SADD GREETINGS to all!
September 3 – 5 is WING DING in Huntsville, AL that is the Big Dance for the year and you have just got to be there for this one! Make sure you get registered and go with the HUGE groups going from your Chapter and have more real fun! You will love it!!
October 29 – 31 is the Southeast Region A Convention in Eufaula AL.
Remember that GWRRA is a wonderful association and we want all “good folks” to be part of our great family. Share your calendars and your experiences and feel free to call me or Kathy anytime if we can assist in some way with you. Use those beautiful Gold Wing motorcycles and others to enrich your life and strengthen your GW family ties and relationships and make more memories of a lifetime! You deserve it! We look forward to many more miles of riding pleasure with all of you and please, be safe out there. That’s the only way we can continue to make it fun.
GWRRA LEVELS PROGRAM
Let's review the Levels Program.
Level I is Safety by Commitment. It is simply a commitment on your part to ride safely. This may not sound like much, but if you take this commitment seriously, you will find yourself thinking about safety more often, and that will lead to safer riding habits. But how do you know how to ride safely? That's what your Rider Educators are for! Ask us questions, and suggest topics for seminars for the chapter that are of interest to you. Attending seminars at the GWRRA rallies is another excellent source of safety information. You must complete a GWRRA form N-7 for this level.
Level II is Safety by Education, and you can qualify for this level by taking a Rider Education course, such as a Basic Riding Course (BRC), the Experienced Rider Course (ERC), or the Trike Rider's Course (TRC). Carl & Jan are qualified Rider Coaches for the TRC, and there are several convenient instructors for the ARC. Think about taking the classes at Wing Ding, you may even make a new friend. For Co-Riders, you simply need to take a GWRRA Co-Rider seminar or a two-up rider course. We encourage everyone to take one of these courses if you have not had one recently. These courses not only help sharpen our riding skills, they also remind us of important safety tips we may have forgotten. Requirements: Rider - a Certified Rider Course with 5,000 safe miles. Co-Rider - certified Co-Rider Seminar or 2-up Rider Course. You must complete a GWRRA form N-7 for this level.
Level III is Safety by Preparedness. This level requires current qualification in either a First Aid or CPR course or a commitment to carry a First Aid kit in your motorcycle at all times. You Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge might ask, how does this make me a safer rider? It doesn't, but it can help lessen the seriousness of an accident. You could help save someone's life with CPR or reduce the severity of an injury with First Aid. Carl and Jan are also Medic/First Aid instructors. Attendance of a Motorist Awareness Seminar at this level exposes the Member to our program to improve awareness of all road users to the presence of motorcycle, trike, and sidecar enthusiasts. When interfacing with the public in the future, the Level III Rider or Co-Rider can inform them about what we have available to help others share the road with us. GWRRA University Trainers certified in Rider Education are authorized to present Motorist Awareness Seminars. You must complete a GWRRA form N-7 for this level.
Level IV is Safety by Enhanced Commitment and Preparedness. The commitment part is easy: just commit to wearing proper riding apparel at all times while riding! While proper apparel won't prevent an accident, it can definitely reduce the severity of injuries you might suffer. To achieve level IV, you must also have 25,000 safe miles and have current certification in both CPR and First Aid as well as being current in a riding course. Among other things, these qualifications serve as an excellent example to your riding companions that you consider safety to be important. Requirement: Current in Level III for one year and have taken both First Aid and CPR training. Have 25,000 Safe Miles as a Rider for Master Tour Rider, or 25,000 miles as a Co-Rider for Master Tour Co-Rider, and must be committed to riding with "Proper Riding Gear" AT ALL TIMES. You must also have 10,000 miles as a Level III in the role in which you wish to advance. You must complete a GWRRA form N-9 for this level.
If you would like to participate in this program, we would be happy to help you get started. If you already participate but would like to move up a level, we'll help you with that too. Let's make 2015 a very safe year for the Alabama District! Larry and Julie Bradley of Chapter H have completed the requirements and are now Level III. Congratulations! Some members elect to remain Level III because they are unwilling or unable to wear the defined “All of the gear all of the time”. That is perfectly acceptable, especially when it is because of medical reasons.
Safety Weekend - October 3rd & 4th, 2015
Safety weekend registration is now open on Rider's Ed Page
Well, here we are at the South Carolina Rally, nice and cool since everything is inside except for the TRC range class. According to Chuck it was a long, hot 5 hours. But it was worth it if it helps to save one life or avoid one injury.
Frank and Linda won the "2 or more" Costume Contest. They looked like real pirates!
Once again this month we had more expired members than new members, so everyone needs to work on retention. I don’t have the answers to stop it, all I can say is we have to make things fun and make them want to stay. We are open for ideas.
Don’t forget the District Picnic is coming up August 8th at the Marbury Confederate Park. Come on down or up and have a free meal, and join in on the camaraderie.
Ride safe and keep cool.
Do you need a logo to use in your newsletters or website? Go to the "Links" page on the District website under the "GWRRA" tab.
There are several sizes of the Alabama, Region A, and GWRRA logos available. Some have a white background and others have no background.
Updated: 7/28/2015 9:51:40 AM