Chapter Director's corner
Carl & Jan Breeding
Chapter H was well represented at Wing Ding 39 in Grapevine, TX. Twelve members attended, which I think is great for an event that was 750 miles away from Athens. Our thanks to all who attended. There were plenty of vendors to help us, as Jerry says, “Get bling for both our babies”. Everything from bike parts, or even new motorcycles and trikes, through a wide variety of parts, jewelry, clothing, boots, belts, and just plain old souvenirs was available for purchase. Most of us managed to tackle one of the famous steaks from the Fort Worth Stockyards, Jerry, Melissa, and I managed two. Well, they were so good I had to get Jan one once she arrived, didn’t I?
As most of you know by now, Wing Ding 40 will be in Knoxville, TN August 28th - September 1st 2018. At yesterday’s Ride Planning Meeting, we discussed the utility of making an exploratory trip to Knoxville to check out the campgrounds and hotels to decide on the accommodations we want to use for the event. I would urge any of you who plan to attend Wing Ding to consider going on the exploratory trip.
We planned events to carry us through the holiday period, we will have another planning meeting 6 January 2018, at 2PM, hosted by Kurt and Lynne Chadwick, in their home. We are making this a Soup and Chili event to warm our bones and relieve some of the over-eating we all experience during the holidays. I know most of us enjoy the food and comradery of these events. We encourage everyone to arrive armed with ideas for activities for the group. The weather may be cold and dreary, but we don’t have to be.
We have tried to plan a variety of activities for the coming months, to include some that can be enjoyed in inclement weather because of the season. I know we are a chapter because of motorcycles, but we enjoy your participation year-round, not just when the weather is nice. If you take a look at the calendar, you will find a visit to Crow Mountain Orchard, a ride to support the North Alabama Children’s Home, Christmas Tour of Homes, and other events to enjoy as a part of the group. If you don’t see anything you want to do, perhaps you should attend the next planning meeting and provide your input.
Ride often, ride safe, call a friend, have fun.
Carl & Jan Breeding
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, as we sit down to pen this letter we can’t help but reflect on the recent weather events in this country. The two hurricanes that struck our gulf coast states and the wild fires in the western part of our beautiful country are all major disasters. Many members of our GWRRA family have been affected by these events and we want to ask that you keep all of them as well as all the other effected folks in your thoughts and prayers as they attempt to recover and rebuild.
We recently returned from our trip to Wing Ding and then a little sightseeing trip north to the upper peninsula of Michigan. We had a great time participating in both events. We would like to thank Robert and Gail Brown for their representation of the Alabama District as well as Region A, thanks to both of you for a job well done! Attendance at Wing Ding was off this year due to a number of factors. With the announcement of next year’s event returning to our neck of the woods (Knoxville, TN), we hope that many of you that were unable to make this year’s event can be there next year. Should be a fun event as well as having some really great riding in the area.
October will be a busy month indeed. The first weekend is open but the other three have some great opportunities for you to get out and have some fun. The second weekend, Oct 12, 13 and 14 brings the last District Rally of the year for Region A, the Mississippi Rally in Gulfport, Ms. Harry and Diane Schaffer always put on a great event for everyone and this year will be no exception. Come on down and have some fun with us! The next weekend, Saturday Oct 21st Chapter S will be offering their “Party on the River” at McFarland Park in Florence. For details please check the NEW District website, calendar of events. We hope all can attend and have some fun on the river! The final weekend, October 26, 27 and 28 will be the “Final” Region A rally in Eufaula. From what we can find out, the Region A team has lots of fun things planned for everyone. The lodge is sold out, but you can still call and get on the waiting list if you want to stay on site. We strongly encourage everyone to attend as we give our final thanks to the best Region Team in GWRRA!
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, please keep all of the folks affected by the recent natural disasters in your thoughts and prayers. Many are looking at many months of recovery before they get their lives back to some sense of normalcy. Also, don’t forget our military and first responders and their families who serve and protect us each day. A big thank you to all the members of Alabama GWRRA and for what you do each and every day.
We hope to see you out riding in October,
Frank and Linda Teasley
Announcement of new District MEC
Good morning everyone, as all of you know, we lost a great friend and valuable District team member a few weeks ago with sudden passing of Kenneth (YoYo) Campbell. This passing not only left a great hole in our lives but opened up an important position on the District team.
Thanks again Danny and welcome aboard the Alabama District Team,
Frank and Linda Teasley
A Note from Our North Alabama Assistant District Directors
It appears we have gone from summer to winter overnight! As fall approaches, I hope each of you have been getting out and enjoying the great weather we have been given. Between now and November should be some great riding for those who repeat time and again; it’s too hot or it’s too cold.
Some of us went to Grapevine, TX where the weather could not have been any better! Some didn’t go because of the questionable weather understandably, however Tuesday thru Sunday was great, not too hot or too cold. Due to the questionable weather, it seemed (and proved later at closing) that attendance was very low. This was probably due to many factors of which some was the location of the venue, questionable weather and time of year with school being in session among other factors I will not begin to speculate.
So, what is the point I am attempting to make? As with other rallies we have attended in the past, if we don’t participate and attend our rallies we will soon see them vanish. Rallies cannot continue to exist without our participation. Should rallies continue they will not be as we have seen them in the past. You will begin to see multi district rallies, meaning more than one district putting on a rally thus fewer rallies and the rallies be shorter. Instead of the traditional 3 to 5-day rallies, they will be shortened to 1 or 2 days.
Another issue observed is our seminars. There are less and less seminars being offered at our rallies. The reason for this is the same as with participation. Instructors or Facilitators will not volunteer to present a class or seminar just for 1 or 2 participants to attend. Their time is just as important as yours.
I often hear as a Chapter Director that “I didn’t join to attend classes”. My question to you, isn’t this part or what GWRRA is about and again why we are a 501c4 organization. Another reason to attend, there is always something to be learned no matter how much we think or believe we know or how many times we have attended. I have attended several seminars multiple times, each time I have learned something new. Each instructor or facilitator has a unique way to present their seminar with different experiences thus making something new to learn or think about at a minimum. A bonus we don’t often think about, we are meeting new friends! Another issue I often hear is; “there is nothing to do, nowhere to ride, etc.”. Folks, now is the time to think about our next rally, find out who is going in your Chapter and make ride plans prior to the rally. Don’t wait until you arrive and ask, “where are we riding”, you will never make a ride, instead you will wander around the rally with the normal complaint of “what to do”. Whether there is only two, three or more in a group, each need someone to lead the group, otherwise as stated above, the ride will not materialize.
I am not offering the above opinion/comments as fact, only something that each of us should think about when making plans to either attend a rally or not attend. And, should we attend a rally, we should consider attending some seminars that are offered. After all, what do most of us do if not attending a seminar. We sit around our hotel room, or in chairs in the lobby questioning what to do.
In closing, please keep all our Texas and Florida friends in thought as with other states in the southeast affected by the recent hurricanes. Don’t forget our friends in the northwest with all the devastating fires. Let’s hope our time for disasters are behind us instead of just the beginning.
Keep the rubber to the ground, the sunny side up and Always ENJOY the Ride!
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
Knoxville, here we come! Wing Ding 40 was announced as being held back in Knoxville, Tennessee. What does that mean to the members? Well, for one thing it means we can start planning for our trip. We can decide whether we are going there directly, or go somewhere else on the way to make the trip more interesting. The last time it was there, we traveled via Detroit, Canada, and Niagara Falls; this time I am thinking Maine would be a good “via” point’ Bangor and Kennebunkport would be great sightseeing destinations.
In addition to intermediate stops, what lodging accommodation do you want for Wing Ding 40 in Knoxville, TN? If travel distances are short enough you might make a scouting trip to ensure the place you are thinking of choosing is of a quality you would want to stay at for a few nights. Our chapter is making an overnight trip to Knoxville to check hotels and campgrounds. Chapters that are close to Knoxville can do this or even a day trip for a quick check. While exploring who knows, you can even do some early Christmas shopping.
October is also the setting for the final Region A Rally in Eufaula. Come out and enjoy a finale at the Lakepoint Lodge. I have heard numerous members say they had not planned to attend, but were now going to do so. Come on out and share in the festivities. The setting is not nearly as important as the people who come, so let’s have another great reunion with good friends in Eufaula.
What next? No, I will not talk about riding in the heat. But make sure you have rain gear and cold weather gear in your bike. Getting wet when it is hot just cools you down; getting wet when it is cool can turn a cool ride into a cold one.
As always make sure your bike is in a sound mechanical condition, check tires, lights, controls and lubricants. Even with careful checks, you can still experience a failure on a ride. Have a plan for a bike to stay behind with a disabled one, to assist if needed. Normally the Drag bike is the designee for this responsibility. Perhaps it is useful if it is someone who can go get a trailer to carry the disabled one home. Are food, drinks, and shelter readily available to the people on the disabled bike? Do they have cash to pay for supplies if needed? These are all questions to be thought of when there are issues on a ride, I try to think of them ahead of the need.
Plan for an enjoyable ride, but prepare for problems and they will be minimized.
Ride safely, ride often, call a friend.
Carl & Jan Breeding
A Note from Your Alabama Chapter H Rider Educator
Trick or Treat? The choice is yours.
With the changing of the seasons, we also need to keep in mind that the sun will be setting earlier. Our rides will be cooler in the mornings and afternoons. Make sure to keep your warmer gear on the bike. Your rain gear can be used for both rain and to keep the cool wind from getting to your skin.
Autumn riding requires us to be aware of more road hazards. Leaves on the road present a hazard when they are wet and slippery; they can also hide obstacles under them. Do not assume a pile of leaves is just a pile of leaves.
Now, let’s go out and enjoy the cooler weather and make some wonderful memories.
Recipe of the Month
2 small cans refried beans (Frito Brand)
Brown ground beef and drain, add taco-seasoning mix. Add cream cheese and mix.
Scheduled Events for the Month
5, Thu - Happy Birthday Carl Breeding
6, Fri - Ride - Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention -- 5pm - I-65 Athens Shell (Hosted by Athens State University. Admission is $15 per adult for Friday) (Blue shirts)
7, Sat - Ride - The Rusty Spur Diner -- 10am - I-65 Athens Shell (601 N 1st St, Pulaski, TN 38478) (Red shirts)
- GWRRA - Mississippi District Rally (Thru Saturday)
14, Sat - Ride - North Alabama Children's Home Benefit with Chapter S -- 9am - I-65 Athens Shell (Staging at 10am the Longshore Cycle Center, 913 Mitchell Blvd., Florence AL 35630 for a 11am departure to the Children’s Home.) (Red shirts)
19, Thu - Dinner - Mangia Italian Restaurant -- 6:30pm - 2007 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758 (Near Publix) (Gold shirts)
21, Sat - Ride - Leaf Ride - 9am - I-65 Athens Shell
- Chapter S Party on the River ~ 10 am (McFarland Park 200 James M Spain Dr., Pavilion #2 Florence, AL ) Food $10 per plate, games, 50-25-25 & More
25, Wed - Happy Anniversary Jerry & Melissa Rodgers
26, Thu - Dinner - Village Pizza -- 6:30pm - 222 W Market St W, Athens, AL 35611 (on the Square in Athens) (Blue shirts)
- GWRRA - Region A Rally (Thru Saturday)
28, Sat - Ride - Leaf ride -- 9am - I-65 Athens Shell (Gold shirts)