Chapter Director's corner
Carl & Jan Breeding
Happy New Year!
We would like to thank all of you who have called and expressed concern for my health and offered help. I am fine, if a little weak and unsteady. I should move around and get my confidence back in walking, otherwise there are no noticeable adverse effects.
I also need to apologize for missing events, even if it wasn’t my fault. I will do my best to stay out of hospitals. Next Saturday Jan and I have to attend a planning meeting for the District Rally, so if there is a suggestion you want made about that, let us know.
The rainy weather and the cold won’t last forever, it will just feel that way. It is a good time to be doing maintenance on your bike or paying to have it done. Get your oil changes done and your tires checked now instead of waiting. Make sure to run your engine for a while (at least fifteen or twenty minutes) occasionally to keep your battery charged and the seals lubricated; better yet, go for at least a half hour ride, do a thorough TCLOC on your bike, and enjoy it for a while. It doesn’t HAVE to be a prolonged ride, but you just may make it longer just because you can.
It is also an excellent time to add more lights. It may not be as fancy a light show as some of the installers do, but you can add LED lights inexpensively with a little judicious internet shopping.
Talk to your significant other about accessories they might like, they may surprise you and suggest something you were hesitant to mention.
Start planning your Summer travels, longer travels take more planning and preparation. We started planning our trip to Wing Ding in Grapevine even before we left Billings.
Get together with your favorite riders and discuss rides you would like to take; better yet, if you think of a trip, plan out a route and research activities to make it more fun, then bring it to a Planning Meeting.
Ride often, ride safe, have fun.
Carl & Jan Breeding
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, well it looks like 2017 is upon us. We hope you had a great 2016 and, like us, are looking forward to a great 2017. We would like for you to carry one thought into 2017. I will promise to participate more in 2017! Participate in what you may ask. We are talking about more than just chapter events. There are always events going on throughout the District including District events. Please make yourself a pledge to participate more this year in all these events. The more you participate the more fun you have! If you remember back that was one of your primary reasons for joining this great organization in the first place.
The first event in February is the Chapter N Chili Cook Off scheduled for Feb 11th at the Palisades Park in Oneonta, Al. This is an annual event that is very well attended and we hope all of you are making plans to attend.
On January 14 we held our annual Officers Conference at the Gardendale Civic Center. The event was very well attended and we had a great day. We welcomed two new CD’s to our group, Harvey and Constance Allen for Chapter A in Mobile and Sid and Virginia Little for Chapter F in Montgomery. A very special thanks to both of them for stepping up to keep their chapters moving forward. We were also please to award Senior Chapter Director Status to Roy and Anita Fosnight, Chapter B, Roy and Diane Beall, Chapter J, Bruce and Eileen Williamson, Chapter U and Robert and Gail Brown, Chapter Y. Robert and Gail Brown stepped down as Assistant District Directors North but are staying on as Vendor Coordinators. Assuming their duties is Ron Landers, Senior Chapter Director from Chapter D in Anniston. A special welcome and thanks to Ron for taking on this new assignment, we know he will do well.
Please remember that the Region A rally season is just around the corner (Florida District Rally in March). Please make plans to attend as many of these events as possible. We always have a great time at all the rallies around Region A.
Lastly, please remember all of our men and women in uniform and their families as well as all of our first responders and their families. They are the ones out there protecting us each and every day. Thanks for all you do and we look forward to seeing all of you out on the road.
Frank and Linda Teasley
A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors
Being asked to join the District Team (whether I was their first consideration or just the one who would accept is not known and irrelevant) was something I had not given much thought to or was I enthusiastic about volunteering for a position as a District Team member. My ambition and intent was to eventually step aside as Chapter Director and become a JAM (just another member) of the Chapter. After considerable thought, I concluded I would accept the position.
We started our New Year with Chapters meeting in Guntersville on a wet, foggy 1st of January for a gathering at Wintzell’s Oyster Bar and believe about 80 participants were in attendance. It was great to see so many, again this is thanks to Robert and Gail as they made the arrangements. If you weren’t in attendance, I believe you missed out on a great time, some good door prizes and of course the 50/25/25 which was a nice sum.
Unfortunately, due to Mother Nature the passing of the District Scrapbook had to be delayed until the 28th, so the outcome of this is yet to be determined. The primary objective of this is the camaraderie and the added incentive to have your Chapter Charter fees paid by the District for next year. Of course, again the primary goal is to get Chapters visiting each other.
Our next event was our Officer Conference in Gardendale where all our Chapter Teams met for the annual Financial reports submission and welcoming of new officers and to say thanks to those stepping down for a job well done. Everything said and done, some good information was presented. Now it’s up to us as Chapter Director’s to implement the information provided.
I hope you will not forget the upcoming District Rally in May and have started preparing your Couple of the Year baskets. Before we get to the District Rally, don’t forget we have our Annual Motorists Awareness day coming up at the Welcome Centers. PLEASE DON’T wait until the month prior to the event to begin planning/preparing for these as they do require some effort. We have the Florida Rally in March for those who may have an interest. As with our Chapters, without participation the rallies will eventually become a thing of the past.
In closing, I’m looking forward to visiting Chapters as I have always enjoyed. I ask each of y0u to know regardless of your position within the Chapter I am always available to assist with any questions/concerns you may have or assist in any other way I can. Please don’t hesitate to call, email or text me, it’s easier to fix something before it is broken than to wait and attempt to figure out what kind of glue you need to fix it!
Hoping to see you down the road,
Ron Landers, NADD
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
I had an incident this week that convinces me that we need everyone possible trained in First Aid/CPR and in operating the vehicle they are riding on if possible. You do not need to undergo my experience to understand my view, I will explain.
What does this have to do with my opening statement? Well I feel that my and Jan’s participation in the MFA/CPR program enabled us to quickly realize what was happening. What about the other part? Well, one of our chapter members was astute enough to make a comment a few months ago: “You know, on the rides we have extra seats, but we don’t have any extra riders.” We started teaching some of the spouses how to operate trikes, after they got licenses, enough so they can be safe on the highway. Once they achieve basic competence we encourage them to complete a full TRC. It is not that we are trying to force them to have their own bike, just that we would like them to be safe if their primary rider has a medical emergency. We feel the need for those “extra riders”, especially as we get older and our health deteriorates.
Unfortunately, the training planned for Chapter D has had to be rescheduled, it is now planned for 25 February. Those that were planning to be there in January should have gotten the word, so there should not be any confusion, nor folks traveling needlessly.
Ride Safe, Call a Friend
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Well here we are in January going into February and it looks like it is going to be a wet one for next couple of weeks. I hope it is not a sign of things to come for the summer.
Folks we did a good job of recruiting this past year, but we failed on getting them involved in chapters. We need to really work on retention and getting new members interested in chapter life. It doesn’t do any good to recruit if they drop out after the first year is up.
At the Officers Conference the 14th there were some good Ideas brought up for both recruiting and retention I hope some of you will use those and add your own ideas as well.
How is the time to be putting your COY Baskets together to be raffled off at our Rally in May. This really helps our District and now our Region and our next to be National COYS.
The Theme for the Rally in Mobile May 18th, 19th, 20th, is TV Sitcoms so there are great opportunities for costumes and skits. Put something together and have fun. Key word is fun.
I am late with this again so be safe
Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
Recipe of the Month
Easy Italian Pasta Bake
1- pound ground chuck
Heat oven to 350.
Brown ground beef in large skillet, drain. Add pasta, sauce and half the Parmesan; mix well. Add a little salt.
Spoon into 9x13 baking dish, top with remaining cheese.
Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.
Scheduled Events for the Month
2, Thu - Dinner - Samurai Steakhouse -- 6:30pm - 702 US HWY 72W Athens, Al 35611
- Ground Hog Day
4, Sat - Ride -Visit Chapter S meeting at Kelly's Grill - 17901 US 43, Russellville, AL 35654 -- 6am - Athens Shell (On return home, stop at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame located at 617 Highway 72 West in Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674)
- Happy Birthday Jerry Rodgers
- AL-S Russellville (Cedar Creek Wings) Meeting -- Kelley's Grill, 17901 Hwy 43, Russellville - Eat 8:00am / Meet 9:00am
5, Sun - Super Bowl Sunday
9, Thu - Athens Eagle Wings Gathering -- 2nd Thursday of the month 6:15pm to eat/7pm to meet IHOP, 16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL (Blue Chapter shirts)
- Happy Birthday Melissa Rodgers
11, Sat - Ride - Little River Canyon National Preserve, Ft Payne, AL -- 9am - Madison (Cracker Barrel) Shell (Visit Orbix Glass, 3869 County RD 275, Fort Payne, AL 35967)
14, Tue - - Valentine's Day
18, Sat - Ride - Campbell Station and Soda Pop Junction -- 930am - Athens Shell (Campbell Station Country Store and Restaurant located at 2800 Dodson Gap RD, Culleoka, TN 38451)
20, Mon - President's Day
23, Thu - Dinner - Mangia Italian Restaurant -- 6:30pm - 2007 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758
25, Sat - Ride - Nashville, TN -- 7am - Athens Shell (Breakfast at Marcy Jo's - 4205 Highway 431, Columbia, TN 38401)
28, Tue - Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday)