GWRRA Wingin' It
"Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge"
Happy New Year!
|Happy New Year! |
and Thank You!
by Paul Hildebrand
Founder & Chairman of the Board
From all of us to all of you, may your New Year be bright, healthy and enjoyable!
Thank you for being a part of our family and we look forward to seeing you on the road.
Drive well and safe!
Paul and Dottie
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"No one has ever become poor by giving."
~ Anne Frank
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today?
Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.
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"Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of the members of their team - not their minds."
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Let's see how much you know about Knoxville this month.
1-Name a very famous Country Music star who was born in Knoxville?
2-What weighs 10 tons and is 30' tall? (Hint: Visit the only museum in the country solely dedicated to women's sports.)
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This month we want to know, "Why you continue to renew your membership with GWRRA?"
We always have a current GWRRA topic, to let us know your opinion, check it out here!
Acts of Kindness!GWRRA
Lee Rowlett, GWRRA Life Member #049448, helped a woman (a non GWRRA member) and her 2 small children on a highway in Indiana.
He not only gave them a ride to the gas station and back to their car, but he made sure the car started and ushered them back into traffic lanes safely.
On a side note, he also sat with her children while she went into get gas! She was EXTREMELY IMPRESSED AND APPRECIATIVE. This just goes to show the generosity of GWRRA Members!
(This account was passed to me by Matt on GWRRA's Member Services Team from a phone call he received. Thank you, Lee!)
Please share the attached You-Tube link with all of your Chapter participants.
Our FL1-M, Webmaster, Paul Begin, composed this video of how a Gold Wing Chapter celebrates Christmas with others.
It was taken last evening on the coldest day of the year. There was plenty of Coffee and Hot Chocolate to warm us up.
There are fifteen lighted motorcycles and trailers for your enjoyment.
Tracy and Sharon Dunn
|Home Office Reminders|
Split Payment Plan
The holidays are fast approaching and we want you to know that your renewal with GWRRA shouldn't be a burden to you.
GWRRA now offers a Split Payment Plan. Simply stated, you can split the amount of your membership renewal into two payments, spread over two consecutive months.
The Split Payment Plan can be done over the phone with a credit card, or can be marked on the bottom of your renewal notice. (your renewal must be done with a credit card, and the split payment box must be checked)
It is great for any renewals with or without Rescue Plus!
1 year Family membership with Rescue Plus $80.00 total; $40.00 paid on 12-1-10 and the remaining $40.00 will be automatically charged on the last business day of the following month.
3 year Individual membership $120.00 total; $60.00 paid on 12-15-10 and the remaining $60.00 will be automatically charged on the last business day of the following month.
So take advantage of GWRRA's Split Payment Plan and renew your membership today! Call Member Services at 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 (Phoenix).
Please note: You will not receive your membership cards or Rescue Plus cards until the final payment has been processed.
Updating your "Home Chapter"
In GWRRA we assign zip codes to Chapters based on the areas and Members associated within those areas. It is true that any Member can attend any Chapter, or belong to multiple Chapters. In our reporting system we have the capability to track only one home Chapter that you will be associated with, and you will only show up on that Chapter's reporting system.
Initially, we assign Chapters pertaining to the zip code in which you currently live. If you would like to be assigned to a different Chapter, you can call Member Services and request the change. There are a few reasons you may wish to change your "Home Chapter". For example, your primary residence may be in one state, but you want to belong to a Chapter in a different state that you have a secondary residence, or you visit multiple Chapters, but would like to be assigned to one specific Chapter.
Address changes can be a little trickier. If your address changes, your Chapter assignment will automatically change to reflect your new address unless you have given us a specific Chapter that you would like to belong; if that is the case, your Home Chapter will remain the same.
Recently we were allowing Chapter MEC's to change Member Chapter assignments. This was due to a Chapter of the Year recruiting and retention contest, which ended on November 1st, 2010. Members will now need to call and change their own Chapter assignment with our friendly Member Services Team at 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 (Phoenix).
There seems to be a bit of confusion with the Message Boards, so hopefully this information will be helpful.
The 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.
|Winterizing Your Wing!|
End of Season Cycle Maintenance
Bruce & Melissa Thayer
Former MI Asst. District Rider Educators
Whether the riding season in your area lasts only four or five months, or as long as ten months, most of us will let our motorcycles remain unridden for a long enough period of time that it is best to prepare it for a season of rest.
This time of year typically brings weather throughout the northern tier of states that is not very good for motorcycling. Most parts of this great country of ours experience two or more months of weather that is not considered part of the riding season. The air temperature alone gets cold enough to cause hypothermia without adding the wind chill from sitting atop a motorcycle while blasting down the road at legal speeds - even at 45 mph. In addition, many areas will have snow on the ground before the month is out. Some of you may be cold-blooded enough to prolong the season a few extra weeks, but for most, there is a period each year when your motorcycle becomes a lonesome friend sitting quietly in the garage.
Before you park it for a season of inactivity, this is a great time to get your end of season maintenance done. It is recommended that you change the oil and oil filter to remove contaminants - dirt, deposits, acids and moisture - that can lead to corrosion inside the engine. Other fluid levels should be checked for proper level. If the fluids are due for replacement based on miles ridden since the last change (check your manual and service history), this is a good time to do that and any other maintenance tasks that you may have been putting off.
Your mechanic likely is not very busy at this time of year. He (she) would probably appreciate your visit, too! In addition, you know your bike will be better for it. Then when spring comes next year (it is not far off, after all!), you will be ready to go without a visit to the mechanic before planning your next big ride. After you get it back from your mechanic, fill the gas tank and add the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer (such as Stabil) before parking your Wing. Wash and wax the bike and inflate the tires. The battery should be disconnected from the motorcycle (negative terminal first) and trickle charged at least every 30 days, per your Gold Wing Owner's Manual. (Refer to your battery charger manual for more charging details.) Take good care of your Wing, and your Wing will take good care of you!
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2011...can you believe it? This past year sure did go by fast...for me anyway. How about you? But for me...as I get older, each year seems to go by faster! Maybe because I am appreciating everything more??
This year was full of changes, both
personally and professionally. Everyone I have talked to has also experienced changes. GWRRA has gone through many changes as well. As with all change, it has been a learning experience. And, I always say, it is all about attitude.
If we are willing to learn and grow from our experiences, then it is all good! If we fight change and try to stop it...we only experience the challenges. (My opinion) Organizations are the same.
GWRRA has always tried to learn from its Members, Officers and past experiences. As you can see from our Program changes over the years...this is due to you, our Members' and Officers' input. Our Rider Education Program is world class! Our Leadership Training Program is gaining the same recognition in the world of volunteer management training. And, what can you say about our Member Enhancement Program? It includes our Couple of the Year and Chapter of the Year Programs...just to name a few of the Programs within the Member Enhancement Program.
I, for one, am filled with pride and appreciation for all the Officers and Members who have been a part of making GWRRA the premiere motorcycle "family" in the World!
From our family here at the Home Office to yours,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
"Friends for FUN, Safety & Knowledge"
Directors of Finance
by Mike Stiger, GWRRA Director
The International Team and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff and Cherri Liner as the International Directors of Finance. The appointment is effective immediately. They are an outstanding couple and we know their exemplary service to GWRRA will be continued as International Directors of Finance. The following is an overview of their responsibilities.
- Assist Treasurers with facilitating the annual "Planning and Budget" meeting.
- To ensure that the correct Officer and EIN is listed for the subordinate.
- Data is included in the Master List of subordinates furnished to the IRS.
- To ensure that an 8822 is filed when the information needs to be updated.
- Work with Leadership Training to develop a Treasurer training module.
- To create better coordination with the Region/District/Chapter 990 tax return filings.
- Understanding 501(c)4 compliance
- Help to resolve IRS issues
- To understand any changes to the IRS requirements and communicate these to the Region/District/Chapter level in a timely fashion.
The following is a brief history of Jeff and Cherri's distinguished service to the Membership of GWRRA.
Jeff and Cherri Liner
International Directors of Finance
Phone: (423) 336-5835
1995-2000 TN District Trainer
2000-2003 TN Assistant District Director and Rally Coordinator
2005-2007 TN District Director
2007- present TN District Treasurer
Please join us in congratulating Jeff and Cherri as the International Directors of Finance.
1650 miles from Madrid to Lisbon and Back
Jerry & Ann Larsen,
GWRRA Master Tour Riders,
6872 & 6873
It is impossible with words and pictures to convey the feeling of sitting on two wheels, with a 110+ horsepower motor propelling you and your wife through the twisting mountain roads, passing deep valleys and magnificent landscapes. We were on our third biking trip with IMT, starting in Spain during the last 14 months. For those who are unfamiliar with Lisbon, it is the capital of Portugal and was the destination of most of the characters in the movie, Casablanca, because of its status of neutrality. With this ride, we had the editor from the motorcycle magazine "Rider" with us. We stayed in the Paradores Hotels, about half the time, which are hotels with luxury accommodations in Castles, Palaces, Fortresses, Convents, Monasteries and other historic buildings. Many are over 500 years old, and it was amazing to see the beautiful architecture and unique construction of each hotel.
I am a 50-year Master Mason and a Knights Templar, so this trip was really interesting as to the many Templar Churches and exhibits. As we stayed in ancient walled cities, you realize that war isn't a new thing. The Templar exhibit pointed out that pageant Christianity was against war and war wasn't acceptable until the church sanctioned it.
On our first day, we rode toward the Guadarrama Mountains, on our way to Segovia. After passing through Nanacerrada, which has several ski stations, we rode through the "seven turns" (switchbacks) that zigzag down through the verdant foliage. Here in Segovia we saw the Roman Aqueduct, which was built around the second half of the 1st Century Classical era, and the early years of the 2nd Century, and is 90-feet high and still carrying water as of two years ago. We spent the night in the walled city of Avila, whose wall was started in 1090. Parts of El Cid were filmed here. We continue on to the Portuguese border passing cork trees, with their red trunks that had been stripped to make purses and jewelry.
The ride continued through the Sierra de Gredos Mountains with their tight turns and spectacular scenery. We arrived in Ciudad Rodrigo, a walled medieval town just 16 miles from the border. Now, it is on to Porto, Portugal via the Serra da Lapa and Serra de Leomil Mountains and along the Douro River, which is beautiful, but very busy with traffic. Here we had a rest day and got to finally see the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving for Obidos, we headed into the Serra da Estrela Mountains, which makes Deal's Gap like a straight line. We had to take a detour which lead us up a 45° narrow road with three switchbacks, until we hit a stop sign at the top, which I flew through, and the road dropped 45° in the opposite direction and 90° to the right. WOW! I was feathering my clutch with the engine running over 4500 rpm's; this was my skilled riding course for the day. These roads are famous motorcycle routes. We spent the night in a nunnery which was built in 1830, but because of politics, a nun never slept here.
From Obidos we followed the coast through a series of small Portuguese towns on the Atlantic Beach. At the surfing area, we had a luncheon of octopus in Ericeria, which was wonderful. We arrived in Queluz, where we had a rest day and traveled into Lisbon via high-speed rail. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and a very busy city, with many historical sites. Ann and I had lunch in the old section of the city; deep fried sardines. Leaving Queluz we headed over the Vasco de Gama Bridge that crosses the Tejo River. This bridge is the longest bridge in Europe, the ninth longest in the world, and fun to ride. On our way to Merida, we stopped in Evora which is a United Nations World Heritage Site. It is considered Portugal's showpiece of medieval architecture and boasts a Roman temple, cathedral, Moorish arches, and a 16th Century University. After seeing all the Roman ruins and roads in Spain, Portugal, Morocco and England, you realize how much of the earth the Roman's did control. Merida is built upon Roman ruins; they are all over the city and actually inside some buildings.
We then went on our way to Jarandilla de La Vera, with a picture stop in Trujillo, in front of a statue of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who conquered the Incas in Peru. The horse has one hoof up, meaning he died of wounds from battle. Romans, Visigoths and the Moors had settled in the town, before the Christians conquered it in 1232.
There is a 10th century castle which was built by the Moorish armies on Roman foundations. It has a history which dates back a full 600 years before the birth of Christ. We continued on to Jarandilla de La Vera, passing through a beautiful mountain pass, to the Yuste Monastery, where in 1556, Spanish King Carols 1 retired to, with his 60 servants.
Now, it is on to Toledo via one of Spain's great motorcycle roads (which means narrow, twisty, winding and in the mountains). Toledo is the ancient capital of Spain and was a center of Knight Templars. Here I purchase the stamp of the Templar, emblem of the order; it is two knights mounted on the same horse (representing the dual vocation of the order - religious and military) with the inscription in Latin "sigilum militum Xpisti" - (Stamp of Christ's militia). We visited the Knight Templar's exhibition, La Mancha Tapestries, and the Cathedral. We then left to Madrid, passing historical windmills and riding through some of the most beautiful country we had ever seen. We were twisting up and down in the mountains and through the valleys. A fitting way to end a wonderful riding experience.
Rider Education Article
submitted & written by
Gene & Betty Knutson
GWRRA International Rider Ed Directors
Happy New Year
a.k.a. Happy Holidays
Betty and I are excited to be spending our first "Holiday Season" in our new home, located in Spring Hill, Florida. Last year at this time, we were in the midst of moving from Tennessee, and living in our motorhome, making plans to move all of our worldly possessions into our new abode.
The year held many changes for us, in addition to saying goodbye to our Chapter family in Tennessee, ( TN-Y) to saying hello to our Chapter family, ( FL1-A) of Tampa, Florida.
What we found during this transition is that GWRRA Chapters are the same everywhere, as they are made of people who genuinely are welcoming, and most of all, love to have FUN and eat!
During the past year, as Directors of Rider Education, Betty and I have traveled throughout the country, and had the honor of meeting so many wonderful people.
Whether it was a District Convention, Wing Ding, training event, or a Chapter gathering, we were always welcomed and made to feel as part of the GW family.
The faces and names may change, but the attitude of friendship never ceases to bring a smile to our faces and warmth to our hearts. There is an old saying that we agree with totally. " A stranger is just a friend we haven't met yet"!
With the coming Holiday Season, Betty and I wish all of you and your families a very Happy New Year, filled with good cheer, good health, and above all, love.
Ride Safe, Ride Often.
|Happy New Yearby Ed & Linda Johnson
International Membership Enhancement Directors
Oftentimes people use a word or term in public speaking and then explain the meaning of the word according to "Webster's Dictionary." .........Well, I decided to see if there was a meaning for "2011", so I did a Google search. Much to my surprise, I found more than a meaning. There were schedules for everything. New computer software that is coming out, Conferences, Federal Holidays, 2011 calendars you can print and use to schedule your own events, plus many other interesting items. As I was reading all the information, it crossed my mind to Google "GWRRA 2011." WOW! Do you know that I scanned 63 pages containing at least 10 GWRRA activities on every page?
At the end of the 63 pages there was a note that said, "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the ones that were already displayed."
Why am I telling you this? Maybe, I just wanted to impress you with the great Association we belong to. Or maybe, I just wanted to impress upon you the enormous amount of activities that I found there. Or maybe, I just wanted to let you know that most of these activities will take place in the first quarter of 2011. But then again, maybe I just wanted to let you know where the "FUN" can be found all across this great Nation in GWRRA. The activities that I found didn't just happen. There are many volunteers working and planning to make GWRRA a great Association and a place for you to have "FUN" in 2011.
Are you a Member of GWRRA? Is your Membership coming up for renewal? Have you joined recently but no one has contacted you from a Chapter or invited you to join them on a ride? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, have you considered reaching out to us? We have wonderful Chapter Directors, District Directors, Region Directors and their Teams. We have International Program Directors, a Director of GWRRA, and an entire Home Office Staff. All of these Teams are here to serve you, the Member.
Even with all these leaders working hard to make GWRRA a "FUN", safe place for motorcycle riders and its Members, we sometimes fail to contact everyone. You are important to us and we hope that during the New Year you will join us, in having "FUN", riding safely, and helping to make our Association grow stronger and more prosperous.
Member Travel Story:
by Mikel & Belinda Murray
Rising Sun, IN
"Murray Family vacation with their Honda 1500 Trike and 1500 Sidecar"
We were up early for us and headed to the rally to attend church services before saying our goodbyes and heading east. By mid-afternoon, we are at Mt. Washington in New Hampshire for a quick lunch before heading up the mountain. We parked Belinda's cycle and the trailer and took the sidecar up the mountain. It is a steep 8-mile climb to the top. The mountain is the highest in the Eastern US and has extreme weather. It did hold the record for the highest wind speed of 231 MPH, but a place in Australia now holds the record. We stopped a couple of times on the way up to let the cycle cool. On the way down it started to rain, but we got the kids covered and the rain did not last long. We made it to West Bethel, Maine, before stopping for the night.
Today was mostly a day of travel to Salsbury Cove, Maine, where Belinda had her first experience destroying a whole lobster. The kids enjoyed watching. Later at the motel pool, Erica and Tyson meet Phoebe Link, an author, poet, musician, and educator. She received the highest award from the College of Education at Penn State University known as the "Excellence in Education Award" for extraordinary contribution to education.
Today we headed to Acadia National Park so that Erica and Tyson could become Junior Rangers. We stopped to listen to a ranger and to view some Peregrine falcons but there was fog and not a good day for viewing them. The fog hung around all day but we managed to check out the coastline, walk a couple of trails, and watch a lobster boat checking traps. Later, we tried to see some beavers working around their dams, but no luck. We had supper along the water in Bar Harbor before stopping for the day. Belinda was doing some laundry and I was supervising the kids in the pool.
Rain was really coming down when we got up, but after breakfast, it had stopped. We headed back to the park for the kids to finish their ranger activities. We needed to head up Cadillac Mountain for another ranger talk but the rain and fog had moved back in. It was a slow start, but we made it to the top just as the ranger was getting ready to start. The talk was about the history of the mountain and was very interesting, but we had no view. After that, we tried to find the beavers again, but no luck. We went to eat and grab some clothes at the motel before heading out 30 miles into the ocean to watch some whales. It was somewhat foggy but with the boats' equipment we were able to see at least three different whales that we watched come up and then dive again for their food. We also saw some sea otters and dolphins along the way. Then it was time for bed again.
Today the sun was bright and the sky was blue as we were getting ready to leave. We decided to take the loop road around the park again and then to the top of Cadillac Mountain. From the top of the mountain, we could see the whole island, and the lakes that are on the island. We would have liked to stay, but we were headed to my cousin Steve's to spend the night. Somewhere around Newcastle, Maine, there was a new bridge built and on the column of the old bridge was a bald eagle nest with an eagle feeding the young. The coastline is very pretty along route US 1. Just as we were rolling through Brunswick to get on the interstate Belinda's cycle lost power again. Luckily, we were only about 2 miles from the Honda dealer and we made it there successfully. They test drove it and it acted up on them also, but it was late so we had to spend the night. Our tour of Boston for tomorrow was now shot.
We made it back to the Honda dealer to check on Belinda's cycle. They were not sure what the problem was but after some time we decided to take the fuel pump out of my cycle and put it in hers to see if this was the problem. Instead of using my fuel pump they took one out of a cycle in the shop and put it in and I tested it to see how it did. It ran great for me and then for the mechanic, so we left it in the cycle. We bought a new one for the other cycle so that we could get on down the road instead of staying over another night. We then proceeded to my cousin Steve's house for supper, a few drinks, and a lot of catching up before bed.
We went to a great diner with Steve and his boys for a good breakfast. I had a Reuben omelet, which is unusual. After breakfast, we headed south to spend the afternoon with my cousin Sonja. We caught up on things there and had a nice supper before heading south again. We made it almost to Hartford, Connecticut before the rains came and we called it a night.
We were up early to head to Cold Springs, New York, to meet up with my son Micah and some of his friends. In Danbury, Connecticut, Belinda told me that we must pull into a gas station because she had a problem. She was right! There was a screw in her back tire. Luckily, we had pulled into a service/tire station, but it was Sunday morning. The owner was there and said that they were closed. I told him what the problem was anyway and he said to pull the cycle over to the door. He brought me a jack and wrench and I removed the tire. He then plugged the hole, and I put things back together. We were back on the road in about 20 minutes for less than $25. We made it to Cold Springs, New York, and the sign said that they were having a river festival, so we walked down through the heat to find out that they wanted $5 a person to go into a glorified yard sale. WRONG. We then took the shuttle back up the hill to town and found a place to eat. Tyson ate free for his birthday. Micah and his friends finally showed up for a visit. After our visit, we headed to Clinton, New Jersey, for the night.
(The Murray family vacation will be a three-part Travelog in Wingin' It. Stay tuned for the next issue to see where their travels take them!)
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