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"Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge"
Wing Ding 33 will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee!
July 6-9, 2011
Call 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 (Phoenix) to make your reservations now!
|Joke of the Month|
(Remember to send me your best, CLEAN joke.)
A young man came to interview a bank president.
"Tell me, Sir, how did you become so successful?"
"And what are they, Sir?"
How do you make right decisions?"
"And how do you get experience?"
And what are they?"
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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
~ William James
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
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Tennessee Trivia Feature
Let's see how much you know about Knoxville this month.
1-What is Knoxville's elevation?
2-What makes the Knoxville Zoo so famous?
(Answers to be found in the coupon block below.)
Ed & Dottie
New Region "B" Directors
Says Director of GWRRA, Mike Stiger: The International
Team and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Ed and
Dottie Bahrenburg as the Region B Directors. They are an outstanding
couple, and we know their exemplary service to
GWRRA will be continued as Region B Directors. The following
is a brief history of Ed and Dottie's distinguished service to the
Membership of GWRRA:
Ed and Dottie have been GWRRA Members since March of
1999. Since then, they have recruited 28 people. Positions
they've held include: 1999, joined and became Chapter
Treasurer; 2000, Assistant Chapter Director and Chapter
Couple; 2000 - 2008, District Webmaster (Developed first NY
District Web Site); 2001 - 2003, Chapter Director and New
York District Couple of the Year (2001); 2002 - 2007, New York
District Trainers; 2002 - Present, Rider Education Seminar
Presenter; 2003 - 2007, Northeast Region Trainers; 2006,
Master Instructors for Leadership Training; 2006 - 2009, New
York District Directors; 2009 - Present, Northeast Region
Trainers; 2010, NY Chapter Y Couple of the Year.
Please join us in congratulating the Bahrenburgs as the
new Region B Directors. Their contact information is:
Ed and Dottie Bahrenburg, (607) 427-8777 (cell), gwrra.ed.dottie@
Chapter Director Reminder:
|Home Office Reminders|
It is time to update your Gold Book listing. Remember to make sure you have a current phone number listed on your Member listing, as well as the correct listing you wish to show in the Gold Book. (i.e., tools, phone calls, etc.) Also, remember if you select "Do not list me in the Gold Book" as one of your selections, you will NOT show up in the Gold Book!
There seems to be a bit of confusion with the new Message Boards, so hopefully this information will be helpful.
The new website is www.gwrrabbs.org
A pop-up box will come up when you get there stating:
User name is your GWRRA Membership number (zero's included).
Password is the numbers in your address and the expiration date of your membership (in most cases). (If you are Life Members, it will be your address and then the word life ex. 1234life.)
Once you are in the Message Boards, if this is your first time, you need to go up to the right-hand corner and press "REGISTER". There you will fill out the information asked and create your own user name and password. Keep in mind the user name you choose can't be changed and it is what everyone will see on the Boards when you are logged in, so choose carefully.
Once you have registered, you will receive an email with your information. Please save this for future reference.
You may be asked to login each time you go to the Board. The first set of logins will confirm your membership, the second logins will be what you created.
If you still have any questions on this process, please give us a call. It is easier to walk you through it over the phone 800-843-9460.
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Long-Term Care Insurance:
How will you spend the years ahead?
That may depend on the long-term care insurance you choose today. Like most people, you probably recognize the need for long-term care insurance. It's not simply "nursing home" coverage, but insurance that helps assure you of continued independence as you age - without depleting the personal assets you've worked hard to acquire. But choosing the right protection from the many plans available can be a daunting task.
Long-Term Care Resources has partnered with the Gold Wing Road Riders Association to offer a comprehensive Long-Term Care Program. GWRRA members are entitled to a special discount on certain LTC plans available through this program. Call Long-Term Care Resources today to receive a FREE GWRRA Long-Term Care Planning Kit. To speak with an authorized LTC Specialist in your area, please contact LTCR Toll Free at (800) 616-8759 or visit www.myltcplan.com/GWRRA
It is with great excitement that I share with you more Member benefits this month and tell you that the ones we have implemented are being received very well by our Membership.
The GWRRA Visa Credit Card Program, Sears Commercial Marketplace, GWRRA Wireless and Vacation Centers have all been visited and participated in well during our initial months. The folks at FREE Rx Card Program have printed hundreds of cards already. If you have not checked out these and other Member Benefit Discount Programs, please visit
The new programs we want to offer this month are a Long-Term Care Program and Life Line Screening, as well as a rental car program with Avis/Budget. See below for the details on these new programs.
It has been a busy summer and now fall is on its way. But, you can't tell by the 112 degree temperatures here in Phoenix as of this writing :) The rally season is coming to an end, and from what I have heard, it was a good one. Some rallies were up and some were down in attendance, but everyone had FUN, and that's what GWRRA is all about!
We also want to congratulate all the Members and Officers in Canada! In every Region of Canada, there has been positive growth in membership since January!
We are also working with our District Director in Germany, Jurgen Petri, to help us get more Member Benefits for our European Members and those who travel there for train rides or who wish to transport their Gold Wings by train or plane. More details later as we firm things up.
As an FYI, you may be receiving emails or mailings from our new partners on these new programs, like Life Line Screenings or Long-Term Care. We have made agreements with our partners to offer our Members these discount programs and lifesaving medical screenings to help you be better informed. The partners we have will not sell, share or otherwise give your information to anyone else. If you do not want us to share your information with them, just let us know and we will not.
Please be sure of your decision, as this will mean you will not receive any mailings from any of our partners or emails from GWRRA, including this Wingin' It in the future.
Our goal is to give our Members the best possible information available in Member Benefits. Some of these benefits, like the Life Line Sceening, may save lives!
It is getting close to Gold Book time (for compiling and editing purposes). It is very important, if you want to be included in next year's issue, to update your information and codes. Please see the reminder below. And remember, if you do not choose any codes, you will NOT be included in the Gold Book.
In this issue you will notice we have several Rider Ed articles, a new Officer Profile, an "Old Officer Story" (in years of service....not age :), and more information about rides, benefits and, of course, the discount coupon at the very bottom.
Also, I want to remind folks that on the GWRRA Home Page, www.gwrra.org
, we always do a monthly poll and ask your opinion. Last month we asked about non-Honda demo rides at Wing Ding and you gave us your opinion. We are now looking for those non-Honda demo teams to come to Wing Ding based on your opinions. Thanks!
Check out this month's poll, as well as future polls, on our website! We value and listen to your opinions!
Thank you to all the folks who have sent me their contributions. Please keep them coming. This is what makes the Wingin' It your e-Newsletter!
Marketing Director, GWRRA
"Friends for FUN, Safety & Knowledge"
Another Gold Book Testimonial!
by Frank Lovejoy
We are currently wrapping up an "all summer" ride from Sebring, Florida to Duvall, Washington. Presently we are in Grand Rapids, Michigan and have logged over 11,000 miles.
Our story: We were visiting friends in Olympia, Washington and the 12,000-mile tune up, oil change, etc. were due. Not knowing the dealers in the area, and our friend not being a biker, I turned to my GWRRA Gold Book directory, which listed several GWRRA Members. Not only did they recommend a dealer, but we were offered shelter until the maintenance was completed.
How wonderful is that! I want to be sure that our name is in the new directory so I can return the favor.
submitted by Mike Mitchell
Coordinator-Officer Certification Program
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To...
A few weeks ago during an Officer Certification Program, I was asked how I came to be where I was within the GWRRA organization. I started pondering, going all the way back to:
One spring day in 1993, when at the ripe old age of 31, I wandered into the local Honda shop to purchase some items for my Kawasaki Voyager. Yeah, yeah, I know, I was pretty young to be riding a touring motorcycle; but because I like to cruise many, many miles on my horse of steel, I didn't want to get saddle sore if you get my drift.
In any case, as I was walking through the Honda showroom, there was a black 1993 1500 Interstate on the floor just calling at me to come look. It was like a magnet - I was pulled toward it. Well, as you can guess, there was a salesman that just happened to be available, and badda bong, badda bing, a couple of hours later, I was the owner of that bike.
Well, needless to say, since as I mentioned I was completely drawn to this bike (and I still believe I was under some kind of magic spell), I didn't mention this to Angie. I took her back to the Honda shop that evening, and after a few tense minutes, I told her we were the new owners of that bike. Now those of you that know Angie probably wonder why I'm alive to talk about this, but she surprisingly saw the wisdom in my choice, and our lives with the Honda Gold Wing began.
Not long after that purchase, I got a call from my local "Area Rep" as they were called then, inviting me to a gathering. Now, I am not the "club" type of guy, but I thought I would at least check it out and maybe find out more about the motorcycle I just bought. I went to my first gathering, and then another, and then another. At the time, Angie was a cheerleading coach in her spare time away from work, so this was going to be a "just for me" kind of thing. Well, lo and behold, Angie, after answering the phone to too many women who were calling and inviting me out to play, insisted that she needed to go and check these people out, especially the women who kept calling our house. Needless to say, after she met them and others in the group, it became a "we" thing, and together we discovered what a group of caring, fun-loving people GWRRA folks turned out to be.
One of the great things about this organization is that regardless of your age, your gender, your employment position, whatever, all are made welcome. We felt comfortable in taking our then nine-year-old daughter to any event, be it a poker run, a monthly gathering, a Chapter ride or even a fundraising dance event. There seemed to be something for all ages; and, because Angie says I'm an overgrown child anyway, I fit right in.
Not even in the organization a year, we were asked to serve as Assistant Chapter Directors, and being eager to get involved, we said yes, and over the next 15 years we kept saying yes. We have served as Chapter and Senior Chapter Directors, Assistant District and District Directors, and Region and Senior Region Directors. And even though we took a much needed rest, we kept involved in not only attending the events in our District but in our Region and others. To date, I am the National Coordinator for the Officer Certification Program, part of the Events Management Group team that puts on our national convention, Wing Ding, and Special Projects for GWRRA.
GWRRA offered so much in the area of Training, Rider Education, and Membership Enhancement, that we became exposed to the many facets of GWRRA, and through that, more Members and more friends. All along the way, we have had wonderful teachers and mentors who offered us their wisdom, insight and history of each area of GWRRA. We have been welcomed in too many homes to mention across the country, and even rescued more than once by Members who put our misfortune ahead of their plans. I even have friends that I can call on a moment's notice and end up riding halfway across the country to eat BBQ! (I bet you thought I was going to say ice cream.)
We are now 17 years older, can't tell you the respective ages (guess why), and we have "been there and done that". Now, that's not a negative, that's telling you that Angie and I have enjoyed our many, many adventures in GWRRA and we look forward to many more of "been there done that's" in the future. We have attended more District, Region and National Rallies than most, but look forward to each and every one of them, as we know there is a new adventure just waiting for us along the way, or even better, another friend to meet.
Our most recent appointment to a position we have held before, District Director for Eastern Virginia, is a task that we will enjoy as we have all the others.
If you ever find yourself asking why should I join or continue to belong to GWRRA, just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll give you about 70,000 reasons.....
Member Feedback & Article
Submitted by Ron & Maddie Carroll
My name is Ron Carroll, #258819, and after reading the newsletter, I noticed that you wanted more letters to post. I recently went to a Med First Aid Class, and this is what I submitted to our Chapter in Missouri, Chapter "Z". It tells how I felt about the class in a different way than the usual. I dont know if this is the type of newsletter you're looking for, but you have it anyway. LOL
My wife and I will be in Phoenix late this month until late October, and we plan on going to Headquarters just to check it out and say "Hello", and yes, we are taking our Gold Wing.
How to Be Selfish and Help Others!
You ask how one can be selfish yet still help others as well?
First of all, being selfish the GWRRA way is easy as long as you take the time to do it, by participating in the programs they have to offer, especially the Rider Education Programs and the Rider Safety Skill Levels.
One program they have is the Medic First Aid/CPR program that I had the privilege of attending Saturday, the 14th of August. I had taught CPR for 20+ years in the past, but this class was very informative. Even though it was a long day, it went by fast. I learned new procedures and techniques, which we discussed and practiced. It has been 15 years since I taught my last class, and many things have changed for the better.
Learning CPR, Medic First Aid or any other safety class is important in being selfish. By being selfish, I am able to help provide the needed care for my family and friends if they are ever in the need for such help.
Second, the knowledge we received was easy to understand because the Instructor, Big Mike, was knowledgeable of the content and procedures. His strong commitment in keeping GWRRA Members safe, made it a FUN class to attend.
In my opinion, everyone should be selfish in this way in his or her life because of our loved ones and friends that we cherish and love. Without being selfish, when it comes to the opportunity to attend classes like Medic First Aid/CPR, we are taking the risk of losing someone we love and care about. We are also serving our community and representing GWRRA and Motorcyclists in a positive way.
By making sure we participate in these courses, along with staying current in them, we lower the risk of losing loved ones and end up really enjoying GWRRA with our Motorcycle Family.
Ride Safe, Be Safe and Enjoy Family and Friends by Being Selfish.
Rider Education Article
by Gene Knutson International Director, Rider Education
Safety is No Accident--Count to Three!
It doesn't take me long to find a topic for another article. All I need to do is get on my trusty Valkyrie and take a ride. Yesterday was a beautiful day, and so I told my bride that it was time for some "throttle therapy", and off we went.
During the course of only riding about 70 miles, we had no less than four (4) cars try to ruin my day. While sitting at a major intersection and waiting for the light to change, I watched as car after car came through the light well after it had turned red for them and green for us. Just as I took my foot off the brake and started to roll, you guessed it, here comes that late arrival wanting to turn left against the light.
This happens all too much, and is the reason I started "counting to three" before rolling on from a stop. All of us have heard the saying, "Look Twice Save a Life"! By counting to three it delays me moving long enough to let the "car driving zombies" complete whatever moves they are going to make.
Next time out, try it and I think you will find it helps. Not only will you reduce the risk of someone running over you, but your stress level will be reduced also.
Yes, I used to be one of those that watched the light, and as soon as the light turned yellow for the other lane, I was in gear, off the brake, and on the throttle!
Far too many times, that jack rabbit start put me in a position that didn't need to happen. Sure, my light was green, but I sure didn't want to be "Dead Right".
So, as we get a little older, and want to continue doing so, take the extra time to Look Twice, and still count to Three! You will be amazed at how much nicer the ride is.
Till next time, Safety is No Accident!
Visitor Tips and News About World's Largest Rubik's Cube.
(World's Largest Rubik's Cube reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters.)
Knoxville, Tennessee - World's Largest Rubik's Cube
We visited the Rubik's Cube thinking it might no longer be there, but it was there! It was turned weird and didn't make any attractive design, and it wasn't plugged in or anything and therefore just stood stationary. There was a neat little plaque by it describing the reason.
Very neat and very easy to find! We just went into the Holiday Inn and asked the person at the desk about it, and he showed us the way to the cube.
(Thanks Mike Mitchell for this trivia article.)
Rider Ed Article
By Gary Wegener
Tell me more...
The motorcycle accident article in the August e-Newsletter was sobering. Danger is a fact of life; and increased danger is a fact of motorcycle riding. Argue what you will about better field of vision or maneuverability or whatever, if you go down regardless of who is at fault, you have precious little protection compared to a 'cager'. We would all like to work the advantages, while minimizing the chances of an accident. I would like to learn from others' experiences, particularly with regard to accidents.
When I was taking private pilot lessons, one of the areas that really caught my attention in aviation magazines was the monthly National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) synopsis of general aviation accidents in the United States. They had a recap of each accident after their investigation was complete. While that may not be readily available for motorcycle accidents, I think it would be very enlightening if GWRRA encouraged folks to write in about their riding safety suggestions, near misses, accidents, and lessons learned.
Here are some I feel are worth sharing (I am a relative newbie, with only ~100,000 miles in the past 10 years, including a 'Run for the Wall'-Los Angeles to Washington, DC and solo return).
· The most important safety suggestion I would make is to ALWAYS look over your shoulder before changing lanes even when it seems dumb. I try to be diligent about it and the need was driven home one day, tooling down the interstate in the #1 lane, passing a tractor/trailer rig in the #2 lane, as he was starting to pass an on-ramp (hidden from my view). After I passed him, I started to turn into the #2 lane 'knowing' the lane was clear because I saw the truck in my rear view mirror; but out of habit, I looked over my shoulder. To my surprise, there was a car that had sped in from the on-ramp just ahead of the truck and was right where I was going.
· Another one: following a semi-truck trailer rig in the #1 lane, at ~20 mph, in an industrial area. He moves to the #2 lane (no signal, but nice of him to let me by), so I start to pass him. When I am about mid-point of the front trailer, he turns left in front of me (no signal) across a stripped island, into an industrial yard. I do believe he would have been cited, and I would have been 'dead right', had I not been able to recognize what happened and turn sharper than him (I don't believe he ever saw me.) My lesson, REALLY be alert in the kill zone.
· And a suggestion that seems like a no-brainer: I always tell new passengers so they know my expectation and commitment: If you, as a passenger, aren't comfortable with my riding, you have an obligation to let me know, and I have an obligation to be sure that you get comfortable. Period. (I may not want to take them in the future, but that is a different discussion.) A new passenger embracing that concept may also be able to make better decisions on a future ride with others. Break in a new passenger right.
I believe a lot of accidents are due to driving without concern for others. (That fog that probably catches everyone at one time or another.) Most of us are just lucky that pothole/road debris didn't coincide with our space at that time. Maybe a key to being accident free is being constantly aware that "lack of diligence or awareness" kills.
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GWRRA Member Benefit Discount Program Links!
Here are links to some GWRRA Discount Programs.
If these Discount Programs may be of interest to you, just click on the link or call 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 (in Phoenix) for more information.
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Answers to "Knoxville Trivia"----
1-Knoxville is 936 feet above sea level.
2-The Knoxville Zoo is the Red Panda Capital of the World. They have the greatest success in breeding baby Red Pandas.
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