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Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge

The Alabama District News

August 2015

SC Rally

Greetings fellow riders, we have just returned from a great time in South Carolina at their annual rally. The days were hot but most of the activities (including the vendors) were inside and that really helped both the delegates and vendors. There was lots to do and fun to be had. We certainly enjoyed ourselves, and a special thanks to Phil and Judy Stone and the entire South Carolina District Team for putting on a great show.

District Picnic

Next up for the Alabama District is our annual District Picnic at the Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury, on August 8th. This is the same place that we have been for the past several years and we certainly hope that all of you are planning to attend. We will start at 10AM and go until around 2PM, with free food and drinks along with some giveaways and hopefully a little fun to go along with everything.  There is no cost to enter the park or to take part in all the activities. There is a wonderful museum on-site, and the exhibits change often - so even if you have been before, you will probably see something new this time. There is a nominal fee for the museum, but it is certainly worth it to see everything.


Next up is Wing Ding, Sept 3rd thru the 6th in our own Huntsville, Al. We hope everyone has made plans to attend right here in our own back yard. Alabama has ticket sales and the Poker Run table on Thursday the 3rd  . If you are planning to be there on that date and can spare a couple of hours, we would appreciate the help. You get to meet many wonderful people and have a good time doing it.

Trifecta Pin Design

Please remember that we are still taking entries for the Trifecta Pin design. That is the pin that will be awarded to all who attended the Alabama District Rally, Wing Ding, and the Region A Rally in October. You must have signed up at the Alabama Rally in order to be eligible for this special pin. If you have a design you would like to submit, please send it to us as no later than October 1. The winning design will be chosen shortly thereafter, and a special prize awarded to the winning designer.

Finally, please remember our men and women in uniform and their families, and all of our first responders and their families. These are the folks who work every day to defend our way of life and help us in our time of need. Say thanks to these fine folks every chance you get. We hope to see all of you out on the road.

"Sister Act" performed at Georgia rally is on You Tube

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We all are living the dream and we are part of the greatest association in the world, the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.  Do you know all you should know about GWRRA?  Do you visit the websites at the National, District and local Chapter levels?  Do you get the local Chapter newsletters and ride calendars?  Are you active with your local Chapter?  If not, you are not receiving the full benefits of your membership and you are missing much of the GREATNESS of GWRRA! on your participation and if you are not involved, you will miss them.  Don’t let that happen to you.  Find out what is going on, make those contacts and get involved with your GWRRA family and your life will improve tremendously.

There are many events still planned and available for your enjoyment but we all have to admit, time is running out.  We have the District Picnic at The Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury AL coming up August 8th.  That is always a great event with good food and a good time for all so make sure your plans are made to attend.  Hey, it’s a great opportunity for another great ride with your local chapter too!  Take advantage of it!

Remember the following events are coming up with many opportunities for great rides, great times to make new memories with new friends and also have many new experiences:

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.

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.


Let's review the Levels Program.

Level I is Safety by Commitment. It is simply a commitment on your part to ride safely. This may not sound like much, but if you take this commitment seriously, you will find yourself thinking about safety more often, and that will lead to safer riding habits. But how do you know how to ride safely? That's what your Rider Educators are for! Ask us questions, and suggest topics for seminars for the chapter that are of interest to you. Attending seminars at the GWRRA rallies is another excellent source of safety information.  You must complete a GWRRA form N-7 for this level.

Level II is Safety by Education, and you can qualify for this level by taking a Rider Education course, such as a Basic Riding Course (BRC), the Experienced Rider Course (ERC), or the Trike Rider's Course (TRC). Carl & Jan are qualified Rider Coaches for the TRC, and there are several convenient instructors for the ARC.  Think about taking the classes at Wing Ding, you may even make a new friend. For Co-Riders, you simply need to take a GWRRA Co-Rider seminar or a two-up rider course. We encourage everyone to take one of these courses if you have not had one recently. These courses not only help sharpen our riding skills, they also remind us of important safety tips we may have forgotten. Requirements: Rider - a Certified Rider Course with 5,000 safe miles. Co-Rider - certified Co-Rider Seminar or 2-up Rider Course. You must complete a GWRRA form N-7 for this level.

Level III is Safety by Preparedness. This level requires current qualification in either a First Aid or CPR course or a commitment to carry a First Aid kit in your motorcycle at all times. You Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge might ask, how does this make me a safer rider? It doesn't, but it can help lessen the seriousness of an accident. You could help save someone's life with CPR or reduce the severity of an injury with First Aid. Carl and Jan are also Medic/First Aid instructors. Attendance of a Motorist Awareness Seminar at this level exposes the Member to our program to improve awareness of all road users to the presence of motorcycle, trike, and sidecar enthusiasts. When interfacing with the public in the future, the Level III Rider or Co-Rider can inform them about what we have available to help others share the road with us. GWRRA University Trainers certified in Rider Education are authorized to present Motorist Awareness Seminars. You must complete a GWRRA form N-7 for this level.

Level IV is Safety by Enhanced Commitment and Preparedness. The commitment part is easy: just commit to wearing proper riding apparel at all times while riding! While proper apparel won't prevent an accident, it can definitely reduce the severity of injuries you might suffer. To achieve level IV, you must also have 25,000 safe miles and have current certification in both CPR and First Aid as well as being current in a riding course. Among other things, these qualifications serve as an excellent example to your riding companions that you consider safety to be important. Requirement: Current in Level III for one year and have taken both First Aid and CPR training. Have 25,000 Safe Miles as a Rider for Master Tour Rider, or 25,000 miles as a Co-Rider for Master Tour Co-Rider, and must be committed to riding with "Proper Riding Gear" AT ALL TIMES. You must also have 10,000 miles as a Level III in the role in which you wish to advance. You must complete a GWRRA form N-9 for this level.

If you would like to participate in this program, we would be happy to help you get started. If you already participate but would like to move up a level, we'll help you with that too. Let's make 2015 a very safe year for the Alabama District! Larry and Julie Bradley of Chapter H have completed the requirements and are now Level III.  Congratulations!  Some members elect to remain Level III because they are unwilling or unable to wear the defined “All of the gear all of the time”. That is perfectly acceptable, especially when it is because of medical reasons.   

Safety Weekend - October 3rd & 4th, 2015

Safety weekend registration is now open on Rider's Ed Page

Click here to register now before classes are full

Well, here we are at the South Carolina Rally, nice and cool since everything is inside except for the TRC range class. According to Chuck it was a long, hot 5 hours. But it was worth it if it helps to save one life or avoid one injury.

Frank and Linda won the "2 or more" Costume Contest. They looked like real pirates!

Once again this month we had more expired members than new members, so everyone needs to work on retention. I don’t have the answers to stop it, all I can say is we have to make things fun and make them want to stay. We are open for ideas.

Don’t forget the District Picnic is coming up August 8th at the Marbury Confederate Park. Come on down or up and have a free meal, and join in on the camaraderie.

Ride safe and keep cool.

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Alabama District Team

  Frank & Linda Teasley[tea swin g*bh am:r r:com]

Northern Asst. Directors:
  Greg & Renee Dempsey[gre gren ee*b ells outh :net]

Southern Asst. Directors:
  Max & Kathy Tanner[mta nner 321* yaho o:com]

Rider Educators:
  Carl & Janis Breeding[cdb reed ing* att: net]

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:
  Robert & Gail Brown[bro wnie 43*b ells outh :net]

  Sara & Harry Leach[sle ach8 129* cent uryt el:net]

  Penny & Larry Anthony[pen nyin al*y ahoo :com]

  Mike Freeman[mik eson eont hesi de*g mail:com]

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