2011 Alabama District Convention
|Steven & Tammy Hollingsworth|
Is it February already ?? Wow.. 2011 is going full speed ahead!
Although our New Years Eve ride was in wonderful weather, we didn't get so lucky with our first ride to start off 2011. However we all still met for breakfast and enjoyed each others company. What a great way to start off a fresh new year.. with our GWRRA family!
The next big adventure was Snowball. Mixed in with all the fun of seeing and spending time with our friends, we learned a lot too ! Then it was on to the couples selection. Let me say that all three couples did an outstanding job in their presentations! However, we couldn't be more proud that our very own Greg & Renee Dempsey were selected as the 2011 District Couple of the Year!!! One of us ( and I won't mention which one ) screamed so loud when the announcement was made that I .. umm.. I mean, someone lost their voice for awhile!! Funny thing however, some didn't seem to mind...as a matter of fact, they rather enjoyed it. Chapter B won a few awards too !! 1st Place for the Most Active Chapter in Alabama and for the Largest Chapter in Attendance at Snowball !!! Way to go Chapter B !! Ya'll ROCK !!!
Then came our monthly gathering.. or wait.. did it ? Well, we did hold a gathering, just turned out a little different due to lots and lots of snow! Our gathering was moved to Saturday and joined in the game night / monthly birthday celebration. Guess you could say we had a lot going on that night ! But it was LOTS of fun !! One of us even walked away with a little bit of participation money ! : )
Next came the Horizons class. Although I had to miss the first half of the day on Saturday, Hiram was there to show his support to the sixteen folks who took the class.
Chapter B had 15 participants in attendance !! Woo hoo !! I was able to get there after lunch and enjoyed going thru the class again as a supporter. Day two was just as much fun. I know that everyone in the class really had a good time! The Horizons and Leadership classes are something that we hope everyone takes the opportunity to go through. You learn so much about GWRRA , yourself and each other !
Then on the schedule was movie night. Hiram & I , along with our friend Lynn, stopped by for a few moments. Lynn was visiting from out of town, so we didn't stay long. However from the looks of it, everyone was really enjoying themselves!
Now.. for the MOST important ( at least to us ) happening in January ...
There is a new addition to the Bass/Pinion family!! Our daughter Ragan gave birth to a baby boy on January 25th !! Weighing in at 7 lbs, 15 oz and 19 inches long, he has a head full of dark hair... and is just the cutest thing you've ever seen! His name -- Jacob Harrison Pinion. Our other grandchildren, Hunter & Averee are already forming a very close bond with him.. which is so precious to see. Our family is truly blessed !! -
We just had to show him off .....
We look forward to what is "just around the next bend" ... Hoping you will join us for all the fun activities planned in the days ahead.
|Hiram & Lisa Bass|
While doing some research for this months news article, I found an interesting one written by Jackie Vaughan that I would like to share with you.
Everything in life has limits. When we were young, we had bedtimes that were far too early, especially on a summer night, or when something good was on TV. As we got older, curfews and the frustrations of limited spending money chafed us. We were pretty much controlled by how often and how long we could borrow the car. Still, we stretched and broke the limits with only minor repercussions.
As riders we have limits, too, and these, unlike legal limits such as speed and right-of-way, can only be stretched so far before the consequences become very dire indeed. These limits are our personal limits, the limits of our machines, and the limits of our environment. To ride safely, we must know these limits and ride within them. This would be a fairly easy task if the limits were fixed and separate. However, they are each highly variable and intertwined so that one can affect the others.
Personal limits change constantly. There are the slow, but perceptible signs of aging when we finally don glasses that eventually give way to bifocals and when hearing dims. As we reach the over-the-hill age of 40, night vision begins to lessen. With any luck, skill and experience provide compensation.
Not even the young among us are immune to personal limits. We are all susceptible. These limits can be imposed by physical conditions such as fatigue or emotion or by medications, both over-the counter and prescription. New prescriptions can have unexpected side effects, and drug interactions can produce terrifying reactions. Medications should be carefully discussed with doctor and pharmacist before we ride. Getting all prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy lessens the chance of a conflict or overdose not being spotted. Recreational drugs create dangers that should be obvious.
Over-the-counter drugs frequently pose problems. Almost every label on allergy medications carries the warning, "May cause drowsiness. Do not operate heavy machinery while taking this medication." By heavy machinery they don't mean bulldozers or tanks. They mean cars and trucks and motorcycles and riding lawnmowers and anything else where a drowsy, dizzy or uncoordinated operator could have an accident. Almost every skill needed to safely operate a motorcycle is affected by such medicines.
Even when we're at our physical best, our motorcycles pose limits. Obvious ones are type and power. A fully loaded touring bike is not made to ride over sand dunes at the beach, nor is a two-up 125-cc bike safe on the interstate. Even the best-maintained bike is subject to routine wear and tear. New tires are slick until the mold release wears off. Cheap tires can offer poor traction under even optimum conditions. Brake pads wear. A poorly cared for bike is two-wheeled disaster.
Even when our bikes and we are in tip-top condition, the environment can sharply define our limits. A twisty back road is a joy on a warm sunshiny day. The same road on a cold, wet night is a rider's nightmare. Cold can dull our reflexes and slow our reaction times. Numbed hands operate controls more slowly and with less feedback, making full-braking stops less effective. Nature can brush a road with sand or mist it with rain or fog. Our only choice is to slow down and to avoid any sudden changes in speed or direction. We should never be so dumb that we don't realize it is time to get off the road.
Our limits, the limits of our machines, and natural limits, all combined in endless permutations, are part of the challenge of motorcycling. Knowing these limits and riding within them are part of the responsibility of motorcycling. And that is part of the joy of motorcycling.
Hiram & Lisa Bass
|1||Tue||Supper at Barnhills -- 6:00pm 3801 University Dr. NW|
|3||Thu||Supper at Thai Garden -- 6:00pm 800 Wellman Av. NE off California St.|
|5||Sat||Ride to AL-N Chapter Gathering -- 3:00pm meet at Hampton Cove Sonic eat at 5pm/meeting at 6pm Gadsden Al.|
|6||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE|
|Super Bowl Sunday|
|8||Tue||Rocket City Wings gathering -- Ryan's, S. Pkwy, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|
|10||Thu||Supper at Nothing But Noodles -- 6:00pm 6125 University Dr. NW|
|12||Sat||Ride to Fall Creek Falls -- 7:00am meet at Gurley Hardees will be attenting TN District Winter Event cost is $12.50 time is 9:00am to 9:00pm|
|TN Winter Event -- 9am-9pm Fall Creek Falls State Park in Pikeville, TN|
|Officer Certification Program Class -- 8:00am UAB Medical West Hospital 796 Memorial Dr, Bessemer, AL|
|13||Sun||Breakfast at Ryan's -- 8:30 10017 Memorial Pkwy, SW|
|Officer Certification Program Class -- 8:00am UAB Medical West Hospital 796 Memorial Dr, Bessemer, AL|
|15||Tue||Supper at Beauregard's -- 6:00pm 975 Airport Rd. SW|
|17||Thu||Supper at Rosie's Mexican Cantina -- 6:00pm 6196 University DR. NW|
|18||Fri||Bowling Party -- 5:30pm meet at DQ on Drake Ave. will be going to Redstone Arsenal Lanes must bring proof of car insurance & car registration and drivers license will need to sign-up in advance.|
|20||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30am 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE|
|February Birthday Party -- 2:00pm "Bring Your Sweetheart Ice Cream Bash" Berryhill Estate Clubhouse 105 Riverwalk Trail, New Market (Bring your favorite topping.)|
|22||Tue||Supper at Donato's Pizza -- 6:00pm 7500 Memorial Pkwy, SW|
|24||Thu||Supper at Longhorn Streakhouse -- 6:00pm 1450 Perimeter Pkwy, NW|
|26||Sat||Game Nite -- 6:30pm Jake and Kathy Lawyer's 2510 Oxmoor Blvd. SW (Bring snack and favorite game to play.)|
|Horizons Class (Thru Sunday) -- 8:00am UAB Medical West Hospital 796 Memorial Dr, Bessemer, AL|
|27||Sun||Breakfast at Mullins -- 8:30pm 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE|
|4||Fri||Daytona Bike Week (Thru 13th)|
|5||Sat||Chapter-Y - Fun Day -- 10am-2pm - Gardendale Civic Ctr|
$10.00 Registation Fee Includes Lunch ticket
Benefits Camp Smile-A-Mile
|8||Tue||Rocket City Wings gathering -- Ryan's, S. Pkwy, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|
|Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday)|
|12||Sat||Co-Riders Class -- 8:00am 796 Memorial Dr, Bessemer, Al (UAB Medical West Hospital training room) For more information call Chase at 205-381-0807|
|PLP Trikes and Bikes -- 8:00am Zamora Temple|
|13||Sun||Daylight Savings Time Begins -- Spring Ahead|
|17||Thu||GWRRA - Florida District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|St. Patrick's Day|
|20||Sun||First Day of Spring -- 23:31 UTC|
|31||Thu||AL District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|ARC Class -- 8:00am Alabama Convention|
|1||Fri||TRC Class -- 8:00am Alabama Convention|
|All Fool's Day|
We are now wishing winter to be over and spring to be here. We are ready to ride and see everything turn green. I know there is a law somewhere that says you should not have to put a battery tender on your Gold Wing and I have broken that law.
We would like to say thank you to all who attended Snowball and attending the Couple selection. The new District Couple is Greg and Renee Dempsey. I am sure they will do a great job of representing us where ever they go. We would like to thank Richard and Sue Chapman for their year on the road with all of us. They continue to help all they can, Sue as Treasurer and Richard in Rider Education.
The Officers' Conference went really well along with the OCP update presented by Frank and Linda. We have had several Chapters sign up to help at the Convention/Rally and for some unexplained reason there were no snacks left at the end of the day. A special thanks to Robert and Gail for picking up WARM donuts, I did sneak one.
We are getting ready for the Convention and hope to see as many of you as can make it. We had a really good time last year and this year looks even better. Please register when you can and get a chance for the early bird drawing. To be eligible you must register by 1 March. We are planning to have a best windshield cover contest again this year. One windshield cover per Chapter so get together and make one to represent your Chapter's theme or themes.
For information on AL activities and pictures of what we are doing please go to or web site, http://www.alabama-gwrra.org/ and enjoy.
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.
|Roy & Anita Fosnight|
Please Ride Safe and Often
Dir ecto r*Al abam a-gw rra:org
Can you believe what a month January has been and do you wonder where it has gone? We began with the Snowball Rally and the Couple of the Year selection. Three couples participated this year. Carl and Jan Breeding represented Chapter-H, Mel and Susie Travis represented Chapter T and Greg and Renee Dempsey represented Chapter B. All of these couples did a great job and the judges had a hard decision to make. We want to congratulate Greg and Renee Dempsey representing Chapter B as the new Alabama District Couple. We want to thank Richard and Sue Chapman for all that they did as the 2010 Alabama Couple of the Year. Please support and encourage Greg and Renee this year in their travels. We know that they will do well at the Region selection.
At the Snowball Rally we passed a blank schedule of the District Rally assignments and asked that each Chapter Director pick their assignment for this event. Most all of the slots were filled and we want to thank you for doing this. Hopefully this will work better for all of us since you got to chose and I will not have to rework several schedules. In the next few weeks I will finish this and we will send it to all of the chapters.
Please talk up the District Rally in your meetings and encourage everyone to register. The registrations help us plan on meals and ice crème that needs to be available for the rally.
If anyone needs patches or pins please let us know. We try to keep plenty, but sometimes we get low. Just send us an e-mail or call and we will get whatever you might need. If your chapter needs hanger bars we have to order them so give us about a 6-8 week notice if you are planning an upcoming event and will need these.
Gail and I are planning to visit as many chapters during the year as we can. We would much rather be on the bike but sometimes the truck will have to do. Still we will be out and about as much as work will allow.
Check out the District web page for all the future Chapter, District, Regional and National events going on.
|Robert & Gail Brown |
The more you know the better it gets
Ass tDir ecto r-Ce ntra l*Al abam a-gw rra:org
Well it's 2011.
January is well on it' s way to being over and we have already performed one of our Districts biggest weekends. The SNOWBALL conference. I, for one, was very pleased with the number of Officers in attendance. As of this year, 2011, there are five Officers in each Chapter. CD, ACD, Finance, MED, and Rider Educator. All of these positions are important in GWRRA and are an active part of each Chapter. Now these positions are recognized as such.
One of the many programs conducted during the Snowball is the annual Couple of the Year Selection process for our District. Greg and Renee Dempsey, of Chapter B Huntsville, were selected as the 2011 Alabama Couple of the Year. They will be our District representatives during the 2011 Region A Conference/Rally scheduled for 14-17 Sep, 2011 at Eufaula's Lake Lodge Resort.
Also, we learned that there are a number of NEW Chapter Directors out there. I won't list them all here, 'cause I'll leave someone out. But the list of Directors is on the Webb site. Look them all up and plan a Chapter ride to show them some GWRRA support???
The Alabama District Conference/Rally is in dire need of our support. We all should get out and talk it up as much as possible. It's scheduled for 31 Mar-2 Apr, 2011 at the Marriot Space Center, 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Al. Copies of the flyer/registration form can be found on our District Site. Your District Team has taken on the task of visiting the four other Districts in our Region during their Officer Team meeting talking up our Rally/Conference in person. Roy & Anita Fosnight, Corky and I were to visit with the South Carolina people on 15 Jan, but we were snowed out, so we'll probably reschedule it soon. Robert & Gail Brown (ADD) visited the Mississippi Officer Team meeting. On 29 Jan we all will visit with the Georgia Officer Team. Florida will be addressed during their Conference/Rally held in mid March. Your District Team, is going the extra mile, literally, to help. Maybe you can get on the band wagon as well?
Last words for this month. PLEASE get on the Alabama Web Site and check out all the great things we have there for you. Our Web Master, Jon Griswald, spends a great deal of his already demanded upon time to this page. If you want to know who is what in GWRRA of Alabama, or you need to find a Chapter Gathering date and place, or you just want to see what is on the calendar for a particular month, he has it and much more there for us all to see and use. He and his wife, Elizabeth, attend and take pictures at many of the functions we all can't attend and post them on the page so we can be part of it too. So repay them both for their time and effort. Visit, look, read and learn. Then take a little time to thank them. I'm sure they would love to hear from you all and get some feed back, especially the good stuff, K?
Remember; "Keep the Rubber Down, It Works Best That Way"
|Ron & Corky Alexander |
Ass tDir ecto r-So uth* Alab ama- gwrra:org
Greetings fellow riders, as Jan comes to a close we want to thank everyone who attended Snowball. We hope you all had a great time. Congratulations to Greg and Renee Dempsey on becoming our new Alabama District Couple of the Year. We know they will be great representatives of the members of the Alabama District. Thanks also to everyone who attended the OCP update.
The first Horizons class for 2011 was held in Huntsville on Jan22nd and 23rd with 16 members attending. A great time was had by all. Special thanks to Greg and Renee Dempsey and Steven and Tammy Hollingsworth for putting on a great weekend. Thanks also to Roy and Anita Fosnight and Lyn and Lynn Edwards for giving their time as instructors for the class.
Our next programs for Feb are an OCP class and another Horizons class, both to be held at the UAB Medical West Hospital. The OCP class will be held Feb 12th and 13th and the Horizons class will be Feb 26th and 27th. Both programs are listed on the Alabama District website along with the electronic registration form. We already have several members signed up for both classes and would like to invite you to join us. We promise you will have fun and maybe learn a little something about GWRRA and yourself along the way. If you would like to attend please register as soon as possible so we can properly plan for everyone. We hope to see you there.
Finally, with the weather (hopefully) moderating soon, it will be time to get those wings out on the road again. We strongly encourage everyone to T-CLOC their bikes and trikes, and also T-CLOC yourself to make sure you are mentally and physically ready for the open road. Please remember the Alabama District Rally is coming up soon, so please pre-register as soon as possible.
We hope to see all of you out on the road, Frank and Linda Teasley
|Frank & Linda Teasley|
Tra iner *Ala bama -gwr ra:org
Mike Stiger, Director of GWRRA, had a GREAT article in the February issue of Wing World Magazine.
He said, the beauty of GWRRA is that you are a Member of the Association, not just a single Chapter. We have 19 Chapters in Alabama and you are FREE to try as many as you want.
In this article he also said, our Chapter Directors are Team Builders. They are always looking for Members to step forward and lend a helping hand. Remember, there is always something you can do to help make a chapter fun. A Smile, A Handshake, A Hug or Suggestions of things to do or Places to go.
Mike Stiger made a point about the GWRRA Membership being young. Meaning it is made up of a lot of members with 5 years or less membership. So, with that in mind, we need the "old timers" with many years experience to volunteer their time and help the Chapter Teams bring back some of those "old rides" they enjoyed a long time ago. The new Members will probably enjoy them also.
|Dewey & Alice Cole |
Mem bers hipE nhan ceme nt*A laba ma-g wrra:org
I am amazed at how this Global Warming works! The natural gas bill is as high as an elephants eye and my bike looks at me every time I go in the garage and asks; can we go for a ride today? I have to tell her maybe tomorrow but so far tomorrow hasn't come. It has been cold and snowy or cold and rainy at every opportunity to ride. We will be going to the Florida Rally & Convention in March and I am putting in a formal request to Florida DD's Bill & Gina Berry for SUNNY & 82 degrees. The end of March will be the Alabama Rally in Huntsville, Alabama and DD's Roy & Anita Fosnight have already promised Sunny & 82. Please get out and support these Rallies and all of the Region A Rallies and activities you can possibly attend. Did you know that if only 1/2 of a Districts members attended their States Rally that it would make it one of the largest ever. Renew old friendships and go for the fun at your District Rally & Convention this year.
The most exciting thing to happen in January for Alabama was the selection of our new Couple of The Year Greg & Renee Dempsey. The selection at Snowball was tough. Carl & Jan Breeding from Chapter H in Athens, Al. along Mel & Suzie Travis from Chapter T in Woodstock, AL. Gave us a lot of nail biting thrills as the competition progressed. Alas only one could be selected and the all-star panel of judges this year choose Chapter B's Greg & Renee. Congratulations! We know you will represent Alabama well and the Alabama District Members truly look forward to you bringing the 2011 Region Couple of The Year back to Alabama.
I have never received a message from any judge after the competition was over but this year Jaunee Barrington (Bob & Juanee are the 2005 International Couple of The Year) dropped me a note stating that we had three great couples and how impressed she was with them. That speaks volumes to me about something all of us already knew. You three couples ROCKED!
This leaves only two more Couples in Region A to be selected to complete the Regions Couple of The Year hopefuls. Florida will be selecting theirs at their Rally in March and South Carolina at their convention in April.
The Couples Selected so far are:
We have received only one entry for Chapter of The Year so far so please get those to us as soon as you can with the deadline of - postmarked by February 1st - its crunch time. Send to Lynn Edwards 149 Glen Abbey way, Alabaster, AL 35007.
We hope to see every one back on the road as soon as this global warming lets up.
Attend Your District Rally This Year & Always Ride With Open Eyes!
|Lynn & Lyn Edwards |
MED *Ala bama -gwr ra:org
On Jan 7, 2011 three awesome chapter couple of the year selection participates and friends arrived at the old Holiday Inn, in Prattville, Al. They were Carl and Jan Breeding from Chapter H, in Athens Al., Greg and Renee Dempsey from Chapter B, in Huntsville Al., and Mel and Susie Travis from Chapter T, in Bucksville, Al. That's when the fun began. After all of the couples wowed the judges, it was time to retire for the evening.
Saturday began and the fun continued, we cheered, we high stepped, and then the selection process began... We knew the judges would have a hard time with this selection because all of this year's couples love to participate and have fun while doing just that. We all went through Horizons, Chapter Leadership, Intermediate Leadership and Advanced Leadership together. We were even team mates. We've all spent time together at conventions and fun day. So to have been selected as this year's District Couple of the year means more than words can express.
During the past year, we have been encouraged and supported by our chapter every step of the way. We plan to continue our travels visiting chapters, districts and regions this year. We invite as many chapter couples, prior chapter couples, future chapter couples, and everyone else to join us if you can.
One thing that we noticed this past year is that all of the new chapter couples we met are wonderful people and believe in the Couple of the year program. We have traveled from coast to coast, region to region and have attended as many couple selections as we could, each couple talked about the encouragement and support they have received from their chapter, district or region, whether they were chosen to continue to the next level did not matter. They just want to encourage others to join in the fun. So Chapters select a couple and let the fun began!
Making friends & building memories by the mile
|Greg & Renee Dempsey |
COY *Ala bama -gwr ra:org