit the club's website at www.swfrvt.com for more details.

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