FRIENDS for Fun, Safety and Knowledge
|Robert & Gail Brown|
The more you know, the better it gets
Golly-Gee! Corky and I are completely amazed. Putting on a Region Rally is a bit harder than putting on a Chapter Fun Day!!! Although it's basically the same, it's also a lot different, and so much larger. For example: we started planning for next year's Rally as we were watching this year's closing ceremony! Making notes of what worked and what did not work along with things that we could add or do differently.
The numbers of people it takes to "SUCCESSFULLY" conduct something like a Rally is amazing. The Region A Directors, Bob and Nancy Shrader, and their staff, seemed to be in complete control of every aspect of the Rally, and because of the support of the Regions Districts Directors, this year's Rally went so well that the Region A Staff has agreed to hold next year's Rally here in Dothan. Of all the cities in Region A, (five states) they have selected Dothan as the host city---again. How lucky we are to be in this position?
There were three days of fun, friends, knowledge, seminars, venders, poker runs, games, drawings for great gifts and much more. Corky and I have been too many Rallies, and this one rates right up there with the best. For those of you, who could not make the time to attend, missed out! In attendance were members from Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and other states too! Maybe next year Alabama will be the state with the most in attendance?? Wouldn't that be great?
We all know that large functions, as this one was, can only happen because of our members. Without you, nothing happens. One of the tasks I will be asking our Chapter Directors to help us with for all functions in the future is to get involved. Make a concerted effort to empress on their Chapter membership how important it is to volunteer. As Corky and I walked around the Rally, we saw many volunteers from Alabama performing tasks all over the place. But, I also saw many of those same members performing tasks later, on another day. That could mean that we didn't get enough volunteers from our members to spread the duties out so no one had to perform multiple duties, unless they wanted to. You, the Chapter Directors can help in this effort. Talk up the things that our District and Region are trying to do for us. Lead by example and volunteer yourself and then as many of your Chapter as you can. You would be amazed at how much affect one or two members from each Chapter have.
If you are interested in the specifics of the Rally, such as numbers and stuff, go to the Region A Web Page. I'm sure it'll be broken down for ya's there.
Remember, "Keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down"
|Ron & Corky Alexander|
Well here it is October and we all know that means Halloween time and especially me since I have a birthday that same date, please no comments about "what was I a trick or a treat?" The Halloween season does bring up some interesting parallels though in regards to awareness. We ask those trick or treaters to wear reflective clothing and bright colors as well as use some type of lighting devices so that people in cars see you better. My observation has been that most folks have heeded this and you do see kids and adults alike wearing the appropriate clothing and you find those people in cars paying closer attention to those who are on the candy quest.
This didn't happen overnight though and it took lots of years of reminding people to do the things mentioned above before they began realize that doing so would save lives and a lot of grief over time an it is still improving today. We have the same issue in motorcycling we have to keep reminding those of us who ride to wear the proper clothing and make sure it is reflective and to include lighting in their be aware plan as well as reminding motorist to look for us on two wheels only problem is our day set aside occurs in May and we don't remember it ourselves often so how can we expect for those in cars to remember to look for us. I think though if we keep raising the issue over time it will become recognized and soon we will all be safer when we ride.
Until next month Ride Safe, Straight and Aware!
|Freddy & Doris Wheeler|
Greetings fellow riders, With Leadership Training completed for the year we would just like to take a moment to thank everyone who attended classes during the past several months. We realize the commitment it takes from you to spend you time, energy, and money to attend these classes. On behalf of all the members of the Alabama Staff we would like to say a big THANK YOU for your efforts to make your chapter life and the chapter life of others around you better and more enjoyable. We will start again in January of '09 by offering all four steps of the Horizons program to you before the Alabama Rally. We hope all of you will make plans to attend and either begin your program or, for those of you who have been to some but not all, come back to complete it. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the instructors who took time out of their busy schedules to help present these programs this year. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year as we embark on the '09 program. Please take a look at the Leadership Training link on the District web site from time to time as we will be posting the schedule as soon as we finalize the location. For those of you who have attended this year, thank you again, and for those of you who have not attended any seminars take this as a personal invitation from Linda and I for next year. If you are unsure if you will get any benefit from this program just ask someone who has attended. There are quite a few of these folks out there now and they would be glad to give you any information you may require. If you cannot find someone please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail, telephone, or any other way you desire. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Until next time - ride safe and ride often and we hope to see you out on the road,
|Frank & Linda Teasley|
We attended Region "A" rally in Dothan and had a wonderful time. Bob and Nancy Shrader and their staff put on a GREAT rally. Thanks, we are looking forward to attending next year's rally.
Bob and Carla Greer at closing ceremony talked about recruiting being up in Region A. However, Alabama showed a minus percentage. That means we ALL need to work a little harder on Recruiting.
G.W.R.R.A.'s motto is Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge. At the region rally that is what we saw. Everyone worked together and had a good time. There were several seminars with lots of good information on safety and many ideas to take back to the chapters.
Always have an application to join with you, because a person you talk to may not be a member, but would like to be one.
Keep communications open with your chapter members and let everyone know what the Chapter is going to be doing.
|Dewey & Alice Cole|
Lyn & I just returned from the most successful and fun Region A Rally we have had the pleasure of attending. Over 650 people were there. The motel was great and the service for so many was quick and well organized. Dothan was a superb venue and if you didn't get a chance to go this year I would recommend going next year. It will be in Dothan once again.
This month we are continuing our Couple of The Year series "In Their Own Words". An introduction of the Couples that are participating or strongly considering participating in the Alabama selection process For District Couple of The Year at Snowball in January.
This Month we are featuring the Couple representing Chapter T. David and Ann Walker.
|Lynn & Lyn Edwards|
We were the first couple from GWRRA, Chapter T to be asked to tell about our life, and how we met. Ann and I really don't know or remember exactly how old we were when we first met. Both our fathers were members of the Masons and Eastern Star organizations. There was a family night at the Masonic Lodge at Abernant, AL. Ann in Pleasant Grove and I lived in Abernant. We were approximately 4 years old.. About all we remember were the homemade ice cream and cold drinks.
Ann and I started first grade together and were friends. I can't remember not being friends with her. When we were in the 6th grade Ann's father's job shut down. His new job took him to Tennessee. Here she attended a two room school along with her brothers and sisters.
Ann and I didn't see each other but once in a while in those years. I became a school janitor in the 7th through 9th grades in th summer. I did all of that along with getting a horse and doing other boy things. Ann did the girl things and also learned to coon hunt. She said they climbed up and down mountains chasing coon dogs.
When we were about to start the 10th grade, Ann's dad's job brought him back to Alabama. Ann had changed a lot and in all the right places! Needless to say, I noticed. One day we were walking to class and being the true gentlemen that I am, I let her go ahead of me, up the stairs to the second floor. To this day I have never seen a clock's pendulum swing so perfectly or look so good doing it! One day in school I told her I knew a guy who wanted to date her, but didn't know if she would go out with him. She said who is it? I looked at her pretty face and said me. I turned away and left her standing there with a shocked look. Later that day she said yes -SHE SAID YES!! Boy, that was great.
To make a long story short, I gave her an engagement ring on graduation night at Brookwood High School in 1961. I got a job in Chattanooga TN. Ann was living at home with her parents. Her dad was told he would be moving to North Carolina and that meant Ann would too. I told Ann that I didn't want her to go. We knew we wanted to get married as soon as possible, but how? It was then I saw Billy Morrison, A preacher coming up the road. I jumped off the porch, flagged him down and he agreed to marry us after church that night - Christmas Eve.
One day, eight years into our marriage. I came home from work and Ann said, guess who's going to be a "Daddy"? YOU! WOW! Things really changed all right. Ann got big and then our first daughter, Angela was born. Then 2yearss later, our second daughter, Dianne, was born. Five years later, our son Keith, was born.
In about 1978 I bought a Kawasaki 500 Mach 3 motorcycle. Ann and I learned to ride on a very fast bike. Later on, I bought a Honda 750. I went to work at Jim Walter mines and was glad to have a job, but it sure was different. Since the children were born, Ann stayed at home as a full time mom and was very devoted to the children. I now know that her job was just as hard as mine ever was.
Later on Ann and I realized that we needed a little more excitement. So I sold our Honda 750. Then I bought a big KZ1000 with trunk, bags, fairing, windshield and king & queen seats. You know, I still feel good about doing that for Ann - I Mean Us. We toured everywhere on that bike. The first time we left on a trip I came home ready to roll. Ann had loaded it and there was cno way the lids were going to close. She probably thought she was on a Cadillac and that we were going to some high class places. There was even a dress and high heels. I explained we didn't need all these things and gently unloaded the bags for her. Two pair of jeans, two shirts, 2 changes of underwear and a toothbrush, right?!! Sometime later, Keith and I were on that bike. We were leaving a lake and sand had covered a hole. The back wheel went in the hole and the bike leaned over. The bars on the bag caught his ankle and cracked it. That really hurt me so I stopped riding for a while and finally sold the bike.
Much later I went to work above ground at the mines. I worked at the washer where Jr Maharrey worked. He knew I had ridden bikes for years, so he kept talking to me about one. oh yes a Goldwing. Ann and I laughed about buying one and I said not me. Even though I had always wanted a Goldwing, I thought they cost too much, and besides I had already had my day with motorcycles. We had college loans to pay and Keith to go to college. A few weeks later I needed a new jacket and I saw one at a department store. It was black leather and made in what they call the James Dean style. Ann said she knew when I turned around and looked at her with it on that we would be back in the saddle on a two wheel machine before long. Anyway not long after that, Jr talked me into going to look at a 1500 Goldwing. I told Jr to ride it and maybe he would like it. When he got back he said, "Okay you ride it". As I turned the throttle and felt the power and smooth ride I knew every excuse was gone. When I got back I asked "Do you want cash or check"! Things always change and our lives have changed. All of our children finished college and we are proud of each of them. One is a school teacher, one a nurse and Keith is a Manager. We have 5 grandchildren, 3 girls and 2 boys so far. I have retired and have my own business now - cutting grass, caulking windows, watching grandchildren, honey do lists etc. I also test ride my second Goldwing just to see if I still like to ride and so far, I have found nothing wrong. If you remember the first of this story, I told you Ann & I were friends. Well after 45 years and miles of adventures we still are - except a lot, lot closer.
When we think of friends we feel we must mention our Chapter T and GWRRA family. We feel there is no one we couldn't call on if we needed to and we hope you feel the same about us. The GWRRA slogan is for fun, safety and knowledge. We certainly have had fun, boy, have we! We have learned safety from safety programs that are available from GWRRA. The knowledge, we have learned from various programs sponsored by the GWRRA. Thanks to all our friends at Chapter T.
We love you,
David and Ann Walker
We would like to start this off by congratulating Bob & Cathy Singley, Our new Region A Couple of the Year. We have gotten to know Bob & Cathy very well over this past year and we are certain they will represent Region A to the best of their ability. We would also like to say thank you to everyone who supported us in the Couple of the Year selection. It was a great feeling to be on stage and look out and see all those smiling faces from Alabama staring back at us. This Region A rally will always be special to us. We are just glad that Roy & Anita still claim us after the talent show! If you weren't there we are sure there will be pictures floating around somewhere. We had a great time!!!! Next up is the Mississippi Rally in Biloxi and we hope to see everyone there. We are also still trying to get around to the different Chapters so just keep your eye out for us.
|Terry & Barbie Cleveland|
Where did October come from? It seems like only 2 months ago it was August... um... well, yeah, I guess it was. Although bike riding is slowing down (for some folks), we aren't slowing down. We are gearing up to continue with more plans to make our next Alabama District Rally the best yet. We are finalizing a few plans along the way, and we are puttin' in lists to Santa Claus to bring us some goodies for the Rally. We need door prizes and we need some creative folks to come up with some really neat Couple of the Year baskets. Snowball Conference is "just around the next bend" and not long after that will be February, then March, then April and if you blink, you'll miss the Rally. So, keep your eyes peeled, ears cocked, and ideas flowing. Just 'cause the riding is slowing down, the planning is still revvvvv'ing up for the rally.
We hope you enjoy the Fall. It's really neat to see the leaves turn and pumpkins pop out on the roadsides. It's time to pick-a-punkin and carve some funny faces. Or meanie ones if you are like that. Be careful if you are traveling on some back roads. During the summer, I've had to perform some evasive maneuvers to avoid fallin' watermelons... in the fall months, it could be fallin' pumpkins. You never know, so be careful.
I hope by now, most of you have met the District Staff for Alabama. If you haven't, you will get a better chance when rally time gets here. If you haven't signed up for the Alabama rally yet; then what are you waitin' on? Don't let your flyers turn back into pumpkins... fill them out and send them in!! We can do our planning better if we know how many folks are coming. Once you've filled out the flyer and have registered for the Alabama rally, then you can sit back, carve a pumpkin, eat some pumpkin pie, and watch the leaves fall. It don't get much better than that, huh?
Watch out... it's turkey season just around the corner after Halloween. Then it's Christmas. Ho, Ho, Ho. It won't be long after that, we will kick off the rally season with the Snowball Conference. It's going to be in January up in Montgomery. Come on out and join us... sport those new "winter" sweaters that you will get for Christmas. You will get a sweater... trust me... everyone always gets at least one sweater, right?
If you happen to see a pumpkin riding a Goldwing... no fear... he's just heading out to a Halloween costume party. If you see two of them, again, no fear... it's his wife too. If you see three, then I suggest you head over and get your eyes checked out. ;-)
Oh well... until next time. Roll out Goldwingers! Ride Safe... Drive like you mean it!
|Steven & Tammy Hollingsworth|
HEAR YE! HEAR YE!
It has been proclaimed that October 4, 2008
be declared a day of merriment and joy
to celebrate the charter of the newly formed
GWRRA - Chapter W
Bay Wings of Mobile County, Alabama
The Lords and Ladies of the shire of Mobile County request you mount your GoldenWinged steed and join us for the festivities, which will include jousting (games) and the roasting of a whole pig as well as a variety of food and beverages fit for a King and Queen.
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m.
Place: McInnis Home @ 2531 Firetower Rd.
Semmes, AL 36575
Registration includes meal: $5.00 per person
Contact: David & Rita Sumerlin (251) 973-0460
Ron & Rachel Shaddix (251) 625-4789
Mack & ReneÃ© McInnis (251) 649-2040
"Bay Wings Chapter W"
Prize for Most Chapter Members in Attendance
Directions to McInnis Home: Take I-65 S. to exit 5B. Go northwest on US 98 7.8 miles. Turn left onto Schillinger Rd. N. and travel south 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Ward's Lane and ride 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Firetower Rd. traveling over the railroad tracks and go 1.6 miles to 2531 Firetower Rd.
The Alabama Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service will be Saturday October 11, 2008. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1030 hrs. Last year we held the first annual motorcycle ride to this event. This is going to be an annual ride to this sacred ceremony. I want this ride that honors our fallen brothers and sisters to be the largest single motorcycle ride held annually in the state of Alabama. The Fallen Firefighter Memorial has no funding source so we ask for voluntary donations to be contributed to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial. This year we will meet at Cracker Barr el located at I-459 and US 280 just east of Birmingham. All bikes should be full of fuel and ready to ride by 0830 hrs and will pull out at 0900 hrs. Anyone wanting to eat should arrive early enough to eat and be ready to ride at the scheduled time. This ride will be escorted from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa only. Once we arrive at the Winn-Dixie on Hwy 69, we will stage in the parking lot. At 1010 hrs we will ride together down to the fire college to make a grand entrance where we will line the street in front of the memorial with bikes. We are asking for a minimum donation of $10.00 per person for the memorial. We welcome all motorcycle riders, motorcycle groups, and motorcycle clubs for this ride. Please send this email to everyone that rides and together we will make this a true memorial ride. I look forward to riding with everyone again this year.
Directions to the Fire College traveling on I-59 exit on 71A or 71B depending on whether you are going north or south. Follow the signs to Moundville on Hwy 69. Go approximately 4-5 miles and you should see a Shelton State Community College sign on the right. There is a shopping center parking lot on the right at the entrance to Shelton State on Hwy 69. We will meet in that parking lot and go into the Fire College together. The Fire College is located behind Shelton State.
This ride is sponsored by Hoover Firefighters Local 4035 and the Red Knights MC Alabama Chapter 2. Please make plans to come out and support this ride. This ride is open to everyone, so please spread the word.
Requirements for the Rally Pin Design:
Remember the Theme for the 2009 Alabama District Rally is "Southern Hospitality".
You may submit as many entries as you like and as often as you like. We will accept designs until November 15th, 2008.
Please send entries to Roy Fosnight (Dir ecto r)
January 17th, 2009
9:00am till 1:00pm
9:00am - Couple of the Year Selection
Following Selection until -1:00pm - Games
3:30pm - Finance Class
6:00pm - Officers' conference
FREE ADMISSION & YEAR BAR
Head Pin available @ $4.00 each
Check the temperature before you leave home. Awards will be presented for longest distance, coldest temperature on a Wing, Valkyrie, 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 6:00pm. All CDs, ACDs and Chapter Rider Educators are expected to attend (All others are welcome). See you there!
We'll do financial reports Friday evening if you can be there!
Contact Roy and Anita Fosnight:
Phone 256-721-9151 / Dir ecto r
Join us for some down-home
March 26-28th, 2009
Grand Prize: $5,000
Go to www.alabama-gwrra.org/rally/
For more information and to download a flyer
Dates of Events may change; please check actual source for details
|1||Wed||Myrtle Beach Fall Motorcycle Rally|
|4||Sat||Chapter-W (Bay Wings) Kick-off Party -- 10am-2pm - Home of Mack and Renee McInnis, 2531 Firetower Rd, Semmes, Renaissance Theme, Whole Pig Roasted, Games, $5/person|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Madison Co.|
|5||Sun||Cullman Oktoberfest -- One week|
|9||Thu||GWRRA - VA District Rally|
|11||Sat||Traveling Plaque Grab from Chapter-Y -- 12:00pm-2:00pm -- Seafood Market Restaurant - 140 Purple Heart Blvd, Springville|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Tuscaloosa, Dothan|
|Alabama Fallen Firefighters' Memorial -- 8:30am - Cracker Barrel at I-59 and US-280 - Escorted Ride - Minimum donation of $10 (More Info)|
|13||Mon||Columbus Holiday (Observed)|
|16||Thu||GWRRA - Mississippi District Rally|
|Biketoberfest -- Daytona Beach|
|18||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Montgomery|
|American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Roadrace -- Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham|
|19||Sun||American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Roadrace -- Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham|
|25||Sat||Chapter Couple of the Year Gathering -- 10am-2pm - Klassy Klean, 81 Ste. D Weatherly Club Drive, Alabaster, AL - Discuss details of selection process at Snowball and have some good fun. Cookout and watch AL/TN football after. Cell: 205-901-2540, Office: 205-685-9883, Home: 205-620-3504|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Montevallo|
|Jack Daniel's Barbecue|
|Alabama Renaissance Faire -- Florence|
|Covered Bridge Festival -- Starts on Thursday|
|1||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Tuscumbia|
|2||Sun||Standard Time Resumes -- Fall Back|
|8||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Montgomery|
|11||Tue||Veterans' Day (Armistice Day)|
|15||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Dothan|
|22||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Madison Co.|
|29||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Montevallo|
|6||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Tuscaloosa, Dothan|
|13||Sat||District Staff Meeting -- 10am-2pm|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Montevallo, Montgomery|
|21||Sun||First Day of Winter -- 12:07 UTC|
|1||Thu||New Year's Holiday|
|17||Sat||Alabama Snowball Run & District Couple Selection|
|19||Mon||Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday|
|1||Sun||Super Bowl Sunday|
|7||Sat||Cupids Capers in TN|
|17||Tue||Analog TV Obsolete|
|20||Fri||Cycle World/International Motorcycle Shows -- Carolina First Center, Greenville, SC. Thru Sunday|
|24||Tue||Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday)|
|27||Fri||Daytona Bike Week|
|8||Sun||Daylight Savings Time Begins -- Spring Ahead|
|17||Tue||St. Patrick's Day|
|19||Thu||GWRRA - Florida District Rally|
|20||Fri||First Day of Spring -- 11:53 UTC|
|15||Wed||Income Taxes Due|
|16||Thu||GWRRA - LA District Rally - Wings Over the Bayou|
|17||Fri||Charleston Bike Week|
|22||Wed||Administrative Professionals Day|
|23||Thu||GWRRA - TN District's Spring Fling|
|25||Sat||Bloomin' Festival -- St. Bernard Preparatory School (Ave Maria Grotto)|
|Ardmore Renaissance Festival|
|30||Thu||GWRRA - South Carolina District Rally|
|GWRRA - MO District Rally|
|1||Fri||Poke Salat Festival -- Historic Downtown Arab|
|8||Fri||Myrtle Beach Bike Week|
|14||Thu||GWRRA - TX District Rally|
|15||Fri||Niehaus Goldwing Appreciation Days|
|River City Ride, Bike Rally and Blues Festival -- thru Sunday|
|21||Thu||Branson Motorcycle Rally|
|22||Fri||GWRRA - AR District Rally|
|23||Sat||AL District Picnic (South) -- 10am-2pm - Roland Cooper State Park, Camden|
|24||Sun||Rolling Thunder Ride -- Washington, DC. Never forget POW|
|28||Thu||GWRRA - Region N Rally|
|29||Fri||GWRRA - IN District Spring Wing Warmup|