Dian & I attended the Maryland District Rally in Ocean City, MD last week and had a great time. We spent some time with old friends and made some new ones. We passed out over 100 Rally registration forms at the MD Rally so I expect we will have some Maryland folks in Mobile the end of March. I even won a 30th Anniversary Gold Wing sweater! The weather was great, in the 60s during the day and upper 40s/lower 50s at night.
I'm sure you have heard by now about the so-called "resignation" of Jim Hodge. My personal opinion is this was a big mistake by Phoenix.
Please keep our Military people, our country's leaders and all those who are sick and recovering in your prayers.
Till next time, hug someone you love and don't forget to wave.
February 2007 District News
|Jim & Karen Lee|
A positive recruiting program will bring adequate numbers of new members with new ideas into the chapter to revitalize our activities, bring the decline to and end and cause the Chapter, District, Region and the Association to grow and prosper into the future.
Successful membership retention does not happen without some effort.
Remember, we owe it to our GWRRA friends and other friends to get them involved in GWRRA. Each Chapter must establish a program that assures that each new member is made to feel welcome even if they do not attend the first few meetings after becoming a member. This should include things like a welcome phone call, welcome letter, recent newsletter copies and being put on the mailing list.
We must never forget that our most effective recruitment and retention person is a HAPPY CHAPTER member. If members are happy, they will talk about it to their friends and co-workers and the end result will be that a friend comes to the next meeting or ride and they will join in the FUN.
Alice wants to say THANKS to everyone for the honor for being presented the Joe Sellers Award at Snowball this year.
|Dewey and Alice Cole|
Well we get closer and closer to our district rally and I think more and more about last years, which was kinda short for Doris and me since she was having valve replacement surgery. We hope to be there this year and join all of you in the fun and share memories of years gone by, to renew old acquaintances and make new ones. Refresh some of our safety skills and do a little work too, since we are your district staff we will be working to make this rally enjoyable for you the members. Part of how we make this enjoyable is to make seminars and other safety related activities more available for you and your co-rider. We have several seminars slated to be held and among those are a TRC and an ERC course to be given and when Bill Gulley, Jim Lee or Leo Mechler are next to you be sure to pat them on the back or shake their hand as they have really pushed to get more safety stuff for you to participate in then ever before. The nice thing is that plans are in the works to not only offer the ERC courses and TRC courses just during the rallies, but at other announced times during the year, because let’s face it we all need to ride safer. So do your self a favor and take advantage of the safety seminars offered at the rallies and we will all be happiers.
Until next month Ride Safe and Ride aware.
|Freddy & Doris Wheeler|
Greetings fellow riders,
Well, another month has come and gone. Linda and I hope all of you had a wonderful time during the holidays and had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. We would like to thank everyone who attended the Snowball Rally and the officers conference in Montgomery on the 6th. It was great to see so many friends there and we certainly hope everyone had as much fun as we did. There were lots of door prizes given away as well as a set of new tires from Montgomery Honda. If you are in the area be sure to stop by and tell them thanks for all their support of Alabama GWRRA.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the day were the "hard luck stories" that were told. If you missed them ask someone who was there to tell you about them. Most of them were very entertaining and a few were indeed "hard luck".
We were able to attend the monthly meeting for Chapter C in Gardendale on the 16th. This is a chapter that is attempting to reorganize itself and would welcome any help you can provide. If you have the opportunity to attend one of their monthly meetings, please do so and show that the Alabama GWRRA is indeed a family and families always support each other in times of need.
For all you Chapter Directors, remember the state rally is coming up in March. Please encourage your Chapter COY to participate in the district selection process. You have the most influence with these couples and can explain the many benefits of participation to them. Don’t let them sit on the sidelines and watch, encourage them to get in the game and participate. They will make you and your Chapter proud.
Thanks again to all of you for the support you have given Linda and I this past year. We feel indeed fortunate to have met so many wonderful people that we can now call FRIEND!
We hope to see all of you out on the road, remember to ride safe and ride often!!
|Frank & Linda Teasley|
Come have fun while learning more about teambuilding, communications, expectations, meetings and more. You won’t want to miss this fun, interactive event.
NOT AN OFFICER? DON’T WANT TO BE AN OFFICER? THAT’S OKAY!!!
Every member is important and has an important role to play in chapter life.
Everyone is invited
Cost is $15.00 per person
Holiday Inn Express
Pelham, AL, exit 246
260 Cahaba Valley Road
$79.00 a night
Code: GWRRA Training
Saturday, February 24, 2007
8:00am – 5:00pm Training
Pastries and Lunch provided
6:00pm Dinner (on your own)
Sunday, February 25, 2007
8:00am –12:00pm Fun & Learning
Any questions, please contact:
Roy & Anita Fosnight
AL District Trainers
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The following article is reprinted from GWRRA Motorist Awareness Division.
"Motorcyclists, who have significant room to maneuver while riding within a traffic lane, can use this margin to position themselves for maximum visibility to other motorists with safety and control of the situation." (NAMS, 2001)
Why Double Check?
Why don't motorists see Motorcyclists?
Where Are Accidents most likely to occur?
EVERYONE SHOULD LOOK TWICE - SAVE A LIFE
WHAT CAN A MOTORIST DO?
Remember - "How many motorcyclists have you seen today? LOOK TWICE"
Submitted by Fred Rattan.
Ron & Pam Lantz
Region A Educators
As a kid growing up we were fortunate to live on a large ranch / farm that bordered on a small river. Learning to swim was of utmost importance and by my seventh year all consuming. Some of the older boys tied a long rope in the top of a tall sweet gum tree that leaned out over the river and spent many hours swinging out and diving into the cold water. I loved to swing out but could not make my hands turn loose of the safety of the swing and go headfirst into the unknown perils of the river below. After a few days of returning to the safety of the river bank and the teasing of my peers I decided to end it once and for all.
Pulling the rope behind me I backed away from the river as far as the rope would allow and with all the speed I could muster ran towards the water. The rope tightened and out I flew, to the greatest height I had ever achieved. Just as I was about to release the rope to the cheers of my friends, a strange thing happened. Suddenly my return trip was decided for me as the rope had made its last outward trip, it broke at the limb above and myself and the rope plummeted into the water. To my surprise, there were no dragons waiting on me below and I bobbed to the surface and accompanied by the shouts from friends, swam towards the nearest shore.
I have turned loose of many things since, Friends who moved on, family that passed away, career choices that no longer fit into my goals. Turning lose of the company we owned and managed for forty years last September was one of the most difficult changes I have faced recently. However I have discovered that the thought,(when one door closes, another opens), is very true.
In our association, we are in the constant mode of change and are always turning lose, Leaving the post of chapter or district director is difficult, however we have to turn lose and allow them to grow in their own direction, much the same as encouraging our children to learn to turn lose and seek their dreams. It is not that we no longer care about them, it is that they need the freedom to experience what we have enjoyed.
I have written this letter in my mind most every week since October but only at Paul’s encouragement to step aside and give a level playing field to Melissa, June and CJ did I finally put the finishing touches to it.
A Chinese proverb says that you can not walk backwards into the future, this may well be true, however it is good to check the rear view mirror from time to time just in case you might have made a wrong turn.
I have enjoyed serving you in one capacity or another since 1984 and will be watching to see how things go in the future. We have a good foundation of officers and hard working members who have dedicated a lot of their time and energy in getting us where we are today.
I would not take anything for the experiences we have had or the great friends we have met over the years of belonging to this family. I do not regret anything nor do I have anything to be ashamed of in my relations with anyone or the decisions I have made in any position past or present.
It has been a HELL of a buggy ride so just sit back and enjoy, because it ain’t over yet.
We hope to see you on the road somewhere in the future.
Our Love and best wishes,
Jim & Margie Hodge