Chapter Director's corner
For those who joined us at Wing Ding, THANKS, you really came through especially in the volunteering department! For those who haven’t been with us for a while, Chapter H received the Alabama Traveler “Bamma Santa” at the Chapter B Fun Day, carried it through Wing Ding, and passed him on to Chapter B at a Medic First Aid (MFA) class. While he was with us we tried to ensure his future rides would be safe ones by giving him a Trike and Trailers Course (TTRC) at Wing Ding, then a MFA with Chapter B. He left us as a Level III Certified Tour Co-rider. We have to keep Santa safe.
Santa had his picture taken with the GWRRA Founders, Paul Hildebrand, and Shirley Stevens-Garcia, as well as the GWRRA President Anita and JR Alkire.
During September, in addition to Wing Ding and classes, we also found time to visit Crow Mountain Orchard and go on a train ride in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Fun trips, both of them. The Rider Education Weekend which was scheduled for 3 and 4 October had to be cancelled, Honda notified us one week out that they could not accommodate us this year. We will try and make sure we can offer the classes in the spring.
Chapter H now has a chapter banner, thanks to Jerry Rodgers. We unveiled it at the September meeting. Come join us on the weekly rides and dinners, participation makes it all better.
Crow Mountain Ride
Crow Mountain Orchard is nestled in the rolling hills of Northern Alabama. Located on county road 39 in Fackler. This was our destination for our ride on the 19th of September 2015. Larry & Julie Bradley and Carl & Jan Breeding rode over there to buy some fresh apples and cider.
Jan and Carl Breeding
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Going on a train ride, conjures up images in your mind of steam locomotives, conductors, passenger cars and adventures.
Jan & Carl Breeding
A Note from Your Ride Educators
Steve & Shirley Kremer
Motorcycle Safety, Then and Now
In researching some safety articles recently, I came across an interesting subject written by Noble McIntyre for "The Motorcycle Safety News". He writes about the various changes that have taken place over the years pertaining to motorcycle safety, especially motorcycle riding gear and safety laws. He writes: "Motorcycles have always evoked an image of freedom, individuality, and as the case may be, rebellion. With that freedom, there is also the possibility of injury.
Interest in developing motorcycle helmets began in 1935, when T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) suffered a fatal motorcycle crash. His neurosurgeon, Hugh Cairns, began the research that would eventually lead to the development of the motorcycle crash helmet. The first patent for a motorcycle helmet was submitted in 1935 by Professor C.F. "Red" Lombard. The earliest helmets were made of leather, which didn't do much in the way of impact protection, but did prevent abrasions and "road rash." Later helmets changed radically in design and materials-in the 1960s, safety helmets had exteriors made of fiberglass, and interiors lined with polyurethane foam or cork. Most modern helmets are made from plastic, carbon fiber or Kevlar, and are designed to be impact and puncture resistant.
The right gear is considered one of the most important aspects of motorcycle safety, next to awareness, and rider training. The earliest motorcycle "gear" grew out of the use of motorcycles in the military during World War 1. Short coats replaced dusters so they wouldn't get caught in the motorcycle spokes; heavy boots and pegged breeches protected the legs. While these might have been functional, they weren't terribly stylish.
The most recognizable motorcycle gear is probably the leather jacket, first made famous by Marlon Brando in the film The Wild One. While a simple leather jacket can help protect from abrasions, modern protective gear may be made of sufficiently thick leather or with ballistic nylon or Kevlar, and some have carbon fiber armor on major impact points, such as shoulders, elbows and the knees. Some high-end motorcycle jackets and race suits even have a built-in airbag system, which inflates to protect the neck and torso. There are also street oriented airbag vests that inflate when a rider has a sudden get-off from his/her machine.
Believed by some to be even more durable-but with limited actual lab tests to back up assertions-is motorcycle armor, which is usually constructed of foam or hard plastic with foam laminate on the inside, or hard foam plates designed to protect the shoulders, elbows, and knees. Motorcycle armor was specifically designed to increase the chances of survival in an accident.
The Evolution of Safety Laws
In 1966, the Highway Safety Act required states to pass mandatory helmet laws in order to receive federal highway funding. In that same year, The American National Safety Standard for Motorcycle Helmets was introduced, which set obligatory performance standards that manufacturers were required to meet. However, Congress withdrew the requirement in 1975, and as a result, many states repealed their mandatory helmet laws. Now mandatory helmet laws vary from state to state.
The Hurt Report, published in 1981, showed most accidents involving a motorcycle occurred as a result of car drivers failing to see motorcycles. The report also showed that helmets significantly reduced the chance of death or debilitating brain injury. The MAIDS (Motorcycle Accidents in Depth Study) Report, published in 2000, showed that motorcycles were "over represented" in traffic accidents, and that most motorcycle accidents involved collisions with a passenger vehicle. These studies have left organizations like The Governors Highway Safety Association to encourage the implementation of helmet laws and motorcycle operating training.
The Future of Motorcycle Safety
Motorcycle safety gear has grown dramatically in sophistication over the last century-full airbag suits, durable materials, even virtual heads-up displays are being developed to increase the safety and survivability of the motorcycle enthusiast. But technology can only go so far. Just as important as gear is training, awareness, and skill needed to stay safe on a motorcycle.
Hope to see you at our next Chapter Meeting and remember to be visible. "Safety is Lifesaving".
Steve & Shirley Kremer
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, here we are winding down summer (or at least some of the summer heat). Football season is underway and that means that cooler weather cannot be far behind. With the cooler weather come many more opportunities to get out and ride and enjoy this great country ours without overheating. We hope you have many fall rides planned for you and your chapter. Remember why you bought your Goldwing in the first place!
At this writing the Alabama Safety Weekend is coming up very soon. We hope everyone that plans to attend has signed up for any of the classes that they desired to take. There will be many opportunities for both riders and co-riders that weekend to extend not only their riding skills but their knowledge as well. The planning stage is almost complete and we are looking forward to another great weekend in Alabama. We hope to see all of you there!
Later on in Oct is the Mississippi District Rally in Gulfport, Ms. This is a great venue and the Mississippi District Team always put on a great event. We hope you are making plans to be there. Later in October, the Region A rally will take place at the Lakepoint lodge in Eufaula. The region team has been hard at work planning a fun weekend for all including the selection of the new Region A Couple of the Year. Dewey and Alice Cole have done a great job of representing both Region A and Alabama this past year and now our own Carl and Jan Breeding will be hoping to take their place. Please be there on Friday morning to show your support for Carl and Jan.
In closing please remember all of our men and women in uniform and their families as well as all of our first responders and their families. When you see any of these folks out please say hello and give them a big thank you for what they do each and every day. We hope to see all of you out on the road,
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
Carl & Jan Breeding
Regretfully, we must inform all that the district Rider Education Weekend is cancelled. The location is not available to us to use on the scheduled date, and we cannot get a date when it could be re-scheduled. We will work together to try and locate another location and reschedule this for the spring when riding season starts back up in earnest. Even though this was something I could not prevent, I do offer my sincere apology for having to cancel.
I hope that everyone else enjoyed Wing Ding as much as Jan and I did! Bama Santa sure enjoyed himself, he got his picture taken with all of the GWRRA big shots, and took a Trike with Trailer Rider Course (TTRC) as a Co-Rider. He was so enthusiastic that he went with us to chapter B and took a First Aid / CPR course so he could be a level III Co-Rider. Such Dedication.
We will see many of you in Gulfport at the Mississippi Rally, or in Eufaula at the Region A Convention. Until then, be safe on the road.
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Well, another Wing Ding has come and gone. If you were not there, you missed a good one. The weather was great and the facilities were outstanding. I guess the only complaint I heard was the spot where they had the drill teams set up. Some nice bleachers in the shade were just there for their looks I guess. A lot of folks had to leave without seeing them all. I for one, standing out in the sun for that long is a little too much for my old wore out back and hips.
Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
A Note from Your North Assistant District Directors
Wing Ding is now in the history books and it was a good one. The weather was good and Huntsville really rolled out the Red Carpet for all of the Goldwingers in attendance. We hope that Huntsville Alabama is placed on the list for future Wing Dings.
Dewey & Alice Cole represented Region A in the Couple of the Year selection and did a great job. Region A was in large attendance for the selection and we are sure Dewey & Alice really appreciated the support. Although they were robbed and not selected they will still be winners with us. While on the subject we have another couple that will be in the selection process at the Region A Rally October 29-30th. Carl & Jan Breeding will be in the selection and we need to be there to support them as they move forward in the Couple of the Year program.
The Mississippi Rally is the next one and Alabama has always had a great turnout. October 15-17th in Gulfport, Ms. They are in a new location and we are looking to have a good time so come on down and have a good time.
Robert & Gail Brown
Recipe of the Month
A favorite from Julie Bradley
Slow - Cooked Corn Chowder
2 ½ Cups Milk
In a 3 qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts)
Scheduled Events for the Month
October - 2015
1, Thu - Dinner - Stevi B's Pizza -- 6:15pm - 5510 Promenade Point Pkwy NW, Suite 140, Madison, AL
5, Mon - Happy Birthday Carl Breeding
10, Sat - Ride - North Alabama Children's Home Benefit with Chapter S -- 8am - Athens Shell (Meet Chapter S at 10am the Longshore Cycle Center, 913 Mitchell Blvd., Florence AL 35630 for a 11am departure to the Childrens Home.)
12, Mon - Event - Ghost Tour of Athens -- 6:30pm - meet at Market and Houston St.
22, Thu - Dinner - Taziki's of Madison -- 6:15 - 105 Brookridge Dr. Madison, Alabama 35758 (Located in the shopping center between Target and the Madison Hospital, on the South side of US 72.)
25, Sun - Happy Anniversary Jerry & Melissa Rodgers