Coming Attractions (Events)
October looks like it is going to be really fun month. What's the old saying? "If you aren't having fun, it's your own fault." That is pretty much true of this month with the wide variety of chapter activities that are planned. It is also worth mentioning that Miss Betty has kicked it up a notch the past couple of months with her restaurant selections, and this month she continues to some excellent picks.
October kicks off on the 4th with a ride to a location that I have wanted to go for a long time, Dismal Canyon in western Alabama. From what I have read about this area it is really special and a really beautiful sight to behold. Personally, I have been trying to get to Dismal Canyon for two years. Well, this year I am going -- I will be going in a car because of my knee operation, but I will be going.
The 11th will be special as we will have a "Night at the Drive-In". I am really jealous of everyone because I am going to be attending a wedding in North Carolina while you are all getting together and having fun at a Drive-In. Hmmm, wedding versus Drive-In, well, it's no contest to me as to who will be having more fun.
The following weekend will be the long anticipated Old Racers Weekend at Barber's Motorsports. For those of you that don't know, Barber's hosts a special weekend long set of races and events that feature older or historic motorcycles. This should be a really fun weekend.
The same weekend as the Old Racers Weekend is the Mississippi Rally in Biloxi. There is a group that will be leaving on Wednesday to go down if you are interested.
On the 25th Jim Robinson will be assisting with another Trike Rider Course at the Madison Executive Airport in Meridianville. If you are interested, please contact Kay Leonard at Kay :Leo nard *kno logy :net. I already know of a couple of our chapter members that have signed up. I talked with Kay and she has a couple of openings left so any of you Trikers that have never had a course or that want to hone your skills, give Kay or Jim a holler.
Rich & Nancy Follett have invited everyone down to their place on the 25th for their annual Chili Dump & Weenie Roast. This is a bunch of good fun and good food. It all starts at 4:00pm. We hope to see EVERYONE there. See the details later in the newsletter.
As always, the most up-to-date schedule information can be found on the website -- check it often.
John & Elizabeth Griswold
Reflections & Reminiscing (Events)
The Ride for Kids weekend was ... what words can I use? Exciting, Moving, Tiring, Hopeful, Uplifting, Exhausting, Busy, Inspiring, Exhilarating, Tearful, Surprising, and without a doubt Wonderful. You know the people that worked the Ride for Kids event because they are the ones that have the tired bodies, but very satisfied smiles. I will say this about this year's Ride for Kids -- it went much smoother and we had more people working so the load was spread out. Ask any of the people who worked the event this year as their first year if they will be back next year; I can almost guarantee that they will say yes!
Boy ... Wayne and JoAnn Davis know how to host a Chrome Party! This was the biggest and best attend Chrome Party that I can remember. Wayne had cleaned out his MONSTER shed that was used for working on his big tractor-trailer rigs. If we had done a little organizing with regard to how we rolled bikes in to work on them we could have very comfortably gotten 15-18 bikes in and working at one time (and possibly more). JoAnn made some ground-beef vegetable soup that was to die for. And I'm not sure who made the apple and the pear deserts (I apologize for that) but we are talking about some very sinful stuff (that is translated as very, very good). Oh! And JoAnn provided a full gallon of ice cream to go on the apple/pear desert. And there were cookies and two cakes (okay my mouth is watering just writing about this). We had bike parts all over the place doing everything from changing oil, to changing air filters, to installing all manner of extra goodies; arm rests, spoilers, head-light modulators, lots of shiny stuff everywhere. It was a big success and Wayne was kind enough to invite us back!
The following day there was a group that took a ride. Unfortunately, I had been called to a meeting so I didn't get to attend the ride. From what I was told they a really great time even though they did not find one of their original attended destinations. But, hey its more about enjoying the people that you are with than it is the destination.
On Saturday the 27th, Alice Chapman and a band of other merrymakers gathered at Gander Mountain parking lot to sell stuff Yard-Sale style to benefit Relay for Life.
If you missed the fun last month, please join us this month.
John & Elizabeth Griswold
It is with the saddest heart that I must pass on the following news.
Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.
Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin.
Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half baked schemes.
Despite being a little flaky at times he was still a crusty old man and was considered a roll model for millions.
Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly dad, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.
The Shocking Truth -- culture shocks
Fun with Friends
|What to Bring|
Chili - bring some chili and we will dump it all together into a mild or spicy pot
Dish to Share - bring a favorite snack or desert
Carved/Painted Pumpkin and Tombstone Contest - must be original and decorated for judging
Lawn Chairs, Hot Dog Stick, Costume optional
(coffee, tea, water)
*Hot Dogs & Buns
*Hot Dog Fixins
John & Elizabeth Griswold want to announce the hopeful coming of their third grandchild. On September 23rd when we were celebrating our eldest daughter's birthday and giving her presents she gave us an even bigger and better present back. She announced that she and our son-in-law are expecting another child! She is too early in her pregnancy for more details, but we ask for your thoughts and prayers in praise and in guided health for mother and child.
Alabama District Staff
Couple of the Year:
What a really fast month September has been. We have been to Chapter D to see some the folks that we ate with at Wing Ding. We met some of the new members we have not seen before and wound up in the parking lot after the meeting talking for two hours. We really had a wonderful time.
We also got to see an old friend we had not seen in a long time. We had the privilege to have had dinner with Bob "Gorilla" Brooks. We met Bob and Connie at the 98 Rally in Gulf Shores; we were all trying to put our bikes under a roof between two buildings at the motel we were staying at because a tornado was coming. The funniest story I have heard Bob tell was trying to ride his bike while the bike was trying to ride a pig. It was not real funny at first because it tore his bike up, but after awhile it was a funny story. Our prayers go out to Connie and all the family. Gorilla was one of the good guys and he will be missed.
Our next visit was to the Chocolate gravy breakfast Chapter. We had a very nice visit with Chapter K and enjoyed seeing old friends. If you have never had Chocolate gravy you need to go by early enough to enjoy some and sit down with Chapter K before the meeting to enjoy the camaraderie.
Our next visit was to Chapter Y. We had a lot of fun with old friends and made some new ones. CD Bill Barden ask if I had anything to say and would you believe he said I talked to long. Then CD Roy Beall from Chapter J got up and invited everyone to their Bike Rodeo 27 Sep at Palmore Park in Tuscaloosa. Sounds like it will be a good new experience for a lot of folks. Frank and Linda Teasley, AL Trainers, were there to talk about the Road Captains course. All things considered we had a good time until my homeless partner (Steven Hollingsworth, got out in the parking lot and I could not get him to stop talking so we could leave, I know everyone believes that.
Our next trip was to the Region A Rally in Dothan and we had a great time. Spencer and Joan Hall did a great job of providing the things that Chapter U had volunteered to bring and do. Alabama had a great showing and a whole bunch of them rode further than the FL, GA and MS members. Terry and Barbie did a really wonderful job of representing Alabama in the Couple of the Year selection and all of us are really proud of them. If you can, you need to try to attend next year, but if you are, you need to make your reservations NOW. Thanks to all of the Region A staff for showing us such a good time.
We have two traveling Plaque grabs coming in October. Chapter S will have the Region A plaque up for grabs at Russellville on 4 October from 12:00-2:00. All of the information is on the Region A website. The AL Travelling Plaque will be up for grabs from Chapter Y on 11 Oct. All the info for that is on the AL website. If you cannot access the website, please let us know and we will send it to you or just give us a call.
On 4 October there is a Chapter kick off at the home of Mack and Renee McInnis, 2531 Firetower Rd, Semmes, Renaissance Theme, Whole Pig Roasted, Games, $5/person. We are looking forward to a good time and hope all who can will meet us there.
There will be a Couple of the Year get together on 25 Oct. Chapter Couple of the Year Gathering -- 10am-2pm - Klassy Klean, 81 Ste. C&D Weatherly Club Drive, Alabaster, AL - Discuss details of selection process at Snowball and have some good fun. Cookout and watch AL/TN football after. All Couples please try to be there.
The last thing I would like to talk about is the Ride for Kids. We left Dothan Saturday after the closing ceremonies and went to Pelham to meet up with the Task Force for the Sunday ride. We had 16 AL chapters represented and we raised $105,000. Thank you all for coming and helping us make this a really big success.
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 riding, call a friend, they are probably thinking the same thing.
Please ride Safe and Often,
|Roy & Anita Fosnight|
Please Ride Safe and Often
2009 Alabama District Rally Pin Contest
|Quality Inn & Convention Center|
2705 E South Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36116
Group Code: Gold Wing Group
|9:00am||-||Couple of the Year Selection|
|Following||-||Games until 1:00pm|
FREE ADMISSION & YEAR BAR
Head Pin available @ $4.00 each
Check the temperature before you leave home. Awards will be presented for longest distance, coldest temperature on a Wing, Valkyrie, and in a car.
Grand prize, door prizes and 50/25/25.
Refreshments on site
Join us for fun and games, door prizes, awards for the rally pin contest winner, recruiter of the year and Joe Sellers Member of the Year award.
Remember, the Officers Conference will follow the Snowball activities, and will begin at 6:00pm. All CDs, ACDs and Chapter Rider Educators are expected to attend (All others are welcome). See you there!
We'll do financial reports Friday evening if you can be there! 264872
Contact Roy and Anita Fosnight:
Phone 256-721-9151 / Dir ecto r*Al abam a-gw rra:org
Join us for some down-home
March 26-28th, 2009
Grand Prize: $5,000
For more information and to download a flyer
If you have been reading our articles over the past three months we have covered FUN, SAFETY and KNOWLEDGE three words in our GWRRA motto. But we have saved the best for last FRIENDS. That is right.. FRIENDS for FUN, SAFETY and KNOWLEDGE. FRIENDS is what this organization is about.. People is what this is all about. We were at the Region A rally in Dothan, Alabama at the Couple of the Year Selection process when we heard our own Terry Cleveland, 1/2 of our District Couple of the Year said to the crowd. "You join GWRRA because of the bike, but you stay because of the people." We could not have been more proud of a Couple than we were of Terry and Barbie and the way they represented our District at the Region level.
At our last home chapter meeting in Birmingham, we had a young lady show up at our chapter meeting, that was just starting her college years at Birmingham Southern.. This young lady has been a GWRRA member all her life... really her parents signed her up the day she was born. At age 11 she was working tables at the Mississippi Rally when her parents were part of the District staff. Pamela Bates grew up as part of our GWRRA family so when she showed up in town.. the first people she looked up were family.. her GWRRA family and FRIENDS.
These two examples show you exactly what kind of people this organization is made of...as we travel from chapter to chapter, to other districts or regions.. we have always been welcomed with open arms.. some by people that we have never seen before. This organization is all about the people, the FRIENDS, the family. Take advantage of GWRRA's greatest benefit.. not Wing World, not the rescue plus.. not the seminars..but the PEOPLE.. the FRIENDS.
"The more you know, the better it gets."
|Robert & Gail Brown|
Golly-Gee! Corky and I are completely amazed. Putting on a Region Rally is a bit harder than putting on a Chapter Fun Day!!! Although it's basically the same, it's also a lot different, and so much larger. For example: we started planning for next year's Rally as we were watching this year's closing ceremony! Making notes of what worked and what did not work along with things that we could add or do differently.
The numbers of people it takes to "SUCCESSFULLY" conduct something like a Rally is amazing. The Region A Directors, Bob and Nancy Shrader, and their staff, seemed to be in complete control of every aspect of the Rally, and because of the support of the Regions Districts Directors, this year's Rally went so well that the Region A Staff has agreed to hold next year's Rally here in Dothan. Of all the cities in Region A, (five states) they have selected Dothan as the host city---again. How lucky we are to be in this position?
There were three days of fun, friends, knowledge, seminars, venders, poker runs, games, drawings for great gifts and much more. Corky and I have been too many Rallies, and this one rates right up there with the best. For those of you, who could not make the time to attend, missed out! In attendance were members from Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and other states too! Maybe next year Alabama will be the state with the most in attendance?? Wouldn't that be great?
We all know that large functions, as this one was, can only happen because of our members. Without you, nothing happens. One of the tasks I will be asking our Chapter Directors to help us with for all functions in the future is to get involved. Make a concerted effort to empress on their Chapter membership how important it is to volunteer. As Corky and I walked around the Rally, we saw many volunteers from Alabama performing tasks all over the place. But, I also saw many of those same members performing tasks later, on another day. That could mean that we didn't get enough volunteers from our members to spread the duties out so no one had to perform multiple duties, unless they wanted to. You, the Chapter Directors can help in this effort. Talk up the things that our District and Region are trying to do for us. Lead by example and volunteer yourself and then as many of your Chapter as you can. You would be amazed at how much affect one or two members from each Chapter have.
If you are interested in the specifics of the Rally, such as numbers and stuff, go to the Region A Web Page. I'm sure it'll be broken down for ya's there.
Remember, "Keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down"
|Ron & Corky Alexander|
Well here it is October and we all know that means Halloween time and especially me since I have a birthday that same date, please no comments about "what was I a trick or a treat?" The Halloween season does bring up some interesting parallels though in regards to awareness. We ask those trick or treaters to wear reflective clothing and bright colors as well as use some type of lighting devices so that people in cars see you better. My observation has been that most folks have heeded this and you do see kids and adults alike wearing the appropriate clothing and you find those people in cars paying closer attention to those who are on the candy quest.
This didn't happen overnight though and it took lots of years of reminding people to do the things mentioned above before they began realize that doing so would save lives and a lot of grief over time an it is still improving today. We have the same issue in motorcycling we have to keep reminding those of us who ride to wear the proper clothing and make sure it is reflective and to include lighting in their be aware plan as well as reminding motorist to look for us on two wheels only problem is our day set aside occurs in May and we don't remember it ourselves often so how can we expect for those in cars to remember to look for us. I think though if we keep raising the issue over time it will become recognized and soon we will all be safer when we ride.
Until next month Ride Safe, Straight and Aware!
|Freddy & Doris Wheeler|
We attended Region "A" rally in Dothan and had a wonderful time. Bob and Nancy Shrader and their staff put on a GREAT rally. Thanks, we are looking forward to attending next year's rally.
Bob and Carla Greer at closing ceremony talked about recruiting being up in Region A. However, Alabama showed a minus percentage. That means we ALL need to work a little harder on Recruiting.
G.W.R.R.A.'s motto is Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge. At the region rally that is what we saw. Everyone worked together and had a good time. There were several seminars with lots of good information on safety and many ideas to take back to the chapters.
Always have an application to join with you, because a person you talk to may not be a member, but would like to be one.
Keep communications open with your chapter members and let everyone know what the Chapter is going to be doing.
|Dewey & Alice Cole|
Where did October come from? It seems like only 2 months ago it was August... um... well, yeah, I guess it was. Although bike riding is slowing down (for some folks), we aren't slowing down. We are gearing up to continue with more plans to make our next Alabama District Rally the best yet. We are finalizing a few plans along the way, and we are puttin' in lists to Santa Claus to bring us some goodies for the Rally. We need door prizes and we need some creative folks to come up with some really neat Couple of the Year baskets. Snowball Conference is "just around the next bend" and not long after that will be February, then March, then April and if you blink, you'll miss the Rally. So, keep your eyes peeled, ears cocked, and ideas flowing. Just 'cause the riding is slowing down, the planning is still revvvvv'ing up for the rally.
We hope you enjoy the Fall. It's really neat to see the leaves turn and pumpkins pop out on the roadsides. It's time to pick-a-punkin and carve some funny faces. Or meanie ones if you are like that. Be careful if you are traveling on some back roads. During the summer, I've had to perform some evasive maneuvers to avoid fallin' watermelons... in the fall months, it could be fallin' pumpkins. You never know, so be careful.
I hope by now, most of you have met the District Staff for Alabama. If you haven't, you will get a better chance when rally time gets here. If you haven't signed up for the Alabama rally yet; then what are you waitin' on? Don't let your flyers turn back into pumpkins... fill them out and send them in!! We can do our planning better if we know how many folks are coming. Once you've filled out the flyer and have registered for the Alabama rally, then you can sit back, carve a pumpkin, eat some pumpkin pie, and watch the leaves fall. It don't get much better than that, huh?
Watch out... it's turkey season just around the corner after Halloween. Then it's Christmas. Ho, Ho, Ho. It won't be long after that, we will kick off the rally season with the Snowball Conference. It's going to be in January up in Montgomery. Come on out and join us... sport those new "winter" sweaters that you will get for Christmas. You will get a sweater... trust me... everyone always gets at least one sweater, right?
If you happen to see a pumpkin riding a Goldwing... no fear... he's just heading out to a Halloween costume party. If you see two of them, again, no fear... it's his wife too. If you see three, then I suggest you head over and get your eyes checked out. ;-)
Oh well... until next time. Roll out Goldwingers! Ride Safe... Drive like you mean it!
|Steven & Tammy Hollingsworth|
Wow, what a rally! Of course, we're speaking of the just-concluded Region "A" Rally in Dothan, AL. Nan and I can't begin to tell you how happy we and the whole Region staff are with the outcome of the rally. As you know, we had a new site (the Holiday Inn) and this was the first Region rally that Nan and I together with our staff had staged together, but we couldn't have asked for better! Nan and I would like to extend our deepest appreciating to our wonderful Region "A" staff and to the District Directors and chapter members who worked so hard to pull this off! Everything worked as we had planned and the delegates seemed to really enjoy themselves.
We are highly pleased to report that we had 690 loyal delegates in attendance. In addition we had 12 vendors who provided a wide variety of products and services to the attendees. We only had about 20 minutes of rain for the entire three-day rally with the remainder of the time warm but near perfect.
One thing we consistently heard from the delegates attending the rally was their approval of the hotel we selected, the Holiday Inn of Dothan. You've got to give the staff at this facility credit; they did everything we asked of them and kept things running smoothly. The sleeping rooms were in good condition and the food in the hotel restaurant was great. They kept the buffet going and service was pretty quick when you consider the number of delegates we had on the property.
Elsewhere in this newsletter and on the Region website we will detail the folks who won awards for things like the Bike Show, Talent Show, Newsletter, Scrap Book, Mascot, Lighted Bike Parade, etc.
We also selected a new Region "A" Couple of the Year, Bob and Cathy Singley from Hattiesburg, MS. Our "Congratulations!" to Bob and Cathy for a great job during the selection process and for their impressive dedication to GWRRA during their membership. Bob and Cathy also have the distinction of recruiting 26 new members, thus making them members of GWRRA's Hall of Honor. We know these guys will do their best to represent Region "A" at Wing Ding in Tulsa next July.
We'd like to extend a special "Thank You" to Spencer and Joan Hall, the Chapter Director for Dothan's AL-U. These folks and their Assistant Chapter Director, Jim and Sue Hussey did an outstanding job developing the Poker Runs and staffing the table for the entire rally. They mapped out some very interesting rides as well as procuring several nice prizes for closing ceremonies. Among those prizes were two sets of Gold Wing tires. Spencer tells us that next year he's going to have at least one escorted ride that will showcase the Lower Alabama area and take the riders to real out-of-the-way places. We appreciate all the effort made by the staff and members of AL-U to make this Region "A" rally a complete success.
Our Grand Prize at the rally was a 2008 Honda Metropolitan scooter, which we obtained from Honda-Yamaha of Ft. Walton Beach in Florida. They made us a very attractive offer on this scooter, which enabled the Region to purchase it for the rally. They also donated a set of Gold Wing tires. The scooter was won by Jim Hussey the ACD of AL-U in the drawing at closing ceremonies.
Please remember that we made a change in the rules governing the capture of the Region "A" Wanderer this year. The rules now state that you cannot capture the Wanderer from the chapter that captured it from you. It must pass through that chapter and be in the possession of another chapter in order for you to be eligible to go for it again. We think this change will result in more chapters participating in the Wanderer.
We were so pleased with Dothan in general and the Holiday Inn specifically that we have decided to return there next year for the Region rally in 2009. We promise an even better event, with great prizes and hopefully more vendors. We had 12 vendors this year and we certainly appreciate those who helped make the rally a success. You need vendors to make a Gold Wing rally attractive and those who participated really helped make the rally appealing.
Next on the calendar is the Mississippi District rally in Biloxi, MS October 16th-18th at the Gulf Coast Coliseum. Gregg and Pat Harbison along with the MS District staff have worked hard to maintain the high standards always associated with the Mississippi rally. Nan and I will be attending along with many of the Region "A" staff. Gregg and Pat put on a good show last year and we know that this one will be even better. We hope to see you in Biloxi!
Nan and I look forward to seeing you on the road at a GWRRA event somewhere soon,
|Bob & Nancy Shrader|
The Region Rally held September 11-13, was a blast. The delegates some 690 strong was busy having fun in a brand new rally location. Yep, a new venue for the Region Rally was in the heart of Region 'A' in Dothan, Alabama. Wow, new roads to ride and new adventures to explore with two outstanding Poker Runs laid out by the local AL-U (The Crusin U's) Chapter in Dothan. A tip of the helmet to the Crusin U's for all their help the Chapter provided. Congratulations to Jim & Sue Hussey a member of the Crusin U's who won the Honda Scooter Grand Prize. Jim and Sue are Assistant Chapter Directors for 'U' and long time Chapter and GWRRA members.
I need to comment about the Holiday Inn South where the rally unfolded. I don't thing I have ever been associated with a better group of hotel management and staff. I have been associated with many rallies through the years and this is the first hotel that has come through with everything that the Region Staff had set up or requested. First, the complete facility was dedicated to the Region Rally, which was completely booked. The food was fabulous and there was always plenty of it. I never had to wait for a table in the restaurant. If the restaurant was full, then the hotel management opened up the large bar area, which had plenty of seating. There were always enough servers to wait on each delegate. That in itself was a magical feat that was worth the price of admission. And the breakfast bar, which was included in your room rate, was well, simply outstanding and never ran out of food. Wow, what great service. I don't know about you, but my room was always cleaned and ready to go by noon each day and always had plenty of towels and washcloths. My friends you may not consider these things as great, but if you have attended many rallies you know what I am speaking of. Please, a loud applause for the hotel management and especially for the hotel staff that worked their butts off. Holiday Inn South, Dothan, we love you and guess what? We are going to rally with you next September 2009 in Dothan.
The theme is LA (Lower Alabama) Hoedown in South Alabama. So pull out those overalls and straw hats, bonnets, snuff, corncob pipes, brogans, and anything else you may think of that would fit the theme and join us at the Holiday Inn South in Dothan, AL in September of 2009. We are going to treat you so many ways you are bound to like one of them. I haven't looked, but I'll bet you a cold Royal Crown (RC) that the rally flyer will soon be out on the Region 'A' website. Register now and avoid the rush. You know, there may be some Royal Crown Colas and Moon pies available... who knows? For the Ladies perhaps some Buttercup or Railroad snuff, and for the Gents perhaps some Beechnut or Brown Mule chew. Man, is there going to be a tobacco spit-in contest?
A tip of the helmet to our vendors who supported the Region Rally. We are certainly appreciative of your support and thanks for displaying all the new Gold Wing items that we love to buy. Hope to see you again in 2009.
Congratulations to Bob and Cathy Singly the new Region 'A' Couple of the Year. They hale from Mississippi and certainly Cathy will represent the Region with pride and class and I hope Bob will follow her lead. Just kidding Bob. I am confident both will represent Region 'A' in the style and class of previous Region Couples. Thanks Mississippi for allowing Bob and Cathy to represent Region 'A' for the next year.
|Jim & Sue Jackson|
The Region "A" Rally is over and if you missed it, you really missed a good one. An overflowing crowd participated its way through a great weekend of fun, activities, food, and great weather. Despite the threat of hurricane Gustav curing his way more north than forecasted, over 600 folks came to Dothan to take over the Holiday Inn literally. We had the entire hotel for our activities. It was great!
The Region Staff couldn't have done it without the help of the District Directors, the District Staffs and all the members of Region "A". Each Region "A" staffer was in charge of overseeing that the respective District carried out their responsibilities. Dave and I were to oversee the indoor games under the Florida Directors, and the Talent Show, Chapter and Directors Challenge under the South Carolina Directors.
The Florida crew came in, set up the games and occasionally we would peek in to find a full house having fun playing games under a well-oiled Florida crew. Ed and Jeanette Carr chose well, their Florida crew was the best.
Next came the Directors challenge under the leadership of Carl and Donna Blackston and his very able SC staff. I don't know who laughed more, the two South Carolina staff members (both girls) who were in charge of placing the clothespins in strategic places, or the very large crowd that had gathered to watch all the District Directors and even our Region Director peeling clothespins off their partners trying to beat the clock. Talk about timing, the one rain cloud we had the entire weekend hit us as we were all gathered under the tent for this hilarious activity.
After a great meal served up by the hotel staff on Friday evening, the talent show began! Twelve very talented acts performed to a packed house. Under the leadership of MC Danny Daniel, Chapter AL-F, the crowd was treated to a real variety of acts including an impromptu hula lesson from some of our appropriately dressed members. There were a number of hairy legs in the group but they were sure shaking their booties. Serious winners were Chapter FL2-D and Bill Deguire. Comedy winners were Chapter AL-W and JJ Etzle from GA.
After the talent show, the parade of Hawaiian outfits began. There were the individual, couple, and chapter competitions. Dolly and Bill Dodd provided some great music for these groups to parade or should I say sashay down the aisle with everyone getting into the rhythm of the music. Winners were Individual -- Miriam Andrews of Miami, FL, Couple winner was Bill and Betty Livingston, GA DDs, and chapter winner was FL2-L, the Fireballs!
There were three MED/Leadership seminars during the weekend. Bob and Karla Greer, Region A MED Coordinators, put on a fun seminar at 8am on Friday morning with 60 people in attendance. At 9am, Dave Aiken, Georgia District Trainer, had a District Challenge Trivia seminar/game. Each district was represented by 3-5 members and Dave asked them 20 Trivia questions from the Leadership Training Programs. The audience could cheer on their group but offer no help in the answers. It was very rewarding to us trainers to see how many of the questions the groups got right. There was a little dissention on the question, "If there is no one around a parked bike, and the bike falls over, whose fault is it?" The answer Dave had was "The Co-Rider"; however, I don't think the "Co-Riders" in the room agreed. Mississippi won the challenge with South Carolina in a very close second. Everyone had a great time with over 60 folks participating. Saturday morning another 70 or so folks learned how to have fun at your chapter meeting. Rick and Madelana Buck demonstrated and presented many fun ideas to get your chapter involved at activities and at chapter gatherings. We thank all of the presenters for their time and enthusiasm in these presentations.
One of the last fun activities we were involved in was the Chapter Challenge. On Saturday afternoon, under the guidance of the South Carolina staff, chapter members, at least 6 in number, had to gather tightly together and then masking tape was tightly wrapped around them. They had to move as a unit through an obstacle course without breaking the tape to a clock. Carl Blackston led his guys in this activity as the starter, with his "guys" running the tape tightly around the group. This is a wonderful example of "TEAMWORK" as you had to work together to accomplish the task. The group really had to hang on to each other to move and not break the tape. Chapter FL2-L from Lakeland was the winner and they really moved their group around the course. Chapter AL-F from Montgomery, AL with the help of their 6th person, Dewey Cole from Chapter AL-N, was second. A least 100 people gathered under the tent to form a team or yell for their team with lots of noise drawing in more folks to the activity.
I hope you can tell from this article, the key word is PARTICIPATION, and participate everyone did. There were record numbers at every competition or activity, as you will read from the other Region "A" staff. Everyone had a really good time from the comments we heard during the weekend and since we have returned home. It will be same time, same place in 2009. Be sure to be there.
It is now off to Mississippi for the last rally in Region "A". Let's go out in 2008 with style in Biloxi. See you there!
|Dave & Ellen Hamilton|
|1||Wed||Myrtle Beach Fall Motorcycle Rally|
|2||Thu||Supper at Clarks -- 6:00pm - 1221-D Kelli Dr, Athens (South of 72, across from Cracker Barrel)|
|4||Sat||Dismal Canyon Ride -- 9:00am - Depart Madison/CB Shell|
|Experienced Rider Course -- Madison County Executive Airport|
|Fort Payne Fire Department Benefit Ride for MDA -- Reg: 8am, FBO: 9am, LBI: 4pm. $5/hand. Fort Payne Fire Department Training Center, 200 14th St. Door Prizes, 50/50. Contact: 256-845-6250|
|5||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|6||Mon||Madison County Area Schools Fall Break|
|7||Tue||Supper at Lone Star Steakhouse -- 6:00pm - 5901 University Drive (Madison Square Mall)|
|Madison County Area Schools Fall Break|
|8||Wed||Madison County Area Schools Fall Break|
|9||Thu||Supper at Lenny's Sub Shop -- 6:00pm - 7830 Highway 72 W, Madison (couple of doors down from Books A Million)|
|GWRRA - VA District Rally|
|Cruisin for St. Jude Mini Rally -- Thursday-Sunday - Birmingham Race Course - Fun filled weekend featuring lots of bands, Bike Show, Swap-meet, 50/50 each day, Freebies, Motorcycle Rodeo, Food, Ice cold drinks, Vendors - Entrance: $35 donation - Contact: Lynn Reynolds w/ Cycle Connections 205-853-9197|
|Madison County Area Schools Fall Break|
|10||Fri||Madison County Area Schools Fall Break|
|11||Sat||Night at the Movies -- 7:00pm Rave Valley Bend 18|
|12||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|13||Mon||AL-E Anderson Meeting -- Fish Creel, Highway 207, Anderson - Eat 6:30pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|Columbus Holiday (Observed)|
|14||Tue||Rocket City Wings gathering -- Ryan's, S. Pkwy, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|
|16||Thu||Supper at Rosies Mexican Cantina -- 6:00pm - 7540 South Memorial Pkwy|
|GWRRA - Mississippi District Rally|
|Biketoberfest -- Daytona Beach|
|18||Sat||Old Racers Weekend -- 8:00am - Depart Madison/CB Shell|
|AL-H Athens (Athens Eagle Wings) Meeting -- LuLu's Place, Pepper Road out of Athens - Meet/Eat 8:00am|
|19||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|21||Tue||Birthday Dinner at Supper at Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi -- 6:00pm - 3991 University Dr NW|
|23||Thu||Supper at Casa Blanca -- 6:00pm - 140 Browns Ferry Rd, Madison|
|25||Sat||Ride to the Dump (Chili that is ... ) -- 3:30pm - Depart Mountain-Gap/Kangaroos - Kangaroos Stations across from Mountain-Gap on S. Memorial Pky|
|Chili Dump & Weenie Roast at Rich & Nancy's -- 4:00pm - Bring your favorite Chili or other dish to share|
|Trike Rider Course -- Class: 8:30-11:00, Range: 12:00-4:00, Fee: $20 - Madison Executive Airport, Meridianville - Contact: Kay Leonard or Jim Robinson|
|Chapter Couple of the Year Gathering -- 10am-2pm - Klassy Klean, 81 Ste. C&D Weatherly Club Drive, Alabaster, AL - Discuss details of selection process at Snowball and have some good fun. Cookout and watch AL/TN football after.|
|26||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|27||Mon||Staff Meeting (All Welcome) -- 6:30pm - Jeff & Stephanie Brownback's|
|28||Tue||AL-I Decatur (Point Mallard Wings) Meeting -- Tony's Country Cooking, 6th Avenue SE, Decatur - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|30||Thu||Supper at Olive Garden -- 6:00pm - 3730 University Dr NW|
|2||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|Standard Time Resumes -- Fall Back|
|4||Tue||Supper at Port of Madison, Holiday Inn -- 6:00pm - 9035 Madison Blvd|
|6||Thu||Supper at Posey's Restaurant -- 6:00pm - 12909 Highway 431 N, Hazel Green|
|9||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am - 607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville. Ride TBD.|
|Jeff Dunham Comedy -- 7:00pm - Von Braun Center Arena, Huntsville, AL|
|10||Mon||AL-E Anderson Meeting -- Fish Creel, Highway 207, Anderson - Eat 6:30pm / Meet 7:00pm|
|11||Tue||Rocket City Wings gathering -- Ryan's, S. Pkwy, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|
|Veterans' Day (Armistice Day)|