|Robert & Gail Brown |
The more you know the better it gets
Ass tDir ecto r-Ce ntral
Hello my Favorite People:
First off, as Chapter G members, Corky and I would like to thank all of you who attended our FUN DAY on April 11. We had a great day with 120 members in attendance, 111 door prizes given out, 10 Boston Butts eaten, many games played and live entertainment the whole time. Not to mention, we had the best weather we have EVER had for our fun day!! Thank you all.
I don't know how you store your rides when not riding them, but I keep ours in my barn. I had a problem with my radios, all of them not working. I checked the fuse -- good there. Took it into our local Honda dealer and they found a rats nest under my seat!!! The rats had eaten quite a few of my electrical covers and wire coatings but not the wires-----yet. Come to find out, there are two (2) fuses that control the radios. One marked RADIO/CB and another marked BATTERY. Go figure? Two hours of searching, changing out radios and it was a fuse all the time! But at least we did find the rat house. Good thing huh? Guess the rat nest was built during my 8 week lay-off because of my heart operation. I thank the Andalusia Honda Dealership for their support. They dropped what they were doing and took my problem in right away. Thanks Luke, Don, and Willie.
Corky found out that the Tennessee Rally is being sponsored by Bushtec Trailers this year, so we are off to Pigeon Forge the weekend of 23-25 April. Hope to see some of ya there? It's supposed to be a great weather weekend too. Hopefully we can finally get our trailer tires replaced? We'll see. We are running MAY-POPS as it is now. You know, May Pop any time!!!! We were up there a few years ago and it was great. Talk about great roads to ride? They have them by the hundreds. + Deals Gap and the Nantahalla River (sp) were you can go White Water Rafting if ya want to, are near there as well.
I've got a 20-year warrantee on my heart repairs. I feel like a 50 year old again and the weather is starting to cooperate so I'm outta hear. See ya on the road someplace?
"Keep the Rubber Down, It Works Best that Way"
|Ron & Corky Alexander |
Ass tDir ecto r-So uth
Lots of stuff happening in Alabama
In January I told you my goals and plans for the Alabama District RE program this year. Let me tell you about some progress toward those goals.
The first goal concerned the RE database. That goal has been accomplished. Your RE program information is now in the national RE database, and soon your Chapter Educator will be able to view your information online. When they can see it, they can keep it up to date very easily.
Another goal was to conduct Rider Education Weekends where you could attend all the riding courses and seminars that GWRRA offers in one place during one weekend. We haven't accomplished that goal yet, but we're making good progress.
Two other goals have not been accomplished yet: Parking Lot Facilitator training and Seminar Instructor training. Keep the faith. We're working on those too.
Please consider taking a riding course soon. It may save your life and your passenger's life.
Ride as if you are invisible, because you are!
|Jim & Carol Robinson |
Rid erEd ucat or
What a great time we had at the Alabama rally! It was so good to see all of our friends. We just wished we could have spent more time with everyone. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the MAD table and spoke with us. We really got some great input and suggestions on where to take the MAD program in Alabama. Speaking of MAD, we hope everyone reads the article in this month's Wing World magazine written by Charles & Nancy Mallet, the National Motorist Awareness Directors. They seem to have a good plan on how to get the word out to motorists about motorcycles. As most of you may know, May is motorcycle awareness month. We do not have anything planned this year, as a group, to observe this. Hopefully, by next year, we will have some kind of ride or event to recognize this month.Plans are in the works as we speak. If any Chapter or individual has a ride or event planned to observe motorcycle awareness month this year, please let us know. We would love to hear from you.
|Terry & Barbie Cleveland |
Mot oris tAwa reness
Chapter Directors and/or Chapter Membership Enhancement Coordinators please fill out the yes/no, date contacted and comment column on the Chapter Reports and return them back to me and also to Region "A" Membership Enhancement Coordinators, Bob & Karla Greer. It is important to do it on all the tabs. New Members--Expiring Dues--Prospective Member--Expired dues. Every person on every tab needs to be contacted.
A member that is listed in one chapter and wants to be placed in another chapter has to call Phoenix and request it be done. If a member says they have tried it before, ask them to try it one more time.
Members are only listed in one chapter, but they can attend and be active with as many chapters as they choose.
The January & July Area Report is NOT a Chapter Roster. It is a tool for knowing the location of Members.
"EVERY MEMBER MATTERS"
|Dewey & Alice Cole |
Mem bers hipE nhan cement
We had an awesome rally. Thank you to all the chapters that provided the Couple of the year baskets. The baskets were all fantastic. The baskets made the Couple of the year a little over $1,000. I know Steven and Tammy now will have the money to do what is necessary to compete in the Region selection.
We have just gotten back from the Tennessee Rally in Pigeon Forge. The riding was great; the weather was nice for going into the mountains. Several of our Alabama chapters were represented. The Goldwing rally was in Pigeon Forge and the Harley rally was in Cherokee NC. Boy o Boy there is a big difference between the groups. GW folks wear their protective gear while the Harley group wore their daisy dukes.
I knew that Harleys were loud, but in the tunnels it sounded like jets taking off. I could go on comparing the two groups, but we all know the differences.
We hope to see everyone at the South picnic at Roland State Park on May 9, 2009. This picnic is always a lot of fun. If you have missed the picnic in the past you missed out on a lot of fun. I hope to see everyone there this year.
See ya soon.
|Lynn & Lyn Edwards |
Spring is finally here and so are the rallies. We hope everyone enjoys themselves at the Alabama District Rally this weekend at Pelham. If you get a chance stop by and say hi.
We would like to thank everyone for their support while preparing the financial reports this year. There is one thing left to do... file e-Postcards. Please have this completed by May 15. Thanks to the Chapters that have already filed.
You can access the e-Postcard site by going to http://epostcard.form990.org. You will need the following information before you file:
I recommend you do a screen print of the filing conformation when completed in case questions arise in the future. Please send me[Tre asur er] a copy of the screen print.
If you have problems please feel free to call or e-mail us[Tre asur er].
Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul
|Sue & Richard Chapman |
Tre asur er
According to SC District Director Carl & Donna Blackston, the SC Rally was unaffected by the fires in/near Myrtle Beach. The fires were in North Myrtle Beach but the Rally is located in the South end of the Grand Strand
Dates of Events may change; please check actual source for details
|1||Fri||Poke Salat Festival -- Historic Downtown Arab|
|2||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Tuscaloosa, Madison County|
|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|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Montgomery|
|Experienced Rider Course Skills Plus -- Madison County|
|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||Experienced Rider Course -- Tuscaloosa|
|21||Thu||GWRRA - AR District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|23||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Jacksonville|
|Experienced Rider Course Skills Plus -- Tuscumbia|
|24||Sun||Rolling Thunder Ride -- Washington, DC. Never forget POW|
|29||Fri||GWRRA - IN District Spring Wing Warmup|
|30||Sat||Chapter-N - Mountain Lake River Run -- Poker Run to Benefit Ogden House Teen Shelter - One Rider: $10, Two: $15, Reg: 8am, FBO: 9am, LBO: 10am, LBI: 1pm. - Best & Worst hands, Souvenir Photos available - Beautiful Mountain Ride - L.B. Wallace Park Pavilion, Guntersville, off 431 on Sunset Drive. Info: 256-582-0377|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Dothan|
|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|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Tuscumbia|
|Experienced Rider Course Skills Plus -- Montevallo|
|11||Thu||GWRRA Georgia District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|12||Fri||Analog TV Obsolete|
|Trike Riders International (Thru Sunday) -- Rally|
|13||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Montgomery, Madison County|
|Camp Smile-A-Mile's MC Ride|
|Laconia Motorcycle Week (Thru 21st)|
|Cherokee Trail of Tears -- Memorial Motorcycle ride|
|20||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Dothan|
|Experienced Rider Course Skills Plus -- Montgomery|
|First Day of Summer -- 06:06 UTC|
|27||Sat||Experienced Rider Course -- Montevallo|
|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||(Cedar Creek Wings) Chapter-S - Bike Ride & Show -- 9:00am - Parade Parking Lot - Hwy 24 E, Russelville - Leave at 10am - Bike show will start at 1pm at the Watermelon Festival on Washington Av, North end of Street - Cast: $15/bike rider, $25/two riders, Free T-Shirt, 50-25-25, more - Proceeds for Ride for Kids|
|Watermelon Festival -- Franklin County|
|21||Fri||Sturgis Mississippi Rally|
|22||Sat||Chapter-G & Jackson Honda Fun Raiser -- Jackson Honda, Andalusia - Reg: $15 - benefiting Ride for Kids|
|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||Chapter-X Invites you to Ride for Kids -- Start & End: Barber's Motorsports, Reg: 8am to 9:45am, Ride Leaves Promptly 10:00am Rain or Shine|
|Ride for Kids|
|19||Sat||Trail of Tears -- Commemorative Motorcycle Ride|
|22||Tue||First Day of Autumn -- 21:45 UTC|
|24||Thu||GWRRA - NC District Rally - Wings Over the Smokies (Thru Saturday)|
|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)|
|1||Sun||Standard Time Resumes -- Fall Back|
|11||Wed||Veterans' Day (Armistice Day)|
|14||Sat||Sadie Hawkins Day|
|5||Sat||Eldridge-Toy-Run -- All roads lead to Eldridge Children's Home|
|7||Mon||Pearl Harbor 68th Anniversary|
|14||Mon||Alabama became 22nd state -- 1819|
|NASCAR founded -- 1947|
|21||Mon||First Day of Winter -- 17:55 UTC|