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Believe it or not, it is December 2011 and I am trying to remember how this year went by so fast! It has been a very exciting year at the Home Office with everyone cross-training, taking on new responsibilities and learning new skills. We are becoming more efficient than ever before all in the name of better serving you, our Members and working toward better marketing GWRRA in the world economy.

It has also been a great year for me personally and as the year comes to an end, I sit here counting all my blessings knowing that GWRRA, my extended family and my natural family have been my joy and pleasure. I have seen GWRRA grow from a few hundred people back when I was a volunteer at Wing Ding 1 to over 70,000 Members in 55 countries today. It has been my honor to have served in many positions from a volunteer to the 1st CD in Colorado in 1980, to their DD, to Executive Director, to Marketing Director, to a Board Member, and I will never forget how all these positions have taught me so much. Now, I look toward to my retirement at the end of this year and being able to have the time to travel and visit more of my GWRRA Friends & Family, Chapters and events throughout the world.

I want to publicly thank Paul Hildebrand, who not only started GWRRA back in 1977, but also has given me, as well as many people in GWRRA, the opportunity to learn and grow with GWRRA. The opportunities availed to me by him, by asking me to start a Chapter in Colorado and then becoming GWRRA's Exec., were nothing short of an advanced degree in Association Management and allowing me to grow professionally and personally in many, many ways. I know for many of you who have also joined our Officer ranks, can attest to the same process. Those who take advantage of the opportunities to get involved with any of GWRRA's Programs will grow and learn and can take these skills to their professional and personal lives.  And knowing him as I do, I know one of his biggest goals was to SAVE LIVES and he has certainly attained that goal. So, THANK YOU PAUL, for your vision and for your willingness to allow us to share your dream!

I will still be kept on as a consultant, to write the Wingin' It, so please keep sending me your articles and stories. We need your feedback to keep this e-newsletter going each month, and now that I will be working from home and on the road, it will be more than critical that you assist me. Help me help GWRRA, with your positive experiences of your Chapter, travelogues, our programs, Gold Book stories, helpful Dealers and fellow Members, etc.

Check our our newest Business Member and featured Business of the Month in the left column below, as well as our Featured Member Benefit of the Month.

As a quick update, as of this writing we already have 24 Members signed up for the GWRRA 35th Anniversary Cruise. Please check out the ad on the side below and sign up quickly, as we only have a limited number of cabins to offer at this incredible rate. And remember, these rates include all port charges, fees, and all tips. Reserve your cabin here.

From my wife Rose and I, my two sons and three grandchildren, we wish each of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy Kwanzaa. Be safe, be grateful, and have fun with your family and friends. I am so grateful for my many, many years of FUN and experiences with GWRRA, for all I have learned and shared and for all the lifetime friends I have made!

I'll talk with you again next year!



Have fun, 

Ed Price

Marketing Director


In This Issue
Featured Article
Joke of the Month
Featured Article
Associate of the Month
Looking for YOUR Articles
Inspirational Quotes
GWRRA & Facebook
Member Services Team
Rider Ed Article
Indiana/Fort Wayne Trivia
MED Directors Article
The End is Near!
International Holidays
A Member's Travelogue
OCP Online NOW!
Business Member
Featured Member Benefit
40-to-Phoenix, Third Annual
Your Opinion Matters!
Fort Wayne Updates
Home Office Reminders
GWRRA Benefits
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List
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Joke of the


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A man walks into a psychiatrist's office with a zucchini up his nose, a cucumber in his left ear and a breadstick in his right ear and asks "What's wrong with me?"

The doctor replies: "You're not eating right!"
Norwegian Jewel
GWRRA's 35th
Anniversary Cruise


Norwegian Jewel

Ports of Call:
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Falmouth, Jamaica
George Town, Grand Cayman
Cozumel, Mexico 

Rates start at $678 per person all fees included (port charges, fees, & pre-paid gratuities)


Join folks like GWRRA's Founder, Paul Hildebrand and his Wife Dottie; GWRRA's Co-Founder, Shirley Stephens-Garcia, and her husband, Benny, aboard to celebrate GWRRA's 35th Anniversary in a FUN, 

exciting way!

here for more information and
to register.


J & M Ad

Featured Associate

of the Month

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Hi, my name is Manny Moreno. I have worked for GWRRA for 18+ years. I was hired as General Manager for JMT Graphics in 1993, and promoted to Vice President of Publishing, Marketing & Sales for Wing World & JMT Graphics in 1995. I am currently training with Ed Price to become Director of Marketing. I am honored to be part of such a great Association (Family). I have worked the past 33 years in the Marketing, Advertising, Print & Association industries.


I am an Arizona Native and have been actively involved with organizations such as: March of Dimes, Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army Youth Gang Prevention programs, and many more! I believe in "giving back" to my community.


I have a 24 year old son (Matt) and a 3 year old granddaughter (CiCi) who bring much joy & happiness to my life!


I wish you all the best and ride safe!


Looking for


Remember, we are looking for articles for YOUR e-Newsletter! 


Travelogues, Member

and Officer profiles, Chapter activities, your stories about how joining GWRRA has positively affected your life, etc.


And don't forget those great Gold Book stories.


Please send your stories to me here.



submitted by

Howard Rasmussen


"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress."


John Adams


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Member Services Team
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Seasons Greetings
to all our Members!

We can't believe it is already this time of year again. We are thankful for ALL OF YOU this holiday season! Wishing you and your families a Happy & Healthy New Year!  


Your Member Services Team

Andrea, Matthew,
Jennifer & Julie


 By:Joe Mazza


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Choosing Your Boots Wisely


When selecting a pair of boots for riding a motorcycle, one must take into consideration both comfort and safety.  As soon as you have chosen an appropriate pair of boots, you will discover you will not want to ride without them. They are crucial in shielding your feet, ankles and lower legs. In our one major accident, after being cut off in Dallas, Texas, the surgeon working on my wife's ankle injury stated that had she not been wearing the type of boot she was wearing, she most likely would have lost her foot. Those boots were the heavy, well constructed type. We both wear this style boot for maximum protection. If we are going to do a lot of walking after reaching our destination, we pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes to change into upon arrival. Full Story > 

Indiana/Fort Wayne Trivia

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1- What do these items have in common; the washing machine, baking powder, calculator, jukebox, television, breathalyzer and refrigerator?

(answers in the coupon section below)


Featured Business
of the Month
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Air deflectors for
Gold Wings. 
Full sets with mounting hardware or just replacement panels for Baker Airwings.  Hand wings, foot wings, leg wings, trike wings; all made from heavy duty, extra thick 3/16" acrylic. Dark smoke or clear.  Flames or no flames.

GWRRA Holiday Sale
 Save 10%!
Use code:GWMW
Good till 12/30/11

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Join Our Mailing List
Happy Holidays! 
byHenry & Boy

Ed & Linda







It's hard to believe, but 2011 is coming to an end and it's time for the most glorious holiday season of all to begin. If we look back to the events of this year, we find it hard to believe the things that have taken place. We begin in our own neighborhood where a child was born premature and has little chance of a living a healthy life. While others are going about their everyday lives, he struggles and tries to hold on. The touch of love throughout our neighborhood has given this family strength and encouragement.   


In other areas, destruction has taken place with storms, floods and other disasters resulting in the loss of personal belongings. Losing loved ones, health, jobs, homes, and other possessions, people are left to wonder what to do or how to start over. With each struggle, we somehow find our way, maybe not as before, but struggling each day we continue on. We get our strength from our faith and our family.   We are so blessed that we have family all across this great nation. Full Story > 

The End is Near!
Tony & Michelle Van Schaick
International Directors,Rider Education
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As we sit at the keyboard preparing to write our holiday message, it is almost a week before the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States. We have a lot to be thankful for.

Halloween marked our 33rd wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe that another year is going by so quickly. We were that couple in high school they said would never last. Part of the Treat, that final October day, was taking over the caretaking of the GWRRA Rider Education Program (REP) after experiencing 17 years as Members. We owe retiring International Rider Education Directors, Gene and Betty Knutson, a great big THANK YOU for all their hard work, growing and improving the REP, for everyone during their time at the helm. We were honored to be selected to carry on their work in service to the membership. Full Story > 


Worldwide December Holidays

Bhutan > December 17 > National Day

Israel > December 21 > 1st Day of Chanuka

Many Countries around the World > December 25 > Christmas

December 26 > 1st Day of Kwanzaa

Canada, Greece, Hungary, New Zealand, Sweden > December 26 > Boxing Day

Austria, Italy > December 26 > St. Stephens Day

Barbados, Bermunda > December 27 > Boxing Day

Bulgaria, Cyprus, USA and many more > December 31 > New Years Eve 
(Ed.-Source is Wikipedia-World Holidays. If you know of others for future editions, please send to me here.)
Officer Appointment
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 GWRRA's New  

Global Affairs Directors


After many years of wonderful service, longtime Global Affairs Director, Peter Russell, is stepping down. Replacing him will be Dan and Rachel Sanderovich.


Says Dan: "Both Rachel and I are very honored and excited to step into our friend, Peter Russell's, position as your new GWRRA Global Affairs Directors.


Rachel and I live in Israel, have been married for 34 years and have five children and three grandchildren. In regard to motorcycling, I have been riding for more than 35 years; however, it was only six years ago-after I bought my first Gold Wing (a Yellow 2002 GL1800)-that I learned about GWRRA during a visit to Americade in Lake George, New York. Full Story >  

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A View from the Back

By Cindy Culp


(Most motorcycle travelogues are written from the perspective of the rider. This one is from the perspective of the pillion, though I occasionally toss my thoughts in as well. - Jim Culp)


Tornados had just ripped through the south, devastating Tuscaloosa and the southeast, and the Mississippi River was flooding. Was it a sign of things to come or just a sign that you have to be flexible when taking a motorcycle trip out west?


Once you get an idea in your head, like riding out to see the Grand Canyon and visiting as many National Parks as possible via motorcycle, it's hard to get it out of your head. So our motorcycle journey begins. Full Story > 




Stacy Valeu, GWRRA Member #310943 


Dear Sir, 

My two cents worth.  I started riding Harley's in '1949 when my dad allowed me to purchase a WW-II 125 mail bike.  It had rubber bands that looked like V-belts.  Then, I had an Indian Scout and then, my first NEW purchase was a 1961 Sportster.  Actually, I started riding doodle bugs first!  Remember them? 


When I first learned of Honda, the fellow tried to stay up with us on a Dream.  Regretfully, we made a lot of fun of him, but he always caught up and was there at the end of the day.  My wife and I have had Yamaha dirt bikes, a 650cc Yamaha street bike and she had a Yamaha 200cc street.  All the years I rode to the Peoria TT races, the Springfield Mile, etc., I could never understand why the Harley riders always wanted to put on this persona of "Hardcore". Full Story > 

Officer Certification

NEW Opportunity Available

Now Available
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Now available, for new Officers and anyone interested in becoming a GWRRA Officer, our OCP is now ONLINE.

Check out this new opportunity or if you are interested, you can order a DVD of the entire OCP by contacting your Region Trainer. Or go ONLINE and take the Program in the comfort of your own home.

Check with you Region Trainer for the information needed to access the "OCP Online" website here.  

Newest Business Member!

WW media headerMotowings is a division of Image Marketing Corp. We are a small business owned by a dedicated Valkyrie rider. Motowings are made to fill a need for a sturdy air deflector that adds a bit of pizzazz.  

Motowings are air deflectors for Gold Wings and other motorcycles.  They are available as full sets with mounting hardware or replacement panels for Baker Airwings.  We use Baker hardware and are an authorized Baker Built dealer.  We use extra thick 3/16" acrylic to prevent cracking or breaking.  Our panels are available in Dark Smoke or Clear acrylic.  Since they are laser cut, not only are they precision made, but we can produce panels with flamed edges as well as the standard rectangular no flame panels.  As a new Member of GWRRA we look forward to being of service to Gold Wing riders. Visit us at motowing.com for full info. (See special offer for GWRRA Members on side ad.)  


Featured Member Benefit of the Month



 Wyndham Hotels - (20% discount at eleven different Wyndham chains including Days Inn, Ramada, Super 8 and more) GWRRA Members save 20% on the best available rates at all Wyndham Hotels worldwide, including Ramada, Wingate, Hawthorne Suites, Days Inn and many more. Click HERE to reserve your room today, and don't forget to write down your GWRRA promotion code for when you're on the road and need a hotel! To ensure you receive the discount, please call in advance or reserve online. Use Corporate Code 1000008705 by calling 1-877-670-7088, or book online today! (Must book in advance to receive your discount.) 

Days Inn® 1-800-268-2195
Howard Johnson®1-800-769-0939
Knights Inn®     1-800-682-1071
Super 8®     1-800-889-9706
Wingate By Wyndham®1-877-202-8814
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® 1-866-854-1604
Baymont Inns and Suites®   1-800-980-1679
Microtel Inns and Suites®     1-800-330-8712
Hawthorn Suites®   1-800-221-5816


Old GWRRA Program-Revitalized!
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GWRRA announces a change to our long-standing Find-A-Friend Recruitment Program, with a twist!

*For every five new memberships (households) you recruit, you will receive a gift certificate with the equivalent value of a Family Membership - $55.  


Members have the "option" to redeem certificates(s) for a GWRRA Membership Renewal, GWRRA Official Merchandise, Wing Ding Registration or Chapter Charter Fees.  


The program is open to all GWRRA Members and will begin January 1, 2012 and run through December 31, 2012.


*Visit www.gwrra.org/FAF.html for program rules


GWRRA's National Ride

Prepare yourself to join the Third Annual 40-To-Phoenix. This year's ride will be led by last year's leader, Brian McCallum. The ride last year broke the record from the previous year and we fully expect this year will do the same. 
This year's ride will leave Wrights Beach, NC and arrive in Phoenix, AZ at the Home Office on March 15, 2012.
Contact Brian here for all the details and be a part of GWRRA history!

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Your Opinion Matters!

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 Remember to check out GWRRA's Homepage at www.GWRRA.org 

 to let us know your opinion of a variety of subjects in our polls. 


We'd like to give you the results of the last survey we have posted on the home page.


"How long have you owned your current Gold Wing?"

 (837 responses)


  >less than 1 year (13%) 

>1-2 years (12%)

  >3-5 years (27%) 

>more than 5 years (48%)


We always have a current GWRRA topic. To let us know your opinion, Check it out!   

Fort Wayne Updates

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Did you know that Fort Wayne, Indiana is not only home to Wing Ding 34, but has also held the distinct designation of Tree City USA from the National Arbor Foundation for the past 18 years?


We can't wait to host you in  

Fort Wayne. For visitor

information, please contact  

us at 1-800-767-7752 and

you can make your housing reservations at  


Or, visit us online at www.VisitFortWayne.com/WingDing!


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Home Office


 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. Read More > 

Rescue Plus


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  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



And remember, non-members can purchase Rescue PLUS for only $50 with all the same benefits!

Call NOW!
GWRRA Member Benefit Discounts!
Save 16%

GWRRA EZ Air Combo       


Buy both EZ Air Gauge and Extension Hose and save. Note: The GL1800 does not have an on-board compressor. The EZ Air Gauge will work on the GL1800 tires; but requires access to a compressed air source


Product Code 4011002

Our Price - $ 29.95



Click here for all the details. GWRRA Belt Buckle


Special price for December--$25



 Trivia Answers:

1-These items were first created and manufactured in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Offer Expires: 12/31--mention December Wingin' It


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