|Robert & Gail Brown|
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
Corky and I have been on the road quite a bit this past month visiting many of you out there while we celebrate this year's Holiday Season. We have been to at least four Christmas parties, a large number of Chapter Gatherings, the Region A staff meeting conducted in Fort Gaines, Ga., and the District Staff meeting in Bessemer, AL.
Once again, this year, my health had taken a turn for the worse and we didn't ride our two wheelers to many functions. However Gail Brown suggested, just being safe, that I consult with my family Doctor because of my past history with a damaged Aortic Heart Valve, Endocarditic, and Bronchitis. Well I did and he chewed my bottom out real good for taking sooooo long to come in and see him!! A few shots and a lot more pills and I'm back on my bike again. Thanks to Gail and my Dr.
January's calendar starts off hot and heavy, as all of our Chapters resume their regular schedules and rides. Please don't forget to plan in your calendars the Alabama District Rally in Pelham Civic Complex, Pelham, Al, March 26-28. Our District staff has devoted a lot of time and energy into making this the best one yet. And it will be, if you all attend and make it that way, K?
I hope to see as many of you Southern Alabama CD's, ACD's, Finance Officers, Rider Ed's, Chapter Couple of the Year representatives and just about anyone who would like to attend at the next scheduled Snowball Run on January 17, 2009 in Montgomery, Al. "It's FREE admission and year bar. Head Pins for those first timers are only $4.00 each.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon, by for now and have a safe and prosperous Holiday Season.
Remember, "Keep the Rubber down, It Works Best that Way".
|Ron & Corky Alexander|
Greetings fellow riders, another year has come to a close for all of us. For us it has been a year of many changes. Most of these changes have been very positive and enjoyable. Some of course have not been so enjoyable. We lost several good friends this year but we know they are all in a better place and that we will see them again someday.
2008 has been a great year for Leadership Training in the Alabama District as well as GWRRA as a whole. We were privileged to have the opportunity to work with many of the members of this wonderful organization and we hope that all who participated took something away that will benefit them somewhere in their lives.
As we have stated many times before in this newsletter and in many other places, Leadership Training is for all members, not just the ones who are currently, or those who wish to hold leadership positions in this organization. We have had many "JAM's" attend our sessions and, according to their feedback, have taken away many things that apply not only to chapter life but to everyday life as well. We encourage all members of GWRRA to take the opportunity to participate in this program. If you are not sure if you would get something out of the time spent attending this program talk to someone who has been there in the past and get their opinion. We think you will get a lot of positive feedback.
The schedule for 2009 is now posted on the district website. Please take a moment to take a look and make plans to join us for our first sessions in January and February. All the info concerning class dates, times, location, and accommodations is listed there. An electronic registration form is also listed there. We strongly encourage you to take a look at this program and make plans to attend. A lot of great information has been put together and we think you will enjoy your time with us. If you need additional information beyond what is on the webpage please feel free to contact us at any time. Our e-mail address is there and we will respond to you ASAP.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in 2008 and we look forward to a great 2009. We hope to see all of you out on the road.
|Frank & Linda Teasley|
A positive recruiting program will bring adequate numbers of new members with new ideas into the chapter to revitalize our activities, bring the decline to and end and cause the Chapter, District and the Region to grow and prosper into the future.
Successful membership retention does not happen without some effort.
Remember, we owe it to our GWRRA friends to get them involved. Each Chapter must establish a program that assures that each new member is made to feel welcome even if they do not attend the first few meetings after becoming a member. This should include things like a welcome phone call or a welcome letter.
We must never forget that our most effective recruitment and retention person is a Happy Chapter Member. If members are happy, they will talk about it to their friends and co-workers and the end result will be that a friend comes to the next meeting or ride and they will want to join in the FUN.
Melissa Eason, Executive Director, introduced "EVERY MEMBER MATTERS" as GWRRA's slogan for 2009.
Remember, January 1st, two new programs began.
Members who renew for three years not only take advantage of $15.00 savings, but now have the opportunity to win a prize for renewing.
As a Thank You for helping the GWRRA family grow, they have the Find-A-Friend Program, Recruiter of the Year Program and also a new Recognition Program.
We have lots of good thing being offered to us in 2009.
|Dewey & Alice Cole|
Lyn & I just returned from my grandmothers 99th Birthday Party. It is hard to imagine that Orville & Wilbur were still experimenting with the new fangled flying contraptions when she was born in 1909. She has seen many changes.
Change is constant in everything. Goldwings have certainly changed from the original 1000cc bike. Gwrra has changed from the original 7 members to 80,000 members.
We must continue to manage these changes to insure that we maintain healthy growing chapters bringing new members in and keeping the existing members active and involved. The GWRRA has a difficult task because the changes needed are to attract the younger new members but to also continue the old traditions each of us hold dear to our hearts. In business new orders for product is the lifeblood of a business. Old customers leave through attrition for many reasons. The same is true for the GWRRA. We must continue to attract new members because they are the new lifeblood of our organization, and hold on to our old members because they are the foundation this great organization is built upon. Do we need a planning committee to address the changes needed and traditions held dear to develop a strategy for growth and retention? A committee of both our older and youngest members; just food for thought.
We are excited about the upcoming Couple of the Year selection to be held at Snowball. We have three couples committed and each of the couples are truly special. This should be one of the best events we will see this year. Please plan to attend Snowball January 17th.
It has been an exciting month. We went on a cruise to Mexico with 30 other GWRRA members and had a wonderful time. The when we got back we headed for Georgia to the Region A meeting for all districts.
We hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year.
|Lynn & Lyn Edwards|
Wow! What a year 2008 has been! It is hard for us to describe how much fun we have had this past year. Let us put it this way. On a scale of one to ten we would rank it an eleven! Being the Alabama District Couple of the Year has been an experience we will cherish the rest of our lives. It gave us the opportunity to do new things and to meet new people that otherwise we would not have done or met. It would be impossible in this article to list everyone who has made this past year so special. If you were one of the many people who gave us a hug, handshake, or a warm hello, you were part of it and we would like to thank you. We would also like to thank Roy and Anita and the rest of the Alabama Staff for everything they did for us. Thanks to Butch and Dianne Harris, former Chapter N directors, who started us on this journey nearly two years ago when they selected us as Chapter Couple. To Dewey and Alice Cole, who has traveled with us an kept us out of trouble most of time, a big thank you. And last but not least to all the members of GWRRA who make this organization so special Thank You!
At the annual Snowball Run this year, the 2009 Alabama District Couple of the Year will be selected. There are some great couples in the selection process this year, and we know that whoever is selected they will do an excellent job representing the Alabama District. We would like to wish all the couples good luck and we hope that whoever is selected will have as much fun as we did. Once again thank you for making 2008 a year we will never forget.
God bless and ride safe!
|Terry & Barbie Cleveland|
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way; oh what fun it is to ride on our Goldwing ALL the way, hey! Dashing through the traffic on an 1800 (or 1500, etc.) horse-powered Golden Sleigh (bike), over the hills we go, and around the curves we sway, laughing all the way. Oh what fun it is to ride and sing on our Golden sleigh! Hey! Okay, okay....I'm not a music writer, and you really don't want to hear me sing that tune out loud. I just wanted to get you in a jingle spirit. I'm sorry if it didn't work. Regardless, I hope you are having a wonderful time enjoying all of the holiday spirit and festivities. Just around the corner, Santa will come scootin' in on his sleigh and eager Reindeers on their way. I hope you get lots of SAFETY CHROME for Christmas. We all want you to be "safe" (wink, wink). If you find that you didn't get enough chrome, to be safe that is, no fear. Alabama's rally is coming up soon and we'll have some top-notch vendors there to serve up the prettiest and shiniest chrome you'll ever see. As one of the earlier rallies, we can jump start you with some new chrome and pump you up with some good ole down home hospitality. I hope to see you all there. Don't forget your Sunday Best clothes. Southern Hospitality is the theme, but we are just looking for folks that want to have a good time and show off some good manners. Ya'll come. We promise a good time to all.
Well, we are always looking for good vendors and most things you buy anymore are MADE IN CHINA or MADE IN MEXICO, so we all decided to cruise on down to Mexico to search for some genuine Mexican vendors. Well, I don't think your bike needs a sombrero, or any burritos, so we didn't have much luck in that area, but we gave it a good shot. Next stop: Taiwan or China. Bring your chopsticks!!! Well, back to the Mexican scene, the old cliché fits well....what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico, and to be honest, what happens on the ocean should be kept a mystery. If you hang out with a bunch of crazy, zany GW folks, they only get worse on a cruise. We had such a great time. We acted just as crazy and no one ever even noticed....cause on a cruise; everyone is acting crazy and having a good time. We fit in perfectly with "that crowd". There was so much laughter and relaxation. If you haven't been on a cruise, you need to seriously consider one. The staff treats you sooo good. You are spoiled by the first night on the ship. We were on the Fantasy (Carnival Cruise Line); my fantasy was to just stay on the Fantasy forever. Even good things must come to an end. If you ever go on a cruise, you really must take Jake Lawyer (Chapter B) with you. He can be the life of the party and not even have a drop of alcohol. I won't say that we didn't have a couple of drinks, but we mostly drank the tooty fruity kind so as we can get all the Vitamin C supplements you need while sailing. I heard something about Vitamin C keeps sea sickness away???? I dunno. At least on a ship, you can drink responsibly. We took in some good shows and casino time. The ship's cruise director was a hoot; Big Tex was his name. He was better than most comedians. The Captain was funny too. Evening the dining staff had a few tricks up their sleeves. At one point, I think they served Dian Gulley a rubber chicken!!!! It took her a little while to chew it up but she managed to finish all of her dinner courses. Bill Gulley had a birthday on the ship. Talking about getting spoiled! I overheard him say, that from now on, he's planning on having a birthday at least once a year!!!! Preferably while on a cruise too.
To emphasize a little more on the safety part of Safety Chrome, it'd be a good idea to throw in a little KNOWLEDGE with it. Always be SAFETY conscious. During the holiday season, there can be a lot of irresponsible drivers in cars, and people seem to always be in a hurry to go shopping or just be somewhere. So, always double check and slow down. It's better to get there late, than not get there at all. To highlight on the KNOWLEDGE, be sure to check out the district website for some upcoming Horizons training. I promise, it's worth every minute of it. You'll have fun in spite of yourself. Frank & Linda Teasley are wonderful instructors. As always, be safe, we want to ride with YOU again after the Holidays.
Long live Goldwingers! Roll Out Goldwingers!
|Steven & Tammy Hollingsworth|
We are all going to drown from rising waters as a result of global warming! We are going to roast from the hole in the ozone layer! Guns are intimidating criminals and making them mad so we need to take them away from everyone! We are experiencing a twenty-year drought! Floods are rampant in the west and taking homes from millionaire actors! The homeless is a plight on the nation! And the list goes on and on and on... If you listen to the nay sayers, the Chicken Littles of the world, you can get really depressed.
So are things really all that bad? I for one don't think so. Every morning we wake up and the sun is there to greet us (and glisten on our chrome). We have enough food for our families and enough left over to share with friends and those in need (and we really need some DQ). We are still the most productive country in the world and the most innovative (after all look at all of the different places that we can think to mount lights). We still have extraordinary resources available in reserve when we need to call on them (can anyone say "Gold Book"). We can move faster and go further than any other nation in the world (just twist that throttle a little harder).
So why on earth am I talking about this? I keep hearing about people panicking and canceling plans because of the Chicken Little news media. We are bigger and better than that. We are the ones that will recognize a fallen acorn for what it is. A potential new tree!
Until next time, smile at those you don't know, hug those that you care about, and kiss the one that you said, "I do" to.
|John & Elizabeth Griswold|
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March 26-28th, 2009
Grand Prize: $5,000
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Dates of Events may change; please check actual source for details
|1||Thu||New Year's Holiday|
|11||Sun||Alabama secedes from the Union -- 1861, fourth state to secede|
|17||Sat||Alabama Snowball Run & District Couple Selection|
|19||Mon||Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday|
|31||Sat||Horizons Class (Thru Sunday) -- 8:00am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 796 Memorial Dr, Bessemer, AL 35022|
|1||Sun||Super Bowl Sunday|
|7||Sat||Chapter Leadership Skills -- 8:30am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 796 Memorial Dr, Bessemer, AL 35022|
|Cupids Capers in TN|
|17||Tue||Analog TV Obsolete|
|20||Fri||Cycle World/International Motorcycle Shows -- Carolina First Center, Greenville, SC. Thru Sunday|
|21||Sat||Intermediate Leadership Skills -- 8:30am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 796 Memorial Dr, Bessemer, AL 35022|
|24||Tue||Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday)|
|27||Fri||Daytona Bike Week (Thru 3/8)|
|28||Sat||Advanced Leadership Skills -- 8:30am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 796 Memorial Dr, Bessemer, AL 35022|
|7||Sat||Chapter-Y Fun Day|
|8||Sun||Daylight Savings Time Begins -- Spring Ahead|
|12||Thu||GWRRA - Florida District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|17||Tue||St. Patrick's Day|
|20||Fri||First Day of Spring -- 11:53 UTC|
|26||Thu||District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|11||Sat||Chapter-G Fun Day|
|15||Wed||Income Taxes Due|
|16||Thu||GWRRA - LA District Rally - Wings Over the Bayou (Thru Saturday)|
|22||Wed||Administrative Professionals Day|
|23||Thu||GWRRA - TN District's Spring Fling (Thru Saturday)|
|24||Fri||Leesburg Bikefest (Thru Sunday)|
|25||Sat||Bloomin' Festival -- St. Bernard Preparatory School (Ave Maria Grotto)|
|Ardmore Renaissance Festival|
|30||Thu||GWRRA - South Carolina District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|GWRRA - MO District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|1||Fri||Poke Salat Festival -- Historic Downtown Arab|
|8||Fri||Myrtle Beach Bike Week (Thru 17th)|
|9||Sat||AL District Picnic (South) -- 10am-2pm - Roland Cooper State Park, Camden|
|13||Wed||Branson Motorcycle Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|14||Thu||GWRRA - TX District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|15||Fri||Niehaus Goldwing Appreciation Days|
|River City Ride, Bike Rally and Blues Festival -- thru Sunday|
|16||Sat||Chapter-Z Fun Day/Birthday|
|21||Thu||GWRRA - AR District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|24||Sun||Rolling Thunder Ride -- Washington, DC. Never forget POW|
|29||Fri||GWRRA - IN District Spring Wing Warmup|
|1||Mon||Americade (Thru Saturday) -- Motorcycle Touring Rally|
|5||Fri||Wakin' the Dragon Biker Rally -- Punkin Center Motorcycle Resort, Maryville, Tennessee|
|6||Sat||Chapter-T Fun Day|
|11||Thu||GWRRA Georgia District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|12||Fri||Trike Riders International (Thru Sunday) -- Rally|
|13||Sat||Camp Smile-A-Mile's MC Ride|
|Laconia Motorcycle Week (Thru 21st)|
|Cherokee Trail of Tears -- Memorial Motorcycle ride|
|16||Tue||Honda Hoot (Thru Saturday)|
|First Day of Summer -- 06:06 UTC|
|1||Wed||Wing-Ding (Thru Sunday)|
|15||Wed||18th Annual Ride to Work Day|
|Snowshoe Freedom Fest|
|16||Thu||Annual Little Sturgis Rally -- Sturgis, KY|
|19||Sun||Ice Cream Day|
|25||Sat||2nd Annual Alabama & Tennessee BIG BURGER Ride -- Multi-district gathering at Randy's Restaurant in Trenton, GA. Home of 48oz hamburger|
|3||Mon||Sturgis Rally (Thru 9th) -- Sturgis, SD|
|6||Thu||GWRRA - KY District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|Dairy Queen - Miracle Treat Day -- All proceeds for purchased Blizzards are donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals|
|8||Sat||AL District Picnic (North) -- 10am-2pm - Tannehill State Park, McCalla|
|15||Sat||Watermelon Festival -- Franklin County|
|21||Fri||Sturgis Mississippi Rally|
|24||Mon||Iron Butt Rally|