Trident International Windy City

The Trident Creed and a brief history

The Motto of the Perfect Trident: GIVE A DAMN!

 

The following was written in a tongue in cheek fashion. Despite its harsh phraseology, the motto exhorts us to stretch our limits even in the face of criticism and among less than perfect brothers and sisters.

 

You are a Trident because you believe in brotherhood.

Then, you notice that it is applied only when certain people agree.

Do not mind. Your Motto is "GIVE A DAMN".

 

You are a Trident because you believe in equality with your peers.

Then, you notice that you have privileges if certain people agree.

Do not mind. Your Motto is "GIVE A DAMN".

 

You are a Trident because you believe in progress.

Then, you notice that change is impossible if it is not the initial orientation.

Do not mind. Your Motto is "GIVE A DAMN".

 

You are a Trident because you believe in improvement.

Then, you notice that resistance prevails in the form of criticism.

Do not mind. Your Motto is "GIVE A DAMN".

 

You are a Trident because you believe in membership participation.

Then, you notice that it is just words: the less you participate, the less you have problems.

Do not mind. Your Motto is "GIVE A DAMN".

 

You are a Trident because you believe in democracy.

Then, you notice that you can do what you wish without need of justification.

Do not mind. Your Motto is "GIVE A DAMN".

 

You are a Trident because you believe that what is worth doing is worth doing well.

Then, you notice that it is not important, it is just a joke.

Do not mind. Your Motto is "GIVE A DAMN".

 

You are a Trident, and you discover that it is nothing but a huge farce topped with a fantastic creed.

Do not mind. Your Motto is "GIVE A DAMN".

 

You are a Trident in order to wear a patch, please others, meet other guys,

and profit from the fringe benefits.

Then, you have the right tone because your Motto

is "GIVE A DAMN".

Trident History

 

Formation: Founded in Montreal in February of 1973, Trident M.C., now International was the result of an idea by two non-club independents.

 

Purpose: Its purpose was to give individuals identity and recognition in order to permit involvement in the local, national and international L/L (Levi/Leather) brother and sisterhood.

 

Identity: Trident International was named and formed during the existence of a Montreal waterfront tavern, The Neptune. The name and logo resulted from the use of the three pronged fork carried by King Neptune, God of the Waters. The logo design stylized the fork and the emblem of the Province of Quebec, the 'Fleur-de-lis'. The basic colors of red and black were those most frequently used by large clubs and affiliations.

 

Chicago Chapter: The first chapter of the Trident International ever to exist in the city of Chicago was founded by Rob Ridinger & John Schultz. John having been a member of Trident Toledo and after meeting Rob in December 1992, decided to establish a Trident chapter in Illinois. In keeping with the requirements for the starting of a new chapter, the first three members of Trident International Windy City were John Schultz, Rob Ridinger and Ed Luisi of the Rodeo Riders, an associate of Trident Toledo. The chapter was officially chartered in August 1993 and held its first bar night at Touché the same month.

 

Membership: Although initially intended for just the two Montreal founders, membership was sought and extended to others of close association and friendship. These included members of L/L clubs, independents, and newcomers to the L/L scene. Membership is now open to anyone who is not a member of a back patch club, and wishes to be part of the Trident International. Associate memberships are offered to those who are already a Full Member of a back patch club; or wish to remain independent, but wish to affiliate with a Leather Brother/Sisterhood. Associate Membership is also how one must start their path towards Full Membership with Trident International Windy City. Members must agree to abide by the Trident Creed.

 

Pledging: To become a member of Trident International Windy City, one must be an associate for a minimum of one year. After that time the club may extend an invitation to pledge. Standard pledge period is six months to one year. During this time, you must attend the regularly scheduled meetings, help out at club nights, travel to another event with the club and complete a Pledge Project under the direction of the Pledge Master.