Goldwing Road Riders Association / Region A
Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge
The Alabama District News
Hello all, another month has blown by and we keep wondering where it goes. I keep thinking when I retire that it will slow down but then I talk to other folks that have already retired and apparently it doesn’t have any effect on it! Just take it one day at a time and enjoy each day. I spent a lot of time working weekends this past month so I can’t report on a lot of activities that we participated in. We really hope to change that in the coming months!
The District Picnic was a success (from what I was told). Seemed that everyone I had a chance to talk to and a couple of emails that we received that everyone had a great time. The weather definitely cooperated (didn’t need the fans this year). As usual this time of year I had to work Sat and Sun but from the pics I saw everyone was having a good time. Thanks to everyone that took time out of their busy schedules to attend. We have planned next year’s picnic around the same time frame.
At this writing we are preparing to attend the Georgia rally in Dalton, Ga. We are looking forward to having a great time with everyone. They have a new rally site this year and have lots of activities planned for everyone who attends. Please remember that we are only about three weeks out from the Alabama District Rally in Eufaula. We hope everyone has registered and made room reservations and that you are looking forward to attending. We have several new activities planned this year including TWO riding poker runs, one on Friday and one on Saturday. There will be bingo both days along with, not one but TWO talent shows. The regular talent show will be on Friday evening as usual but we will have another on Saturday afternoon, the GWRRA’s Got Talent show will be held to select the acts that will represent Region A at Wing Ding in Billings Montana coming up in September. This should be a showcase for some of the great “talent” that we have saw in Region A. We will have a sit down dinner on Thursday night along with not only the traditional costume contest (Christmas in Dixie) but also a new feature, an Ugly Sweater Contest, should be lots of fun. Several seminars will be available including two offerings of a presentation that unfortunately is very relevant to situations that occur in today’s society. The seminar, presented by an active duty Deputy Sheriff, Mr. Ron Brown, a state certified presenter for this subject, will discuss what to do in an active shooter situation. This seminar should be very interesting to everyone who is out in public a lot, which covers most of us. Lots of door prizes, games, COY/IOY selection on Friday morning, ice cream on Friday evening before the first talent show, a lighted bike display after the talent show and a bike display in the vendor area on Saturday. We have lots to keep you busy and if you participate in the poker runs you will get to see some great Alabama countryside. We hope everyone will attend, have a good time, and support your Alabama District. We need your help to keep programs such as free rider education going in Alabama.
Remember to keep all of our men and women in uniform in your thoughts and prayers and remember the GWRRA members that were lost this past month and their families as well. Please remember our first responders and their families also. Please ride safe and we hope to see all of you out on the road,
“My Rider Education is FREE.” How many of us have heard this or are privileged to be members of a District that provides it? Have you really thought about what free really means? Is Rider Education really free?
There is always a cost for everything we do, and our Rider Education Program is no exception. The Districts which provide FREE Rider Education must do something to make “free” possible. Some Districts sell tickets for a Goldwing; some sell tickets for a trailer or a GPS. The ticket sales must cover the cost of the item to be raffled, and the cost of the tickets which are sold before funds can be applied to the Rider Education Program.
Some of the costs involved with providing “free” Rider Education are as follows: paint to paint ranges, range fees if not provided at no cost by the owner of the range, paper and printing of instruction sheets, MedicFirstAid cards and supplies, Rider Ed. patches and the list goes on and on. The only thing “free” about the classes provided is the volunteer instructors who take their time to instruct members in safe and responsible riding techniques. If you think you can get an ARC, TRC of MFA class cheaper, then go out and compare the cost of other programs out there. You will not find it any cheaper.
How do we keep it FREE? We do this by supporting our Districts in whatever they do or sell to make this FREE.
SAADD GREETINGS to all!
April has been a month to remember! We had so many things going on and so much to do and just not enough time to do it all! Do many of you guys feel tired like I do?? I know you do but it is a “GOOD TIRED” that we all can appreciate and hope for in all of our lives. Life is amazing and we all are so blessed to be able to live in this great country where we are free to live life as God intended……..HAVING FUN!!!
The 40 to Phoenix Ride began April 6th in Wilmington NC. This year, we had 3 riders from Chapter A that were able to join the group in Leeds AL on the 8th for the ride to Phoenix AZ. Ed Harris, Sandy Parker and I met them in Leeds and joined in the fun and fantastic meal at the Irondale Café that was hosted by AL Chapters T & Y. We were so proud to see all the help from so many GW friends that we know and it was so very well organized and executed. The entire ride to Phoenix was great, the countryside beautiful, the Goldwing Motorcycles awesome and the experiences made for a lifetime! Russ Schaffer does a wonderful job of organizing this ride and the GW headquarters in Phoenix does a great job of sharing the good life with all of us. What a privilege it is to be part of this fabulous family and organization!
The AL District Picnic was held April 9th at The Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury AL and it was great as ALWAYS! We heard there was fun and food galore, I just hate we couldn’t be there this year as I was on the 40 to Phoenix Ride at the time. Chapter U had their 25th Anniversary celebration on April 12th at The Golden Coral in Dothan AL and CD Bruce Williamson put together a great time for all. We hope many of you were able to join in the fun as Bruce has done a great job of staying focused on the good things about GWRRA life, and that is having a lot of fun! By the time this article comes out, the Chapter G’s FUNDAY on Saturday April 30th at Lowery Community Center / HWY 52 between Samson and Kinston, AL will be over and in the history books. I hope you made it a point to join Doyce and Dianne Colvin for a great time there as they are loaded with fun all the time!!!
May is another busy month as we have several rallies and fun experiences coming up. The biggest of these for us is the AL District Rally, May 19, 20 & 21 in Eufaula AL at Lakepoint Lodge. I hope you have made your reservations and plans to attend as it is scheduled to be great again!!! Frank and Linda Teasley and the district team have worked hard to plan many fun and fantastic things to do this year and you need to be there to enjoy them with us. It is so important for all the membership and friends to support each of these events so they will be successful and we can continue to share the love through our GWRRA Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge. If you miss them, it’s over as you don’t get a second chance just like life. There are no do-overs so make it the best possible all the time!
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.
May comes to us with a couple of important events, 14 May is Motorcycle Awareness Day for the Alabama District, where all members are encouraged to help us inform the public of our presence on the highway, and ask them to “Watch out for motorcycles.” May 19 through the 21st is our District Rally in Eufaulla. It will be a busy month, and we need your help in making the events successful.
I need to stress to all chapters that the money for Zumo tickets needs to be turned in to Sara Leach by the last day of the rally. The drawing for the Zumos will be at closing, so we must have the money and ticket stubs by then. Folks I would really appreciate your help in selling these tickets. Putting on the Rider Education program is not cheap, we buy supplies for teaching, books and materials for Medic First Aid, patches for Level I through Level III, and all of the other associated expenses for the program. I want to assure you that none of the money goes to the instructors, we get to pay our own way to the rallies, travel expenses to teach the classes, etc., the money raised is used only for the materials and expenses of having the program. I would suggest you check out the cost of motorcycle riding courses elsewhere, we try to raise the money for our programs so everyone can afford to participate. I don’t think we are asking too much.
I have included a map to show the chapters where to set up their MAD Day, the date is 14 May 2016. I hope we can have nice weather so we can make more contacts. I would also like to express my appreciation to all of the members who participated last year during this event.
Well April is just about gone and May is just around the corner. You know what that means, that’s right Christmas Time. Come on down to Eufaula at the Lake Point Lodge for the Alabama Dist. Rally. Christmas in Dixie come on down and visit Santa and all the Elves. There will be lots to do and lots of fun to be had.
Once again I would like to see all the Chapter MEC’s there. One of you will be the Dist. Chapter MEC of the year. Also I need a little help at the MEC Table on Friday and Saturday. There will also be an Individual of The Year announced.
Before we have Christmas we have to make the everyday motorist aware of us and ask them to watch out for us on the road. May the 14th we will be manning the rest areas in the state to do just that.
Be sure to have some recruiting information there also, even bikers stop in there for a break. We have recruited some in the past.
I am going to make this short since I am at the deadline of getting this turned in again.
Hope to see you all in May.