|Robert & Gail Brown |
The more you know the better it gets
Ass tDir ecto r-Ce ntral
Hello Fellow Wingers:
My very first thoughts, this month, go to all of you out there who sent your prayers and best wishes to me and Corky during our time of need. I'm sure they made a difference for me, as my open-heart surgery went flawlessly and almost painlessly as well.
My dilemma began on Feb 4, Wed afternoon as I completed my regularly scheduled 6 month check-up because of my Endocarditic infections from last year. It turned out that my Aortic valve had deteriated to the point of being almost non-existent. My blood was pumping back and forth in the heart, rather than in one direction----out. My lungs were filling with fluids and I couldn't even watch TV without getting tired!! A Catherization showed that not only was my valve gone, but I also would need at least two by-passes, maybe even four. THEY KEPT ME !
I had only one day to think about what I was going to be exposed to in the next few days, because I was scheduled for surgery on 6 Feb, Friday morning. Shew, quick, huh?
6 hours, a new Pig's Aortic valve and three by-passes later I was all fixed up again. All my Dr.'s were impressed with how well I tolerated the operation, went through the recovery process, and began my rehabilitation. So much so that they let me go home a day earlier than expected. In and out in four days. Great huh?
I left the Hospital at about 4:00pm, went to our new Tractors Supply store and picked up a few things for the farm and then attended the Chapter U gathering at The Golden Corral. Boy was I hungry? I might add here that there were a few people there in disbelief! But I honestly felt great with no pain to speak of, until I cough!! Ouch.
100% better. 10 days later and I have been looking for things I could do that are within my restrictions. Not Much. I can hardly wait to see my Cardiologist on my follow up appointment to talk him into letting me get going. It may take a little longer to be able to ride again. After all, they did split me in half!!! But I feel great and ready.
For those of you out there who suffered during your similar surgery, I can only say I'm sorry. Mine was no worse for me than having my teeth cleaned!!!
We are, as always, looking forward to seeing ya all again soon. Please make every attempt at getting your Chapters to consider attending the District Rally. Only you can make it happen, K??
Remember, "Keep The Rubber Down, It Works Best That Way"
|Ron & Corky Alexander |
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Monthly Rider Education Reports - Chapter Educators and Chapter Directors without Chapter Educators, please forward a Rider Education Activity Report, N.6 form, immediately after your monthly chapter get-together. Every chapter needs to send a monthly rider education report. Only 7 reports were received for January 2009.
Parking Lot Practice Facilitator training - Plans are underway for conducting PLP facilitator certification training beginning in the very near future. Educators and CDs watch for more information soon. Members interested in becoming certified might consider sending a N.22 form, PLP Facilitator Application/Renewal Form to your District Educator. More information about Parking Lot Practice Facilitator training is available at the GWRRA International Rider Education website.
Seminar Presenter training - Members interested in becoming certified to present seminars might consider sending a N.15 form, Seminar Presenters Application to your District Educator. More information about Seminar Presenter training is available at the GWRRA International Rider Education website.
Updating Master Levels - Members no longer renew annually. That includes members at the Master Level. The only thing members, including those who have earned the Master level, need to do now is remain current. This means that if any of the original qualifying courses, e.g., First Aid, CPR or Rider Course, are about to expire the member must submit the update to the District so the database can be updated. As long as the member stays current they are good to go.
Alabama District Rider Education Weekends - Plans are under way for weekends filled with training opportunities. Both classroom and riding courses will be presented in one place during one weekend. Plans include conducting CPR, First Aid, Co-Rider, 2-up and individual ARC/ERC and Trike courses at the same place so everyone can receive all the training required for Level IV in one weekend. Stay tuned right here for updates.
It’s almost time to start riding again. Time for motorcycle tune-ups; consider T-CLOCS as a guide to the tune-up. Time for rider tune-ups; consider a rider course such as ERC or TRC. Contact your Chapter Educator for information on tune-ups of both kinds.
Please remember that YOU ARE INVISIBLE to car drivers.
|Jim & Carol Robinson |
Rid erEd ucat or
At this years snowball rally I accepted the position of the MAD coordinator for the Al District. I accepted this position with very little knowledge of what MAD was all about. So, I started to do a little research and try to learn a little about MAD. One of the first things I learned was the objectives of MAD. The first being to increase motorist's awareness of motorcycles by distributing literature, participating in local events, conducting seminars, public service announcements and talks to social organizations for the non-motorcycling audiences.The second, is to increase motorcyclist's awareness of the attitudes and lack of awareness that the majority of motorists have regarding motorcycles. I have also learned that to make both of these objectives happen,it will take the efforts of more than one person. I hope that I can count on you to help me out. I will be getting in touch with each Chapter Director to try to form a plan as to how to best get the word out. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to contact me at ter ry*m axhu b:com. I look forward to hearing from you.
|Terry & Barbie Cleveland |
Mot oris tAwa reness
Retention of members will keep GWRRA strong. The Retention process starts when an individual or a family joins.
Rick & Madalena Buck described the retention process in three phases:
The Honeymoon is the 1st phase. This phase is normally a short period that covers the time-frame when a member joins GWRRA to the first time they attend their first gathering. Chapter Directors or Membership Enhancement Coordinators need to make this contact as soon as they become aware of new members. A phone call is the best way to contact a new member. You tell them who you are and why you are calling and inform them on what the chapter has planned and invite them to the next event. Be sure and let the new member know when and where your chapter meets.
Chapter Life is the 2nd phase. This is the time period when the member's expectations are either fulfilled or left unfulfilled resulting in a unhappy member who is not likely to renew their membership. Communications is critical during this phase. A Chapter that has fun will normally have good retention.
Decision Time is the 3rd phase. This phase covers the last 60-90 days of a membership. By this time a member has made up their mind whether they want to remain with GWRRA or move on. In some cases a member does not realize their membership is getting ready to expire and a reminder from the Membership Enhancement Coordinator is needed. Again, communication will help this process. Remember,
Every Member Matters!
|Dewey & Alice Cole |
Mem bers hipE nhan cement
February is almost over which means riding weather is coming soon. We did have a few decent days this month to ride and enjoy and tease us with anticipation.
Last year we had all Couples of the Year to send a brief article telling us about them to include in the District Newsletter. This year we want to do the same so we can introduce all our new Chapter Couple of the years to the other chapters. Just tell us how you met and about your motorcycling experience over the years and then what brought you to GWRRA. E-mail these to us at kla ssyk lean *bel lsou th:net and we will get them in the newsletter.
March is a month full of activities. Chapter-Y fun day is March 7th, the Florida Rally is the 12th - 14th and then our District Rally is the 26th - 28th. We hope to see you at one or all of these events.
We do want to remind everyone to look for the Couple of the Year seminar schedule at the Alabama Rally. We want everyone interested to learn more about this excellent GWRRA program.
All monthly submissions for Chapter of The Year should not only have your Ride schedule but how many people and what percent of the chapter participated. So please include this. If you have any questions please let us know.
Ride Safe & see ya soon
|Lynn & Lyn Edwards |
Dates of Events may change; please check actual source for details
|28||Sat||Advanced Leadership Skills -- 8:30am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 796 Memorial Dr, Bessemer, AL 35022|
|Chapter-J Bike Show -- 9am-2pm - McFarland Mall, Tuscaloosa|
|7||Sat||The Y's-Golden Oldies Fun Day -- 10am-2pm - Gardendale Civic Ctr - Rock to the Oldies of the 50s & 60s - Poodle Skirts & Leather Jackets are Back! - Reg: $10 (incl. food), Prizes: Best Theme Costume, 50/50, Door - Benefits Camp Smile-A-Mile|
|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|
|7||Thu||Great Smoky Mountain Bike Week (Thru Sunday)|
|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)|
|23||Sat||Chapter-B Sponsors - Covered Dish GWRRA Family Reunion -- 10am-2pm|
|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 "Blast from the Past" Fun Day -- 10am-2pm - Brookwood Elem. School Gym - 16049 Highway 216, Brookwood, AL - Chapter-T Band and Actors - New and Old Friends - Door Prizes, 50/25/25, Cold Drinks, Hot Lunches, Adm: $10 - Benefiting Eldridge Childrens Home - Contact: Frank Teasley|
|11||Thu||GWRRA Georgia District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|12||Fri||Analog TV Obsolete|
|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|
|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|
|1||Sat||Chapter-B - Ride for Kids Pancake Breakfast -- 7:00am-10:00am - Applebee's Neighborhood Grill - 302 Hughes Rd, Madison|
|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|
|9||Wed||Killington Classic -- Motorcycle Touring Rally|
|10||Thu||GWRRA - Region A Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|11||Fri||Patriot Day -- Terrorist Attack on NY and DC 8th Anniversary|
|13||Sun||Ride for Kids|
|17||Thu||GWRRA - NC District Rally - Wings Over the Smokies (Thru Saturday)|
|19||Sat||Trail of Tears -- Commemorative Motorcycle Ride|
|22||Tue||First Day of Autumn -- 21:45 UTC|
|25||Fri||Wings Across Tennessee -- St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital|
|30||Wed||Myrtle Beach Fall Motorcycle Rally|
|1||Thu||Great Smoky Mountain Fall Rally (Thru Sunday)|
|3||Sat||Chapter-J Motorcycle Rodeo -- 10am-2pm - Palmore Park, Tuscaloosa|
|4||Sun||Cullman Oktoberfest -- One week|
|8||Thu||GWRRA - VA District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|12||Mon||Columbus Holiday (Observed)|
|15||Thu||GWRRA - Mississippi District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|Biketoberfest (Thru Sunday) -- Daytona Beach|
|17||Sat||American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Roadrace (Thru Sunday) -- Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham|
|22||Thu||Covered Bridge Festival (Thru Saturday)|
|24||Sat||Jack Daniel's Barbecue|
|Alabama Renaissance Faire -- Florence|
|29||Thu||GWRRA - Region N Rally (Thru Saturday)|