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The Alabama District News

May 2015

District News
  -- District Director

May, 2015.

If the old saying about April showers bringing May flowers is true, then there should be plenty of plants flowering. I, for one, have just about had enough rain to last for a while.

May is just around the corner and so is the Alabama District Rally. We have been planning and working to hopefully provide everyone with a good time. Eufaula is a great place to go, and it seems to just provide a relaxing atmosphere when you get there. That is the key word - RELAX. There will be dinner on Thursday night, seminars on Friday and Saturday, a riding Poker Run, Talent Show and an escorted ride to the National Infantry Museum.  All of the events and times will be posted; so take advantage of anything that you might like.

As most of you know, Gail and I will be stepping down at closing ceremonies. We want everyone to know how much we have enjoyed being your District Directors. Alabama GWRRA is blessed with so many wonderful members, and this is truly a great organization. Frank and Linda Teasley will be taking the reins, and we know that you will support them the same way you have supported us. The change will take place at Closing Ceremonies on Saturday evening. We are still going to be active as both the Alabama and Region A MFA Coordinators. Thanks again for all you have done, and we Love each and every one of you.

Robert & Gail Brown
The more you know the better it gets
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Alabama District Team

  Robert & Gail Brown[bro wnie 43*b ells outh :net]
Central Asst. Directors:
  Frank & Linda Teasley[tea swin g*bh am:r r:com]
Southern Asst. Directors:
  Max & Kathy Tanner[mta nner 321* yaho o:com]
Rider Educators:
Motorist Awareness:
  Carl & Janis Breeding[cdb reed ing* att: net]
  Greg & Renee Dempsey[gre gren ee*b ells outh :net]
Membership Enhancement Coordinators:
  Kenneth (YoYo) & Veronica Campbell[Rec ruit ing]
Vendor Coordinators:
  Bill & Trina Barden[jam esba rden *win dstr eam:net]
  Sara & Harry Leach[sle ach8 129* cent uryt el:net]
  Harry & Sara Leach[hle ach* cent uryt el:net]

Couple of the Year:
Dewey & Alice Cole

District News
  -- Central Assistant District Director

Greetings fellow riders, spring has finally sprung in all its glory, rain, rain, and more rain. There is one thing to look forward too, it will quit raining at some point and we will get to ride again. Here is hoping that you have had a chance to get out of the house and ride a little.
At this writing we are three weeks away from the Alabama District Rally. We certainly hope everyone has registered and has a room. We are planning, what we hope will be, a memorable rally for you. We have some really fun and interesting activities planned for you this year and we hope you have the opportunity to participate in all of them. Planned rides, guided rides, costume contest, talent show, some really interesting seminars all three days, games, IOY and COY selections and to top it off, a great meal on Thursday night and an ice cream social on Friday night. We hope you have plans to be there!
We are looking forward to the annual talent show on Friday night. I have heard from several chapters that they are planning to participate and we hope your chapter is one of them. Remember, you don’t have to do a Halloween theme skit, just wear a Halloween costume while doing the skit. We have categories for comedy and serious, so have some fun and participate. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Please remember all of our men and women in uniform and all of our first responders and all of their families who protect and serve us each day. Take time to say thanks when you see these folks. Thanks for making our lives a little better each and every day. We hope to see all of you out on the road,

Frank & Linda Teasley
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District News
  -- Southern Assistant District Director

Have you had fun with your GWRRA family recently?  Is your calendar filled with plans for great rides, dinners, Fun Days, Rallies or trips with your friends and family in your local chapter?  If not, SOMETHING IS WRONG!!! You need some serious intervention and I mean NOW!!  CD’s, ACD’s. MEC’s, RE’s, TREASURERS, MEMBERS and any of the District folk can help! Let someone know you need assistance! Officers, staff and members, be aware of your surroundings and offer your assistance if you notice someone not enjoying and/or taking advantage of the great offerings of your chapter and GWRRA.  There is so much to do and so many things to ENJOY that I hate to think of someone not taking advantage of the opportunities available.
Kathy and I visited and enjoyed the great Chapter M Gathering in April and these folks really know how to have fun!  Congrats to David and Linda Snyder and the entire chapter for the great job they are continuing to do with so much fun and activity that so many participate in and enjoy.  Jim Jackson’s weekly excursions are very well received with a lot of participation which makes for many smiles and TALL TALES, many of which they will not even discuss!!!  Go figure!!!!  Sounds like FUN to me!  Oh well, it keeps us guessing.
We still have a lot of activities coming up from National and the District and each one offers their own special opportunities to make memories and have fun!  Please make note and attend all you can.  Our MAD Day event and the District Convention are coming up this month along with some fun days and other activities not even mentioned here so stay tuned for more.  You never know what may come up next and you certainly don’t want to learn about it AFTER THE FACT by overhearing someone’s conversations about it.  Be part of it NOW and then you will have your own experiences to share!  FUN  FUN  FUN !!!
May 9 will be our MAD Day at the area Welcome Centers. 
May 14 – 16 is our AL District Convention in Eufaula AL with the theme of HALLOWING and it is going to be fabulous also according to Robert & Gail Brown with $1,000 grand prize. 
June 18 – 20 is the Georgia Rally in Dillard Ga.  Tommy & Vicky Martin tell us to be prepared for the GOLD WING DYNASTY and you will have a blast! 
July 16 – 18 is the South Carolina District presentation of PIRATES OF THE CAROLINAS in Anderson SC.  Phil and Judy Stone say be there or be square and you could win the $1,000 Grand Prize.  All vendors will be inside and it will be an experience of a lifetime.
September 3 – 5 is WING DING in Huntsville AL that is the Big Dance for the year and you have just got to be there for this one!  Make sure you get registered and go with the HUGE groups going from your chapter and have more real fun!  You will love it!!
October 29 – 31 is the Southeast Region A Convention in Eufaula AL and
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, be safe out there.  That’s the only way we can continue to make it fun.

Max & Kathy Tanner
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  -- Motorist Awareness Division District Coordinators

We are once again being welcomed to the Alabama Welcome Centers to help spread the word about Motorist Awareness and help keep the Motorcycling public safer.  This is scheduled for 9 May 2015, recommended hours 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Chapter assignments are shown on the attached map.
The rules are:
1.  Don't block entrances
2.  Don't accept money for anything
3. Be courteous
4. Keep track of how many people you ask to "Watch out for motorcycles"
6. Check in with the Welcome Center supervisor and ask them where you can set up, it is their center.
7.  Have fun, it is fun interacting with the folks if you will just relax and enjoy the experience.
8. Designate an individual to keep track of how many people you talk to.  I don't want lists, just a count.
9. Literature should be made available, but don't worry about tracking how much is given away.

I was specifically asked that we man the temporary Welcome center by Mobile that takes the place of the one closed for construction. The more you can spread the wealth, the better.  I would not recommend any one individual have the duty more than four hours. I know most of the chapters give out ice water at these events, the reason we don't take donations is so this doesn't take on the appearance of a commercial enterprise.

We all need to work together to make the motoring public more aware of our presence on the road, and we all need to work on eliminating many of the bad habits of the drivers on the road.  Yes, we are drivers too, and we have bad habits as much as any other group.  The next time your cell phone rings while you are driving down the road, what are you going to do?  Do you have a “Hands-free device” that will let you talk safely?  Will talking on the phone distract you from your driving?  Driving a car on our highways is dangerous enough even when we are paying 100% of our attention to the road, how much more so if we are on the phone, or even having an animated conversation with another person who is in the vehicle with us. Take the time to help all of our friends and neighbors be safer on the highways. 

I would like to ask for the cooperation of all of the chapters.  The Chapter Educators need to complete and submit the N6 form on a monthly basis.  I need it to compile into the report I send to the Region.  The chapter Rider Education Report comes to ceb reed ing* att: net.

Ride safe and live long.

District News
  -- District Rider Educators

I am reasonably sure everyone has been out for a ride by now, but how many of you did a thorough check of your vehicle before venturing forth?  Did you check fluid levels, brake, clutch, anti-freeze, and oil (not just the gas level to make sure you could make the planned trip)? Check the suspension to make sure it was not going to collapse when you mounted, or fall apart when you hit a bump? Check the tires to make sure you didn't put the bike away for the winter needing new "shoes"?  Most of us make at least a token attempt to do some of these checks, and even listen for strange sounds or vibrations during the first few miles of riding.

Did you perform a similar check of your riding techniques?  Find a vacant parking lot, or other area where you can safely do so and practice some of the maneuvers you are taught in an ARC or TRC.  Do some quick stops, weaves, swerves, and brush some of the cobwebs off of your riding skills.  Don't wait until you desperately need to apply skills before thinking them through.  If your chapter has a Parking Lot Facilitator, get them to put on a Parking Lot Practice.  Use the tools you have available to tune up your riding as you would use those in your tool bag to fix up your bike.

Remember, 9 May is "Motorist Awareness Day" at the Alabama Welcome Centers.  Please come out and help us spread the word and get the motoring public to "Watch out for Motorcycles". We need to staff all of the welcome centers, and talk to as many people as possible. The life you save may be yours, mine, or someone very dear to you.  I would ask that all of the chapters report their tallies to me at the District Convention (Rally) the following weekend, if not before.

If anyone has an area that we could use for Rider Courses, I would appreciate learning about them.  The range requirements are 270 ft. by 170 ft. for an ARC, and 240 ft. by 160 ft. for the TRC to include a safety zone to allow bikes to go around the outside of the range as necessary.  The area must be well pave and free of obstructions such as light posts, curbs, or potholes.  The lack of suitable range areas has been a real challenge in scheduling rider courses within our district. We also need classroom space in close proximity to the range, but that is easier to find than a range which we can block access to in order to teach a class.  If you have a candidate area, please contact us.

Carl & Janis Breeding
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District News
  -- Membership Enhancement Coordinators

        What month is this?
Wow the weather for the month of April has been something else, makes it hard to figure out. Lots of rain some cold days and nights, and some beautiful days thrown in just to make you feel good. We did manage to get in a few good rides.
  I am hoping for a better month of May as there are lots going on this month. Starting with MADD Day in All the welcome centers in Alabama. Everyone should take part in this, as it benefits all riders. This year will be moderate Temps and no rain. (I can hope) Last year was a little damp on most of us.
  The AL. Dist. Convention / Rally come’s up the 14th and things are looking really good for a spooky good time. Registration seems to be up a little over last year. There will be some new things introduced this time so please let us know what you think. We will even do some things a little different. We need everyone’s input good or bad.
  Please come and support the Couples of The Year. These folks spend a lot of time for this Honor that you gave them. Now it is your time to give a little back. Just a thank you or a pat on the back is better than nothing. Please buy a lot of tickets on the COY Baskets.
  I am late with this again so I will get it in the mail.
Hope to see you all in Eufaula 14th 15th and 16th. 

    AKA YOYO and E Z

Kenneth (YoYo) & Veronica Campbell
Mem bers hipE nhan cement

District News
  -- District Couple of the Year

April for us began with a breakfast meeting in Cleveland, Tennessee visiting with Chapter "O".  That chapter knows how to have fun.  We enjoyed  visiting with friends from Region "N".  They had a good turnout.  They meet the same day our home chapter "N" meets, so after eating and fellowshipping we headed home and attended N's meeting.  The next week our home chapter "N" joined up with chapter "G"  from Samson, Alabama and toured a Blue Bell Dairy in Sylacauga, Alabama.  That was a lot of fun and the ice cream was deeelicious.  Sylacauga is known as the Marble City.  The time of our visit they had people sculpting marble pieces at a park across from the dairy.  It was amazing to see the things they were making.  The fellowship with all the chapters we visited this month is priceless.  After visitation with chapters it was time to get packed and head to Marshall, Texas.  Region "H" had a Rally going on April 16-17-18.  We always heard they do things big in Texas and that is what Region "H" did.  It was a great rally.  Benny & Dianne Harris went with us.  We played lots of games and brought home several door prizes.  While there, we judged Best Dressed and the Banners.  We went to a train station one evening and ate Hobo Stew.  Even got to see a Amtrak Train come in and exchange crew members.  While at the hotel we learned our room was next door to Lyle Lovett.  That was a big thrill, and of course Dianne and Alice got their picture taken with him.  We want to congratulate Jim & Reba Berry on their new position as Region "H" Directors.  We were home for 3 days, long enough to mow grass and do laundry, then it was time to go to Tennessee District Spring Fling.  Again, a good time was had.  Their theme was a Southern Family Reunion.  Region "A" was well represented.  Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia all showed up.  They had lots to do and ended their rally with a dinner cruise on the Southern Belle Riverboat.  These Region and District Rallys are lots of fun.  May 14-15-16 is Alabama District Rally in Eufaula, Alabama.  Their theme is Hallowing.  We hope to see all of you there.

Dewey & Alice Cole
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