Gold Wing Road Riders Association 
Athens Eagle Wings
It's All About the Ride
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April 2017 

Chapter Director's corner

       

Carl & Jan Breeding
Chapter Directors GWRRA AL-H Athens Eagle Wings

Whee! Spring is here!  The Breeding and Rodgers outing to the Florida Rally is well underway. We have enjoyed some beautiful shorts and tee shirt weather, the Disney Parks, and now look forward to renewing acquaintances from rallies past.  The social part of the Association is an Important ingredient to most who ride, if not, why be a part of the group.

When asked why I put such importance on Rider Education, Medic First Aid, and Motorist Awareness, my personal answer is that I have already lost too many friends through combat and accidents to be willing to lose any unnecessarily. I also encourage all riders to do their own version of a parking lot practice to brush up on their skills that may have gotten rusty during the reduced riding season.

If you are not sure of your status on training, contact me or Jan; if you are eligible for advancement let Jan know, and fill out the necessary application.  I seriously request that everyone participate so we can continue to enjoy one another’s company.

Please try to reserve the time in your schedule for the Motorist Awareness Day scheduled for 3 June. Chapter H has the afternoon shift at the Welcome Center in I-65 South bound. This is an opportunity for us to discuss the joys and dangers of riding with other travelers, and to encourage them to watch out for us.  We always enjoy talking to the tourist passing through, and we frequently meet groups of motorcyclists who obviously enjoy talking to us.  After the MAD event, we Plan on visiting Mildred’s in Ardmore for Dinner and continued socializing.

I also ask the members to talk to other motorcyclist they know and encourage them to come join us. The more participation we have, the more socializing, the more enjoyment is available.

Ride often, ride safe, call a friend, have fun.

Carl & Jan Breeding
Chapter Directors

News from Your District Directors


Frank & Linda Teasley
Alabama District Directors

Greetings fellow riders, as this is written we are in the midst of mother nature reminding us that winter is not quite over, 26 degrees this morning! With that said it is the end of March so riding weather is just around the corner. With that please remember to, if you have not already done so, get your bike/trike and YOURSELF ready for the upcoming riding season. You already know how to prepare your bike, how do you prepare yourself? Practice, Practice, Practice! Everyone who rides can handle the bike/trike out on the road at 70MPH. Most of our problems occur when we are at low speeds (parking lots, ECT). You can practice those skills on your own. Do you need a formal ARC/TRC, YES! However, you can practice the same skills you learn there on your own and by the way, if you normally ride two up, practice the same way!  In short, get yourself and your co-rider ready to get out and enjoy the warm weather when it arrives.

April will be a busy month. Chapters F&Z will have their cookout at the McGalliard plantation on April 1st. The following Saturday, April 8th is the annual Alabama District Picnic at the Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury. Finally on Saturday the 29th, Chapter G will be having their annual fun day in Samson, Al. Information for all these events are posted on the District website. We hope all of you will make plans to attend each of these events.

May brings a host of events including our own Alabama District Rally May 18, 19 and 20 at the Ashbury Hotel in Mobile. We have lots of activities planned for you; some of them will be new to our rally and will involve your knowledge and your participation. Fun and prizes will be awarded for these two events. Thursday evening will be our dinner for everyone (please remember that this year there is a small charge) followed by the costume contest. Friday morning brings the District COY/IOY selection followed by lots of things to do afterward. We have some very good seminars both Friday and Saturday, vendors, and bingo both days. Breakfast and lunch will be offered at the hotel all three days. We are planning a couple of surprises for you as well. For those who attended closing ceremonies last year in Eufaula, please bring your toy TV’s that we passed out to everyone. We will have a bin ready to put them in and at closing ceremonies we will draw one out and that person will get a special prize! Good luck to everyone on that drawing! We hope to see all Alabama GWRRA members there!

The rally season begins in March with the Florida Rally March 23,24 and 25 in Altamonte Springs, Fl. May brings two rallies, the South Carolina rally May 5 and 6 in Beaufort SC and our own Alabama District rally May 18,19 and 20. June brings the Georgia District Rally in Dalton, Ga the 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Aug/Sept brings on Wing Ding in Grapevine Texas. October completes the year with two rallies, Mississippi District rally Oct 12,13 and 14 in Gulfport, Ms and the final of the year is the Region A rally in Eufaula, Al Oct 26,27,28. As you can see we have a busy year ahead so make your plans now to attend as many of these functions as possible. Remember, the more you participate the more fun you will have!

Please remember all of our men and women in uniform, both active and veteran. They are serving and have served us all to keep our way of life in this great country intact. When you see an active duty or veteran of our military as well as any of our first responders, take a moment to thank them for what they do and have done for us. Without them, things would be a lot different in this country. We hope to see all of you out on the road this riding season,                                           

Frank and Linda Teasley

A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors


Ron Landers
North Assistant District Directors

In March’s newsletter, we discussed the initial contact of new members or Phase One of the Retention Phase. This month we will discuss Phase Two, what I refer to as the member Orientation Process.
Orientation can be accomplished at our monthly gathering/meeting, while on a ride event or supper event, just about any place we have contact with the new member. It involves the paperwork issues we should all be concerned with. Likely the first two areas of concern you will want to address are the Levels Program and Personal Contact information.
We want to ensure the new member is entered in the Level program. The member may decide not to further their Levels any higher than Level 1 after the program and its purpose is explained, but each of our members should be a Level 1 at minimum. Why - Do you want to ride with someone that will not commit to safe riding? I don’t. At the latest, this should be completed prior to any ride we go on with the new member. Explain our ride events, explain what group riding is and entails? Maybe they have enjoyed group rides in the past, likely not.  During our rides, do we invite them into our conversations at our rest/refuel stops and at our destination? If not, again we are setting ourselves up for failure. The member will not participate in the future as they went home with the feeling they weren’t wanted on the ride.
Another area of interest we should be interested in is to ascertain, birth date, anniversary date if applicable as we want to recognize these special days in our newsletters.  What about mailing address, if the member is a single member, who is next to contact in case of an emergency? We will utilize this information on our active member roster. (You do maintain an active member roster?) This is also the time to have the new member acknowledge the Letter of Confidentiality Agreement. This little sheet of paper could prevent your chapter and CD from facing a law suit under the privacy act of 1978. Important, especially if you’re providing personal information to your chapter members. This information would normally be obtained by your MEC, but all officers and COY should carry it as some of these members we may only see once or twice a year! Be prepared.
We want to ensure they receive an orientation package. This will normally include a brochure or pamphlet concerning a brief history of GWRRA and your Chapter. This may include upcoming rallies, fun days and what fun days are, and district events. Not only does this provide information, but develops a conversation between you and the new member as there will always be questions.
Next month we will introduce the participation phase. This is near the top of the list for retention. For as stated before, without participation there will be no FUN! No fun equals no renewal of their membership.
Until next month, let’s all have FUN and Ride as often as we can as it’s all about the ride.
Keep the rubber to the ground, the sunny side up and Always ENJOY the Ride!!

Ron Landers, NADD
Assistant District Director
North Alabama

A Note from Your District Educators

Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
Carl & Jan Breeding
Motorist Awareness Coordinators/District Educators, AL District GWRRA

Distracted Driving

How many times have you been driving down the road and noticed a vehicle swerving across the road, or slowly drifting from one lane to another?  These are some of the sure signs of a distracted driver,  not the only ones, but the more common ones.
Coming South to attend the Florida Rally, we saw a lot of this.  We saw drivers who were busy dialing their cellular phone instead of paying the needed attention to safely operating their vehicle; others so busy with their radio that they were not even looking where they were going; still others who were busily discussing something of obvious importance with passengers in their vehicle.  The most important duty of a vehicle operator is to operate the vehicle safely.  If other matters interfere with that duty, you need to safely pull off the travel lane of the highway and take care of that pressing situation.  Only after it is resolved will you be able to resume your important duty of helping your fellow travelers arrive alive at their destination.
Another important duty of a driver is to continuously monitor the condition and responses of your vehicle.  We saw a vehicle, pulling a trailer with a flat tire just going down the highway, the trailer was gyrating wildly behind the tow vehicle.  If the trailer is not following smoothly in the tracks, there is a problem.  Again, safely pull from the highway and assess the situation.  We passed the vehicle with me rolling down my window and pointing wildly to let the driver know he had an issue.  When he slowed down things got even more exciting for him for a short while, but continuing would have resulted in the extra tire on that side experiencing a blow-out, and resulting in a catastrophic failure, and probably a wreck.
I will not pretend that I never drive distracted even for a little bit, but as soon as I realize what is going on I either stop doing whatever it is, get a passenger to handle the situation for me, or move from the roadway and try to resolve the issue safely.  The surest way to ensure you do not arrive safely at your destination is to continue driving without resolving the issues.
Does this sort of thing occur while we are on a ride with the chapter? Of course, but we need to notice what is going on and correct the issue.  If you are leading and lose your turn, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance, you might get a less than prestigious award for it, but that is better than endangering the group.  If all else fails, let someone lead the group who is more familiar with the roads and the way to the destination. 
Fortunately, most of us cannot operate our cellular devices while riding on our motorcycles, but even if you can, talk just long enough to tell the caller you will call them back when you can safely do so. Drive in a manner to “Arrive Alive.”
Ride safely, ride often, call a friend.

Carl
AL-H Chapter Educator

Recipe of the Month

Cheat’s Caramel Mousse

3 ½ bars of Milky Way Candy
1-tablespoon milk
10 oz. of heavy cream lightly whipped
Handful of malt balls
Whipped cream to decorate

Put the milk and Milky Way bars in a heatproof bowl. Melt over hot water until smooth and completely melted.  Set aside to cool a little.
Mix in a couple of tablespoons of whipped cream into the mixture and fold in the remaining whipped cream and spoon into ramekins or glasses. Put in the fridge for about an hour for a soft set or overnight for a firmer set.
Decorate with whipped cream and crushed malt balls.

Scheduled Events for the Month

April 2017

1, Sat-Ride - Jim's Ride -- 9am - Athens Shell (Meet Jim and Wanda at Hwy 65 and 129)

  -  All Fool's Day

2, Sun - Ride Planning  - Larry & Julie Bradley Home -- 2pm

6, Thu - Dinner - J&W Steak House – 7pm - 45 Marco Dr, Priceville, AL

8, Sat - Alabama District Picnic, Confederate Memorial Park, 437 Chilton County Rd 63, Marbury, AL -- 8am - Athens Shell

9, Sun - Palm Sunday

13, 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)
 
  -  Passover

14, Fri - Happy Birthday Jim Mattheu

  -  Good Friday

15, Sat - Ride – George Dickel Distillery -- 9:30am - Old Mapco on Hwy 72 and Old Railroad Bed Road (1950 Cascade Hollow RD, Tullahoma, TN 37388)

16, Sun - Easter

17, Mon - Happy Birthday Greg Vaughn

  -  Income Taxes Due

20, Thu - GWRRA - TN District Rally (Thru Saturday) -- 35th Annual Tennessee Spring Fling (Pigeon Forge TN) April 20, 21, & 22

  -  Dinner - Stan’s Restaurant – 7pm - 1555 Bear Creek Pike, Columbia, TN 38401 (Exit 46 off I-65N)

22, Sat - Ride - Bankhead National Forest -- 9am - Athens Shell

25, Tue - Holocaust Remembrance Day

26, Wed - Administrative Professionals Day

27, Thu - Dinner - Mia 's Cafe -- 6:30pm - 30694 US Hwy 72, Unit B, Madison, AL 35757 (County Line Road)

29, Sat - Ride - Play at Red Bay Weatherford Center -- More details to follow (Weatherford Center, 303 4th Ave SE, Red Bay, AL 35582.)

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