|Frank & Linda Teasley|
Ass tDir ector
This time of the year is always exciting to me because the riding season is about to kick into high gear and this year the Alabama Ride Education Program has some great things happening in the near future.
First, if you haven't heard yet, the Levels Program has a new addition. From this point forward, If you want to advance from level II to level III, you need to take a Motor Awareness Division (MAD) Seminar. If you are currently level III and want to advance to level IV, you will need to take a MAD Seminar and if you are currently a level IV and want to go to either a Senior, Grand Master, or Life Grand Master Level IV you need to take a MAD Seminar. Not a big hill to climb and we going to jump out front by offering two MAD Seminars (one Friday and one Saturday) at the Alabama District Convention in April.
Second, at the Alabama District Convention we will have a Road Captains Course this year. I have been contacted by several chapters in the past few months to put one of these on. It is a great course for new riders, to teach how a group ride functions, it is great for those folks that want to lead or take the rear of an actual ride. It is also great as a refresher course if you have taken it in a few years.
Third, at the Alabama District Convention we will have Co-Riders seminars. Then outside after the seminar is complete, we will offer some additional training on where all the controls are located on the bike/trike.
Fourth, at the Alabama District Convention we will be putting on a Live Demonstration of "Crash Scene Response" with some very experienced people leading the demonstration. This will take place Saturday morning in front of the host hotel about 9:00 AM. Come join us.
Fifth, in May we are putting on a class to teach folks how to become Seminar Presenter. With the new requirement of a MAD seminar in the levels program, I am encouraging all Chapter Educators to become Seminar Presenters. This will allow everyone to continue to advance in the levels program using the resources at the chapter level. You will also become a LDT Instructor at the same class.
Someone is going to either win a trailer or a large sum of money at the Alabama District Convention. But you won't have a chance if you haven't purchased any trailer tickets. Chapter Directors, keep in mind that chapters can purchase tickets as well and give you chapter funds a great boost.
I am still looking for one or two large parking lots in the south end of the state (Dothan, Troy, Opp, Greenville, Camden to name a few) so we can host a Safety Weekend for the south end of Alabama District. If you know of something, please contact either myself or Harry Leach.
Please keep in mind if you haven't been riding for a couple of months, have your Chapter Educator contact me about putting on a Parking Lot Practice. It is an excellent way to tune up your skills before the riding season get into full gear.
Life is a journey, enjoy the ride as much as getting to your destination.
|Richard & Sue Chapman |
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What a great start for Leadership training this year. It all began with some outstanding seminars during the Snowball Run and Officer's conference. Sara Leach presented a new version of the Target Training for Chapter Treasures and Directors. Based on the comments I received, everyone left with a better understanding of the Treasure's responsibilities and how to correctly complete the Financial Report. Richard Chapman covered the changes to the Rider Education Program and new reporting requirements and Renee and I went over the 2013 Chapter of the Year and Couple of the Year Programs. Next up was a Horizon class. We had nine members attend and judging by all the laughter, I would have to say everyone had a good time and maybe even learned a little something. If you haven't attended a Horizon course, ask someone that has what they think about it. You might be surprised at their answer. We followed up Horizons with the next course in the leadership training series, Chapter Leadership Skills. What a great turn-out we had for this one. We had 24 students (including eight from Georgia) attended the training. We hope they all enjoyed the training and gained a good understanding of the challenges faced by and opportunities available to volunteer leaders in GWRRA. We will be scheduling the last two courses in the series sometime in August. The dates and sign-up information will be posted on the District webpage.
Keep in mind that Leadership Training can be worth up to 61 points for Chapter of the Year. You can earn 14 points if 35% of your average number of participants completes the Horizon program any time before 31 December 2013 and 1 point for each LTP seminar that 25% of your average number of participants completes during 2013 up to 47 points. If you have questions or want more information on how to obtain training for your chapter just send me an email and I will help in any that I can.
|Greg & Renee Dempsey|
Ok we are going into March and the riding season will be kicking off with the FL. Convention in March. 21st 22nd & 23rd. Kissimmee FL.
Then we will be rocking and rolling in Mobile April 11th 12th & 13th for the AL. Dist. Convention. Our theme is Rock and Roll. This year we are adding a little competition. Most of you remember the 50s and 60s, the music, the drive inns the sock hops, the cruising from place to place. We are asking chapters to make something pertaining to the early rock and roll era. Try to keep the size down to 2ft by 2ft this can be built from scratch or from materials you purchase. Some Ideas may be a drive in Dinner or a Drive in theater or just a café with everyone setting around playing the juke box. Remember the dress and the cars back then. Use your imagination. Go back to those days and remember the good times.
We will also be having other contest also. Mascot, Scrapbook, Banner, Windshield covers.
All judging will be Saturday morning at 10:00am. So have everything in place and signed up before 9am. Windshield cover location will be posted Friday.
Crash Scene Response will be going on Saturday morning in front of the hotel so I want to give everyone a chance to see this. Yes it will be real EMTs and Firemen, and if you have never seen one this is your chance. About as real as it gets, without the pain.
If anyone needs the rules for scoring on any of the events please let me know.
I will try to have more updates on the Schedule in the next Newsletter.
Chapter of the Year, Recruiter of the Year, News Letter winners will all be announced at the convention.
Plus there will be other games and events going on at the convention. Dress in your 50s and 60s clothing if you still have any.
Veronica says girls get out your big petty coats Poodle Skirts and bobby socks lets rock.
Hope to see a lot of new faces there this year.
Ride Safe and enjoy the ride.
|Kenneth (YoYo) & Veronica Campbell |
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The couples this month are Jake and Kathy Lawyer from Chapter B and Tony and Carla Cato from Chapter H.
|Jake & Kathy Lawyer|
Jake and I met in May, 1980, thru PWP (Parents without Partners). We were married on August 9, 1980, and lived in Bourbonnais, IL. Early on we were into camping; something we could do with the kids. When we moved to Dwight, so I could be closer to work, we bought a used Kawasaki 900 from a friend. We kept it long enough for Jake to prove that he could drive a bike and not kill us both. We then got a Honda 750, working our way up to a GL 1200. In July of 1993, we were on vacation with another couple, also 1200 owners, and happened to go thru Louisville, KY while Wing Ding was going on. We stopped, we joined, we had fun. Several months later we got a card from IL-C inviting us to a supper ride to Pontiac, IL, where we then lived. We went, liked the people, started attending meetings and getting involved. Over the years with Chapter C, we held the positions of secretary, educator, newsletter editor & publishers, and chapter director. We also graduated up to a GL 1500 and then to a trike.
In July, 2001, Jake contracted Gillian Barre Syndrome, forcing him to take medical leave, resulting in early retirement. I retired in October, 2002, at which time we moved to Huntsville. The first thing we did after moving into our new house was look for a church and the second was go to an AL-B Sunday breakfast. By December our grandson, Nathan had moved in with us, making it difficult to do much with the chapter. In March, 2003, our daughter, Christine. moved in too. The first couple of years proved difficult, juggling babysitting Nathan, church, and chapter events, but we managed. Since participating with AL-B we have held the positions of hospitality, country store, ride coordinators, and treasurer. We also managed to win a GL 1800 at the 2008 Alabama District Rally. We have ridden our bike to so many different places and had so much fun that I can't imagine what these last ten years would have been like without our friends in Chapter B. We're lovin' it!
|Tony & Carla Cato|
Carla and I met in June of 1984, I was a Soldier stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY and we met in Clarksville, TN in a place called the Goldspoke (it was a bar where we liked to hang out). We were married in Hopkinsville, KY on October 27, 1984. We had our first child (Adam) in April 1986 and I left for Stuttgart, Germany 10 days later, they would soon follow and in February 1988 we had our second son (Scotty). We returned to the U.S. in 1989 and lived in Dothan, AL until the Army decided to send us back to Pirmasens, Germany in 1992. We returned to the States in 1995 when the Army decided I would be a Recruiter in Gaithersburg, MD (Now there's a fun job!), anyway we survived the DC area, and was assigned to Redstone Arsenal in 1998, where I retired from the Army in October 2001.
I bought my first Goldwing in 1987 from Sloan's Honda in Clarksville, TN, I was home from Germany on leave and just happened to see it while looking for a Honda Shadow. It was a 1987 Goldwing Interstate 1200, Carla didn't get a chance to ride with me a lot then because the kids were very small, but we loved that bike. I wanted to take it with us in 1992 when we went back to Germany, but Carla had seen what the driving conditions were like there, and "convinced" me that I should sell the bike, so I did. I bought my second and current Goldwing during a weekend trip to Chattanooga, TN to visit the Aquarium, just happened to go over to Southern Honda Powersports in Chattanooga and traded my 2006 VTX 1800 for a 2008 GL1800 (Best aquarium trip I've ever been on!) We joined GWRRA in May 2009 to find people to ride with and the rest as they say is history. As members of AL Chapter H we have had a wonderful time, and have met so many friends and as we say in Athens "It's All About The Ride".
Dates of Events may change; please check actual source for details
|1||Fri||Daytona Bike Week (Thru 10th)|
|2||Sat||Chapter-Y - Fun Day -- 10am-2pm - Gardendale Civic Ctr|
|10||Sun||Daylight Savings Time Begins -- Spring Ahead|
|17||Sun||St. Patrick's Day|
|20||Wed||First Day of Spring -- 11:08 UTC|
|21||Thu||GWRRA - Florida District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|11||Thu||AL District Convention (Thru Saturday)|
|15||Mon||Income Taxes Due|
|24||Wed||Administrative Professionals Day|
|25||Thu||GWRRA - TN District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|GWRRA - South Carolina District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|27||Sat||Chapter-G Fun Day -- 10am - Lowery Community Ctr, Hwy 52 between Samson & Kinston, $10 fee incl. Lunch & one grand-prize ticket|
|11||Sat||Seminar Presenter Class -- 9am - UAB Medical West Hospital, 995 9th Ave, Bessemer|
|1||Sat||Chapter-T Fun Day -- 10am-2pm McCalla; First Alliance Church $10.00 Admission|
|14||Fri||GWRRA Georgia District Rally (Thru Sunday)|
|17||Mon||22nd Annual Ride to Work Day|
|21||Fri||First Day of Summer -- 05:21 UTC|
|3||Wed||Wing-Ding (Thru Saturday)|
|21||Sun||Ice Cream Day|