Chapter Director's corner
Carl & Jan Breeding
The article from the District Membership Enhancement Coordinator gave me pause, and caused me to decide to address an issue that has been bothering me. We meet as a chapter and create a calendar of rides and dinners for a couple of months in advance. Everyone can bring up their ideas for destinations at that time. When someone starts promoting alternative destinations after the ride calendar has been published they are pulling members who would have participated with the chapter and encouraging them to help break the chapter apart. If you really want to destroy the chapter, why are you a part of it? If you simply don’t want to do that particular activity, think about the fact that someone else may not be terribly thrilled with one of the rides you suggested, but they made the ride because that was what the chapter had agreed to do.
I would love to see every member of the chapter participating in all the scheduled events, but I realize that is unrealistic. It is, however realistic to ask that you not entice other members away from the scheduled meeting to sabotage the chapter.
On the brighter side, we are now in the beginnings of Spring. We are still having cool days, and rainy days, but we are also having those days where the temperature gets into the 60s and 70s, and the sunlight calls us to don our riding togs and climb on our bikes and trikes to get back into the groove. If you decide to do that during the week, call another member or two who are also un-encumbered by work, and have a fun, impromptu ride. The company can be handy when you encounter an unexpected problem.
Ride often, ride safe, call a friend, have fun.
Carl & Jan Breeding
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, as February ends and the hint of a few warm days has arrived it is time to start thinking about the upcoming riding season. March promises to be a busy month for everyone with several activities planned. First on March 11th, chapters F&Z are having their annual cook out at the home of Randall and Frankie McGalliard. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Randall’s “man cave” you must put this event on your list, you won’t regret it. The following weekend brings Chapter U and their annual chili cook off at the Ozark Church of Christ beginning at 9AM. Bruce and Eileen and the Chapter U team always put on a fun event, you won’t want to miss this one. The next weekend, March 23rd -25th is the first rally of the season. The Florida District Rally gets everything started with their annual big event. This year it will be held in Altamonte Springs. Our final event of the month is the annual 40 to Phoenix ride spending a day in Birmingham at the Barbers Motor Sports Museum. Following a full day there Chapters T and Y will host an evening dinner for all the riders at the Irondale Café in Irondale, AL. This is always a fun event and a chance to meet riders from all over the country. Please join us on Thursday evening March 30th starting at 5PM for a great evening of fun and good food. Details for each of these events can be found on the District Website. If you need further details please let us know.
As most of you know we have tried to encourage chapter interaction for many years with several different programs with limited success. We, the District team, are currently working on a new program to try to encourage Chapters to visit each other, whether it is to a chapter meeting, dinner ride, fun day, cook out or any other type of event a chapter may be having. We are finalizing the details as this is being written and will have it ready to present to the Chapter Directors before the Alabama District Rally in May. We hope this new program will encourage all the chapters in Alabama to get out and interact with the other chapters in Alabama. More details to come from your Chapter Director. Speaking of the Alabama Rally, we are only about 2 and ½ months out from another busy and fun event for everyone. We are back in Mobile after being away for a few years. We will be at the Ashbury Hotel and Suites. The Ashbury has done some reconfiguration of their hotel and are now offering only 87 rooms available for our event. At this writing there only a few left so if you wish to stay at the host hotel please make your reservations very soon. On the rally registration, please note on the back, new for this year is a change to the Thursday night dinner. This year we are having to charge for the first time. This is a result of prices for food and service increasing to the point that we can no longer afford to offer it for free. If you are going to join us for dinner on Thursday night please check the box on the registration form when you register. If you have already registered and did not check the box or overlooked it please contact Sarah Leach and get that corrected. We are only going to prepare enough food for the people who register. Please don’t get left out. We have a really good meal planned and the costume contest will follow. We would like to see every Alabama District member at the rally. There are lots of things to do and see in Mobile so come on down and have a fun weekend with us.
As always, keep all of the men and women in uniform in your thoughts and prayers as they work each day to maintain the freedom that we all enjoy in this great country. If you have any questions about anything we discussed in this article please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 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
Hoping everyone got out and enjoyed February as the temperature was very mild for this time of year, making for some great wind therapy. We will probably pay for all the nice weather received later in the spring!
This month I will start a series of articles concerning what I believe is important if we want our Chapters to flourish.
Retention Stage one – The welcoming stage, 0ur first meet and greet, at the Chapter Gathering/Meeting most of the time or possibly while on one of our ride events.
The next stage will be the orientation phase. For now, make the new member to our Chapter feel welcome, the prognosis will be improved that we see them at our next meeting or at one of our events.
As always, I am looking forward to seeing you down the road. Keep the rubber to the ground, the sunny side up and Always ENJOY the Ride!!
Ron Landers, NADD
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
How I learned to ride safer through the Rider Education Program
Level 1 – Well this one is simple, just commit to ride safely. Sounds simple enough. You sign up and voila you are a Level I. “Safety by Commitment”.
Being the ambitions type, I was not happy to stay at a Level I, and immediately wanted to know how to become a Level II. With each new level there were requirements to fulfill. I had to ride safely for 5000 miles and take a riding course (mine was a Trike Riding Course – TRC). Hence Level II is “Safety by Education”.
Now my sights were set on that Level III. What did I need to do now?
The road to Level IV took a little longer. I needed to be a Level III for a year, and ride 25,000 safe miles. Funny thing happened on the way to that coveted Level IV, I developed a love of riding, and of riding safely. I wanted to teach my fellow riders the courses they would need to stay safe too.
Three years from now I will attain my Grand Master Level IV. No time to sit back on my laurels, I must always be up-to-date with my training and ride safely.
Now you ask why did I go on-and-on about this program? Because it matters. My safety, your safety, the group’s safety, and even the motorist’s safety all stems from making that first commitment to ride safely.
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
IT Is Coming
Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
Recipe of the Month
German Cucumber Salad
Cut and slice cucumbers, add remaining ingredients.
Scheduled Events for the Month
1, Wed - Happy Birthday Charles Broadway
- Ash Wednesday -- First Day of Lent
2, Thu - Dinner - Samurai Steakhouse -- 6:30pm - 702 US HWY 72W Athens, Al 35611
8, Wed - Happy Anniversary Mike and Alice Chapman
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)
11, Sat - Ride - Bankhead National Forest -- 9am - Athens Shell (Stop for lunch at Brandin Iron Steakhouse, 87 County Road 1242 Cullman, AL 35057)
- Chapter F and Z Funday ~ 10:00-2:00 -- $10.00 each person Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Baked Beans and Fixings, Rain or Shine, Bike or Cars, We will be inside. (McGalliard Home's: 919 Coburn Lane Marbury, AL 36091)
12, Sun - Safety - Ladies training - Parking lot course -- 1pm (East Limestone High School parking lot) Short ride after training
- Daylight Savings Time Begins -- Spring Ahead
15, Wed - Happy Birthday Audrey McQueen
16, Thu - Dinner - Mildred's Restaurant - 6:30pm -- 27926 Main St, Ardmore, AL 35739
17, Fri - St. Patrick's Day
18, Sat - Ride - George Dickel Distillery -- 9am - Old Mapco on Hwy 72 and Old Railroad Bed Road (1950 Cascade Hollow RD, Tullahoma, TN 37388)
20, Mon - First Day of Spring
21, Tue - Happy Anniversary Michael and Rita Moore
23, Thu - Dinner - Joe's World Famous Pizzeria -- 630pm - 1260 US Highway 72 E, Athens, AL 35611
- GWRRA - Florida District Rally (Thru Saturday)
25, Sat - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
30, Thu - Dinner - Francesco's Italian Restaurant -- 7:00pm - 2613 Highway 31 S, Decatur, AL 35603
- 40 to Phoenix -- Chapters AL-T and AL-Y will be hosting 40 to Phoenix -- at Barbers Motor Sports - Dinner at Irondale Cafe at 5:00pm