|Numbers based upon last years averages|
Be sure to look at our website -- www.Alabama-Gwrra.Org. It will have up to date information on the rally. If you have any questions please dont hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
|Jim & Karen Lee|
By the time you read this January 2008 will be history. It started out with the Snowball Rally in Montgomery. There was a very good turn out of GWRRA family and friends. Bill and Diane were given a nice wall clock to commemorate their tenure as Alabama District Directors. Thanks again for what you all have done for the district.
The new Alabama staff was introduced and I know they will be doing a good job for this district. Most all the chapters were represented at the Officers Conference. Some chapter officers remained and some new chapter officers came on board. I want each one of them to know that we as a district staff member are here to support you and your chapter. If you need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us.
The Alabama District Rally is going to be here before we know it. This is the time for us to put on the best rally that we can. It is going to take every member to encourage and participate for this to be a success. Chapter assignments will be out soon so make sure what your chapter will be responsible for.
The dunking booth will be back this year. It will be more in the front of the rally area this year. This will give better opportunity for everyone to dunk their favorite person. We are now taking reservations for these seats. Chapter directors and State staff members can also participate. Just contact us and we will be glad to book your seating.
Some of the Chapters have their Fun Days scheduled. They are posted on the website and in the newsletters. Lets all make an effort to support them when we can. Participation and fun are the key ingredients in anything that we do in this organization.
Until we see you on the road,
|Robert & Gail Brown|
The more you know the better it gets
Greetings fellow riders, Well it seems 2008 is off with a bang. We had a great turnout at Snowball and everyone seemed to have a great time. There were lots of door prizes and some lucky member went home with a new set of tires and two lucky members went home with a new Sirius Satellite Radio.
Coming up in February we will be conducting the first three steps of the Horizons program. On Feb 2nd and 3rd we will have the first Horizons class of the year. On Feb 16th we will have Knowledge Enhancement, and on Feb 23rd we will have the Intermediate Leadership Skills seminar. You must attend Horizons to attend Knowledge Enhancement, and Knowledge Enhancement to attend Intermediate Leadership Skills. The details of these classes and lodging in the area are available on the District website under Leadership Training
We strongly urge all new CD's and ACD's to attend these seminars. These are building blocks that you can use to help make your chapter successful. We would also like to invite any member who has an interest in how a chapter should function and succeed to also attend.
We are currently planning to offer some of these seminars again in August along with the final step in the program, Advanced Leadership Skills. The dates and times of these seminars will be posted on the website as soon as plans are finalized.
We hope your new year is off to a great start. Remember that you only get out of an organization what you put into it. Get off the sidelines and get involved. Get that bike out of the garage and put it back on the road where it belongs. Your friends miss seeing you and we know you miss seeing them.
We will see you out on the road,
|Frank & Linda Teasley|
I enjoy group riding for the most part, as the saying goes there is safety in packs and it is a lot easier for those in cars to see a group of motorcycles then to see a single bike. I also tend to think some times we get a false sense of safety being in a group since I see all too often that we make turns without signaling. Does not seem to make a difference if we are on the inside or outside of the group a large proportion of us do not signal and it comes from getting complacent and that false sense of security of being in a group. Just because we are in a group does not mean that we should forget our skills, instead we should remember to turn that turn signal on or flash that brake light if we are slowing even more so because those who are riding with us may also be complacent.
I know it can be really easy to be distracted by the weather or view that we temporarily forget that we are riding a motorcycle. Complacency just does not happen while turning; if we are in a sharp curve do we remember to single up and spread out? Riding staggered through twisties is a definite no no as it leaves no room to maneuver in the oft chance someone may come over on your side of the double yellow line. The lead bike should lead with his headlight on bright or if he has one turn on his modulator, those who follow in a group should leave their modulators off, since it can be a tad bit distracting if you are in front of someone who has one. Riding is fun, but even in groups we should all strive to remain conspicuous that way everyone sees us both in and out of our group.
Until Next Month Ride Safe, Straight and Aware,
|Freddy & Doris Wheeler|
Chapter Directors, your leadership is an important factor to the success of your Chapter. As a Chapter Director you offer your friendship to your Members. We all know to have a friend, you must be a friend.Always encourage respect and friendship between your Members.
If your Members are having fun, the Chapter will grow with strength.Fun has different meanings for many Members. For some, it can be going out to eat and having fellowship with others, or traveling to different rallies and some Members just like RIDING. Talk to your Members and find out what they want and then help make it happen. Happy Chapters follow positive Leaders. Remember to check your Membership list and contact all those who have not renewed.
If you have not received the latest Monthly Report from us, please let us hear from you. We have received some back that have been blocked out and we need to know what we have to do to let it go through. Thanks!
|Dewey & Alice Cole|
We had a great time at snowball this year and seeing everyone again was fun. There are some changes we will be making in the couple of the year selection for 2009. We will be moving the selection to snowball. We will still have the selection this year at our rally and please make plans to watch it and cheer for your favorite couple. We are hoping to have more couples in the selection process this year than we have had in recent history.
The decision to move the Couple of The Year selection to Snowball was a difficult but I believe a necessary one. I am a traditionalist at heart and change is not something I do easily. Over the years our District Couple has been at some disadvantage because of the time the Alabama rally is held. The other couples from across Region A are able to attend the other district rally's and meet the prospective judges in advance. This enables them to form relationships with these judges. (please remember that the District Directors are always the judges for the Region A competition). For this reason Georgia has also moved their selection process to their winter event. Our couple misses the Mississippi Rally and the Florida rally.
There are also certain criteria for the resume you must submit to the Region A Judge panel should contain. This gives the Alabama Couple two more months to help enhance their resume and believe me you need to show as much as possible in this area. The resume counts as a very large part of the total score used to select the new couple. We were supposed to have had a COY get together last Saturday but due to weather issues we were forced to postpone this until this coming Saturday January, 26th. At this meeting we are going to review the new rules for the selection and discuss what is required on the resumes. We want to give our new couples all the support we can to take them all the way to and then becoming the International Couple of The year. I am sure each one of you will agree with Lyn & I, that it is time for Alabama to have an International Couple.
Until next time,
|Lynn & Lyn Edwards|
|Bill & Trinia Barden of Chapter-Y|
We are Bill and Trinia Barden, Liberty Wings Chapter-Y Couple of the Year. We are very honored to have been selected out of the many deserving couples in our Chapter Family.
We have been married for forty one years with two children and five grandchildren. We have been members of GWRRA since 2002. We were invited to a Chapter meeting at about the same time. After attending one meeting, we knew they were just one large family that we wanted to be a part of. We have logged 41,000 miles on our 2001 Goldwing with motor trike kit, riding with the Chapter. Every mile has been a joy because in this group, there's never a dull moment.
We are firm believers in the COY Program. Four years ago we had no idea what a COY was. Don and Linda Mosley participated in the selection progress. We have had a couple in the selection ever since. The Chapter has been supportive of every couple thru the process. When a couple participates the Chapter participates with them. This is a benefit to the COY Program. It would be wonderful if someday soon, every Chapter had a couple in the program. We have visited seven chapters since becoming Couple of the Year. Encouraging the ones with couples to participate and the ones without to select one and encourage them to join in the fun. Making a lot of new friends is also one of the benefits.
We are both current Level IV Master Tour Riders in the GWRRA Rider Levels Program. Other activities include: Trike Course, CPR, First Aid, Horizon Program, Road Captains Course, COY Seminar, Snowball - four times, Wing-Ding-28, Region "A" Rally-QS-Q7,Alabama District - 5 Times, Mississippi District - 4 Times, Georgia District 07, Region-N - 07, Tenn. District - 05-06, and Wing Fling.
I have served as ACD and Trina was Chapter Historian for three years.
Come to Mobile and learn even more about the couples in the selection and the Great Chapters there to support them.
May God Ride With You and The Sun Always be at Your Back.
Bill and Trinia Barden
Couple of the Year
Hello everyone -
|This says it all for me this month :-)|
Ride Safe & Happy Valentine's Day!
|Linda & Don Mosley|
There were letters that were distributed from the Ramada to people that had made reservations for the rally that was requesting a check be sent for a deposit.
You can ignore that letter. I spoke with Jackie Nygen (the owner) and he assured me that letter was a mistake and a simple credit card reservation is all that is needed. He did state that if you have to cancel your confirmed reservations you must do so prior to 72 hours of your check in date or forfeit one day on your card.
If for any reason you call now and are requested to send a check do not do it. Contact me and we will get it straightened out. Please pass this information onto anyone else you may know that has made reservations at the Ramada.
15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876.
California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
Cupid, another symbol of Valentines Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards holding a bow and arrows because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.
During the late 1800s, postage rates around the world dropped, and the obscene St. Valentine's Day card became popular, despite the Victorian era being otherwise very prudish. As the numbers of racy valentines grew, several countries banned the practice of exchanging Valentine's Days cards. During this period, Chicago's post office rejected more than 25,000 cards on the grounds that they were so indecent, they were not fit to be carried through the U.S. mail.
During the Middle Ages, the belief that birds chose their mates on St. Valentine's Day led to the idea that boys and girls would do the same. Up through the early 1900s, the Ozark hill people in the eastern United States thought that birds and rabbits started mating on February 14, a day for them which was not only Valentine's Day but Groundhog Day as well.
February 14, 270 A.D. : Roman Emperor Claudius II, dubbed "Claudius the Cruel," beheaded a priest named Valentine for performing marriage ceremonies. Claudius II had outlawed marriages when Roman men began refusing to go to war in order to stay with their wives.
Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine's Day.
Humorous valentines of the 19th century were called "Vinegar Valentines" or "Penny Dreadfuls." Vinegar Valentines were introduced in 1858 by John McLaughin, a Scotsman with a New York City Publishing Business. Penny Dreadfuls with comic designs drawn in 1870 by American cartoonists Charles Howard became known as Penny Dreadfuls.
In 1929 in Chicago, gunmen in the suspected employment of organized-crime boss Al Capone murder seven members of the George "Bugs" Moran North Siders gang in a garage on North Clark Street. The so-called St. Valentine's Day Massacre stirred a media storm centered on Capone and his illegal Prohibition-era activities and motivated federal authorities to redouble their efforts to find evidence incriminating enough to take him off the streets.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts.
In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine's Day card.
In Wales, wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"
It wasn't until 1537 that St. Valentine's Day was declared an official holiday. England's King Henry VIII declared February 14th a holiday.
On February 14, 1779, Captain James Cook, the great English explorer and navigator, was murdered by natives of Hawaii during his third visit to the Pacific island group.
One single perfect red rose framed with baby's breath is referred to by some florists as a "signature rose," and is the preferred choice for many for giving on Valentine's Day, anniversary, or birthday.
Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the U.K. celebrate Valentine's Day.
Sir Alexander Fleming was a young bacteriologist when an accidental discovery led to one of the great developments of modern medicine. Having left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, Fleming noticed that a mold that had fallen on the culture had killed many of the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum, similar to the kind found on bread. On February 14, 1929, Fleming introduced his mold by-product called penicillin to cure bacterial infections.
Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.
The "I Love You" computer virus was detected in Hong Kong on May 1, 2000. In four days the virus had mutated into three different generations. Figures by Trend Micro Inc. showed that "I Love You" had infected 3.1 million computers worldwide.
The 17th century a hopeful maiden ate a hard-boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her pillow before going to sleep on Valentine's eve. It was believed this would make her dream of her future husband.
The ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses on February 14. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.
The Empire State Building in New York City played a prominent role in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. This year 15 couples will take (or renew) their vows on the 80th floor of this famous landmark.
The first American publisher of valentines was printer and artist Esther Howland. During the 1870s, her elaborate lace cards were purchased by the wealthy, as they cost a minimum of 5 dollars - some sold for as much as 35 dollars. Mass production eventually brought prices down, and the affordable "penny valentine" became popular with the lower classes.
The first photograph of a U.S. President was taken on February 14, 1849 by Matthew Brady in New York City. President James Polk was the subject of the famous picture. .
The first televised tour of the White House aired on February 14 in 1962. First Lady Jackie Kennedy hosted the tour.
The heart is the most common symbol of romantic love. Ancient cultures believed the human soul lived in the heart. Others thought it to be the source of emotion and intelligence. Some believed the heart embodied a man's truth, strength and nobility. The heart may be associated with love because the ancient Greeks believed it was the target of Eros, known as Cupid to the Romans. Anyone shot in the heart by one of Cupid's arrows would fall hopelessly in love. Because the heart is so closely linked to love, it's red colour is thought to be the most romantic.
The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.
The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, who died in childbirth. Work on the Taj began in 1634 and continued for almost 22 years. required the labor of 20,000 workers from all over India and Central Asia.
The oldest known Valentines were sent in 1415 A.D. by the Duke of Orleans to his French wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. It is still on display in a museum in England.
The oldest surviving love poem is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C. It was unromantically named Istanbul #2461 by the archeologists who unearthed it.
The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red stands for strong feelings which is why a red rose is a flower of love.
Valentine's Day is big business. Consumers will spend an average of $77.43 on Valentine's Day gifts this year. E-commerce retailers expect to rack up about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers, and other Valentine's Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food (including chocolate) and wine.
Wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.
A ring has been included in wedding ceremonies since the 12th century. Pope Innocent the Third ordained that marriages had to take place in church and that a wedding ring should be exchanged during the service.
In England, the Romans, who had taken over the country, had introduced a pagan fertility festival held every February 14. After the Romans left England, nearly a century later, the pagan ritual was abolished by Pope Gelsius who established St. Valentine's Day as a celebration of love in 496 A.D.
In America, the pilgrims sent confections, such as sugar wafers, marzipan, sweetmeats and sugar plums, to their betrothed. Great value was placed on these gifts because they included what was then a rare commodity, sugar. After the late 1800's, beet sugar became widely used and more available, and sweet gifts continued to be valued and enjoyed.
Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world's almonds and 20 percent of the world's peanuts.
|2||Sat||Horizons Class -- 8:00am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 995 9th Ave, Bessemer|
|Cupids Capers in TN|
|3||Sun||Super Bowl Sunday|
|5||Tue||Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday)|
|16||Sat||Knowledge Enhancement -- 8:30am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 995 9th Ave, Bessemer|
|23||Sat||Intermediate Leadership Skills -- 8:30am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 995 9th Ave, Bessemer|
|Chapter-J Bike Show & Swap Meet Fun Day -- 9:30am-2pm - McFarland Mall, Tuscaloosa - Reg: $10 includes: 1 Grand-Prize, 1 Door-Prize, 50/25/25 Ticket - Grand-Prize: $100 - Come show your bike and bring Motorcycle stuff to swap|
|29||Fri||Daytona Bike Week|
|Leap Year Day|
|1||Sat||The Y's Mouth Saloon Fun Day -- 10am-1:30pm - Gardendale Civic Center - Reg: $10 Includes: Lunch Ticket - Prize for best western theme costume, 50/50, Door-Prizes - Proceeds benefit Camp Smile-A-Mile|
|8||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Madison Co.|
|9||Sun||Daylight Savings Time Begins -- Spring Ahead|
|13||Thu||GWRRA - Florida District Rally|
|15||Sat||Chapter-U Spring Fling Charity Poker Run -- 9am - Kathy's Kitchen, Business 431 & Ross Clark Circle, Dothan - FBO: 9:00am, LBO: 10:30am, LBI: 12:30pm - $15 first card, $5 additional cards - 50/50, Door-Prizes, Cash-Prizes - Free Boston Butte Dinner with Registration - Benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Wire Grass|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Montevallo|
|17||Mon||St. Patrick's Day|
|20||Thu||First Day of Spring -- 06:05 UTC|
|27||Thu||GWRRA - LA District Rally - Wings Over the Bayou|
|29||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Dothan|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Tuscumbia|
|12||Sat||Chapter-G Fun Day -- 10am-2pm - Samson Community Center, 33 W Sellers St., Samson, AL - Reg: $10 includes: Meal, Grand-Prize Ticket, Door-Prize Ticket - Games, Fun, 50/50 - Raffle for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Jacksonville, Montgomery|
|15||Tue||Income Taxes Due|
|18||Fri||Charleston Bike Week|
|19||Sat||American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Roadrace -- Talladega Raceway|
|23||Wed||Administrative Professionals Day|
|24||Thu||GWRRA - TN District's Spring Fling|
|26||Sat||Chapter-T Fun Day -- 10am-2pm - Brookwood Elementary School Gym, Hwy 216, Brookwood, AL - Entry: $5, Lunch: $5 - Live Music, Fun, Games, Door Prizes, 50/25/25 - Meet Old Friends, Make New Friends|
|Bloomin' Festival -- St. Bernard Preparatory School (Ave Maria Grotto)|
|Ardmore Renaissance Festival|
|Crawfish Boil and Bike Show -- Centre, AL|
|1||Thu||GWRRA - South Carolina District Rally|
|GWRRA - MO District Rally|
|2||Fri||Niehaus Goldwing Appreciation Days|
|Poke Salat Festival -- Historic Downtown Arab|
|3||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Montgomery|
|8||Thu||GWRRA - TX District Rally|
|9||Fri||Myrtle Beach Bike Week|
|10||Sat||Chapter-B Hillbilly Fun Day -- 10am-2pm - Cost: $10 - Includes: tickets (Meal, Door-Prize, Raffle, 50/50) - Adventure Ride - Country Cruisers, 1341 Cunter Ave, Guntersville - All profits benefit Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Montevallo|
|15||Thu||Branson Motorcycle Rally|
|River City Ride, Bike Rally and Blues Festival -- thru Sunday|
|17||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Dothan|
|23||Fri||GWRRA - AR District Rally|
|24||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Jacksonville, Madison Co|
|25||Sun||Rolling Thunder Ride -- Washington, DC. Never forget POW|
|29||Thu||GWRRA - Region N Rally|
|30||Fri||GWRRA - IN District Spring Wing Warmup|
|31||Sat||AL District Picnic (South) -- Roland Cooper State Park, Camden|
|2||Mon||Americade -- Motorcycle Touring Rally|
|6||Fri||Wakin' the Dragon Biker Rally -- Punkin Center Motorcycle Resort, Maryville, Tennessee|
|7||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Tuscumbia|
|Cherokee Trail of Tears -- Memorial Motorcycle ride|
|12||Thu||GWRRA Georgia District Rally|
|13||Fri||Hannigan Homecoming -- Hannigan Motorsports, 4044 U.S. Hwy. 641 South, Murray, Kentucky 42071|
|14||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Montevallo|
|Camp Smile-A-Mile's MC Ride|
|Laconia Motorcycle Week|
|21||Sat||First Day of Summer -- 00:18 UTC|
|16||Wed||17th Annual Ride to Work Day -- Motorcycle|
|Snowshoe Freedom Fest|
|17||Thu||Annual Little Sturgis Rally -- Sturgis, KY|
|24||Thu||Honda Homecoming -- Marysville, OH|
|Trike Riders International -- Rally|
|4||Mon||Sturgis Rally -- Sturgis, SD|
|7||Thu||GWRRA - KY District Rally|
|9||Sat||AL District Picnic (North) -- Tannehill State Park, McCalla (Tentative)|
|15||Fri||Sturgis Mississippi Rally|
|16||Sat||Watermelon Festival -- Franklin County|
|18||Mon||Iron Butt Rally|
|29||Fri||Three Flags Classic -- Start: Tijuana, BC, Mexico - Finish: Calgary, AB, Canada. Approximately 2500 miles over five days.|
|3||Wed||Killington Classic -- Motorcycle Touring Rally|
|11||Thu||GWRRA - Region A Rally|
|Patriot Day -- Terrorist Attack on NY and DC 7th Anniversary|
|14||Sun||Ride for Kids|
|18||Thu||GWRRA - NC District Rally - Wings Over the Smokies|
|20||Sat||Trail of Tears -- Commemorative Motorcycle Ride|
|22||Mon||First Day of Autumn -- 15:57 UTC|
|27||Sat||Chapter-J Motorcycle Rodeo Fun Day|
|1||Wed||Myrtle Beach Fall Motorcycle Rally|
|5||Sun||Cullman Oktoberfest -- One week|
|9||Thu||GWRRA - Mississippi District Rally|
|GWRRA - VA District Rally|
|13||Mon||Columbus Holiday (Observed)|
|16||Thu||Biketoberfest -- Daytona Beach|
|18||Sat||American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Roadrace -- Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham|
|25||Sat||Jack Daniel's Barbecue|
|Alabama Renaissance Faire -- Florence|
|Covered Bridge Festival -- Starts on Thursday|
|2||Sun||Standard Time Resumes -- Fall Back|
|11||Tue||Veterans' Day (Armistice Day)|
|21||Sun||First Day of Winter -- 12:07 UTC|
|1||Thu||New Year's Holiday|
|3||Sat||Music City Motorcycle Bike Show|
|17||Sat||Alabama Snowball Run|
|19||Mon||Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday|
Dates & Events are subject to change