Chapter Director's corner
Carl & Jan Breeding
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.
Jan and Carl Breeding
A Note from Your Ride Educators
Steve & Shirley Kremer
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:
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
GWRRA Levels program
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.
Carl & Jan Breeding
News from Your 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
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
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.
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.
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.
Recipe of the Month
A favorite provided by Jan Breeding
8 oz package(s) sliced fresh mushrooms
Bake uncovered, at 450 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes until cheese melts.
Scheduled Events for the Month
August - 2015
1, Sat - Training - Member Orientation -- 8am - 5pm - Roy & Anita Fosnight's home
3, Mon - Sturgis Rally (Thru 9th) -- Sturgis, SD
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
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