Goldwing Road Riders Association / Region A
Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge
The Alabama District News
Greetings fellow riders, another month has slipped by us but boy what a month it was. We had our annual Alabama District Rally in Eufaula in May and certainly had a great time. Congratulations to our own Chapter N for winning the GWRRA’s Got Talent show and they will be going on to Wing Ding to represent Region A in the talent show there. Great job folks, that’s the way to represent the Alabama District. If you missed the rally you certainly missed a lot of fun. We announced at closing that next year’s Alabama Rally will be held at the Ashbury Hotel and Suites in Mobile, Al. We are certainly looking forward to going back to Mobile, we have had lots of fun there in the past and look forward to another great rally there again. The theme next year is “Sitcom Mania”. We want to remember all of the great TV sitcoms that we all grew up with. Happy Days, MASH, The Carol Burnett Show, I love Lucy, and the list could go on and on. Please circle the dates next May and make plans to be in Mobile with us for a great time.
Wing Ding is just around the corner. We hope many of you are planning to go to Billings to not only have fun and enjoy a great trip but to support our own Chapter N as they attempt to bring back home the 1st place prize in the GWRRA’s got talent show as they will represent Region A in that program. If you are going be sure to preregister so you will have everything ready when you get there. Alabama has the registration desk on Wednesday and we would certainly appreciate it if you have an hour or two to spare, come by and help out. You will get to meet people, not only from around the country, but from around the world. Should be loads of fun so come on by and sit with us for a little while.
This Alabama District plaque is back this year and will be offered on a regular basis for chapters to capture. Please watch the district website and see when the plaque is offered and get your chapter together and go after it. The chapter that captures the plaque will then get a chance to give it away at their choice of places and get to have other chapters come visit them. This is not only fun for everyone, it is another opportunity for everyone to ride together and enjoy the company of other members. Remember, we are all one big family in GWRRA and we hopefully enjoy seeing each other on a regular basis. Also, remember that the chapter with the most miles for the year will have their charter fees paid by the District for next year, another incentive for you to come out and enjoy yourselves. We hope every chapter will participate this year.
A very big thank you, from Linda and I and the entire District Team, to everyone who attended this year’s District Rally. A special thank you to all of you who volunteered to help out at the rally, we could not put these rallies on without YOU, thank you.
Please remember all of our men and women in uniform and their families and all of our first responders and their families. They work to serve and protect us each and every day. A big thank you to all of you. Please be safe and drive defensively out there on the road, watch out for the other drivers, they don’t always look out for us.
We hope to see you soon.
The Traveling Plaque is “Traveling,” and Al-D is the proud new recipient. The reason for the plaque is to encourage each chapter to ride, visit and fellowship with other chapter members. Watch the District website for the next grab time and location.
As we announced, the 2017 Alabama District Rally is going back to Mobile. The theme is “Sitcom Mania.” There are some really good ideas for the talent show, dioramas and costumes. So, put on your “thinking cap” and come up with some great ideas. Please make your hotel and rally registrations now. The Ashbury Hotel will fill fast so make your plans to attend.
If we can do anything for you, let us know. We would like to thank each one for all you do for our organization.
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SAADD GREETINGS to all!
I can’t believe it is almost the end of another month as I am writing this article and I am late as usual too. I think I would do a better job of keeping up if the time didn’t fly by so quickly but it does and there is nothing I can do about that! I’ll tell you what, don’t blink too long or you will miss something! WOW! I think we all can be assured that “time stands still for no one” so keep up, pay attention and stay involved! Life is short and precious to all of us and I hate to think you might miss even one of the blessings out there for you.
Our local chapter has been quite busy and we have made some great rides recently, just out riding our motorcycles, having fun and enjoying our Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge! That is what we all are supposed to do and it certainly makes a difference in your personal psyche too as it is a great revitalization activity for your life. We all need to do this quite often and if you do, I know you will see what I mean. It is a great experience and another of those activities you need to take advantage of at every opportunity. It is great, even in this hot weather time of year if you choose the best times to ride for yourself and your group. Stay hydrated and be safe as those are the main requirements for having FUN!!!
There are still a few activities and rallies scheduled for the rest of the year so keep up with your calendars and make plans to attend. The South Carolina Rally is scheduled for July 14, 15, 16 in Andover SC and it promises to be a great event. The BIG DANCE – WING DING is scheduled for September 1, 2, 3 & 4 in Billings Montana. This is the largest rally GWRRA puts on and it is in a beautiful place again where the scenery is spectacular with way more things to do than you will have time to get done. Chapter D has decided to offer the District Scrapbook Grab on Saturday, July 23rd from 11AM till 1PM at the Peerless Grill, 13 W. 10th St., Anniston, Alabama. Phone number is 256-238-1899. Remember that the chapter with the most miles at the end of the scrapbook run will have their charter fee paid for the next year. Also in September, the Wings Over the Smokie event is scheduled for the 22nd, 23rd and 24th in Cherokee NC. What a gorgeous part of the world that is and I hope many of you can take part in that great offering too!
NEWS FLASH!!!!! The Alabama District Rally for 2017 will be in Mobile AL, May 18 – 20 at the Ashbury Hotel & Suites. The theme for 2017 is SITCOM MANIA! Make your plans now to attend and be prepared to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys! It will be GREAT AGAIN!!! More info to follow!
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 Kathy or me 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.
The good news is that between Jan and Carl, Roy Fosnight, and Aaron Lambert, we had twenty three students who took part in the two TRC courses presented in Russellville during June. Roy had a classroom session at his house with Aaron's assistance and then the range Saturday morning; Jan and Carl had the classroom Saturday morning at the Russellville Police station, then the range Saturday afternoon. We were hot, but successful. The range was a "Drivers Training" lot at the local high school. Thanks to Mark Swindle and Chapter S for setting this up. Mark has arranged for us to do a two wheel ARC there on 17 September. Kudos to Chapter S for their help in facilitating the range portion of the courses. Kudos also to Too Fat Sisters, the restaurant which hosts Chapter S meetings, for making a wonderful lunch available.
Robert Brown and Harry Leach are scheduled to teach a TRC in Lincoln on 10 July. Thanks to Ron Landers and Chapter D for their assistance in finding facilities, as well as Robert and Harry for volunteering as instructors..
Thanks also to James Clayson and Bruce Williamson of Chapter U, Carl surveyed the parking lots at Troy State University in Dothan (nominated by Chapter U) and determined them to be suitable for use as ranges, we plan to set up both a TRC and ARC there in October. Our recommendation would be 8 October for the classes if James can make sure the parking lot and two classroom areas will be available that day. We really appreciate the work the Chapter Directors and Chapter Educators are putting into this effort. This is what it takes to keep our Rider Education program on track.
We would really love to be able to hold riding courses in each area of the state on a regular basis, but we definitely need the assistance of the folks living in those areas to find and get access to facilities.
We want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you in helping to keep our Rider Education program viable!