Goldwing Road Riders Association / Region A
Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge
The Alabama District News
Greetings fellow riders, with another month's 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 pursuing the recipe for that soup).
We have just wrapped up an 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. We have not had the chance to talk to them but are sure the info will be in this newsletter.
Chapter Y is set to kick off their 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. on 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,
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.
SAADD GREETINGS to all!
It just amazes me how quickly time is flying by. Here we are in March and I haven’t even gotten over Christmas yet! WOW what a life! Just having too much fun I suppose but I like it.
The OCP Class in Bessemer AL on February 20th was a huge success. This class was offered for all GW officers and others that have not taken it before and I believe 31 souls showed up to get educated. Officers are expected to take this as training to help keep the chapters focused and functioning as great fun, family units. It was a great class with some great instructors and it was full of very useful information that will not only help you with your experiences in GWRRA, but will help you in everyday life too. Great job!
We have fun days scheduled on March 5th for AL Chapter Y in Gardendale AL. Chapter M has their 30th Anniversary get-together scheduled for March 12th in Phenix City AL at the Buffet City Restaurant. A great time is planned for this special event. Who would have thought they would have lasted 30 years??? They have done a great job and many more years are ahead of them for more fun and fellowship with their GW family. The AL Chapter Z & F Cookout is scheduled for March 19th. The Florida District Rally is also scheduled for March 17, 18 and 19 in Orlando FL. WOW!!!! There are plenty of opportunities for fun this year already and more are on the way!
The 40 to Phoenix Ride is scheduled to begin April 6th in Wilmington NC. We have 3 riders from Chapter A that are going to join the group in Leeds AL on the 8th for the ride to Phoenix AZ. Ed Harris, Sandy Parker and I will join them and we are looking forward to another great experience with them. Chapter U has their 25th Anniversary celebration scheduled for April 12th at The Golden Coral in Dothan AL and CD Bruce Williamson promises a great time for all and would love for many to show up to share in the fun. Congrats on keeping it all together Bruce and I know everyone is still having a lot of fun! Chapter G FUNDAY is Saturday April 30th at Lowery Community Center / HWY 52 between Samson and Kinston, AL Registration begins 10:00 a.m. / Registration Fee $12.00 Includes Delicious Bar B Q Plate Lunch. Join them for a great time too!!!
Remember that GWRRA is a wonderful association and we want all “good folks” to be part of our great family. Share your calendars and your experiences and feel free to call me or Kathy anytime if we can assist in some way with you. Use those beautiful Gold Wing motorcycles and others to enrich your life and strengthen your GW family ties and relationships and make more memories of a lifetime! You deserve it! We look forward to many more miles of riding pleasure with all of you and please, stay safe out there. That’s the only way we can continue to make it fun.
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.
Well, here I am late again. The internet was down for awhile and came back up this morning. Still had to spend 45 minutes on the phone with IQ 1. Guess we all have dealt with them. LOL
The 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 and business cards with information and benefits flyers. It's also a good idea to keep a current ride calendar and newsletter 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. (http://gwrra.org/oconnect/officerresources.html) If you prefer I can email you a copy.
Some of the changes in the newsletters 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 11th, 2017, not Feb 1st as in the past.
Our District Rally will be here before you know it. Hope every chapter is set to decorate a Christmas tree and have their Couple of the Year baskets started.
Since this is late already, I will quit and get it sent.
Everyone recruit and ride safe, and did I mention recruit?