Chapter Director's corner
Carl & Jan Breeding
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
News from Your 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
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.
Ron Landers, NADD
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
Recipe of the Month
Cheat’s Caramel Mousse
3 ½ bars of Milky Way Candy
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.
Scheduled Events for the Month
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)
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.)