Chapter Director's corner
Carl & Jan Breeding
By the time this hits the presses, the last Region A Rally will be history. I may get tired of going to Eufaula, but I do not get tired of meeting old and new friends from around the region. This is a good time to pause and think about the joys in our lives.
November starts with a good example of expressing gratitude, with a visit to the Shiloh battlefield on 4 November. Jerry Smith (from Chapter S) has volunteered to act as our guide; he is a very active Civil War buff. This is right up his alley.
Veteran's Day has become the American way of thanking all the men and women who fought to make and keep us free. We plan to participate in the Huntsville parade; Floyd is setting that up for us. Thanksgiving Day started as a celebration of life’s bounty and God’s grace. Harvest festivals are common around the world, but Thanksgiving Day is an important American tradition. I hope we can all take a little time to pause and reflect on the many blessings we enjoy, and share some of those blessings with our friends and our community.
Soon it will be time to be thinking about the Christmas season. The Chapter H Christmas party will be at 6PM, 14 December at the Athens IHOP. We ask those participating to bring a gift for the Dirty Santa exchange (please limit yourself to $20.00). The dinner will be paid for from the chapter treasury. We will also being doing a cookie exchange again. Please bring 3 to 4 dozen cookies to share. Bring some of your cookies, and go home with some of the cookies others have made. Santa will probably join in the festivities. Be nice and perhaps you will get something besides coal in your stockings. The New Year’s Eve ride will be to the Cracker Barrel in Hartselle. Leave Athens Shell at 1PM. For our New Year’s Day ride we traditionally go to Wentzel’s in Guntersville, I haven’t seen anything from the District yet to know if there is an event for this.
Let’s all be thinking of activities we can take part in during the period where the weather isn’t very cooperative, we don’t want to sit idle during the winter. Let’s explore new ways of having fun and fellowshipping with the chapter. Bring your ideas to the next ride-planning meeting and we can all enjoy new ways to spend time together.
Ride often, ride safe, call a friend, have fun.
Carl & Jan Breeding
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, at this writing we have just returned home from the Mississippi District Rally. We had a great time and the Alabama District brought home some certificates. Alabama had the highest attendance in Region A outside of Mississippi, Chapters N and G tied for having the most attendees from a chapter in Region A outside Mississippi. A great big thank you from both of us to all who attended the rally. We had a great time and from what we heard so did everyone else. As you may know by now, Harry and Diane Schaffer stepped down as Mississippi District Directors effective December 31. We would like to thank them for a very successful tenure as Directors and wish them the very best in all of their future endeavors. Replacing Harry and Diane, effective Jan 1, 2018 will be long time members of Mississippi GWRRA and former District Directors, KZ and Terry Kleinheitz. We certainly send our congratulations and best wishes to KZ and Terry for returning to the Mississippi District Team.
Well it seems fall may finally be upon us with the cooler temps. For us, this is the best time of year to get out and enjoy our sport that we love so much. Riding this time of year is really great, but remember it also brings challenges such as sudden weather changes. We strongly encourage everyone to be prepared when riding this time of year.
The final Region A rally is just around the corner and we would like to take a moment to send a very special thank you to JJ and Sue Jackson and the entire Region A team for all of their hard work and dedication to all of Region A for these many years. They have done an outstanding job in being there for all of the Region A members to help in any way possible. We don’t know what the future holds for all of us, but when you see any of these dedicated GWRRA members out and about, take a moment to thank them for their service and dedication to all of us in Region A.
In closing, please remember all of our service men and women who serve and protect us each and every day. Also, please remember all of our first responders and the families of all of these folks. We thank them for their service and we hope you can as well when you see them out and about. Please remember to ride safely during this fall season and we hope to see all of you soon,
Frank and Linda Teasley
A Note from Our North Alabama Assistant District Directors
As always, it is hoped you have been out riding as Chapters. The weather has been nothing short of great for our riding pleasure. Going out on your rides, it is hoped you are traveling down some of our back roads. Roads not normally traveled by your Chapter to offer a dissimilar experience and see scenery and sights not normally observed. Especially this time of year while the leaves are turning.
Why would I mention “roads not normally traveled”, these roads will normally be traveled at a lower rate of speed. They will provide greater pleasure as we have time to leisurely observe the scenery, and they are normally less traveled. This allows for less stress of the normal traffic dealt with when operating on the main thorough roads. Hopefully, this will create more enthusiasm for our Chapter participants to join us on our rides. After all, are we not riding for the enjoyment of the ride? (Yes, there are those who enjoy riding on the edge, but most of us enjoy the leisure!)
While planning rides, take the time to investigate what neighboring Chapters are doing. (A great reason to keep your web sites current.) The intent is not necessarily to ride with those Chapters, but to join up or meet with a Chapter at an event, i.e., lunch, museum, or other place of interest. (This has nothing to do with the District Visitation Program.) A time for us as Chapter participants to meet and greet, make new friends or converse with old friends. And as in the above two paragraphs, Enjoy and have FUN while riding to the event. After all, isn’t the ride the reason we have our bikes and the Friendship of the organization where we share our experiences.
If we as Chapter Directors and Chapter Ride Coordinators take the extra effort to plan with the above in mind, our participation may increase. I say may increase as this will depend on the enthusiasm of the participants who made the ride. Did they enjoy the ride? Are they talking about their experience with other Chapter participants? Are you or someone in your Chapter taking pictures and posting them or making them available to your Chapter at your gatherings for all to see what they are missing? If we did our homework correctly, the enthusiasm will be there! The FUN will spread and your ride attendance will improve.
The above comments/opinions are suggested to promote some thought to assist you in getting your Chapter participants to get those bikes back on the road. All of us (I want to believe) purchased our bikes to ride, not to park and walk past in the garage or car port as we get in our cages to go somewhere. But should we not enjoy the ride, the FUN soon becomes boring and a chore, NOT FUN. Our task is to keep it FUN for all (the majority.)
Until next month, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and that you enjoy the ride and we meet somewhere down the road.
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
October was the setting for the final Region A Rally in Eufaula. By the time this newsletter reaches you it is probably going on. We plan to travel to Eufaula on the 25th and stay until the 29th, it is always great to have the opportunity to spend time with friends we don’t get to see often enough. Rallies are not just for riding and motorcycle accessory sales, they are also reunions with dear friends who come from all over to spend a few days together. Come join in the fun.
This past weekend pointed out to us the utility of the “Three season” jackets, with really cool weather in the early morning, very warm weather mid-day, then more cool weather later; Sunday even threw in a shower for good measure. These jackets are very helpful to have in your wardrobe so you don’t have to pack three or four different coats for one day of riding, Gloves are another item we tend to change based on the weather, a winter weight glove is not very comfortable when it is over 80 degrees outside.
We hope many of the chapters will take part in some of the Veteran’s Day Parades around the state, it is another great opportunity for us to show our support of the community. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran to ride in these events, even though many of us are, but is a sign of respect for those who have fought for our freedoms, and those who continue to do so today.
We are still in need of ranges where we can conduct Advanced Rider Courses (ARCs) and Trike Rider Courses (TRCs). If you have areas in your chapter area that we can get permission to use. Please give us a point of contact that we can contact to see if they are suitable for our use. We would very much like to be able to present the courses in addition to the ones we have been able to do at the rallies.
If your chapter needs a First Aid/ CPR course, don’t hesitate to let Robert and Gail Brown know, or notify us and we will pass it on. Here again, the chapter’s assistance in locating a suitable facility is a necessity. The instructors have the knowledge, and are willing to share it, but we don’t have our own facilities, so we need your help in keeping the programs going.
Ride safely, ride often, call a friend.
Carl & Jan Breeding
A Note from Our Southern Alabama Assistant District Directors
Ron and Corky Alexander
August, September, October ----GONE!! Corky and I have been GONE all these months and the SAADD area has been just fine without us. It was kinda nice to meet folks in all those States we traveled through and tell them our names and TITLE. In many of our past adventures we met folks and have kept up with them through the years and managed to see them again this year. GWRRA, we have friends everywhere!!
Once we returned, we barely had time to unload our camper and off we went to the Mississippi Rally for some more fun. I tell ya, that three hotel format really works out well. One has eating, another has a bar and I don’t know what the third had ‘cause I was too busy foolin around in the other two. Venders everywhere and plenty of things to do. Corky and I like the Scavenger Hunt best. Anyway, if ya get a chance to get over to their Rally, Please give them a try, you’ll really like it. I won a new front tire!! The Dunlap 4 too.
Chapter U of Dothan tied for 1st Place for Largest Chapter in attendance at MS Rally and their Chapter Director, Bruce Williamson took 1st place in the Comedy Talent Show! He sang “My Little Ding-a-Ling” and tore the house down. Congrat’s to Chapter U.
Corky and I managed to gather up with the “F Troop” Members for their Gathering, and what a job Sid and Virginia are doing. They are bringing the Chapter back in high fashion. They had a guest speaker there who is the Sales Manager for Honda of Montgomery, John Marshall; he seemed really interested in getting in with the Chapter so both benefit. Kinda like Harley does with their Clubs.
Corky and I have been in touch with Linda Snyder, Chapter M CD’s, this week and have found out that Dave has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Unfortunately, every person I have ever known to have had Lung Cancer was detected at Stage 4. Why can’t they find it a little earlier? Like at stage 1 or something. Good news is that their Dr. seems to think Dave can be fixed. Good luck and best wishes to both Linda and Dave. Chapter M has had their share of bad news lately. As it turns out that Jimmy (The Dude) Shirah has also been diagnosed with Cancer, his surgery is scheduled for 2 Nov. I also know that they don’t have the insurance to cover the procedure, so if you have few $$$$$ hanging around with nothing to do, how ‘bout letting them work for Jimmy and Julie??? I’m sure they will be truly appreciative of the help. Besides, that’s what GWRRA does isn’t it?? Help folks. Corky and I will see ya both soon, stay brave. You are in our prayers.
The LAST REGION RALLY is coming soon. Let’s make it a big one K?? Jim and Sue have been working extremely hard to go out with a BANG, so let us also all help out. There are supposed to be many venders on hand as well.
Corky and I must go now, so be safe and ride hard and long.
Ron and Corky
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Well where to start???? First of all, I have some really, really big shoes to fill and I hope that one day they will come close to fitting. Just remember, “YOYO was the GREATEST", I know I will.
Just got home from the Mississippi District Rally and had a great time as always seeing old friends and making new ones. (That's what going to rallies is all about.) We had a good ride both going down and coming home. So far this has been a great month for riding and if you have not been out on your WING --- "Shame On You"!
And of course, we've got the best rally in the entire world coming up. The one and only "Region "A" Rally", is next week. You will be sorry for the rest of your life if you miss this one. Jim & Sue, and all of the Region Team are going to make this the best Rally in the history of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association!!! So the bottom line is "BE THERE"!
Now, we need to talk about the "Alabama GWRRA District Chapter Visitation Program". I've only received Visitation forms from about "8" different chapters. (I have those that were sent to Ron Landers and the 1st quarter report from YoYo.) I know that there are more visits being made than are being reported, because I read about them on "Facebook" and in your chapter newsletters. So, what I need for all you CDs in the Alabama District of GWRRA is to send me ALL the Visitation Forms your chapter has made....that's right ALL the Visitation Forms your chapter has made to date. It does not matter if the form only has ONE person from your chapter making the visit or if there are 20 making the visit. Also, I need ALL "VISITATION FORMS", no matter how many times your chapter has made a visit to the same chapter, (example: If AL-D has made 11 visits to AL-G, I WANT ALL ELEVEN Visitation Forms.) And remember visits to chapters in Bordering Districts (GA, TN, FL, and MS) also count, so send those also.
Please send them or bring them to the Region A Rally so I can get them in the system.
Keep those Chapter Visitation Forms coming in and have FUN!!
Till next time, “Ride Safely”!
Recipe of the Month
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Scheduled Events for the Month
2, Thu - Dinner - Mia 's Cafe -- 6:30pm - 30694 US Hwy 72, Unit B, Madison, AL 35757 (County Line Road)(Green shirts)
4, Sat - Ride - Shiloh National Military Park -- 8am - I-65 Athens Shell (1055 Pittsburg Landing Road Shiloh, TN 38376) (Red shirts)
7, Tue - Happy Anniversary Jim and Wanda Matheu
- Happy Birthday Donna Bauer
9, 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 shirts)
11, Sat - Ride - Huntsville Veterans Day Parade (Blue shirts)
- Happy Birthday Larry Bradley
12, Sun - Happy Anniversary Ernie and Bev Quail
14, Tue - Happy Birthday Wanda Matheu
18, Sat - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
22, Wed - Happy Anniversary Larry and Julie Bradley
25, Sat - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
29, Wed - Happy Birthday Mark Hargrove
30, Thu - Dinner - Taziki's in Madison -- 6:30pm - 105 Brookridge Drive, Suite A Madison, AL 35758 (Located in the shopping center between Target and the Madison Hospital, on the South side of US 72.) (Green shirts)