Chapter Director's corner
Carl & Jan Breeding
Well, the 2017 Alabama Rally is now in the history books. We had 21 students in both riding courses and in Medic-First Aid. We had a TRC and an ARC on Thursday, MFA on Friday, then a Co-Rider Seminar, Motorist Awareness Seminar, and a Motorcycle Maintenance class on Saturday. Thanks to all that took advantage of these opportunities.
Chapter H won 1st place in the diorama competition, 1st place in the couple category for the costume contest, and 2nd place with our scrapbook. The events were fun and the crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves. MASH made a showing, as did All in the Family, and even a couple of Couch Potatoes. Get involved and have fun. It might be fun to watch, but it is even more fun to be a part of the events.
Next year the rally will be in Mobile again, but in a new location. We will be located about a half mile from this year’s event at the Airport Marriott. This is a much nicer hotel, a lot cleaner and much more spacious. I hope more folks will attend with the much-improved venue. The District Staff visited the Marriott on Sunday and it is a vast improvement over this year’s location. Please remember that the event costs are reduced by more folks staying at the host hotel, so I encourage you to stay there during next year’s event.
The next thing I wish to bring to your attention is the Motorist Awareness Day at the Welcome Center north of Athens on I-65. Chapter H and Chapter S will have the afternoon shift, I ask that all who can be at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30 am. Chapter S will join us as soon as they can, and will be joining us for dinner at Mildred’s in Ardmore after the shift is over.
Happy Father’s Day. I frequently forget to mention holidays in the Newsletter because I normally see all of you during the month. Happy Birthday to Michael Moore and Julie Bradley.
Several of us are going to the Georgia Rally 22-24 June, I recommend pre-registration for those spending the night. I hope to see you there. Wing Ding is coming up in August, I know of two different groups planning their trips and encourage all to plan for adequate time to get in enough rest stops to enable you to travel in safety. Plenty of stops may use more time, but not as much as a hospital stay.
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 have just completed, what we consider, as a very successful Alabama District Rally in Mobile. Until Saturday evening we had great weather, plenty of places to see and things to do. I talked to several of you who had taken time out to ride the beautiful gulf coast area during your time with us and everyone told me they had a great time and great ride. We started off things on Thursday with, what turned out to be, a great dinner. We tried something different with the serving line and, according to feedback we received, most everyone enjoyed it. The food was good but the time spent enjoying each other’s company was even better. The costume contest that followed brought out all sorts of “new” charters and some old familiar ones. Friday brought our couple of the year selection. We had three GREAT couples with Bill and Vicki Cater being selected the 2017-2018 District Couple of the Year and Danny Baker selected as the 2017-2018 Individual of the Year. Congratulations to all of them. We know they will represent the Alabama District extremely well. There were lots of things to do during the day on Friday ending on Friday evening with our ice cream social and, what turned out to be, a great talent show. If you missed it you missed a treat. We won’t go into details here but ask anyone who attended about Corporal Klinger and Dale Evans! Saturday was another great day with some really interesting seminars, games, chapter challenges and shirt contest, mascot, scrapbook, diorama, and windshield cover contest. Congratulations to all that participated. Closing ceremonies were touching in places as the District Team said goodbye to Max and Kathy Tanner along with Robert and Gail Brown. They had decided to step down for now to be with family and loved ones. We thank them for their service to the District Team and for their time and devotion to the members of the Alabama District. Replacing Max and Kathy are long time members and former District Team members, Ron and Corky Alexander. They will assume the duties of South Alabama Assistant District Directors. The announcement was also made about next year’s rally. We are back in Mobile but at the Marriott Hotel on Airport Blvd. This is a beautiful, full service hotel that we think everyone will enjoy. You can begin to make reservations after June 1.
A great big THANK YOU to all who attended our rally this year and a really big THANK YOU to everyone who worked and helped put on this rally. Without all the worker bees we couldn’t have a rally. THANK YOU. June is going to be a very busy month with events scheduled every weekend. Please check the district calendar for all the info. Please come out and support all the chapter functions coming up this month.
Please pray for all of our men and women in uniform (military and civilian) who work to keep us safe each and every day. When you see them out and about take a moment to say thank you, they will appreciate it. We hope to see all of you out on the road,
A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors
The last three (3) months I have covered what I believe a road map for the foundation of our chapters. In May’s article, we discussed participation in events. This month I will attempt to explain how and why events are scheduled (opinioned.) All Chapter Directors and Ride Coordinators should strive to incorporate all Chapter and District events into their calendar of events and promote participation.
For the benefit of all, first let’s explain what goes into a calendar of events. As expressed above, all District Chapter events along with any District/Region event would have priority and be scheduled first. You now can schedule what you, the Chapter Director, Chapter Ride Coordinator, Participant may want to participate in, e.g., a lunch ride to Fred’s, a day ride to Little River Canyon, etc. These should be scheduled on alternate days, maybe two on a Saturday, one on a Sunday and maybe one through the work week. This will accommodate those who work, and those who have Saturday priorities. What about supper events, you may want to schedule a night for CiCi’s Pizza, another night for John’s BBQ, etc. Again, you want to schedule on different nights of the week, normally after the rush hour of the evening. We do hesitate to schedule them on Wednesday’s and Friday’s as Wednesday’s are church night for some and Friday’s you have the payday night folks along with teens who ravage the weekend nights. (Not complaining, been there and had that T-shirt!) The goal is a broad range of events each month to open the opportunity for all to have at a minimum one or more events to participate in.
With this said, now comes the part which can be aggravating and misunderstanding to some. What happens when a Chapter event or District event arises that was not known about at the time the Chapter calendar was published? Of course, we should make a revision to our calendar. This raises the question by some, why? Not only by our participants, but with some of our Chapter officers having the same question. Most events that are non-Chapter/District related are events that will occur again sometime during the year, our Chapter/District events only occur one time during the year.
I or the District cannot insist Chapters participate with another Chapter’s event. It can only be encouraged; however, it is part of the Oath of Office we take as officers; “To promote and support my Peers in a team atmosphere, working together for the benefit of the whole”. My hope as an officer in GWRRA is that all Chapter officers and participants/members will or would participate in Chapter/District events.
There wouldn’t be a GWRRA without your participation and support. The organization would dissolve with Chapters becoming a fraternity group or club. Each doing their own thing. With that said, remember the difference, fraternities and clubs require participation, GWRRA is an organization and allows you to participate or not participate. Nothing is mandatory other than your annual dues, should you wish to be a part of the organization. This gives you the freedom to participate as you want and with what you want as an individual.
In closing, I hope this will encourage more participation with our sister Chapters and District events. This is what it is all about, participation brings FUN and FUN brings Friendship! Not only does it bring friendship, but it makes for one great ride to and from the event.
Keep the rubber to the road, the sunny side up and Always ENJOY the Ride!!
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
Well, we have another rally behind us. We presented an Advanced Rider Course, a Trike Rider Course, a Medic First Aid course, Motorcycle Mechanics course, Co-Rider Seminar and Motorist Awareness Seminar at the rally. Thanks to all who made these possible and to the members who took their time to participate.
Wing Ding in Grapevine, Texas will be another chance to take a wide variety of courses, both riding and non-riding. I hope many of you will take advantage of the wide variety being offered. Even if you do not attend training or purchase anything for your bike, it is still a great time to socialize with friends and celebrate a shared love of motorcycles. Come on to Grapevine with us, you’ll have a ball.
Motorist Awareness Day this year it will be on 3 June, instead of May like it is traditionally, because of scheduling difficulties. The things I would like to emphasize are: keep track of how many folks your chapters talk to, give me the totals (PLEASE do NOT keep lists of names), material should be available, but not pressed on people, our chapter donates ice water to hand out as a conversation starter, be courteous to all, DO NOT SOLICIT OR ACCEPT MONEY (this would get us banned from the Welcome Centers). Have fun talking to folks, if you have a couple of Gold Wings displayed, they make great conversation starters. Go for a chapter meal in conjunction with your shift, I believe we all enjoy food. Turn in chapter totals of folks talked to so I can include them in our report to National.
Ride safely, ride often, call a friend.
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Well we have another Rally behind us and from the responses I heard it was enjoyed by all.
I am still recuperating and have still not unloaded the car. It is a good thing I was in the car too or I would still be somewhere between here and there. Veronica kept trying to get me to go to ER Sunday afternoon and night.
We had some good seminar’s and round table meetings. It seems the ones that really needed to be there failed to show up. We had some good information to discuss but only my better CME’s were there.
This year we tried something new that worked well so look for something new next year.
Next year we will be in Mobile again but a different and much better location. And they are eager to have us there. It would really be nice to fill this new place up.
I want to thank everyone who helped with the judging and those that set in for us at the MEC Table.
Without everyone’s help it would be impossible to put on one of these events.
We are already late with our newsletters due to the rally so I will do more on the next one.
Again thanks for all the help.
Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
Recipe of the Month
SNICKERS CARAMEL APPLE SALAD
• 6 regular size Snickers Candy Bar
• Whisk vanilla pudding packet, 1/2 cup milk and cool whip together until well combined.
Scheduled Events for the Month
1, Thu - Dinner - Lawlers Barbecue -- 6:30pm (1506 Hwy 72E, Athens, AL (across from the Shell Station))
3, Sat - MAD DAY -- Meet at I65 Welcome Center -- 11:45am to 4:30pm (Blue Chapter shirts)
- MAD Motorcycle Awareness Day -- Saturday, June 3, 2017 is the day that has been approved for Motorist Awareness Day for Alabama. Starts at 8:00am at the Alabama Welcome Centers.
4, Sun - Ride - Bug Run -- noon - Athens Shell (Ride to Pulaski, stop for lunch 1 PM at Yellow Deli (219 S 3rd St, Pulaski, TN 38478), affix stickers to bikes and continue ride, end up at Soda Pop Junction (141 Mill St, Lynnville, TN 38472)) (50 cents per sticker. Winner takes all)
8, Thu - Athens Eagle Wings Gathering -- 2nd Thursday of the month 6:15pm to eat/7pm to meet IHOP, 16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL
10, Sat - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
- Safety Event - ARC/TRC Training in Russellville (More details to follow)
16, Fri - Ride - Ark Encounter (June 16-18, Ride to KY Ark Encounter (1 Ark Encounter Drive, Williamstown, KY 41097) More details to follow)
21, Wed - Happy Birthday Michael Moore
22, Thu - Dinner - Samurai Steakhouse -- 6:30pm - 702 US HWY 72W Athens, Al 35611
- GWRRA Georgia District Rally (Thru Saturday)
24, Sat - GWRRA Georgia District Rally in Dalton, GA -- 6am - Madison (Cracker Barrel) Shell
27, Tue - Happy Birthday Julie Bradley
29, Thu - Dinner - Clarks Restaurant -- 6:30pm - 1221 Kelli Dr, Athens, AL 35613 (Located at the Intersection of I-65 and HWY 72, Behind Cracker Barrel and RaceTrac) (Next to Hampton Inn)