Goldwing Road Riders Association / Region A
Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge
The Alabama District News
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– From the District Director
a number of our Bama folks had a great time at Wing-Ding in Billings and spent some time afterwards enjoying the West. Sure wish we could have been there with you, but it was not possible this year. How about our Region "A" couple?
|a number of our Bama folks had a great time at Wing-Ding|
Jake & Joanne Jacobs from Florida was selected as the new International COY in Billings. Next time you see them, let them know we are proud of them for their representation of Region A.
|Jake & Joanne Jacobs from Florida |
new International COY
On July 8th, we lost a long time member and a friend to all who knew him.
F.T Sanders lost his battle with cancer at 12:20am on Sunday morning. He is a Member of God's Chapter now. F.T. was a great inspiration to me as well a large number of other people. He always had a smile and a kind word no matter how he felt. His funeral was on Wednesday morning, July 11th, in Florence. We furnished a Gold Wing escort to his final resting place in Colbert memorial Garden. There were in excess of 70 Gold Wings from as far away as Mobile. Faye asked me to thank each of you that were able to attend visitation and/or ride in the escort. If there is anything good about the loss of a friend like F.T., it's the knowledge that he will not suffer for a long period of time with the awful disease that we know as cancer. This terrible disease in one-way or another has affected most all of us. I pray that a cure can be found in the near future.
|F.T Sanders |
He is a Member of God's Chapter now.
picnic in the north will be at Tannehill Park where we had it last year. We will be using a different pavilion this year where there is more room. The date is August 11th. The Region-A Rally is in Perry Florida again this year, September 13-15. Hope to see you there.
|picnic in the north will be at Tannehill Park |
GWRRA 30th Anniversary Party is at the Gaylord in Nashville Sept. 1-2. This will also be the Region-N Rally. Registration is only $10.00 for both events. We hope to make it for at least one day.
|GWRRA 30th Anniversary Party is at the Gaylord in Nashville Sept. 1-2|
We are still in the process of moving. Thank the Lord that we can do it gradually and not in a rush. I'm still trying to figure out what to move and what to throw away!
Please keep our Military people and our country's leaders in your prayers, as well as those who are sick or recovering and those who have lost loved ones recently.
Till next time, hug someone you love and don't forget to wave.
|Bill & Dian Gulley|
FT Sanders is Riding in God's Chapter
We lost a friend to cancer. He battled the disease courageously, but in the end it took him. FT Sanders was not just the District Treasurer but an individual that was always there to help and listen. He served GWRRA and his fellow wingers not for what he could get out of it but because he desired to serve others. He and those that are of like spirit make GWRRA a great organization. FT will be missed by all that knew him and those that didn't missed out on a wonderful man.
– From the Assistant District Director
/ Rally Coordinator
Have you told any one about the Alabama Rally this last month? Have you passed out any flyers? Each and every one of us needs to get behind this rally to make it a success. This year we have a great deal planned. In the next few years we plan to make our rally the centerpiece of Region A by providing the most fun, a great selection of vendors and the best prizes. This doesn't happen overnight but we are headed in the right direction.
The participation in the dunking booth and the fact that we gave away almost $600 to someone that dunked someone last year has made us determined to bring that back. Start thinking of whom you'd like to see in the booth that will attract those that might throw a few balls at them. We will need volunteers once again.
Jim Hubbard put on a great show after the talent show last year and we plan to have him and our dance floor back again. Between the talent show and Jim Hubbard we will once again allow the chapters to come up and promote their events for the year.
We enjoyed the hamburgers and hot dogs on Friday afternoon. In 2008 we plan to provide barbeque instead. It will be at the same place but the grills will be cooking all night.
Thursday night is reserved for the lighted bike show, ice cream social, chapter challenge and we plan to give away a major door prize. In the past we have given away tires but we will see what we come up with.
This year we are providing you the opportunity to go on Swamp Tours. These tours will take you out on the backwaters of the bay on an air boat for about an hour where you will see places and hopefully wildlife that you would not get to see otherwise.
Saturday we will once again have the poker run where we will give away $150 for the best hand and $75 for the second best hand. Because of time you do not have to ride the course but a course will be provide if you want to take a self guided tour.
Friday we will have a guided tour for those that would like to take a look at the area. Local walking tours will be handed out. There are 10 museums within walking distance and 8 are free.
Again we will be providing Trike and ERC courses. They were filled last year and I expect no less this year. We are the only District Rally in Region A that provides this to members. The cost is $50 but out of that you receive a free lunch and a partial refund. Now that is a good deal.
Over the years I have continuously heard why don't we give away a Gold Wing. I have even asked the question. At this rally with the help of A & B Honda we will. That means we have purchased it even if we don't get the ticket sales to cover the cost. Other Districts sale up to 30,000 tickets when they raffle off their bikes. They use the Gold Wing as a fund raiser. That is not our intent. We only want to break even and will award the bike to only those that are fully registered and are present at the time of the drawing. (Closing ceremonies). This is for you and those that attend our rally. I heard of at least one CD that has suggested his chapter members put away at $20 a month for tickets. Think about it, you wouldn't miss it and it would certainly increase your chances to win a $17,000 motorcycle.
The four hotels we have set up are receiving reservations. The Malaga has two rooms left, and the Admiral Semmes and Ramada are booking up but still have rooms. If you have any problem let me know where I can address it. We are working on increasing our block at the Admiral Semmes. The Howard Johnson has plenty rooms we can add if we need to. Should we fill up those hotels I have another prepared to supply us discounted rates as well.
We have on site camp sites available for self contained campers. The price is $30 per night and that includes water and electricity. Go ahead and get your registration in soon. It helps us in our planning.
We hope to see you in Perry FL.
|Jim & Karen Lee|
– From the Assistant District Director
/ District Trainers
This Journal was done by Grandma and our 8 year-old Granddaughter, Amber. I hope you have as much fun reading it as her and Grandma had doing it.
|Roy and Granddaughter, Amber, at Grand Tetons|
28 June 2007
- Betty, Grandma, Grandpa and I left Grandma's about 1:30pm to meet Wayne & JoAnn and Miss Lucy at the Pulaski exit on I65.
- I rode with Betty in the front seat of her van..
- We saw some buffalo near Nashville.
- We stopped to eat at Patti's and the wait was too long so we ate at Bill's restaurant at Grand River, KY. I had a steak with french fries for supper. The restaurant was decorated for the fourth of July and with quilts and roses everywhere.
- I took some pictures of some animals ( chickens and a turkey).
- We are at the Holiday Inn Express in Marion, IL. The hotel has an indoor pool but it is closed this week. The pool looks amazing.
- We traveled thru AL, TN, and KY today.
29 Jun 2007
- We left Marion IL at 7am headed towards St. Louis. We rode in the rain almost all day. We saw the Arch and stopped and took pictures of it from the road.
- In Kansas City we saw their stadium for the Baseball team? Then we saw World of Fun Park that has a huge roller coaster.
- We stopped at a Sinclair gas station that has a dinosaur in front and I got my picture taken with it.
- We saw some horses and cows along the road.
- We stopped at a gas station and I took a picture of a Methodist church that was shaped funny. The town was Pattonsburg.
- We stopped in Osceola, IA for the night at a Days Inn. We walked across the parking lot to a diner for supper. I got to sit at the counter with grandpa. I got to talk to the waitresses as they were filling orders.
- When we got back to the motel, I got to go swimming in the indoor pool for a little while with Joann Davis.
- And then we got back to our room and I took a shower and I got ready for bed.
- We traveled thru IL, MO, and IA today.
30 June 2007
- We left Osceola about 7:30. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining. It was a little chilly when we left but I changed clothes in Betty's van to some shorts and a t shirt.
- I saw some turkeys a doe and a buck in the fields. Also saw some horses and cattle.
- We stopped in Winterset, IA and saw John Wayne's birthplace. I took some pictures of the house and back yard with a water pump.
- Then we went to Greenfield and saw a large rock that a guy painted with different painting of all the military services.
- Then we stopped at a town called Anita. Grandma wanted her picture made with the city limits sign.
- We traveled thru IA, NB and SD today.
01 July 2007
- We spent the night in a town called Platte, SD. We stayed at the Dakota Country Inn, it was a nice motel. We ate breakfast in a gas station.
- We are traveling to the Black Hills today. The wind is blowing very strong. We saw pheasants, roadrunners, turkeys, cattle and horses. We traveled on 3 Indian reservations. I saw a lot of bee hives that are near some water. I guess the ranchers raise them too. Grandpa had 3 turkeys fly in front of him and he almost hit them. We saw lots of hay fields with tons of hay bales.
- We stopped in a casino to eat lunch. I ate a big lunch. I tried to watch Grandma play some games and a security guard said I was not allowed in the casino area.
- We left there and went to see Crazy Horse Monument in Custer, SD. It is not finished yet. It will take a while for it to be done. I got a statue of Crazy Horse and I can't wait to show it to you. I am so excited to show it to you all. We then went to see Mt Rushmore. It has 4 presidents profiles carved in stone. We are stayed in Keystone at the White House Resort near Mt Rushmore. I got to go swimming again in a pool and the hot tub and then we went to eat supper.
- Grandma gave me a pink Nintendo DS for the trip.
- We went from the prairie to the mountains.
- We will travel a little ways into ND and then on to Billings, MT
02 July 2007
- We are in Billings, MT!!!
- We ate breakfast in Rapid City, SD. It looked like we were going to have bad weather but it went by us. The wind was blowing though.
- We traveled to Bowman, ND to get to Billings.
- We saw some turkeys, deer, sheep, antelope and lots of horses. The turkeys were right next to the road. The antelope were along the fence or out in the fields.
- We saw a longgggggg train with 3 engines pulling a lot of coal cars. We saw a pump jack working and saw them drilling for water, gas or oil.
- We drove by some mountains that had color like a Strawberry!!!
- I got to go swimming after we ate dinner. They also have water slides but you need a special pass to use them. Grandpa went with me this time. We are sharing a room with Betty. Wayne, JoAnn and Miss Lucy are on the other side of the hotel.
- Tomorrow, I get to help Grandma & Grandpa sell tickets at their Wing Ding.
- And I get to go swimming tomorrow again and get in the hottub.
03 July 2007
- Today is Uncle Roy's birthday, we got to call him. He was still in Dover.
- I got to help sell tickets for the Gold Wing, 50/50 or other prizes. We had to be there at 7:30 to help set up for the ticket sells. I met a lot of people.
- When we left there we came back to the room and ate dinner. I got to go swimming with JoAnn and Grandpa bought me a pass for the water slides.
04 July 2007
- We got up early again. We went to opening ceremony where they named the International Couple of the Year. They were from FL. Then we went to see all the vendors. I got a red purse, a ring, some things to go in my crocks (got some for Sierra). Grandpa got the bike pin striped by TJ and the Boss.
- Betty, Grandma and I went to a letterbox. I got to find it. What fun. I got to stamp my book with their stamp and I stamped their book with mine. Then we came back to the room. Betty and Grandma washed clothes while I played in the arcade room. While Grandma was drying clothes the dryer quit. So we had to find a laundramat to dry the clothes. While they were drying we went to McDonald's to eat. I got to play a little in the playroom. They had fireworks going off everywhere. They were so beautiful. We also saw a house on fire while coming back to the room.
05 July 2007
- We decided to stay an extra day in Billings so Grandpa and Grandma could have a day to rest. We went swimming and took a nap. I got to play games in the game room at the hotel. We ordered pizza and JoAnn, Wayne, Betty, Lynn and Lyn joined us.
06 July 2007
- We left Billings and went to Beartooth pass. It was high up and there was snow everywhere on the mountain tops. I got to play in the snow at one of the pullovers. I hit Grandma with a snowball when she wasn't looking. We saw pronghorn and buffalo on the way to West Yellowstone, WY. We went to eat and then Marty, Lisa, Tammy and Steven were at the hotel when we got back .West Yellowstone has buffalos all over the town that are decorated with different drawings.
07 July 2007
- We ate breakfast with everyone and then Betty, Lisa, Tammy, Grandma, JoAnn and I went letterboxing. We met a family who were also out letterboxing. We did an exchange of our stamps with them. Then we went to a restaurant to get something to drink before we went looking for another letterbox. We found the second one easily on a trail in a small park. We took Betty back to the hotel so she could take a nap. Then we went towards Idaho to find the last box that was in the area. We were driving out of West Yellowstone when it started hailing. It hailed so hard with little balls that it looked like snow on the ground. We also found a buffalo that was next to the hotel that we were parked under. We found the letterbox up on a hill side under a tree.
- When we came back to the van there were people getting spring water from a stone that looked like a sink. The man said it came from a natural spring about 100 yards up the hill. I filled a gator-aid bottle with the water. It was pretty good.
- On the way back to the hotel, we stopped and took pictures of the Contential Divide.
- Then we took Lisa back to the hotel and we picked JoAnn up. Tammy, JoAnn, Grandma and I went to the Grizzly and Wolf park. There were 4 wolves that were sleeping when we got there. There were 3 Grizzly bears in a fenced area that were sleeping or eating. I watched a movie about the wolves with JoAnn.
- We left there and went to the hotel so we could get everyone so we could eat. We ate at Beartooth Barbaque. After we ate, Grandma took me to ride some rides in a mall area.
- Then Grandma had to wash clothes. It was late when we got to bed.
08 July 2007
- We left West Yellowstone with JoAnn, Wayne and Betty. Marty, Lisa, Tammy and Steven left to go over Beartooth pass. We are heading to Jackson, WY to stay the night. Today is Grandma's 60th birthday. We went to the Yellowstone Grand Canyon and got to see the waterfall. We saw a lot of buffalo in the fields. We even had some try to get into Betty's van. They were real close. We also went to the Grand Tetons. We stayed in a local motel called Flat Creek Inn. We ate at a resturant call Route 89. There were some birds that had yellow heads and chests. Grandma took a picture so we could find out what kind of birds they were. They also had a bench with wagon wheels that you could sit on.
09 July 2007
- We left Jackson, Wy headed to Steamboat Springs, CO to meet back up with Marty, Lisa, Tammy and Steven. We went to Flaming River Gorge Dam. It was very big. We spent the night at a Fairfield Inn and suites. We had supper at the Ore House and Grandpa took me swimming.
10 July 2007
- I saw a hot air balloon that was in front of the hotel. Grandma took pictures of it for me. We left Steamboat Springs headed for the Rocky Mountain National Park. I got a passport book that you stamp when you visit different national parks. I saw a monument that was dedicated to Park Ranger that worked 10 years in the Rocky Mountain National Park. She was killed in 200? while fighting a fire in Hawaii.
- The park has a lot of beautiful mountains and some of them had snow on them also. Grandma got in the van with Betty and me because she did not like the height – and there were no guard rails. We stopped in Limon, CO at a Holiday Inn Express for the night. I got to eat at McDonald's.
11 July 2007
- We got to sleep in this morning – until 7am. Wayne and JoAnn left to find a clinic for Wayne for his foot. We left headed for Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington, KS. We got there too early so we left and went to a VFW for lunch. Wayne and JoAnn met us while we were having lunch. The carousel opened at 1:00. I got to ride it 2 times. Lisa found some letterboxes in Goodland, KS. We went and found 2 out of 3. One was in the library. You had to find the number on a stained glass train picture and add it to the decimal and then find the book. The stamp and logbook was in a book that was cut to fit the stamp and the logbook. We crossed back into the Central time zone. We stopped in Hayes, KS at a Holiday Inn for the night. We ate at the hotel and then I got to go swimming.
12 July 2007
- We left Hayes, KS headed towards St. Louis, MO. Lisa wanted to eat at a Cracker Barrel, she was having withdrawals. We went to Wamego, MO to see the OZ museum. It was pretty neat. It was all about Dorothy and Toto and the rest of the characters. I saw some oil wells and one that was being drilled. We had supper at Applebee's. I talked to my Pen Pal, Hunter, today. She is from Utah. I met her at West Yellowstone while swimming on the waterslide in the Days Inn. We stopped at a Holiday Inn Select in Columbia, MO and Grandma took me swimming.
13 July 2007
- We left about 8:30 for St. Louis, Mo to see the Arch. It is really called Jefferson National Expedition Monument. I got to ride to the top in a small elevator that 5 people sit in. It was about the size of a washing machine. Then we found a letterbox along the riverfront under a cable cover. It was cut in the shape of the Arch. Then we had lunch on a riverboat. Then we left to go to Mt Vernon, IL where we spent the night at a Holiday Inn with Betty. Marty, Lisa, Steven and Tammy went on.
14 July 2007
- We went to see Superman in Metropolis, IL and we found a letterbox at a rest stop. Then we went to Patti's to eat and wound up at Bill's again. We arrived home at 7:30.
|Roy & Anita Fosnight|
Please Ride Safe and Often
MAD About the Heat!
– Motorist Awareness Division District Coordinators
Well the dog days of summer are here in Alabama and the only time any of us feel like riding is after the sun goes down which of course means you're more likely to be unseen. Despite the use of many, many safety lights a motorcycle is still very hard to see, especially if you ride in a fairly good size city or town. Why? Well look around you next time and you will see all colors of lights as a mater of fact the entire spectrum of the rainbow plus a few more for good measure are lit up advertising various businesses. The car at the bottom of a hill may mistake all those safety lights for one of those new fangled electronic bill boards that change every 10 to 15 seconds, shoot to them you may even look like part of the board. The reason for that is darkness impedes your vision and your depth perception regardless if you are in a car or on a bike, throw in the age factor and things get even worse, add some gentle splashes of rain and you've really got a mixture for trouble with reflection from everything being wet thrown in.
|Dog Days of Summer|
What is one to do then? Glad you ask gentle reader, for one be sure to wear a reflective vest there are plenty to choose from and if you are fashion conscious as Doris is a trip to your local dealer will give you plenty of options to suit up so you will light up when a cars headlights hit you. You can also do things on the road at night to make yourself more conspicuous like flashing your brake lights when preparing to stop so the driver behind you does not mistake your taillights for the car in front of you making you part of a steel and abs sandwich. Try changing lane position every now and then if noting else it will cause following driver and those coming toward you to wonder what is wrong with their eyes and their reflexes will hopefully kick in telling them to slow down and identify the moving object in front of them. The rain situations sometimes can not be helped but if you have time pull and wait awhile if at all possible until the rain lets up, if not try to maintain a larger then normal following distance and use some of the techniques I've mentioned above.
|Wear Reflective Gear|
The nice part about the dog days is that they give way to the fall of the year and a whole new set of problems, which gives me a new bunch of ideas about topics.
Until next month Ride Safe, Ride Aware and Ride Straight!
|Freddy & Doris Wheeler|
– District Recruiting & Retention
Our vacation is now over. We are back to everyday living. We have been on the road for 22 days with our friends, the Harris'. It was a great vacation. We know that because we are all still talking to each other.
We traveled to 19 states, saw lots of unusual country side, and talked to many people and always mentioned GWRRA. While we were at Wing Ding we sold tickets with our Alabama Family and passed out lots of Alabama District Rally Flyers.
Ride safe and keep enjoying the summer. Remember to pass the word about GWRRA, because it is Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge.
|Dewey & Alice Cole|
- Med / PR Coordinators
Greetings fellow riders,
Wow, does time fly when you are having fun. My mom and dad always told me the older I got the faster time would go by. Boy, were they right. You know it seems the older I get the smarter they were. Funny how that works isn't it. July certainly has had its ups and downs. We have enjoyed lots of good riding and a whole lot of great fun. It has also been a sad month with the loss of several friends. Paul Howes, Chapter T member and former District Rider Educator, as well as F.T. Sanders, Chapter K member and District Treasurer have passed this month. Both will be missed by all of us, please remember to keep these families in your prayers.
The program to get bios and pics from all of the current Chapter COY's is going well. This month we have started to feature these couples on the District website as well as in this newsletter. We will continue until we have featured all of the couples in the District. Chapter Directors, if your couple has not sent us the info please encourage them to do so as soon as possible. We really think this is a great way for your couple to receive the recognition from everyone else that you and your Chapter have given them already. You thought enough of these folks to honor them in this way, now give the rest of the District the opportunity to do the same.
If you have any ideas on how we can improve the COY program in the Alabama District, please don't hesitate to share those ideas with us. Our goal is to make our program the best in GWRRA. To accomplish this we need your help. The more ideas and participation we have from you and your Chapter the better this program will become. We will be making some small changes to the program at next years rally in an effort to not only encourage more participation from the couples but also to increase attendance for the selection process. We are planning to announce these changes at the Snowball Rally in January. If you have ideas or suggestions about how to improve our program please don't hesitate to contact us. We are always looking for new ideas.
Until next month, ride safe and ride often.
|Frank & Linda Teasley|
Chapter COY Introductions
|Terry & Barbie Cleveland|
We are Terry & Barbie Cleveland Chapter N's couple of the year 2007 - 2008. We would like to tell you a little about ourselves. We have been married for 8 years. Between us we have 4 children and 1 grandchild. We ride a 1998 Aspencade. Terry joined GWRRA in 1997 and Barbie joined in 1999. We have participated with chapter N since 1999. We have served as ACD's and CD's and are presently serving as ACD's once again. We have reached level 3 in the Rider Education Program. Over the past 8 years we have been to 3 Wing Dings, Several region & state rally's, as jobs and kids have allowed for. We have enjoyed meeting and making new friends through GWRRA. We are looking forward to serving chapter N as C O Y and hoping to promote GWRRA. Our goal for this year as C O Y is to meet and make as many new friends as possible. Hope to see you down the road.
Terry & Barbie Cleveland
Couple of the Year
I can't believe another month has rolled by. We have had more fun, attended more activities and been more places than I ever dreamed was possible in a month.
On top of our list was our trip to WING DING! Lyn nor I had ever been to this area of the country before and good Lord willing it won't be our last.
We left out on Tuesday, the week before Wing Ding started, and spent our first night in St. Louis. The next night in Sioux City Iowa and the next night at Keystone SD. near Mt. Rushmore. From there we rode through Custer State Park and then up the needles highway to Deadwood SD. The next Morning we left and rode over the Big Horn mountains and then through the desert to Cody WY. We left Cody and spent the next two days in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks before heading for Billings, MT. Once in Billings we attended the International Couple Of The Year selection where Jake and Joan Jacobs from Region A were selected for 2007-2008. They were very deserving and excited. We handed out fliers for the Alabama Rally and sold tickets for the 50/50 and grand prizes the remainder of the day. The next day we spent half the day at the vendors and then exhaustion hit and we slept the rest of the day. The last day we were in Billings was the day we chose to ride the Bear tooth Pass. This is a must for anyone in the area. as we rode up the mountain we saw vista and valley and snow capped peaks. We eventually rode up to where the snow was and then actually higher than the snow where we were looking down at the snow covered peaks. It was awesome. Lyn of course had to hit me with a snowball and we just had a blast. This opportunity and this thrilling adventure lasting two weeks would never have occurred if we had not joined the GWRRA. We met a ton of new people while up there and along the way. Gold wingers were everywhere. We never felt alone. Finally it was time to head home. Lyn caught a flight and I rode the bike. Lyn arrived back in Birmingham Friday night so she was able to attend Chapter-T's picnic and said she had a wonderful time.
The week after we arrived home was our Chapter-Y's monthly meeting. at this meeting Bill & Trina Barden were selected as Chapter-Y's new couple of the year. They are such fine people and will represent Chapter-Y as our ambassadors very well. Chapter-Y truly loves this couple.
Then latter that week we were able to attend the meeting for Chapter-J in Tuscaloosa. They welcomed us with open arms and allowed us a little time to speak about the couple of the Year program. They are about to select there next couple soon I know they will pick a fine couple to represent Chapter-J.
Finally last weekend we traveled back to Chapter-T with Chapter-Y to recapture the traveling plaque and had some good fellowship and of course stopped coming home for some ice cream.
Lyn and I are saddened by the loss of FT to our state. But that's another Goldwing that will be at the pearly gates, awaiting us, when God calls us home.
I told Lyn we may need to spend a weekend at home and maybe cut the grass but she reminded me of our ride to eat in Oakman Al. this weekend. We must have our priorities!
It was certainly a full month since our last letter and It just keeps on getting better.
See you soon!
|Lynn & Lyn Edwards|
– From the Region Trainers
Regiona A has done it again!! Not only once but double done it!! We are thrilled that our Region A Couple of the Year, Jake and Joanne Jacob, are now the International Couple of the Year, and our Region A Educators, Ron and Pam Lantz, are also the International Educators of the Year. Wow, but then we have always known that Region A rocks!! Congratulations to these fine people for their outstanding accomplishments.
The Region A Rally is just around the corner. We hope everyone is planning to attend. The city of Perry, Florida has extended their welcome and hospitality to our group for a second year. The facilities have enlarged, air conditioned, and there is camping/rving available right at the rally site. We have some fun seminars planned for your enjoyment, one in particular is a new one. We are going to find out what is a lighted bike show, how to judge one or participate in one, and we have an expert on this subject (past Wing-Ding winner) to put it on for you.
We understand the seminars at Wing Ding went well and Region A was well represented by several Instructors that took time out to put on a seminar. Special thanks to Roy and Anita Fosnight and Dave and Sharon Akins for going the extra mile (well, lots of extra miles) to share their knowledge and fun with our fellow gold wingers.
Two new Region Trainers have been appointed. Larry and Barb Fowell for Region J and Patty and Don Hoffman, Region B. We are looking forward to meeting them down the road.
Dave Aikens, Georgia District Trainer, has several seminars planned for August. He is holding an Instructors Training class on August 4 in Perry, GA. On August 10-11 is a Horizon's Class, and to follow up on the Horizon's program, on August 18 and August 25, he is planning the Knowledge Enhancement and Intermediate Leadership Skills programs respectively, all in Perry, GA. If you wish to participate in any of these classes, please contact Dave directly at (478) 953-4886 or by email at aik ensd l*co x:net. You can also go to the Georgia web page and click on Leadership Training, a registration form is there along with dates, times and places of the classes.
Lots of fun things are planned for Perry, GA so y'awl come!
|Dave & Ellen Hamilton|
2008 Alabama District
January 5th, 2008
10:00am till 1:00pm
Quality Inn & Convention Center
2705 East South Blvd., Montgomery, Al. 36116-2575
Group Code: Gold Wing Group
FREE ADMISSION & YEAR BAR
Head Pin available @ $4.00 each
Games: 10:00am to 12:00 Noon
Check the temperature before you leave home. Plaques will be awarded for longest distance, coldest temperature on a wing, valkrye, and in a car.
Grand prize, door prizes and 50/25/25.
Refreshments on site
Join us for fun and games, door prizes, awards for the rally pin contest winner, recruiter of the year and Joe Sellers Member of the Year award.
Remember, the Officers Conference will follow the Snowball activities, and will begin at 3:00pm. All CDs, ACDs and Chapter Educators are expected to attend. See you there!
We'll do financial reports Friday evening if you can be there!
Contact Bill and Dian Gulley:
Phone 256-229-8833 / Dir ecto r
Gold Wing Road Riders Association
Returns to Greenville, South Carolina, in 2008!
Phoenix, Arizona -- The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is pleased to announce its 30th annual Wing Ding will be in Greenville, South Carolina, next year. The international convention opens Thursday, July 3, and runs through Sunday, July 6, 2008, at the Carolina First Center, formerly known as the Palmetto Expo Center.
Wing Ding is the world's largest convention of owners of Honda Gold Wing and Valkyrie motorcycles, and Wing Ding 30 will highlight a yearlong celebration of GWRRA's 30th anniversary. Previous visits to Greenville were in 1995 and 2001. More than 10,000 Gold Wing motorcycle owners and riders are expected to attend Wing Ding 30, which could generate between $10-15 million in direct economic impact to the area.
Much has changed in Greenville since GWRRA's last visit. Now owned by the City of Greenville, the Carolina First Center began a $22 million enhancement plan in 2005 and, with completion scheduled by spring of 2008, is the largest convention center in the state, with 315,000 square feet of exhibition space and 88,000 square feet of meeting and conference space.
Just minutes away, Greenville's award-winning downtown has undergone revitalization as well. Always a visitor's delight--with its array of restaurants, art galleries, theaters and specialty boutiques--the West End district has added an incredible structure called the new Liberty Bridge that spans the scenic Reedy River Falls Historic Park and waterfalls. Other revitalization efforts include the Governor's School for the Arts and a new baseball stadium, West End Field, that is reminiscent of Fenway Park, and home to a fitting sculpture of one of Greenville's own--baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. The area also has more than a thousand restaurants and nightspots.
"GWRRA Members will really enjoy the Greenville area, especially with its citywide improvements since our last visit there," says GWRRA's Executive Director, Melissa Eason. "Greenville citizens are excited to have us back, and I'm certain they will welcome us with the same warm, Southern hospitality they have in years past. We're also pleased to be back on the East Coast and look forward to the opportunity for more Members from that area of the country to be able to join us. So be sure to come help us wrap up a yearlong celebration of GWRRA's 30th anniversary at Wing Ding 30 in Greenville, South Carolina!"
Accommodations in Greenville range from quaint bed-and-breakfasts to major hotels, including the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, and Embassy Suites. The Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau is handling room reservations for the more than 2,400 rooms in GWRRA's room block, including the three host hotels. Currently, reservations for the room block can be made online at www.greenvillecvb.com/housing using a live inventory system that allows you to book directly with your hotel of choice. Host hotel information will be forthcoming.
Managing Director of Event Management Group, Ed Price, in charge of planning the event, adds however, "Though more than 8,000 rooms are now available in the immediate area, as always, we urge GWRRA Members who want to attend to make their room reservations early."
Visitors to previous Wing Dings held in Greenville have raved about the riding en route to Greenville through the Great Smoky Mountains. Located in the northwestern corner of the state, Greenville enjoys a temperate summer climate, with average daily highs of 89 degrees F and daily lows of 69 degrees F.
GWRRA, whose motto is "Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge," is a not-for-profit organization with over 80,000 Members in 52 countries, and 4,000 volunteer leaders providing rider education, social structure, organizing events, rallies, rides and meetings throughout the year. Visit GWRRA's websites: www.gwrra.org and www.wing-ding.org or call (800) 843-9460 or (623) 581-2500 (in Phoenix) for more information.
Street Strategy--Motorcycle Consumer News
You're on your way home from work riding on a two-lane road lined with stores and restaurants. Commuting traffic is moving along at a decent speed, but you are slowed by vehicles ahead turning into side streets and store driveways. You keep a generous following distance between you and the surrounding traffic, positioning yourself so you can see other vehicles and they can see you.
You are a few miles from home when a Jeep you've been following begins to slow. It's unclear why he's slowing, because he gives no signal. You keep an eye on him as he suddenly hits the brakes to turn left into a gas station parking lot. You are far enough behind to not require any sudden evasive maneuvering. The Jeep driver must stop before turning because others drivers are approaching in the oncoming lane, so you simply steer to the right to go around him in the breakdown lane.
You are along side the Jeep when you see movement ahead. It's a silver Pontiac who was waiting to enter the roadway into your lane. He is proceeding at a rate that suggests that he is unaware of your presence. You have to get on the brakes hard to avoid a collision, but your front tire slides sideways in the dirt that has accumulated in the breakdown lane. You instinctively release the brakes but this makes it clear that you will not be able to stop in time to prevent a collision. Just then, the driver of the Pontiac sees you coming and has the presence of mind to accelerate hard. You must miss his rear bumper and manage to stay upright.
You were smart to practice good lane positioning for visibility, but you fixated too much attention on the Jeep directly in front of you. You hadn't paid close enough attention to the Pontiac because you were distracted by what the Jeep driver was doing. Had you been scanning ahead, you would have seen that the Pontiac driver's line of sight was blocked by a telephone pole. If you can't see the driver's face, he can't see you. Slowing more would have allowed you to manage the space available and prevent a collision with the Pontiac. And remember, breakdown lanes often offer little traction for evasive maneuvers.
by Ken Codon
August - 2007
|2||Thu||World's Longest Yard Sale -- Covington, KY to Gadsden, AL (Warning: Heavy Congestion)|
|5||Sun||World's Longest Yard Sale -- Covington, KY to Gadsden, AL (Warning: Heavy Congestion)|
|6||Mon||Sturgis Rally -- Sturgis, SD|
|11||Sat||AL District Picnic (North) -- Tannehill State Park, Bessemer, AL|
|18||Sat||AL-S - Charity Ride -- Yogi's Hwy 43 Littleville. Registration: 7am; FBO: 8am, LBI: 11:30am. $15/Rider. 50/25/25. Free T-Shirt to 1st 100 Participants. Proceeds benefit the Ride for Kids and Cedar Creek Wings.|
|Watermelon Festival -- Franklin County|
|20||Mon||Iron Butt Rally|
|23||Thu||GWRRA - KY District Rally|
September - 2007
|1||Sat||GWRRA 30th Anniversary Party -- Gaylord Hotel, Nashville, TN|
|GWRRA - Region-N Rally -- Gaylord Hotel, Nashville, TN|
|Music City Motorcycle Rally -- Nashville Shores Water Park|
|2||Sun||GWRRA 30th Anniversary Party -- Gaylord Hotel, Nashville, TN|
|11||Tue||Patriot Day -- Terrorist Attack on NY and DC Anniversary|
|13||Thu||GWRRA - Region A Rally|
|15||Sat||Trail of Tears -- Commemorative Motorcycle Ride|
|16||Sun||Ride for Kids|
|20||Thu||GWRRA - NC District Rally - Wings Over the Smokies|
|29||Sat||AL-B - Fun Day - (CANCELLED)|
October - 2007
|7||Sun||Cullman Oktoberfest -- One week|
|8||Mon||Columbus Holiday (Observed)|
|11||Thu||GWRRA - Mississippi District Rally|
|12||Fri||Southern Hope Ride for MDA -- Memphis|
|20||Sat||American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Roadrace -- Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham|
|27||Sat||Jack Daniel's Barbecue|
November - 2007
|4||Sun||Standard Time Resumes -- Fall Back|
|10||Sat||AL-A - Fun Day|
|11||Sun||Veterans' Day (Armistice Day)|
December - 2007
January - 2008
|1||Tue||New Year's Holiday|
|5||Sat||Alabama Snowball Run|
|Music City Motorcycle Bike Show|
|21||Mon||Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday|
February - 2008
|2||Sat||Cupids Capers in TN|
|3||Sun||Super Bowl Sunday|
|5||Tue||Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday)|