Motorcycle club promotes a positive, professional image

Buffalo Soldiers motorcycle club helps community through charity

By Paul Giorgio - Producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Burnett "Law Dawg" Patterson is this week's Getting Results Award winner. 

Patterson is president of the Orlando Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club. 

Patterson became president three years ago and under his guidance the chapter has increased its charitable giving.

"Our mission and our charge has always been community service," Patterson said. "The only thing I can say I've done is I believe in the mission."   

The group holds an annual back-to-school haircut event, shop with a soldier in December and offers five scholarships each year to graduating students.  

He was nominated by fellow member, Phyllis Neal-Wilson, who said Patterson's vision is to help those close to home.

"We jump in and try to help out any way we can," she said. "Our president is one who started with the idea of reaching into the community. We live in the community, we draw from the community, let's help our community."  

News 6 was there as the group delivered items to Jones High School. Members collected detergent and toiletries for families who were displaced after Hurricane Irma. 

"The community has so many needs, and we're just a small piece of the pie." Patterson said. "If we can encourage others to pick up and follow our lead it will work."   

The club chapter was established in 2007 and has a mission to educate people on the role the Buffalo Soldiers, 9th and 10th Cavalry, played in the history of the United States.

They use their bikes to promote their message. "People love the horses," Patterson laughed as he referenced the bike next to him. "It's an opportunity to share who we are what we're all about. We're motorcycle riders we're professionals." 

The club feels that with education, the legacy and sacrifice of the past will live on and not be forgotten.     

"As we say in soldier nation 'One club, one patch, one mindset,'" Patterson said. "That's the Buffalo Soldiers motto." 

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