Chapter Director's corner
We have had a sweltering couple of weeks, but that hasn’t completely halted us as a Chapter. On 23 July we had fifteen chapter members show up for breakfast and thirteen participated in the first annual “Behind the Badge” ride to show our support for the Athens Police Department. This was not a political statement, but rather our way of saying “Thank You” to the friends and neighbors who keep us safe in our daily lives.
July 24 we had twelve members at our home for a “Ride Planning Meeting” to help plan the chapter’s activities for the next three months. Our thanks to all who participated. Additionally, we would like to thank all who provided refreshments, I am still stuffed.
After the planning meeting, we provided a Motorist Awareness seminar, Jerry and Melissa needed this seminar to continue the Level IV Master Tour Riders, and this completed Kurt and Lynne’s requirements to be Level III Certified Tour Riders. Congratulations! It is encouraging when the members want to ride more safely, and we want to make sure we recognize their efforts.
Larry Bradley has asked to step down as Chapter Treasurer, Lynne Chadwick has agreed to replace him as Treasurer. In addition, Kurt and Lynne Chadwick have agreed to become Assistant Chapter Directors, Jerry and Melissa Rodgers will continue as ACDs with a primary focus on Membership Enhancement. We would like to express our appreciation to all of them. Larry stepped up when we really needed someone, and did a very good job.
We plan to offer both the Team Riding Seminar and the Road Captain’s Course after returning from Wing Ding, so keep your eyes on the calendar. We would like to invite everyone to participate in as many events as your personal schedule permits, few of us can make every event on the calendar, but you are ALWAYS welcome.
Ride Safe, Ride often, call friends to join you.
Carl & Jan
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, another month has passed us by and those of you who like hot weather should really being enjoying this month. We are having heat waves across the country and right here in our own neck of the woods. Please take extra precautions to keep yourself and your bike in the hot weather mode! Please drink plenty of fluids and use the cool collars or the cool vest to keep your body temp regulated during your hot weather rides.
We had our first District Scrapbook grab since our last article. Chapter Z put the book up for grabs and Chapter D took it home. The gathering was well attended and a good meal and a good time were had by all. Ice cream during the trip home made it even better! Chapter D will be offering the Scrapbook up for grabs on July 23rd in Anniston. We hope to have a great turnout for that event as well.
The South Carolina District Rally is in the books and we really enjoyed ourselves. The rally was held in Anderson at the Anderson Civic Center. Everyone, including the vendors, was indoors so the heat was not a factor. The event was well attended and culminated on Saturday evening at closing with a changing of the District Team. Phil and Judy Stone, the District Directors, stepped down at closing. Big thanks to Phil and Judy for a job well done for South Carolina during their tenure. Assuming their duties are long time GWRRA members, Buddy and Kim Summers. They are currently the MAD coordinators for Region A. We wish them the best of luck and know they will do a great job for all the members in South Carolina.
Wing Ding is just around the corner and we wanted to remind everyone that is going to be there that Alabama has the Registration table from 11AM until 3PM on Wednesday, August 31. If you are there and can spare and hour or two your help would be greatly appreciated. Not only will you get to sit down in the air conditioning but you will get a chance to meet and greet GWRRA members from all over the world! A great chance to make some new friends and some great memories at the same time. We hope to see all of you there.
Please remember all of our men and women in uniform that put themselves in harm’s way each and every day to protect and serve us. These are very difficult times for them and their families right now and we want to thank them for their service each and every day. With the difficulties that our law enforcement officers have to face every day, and especially right now, please say thank you to them when you see them out. They really need our support right now! We hope to see all of you out on the road,
A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors
How do you, as a Chapter Director, communicate with your chapter members? Have you thought about it lately, and are your members getting the information? Here are some of the ways to make your members aware of what is going on in the chapter and district.
The main means of communication is your chapter newsletter. The MOU, which you signed, is a contract that states you will publish a newsletter and distribute it to all the district, region and national members. Your newsletter should include information from you, your ACD, Educator and MEC along with articles from the District Director and Region Director. Any article with information you feel the members need or will be interested in should be included along with your monthly calendar. The calendar should contain information for rides, meeting places and depart times. Your Officer Guide Book and the GWRRA Website has all the information for Newsletters.
Other communication means are e-mail and phone trees. E-Mails can be sent to remind members of events and the information found on the chapter calendar. As we age, we need these to keep us on track. The chapter phone tree can be used for those members that do not have internet service or, if an emergency arises, so that members can be contacted right away.
Social media such as Face Book is very popular, but not everyone uses it. It can be one of your communication tools; just not your main one. If your chapter uses Face Book, it should be closely monitored and access limited as to who can post.
Communication is of the utmost importance and the above are ways for you to communicate within GWRRA. If you could use help with your newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Robert & Gail Brown
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
We would like to express our appreciation to two different groups. First, thanks to the Rider Course Instructors for the work they do to help us be safer on the Highways. I would also like to thank the chapter members and leadership that have been helping nominate ranges for our use and to coordinate their use. It is important for all of the members to understand that none of us are paid to do these things, it is part of our contribution.
We have offered Trike Rider Courses (TRCs) in Russellville and Lincoln, and are busily planning additional courses. We expect to have an Advanced Rider Course (ARC) (two wheeled vehicles) on September 17th in Russellville, and a TRC in Dothan on 8 October and an ARC as well if Troy State can devote two parking lots for our use on the same date, if not we will have to present them on consecutive weekends. Ron Landers is working to get an obligation for a range for us in Jacksonville, Alabama, we will publish details when all arrangements are made.
The good news is that Wing Ding, the Kentucky Rally, the SD/NE Rally, and the Montana rally are all in August also, and we hope to make them all. The bad news is that the weather for the last couple of weeks has been dangerously hot, and we don’t expect any relief between now and the end of August. I encourage all of you to ensure you stay hydrated and to keep your eyes on the rest of your riding companions to help monitor their condition. I know we had to have an intervention yesterday to keep a member of our group from serious problems due to the heat. Even in the shade, it is dangerous when the temperatures are in the 90s or higher. If possible get the over-heated person indoors out of the heat until they feel better. If not, you can help them to a shady place and cool them with cool, wet cloths or water.
We want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you in helping to keep our Rider Education program viable!
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Well not long ago everyone was saying it was too cold, well do you like the change. The next couple of weeks are to be really hot so please be dressed for it and drink plenty of water. Fewer clothes are not the best answer for staying cool and protected.
It seems as though everyone is concentrating on getting new members, and have did a good job of it here lately. But we have also got to work at retaining the ones we have. How do we do that is by making them want to stay? We are having a steady drop in membership each quarter. Some of them are the ones that joined and never got active in a chapter. Some are dropping out for health reasons. We have people in their 90s that are still riding so it does not seem to be just old age but the health of us old folks. I know just in the last three years are so my ability’s to do a lot has dropped. You just got too tough to be old.
I may be old and slow but I just renewed for another 5 years so look for me to be around till 2022. I may be in a 4 wheeler but as long as it is fun I will do my best to stick around. Be optimists go ahead and renew. All staff members should renew at least for another three years at a time.
I am late with this so till next month be safe.
Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
Recipe of the Month
2 pkgs frozen chopped broccoli
Cook broccoli per directions on package. Drain, remove from stove and stir in chopped cheese until melted. Pour in casserole dish. Add Ritz cracker crumbs mixed with butter and spread on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Scheduled Events for the Month
August - 2016
4, Thu - Dinner - Bike Night at Lawler's Barbecue -- 6-8pm (1506 Hwy 72E, Athens, AL (across from the Shell Station))
6, Sat - Ride - Visit Chapter S meeting - 17901 Highway 43, Russellville, AL 35654 -- 6am - Athens Shell
7, Sun - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
8, Mon - Sturgis Rally (Thru 14th) -- Sturgis, SD
11, Thu - Athens Eagle Wings Gathering -- 2nd Thursday of the month 6:15pm to eat/7pm to meet IHOP, 16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL (September 8 gathering will be moved to September 15)
13, Sat - Ride - Cathedral Caverns - 637 Cave Road Woodville, AL 35769 -- 8am - Madison Cracker Barrel Shell
14, Sun - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
16, Tue - Happy Birthday Bev Quail
17, Wed - Happy Birthday Alice Chapman
18, Thu - Dinner - Mildred's Restaurant -- 630pm - 27842 Main St, Ardmore, AL
19, Fri - Sturgis Mississippi Rally
20, Sat - Ride - Ava Maria Grotto - 1600 St. Bernard Drive SE Cullman, AL 35055 -- 8am - Athens Shell
21, Sun - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
25, Thu - Dinner - Terranova's Restaurant -- 630pm - 1420 Paramount Dr Ste 1, Huntsville, AL 35806
27, Sat - Ride - Helen Keller House - 300 North Commons Street, West Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674 -- 8am Athens Shell
- Happy Birthday Rita Moore
28, Sun - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
- Happy Birthday Kurt Chadwick
31, Wed - Wing-Ding (Thru Saturday)