Chapter Director's corner
Carl & Jan Breeding
This is it! The last month of the year! Where did all of the time go? Why didn’t I get more of the things I had hoped to do, done? Are those some of the thoughts that go through your mind when the end of the year draws nigh? Most members probably feel that way, but if you look at the scrapbook Jan does for the Chapter activities, you just may wonder how it all fits into just one year.
If we haven’t been doing the rides you would like to go on, bring your ideas to the next Ride Planning Meeting, share them! Keep in mind that a longer ride will necessitate a longer period between comfort stops, so we will have to accomplish the ride with less standing around time. Also keep in mind that as we get older, more folks want to be back from the ride before it gets dark. This is not because they are afraid of the dark, but rather a combination of not having good night vision anymore and not wanting to have a close encounter with wildlife.
At the next Ride Planning meeting, 7 January 2017 at Kurt and Lynne Chadwick’s home, 2 PM we plan to start asking the members to sign up to plan the routes for the rides being planned. We would like to have pre-planned rides for the use of the riders and for anyone who needs to join up on the way or to depart early on the way back. More discussions will be forthcoming on this.
Remember that the chapter Christmas Party will be at IHOP on 8 December at 6:30 P.M. If you wish to participate in the Dirty Santa, be thinking about gifts to bring. We recommend a $20 maximum cost.
The New Year’s Eve ride will be to the Hartselle Cracker Barrel at 1909 Uncle Hershel Way SE in Hartselle, leaving the Athens Shell at 0900 A.M. New Year’s Day we will be joining a multi-chapter ride in to Wintzell's Oyster House in Guntersville (14455 US Hwy 431 S. Guntersville, AL 35976 ) we leave the Athens Shell at 9A.M.
We encourage you to invite your friends who ride, to visit our meetings. There is no requirement to own a bike in order to belong to GWRRA and participate in our activities. The more people we have attending events, the more ideas will be brought forward for future activities.
Ride often, ride safe, have fun.
Carl & Jan Breeding
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, where did this month go? Seems like it just started! Well, it just means that Linda and I are one month closer to retirement!!! November was supposed to be the month things slowed down a little. We participated with our home chapter, Chapter T in a bike show in Hueytown, Al. It was a great day, beautiful weather and we had two chapters participate. Chapter N has some representatives that also participated with us, great to see them there. We had a plaque grab in Madison, Al. Chapter B offered the scrapbook up for grabs and Chapter D brought enough members to take it back home and they will keep it until Jan. We had 19 bikes and trikes participate in the Birmingham Veterans Day parade. WOW, what a crowd turned out in downtown Birmingham to salute all of our veterans, both current and former. There were several chapters that participated in Veterans Day parades in their home towns and we thank all of you for taking the time to salute our veterans as well.
We have our annual Region A officer’s conference coming up on Dec 3rd in Eufaula. The Alabama District Team will be there.
We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and if you are traveling this holiday season, please be careful and watch out for the other guy. There will be lots of folks on the road this year so keep an eye out for the 4 wheelers! As always, keep our men and women in uniform in your thoughts and prayers and please remember our first responders as well. We hope to see all of you out on the road,
Frank and Linda Teasley
A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors
Gail and I want to thank all of our Alabama members for participating and being involved this past year. We appreciate all of our members and especially or Chapter Directors and Officers that keep this organization moving forward. We cannot do this without you all.
We wish you all and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy, but Safe, New Year.
Robert & Gail Brown
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
I would like to again thank Mark Swindle of Chapter S, Ron Landers of Chapter D, and James Clayson of Chapter U for their assistance in locating suitable facilities and helping with arrangements for riding courses this year. Now that the weather has turned colder, the same chapters are helping to facilitate the presentation of other training that has little or no outdoor component.
Winter is the perfect time if your chapter needs First Aid/CPR. Simply contact Robert and Gail Brown to schedule a class. If you need a Co-Rider class, Motorist Awareness Seminar, or other riding classes contact me, if you need Leadership training, contact Roy Fosnight. That does not mean we are the only ones that teach those programs, but instead, we are the ones that arrange for instructors. Part of the scheduling is to de-conflict the schedule with other District, Region, or National level meetings or events that the instructors or participants need to attend.
I would encourage the Chapter Directors and Chapter Educators to be canvassing their members to determine whether enough of the members are interested to justify holding a class for your chapter; or possibly contact nearby chapters to explore possibly having a joint training opportunity with them. We already have a training day on the schedule for Chapter D on the only open weekend in January, so you need to be thinking ahead. Please bear in mind that the instructors need time to free up their schedule also.
Hopefully we will see you at Wintzels in Guntersville for the New Year’s Day get-together.
Ride Safe, Call a Friend
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Ok Folks, I am late with this so I will make it short.
First of all we want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.
Again I need your newsletters 3 of your choice hard copies by the 10th of December. I send these off to another District to be judged. And have to have them to Region in January.
I need individual of the year paperwork by JAN. 15th.
I need Chapter MEC of the year by January 1st.
I need Chapter OF The Year packets by January 1st. Or sooner as these take longer.
Hoping for a change at our Officers conference in December. With everything coming due at same time is a little much.
I have not moved, but getting rid of Post Office Box. Please change your mailing address for me to:
The PO Box will be good till April.
I am still waiting to hear from some of you on the NOV. ARL Most only had one call to make.
Thanks for all that you all do.
Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
Recipe of the Month
My Favorite Gingerbread Men Recipe
Make sure you chill the cookie dough discs for a minimum of 3 hours.
• 10 Tablespoons (145g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
• Cookie cutter(s)
1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and molasses and beat on medium high speed until combined and creamy-looking. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Next, beat in egg and vanilla on high speed for 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. The butter may separate; that's ok.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves together until combined. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick and slightly sticky. Divide dough in half and place each onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap each up tightly and pat down to create a disc shape. Please see photo and description above in my post. Chill discs for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough. I always chill mine overnight.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
4. Remove 1 disc of chilled cookie dough from the refrigerator. Generously flour a work surface, as well as your hands and the rolling pin. Don't be afraid to continually flour the work surface as needed- this dough can be sticky. Roll out disc until 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes. Place shapes 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Re-roll dough scraps until all the dough is shaped. Repeat with remaining disc of dough.
5. Bake cookies for about 9-10 minutes. If your cookie cutters are smaller than 4 inches, bake for about 8 minutes. If your cookie cutters are larger than 4 inches, bake for about 11 minutes. My oven has hot spots and yours may too- so be sure to rotate the pan once during bake time.
6. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. Once completely cool, decorate as desired.
Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. Baked and decorated (or not decorated) cookies freeze well - up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough discs (just the dough prepared through step 2) freeze well - up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then continue with step 3.
• 1 and 1/2 cups (180g) confectioners' sugar
For the icing, whisk the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons of water in a medium bowl. It should be quite thick. If it is much too thick, add ½ Tablespoon more water. If it is much too thin, add 2 more Tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar. If you drizzle a little of the icing with the whisk, the ribbon of icing will hold for a few seconds before melting back into the icing. That is when you know it’s the right consistency and is ready to use. If desired, add liquid or gel food coloring. You can pour some icing into different bowls if using multiple colors. If not decorating right away, cover the icing tightly and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Decorate the cooled cookies however you’d like. Squeeze bottles make decorating so easy. You may enjoy right away or you can wait 24 hours for the icing to set and harden – no need to cover the cookies as the icing sets. Once the icing has set, these cookies are great for gifting or for sending. The cookies stay soft for about 5 days at room temperature.
Scheduled Events for the Month
December - 2016
1, Thu - Dinner-J&W Steak House -- 7pm, 45 Marco Dr, Priceville, AL
3, Sat - Ride - Honda Motorcycle Dealer in Corinth, MS -- 9:00am - Athens Shell (Highway 72 E, Corinth, MS 38834)
8, Thu - Dinner - IHOP -- 6:30-9 pm - Chapter H Christmas Party (16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL )
10, Sat - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
21, Wed - First Day of Winter -- 10:37 UTC
25, Sun - Christmas
31, Sat - Ride - Cracker Barrel -- 10:00M Athens Shell (1909 Uncle Hershel Way SE, Hartselle, AL 35640)