Chapter Director's corner
Carl & Jan Breeding
Hot, Hot, Hot! (Not this article, but the weather.) This month has almost been enough to make me believe in Global Warming, but then I think back to my childhood and the days that were 110 in the shade and realize we have grown too accustomed to air-conditioned comfort. It is amazing how our bodies can become accustomed to different things, including weather.
Where am I going with this? Well, if you are one of the chapter members that is planning to attend Wing Ding in Grapevine, Texas, you might want to think about how much exposure you normally have to the heat, and start spending some time getting used to it. I know it is going to be hot, and I am trying to prepare by spending time in the heat every day. That doesn’t mean getting up one morning and spending the entire day outside when you have been relaxing in the nice air-conditioned comfort of your home every day. Gradually increase your exposure and let your body acclimate. Take along methods of cooling down your body’s core temperature, be it something as basic as bottles of water you can pour over your upper body of one of the nice neck wraps Rita and Lynne have come up with, which you soak in water and wear to prolong the effect.
While planning your trip, don’t just look at the two end points, look at how much time you have for the trip and try to maximize the enjoyment you can have for the investment. Part of our chapter is planning to go on west to do more sightseeing, some plan to take more time just getting to Grapevine, while others need to be in Grapevine longer to help with the rally. Whatever your itinerary, plan in such a way to maximize the benefit you desire, and have fun. Many of us grew up reading books and watching movies and TV about the west. Cowboys and Indians, and rodeos make for fascinating reading, is there an opportunity to see some of that life first hand? In a lot of ways, taking a motorcycle trip through this countryside is similar to taking one of the old west types of trips, you see some of the same scenery, and you have an abbreviated exposure to the elements that the early settlers experienced. If you think about it you may develop a greater appreciation for what our ancestors endured to provide the life we have today.
GO. Have fun. Build memories. Then come back and share those memories and experiences with your fellow members and friends. These shared memories and experiences are what enrich our lives.
What I have said here applies to all of our rides and adventures. Share the adventure and encourage others to take the plunge. The shared experiences will bring us closer to Friends for Fun Safety and Knowledge.
Ride often, ride safe, call a friend, have fun.
Carl & Jan Breeding
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, if you are a fan of hot weather you should have been in heaven these past few weeks. Summer has arrived with a vengeance! Please remember to stay hydrated during this time of year and take plenty of cooling stops during your rides.
Late last month we attended the Georgia District Rally in Dalton, Georgia. Even though the weather was not as good as everyone would have liked it to be, we had a great time and enjoyed seeing lots of old friends. A big “thank you” to Larry and Pam Clemmer, the entire Georgia team and the Georgia members for putting on a great rally. We certainly enjoyed ourselves.
We had two great events in the District in July. The first was Chapter T’s annual fun day on the 15th in Hueytown, Al. The day was, as usual, a hot one but there was a really good turnout with 10 chapters represented. The venue was a cool relaxing one with plenty of good eats and fun for all. There were sightings of some famous entertainers during the course of the day including the Village People, Boy with tape on his face, Kenny Rogers, Roy and Archie from Hee Haw, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Sonny and Cher, and Big and Rich, just to name a few. A big thank you to Phillip Teasley, the entire Chapter T team for putting on a great event. Also, on the 22nd, was Chapter U’s “Christmas in July” held in Ozark, Alabama. We didn’t get to attend this event due to a prior family commitment, but we understand a great time was had by all. There were several chapters represented and from what we were told, lots and lots of good food and desserts and a great time was had by all who attended. A big thank you to Bruce and Eileen and the entire Chapter U team for putting on another great event.
We would like to remind everyone about the Chapter visitation program that is going on right now. We have several chapters that have been out traveling to visit other chapters and turning in your score sheets but it seems we have some chapters that have not. We strongly encourage every chapter to participate in this program. It is fun and will be rewarding next May, at the Alabama District Rally, to some lucky chapter. The biggest key to enjoying this program is YOUR participation. If your chapter has not participated in this program yet, find out from your Chapter Director why not! It is very simple, just visit other chapters and keeps a record of it. That’s all there is to the program. Get out and enjoy the visits and perhaps your chapter can reap the rewards next May.
August brings us to our big event of the year, Wing Ding. We hope all of you have made plans to make the trip out to the Dallas/ Ft Worth area for this great event. There are so many things to do there that we don’t have the space to list them all. Just a couple that we would like to mention, Tuesday is selection day for the International Couple of the Year and our very own, Robert and Gail Brown, will be representing Region A. If you can possibly be there that morning please attend the selection program and cheer on Robert and Gail. Wednesday is Alabama’s day to help out and we will be working the day pass booth. We need 6-8 people to help out for a few hours during the day. It is lots of fun as you get to meet members from all over the world. At the end of your shift, as a thank you, you will receive a volunteer pin and ticket to the ice cream social. Please come by the booth and check with us during the day and join us for a little while. You will enjoy it!
In closing, as we go about our daily lives, please remember all of our men and women in uniform, our first responders and all of their families. These folks sacrifice so much for us so we can enjoy our freedom and way of life. When you see these folks out and about, please take a moment to say thank you and those, whom you may never see, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Please be careful when riding in this heat and as always, we hope to see all of you out on the road,
A Note from Our North Alabama Assistant District Directors
With June in the history book and Motorist Awareness day/month in the past, I hope everyone had a great 4th of July and sincerely hope each remembers or reflects why we are able and fortunate to celebrate the 4th.
As stated above, Motorist Awareness Day has been completed for 2017, or has it? Motorist Awareness is something we do (or should be doing) each day. You may ask, each day? Yes, at stop signs/lights, gas stations while refueling, at the hotel we may be spending the night at and last, but not least at the fast food establishment or restaurants we may be eating at. Just about anywhere we stop as there are always those who want to ask our destination, admire our bike, or just to say hello and pass the time of day.
So, as stated above, each day is Motorist Awareness Day. Now, for the least important part of it, did you know that the Motorist Awareness Division now has a recognition award for those who report their activities and meet at a minimum of five (5) of the below requirements. Here is how you may participate in the program: (No YOU Do NOT need to be an instructor to conduct these or is there a maximum or minimum time frame for the presentations.)
Presentations to students of public or private schools or universities.
What better way to meet and make new friends! The more friends we have, the more our enjoyment of riding, the safer we are on the road. For more information please contact your Chapter Educator or Chapter Motorist Awareness Coordinator if you have one. I hope each Chapter has a Motorist Awareness Coordinator, if not maybe consider the position yourself. This is a non-officer position, but is or can be the most rewarding position in the realization that your efforts may have saved a life, maybe yours!
This is a new program, as such further guidance will be forthcoming. We will keep you posted as it is received. In the meantime, make some friends!!
Keep the rubber to the ground, the sunny side up and Always ENJOY the Ride!
A Note from Our Southern Alabama Assistant District Directors
Ron and Corky Alexander
Hello South Alabama:
Gonna try to get this letter out without too many screw ups!! The biggest and most important is that there will no longer be a Region A after December 31st. Can you imagine? No Regions anywhere. As far as I can tell there are many changes coming to the way GWRRA conducts its business and most of them are at the District level and up. It looks like instead of Regions there will be six (6) different Directors for things like Member Enhancement, Rider Ed, etc. A couple Chapter changes is to the Offices of MED and MAD. They’ll become Chapter Social and Membership Coordinator and Chapter Ride Coordinator respectively. While I am talking about Region A being dissolved, the LAST REGION A RALLY is coming up in Oct., Lake Point, Eufaula, Al. You need to get up there and get all the memorabilia available, because it will be no more.
Just got a letter from Anita Alkire, President GWRRA, Dated July 3, 2017. She says that our membership dues are going up to $55 for individual, $65 for Family and $30 for Life Members effective 1 Aug 17. She also mentions that the GWRRA has only raised their Dues twice in the last 19 years. It’s even broken down by the day. Ind = $.15 a day: Fam = $.18 a day. And they have added a new Bennie called “SkyMed Travel Program” for free! Usually a $99.00 value. She says if ya want to extend your membership, do it BEFORE Aug 1, 2017. A few days from now. At first I thought SkyMed was the one that covers emergency air lifting incase of an accident, but as I read through it I realized it is a Travel cost savings program to reduce the cost of cruises, hotels and the like. I’m sure you will be hearing much more about these topics in the near future.
I’m gonna leave now and let ya think of what is going to take place in the future for GWRRA. Try to imagine how expensive it is to operate an association this big on the little bit of money they get.
Keep the wheels down and have fun;
Ron and Corky Alexander
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
Prepare to get hot, if you aren’t already. August and Texas at the same time promises to be an experience. If you are going to be outside for prolonged periods, make sure you have a way to cool down. I don’t know about you, but my Gold Wing did not come with an air conditioner. The only way to stay cool is what we grew up calling a 4-60 air conditioner (all 4 windows down and 60 miles an hour). That works in theory, but what if you have bike problems? I have experienced sitting beside of the road on an August day while waiting for a tow truck, and it was no fun even with a shade tree. Texas can have some long distances between shade trees; so if you plan to attend Wing Ding take along a way to protect yourself from the elements. Plenty of water for drinking and to be able to pour over yourself to cool down is a prime requirement. What about a way to shield yourself from the sun? An umbrella for shade can be a good safety item to have with you along with plenty of sun-screen. Cool clothes that cover you to protect from the sun is another essential item.
While I am on the subject of being prepared for life, Robert and Gail Brown have a First Aid/CPR class planned for 5 August in Dothan, we are working to set up Advanced Rider Courses and Trike Rider Courses in October and November. We are trying to do our part to keep you safe and alive, please do your part by participating in the training.
We have all been notified of upcoming GWRRA changes, but I for one do not have any more information than you have been provided. All I can say is don’t decide you don’t like a change before you understand what it really entails. We will continue to provide training, we will continue to emphasize safety, and we will continue to promote fun and friendship. That is not changing at the Chapter, District, or International level.
Ride safely, ride often, call a friend.
Carl & Jan Breeding
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Gosh I am late again, so what else is new. LOL
By now all of you know of changes that will go into effect as of January 1st. Very few things are final yet so it will be a wait and see game.
Chapter MECs as for now nothing is changing for you. If there is news of any changes I will let you know.
The visitation program is not working as well as we hoped for. Chapters cannot come meet you at one of your functions if they don’t know what you’re doing. Web pages and calendars are a mess. Some are not listing anything but then you see on Facebook they are out riding. Some are putting rides on calendars but no one outside the chapter knows where the places are. Addresses should be listed with rides.
Even if you don’t want to participate in the program you’re hurting others that do.
A central location for all calendars would be nice.
This month I want to thank all the Chapter MECs for getting their reports back to me early. Sure makes it easier on me and Region.
This is getting long and already late.
Keep cool and dry but have fun.
Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
A Note from Your Alabama Chapter H Rider Educator
“Feeling hot, hot, hot, – Oh Lord”
Buster Poindexter could not have said it any better “Feeling hot, hot, hot, – Oh Lord”. Summer in sweet home Alabama comes with heat and humidity. This very combination can become deadly if you are exposed to the elements for a long period of time.
In the winter we talk about “Wind Chill Index” in the summer we call it the “Heat Index”. The National Weather Service Heat Index displays the likelihood of heat related disorders with prolonged exposure or strenuous activity.
Based on the above Heat Index, if the temperature is 90 degrees and the humidity is at 75% (like it has been this past week) the Heat Index is 109 degrees. A Danger zone for outdoor activity. Limit time outside and find a way to keep cool.
I have heard people say riding their motorcycle in the heat, cools them down. Well the wind blowing across your sweating body does create an evaporating cooling sensation, but it also increases your risk for dehydration. Replacing your water is important but consider drinking fluids that contains electrolytes. Sodium and Potassium are quintessential electrolytes needed for hydration.
Here are some tips on How to Hydrate When Dehydrated written by Andrea Johnson.
Tips for rehydrating:
1. Drink water, but do not drink it quickly. Too quickly and the body will expel a significant amount of it as urine. Which will actually slow the hydration process.
2. Eat food, especially foods that are high in electrolytes and water. Here is where the Sodium and Potassium are important. Eat vegetables or fruit high in water content (watermelon comes to mind first).
3. If eating food is not an option, drink a fluid replacement beverage or sports drink. These contain electrolytes that will help your body retain the water and restore fluid balance. This also prevents hyponatremia. Failure to replace to restore lost electrolytes can result in a state called Hyponatremia, or “water intoxication”. This can lead to headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps, stomach upset, and in extreme cases even death.
4. Drink more than the amount of fluid you lost. For instance, if you exercise in the heat for two hours and lose 1 liter of fluid through sweat – approximately 2 pounds of weight lost during the workout – you will not be rehydrated until you have consumed one-and-a-half to two times the amount of fluid lost. This is because anytime you consume fluid, some of it will be lost though urine. The amount lost through urine is decreased if you consume fluid containing electrolytes or food.
5. Do not drink alcohol or excessive amounts of caffeine. Both of these contribute to increased urine production, making it more difficult for your body to retain fluids during hydration.
Some of our Chapter members are sensitive to the heat and do not do well when exposed to summertime riding. Now, I am not saying you should not ride in the summertime. Consider riding early in the day or early evening. Plan to be off your bike during the hottest time of the day and drink plenty of fluids.
Recipe of the Month
Ice Cream Cake
½ gallon vanilla ice cream (soften)
Let ice cream melt and mix cookies, cool whip tighter and nuts.
In double boiler melt:
Place all ingredients except vanilla in double broiler and cook until blended together add vanilla and stir together.
Scheduled Events for the Month
3, Thu - Dinner - Mangia Italian Restaurant -- 6:30pm - 2007 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758 (Near Publix) (Green shirts)
5, Sat - Ride - Visit AL - Chapter N - Boaz -- 3pm - Madison Cracker Barrel Shell ((Western Sizzlin - 568 US Highway 431, Boaz, AL 35957)) Eat 5pm / Meet 6pm (Blue shirts)
- Happy Birthday Dave Bauer
8, Tue - Visit - AL - Chapter B - Huntsville (Rocket City Wings) gathering -- Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm (Blue Plate Cafe - 7540 South Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville, AL 35802)(Teal shirts)
12, Sat - Ride - Visit AL - Chapter M -- 9am - I-65 Athens Shell (Cooter Brown's Rib Shack - 8464 AL HWY 204, Jacksonville, AL, 36265) Lunch at 1pm. (Blue shirts)
16, Wed - Happy Birthday Bev Quail
17, Thu - Dinner - Hildegard's Biergarten -- 6:30pm - 1010 Heathland Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816 (Close to Madison Square Mall, off University Drive (Corner Of University Drive & Old Monrovia Road, behind Landers McClardy Subaru)) (Teal shirts)
- Happy Birthday Alice Chapman
- Happy Birthday Dave Raines
19, Sat - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
21, Mon - Ride - Solar Eclipse -- 9am - Old Mapco on HWY 72 and Old Railroad Bed Road (Ride to the McMinnville area) (Gold shirts)
24, Thu - Dinner - Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina -- 6:30pm - 1802 US Highway 72 E, Athens, AL 35611 (Green shirts)
26, Sat - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
27, Sun - Happy Birthday Rita Moore
28, Mon - Happy Birthday Kurt Chadwick
29, Tue - Wing Ding (thru Saturday) (Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center - 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX. 76051)
31, Thu - Dinner - Call a Friend Dinner