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"Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge"

July, 2009

In This Issue
Executive Message
Name the "Spirit" Contest
Travel Now--Reminder!
"Did You Know?"
Save BIG with this Upgrade!
GWRRA Member Services Hours
Featured Associate at Home Office
Another Discount Program
GWRRA's Recruiter of the Year Program
Business Supportive Members
New Feature--How GWRRA Impacted My Life!
Home Office Reminders
Quick Links
Executive Message
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Melissa Eason
Executive Director, GWRRA
As some of you are reading the July Wingin' It e-Newsletter, many of us are at Wing Ding 31 in Tulsa! 
 And since many of you will not be at Opening Ceremonies, I am going to let you know where Wing Ding 32 will be next year! 
Ready??....Wing Ding 32 will be held almost in the geographical center of the United States...Des Moines, Iowa!
We are very pleased to be working with the Greater Des Moines Convention & Vistors Bureau to host next year's Wing Ding. And for those of you who have not been to Des Moines, it is a beautiful city with twin rivers and brand new facilities.
The riding in the area is surprisingly beautiful with rolling hills, fantastic food and fabulous restaurants.
If you sign up during Wing Ding, July 2-5,  we will give you a $5 discount. Go to to fill out the Wing Ding 32 application and get your $5 discount, but do it ONLY during Wing Ding to qualify for your discount!
Please tell your friends and sign up July 2-5, 2009, or call us at 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500!  
Always remember to ride safe and "Every Member Matters!" 
Name the "Spirit
of GWRRA" 
GWRRA Spirit
Over the next few months, GWRRA is looking for a name for "The Spirit" of GWRRA.
This character was used many years ago to be the mascot, so to speak, of our recruiting program.
Now, we'd like to get your ideas on a new name and new ideas on how to use this "old friend!"
Please write us at with your name ideas. Make sure you include your name, Member number and telephone number on your contest entry.
$50 will be paid to the winner!
Travel Now
Friendly REMINDER!!
Another one of GWRRA's Member benefits is your access to the extensive network of Travel Now. This Travel Site has over 44,000 hotels, airline reservations, tours (both for goups and individuals), cruises, and anything else you may want as far as travel is concerned. Check it out to see if the benefits are right for your needs. Click here Travel Now
"Did You Know?" 
"Did You Know?"
Check your GWRRA history knowledge and see if you know the answers to these questions?
1-Who is credited with being the "Father" of GWRRA's Rider Education Program?
2-When did the first Color issue of Wing World appear? 
3-Where was Wing Ding twenty five years ago, WD VI?
(Answers in coupon block below.) 
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Rescue PLUS!
Remember to sign up for Rescue PLUS! It will add more miles and more vehicles to your standard FREE Rescue towing package from GWRRA. PLUS, it only costs $25 per year to upgrade the entire family!! Sign up now by calling
Member Services Hours
GWRRA's hours of operation are as follows:
Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST
800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 

July is a huge month for GWRRA. It is Wing Ding time and many of you are in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by the time this arrives at your computer. Or, maybe some of you are on your family's vacation visiting relatives and traveling. In either case, we hope you are enjoying Wingin' It and telling your friends to get signed up if they are not receiving it.
In this month's e-Newsletter, we are announcing next year's Wing Ding location (read Executive Message); will continue to tell you more about our Member benefits; feature another employee here at the Home Office; and remind you of some important items that seem to keep coming up in our Member Services Department. And, we are starting a new feature, "How GWRRA Impacted My Life!". From this feature, I hope to receive YOUR stories to reprint here, in Wing World magazine or possibly on our website and illustrate how GWRRA has had a positive impact on peoples' lives.
We are continuing the "Did You Know?" section, and we have a great coupon for a very popular GWRRA shirt at the bottom of the Newsletter. We are also featuring the Recruiter of the Year, Zelmer Williams. He happens to be a Chapter Director, so make sure you read his feature article below.
And finally, we are continuing the "Name the Spirit Contest!" Check out the details on the side and watch Wing World for more details...but you heard it here first!
Ride safe, Ed
Ed Price
Marketing Director, GWRRA

"Every Member Matters"
Featured Associate at Home Office
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Andrea Lowe
Member Support Supervisor
Andrea is from a city called Peoria and has lived in Arizona all of her life! Growing up she had two brothers and one sister, then about five years ago their family added two more kids from Russia, a boy and a girl. She loves big families!

She has worked for GWRRA for almost 11 years. Andrea worked as the receptionist for about two years, then worked her way back to Member Services. For the last six years, she was the Manager of Paul Hildebrand's side hobby, Pipe Makers Emporium, and is now the Supervisor of Member Services.
She processes new and renewal memberships, answers customers' phone calls, data entry and much, much more. Andrea loves working at GWRRA with our Members and her fellow associates. She is excited to see what the next twenty years look like!
On a personal note, Andrea has a wonderful husband, three kids and one on the way! In her spare time she loves to scrapbook, hang out with her kids and husband, travel, any water sports, spend time with her friends, and just relax (when she has the time)! 
Aflac (American Family Life Assurance Co.)
Another GWRRA Discount Program
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Gold Wing Road Riders Association takes pride in providing a great service to the GWRRA membership in the form of a discounted medical benefit program, Aflac. Most folks hear about Aflac through their employers, but now you are eligible for either a personal accident or cancer policy through our Association Program with Aflac. 
In these tough economic times and rising medical costs, we are very grateful to Aflac for offering our Members a discounted program.  For more than 50 years, Aflac has provided guaranteed-renewable insurance policies for millions of people worldwide. Aflac's voluntary insurance can help association members be prepared for unexpected life events. Aflac's voluntary policies offer GWRRA Members the option to apply for insurance plans that can address their families' needs and individual situations.
For instance, Aflac's accident policy pays cash benefits that policyholders can use where they're needed most in the event of an untimely medical emergency. The cash benefits can be used toward expenses like house payments, groceries, and car payments while you are away from work recovering from an injury.
For more information, call 800-220-9610 or go to
Recruiter of the Year: Zelmer Williams
Zelmer Williams
GWRRA's Recruiter of the Year, 2008-2009, is Zelmer Williams from Gary, Indiana. Zelmer has been a Member of GWRRA since 2006, and he is currently the Chaper Director of IN-V as well as a Charter Member of that Chapter.
Zelmer recuited an astonishing 54 new Members into GWRRA this past year. Searcy Wilson is his co-rider. He has 2 boys, 1 girl and 7 grandchildren. All of his children are riders! Zelmer's ride is a black 2003 trike.
He has owned a towing company for the past 30 years and uses his building to host the Chapter Gatherings. It is called the "GWRRA Welcoming Center." Non-members often come to see what it's all about. Zelmer will be 62 this month and found GWRRA when his dealer gave him a Wing World magazine and the rest, as they say, is history!
What attracted Zelmer to GWRRA was the concept that the Association is family oriented; he could involve all his family; and all bikes were welcome. He had belonged to other organizations, but GWRRA appealed to him for these reasons. He and Searcy are planning  to attend the Region D rally in September.
Congratulations Zelmer on promoting the Recruiter of the Year Program and recruiting all those new Members into our GWRRA Family!
Business Supportive Members
GWRRA has a Business Supportive Membership Program. We ask our Members to use these businesses and vendors who have been supporting GWRRA and its Members over the years.
Please go to this site and check out these wonderful folks. AND, "Thank You" to all our Members who have promoted and supported our Business Members.
If this program may be of interest to you, call 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 and ask for Peggy.
New Feature:
How GWRRA Impacted My Life!:
This new feature is going to appear each month that we get feedback from you, our Members. But first, I am going to explain its goal or intent!
The intent of this space..."How GWRRA has Impacted My Life!" is to share how your life, either personally or professionally, has been changed, enhanced or impacted in some positive way because of your involvement with GWRRA and its Members and Officers. Please address your e-mails to me at here.  
And to show you what we mean, I am going to write the first story. As I may have explained earlier, I met Paul and Shirley during Wing Ding I in 1979. After volunteering for that event, I moved to Colorado in 1980 with my wife and bought my first Gold Wing -- A used, black, 1975 GL 1000 with Samsonite bags and a Vetter fairing. Paul found out and called me to start the first Chapter in Colorado. You don't say NO to Paul, so of course, I did! :)
From that point on, I started a few more Chapters and took some Rider Ed courses, because that was our focus! SAVE LIVES! I was on my way back from a new Chapter Gathering in Colorado Springs with 4 other couples (I was the tail-gunner), when I had a rear tire blow out at 75 mph. My wife freaked!
I remember it as if it were yeaterday. This was in 1981. I recall telling her to just sit still and don't move. (I just finished my Rider Ed course two weeks prior.) The rear end was wobbling terribly and we were on I-25, right lane, staggered formation, just like the book.....but the books weren't written yet!
I remember the instructor saying "NO BRAKES!", if this situation even happened. Luckily, I did not panic and just eased off the accelerator and started pulling to the right into the curb lane. I also remember big rigs zooming by us so fast I thought we would be pulled under their was so scarey! Luckily, when we got to the side and got slow enough, we let the bike just fall over.
We were both so grateful I just had that class! I will always be grateful to GWRRRA for promoting Safe Riding and having the continued INTENTION of SAVING LIVES!!!
As far as my professional life is concerned, I was a machinist for 17 years and was always taking classes to get out of the shop some day. Not that the profession did not serve me well, I just always wanted something different. When I finally got out of the service and decided to go back to college and finish my degree, GWRRA assisted in my leadership training through its Officers Training Program. And when I was your Executive Director (in the early nineties), I learned more about leadership, and volunteer management, than any University could ever teach me.
So, from my perspective, GWRRA has much to offer and has done much in my personal and professonal life to assist me in becoming a more fulfilled person, as well as a better rider and professional individual! Plus, I am here to talk about it!! What a better testimonial, eh?
Now, send me your stories and we'll see about getting them published here, in Wing World or on the GWRRA website. I look forward to hearing from you.
Home Office News & Reminders:
Reminders from Member Services
*  Here are the top three reasons to have and keep your e-mail address current:
-------3) It is required to have a current and correct e-mail to use the Message Boards.
-------2) Your e-mail needs to be correct and current to receive your renewal confirmations.
-------1) And the best reason to have a current and correct  e-mail in our system is to receive the Wingin' It, e-Newsletter! So, tell all your friends to update their e-mails in our system.
*  It is never too late or early to update your Gold Book listings. The deadline is always the beginning of November each year. But, if you have any changes you would like to make to your listing or you just want to check on your listing,  just call one of our friendly Member Sevice Representatives now and make those changes. This is especially true if you are a "snowbird". That way, next year all your Gold Book listings will be correct!
*  When you change your address, be sure to update it in your online membership record or call Member Services. Failure to do so can delay the arrival of your Wing World magazine, sometimes as much as two months.
* When you change your address or renew your membership, your password for Wing World magazine and the Message Board will change. This is due to your password being based on the digits in your address and your expiration date. For help in determining your user name and password, just click on the following link or contact Member Services at 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500.
* It generally takes 2-3 weeks for new Member packets to arrive; however, it can sometimes take a little longer depending on the mail service. For our Canadian and International Members, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. If your packet hasn't arrived within 4 weeks, no matter where you reside, please call Member Services.
* Only two membership cards are issued per family; one for the main rider and one for the co-rider. Additional membership cards are available for purchase at $5 per card. However, not having a card for each additional family Member will not prevent them from being admitted to any GWRRA event.
Split Payment Plan --- GWRRA Cares!
GWRRA has now made it possible for Members facing tough economic times to pay their membership dues in 2 equal installments. A Member can pay one-half of their dues by credit card the first month and then the remainder in the second month, also by credit card.
If this may be of interest to you, call 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500.
Save 20%
Featured Official GWRRA Product:
GWRRA Eagle Long Sleeve Shirt
This popular GWRRA long sleeve shirt has been a best seller. This beautiful shirt has GWRRA lettering over the pocket on the left side, with an eagle on the back and wings on the sleeves.  Click here for pictures. On sale now for 20% off the regular price of $20 for sizes med-XL, now only $16, and $17 for sizes XXL and XXXL, if you mention the special code on this coupon. 
(Answers to "Did You Know?"--1-Pete Woodruff
                                          2-Issue January, 1983 (1st issue Wing World)
                                          3-Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri (1984)
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