|Robert & Gail Brown |
The more you know the better it gets
Ass tDir ecto r-Ce ntral
Don't know about you guys, but I'm ready for a little cooler weather, already!!!
As are many of you, Corky, and I are getting ready for our trip to Tulsa, OK to attend the Wing Ding. One of the things we are doing is staying out in the heat for extended periods getting acclimated. Temperatures in our area have been in the triple digits for the past week now with no relief in sight.
We road to Chapter T's Fun Day, and that's exactly what it was --- FUN. Their agenda was so full that the four hours we were there seemed to be over in just one! That Chapter is so large and so talented. They conduct the Fun Day in a school gym and have MUCH room for everything they do, and they need it too. You hear this all the time, but I assure you that it is true, this time. "If you have never been to Chapter T's Fun Day, you must put it on your ride calendar. IT'S AN ABSOLUTE GREAT TIME. Great job Chapter T, -- Chapter G has your next Fun Day on the calendar already.
We have been on our bikes a lot this past month, but haven't really been anywhere, ya know? However, we did attend Chapter FL-1O's Kick -- off on 20 June in De Funiak Springs, Fl. Wes and Jill Davis, the Chapter Directors, and the chapter members set a very high standard for all chapters to obtain. They had a wonderful facility right on the lake, with a two-story building and ample paved parking. Thanks for a wonderful time.
We were primed for riding at having had so much fun at the Kick-off, that a few of us from Chapter G loaded up and road to Panama City, just for the heck of it!! Even though the temps were hovering around 102, we still had much fun. By the time we arrived in PC, the temps had dropped to about 90. I never thought I'd ever say that 90 degrees felt great!!! But it did. We went there just to eat at a place called, "Dirty Dicks Seafood Restaurant". It's a little pricy, but well worth it. Turned out to be some of the best seafood we have had in quite a while.
As I mentioned earlier, we are on our way to Tulsa the last weekend of June, but I failed to mention that we are also going on to California, Oregon and back for a three week, 8,000-mile trip! Startin' to get a little anxious. Ready to get going, ya know?
I might add here that Region A is responsible for the Wing Ding Ticket Sales Booth again this year. Many of us attending the Wing Ding might be asked to assist in that responsibility. PLEASE put your names in the hat as volunteers. We will need your help, once again, K???
That's it for now, take care and be careful, and remember:
"Keep the rubber down, it works best that way"
|Ron & Corky Alexander |
Ass tDir ecto r-So uth
Hot weather is obviously here. Be smart when you're out riding -- drink water all day. You really should start hydrating when you get up and continue to drink water all day whether you're outside or not.
Also remember your tires when it's really hot like this. As we discuss all the time, keep your tires inflated to the correct pressure so they don't build up excessive, and dangerous, pressure. Remember to check and adjust the pressure first thing in the morning before you start riding. While you're down there checking the pressure, remember to check the tread condition all the way around both tires.
Had a good time at the Georgia District Rally. Went riding in the twisties while up there. Had to remember how to negotiate the curves. Didn't take long to remember the Outside-Inside-Outside cornering technique. Remember to look as far through the corners as you can see and enter the corner on the outer edge, move to the apex, and exit where you're looking -- at the outside of the curve. Not hard to do but it does take some practice to get it right. Try it -- it's the safe and efficient thing to do.
I noticed several times this month that I was in a bad position to be seen by motorists. Once I was in the left track of the lane when I saw a car that was going to pull into my lane because the driver couldn't see me. I dropped back further behind the car I was following and moved into the right track so the driver could see me if he looked. I covered the brakes just in case he did come out. Another time I was too close behind a car and a car was about to turn left across my path because the driver couldn't see me. Again I dropped back and moved to the left track, turned on the brights and covered the brakes. Both times I was lucky but I was also prepared if the worst had happened.
Hope to see lots of you at Wing Ding. Please take advantage of the seminars and riding courses. It's about eleven hours to Tulsa from Guntersville and I'm thinking about riding some of it during the night to avoid the worst of the heat. I'll be drinking water the whole way and taking it easy on the tires.
Til next time, remember to ride like you're invisible because they're not looking for you!
|Jim & Carol Robinson |
Rid erEd ucat or
We have just returned from the Georgia Rally where we had a wonderful time! Bill & Betty Livingston and the rest of the Georgia staff did a great job in putting this rally on. The talent show on Friday night was awesome! We are amazed at how much talent is in this organization. We don't where these people come up with the ideas for the skits that they put on, but we are glad they find them somewhere cause they are very entertaining. Thank you Bill & Betty and the Georgia staff for a fun weekend. Next up on the calender is Wing Ding in Tulsa Ok. We are not going to be able to make it this year, so everyone have some fun for us while you are there. Also please be safe on the trip out there and back. Hopefully next year we will be able to attend. After you return home it will be time for the TN/AL BIG HAMBURGER RUN. There are details on the AL web site or you may contact us.
Hope everyone has a safe Fourth of July holiday and remember to Share The Road.
|Terry & Barbie Cleveland |
Mot oris tAwa reness
A Chapter's retention efforts should be firmly focused on the new and inactive Member instead of the expired Member.
The Chapter Director and the Chapter staff are the most important part of a Member's decision to stay with GWRRA or to leave. The Chapter Director who encourages fun and friendliness and also participation will help his Chapter grow.
Make sure as many Members as possible enjoy a great GWRRA experience which will increase our overall retention.
EVERY MEMBER MATTERS!
Nothing makes a Member, old or new feel more important and accepted than when they have a chance to contribute their ideas. Make all Members feel welcome. Participation is the answer to having FUN. Get everyone involved. Our motto is Fun for Friends, Safety & Knowledge.
EVERY MEMBER MATTERS,
|Dewey & Alice Cole |
Mem bers hipE nhan cement
Wing Ding is just about here.
Lyn & I along with Bill & Trina Barden (Chapter Y CD) will be leaving Thursday June 18th for the wild, wild west. We will stop in St. Louis & Sioux City, Iowa on our way to the Bad Lands, Mt Rushmore, the Buffaloes of Custer State Park & needles highway. From there we will cross the Big Horne Mts. and stay in Red Lodge Mt. The next day we will traverse the famous Beartooth pass, which Charles Kuralt termed as the most scenic road in America. We will stay the next two nights in Yellowstone and Jackson Hole WY. Continuing on the trip we will head down highway 191 to Flaming gorge and stay in Vernal Utah. From Vernal we will head west on highway 40 to Granby Colorado, the west entrance to Rocky Mt. National Park. After leaving the park the next day we will ride the peak to peak scenic byway (highway 7) and stay around Breckenridge Co. From there we will head back west on highway 50 (the loneliest road in America) to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We will continue on from there down highway 550 (The San Juan Scenic Byway) to stay in Durango Colorado. We will leave Durango and stop at Verde Mesa National Park and continue to four corners so we can sprawl on the ground and be in 4 states at once. We will leave there and do a loop north to Mexican Water, Utah and take highway 163 through Monument Valley into Kayenta Arizona for the night. From there we will ride through the Painted Desert on our way to the north rim of The Grand Canyon and stay at Jacobs Inn in Jacobs Lake AZ. The next morning we will explore Zion National Park and then start heading back east through Northern Arizona and New Mexico. We hope to be at Wing Ding on Friday, but if we don't make it, I think you'll understand the reason.
This is why we ride. To experience and see things we have only dreamed of or seen in the movies, and to see these from the special view and perspective only presented from the seat of your Gold Wing. This is a fantastic country to see. If you have never been on this type of ride, plan to do it soon. I hope our itinerary will prompt others to explore the possibilities and to go. If you see us or Bill & Trina at Wing Ding ask to see some pictures, we might just have one or two to show.
We will continue the Couple of the Year introductions next month.
Ride safe and we'll see ya soon,
|Lynn & Lyn Edwards |
Hellooooooooooooo, Alabama. Just thought we'd drop in to say hello. We've had a blast this year. We've been doing a lot of visiting. Thus far, we've visited: South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, and Tulsa along with some chapters around the region.
With Georgia still on our minds, we head out to Tulsa, OK. We make a pit-stop in Memphis to enjoy some world-famous ribs and walk the streets of Memphis, namely Beale Street. The excitement was happening. They had some kids that were doing some gymnastics in the street. I started to wonder if they had brakes on those bodies. They tumbled and tumbled to the end of the street. Oh, the flexibility they have. I'd give my eye tooth to be able to move like that. Instead, I gave a generous donation of Steven's money to the Shriner's to win a really cool looking Boss Hoss. Hey, it had three wheels and I ain't prejudiced. I hope I win; I might even let Steven ride it. I'll even let my friends sit on it for a picture! Ha ha After some good eating and entertainment, we perused through some local stores and checked out tons of Elvis memorabilia. The next day, Steven and I left early to head out to Duncan, Oklahoma to visit his sisters and our niece & nephews. Arriving at a later time, to cover our babysitting duties were Frank & Linda Teasley. Frank & Linda were able to keep up with the Fosnight's and do lots of touring on their touring bikes. Before leaving Memphis, someone, God love them, was able to get Roy to put on a flying pig hat. He loves ribs, but his favorites are where the pigs fly. After seeing the pictures, I'd have to say Roy just likes flying pigs...period. Well, he looked awfully cute in those other hats too. I think Frank & Linda were a little partial to the hot dog & hamburger hats. I hate that I missed the hat shop. We'll have to put another trip together to head over to Memphis for a couple of days.
Arriving in Tulsa, it was hot. We enjoyed it (some of us more than others) and we managed to get in a little poker run playing and vendor viewing. Next stops are Hamburger Run, visiting Region A & N rallies, and North Carolina and if we have any money left, whatever there is left to go visit. Steven & I are still debating on going to the Region A rally. For some reason, folks keep telling us that we really, really need to go to that one. Hmmmmm...wonder why. Oh well, we'll find out soon enough. Time really does fly when you are having fun. These rallies are so much fun. You really ought to go to them if you have a chance. I guarantee you'll have some fun. We've made more new friends along the way. We picked up a couple in the vendor area and took them to dinner with us. Bruce & Anja Elder from Kentucky got to hang out with some Alabamians. We showed them what a good time it was to hang out with some down home friends. Funny thing, we didn't see them anymore after that. Maybe cause they ate too much. I just know it wasn't because we are funny & zany. It's was nice hooking up with old friends too. It was bitter sweet watching last year's International Couple Of the Year (Ken & Rita Moffitt) hand down their role to this year's new International Couple Of the Year, Alan & Carolyn Little, our new 2009 - 2010 International Couple of the Year from the great Appalachian Region N. I'll have you know that Region A rocked! Bob & Cathy Singley did a totally excellent job up there on the stage. I was so proud of them as was the rest of Region A. All of the couples did great and would have been great ambassadors for GWRRA. I sure would have hated to be the judges to judge that selection process. They had their work cut out for them. Alan & Carolyn will do a wonderful job. All of the couples are inspirations!
As we visit these rallies and witness these Couple Of the Year selections, Steven and I know we have really big shoes to fill if we are selected as Region Couple in September. We love this job so much.....the job of going to rallies, visitations, and promoting GWRRA to anyone that will listen. We feel that our enthusiasm will be contagious and we can make a difference. We really hope you can join us and support us at the Region A rally in September.
Till next time... come for a ride with us. Goldwingers rule!
|Steven & Tammy Hollingsworth |
Vendors, vendors, vendors... come see your vendors!
What's your first stop when you arrive at a rally? Hotel, ice cream shoppe / stand, registrations, etc.? Well, usually I'd prefer my first stop to be at the vendors. It's a huge part of why rallies are successful. Everyone likes to shop, even the guys! Sure, fun and games and seminars are really cool at the rallies, but vendors make the special effort to come to these rallies. It's their way of life, so we need to support them if we want them to continue coming. Lots of times, these vendors become good friends. Some have open arms for me when I round the corner....partly because I like to shop but mostly (I'd like to think) because I acknowledge them and have fun with them. Remember, they can't get out and about to play games and go to seminars and so forth because they have to hang around their stations. I know from experience that if you visit them enough, you will usually end up making a great friend. If you send your friends or bring them with you, they will sometimes give you a little discount on their prices because they know you will continue coming to see them and support them. But mostly, they value our friendships too. There are some super-duper, really nice vendors out there. We hope to have them lined up for our rally in April 2010. If anything, just come visit your new friends, and who knows, I bet they'll have some new stuff and / or a piece of safety chrome that you just can't live without! Mark your calendars for Alabama District Rally here in the great city of Huntsville, Alabama (1-3 April). Goldwing Odyssey, 2010 that's our gimmick. It's a rally you don't wanna miss. Mainly because you will get to see US!!! Hey, that's the best excuse ever!
Sooooooo, start saving your money, book your hotel, get your registration in to Ms. Sue Chapman, and make some room in your garage / house for some goodies. If you get your registration in to us, we'll be able to plan how much food we'll need to feed ya! First few lucky ones will get a free rally pin. Sign up early and sport around your new pin to all your friends who wait till the last minute to sign up. I don't know about you but last year's pin was super cool. Maybe I'm just a little partial. Till next time, ride safe and have loads of fun!
|Steven & Tammy Hollingsworth |
Ven dorC oord inator
MULTI-DISTRICT NAPKIN FIGHT!
Tennessee Gold Wingers vs Alabama Gold Wingers on Georgia soil.
GREAT BIG HAMBURGERS
These things are the size of pizza pans
Once upon a time in the not-to-distant past, some Gold Wingers sat down at a table in a restaurant for dinner (imagine that happening). Well, it seems that some of them were from Alabama and some them were from Tennessee (not to mention that there were a few from other far far away places).
As the evening progressed and tales of adventures grew into stories of the unimaginable, someone actually tossed a small paper straw wrapper across the table at someone. Of course, it hit another unsuspecting person who immediately grabbed and gently tossed a napkin back across the table.
Needless to say, before the night was over, laughter had engulfed the entire section of the restaurant. Everyone was involved by either throwing napkins, wadding napkins, and/or picking them off the floor for reuse. Why even the waitress brought a water bottle back into the room and "hosed down" the rowdy crowd. Small children from other parts of the restaurant were amazed at the "grown-ups" on our side.
This whole fiasco was absolutely embarrassing.
But it was fun ... so let's do it again!
Looking for a chapter outing on Saturday, July 25th?
2nd Annual Alabama & Tennessee BIG BURGER Ride
This is a fun event ... not a fund raiser.
4276 Hwy 136
Randy's is the Home of the 48oz hamburger.
(In order to have enough burgers on hand, we need your approx attendance headcount by July 10th)
Time: 11:30 CDT / 12:30 EDT
To submit headcount contact either
AL District: Terry & Barbie Cleveland 98w ing* att: net
TN District: Ken & Shirley Craddock fvc prop *dtc com: net
Requirements for the Rally Pin Design:
Remember the Theme for the 2010 Alabama District Rally is "2010: A Wing Odyssey".
You may submit as many entries as you like and as often as you like. We will accept designs until November 15th, 2009.
Please send entries to Roy Fosnight (Dir ecto r)
Dates of Events may change; please check actual source for details
|1||Wed||Wing-Ding (Thru Sunday)|
|15||Wed||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 - Poker run, games - 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)|
|30||Wed||Myrtle Beach Fall Motorcycle Rally|
|1||Thu||Great Smoky Mountain Fall Rally (Thru Sunday)|
|2||Fri||Wings Across Tennessee -- St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital|
|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|
|1||Fri||New Year's Holiday|
|9||Sat||Alabama Snowball Run & District Couple Selection|
|11||Mon||Alabama secedes from the Union -- 1861, fourth state to secede|
|18||Mon||Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday|
|7||Sun||Super Bowl Sunday|
|13||Sat||Cupids Capers in TN|
|16||Tue||Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday)|
|26||Fri||Daytona Bike Week (Thru 3/7)|