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December 2015 

Chapter Director's corner

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

Chapter Director's Corner
Athens Eagle Wings

Well, here it is December, and time for the annual Christmas Party.  The Chapter H Christmas party will be at the 306 Barbecue from 6-9 pm on 16 December 2015, the address is 23101 US Highway 72, Athens, AL 35613.  One of the things we normally do is play Dirty Santa, each person who wishes to participate brings a wrapped gift valued at $20.00, they exchange it for a ticket, and when the game begins the fun starts. 

Another traditional part of the annual Chapter H Christmas Party is the announcement of the new Chapter Couple of the year, this is an honor to recognize a couple who have made a worthwhile contribution to the chapter in the past year.  It carries no obligation other than to enjoy yourself. We have a few rules we have to observe, the couple must be members for a full year to be eligible, their dues must be current, and they must have contributed to the operation of the chapter.

I cannot write about the holiday season without mentioning my concern for safety, please, when you are traveling, consider your safety.  The roads are more crowded because of shoppers and holiday travelers, and it seems that every year people are getting more impatient.  Be careful out there, we want to continue to enjoy your fellowship. 

Carl & Jan Breeding

News from Your District Directors

Frank & Linda Teasley
Alabama District Directors

Hello all, as we move closer to the end of 2015 and things slow down just a bit; we hope you will take this time to spend with friends and family during the holiday season. Many of you will be traveling to visit and we want to wish each of you very safe and enjoyable travels.

At this writing Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Linda and I would like to wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. Please be safe in your travels to visit friends and relatives.

The month of December brings on the Christmas season, a time to spend time with not only our own family members but our GWRRA family as well. We hope you will be able to attend your Chapter Christmas party. This has always been a highlight for us and a tradition we always look forward to. Linda and I would like to send our best to all of you during this wonderful season.

Chapter Directors, please remember our annual District Officers Conference will be held at the Gardendale Civic Center (where Chapter Y has their funday each year) on Saturday January 16, 2016 beginning at 9AM. Please remember that closing financial statements are due no later than that day. If you would like, you can forward these to Sara Leach anytime before then and not have to worry with it that day. If you have any questions about this please contact Sara, your ADD, or us. We are all willing to help you any way we can. Also, if any of your Chapter Officers cannot attend, please bring their information (name, address, phone number, GWRRA number, and email address) with you. We will need all of this info for our 2016 contact list.

Finally, please remember all of our men and women in uniform everywhere as well as their families and also all of our first responders and their families. They serve and protect us each and every day. Please say thanks when you see them. Again, Linda and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving holiday and a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We hope to see all of you soon,

Frank and Linda Teasley

A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors

Robert & Gail Brown
North Assistant District Directors

2015 is soon to be history and Gail & I hope everyone has Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. We hope you get to spend time with your family and friends. Please remember our service men and women that will not be at home this holiday season as they serve and protect us all.

The Alabama District Officers meeting will be January 16th, 2016 at the Gardendale Civic Center. This is the same location as last year. There are several chapters changing officers so if you have any questions about paperwork or financial reports just give us a call. We are here to help you with this.

Once again Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all.

Robert & Gail Brown
ADD North Alabama

A Note from Your District Educators

Rider Education/Motorist Awareness

Carl & Jan Breeding
Alabama District Rider Education Motorist Awareness Coordinators

Merry Christmas from our house to yours.  The November through December timeframes normally mark a time that we gather with friends and family to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and begin to speculate about the joys and accomplishments that lie ahead.  Let us all make every attempt to ensure we are here next year at this time of the year so we can do it again then.

As you plan your travels to visit your loved ones, make sure you have allowed adequate time for your travels to allow for rest breaks, meal stops, obeying speed limits, and most of all the extra traffic that is on the roads due to holiday shoppers.  Plan to encounter adverse weather, if you don’t encounter it, it is a pleasant surprise, and you have more time to enjoy the get-togethers. 

When traveling in the winter, it is advisable to have extra warm clothing in the vehicle; that way if the vehicle experiences mechanical failure, or you have an accident and have to wait for help to arrive you can put on the extra layers to keep warm while waiting. Many of us now carry “battery boxes” in our bikes, it might be a good idea to carry one in the vehicle you are traveling in in cold weather.  The cold makes battery failure more likely, and you don’t want to have to try to get a jump when you can’t run the engine to keep warm.

I don’t have all of the answers, but I try to make suggestions of things you can do to make your travels a little safer.  Have a wonderful holiday season.

Carl and Jan Breeding

A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators

Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators

Where has the time gone?  By the time this gets out Thanksgiving will have arrived and gone. Hope everyone had a good time with family and friends and did not add on too many pounds.

Just because the weather has cooled off does not mean you have to sit home and watch the leaves fall. Please stay active and participating with your chapters. You can still attend all the meetings in cars or any other means of travel you may have. When going on rides or other events try car pooling, you can still have fun.

As we enter December, please think about who your next COY may be, or an individual of the year. Remember these are not duties forced on someone, it is an honor given to someone for their loyalty to their chapter. All they are required to do is what they have already been doing. Having fun!!

Now is a good time to be getting your decorations for the Rally Chapter Challenge. Remember chapters will be decorating a Christmas Tree for the Rally in May.

Christmas is just around the corner and there will be lots of folks out shopping and going to Christmas Parties, so please be safe on the streets and roadways. Always expect the worse from other drivers then be thankful when they do it right.

Please remember all our military and first responders as things don’t look so good right now. If you think you have it bad, believe me there are many a lot worse off.

We wish a HAPPY THANKSGIVING and a Merry Christmas to everyone.

Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
AL. Dist. MEC’s

Recipe of the Month

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Recipe makes 16 servings

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
4 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored Jell-O®
2 cups boiling water
1 (16 ounce) package frozen strawberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix together the pretzels, 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.

2. In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water. Mix in frozen strawberries, and stir until thawed. Pour over cream cheese mixture in pan. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.

Scheduled Events for the Month

December - 2015

December - 2015

3,    Thu - Dinner - Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina -- 6:15pm - 1802 US Highway 72 E, Athens, AL 35611
    - Thu - Ride - Russellville Christmas Parade -- 6pm - more info to follow

5,    Sat - Ride - Eldridge Children's Home ride with Chapter S
more info to follow
    - Sat - Ride - AL-S Russellville (Cedar Creek Wings) Meeting -- Too Fat Sisters Kitchen Restaurant, 17901 Hwy 43, Russellville - Eat 8:00am / Meet 9:00am

12,    Sat - Event - Chapter S Christmas Party -- 8am - at Too Fat Sisters Kitchen Restaurant, Russellville (17901 Highway 43 Russellville, AL 35654)

16,    Wed - Dinner -306 Barbecue -- 6-9 pm -  Chapter H Christmas Party (23101 US Highway 72, Athens, AL 35613) 

22,    Tue - First Day of Winter -- 04:48 UTC

25,    Fri - Christmas Holiday

31,    Thu - Event - Party at the Rodgers Home -- 6:30pm
More info to follow

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