Chapter Director's corner
Rally time! Not just the Alabama District Rally, but Tennessee and Georgia within a few days of this writing. I know I am not the only one that looks forward to seeing friends I haven’t seen all winter (and getting to ride). We leave for Dalton, Georgia tomorrow to join in their Fairy Tales.
I need all ticket stubs and money from the sale of Zumo tickets to be turned in to me by the chapter gathering. I have to get the money and stubs to the District Treasurer before the end of the rally so the ticket stubs are in the bin for the drawing.
May 14 will be our Motorist Awareness Day for Alabama. Chapter H has the morning shift, and Chapter S may join us at the I-65 Welcome Center coming south from Ardmore, we need to be there from 8AM until noon, at which time Chapter B should relieve us and we can ride to someplace for lunch.
The Alabama District Rally will be 19 thru 21 May in Eufaula. We are trying to finalize the contributions for the Couple of the Year basket and any door-prizes anyone would care to donate. Please bring all donations to the Chapter Gathering. The rally theme is Christmas in Dixie, so I am sure you have excess Christmas decorations or Christmas themed things to get rid of (donate).
At the moment, I know of four couples who are planning to go to Wing Ding in Billings, several who will be visiting the Tennessee Rally and the Georgia Rally, so it seems we will have a fun and enjoyable summer.
We are planning on conducting a Trike Riding Course (TRC) and Advanced Riding Course (ARC) on 18 June in Russellville. I need to have a list of who will be attending each course by the Chapter Gathering.
Ride Safe, Ride often, call friends to join you.
Carl & Jan
News from Your District Directors
Hello all, another month has blown by and we keep wondering where it goes. I keep thinking when I retire that it will slow down but then I talk to other folks that have already retired and apparently it doesn’t have any effect on it! Just take it one day at a time and enjoy each day. I spent a lot of time working weekends this past month so I can’t report on a lot of activities that we participated in. We really hope to change that in the coming months!
The District Picnic was a success (from what I was told). Seemed that everyone I had a chance to talk to and a couple of emails that we received that everyone had a great time. The weather definitely cooperated (didn’t need the fans this year). As usual this time of year I had to work Sat and Sun but from the pics I saw everyone was having a good time. Thanks to everyone that took time out of their busy schedules to attend. We have planned next year’s picnic around the same time frame.
At this writing we are preparing to attend the Georgia rally in Dalton, Ga. We are looking forward to having a great time with everyone. They have a new rally site this year and have lots of activities planned for everyone who attends. Please remember that we are only about three weeks out from the Alabama District Rally in Eufaula. We hope everyone has registered and made room reservations and that you are looking forward to attending. We have several new activities planned this year including TWO riding poker runs, one on Friday and one on Saturday. There will be bingo both days along with, not one but TWO talent shows. The regular talent show will be on Friday evening as usual but we will have another on Saturday afternoon, the GWRRA’s Got Talent show will be held to select the acts that will represent Region A at Wing Ding in Billings Montana coming up in September. This should be a showcase for some of the great “talent” that we have saw in Region A. We will have a sit down dinner on Thursday night along with not only the traditional costume contest (Christmas in Dixie) but also a new feature, an Ugly Sweater Contest, should be lots of fun. Several seminars will be available including two offerings of a presentation that unfortunately is very relevant to situations that occur in today’s society. The seminar, presented by an active duty Deputy Sheriff, Mr. Ron Brown, a state certified presenter for this subject, will discuss what to do in an active shooter situation. This seminar should be very interesting to everyone who is out in public a lot, which covers most of us. Lots of door prizes, games, COY/IOY selection on Friday morning, ice cream on Friday evening before the first talent show, a lighted bike display after the talent show and a bike display in the vendor area on Saturday. We have lots to keep you busy and if you participate in the poker runs you will get to see some great Alabama countryside. We hope everyone will attend, have a good time, and support your Alabama District. We need your help to keep programs such as free rider education going in Alabama.
Remember to keep all of our men and women in uniform in your thoughts and prayers and remember the GWRRA members that were lost this past month and their families as well. Please remember our first responders and their families also. Please ride safe and we hope to see all of you out on the road,
A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors
“My Rider Education is FREE.” How many of us have heard this or are privileged to be members of a District that provides it? Have you really thought about what free really means? Is Rider Education really free?
There is always a cost for everything we do, and our Rider Education Program is no exception. The Districts which provide FREE Rider Education must do something to make “free” possible. Some Districts sell tickets for a Goldwing; some sell tickets for a trailer or a GPS. The ticket sales must cover the cost of the item to be raffled, and the cost of the tickets which are sold before funds can be applied to the Rider Education Program.
Some of the costs involved with providing “free” Rider Education are as follows: paint to paint ranges, range fees if not provided at no cost by the owner of the range, paper and printing of instruction sheets, MedicFirstAid cards and supplies, Rider Ed. patches and the list goes on and on. The only thing “free” about the classes provided is the volunteer instructors who take their time to instruct members in safe and responsible riding techniques. If you think you can get an ARC, TRC of MFA class cheaper, then go out and compare the cost of other programs out there. You will not find it any cheaper.
How do we keep it FREE? We do this by supporting our Districts in whatever they do or sell to make this FREE.
Robert & Gail Brown
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
May comes to us with a couple of important events, 14 May is Motorcycle Awareness Day for the Alabama District, where all members are encouraged to help us inform the public of our presence on the highway, and ask them to “Watch out for motorcycles.” May 19 through the 21st is our District Rally in Eufaulla. It will be a busy month, and we need your help in making the events successful.
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Well April is just about gone and May is just around the corner. You know what that means, that’s right Christmas Time. Come on down to Eufaula at the Lake Point Lodge for the Alabama Dist. Rally. Christmas in Dixie come on down and visit Santa and all the Elves. There will be lots to do and lots of fun to be had.
Once again I would like to see all the Chapter MEC’s there. One of you will be the Dist. Chapter MEC of the year. Also I need a little help at the MEC Table on Friday and Saturday. There will also be an Individual of The Year announced.
Before we have Christmas we have to make the everyday motorist aware of us and ask them to watch out for us on the road. May the 14th we will be manning the rest areas in the state to do just that.
Be sure to have some recruiting information there also, even bikers stop in there for a break. We have recruited some in the past.
I am going to make this short since I am at the deadline of getting this turned in again.
Hope to see you all in May.
Recipe of the Month
Slow-Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
• Prep Time: 10 min
Scheduled Events for the Month
MAY - 2016
1, Sun - Motorcycle Awareness Month
2, Mon - Happy Birthday Jan Breeding
5, Thu - Dinner - Bike Night at Lawlers Barbecue -- 6-8pm (1506 Hwy 72E, Athens, AL (across from the Shell Station))
- Holocaust Remembrance Day -- Yom HaShoah
7, Sat - Ride Meeting -- Mike & Alice Chapman's home -- 10am
8, Sun - Ride - Impromptu Ride -- 9am - Athens Shell
- Mother's Day
10, Tue - Ride - Visit AL Chapter B at Blue Plate Cafe -- Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm (7540 South Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville, AL 35802)
- Happy Birthday Lynne Chadwick
12, Thu - Athens Eagle Wings Gathering -- 2nd Thursday of the month 6:15pm to eat/7pm to meet IHOP, 16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL
14, Sat - MAD DAY -- Meet at I65 Welcome Center -- 730am to noon
15, Sun - Ride - Impromptu Ride
19, Thu - Alabama District Convention (thru Saturday)
- Dinner - Joe's World Famous Pizzeria -- 630pm - 1260 US Highway 72 E, Athens, AL 35611
21, Sat - Ride - Soda Pop Junction -- 930am - Athens Shell (141 Mill St, Lynnville, TN 38472)
22, Sun - Ride - Impromptu Ride
24, Tue - Happy Anniversary Carl and Jan Breeding
26, Thu - Dinner - Village Pizza -- 630pm - 222 W Market St, Athens, AL 35611
28, Sat - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
29, Sun - Ride - Call a Friend Ride
30, Mon - Memorial Holiday