Chapter Director's corner
Happy New Year!
For the information of anyone who was not at our Christmas Party, we have some new officer announcements. Jerry and Melissa Rodgers have accepted the position of Assistant Chapter Directors. If they are as dedicated in that position as they have been in Membership Enhancement, they will be fabulous. Larry Bradley has accepted the position of Chapter Treasurer, thank you Larry. Floyd McQueen has agreed to learn the ropes as Chapter Educator, thanks Floyd.
The other important event that took place at the Christmas Party was the announcement of Floyd and Audrey McQueen as the Alabama Chapter H Couple of the Year for 2016. Congratulations Floyd and Audrey for all of the work you guys have done over the past year to make the Chapter a success.
Along with the announcement of the new officers, I would like to give my sincere thanks to Steve and Shirley Kremer for their service to me and the chapter as Chapter Educator and Chapter Treasurer. I hope you can soon join us on rides again. Your willingness to take on the jobs when I was in need of help is sincerely appreciated.
For New Year’s Eve, Jerry and Melissa are hosting a party at their home. On New Year’s Day I hope the chapter will all join us on a multi-chapter journey to Wintzell's Oyster House in Guntersville -- (14455 US Hwy 431 S. Guntersville, AL 35976) we will depart from the Athens Shell station at US-72 and I-65 at 9:00 AM. Several Alabama Chapters plan to participate, and they have a separate room set aside for us.
I look forward to the coming year, building more friendships and encountering new adventures. It is not too early to start planning your travels to rallies and to Wing Ding in Billings Montana. Jump right in, it can be a blast if you let it.
Carl & Jan
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, Linda and I hope you had a very special holiday season. With the end of one year brings on hopes and desires for the New Year. We hope that 2016 will bring you and your family much happiness, peace and prosperity. As we look forward to a new year we hope you have many plans already made for the riding season. Wing Ding this year will be in Billings Montana. We are certainly looking forward to the trip and we hope many of you are as well.
The first ride of the New Year for many will be a trip with your chapter and perhaps several others on a New Years Day ride. Several chapters have events scheduled and we hope that if your chapter does not have one planned you will make plans to join one of the other rides. All of them sound like fun. You can check the District website for info on all the scheduled rides. Hope to see everyone there. The second event of the year will be our annual Officers Conference on Jan 16th at the Gardendale Civic Center. We would request that all chapter officers attend but any other member that is interested may also attend. There will be several reminders sent out to the CD’s before then. Please remember that End of Year Financial statements are due that day. If you need any help in that area please contact Sara Leach.
We hope everyone had a great 2015. We certainly had a great time this year and are eagerly looking forward to 2016. Please remember the families of members who were lost during 2015 and keep them in your prayers. Also, please remember all of our men and women in uniform, first responders, and all of their families. They serve and protect us each day. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2016.
Frank and Linda Teasley
A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors
Gail and I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Santa brought you all the things you wanted/needed.
At our Region A Officers meeting in December, we agreed that our motto for 2016 is “Encouragement.” If you look encouragement up in a dictionary, you will find many definitions. Here are two of them: “Act of giving support, confidence, hope; the act of trying to stimulate the development of an activity, state, or belief.” Both of these are good, and we can apply them to our chapters going into the New Year. Chapter Directors; please encourage chapter members to participate with the chapter and the activities as much as possible. Chapter members; please encourage your chapter director and your chapter team by remembering to thank them for what they do. Encouragement works both ways.
If any of the chapters need a Medic First Aid class, please have your Educator contact us so we can assist you in setting one up for your chapter. We know that, due to the Safety Weekend being cancelled, several members need this to update their levels. A minimum of 12 members are needed to make up a class. If you need to combine with another chapter to accomplish this, please do so. The time to get this done is during the winter months when rides are few. Give us a call and let us know where and when you would like to set up the class.
Thanks again for all you do.
Robert & Gail Brown
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
Carl & Jan Breeding
A brand new year! I hope you have all weathered the holidays safely, and in good health. This is the time of the year that it seems the activity of chapters seem to drop off because of weather that just isn't pleasant to ride in. My question is "What activities are good during the winter months, that you just don't find time for in the spring, summer, and fall?" I know, a lot of chapters get together for game nights, or make plans for summer trips, but I am thinking of activities that are a little more mundane. How about having training sessions for the chapter?
Alabama is blessed to have trainers available in Leadership, Medic First Aid, and various seminars, as well as riding courses. What classes would be helpful for your chapter? I know I would much rather spend a day when the weather is rainy and cold inside in classes than one that is sunny and warm. The good weather is more conducive to being on my bike, the bad weather is better to being indoors with friends learning skills that can make the outdoor activities safer and more enjoyable. If your chapter doesn't have a seminar presenter, contact me and I will try to find one that can be available on the dates you need them.
Some of the Rider Education seminars are (primary source - the Rider Education Program Handbook):
Core Rider Ed Seminars (these are on Seminar Completion Cards or Riding Course Completion Cards)
Other Rider Ed Seminars
Motorist Awareness Seminars:
I would also like to ask every chapter to be looking for suitable place to conduct riding courses. If you find sites that are suitable, flat, free of obstacles, with a well maintained surface, and able to be blocked off from other traffic, nominate it to me and I am more than willing to come check it out. We have to get permission from the property owner and provide them with assurance that we will do no damage to their facility.
Ride safely, ride often, call a friend.
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Well the New Year is here and I am still stuck in the old one. Just cannot get used to doing my article in the middle of the month.
I won't bore you anymore today.
Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
Recipe of the Month
Cheesy Bacon Rotel Cups
3 (1.9ounce) boxes of frozen mini Phyllo (Fillo) shells
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies) drained
½ cup chopped cooked bacon bits
1 ½ cup shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese
Scheduled Events for the Month
January - 2016
1, Fri - Ride - to Wintzell's Oyster House in Guntersville -- 9am - Leave Athens Shell (14455 US Hwy 431 S. Guntersville, AL 35976 )
- Chapter Y New Years in Guntersville -- Chapter Y has reserved a room at Wintzell's on the banks of beautiful Lake Guntersville, so that we can visit with our friends and enjoy a great meal to kick off 2016. Some will ride and some will drive. Everyone welcome! (14455 Us Highway 431, Guntersville, AL 35976) Room listed under Goldwing Club on 1/1/16 seating after 11:00 a.m. (256) 582-5600
- New Year's Holiday
2, Sat - Ride - Chapter S Gathering - Too Fat Sisters Kitchen Restaurant - Russellville -- 6am - leave Athens Shell (17901 Highway 43 Russellville, AL 35654) More info to follow.
7, Thu - Dinner - Taziki's in Madison -- 6:15pm - 105 Brookridge Drive, Suite A Madison, AL 35758 (Located in the shopping center between Target and the Madison Hospital, on the South side of US 72.)
9, Sat - Ride - Ride with Chapter S to Campbell Station Restaurant - Culleoka, TN -- 10am - Leave Athens Shell (2800 Dodson Gap Rd, Culleoka, TN 38451) Meet Chapter S at Hardees in Rogersville
14, 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, Sat - Ride - Jack Daniel's Tour - Lynchburg, TN -- 10am - Old Mapco on Hwy 72 and Old Railroad Bed Road
- Alabama Officers Conference -- 6am - depart I-65 Athens Shell to Gardendale, AL.
18, Mon - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
20, Wed - Athens Eagle Wings -- Charter 9th Anniversary
21, Thu - Dinner - Francesco's Italian Restaurant -- 6:15pm - 2613 Highway 31 S, Decatur, AL 35603
23, Sat - Ride Planning Meeting -- 10am - Lynne and Kurt Chadwick's home. (Bring ideas.)
28, Thu - Dinner - LuVici's Restaurant -- 6:15pm - 105 N Jefferson St, Athens, AL 35611 next to UG White's Mercantile
- Happy Birthday Steve Kremer
30, Sat - Ride - Alabama Music Hall of Fame in -- More details to follow (The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is located at 617 Highway 72 West in Tuscumbia, Alabama)