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March 2016 

Chapter Director's corner

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

February has been a good month even with the cold weather. Jan and I hosted a Co-Rider Seminar/ Pizza Party/Movie afternoon at our house on February 13th.  Jerry filled in for us at the Chapter meeting on the 11th due to work commitments for Jan’s job.  We also met with Chapter S in the morning, then with Chapter N in the evening on Saturday 6 February.

On the 20th of February, eight members of the chapter attended the Officer Certification Program presentation in Bessemer: we were joined by Jerry & Melissa Rodgers, Floyd & Audrey McQueen, Larry Bradley and Lynne Chadwick.  This class is required for officers so they understand how and why GWRRA does things the way we do, I really appreciate them taking their time to attend this training.

Please don’t forget, we have planned a First Aid/CPR class at our home, 15015 Lancelot Circle, harvest Alabama on 12 March at noon.  If you haven’t had this course in the last two years, I encourage you to attend. I would also like to get a count of who plans to attend.

We encourage you to invite your friends who ride to visit our meetings. There is no requirement to own a bike in order to belong to GWRRA and participate in our activities.  The more people we have attending events, the more ideas will be brought forward for future activities.

Ride often, ride safe.

Carl & Jan Breeding
Chapter Directors

News from Your District Directors

Frank & Linda Teasley
Alabama District Directors

Greetings fellow riders, with another months passing we are getting closer and closer to riding season. As the temps moderate a little we hope you are preparing yourself for the season. Be sure to get yourself ready to go as well as your favorite ride.

This month has flown by, as have most of them recently. We attended a really nice chili cook off hosted by Chapter N. There were several chapters represented and there was more food there than the law should allow. After numerous samples I settled on some of the very best chicken noodle soup this old mouth had ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Thanks to Chapter N, John and Charlotte Nairmore and their entire team for a great evening (just as a note, we are actively perusing the recipe for that soup).

We have just wrapped and active weekend where both OCP and Medic/First Aid classes were taught. The OCP class was held in Bessemer, Al at the UAB Medical West hospital. Roy and Anita Fosnight anchored this class and were kind enough to let Linda and I help. We had 5 chapters represented with a total of 31 members attending. Outstanding day! At the same time Robert and Gail Brown were conducting a Medic/First Aid class for Chapter J in Tuscaloosa, Al. Have not had the chance to talk to them but am sure the info will be in this newsletter.

Chapter Y is set to kick off the funday/rally season with their annual funday on Saturday March 5th at the Gardendale Civic Center. Info is on the District website. Chapter M is having their 30th Anniversary celebration on Saturday March 12th at 12 Noon (EST) at Buffet City in Phenix City, Al. Info for that event is also on the district website. Next up is the annual “gathering of the wings” for the Florida Rally at the International Palms Hotel in Orlando, Fl. March 17, 18 and 19. Always a fun event we hope you get to make your first long ride of the year to warmer weather. For those not going to Florida, March 19 is also Chapter Z and F’s annual funday to be held in Marbury, Al. If you are not going to Florida we hope everyone in Alabama will make plans to attend this event. We have gone the past couple of years and have had a wonderful time at each. Good eats, good friends and a good time. Info is on the district website.

In closing for this month, 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 these fine people out please take the time to say thank you to them for taking care of us each and every day and allowing us to enjoy the freedoms we have in this country. We hope to see all of you out on the road,   

Frank and Linda Teasley

A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors

Robert & Gail Brown
North Assistant District Directors

March is here and the beginning of riding season. Get those bikes out and make sure all of the maintenance is done. Check your first aid kits, wet weather gear and trailers so that you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

In this month's issue of Wing World one of our Alabama chapters was featured. In September of 2015, Alabama N had a fundraiser along with KD Cycle in Altoona, Al. The chapter did a raffle and donated the money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Kudos to this chapter for making this happen.

Several chapters have events in March and make plans to attend them. Chapter Y will be having their Fun Day on March 5. It is at the Gardendale Civic Center, beginning at 10am. Food, Fun, and Fellowship with fellow wingers.

March 12 will be the 30th Anniversary for Al-M. This is a real milestone and something to be proud of. The time and location is on their website and we are looking forward to this event. Remember Daylight Savings time begins March 13, so more daylight to ride.

Please check the District website for all of the events and chapter meetings that are taking place.

Thanks for all you do.

Robert & Gail Brown

A Note from Your District Educators

Rider Education/Motorist Awareness

Carl & Jan Breeding
Alabama District Rider Education Motorist Awareness Coordinators

Well at least some of us have faith that Spring is on the way. Robert and Gail Brown have been busily teaching Medic First Aid classes, and Jan and I have classes scheduled for Chapters H, S, and B.  This is a big step in preparing for the riding season. Thanks to Robert and Gail, and thanks to all who participate.

I now return to my old topic: Riding classes, we have folks who would be glad to teach, but we need YOU, the members to help us identify suitable facilities.  We have a line on a possibility in Chapter S’s area, thanks Mike Horton & Mark Swindle for helping to identify the location and arrange for us to check it out.  I would like to urge other chapters around the state to help us to identify candidates.  We can’t serve the membership without your assistance.

I will be traveling to Madison, Georgia on March 5th to teach a Trike Rider’s Course (TRC) for the Georgia District.  I am willing to travel as possible to check candidate ranges to find places where we can serve the membership.  Please assist in nominating candidate ranges and talking to the folks that control access to them.

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. The size requirement is 206 ft. X 310 ft. for the Advanced Rider's Course (ARC); 206 ft. X 310 ft. for a Trike Rider's Course (TRC), and the range MUST be approved by the District Educator for insurance and accreditation purposes.  We also have to get permission from the property owner and provide them with assurance that we will do no damage to their facility.  I am available to track down leads, but I need you to help identify possible candidate locations and a Point of Contact for me to talk to about the facility.

Thanks for all you do.

A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators

Kenneth & Veronica Campbell
Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators

Well here I am late again, internet was down for a while and came back up this morning. Still had to spend 45 minutes on phone with IQ 1. Guess we all have dealt with them. LOL
  Weather has been pretty good for bikers, I am seeing more and more out riding. Everyone should keep recruiting info in their bike. Such as applications, business cards with information and benefits flyers. Also a good idea to keep a current ride calendar and news Letter in your bike. When you run into riders at stops talk to them.
  There are new rules this year for competitions, mascots, newsletters, chapter of the year and couple of the Year. All these can be found online.  ( If you prefer I can email you a copy.
  Some of the changes in the news letters will give everyone a better chance and should get more chapters involved. I will email everyone the new rules on this so you can start now. Next year I will need newsletters by Jan 1st 2017, not FEB 1st as in the past.
  Our Dist. Rally will be here before you know it. Hope every chapter is set to decorate a Christmas Tree and have their Couple of the Baskets started.
  Since this is late already, I will quit and get it sent.

  Everyone Recruit and ride safe and did I mention recruit.


Recipe of the Month

Cheesy Turkey Stromboli

1 can (11oz.) refrigerated pizza dough
6 Colby Jack cheese slices
1 pkg. (7.5 oz.) Oscar Mayer Carving Board Turkey or Ham
½ cup chopped red or green peppers
olives if desired
chopped onions if desired
1 egg
1 Tbsp. water

Heat oven to 375 degrees

Unroll pizza dough on lightly floured surface. Roll out or pat into 12 inch square; top with cheese, turkey, peppers and other desired items. Leave ½ inch rim around all sides. Roll up: pinch seam and ends together to seal.

Place seam side down, on foil-covered baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Beat egg and water; brush onto dough.

Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until golden brown, cool for 10 minutes.

Scheduled Events for the Month

MARCH - 2016

1,    Tue - Happy Birthday Charles Broadway

3,    Thu - Dinner - Clarks Restaurant - -- 615pm -  1221 Kelli Dr, Athens, AL 35613 (Located at the Intersection of I-65 and HWY 72, Behind Cracker Barrel and RaceTrac)       

4,    Fri - Daytona Bike Week (Thru 13th)

5,    Sat - Ride-AL-Y Funday - (Gardendale Civic Center, Gardendale, Alabama ) -- 8am Athens Shell

- Chapter-Y Fun Day ~ 10 AM -- $10 each  (Gardendale Civic Center, Gardendale, Alabama )

8,    Tue - Happy Anniversary Mike and Alice Chapman]]

10,    Thu - Athens Eagle Wings Gathering -- 2nd Thursday of the month 6:15pm to eat/7pm to meet IHOP, 16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL

12,    Sat - Medic First Aid Class -- 12 to 4pm at Carl Breeding's home

- Chapter M's 30th Anniversary ~ 12 noon (Buffet City Restaurant 2401 10th Street Phenix City, AL)

13,    Sun - Daylight Savings Time Begins -- Spring Ahead

15,    Tue - Happy Birthday Audrey McQueen

17,    Thu - Dinner - Hildegard's Biergarten -- 6:15pm - 1010 Heathland Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816 (Close to Madison Square Mall, off University Drive (Corner Of University Drive & Old Monrovia Road, behind Landers McClardy Subaru)) 

    - GWRRA - Florida District Rally (Thru Saturday)

    - St. Patrick's Day

19,    Sat - Ride - Visit Chapter TN S -- 10am Athens Shell

- Chapter F and Z Funday ~ 10:00-2:00 -- $10.00 each person. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips & Drinks... 50/25/25, Games, FUN..FUN..FUN (McGalliard Home's: 919 Colburn Lane, Marbury, AL 36091... If it has rained, riders can park at White Pond Baptist Church.)
Host Randall and Frankie McGalliard, mcg alli ardr anda l*be llso uth:net (334)365-7589 H (334)398-4491; Co-Host Charles and Glenda Williams, wil liam scha z1*g mail :com (334)538-0627

20,    Sun - Palm Sunday

    - First Day of Spring -- 04:35

21,    Mon - Happy Anniversary Michael and Rita Moore

24,    Thu - Dinner - Mildred's Restaurant -- 6:15pm - 27842 Main St, Ardmore, AL

25,    Fri - Good Friday

26,    Sat - Ride - Monteagle, TN -- 9am - Athens Shell

27,    Sun - Easter

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