It's been a great ride
|Look at my piggy bank after I bought gas today|
I don't know of any other way to get through the gas blues, but maybe a few pictures can ease the tension. Enjoy...
|For my next birthday, I'm throwing myself a birthday party just so I can register somewhere!!|
|Hmmmmm.....this might not be such a bad idea!!|
|Even the kids are noticing!!!|
|This explains the statistics for our crime rates.|
|This explains the high medical costs we are experiencing with gas prices!!!!!|
|I hear that goats work well. I wonder if stealth goats work too???|
Well, July was full of fun. Did you remember me mention the word animal? Well, we visited the Harmony Safari Park again and AGAIN, it was awesome. I had buffalo, zebra, camel, and other miscellaneous slobber from one end of the truck to the other. I think the water buffalo just stuck his tongue out at us and we just happen to drive by at the same time cause I had on one side, one very L-O-N-G tongue (slobber) print on the side of my truck. Maybe we dripped some ice cream and he was taste-testing the truck???? Anyways, it was a blast. The camel & zebra are some of the friendliest around these parts. We got to picnic in July thanks to Chapter T's event on 12 July. We had a lot of fun. To beat the heat, there are some wonderful chapters that donate time and HUGE commercial size fans...so no excuses to miss Chapter T's next picnic.
We caught up with some old & new friends on 19 July at the plaque giveaway. Chapter S captured the plaque with 18 members if my memory serves correctly. Afterwards, a small handful of us took a Mystery ride. It was fun. We ended up at Tiger Hut and we ate some good ole upside down banana splits. Yum, yum. We had Elizabeth totally lost, but she was having fun. What was really cool, besides the ice cream, was that she has not been to Tiger Hut yet!!! This was her first experience!! O-M-Goooodness. I don't think we will have to twist her arm the next time we head that way!! ;-)
Wing Ding was a wing dinger. Greenville, SC was a nice city. It just happens to be the home place of Elizabeth Griswold and Avery Howard. We met up with Elizabeth's brother and his wife. A BIG THANKS goes out to Elizabeth and her family for surprising Steven with a HUGE birthday cake that we got to share with a small handful of friends, approximately 72 friends I believe. By the way, we are not prejudiced against Harleys, Steven had a Harley on his cake....along with an Over-the-Hill tombstone ornament. It was perfect timing and we love you all for it. Unfortunately we were unable to meet Avery's relatives, but he did get a chance to take time out to go see them. Maybe next time we can get them to come meet with us too.
Some upcoming adventures are a ride to and through Bankhead Forest to have a picnic. Toward the end of August we have a trip planned to Mt. Cheaha. For those of you that don't know, Mt. Cheaha is the highest point in Alabama. It's about a 3-hour ride to get there, so it will be an all-day ride but it promises to be a relatively new experience for the chapter. Since I'm fairly new, I'm not sure if our chapter has ever made it there or not, but if so, it's been a while.
We are looking forward to seeing you on the road soon!
Don't forget....if you drive by Dairy Queen, look for your friends! They just might be there!
Until next time...........stay safe, stay alert, and ride like you mean it! Have YOU ever seen a motorcycle parked in front of a psychiatrist's office? I don't think so
Long live Goldwingers!
What is the difference between a Gold Wing and a logging truck?
About 40 pounds and a stuffed animal.
Why do Harley owners love chrome?
Makes the parts easier to find when they fall off.
Please, no disrespect to Harley riders....they have feelings too....they might be numb feelings from all of the vibration...but they have feelings too!
Sorry guys, I love my Harley friends too!
Words to live by:
It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
Don't Worry (Chapter) "B" Happy
Steven & Tammy Hollingsworth
AL-B Couple of the Year,
Ride Coordinators, and
NOW District Vendor Coordinators
Bob's son (I apologize but I don't have his name right now) was involved in a motorcycle accident. My understanding is that he got pretty seriously banged up, especially his legs. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Good news about Julianna -- she is preparing to head back to Alabama.
SPC Fisher, Atticus Daniel
TF Eagle Assault
HHC 5-101 AVN
APO, AE 09355
Serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Tammy Hollingsworth's brother
Serving in South Korea
Marty & Lisa Knapp's daughter
Chief Master Sergeant
Rick is serving a tour in Kabul, Afghanistan training the government how to defend itself.
He is normally stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
We sure hope everyone has a great July, we sure are. We left Huntsville going to Wing-Ding by way of Mobile (I need a new GPS). We went down for the plaque grab and got to see some friends. As all good Gold Wingers do we went to supper at Ed's for some really wonderful seafood. We spent the night at the Malaga (what a grand old Hotel). We got up Saturday and met Cindy Long (Chapter-A ACD) for Breakfast at Tea for Two. If you have never been there it is an experience you should try to have. The people are great and the food plentiful and Excellent. We left there and Cindy went with us to some nice places and we wound up at a place called Lulu's. We had some great ice tea and saw some really beautiful boats.
Cindy had to leave us and we left in search of the Ft Morgan Ferry. What a pretty and relaxing ride. When we got to Dolphin Island we were getting short on time for the plaque grab and had to run for the Border, I mean Catfish Junction. We had a good meal and got to socialize with some folks we don't get to see very often. Chapter B won the plaque but Chapter-N was only 60 miles behind.
After all our good byes we left for Helen, GA to spend a few days in the mountains, we stopped on the Alabama Georgia state line at a little town called Valley. We left the next morning and rode on to Helen. We got to the hotel and they let us check in early, gave us a covered place to park and away we went to find lunch. If you have never been to Helen, it is a quaint little Bavarian town in north GA that has some great food and really fun roads to ride. We met other Gold Wingers who had traveled to the GA Mountains to relax just as we had.
We left in search of Greenville and had some really fun riding to get there. We had a nice time with friends and made some new ones while we were there. We worked ticket sales and tried to help in anyway we could. We went to eat at a Restaurant that we had made reservations for 40 to eat at 6:00, we had 72 show up. The Staff at the restaurant was great and got us all fed. We had over 65 people from AL attend. We would like to thank all who attended and a special thanks to those who worked. We hope to see more of you in Tulsa, OK next year.
I don't know about everyone else but we are having a lot of tire problems lately. Steven had a flat coming off the mountain going into Ft Payne. We plugged it and got him home safely.
Chapter-T invited a bunch of folks to their picnic and they sure had a good spread of food. There were people still eating at 8:00 Saturday night. We had a District Staff meeting while we were there to talk about our up coming Rally in Pelham, AL. Thanks to Billy for the great food and Frank and Linda for the hospitality.
On the 19th of July we attended the plaque grab at the new Greenbrier Restaurant off of I-565 by Madison. The turnout was really good. The food was good and the Strawberry Shortcake was divine. We had folks from A, B, H, N, S, T, and Y. Chapter-S went home with the plaque and will let us know where the next plaque grab will be. Come and get and if you don't you will still get to see some really nice folks.
We need some help from the Chapter Directors; we need some articles from your Couple of the Year to put in the District Newsletter so the rest of the state can meet them. Please send them to Lynn and Lyn. If you do not have their Email it is on the web site under staff. If you would like you can send it to us and we will forward it on.
We have the North Picnic coming up fast, 9 Aug, at Tannehill State Park. We will have some hamburgers, hot dogs, a 50-50 and some door prizes. We are having an auction for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in Pelham on the evening of the 9th. We would appreciate as many folks as we can get. There will be a silent auction as well as a regular auction and lots of great items to take home with you.
Don't forget the Region A Rally in Dothan on Sep 11th through the 13th . Please come and join us for a good time and to help support Terry and Barbie in the Region Couple of the Year selection.
Please remember that Freedom isn't Free and remember our folks who are in Harm's Way, be they Military, Law Enforcement, EMTs or Firemen.
The next time you think about going riding, call a friend; they are probably thinking the same thing.
|Roy & Anita Fosnight|
Please Ride Safe and Often
Last month we started a series of articles that focused on these there words, we just wanted to give you a chance to think about what each of these words means to you in relation to your GWRRA experience. Last month we focused on FUN, so this month we will move on to SAFETY but after pondering this for a while I can see that there is no way to completely separate SAFETY and KNOWLEDGE.
SAFETY: Just as with Fun different people have different views of what Safe riding means, GWRRA has really made an effort to bring safe motorcycle riding to the forefront in this organization. It is our Rider Education program that affords GWRRA to have a not-for--profit status with the IRS. We are different from other motorcycling organizations or clubs. We do focus on SAFETY our Rider Education program has several levels that allow members to advance at their own pace and to start a member just has to commit to riding safe. GWRRA offers classes and seminars for not just the Riders but also the Co-Riders, ERC and TRC classes that incorporate classroom and range portions. GWRRA has even added a 2-up to the ERC class that gives the Rider and co-rider instruction with 2 people on the bike. If you haven't had a chance to participate in a Road Captains class, speak with your Chapter Director and/or Chapter Educator to see if one will or can be offered in your area for you and your fellow chapter members.
Group riding rules are for the SAFETY of all that are riding in a group, if everyone knows and follows the rules, riders can anticipate what the other riders will do.
On a recent Saturday ride to a Chapter-T function that we had been invited to attend, we were traveling on I-59 to Tanahill State Park in a small group of 3 bikes. We heard an unfamiliar voice come over the CB. The voice of the rider identified himself as JR from TX chapter B2 and asked if he could ride along for a while with us, he fell in as the DRAG bike, after asking for a few lane changes, we could tell that JR had been involved in the GWRRA rider education program and I would bet that JR had been to the Road Captains class, we had never met this member before, but he was able to ride with us like he had been apart of our group for years. I use this as the perfect example of why this program works. When riding in a group, we must remember that it is not all about ME; it is about the SAFETY of the group.
GWRRA also has a program know as MAD which focuses on making others more aware of us that ride on motorcycles. They are involved with schools, civic organizations and also spend time and money bringing our needs to the forefront by meetings with our elected officials. So now you can see why we can not separate SAFETY and KNOWLEDGE.
Please get involved, learn and ride safe. The life you save may be your own.
|Robert & Gail Brown |
The more you know, the better it gets.
I like most of you still work and I am looking forward to retirement it is after all something I've worked for a long time. I often hear in my occupation "He or she is not doing their job!" The first question that pops into my head is what is their job and who are you to determine that they are not doing their job? Quite often it is someone who is disgruntled with their own job or someone is making their job tougher then what they assumed it would be at that point in the day. The same holds true for volunteer jobs, I hear every now and then that this CD is not doing his job or that CRE is not doing their job or even to the district level for the various and sundry jobs available here "We're not doing our job's" quite frankly I think it's do to understanding what the persons job above you is. The District MAD coordinator for example my job is simple I attempt to make Motorist Awareness a higher priority within the state of Alabama and this is done by contacting various state officials. I ask annually for Motorist Awareness Month to be declared (You get a Deluxe No-Prize if you know what month I'm talking about) and it is one the Governor's office does really easily. I write articles for the local newspaper answer questions about MAD when approached by CRE or MAD people on a local level and try to be a resource for those people.
What I am not is someone else's secretary I'll point you in the right direction and try to give you as much information as I can but ultimately it is your job to get the information that you need, make sure any reports that you have are sent at the appropriate times and to the appropriate people. I don't mind supplying you with articles I've written already since I keep most all of them somewhere on my PC at home. Brochures bumper stickers and pamphlets can be obtained from Phoenix simply by picking up the phone and calling them, they will send it directly to your home you can also get information from DOT as well as AMA or even Google or just search for Motorcycle Awareness regarding motorist awareness by visiting them on the intranet and for those of you without a computer you can go to the public library in your town to get online most have intranet services available.
Understand I am stepping down in January of 2009 and a new person will be filling my place and they may have a different perspective of this job and how to do it, but I will give them my take on the job and how to proceed and hopefully they won't hear about them not doing their job, because I did not do mine.
Ride Safe, Straight and Aware
|Freddy & Doris Wheeler|
Recruiting and Retention are the beginning and the end of the membership cycle.
Recruiting is the HEART of a healthy and growing association. You are proud of GWRRA. So---go tell people about your chapter---where you went last year---about the fun you have---Wing World magazine---Gold Book---Rescue and Rescue Plus program and invite them to JOIN!
The second part is Retention. This is where the new members expectations are fulfilled, resulting in a satisfied and enthusiastic member.
Teamwork in GWRRA is to give and take, have cooperative attitudes, consideration and respect, can, will do and I want to. The dictionary says, Teamwork is the acting together of a number of people to make the work of the group successful and effective.
|Dewey & Alice Cole|
What happens when a vendor bends? You poke them in the ribs and make'em jump!! Ha ha Have you ever noticed, most of them are always bending? They are always working on something and you don't get to see their faces as much. We hope to change that this year. Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock....the Alabama District Rally is not too far away. We are gearing up for it. If you have any fender benders, we hope to have a vendor bender for you. Maybe you shouldn't poke them in the ribs, but check them out though. I bet a good chrome vendor could hook you up with a nice piece of safety chrome. If you have any scratches, a good pin-striper artist can do a nice cover job for you. If your butt gets numb, I bet you could find a new seat or gel pads. Whatever you need or especially whatever you don't need, we hope to have it there for you. We are going to try to include the vendors a little more in our activities at the rally. It's not fair that they work all the time and don't get in on the fun as much. Along with bending vendors, we are going to try to have some southern hospitality food, fun, and games. These will be no-ticket-purchase-required games. We plan to have different types of games on the table for you to pick and choose from and then grab a bunch of friends (whether you know them or not) and get in on a good card game, Yahtzee game, pick-up sticks, chess, checkers, and maybe even marbles. Maybe someone can show me how to play marbles cause I never got to. Raised as an only child, I didn't get to play too many board games or group games. Steven likes Rook; I don't. Maybe you can join him in a game. We hope to confirm and have a lot more in store for you. So, don't miss it!
For other entertainment, we are looking for candidates to put together a talent show. Maybe we can get Randall Southerland to sing for us if he makes it. We don't discriminate... singers, comics, skit artists, clowns... all are welcomed. Give me a call if you have something in mind. We recently visited Georgia's rally and they had an awesome talent show. The talent had so much fun, they started just mixing in and dancing to anything! We want to bring it back strong to Alabama's rally. Please folks, you don't have to be talented, just crazy enough to try something. We might get another sneak peak at The Blues Brothers. We need you. Be All That You Can Be, be a "Rally Artist". If you become famous, we'll sell tickets for you!!
Till next month... ride like you mean it! Start practicing on your new talent. If we don't have a talent show, we can have a parking lot party!!!! ;-)
Long live Goldwingers!
It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
|Steven & Tammy Hollingsworth|
Phoenix, AZ (July 30, 2008)
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is pleased to announce the appointment of longtime GWRRA Event Management Group (EMG) Director, Edward Price, to the newly created position of Marketing Director.
Mr. Price had been the EMG Director for seven years. In this capacity, he planned the annual GWRRA event, Wing Ding, with a staff of dozens of GWRRA Volunteers and the officials of cities, states and local Convention & Visitors Bureaus of various cities where the event was held. Most recently, Mr. Price organized Wing Ding 30 in Greenville, South Carolina, this past July Fourth week. Mr. Price also organized other GWRRA national and international functions, such as Wing Ding Europe, held in Sakskøbing, Denmark, last year.
As Marketing Director, Mr. Price will continue to organize some GWRRA events and will plan strategic methods of marketing GWRRA to the public through the motorcycle media and other forms of consumer media.
GWRRA recently contracted KKT Event Management, LLC, of Surprise, Arizona, to coordinate future Wing Ding events, the next of which will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in July of 2009. KKT is a management company owned by Kevin and Kristi Thomas, both of whom have extensive backgrounds in tourism and event management, including The Organization Of Associated Salespeople In The Southwest, Inc.'s (OASIS) semi-annual OASIS Gift Show(R). In addition, Mr. Thomas was GWRRA's Event Manager from September 1998 to August 2001 when he was the head coordinator of Wing Ding.
GWRRA, the world's largest single-marque social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing and Valkyrie motorcycles, is an international association, founded in 1977, with 75,000 members worldwide, thousands of whom attend Wing Ding each year.
Gold Wing Road Riders Association
21423 North 11th Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85027
CONTACT: Executive Director, Melissa Eason
(800) 843-9460, ext. 212 or (623) 581-2500, ext. 212
|2||Sat||Ride for Kids - Pancake Breakfast -- 7:00am to 10:00am - Applebee's Neighborhood Grill - 302 Hughes Rd, Madison|
|Horizons Class -- 8:00am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 995 9th Ave, Bessemer|
|3||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|5||Tue||Supper at Nothing But Noodles -- 6:00pm - 6125 University Drive NW|
|7||Thu||Bike Night at Sonic -- off Hwy 20 on Wall Triana, Madison, at 6:00pm.|
|GWRRA - KY District Rally|
|Dairy Queen - Miracle Treat Day -- All proceeds for purchased Blizzards are donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals|
|9||Sat||AL District Picnic (North) -- 8:00am - Depart Madison CB/Shell (Shell station in front of the Cracker Barrel in Madison)|
|Ride for Kids Auction -- After District Picnic - Hope Christian School, Pelham|
|10||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|11||Mon||AL-E Anderson Meeting -- Fish Creel, Highway 207, Anderson - Eat 6:30pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|12||Tue||Rocket City Wings meeting -- Ryan's, S. Pkwy, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|
|14||Thu||Supper at El Olmeca Mexican Restaurant -- 6:00pm - 6966 Highway 431 South (Hampton Cove)|
|16||Sat||Advanced Leadership Skills -- 8:30am - Training Room at the UAB Medical West Hospital, 995 9th Ave, Bessemer|
|AL-H Athens (Athens Eagle Wings) Meeting -- LuLu's Place, Pepper Road out of Athens - Meet/Eat 8:00am|
|17||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|Bankhead Forest (Haleyville) Picnic Ride -- 12:30pm - Depart Mountain-Gap/Kangaroos (Kangaroos Stations across from Mountain-Gap on S. Memorial Pky)|
|19||Tue||Birthday Dinner at Phil Sandoval's -- 6:00pm - (the Old Rosie's on University)|
|21||Thu||Supper at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill -- 6:00pm - 3028 Memorial Pkwy, SW|
|Ride Meeting (All Welcome) -- 6:30pm - Jake & Kathy's|
|23||Sat||ALL DAY RIDE -- 9:00am - Depart Madison CB/Shell -- Florence (Rocking Chair for Lunch) Ride to Leiper's Fork. Ride to Nashville/Cool Springs. Visit Jared's Jewelry Store for Women's Chrome Shopping excursion; Men Required (Just ask Jeff) (TBD - restaurant in Cool Springs, Dinner)|
|24||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|26||Tue||Supper at Nothing But Noodles -- 6:00pm - 4800 Whitesburg Dr S # 11, Huntsville|
|AL-I Decatur (Point Mallard Wings) Meeting -- Tony's Country Cooking, 6th Avenue SE, Decatur - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|28||Thu||Supper at Smokey's BBQ -- 6:00pm - Madison|
|30||Sat||Mount Cheaha State Park -- 8:00am - Depart Mountain-Gap/Kangaroos - Kangaroos Stations across from Mountain-Gap on S. Memorial Pky - Park is NE of Talladega in Delta|
|Traveling Plaque Grab from Chapter-S -- 12:00pm-2:00pm -- Jonathan's Steak House - 15110 Highway 43, Russellville (across the highway from the hospital)|
|31||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|4||Thu||Bike Night at Sonic -- off Hwy 20 on Wall Triana, Madison, at 6:00pm.|
|5||Fri||Mammoth Cave (Overnight Trip) -- 6:30pm - Depart BP Highway 53 on 5th (EAT BEFORE YOU GO). Spend night in/around North-Nashville/Bowling Green. Arrive Mammoth Cave (Cave City, Kentucky) Sept, 6th. Visit cave and Kentucky Under.|
|7||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|8||Mon||AL-E Anderson Meeting -- Fish Creel, Highway 207, Anderson - Eat 6:30pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|9||Tue||Rocket City Wings meeting -- Ryan's, S. Pkwy, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|