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August 2015 

Chapter Director's corner


Carl & Jan Breeding
Chapter Directors GWRRA AL-H Athens Eagle Wings

I didn't mention last month, but I did visit the Georgia Rally in Dillard, GA and joined the District Team in performing a "Sister Act" re-enactment for the outgoing District Director, Tommy Martin.  He and Vicky left a sizable pair of shoes for their successors to fill.  They and their staff did an excellent job in making sure everyone felt welcome. This rally was held at a campground, which injected some unique opportunities and challenges, especially with the heat, but they managed nicely.

For July, Jan and I visited the South Carolina Rally, another first for us.  We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the facility was excellent.  The only activities outside were the ice cream vendor and the Trike Rider Course, the Bruster's Ice Cream guy actually WANTED to be outside, so of course I went out, got mine, and came back in the building where it was comfortable.  Torrential rains hit during the closing ceremony, so a group of us went to dinner via carpool.  We spent some time in the evening visiting with friends from Tennessee and new friends from Virginia.

The Alabama District Picnic will be 8 August 10am - Confederate Memorial Park, 437 Chilton County Rd 63, Marbury, AL. This is a no cost event for the food and the park.

I think everyone in the chapter is aware that Steve and Shirley Kremer had a motorcycle accident 12 July.  The best I can summarize: Steve has a broken lower leg and broken ribs; Shirley has two shattered wrists, a shattered ankle, broken pelvis, and broken arm.  I would ask that all of the chapter remember them frequently in your prayers.  Steve got out of the hospital fairly quickly, but Shirley needs some weeks in a Rehab facility.

Chapter B's Fun Day is 29 August, IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE! -- 10:00am -3:00pm, GRAND PRIZE $1000 = $1 per ticket, $10.00 Registration (Sharon Johnson Park, 783 Coleman Road New Market AL 35761).

Wing Ding is 3 through 6 September, here locally in Huntsville at the Von Braun Center.  I encourage all of you to come join us, participate, and have fun.  These affairs are a blast once you get actively involved, but can be less so if all you is a spectator waiting for someone to hand you an armload of fun.  We have made friends with other members from across the country, so Wing Ding can be like a big family reunion.

Ride safe, ride often, call a friend; or, better yet, join the chapter on a ride.


A Rally is More Than Just Vendors

We have heard people say they attend the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) conventions (Rallies) for the vendors. There is nothing wrong with that. Vendors need customers, Rallies need vendors. A very symbiotic relationship. But hold that thought. In some ways you can think of Rallies as family reunions.  One big crazy reunion of family members from other chapters and regions.
We all share that love of riding our precious motorcycles. Whether it is on 2 wheels, 3 or even 4 (in your car). The call of that open road and the adventures that await are the big draw.  On these road trips we can meet up with other chapters and meet new people. New people who are a part of the bigger picture, the big family of GWRRA. 
Rallies are the way of bringing these crazy families together for a few days of fun and frivolity.  Time to step back from our busy days, time to laugh, time to ride, time to enjoy ourselves. So you ask, how do I have fun at the rallies after I visit the vendors?
Well, to start with, you jump in and stretch yourself. Talk to people you have not met yet. Introduce yourself, to those at the table in the hospitality room, or at the dinner. Join in on a Poker Run, play the games, take some seminars, participate in a costume contest, or share your talent (serious or comedic).  You would be surprised at how friendly people are at the Rallies. They are there to have fun, just like you.  They have interesting stories to share. You already have one thing in common, so it is easy to start a conversation. Where are you from, and what do you ride?  There you go, now you are on your way to having an interesting afternoon. 
For the more daring, the costume contest and talent show are always fun. You do not even need a lot of talent. Carl, Floyd McQueen, Brenda Perkinson (from Tennessee Chapter O) and I had a blast at the Alabama District Rally in May.
We danced and were absolutely silly to the Disco Duck song. You cannot take yourself so seriously when you are dressed as Donald and Daisy Duck. But oh, the fun we had. OK, so when Brenda fell down on stage that was not fun, but she got back up and finished the song. Afterwards we took her to the local hospital to get her knee checked out. Fortunately there were no broken bones. Just some good bruises. (Note: Brenda healed up nicely and was at the North Carolina District Rally and the South Carolina District Rally.)
My point, is that a rally is more than just vendors. When you make friends from other chapters and then see them at the rally, it feels more like a family reunion. I challenge everyone to go to district rallies with a different perspective, see them as the joyous reunions they are.

Jan and Carl Breeding
Alabama Chapter H CDs

A Note from Your Ride Educators

Steve & Shirley Kremer
Chapter "H" Ride Educators

Ten Things All Car and Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles

As a former Motorist Awareness Coordinator I am always looking for interesting articles pertaining to Motorist Awareness. So, any articles directed at car and truck drivers deserves to be reprinted and distributed as often as possible.

The article I allude to bears the same title as this one and was written by Lynn Ketchum. Here are the ten things Lynn suggests:
1)      There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't recognize motorcycles; they ignore them (usually unintentionally). Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at intersections.
2)      Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict that a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
3)      Because of its small size, a motorcycle can easily be hidden in a car's blind spot or masked by objects outside a car. Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.
4)      Because of its small size, a motorcycle may seem to be moving faster than it really is. Don't assume all motorcycles are speed demons.
5)      Motorcyclists often slow down by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say three or four seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
6)      Turn signals on motorcycles are usually not self cancelling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle's signal is for real.
7)      Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane positions for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.
8)      Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don't expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.
9)      Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can't always stop "on a dime".
10)  When a motorcycle is in motion, don't think of it as a motorcycle, think of it as a person.

Hope to see you at our next Chapter Meeting and remember to be visible. "Safety is Lifesaving".

      Steve & Shirley Kremer

A Note from Your District Educators

Carl & Jan Breeding
Alabama Rider Educators Motorist Awareness Coordinators

GWRRA Levels program
Alabama District Rider Education

Let's review the levels program.

Level I is Safety by Commitment. It is simply a commitment on your part to ride safely. This may not sound like much, but if you take this commitment seriously, you will find yourself thinking about safety more often, and that will lead to safer riding habits. But how do you know how to ride safely? That's what your Rider Educators are for! Ask us questions, and suggest topics for seminars for the chapter that are of interest to you. Attending seminars at the GWRRA rallies is another excellent source of safety information.  You must complete a GWRRA form N-7 for this level.

Level II is Safety by Education,  and you can qualify for this level by taking a rider education course, such as a Basic Riding Course (BRC), the Experienced Rider Course (ERC), or the Trike Rider's Course (TRC). Carl & Jan are qualified Rider Coaches for the TRC, and there are several convenient instructors for the ARC.  Think about taking the classes at Wing Ding, you may even make a new friend. For co-riders, you simply need to take a GWRRA co-rider seminar or a two-up rider course. We encourage everyone to take one of these courses if you have not had one recently. These courses not only help sharpen our riding skills, they also remind us of important safety tips we may have forgotten. Requirements: Rider - a Certified Rider Course with 5,000 safe miles. Co-Rider - certified Co-rider Seminar or 2-up Rider Course. You must complete a GWRRA form N-7 for this level.

Level III is Safety by Preparedness. This level requires current qualification in either a First Aid or CPR course or a commitment to carry a First Aid kit in your motorcycle at all times. Your Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge might ask, how does this make me a safer rider? It doesn't, but it can help lessen the seriousness of an accident. You could help save someone's life with CPR or reduce the severity of an injury with First Aid. Carl and Jan are also Medic/First Aid instructors. Attendance of a Motorist Awareness Seminar at this level exposes the Member to our program to improve awareness of all road users to the presence of motorcycle, trike, and sidecar enthusiasts. When interfacing with the public in the future, the Level III Rider or Co-Rider can inform them about what we have available to help others share the road with us. GWRRA University Trainers certified in Rider Education are authorized to present Motorist Awareness Seminars. You must complete a GWRRA form N-7 for this level.

Level IV is Safety by Enhanced Commitment and Preparedness. The commitment part is easy: just commit to wearing proper riding apparel at all times while riding! While proper apparel won't prevent an accident, it can definitely reduce the severity of injuries you might suffer. To achieve level IV, you must also have 25,000 safe miles and have current certification in both CPR and First Aid as well as being current in a riding course. Among other things, these qualifications serve as an excellent example to your riding companions that you consider safety to be important. Requirement: Current in Level III for one year and have taken both First Aid and CPR training. Have 25,000 Safe Miles as a Rider for Master Tour Rider, or 25,000 miles as a Co-rider for Master Tour Co-rider, and must be committed to riding with "Proper Riding Gear" AT ALL TIMES. You must also have 10,000 miles as a Level III in the role in which you wish to advance. You must complete a GWRRA form N-9 for this level.
If you would like to participate in this program, we would be happy to help you get started. If you already participate but would like to move up a level, we'll help you with that too. Let's make 2015 a very safe year for the Alabama District! Larry and Julie Bradley of Chapter H have completed the requirements and are now Level III.  Congratulations!  Some members elect to remain Level III because they are unwilling or unable to wear the defined “All of the gear all of the time”. That is perfectly acceptable, especially when it is because of medical reasons.

Carl & Jan Breeding
Alabama District Educators

News from Your District Directors

Frank & Linda Teasley
Alabama District Directors

Greetings fellow riders, we have just returned from a great time in South Carolina at their annual rally. The days were hot but most of the activities (including the vendors) were inside and that really helped both the delegates and vendors. There was lots to do and fun to be had. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and a special thanks to Phil and Judy Stone and the entire South Carolina District Team for putting on a great show.

Next up for the Alabama District is our annual District Picnic at the Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury on August 8th. This is the same place that we have been for the past several years and we certainly hope that all of you are planning to attend. We will start at 10AM and go until around 2PM with free food and drinks along with some giveaways and hopefully and little fun to go along with everything.  There is no cost to enter the park or to take part in all the activities. There is a wonderful museum on sight and the exhibits change often so even if you have been before you will probably see something new this time. There is a nominal fee for the museum but it is certainly worth it to see everything.

Next up is Wing Ding Sept 3rd thru the 6th in our own Huntsville, Al. We hope everyone has made plans to attend right here in our own back yard. Alabama has ticket sales and the poker run table on Thursday the 3rd  . If you are planning to be there on that date and can spare a couple of hours we would appreciate the help. You get to meet many wonderful people and have a good time doing it.

Please remember that we are still taking entries for the trificta pin design. That is the pin that will be awarded to all who attended the Alabama District Rally, Wing Ding, and the Region A rally in October. You must have signed up at the Alabama Rally in order to be eligible for this special pin. If you have a design you would like to submit please send it to us as no later than October 1. The winning design will be chosen shortly thereafter and a special prize awarded to the winning designer.

Finally, please remember our men and women in uniform and their families and all of our first responders and their families. These are the folks who work every day to defend our way of life and help us in our time of need. Say thanks to these find folks every chance you get. We hope to see all of you out on the road.

Frank and Linda Teasley

News from the Alabama District Couple of the Year

Carl and Jan Breeding, AL-H
Alabama District Couple of the Year

Let us start off by thanking all of you for giving us the opportunity to represent you as the Couple of the Year for the Alabama District, we will do our best to make you proud.  Our first rally after being selected was to be Georgia, but unfortunately, Jan had to work during the rally; Carl made the ultimate sacrifice and flew solo.  The rally was held at a campground with all of the activities outside in the heat, so obviously we all had a hot time.  At the request of Vicky Martin, the Alabama District Team re-enacted the "Sister Act" skit for Tommy Martin who was stepping down as the Georgia District director.  Carl made it home safely even without his JPS (Jan Positioning System) that he seldom travels without.

Our next trip was to the South Carolina Rally in Anderson, South Carolina.  We camped across the road from Jan and Dennis Peterson, the TN Assistant District Directors.  We had a chance to get to know them and some couples from Virginia who were at the same campground. We shared some great conversations. Trading ideas for activities at the chapter level.  We received word that Jan and Dennis had an accident on their way to the West Virginia Rally.  They are home now recuperating, we wish them a speedy recovery. There are too many people having motorcycle accidents lately, please ride or drive safely.

Our next chance to socialize with most of you will be at the District Picnic on 8 August 10 AM at the Confederate Memorial Park, 437 Chilton County Rd 63, Marbury, AL.  We hope to see a BUNCH of you there.

Carl and Jan

Good Times

Wings Over the Smokies

Jerry and Melissa Rodgers

On Tuesday, July 7 the Jerry Rodgers and I, Melissa, headed up to Wings Over the Smokies rally in Cherokee, NC.  We joined other of our AL – H members, Mike and Alice Chapman and Charles Broadway, at the Happy Holidays Village Campground on Wednesday.  We spent Thursday checking out the vendors and meeting old friend and making new friends.  Floyd and Audrey McQueen and Larry and Julie Bradley got there just in time to get their packet and go to supper with us at Granny’s Restaurant. They opted against roughing it and stayed in a nice hotel.  After supper we went back for the ice cream social and watched/participated in the parade of Lights through town. It was a nice night with a good turnout. 
Friday morning Jerry and I went to the camping 101 class and thoroughly enjoyed it.  We learned a couple of things and websites that can be useful in the future.  We caught up with 2 new members Ernie and Beverly Quail and their precious little dog under the tent trying to cool off in the sweltering heat.  Ernie and Beverly declined to join us on a ride due to the heat for their dog’s sake not to ride with us towards the Highlands to see the waterfalls.  It was a nice ride and we were fortunate to have room to park. We saw 3 waterfalls and took pictures on the way down.  After viewing Dry Falls, Jerry tried to start our bike, but it wouldn’t start, several of the members were kind enough to push us off.  Thinking it was the starter we went on to Bridal Veil Falls and drove behind it to have pictures made, but didn’t cut the bike off.  We arrived back at the Expo Center for a delicious buffet supper catered by Granny’s Restaurant.  We want to thank those NC district officers who guided us to a vendor that could repair our bike the next morning. 
We got to the rally early Saturday morning to get our bike fixed and meet a former chapter member, Roy Painter, who just recently moved to TN.  While we waited to get the bike fixed we got a group picture made, unfortunately Ernie and Beverly left early coming back home and were not present.  We also enjoyed watching all of the drill teams perform.  Thank God, it turned out not to be the starter, but a solenoid switch.  However had it not been for that one problem, several other problems would not have been found and fixed before we left that could have caused us to be sitting on the side of the rode home.  Julie and Larry headed home about midday.  The rest of us went to eat at Paul’s Family Restaurant after closing ceremony.
Sunday morning, Floyd, Audrey, Charles, Jerry and I headed home.  Charles led us on a great ride including several new roads we had never been on.  It was a great rally and weekend with a total of 11 current AL-H members attending and 1 much missed former member, Roy. 


Chapter members preparing for a ride to the Buford Pusser Home and Museum, 25 July 2015.

Departing from Athens at 8am Saturday, Chapter H took the scenic route to see the Buford Pusser Home and Museum in Adamsville, Tennessee. This was a beautiful ride through the countryside, relaxing and enjoying the scenery and comradery.

We had 8 bikes and twelve participants. Carl Breeding, Floyd and Audrey McQueen, Larry and Julie Bradley, Mike and Alice Chapman, our visitors and hopefully now part of the group, Dan and Sherry Johnson, her dad Randy Culver, and Jerry and Melissa Rodgers set out from Athens to just enjoy the day.

The day was warm enough that we were wishing we could have taken the shady stretch of road we rode in the early part of the ride and enjoyed it through the rest of the day. 

The one time I checked it was 98 degrees, but as long as we kept moving it wasn’t too bad.

Buford Pusser's home 

The museum is in Buford Pusser’s home, with many mementoes of his life, pictures, newspaper articles, and other relics.  The basement gift shop was lined with the patches of police departments from around the country that have been donated. 
The museum also has plaques commemorating Fallen Officers from Tennessee each year.

A group photo at the Buford Pusser's home


Standing: Jerry, Julie, Audrey, Carl, Mike, Alice, & Dan

Kneeling: Larry, Melissa, Floyd, Sherry & Randy

A life-sized (6'6") cutout of Buford Pusser stands behind Mike and Alice. 

Saw Meal Restaurant

After touring the museum we visited the Saw Meal Restaurant (the spelling is the way the restaurant is named, not my typo) where we ate lunch, then back down through Florence Alabama, and Home.

After the ride, we had dinner with Steve Kremer at the Los Trojas restaurant on Highway 53.  This was Steve’s first outing after his accident. Shirley is still recovering at the Millennium Rehab Center. I am sure Steve appreciated everyone taking the time to join us, I certainly do.
Come join us on the rides, we enjoy the company.

(photos by Melissa)

Recipe of the Month

Chicken Lombardi

A favorite provided by Jan Breeding

8 oz package(s) sliced fresh mushrooms
1 onion chopped
2 tablespoon(s) virgin olive oil
6 skinned and boned chicken breasts
1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup(s) butter
3/4 cup(s) marsala wine
1/2 cup(s) chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/8 teaspoon(s) pepper
1/2 cup(s) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup(s) parmesan cheese
2 green onions chopped

Cook mushrooms and chopped onions in 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or just until tender. Remove from heat; set aside.
Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to 1/8 inch thickness, using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
Dredge chicken pieces in flour. Cook chicken in batches, in 1 to 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Place chicken in a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish, overlapping edges. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken and butter. Reserving pan drippings in skillet. Sprinkle mushrooms and onions evenly over chicken.
Add wine and broth to skillet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken. Combine cheeses and green onions; sprinkle over chicken.

Bake uncovered, at 450 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes until cheese melts.
Great served with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables

Scheduled Events for the Month

August - 2015

1,    Sat - Training - Member Orientation -- 8am - 5pm - Roy & Anita Fosnight's home
    - Ride - Old Cook Stove,  Danville, AL -- 9:30am -  I65 Athens Shell

3,    Mon - Sturgis Rally (Thru 9th) -- Sturgis, SD
6,    Thu - Dinner - Stevi B's Pizza -- 6:15pm - 5510 Promenade Point Pkwy NW, Suite 140, Madison, AL 
8,    Sat - Ride - Alabama District Picnic --8am - Athens Shell
    - Alabama District Picnic -- 10am - Confederate Memorial Park, 437 Chilton County Rd 63, Marbury, AL

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 
15,    Sat - Ride - Nashville, TN -- 7am - Athens Shell
Breakfast at Marcy Jo's - 4205 Highway 431, Columbia, TN 38401

16,    Sun - Ride Meeting -- 4pm - Carl & Jan Breeding home

17,    Mon - Happy Birthday Alice Chapman

18,    Tue - Happy Birthday Carla Cato

21,    Fri - Dinner - Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina -- 6:15pm - 1802 US Highway 72 E, Athens, AL 35611

22,    Sat - Ride - Joe Wheeler Home, Hillsboro, AL -- 8am - Athens Shell

27,    Thu - Dinner - Francesco's Italian Restaurant -- 6:15pm - 2613 Highway 31 S, Decatur, AL 35603

      - Happy Birthday Rita Moore

29,    Sat - Ride - Chapter B Fun Day -- 9am - Madison Shell
    - Chapter B Fun Day - IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE! -- 10:00am -3:00pm, GRAND PRIZE $1000 = $1 per ticket, $10.00 Registration (Sharon Johnson Park, 783 Coleman Road New Market AL 35761) 

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