It is hard to believe that I am writing for the September issue of Wingin' It when it is 117 degrees here is Phoenix! Yes, it has been a record-setting summer here and in many places around the country and world. I know the weather has been a large topic of conversation around here as has been all the new energy around GWRRA.
I enjoyed reading Jere Goodman's article in the September Wing World (page 9) about "Making the Connection." Great article with a great message! I hope you also had a chance to read it and give him your feedback. One of his points is how GWRRA has made great strides in our attempt to make our online connection to you, our Members, easier and more convenient. Everything from our website, message boards, to the two FREE e-newsletters, the Insight and Wingin' It that get emailed to you each month. These are great enhancements to your membership and go hand in hand with all the other benefits that GWRRA has established over the years.
In addition to the Chapter concept, GWRRA's first benefit, the Gold Book
, Wing World
magazine, Rescue Road Service, just to name a few, I would like to refresh some of the latest benefits and programs we are now offering. GWRRA's "FIND-A-FRIEND" Program, "Never pay Dues Again!" has a special promotion going on now. Recruit five new memberships(households) and you will receive a $55 Gift Certificate, PLUS you'll be entered into a drawing to win a pair of his and hers BELL Mag 9 Helmets. (See page 6 of Sept.'12 Wing World
for all the details.) Please check here
for all GWRRA benefits!
Remember to get registered for GWRRA's 35th Anniversary Cruise. You can register and get all the details here
. My wife and I are looking forward to seeing everyone on board!
If you ever have any questions about any of our benefits or programs, you can go online and avail yourself of the Chat Feature we have online (click here) and talk with one of our awesome Member Services associates or call one of them at 800-843-9460. These folks have been with GWRRA many years and know our benefits and programs inside out and backwards, as they say...plus, they are incredible people! They really love our Members and do a great job of taking care of you!! Thanks Andrea, Jennifer, Julie, and Matt!!
The new Wing Ding 35 website is up and running, so check it out and get registered for Greenville, SC. It is one of my favorite cities and I will see you there! We are looking for articles about riding to Greenville or great rides in and around the Greenville area. Let's share your knowledge of the area!
Check out the information below to read all about a few of GWRRA Member benefits... Wyndham Hotels and Long Term Care Resources and find out how to link directly to their information.
And don't forget to check out GWRRA's Home Page, www.gwrra.org for all the latest and greatest news, events, and Member benefits at GWRRA's benefit page.
As you will see, we have received some "Quotable Quotes
" from a Member, which I have added to the Wingin' It
. Thanks Tom! We hope to receive more items to add to this e-newsletter, like Travel Tips, Packing Tips, Best Road Trips, Best Motorcycle Routes, Maintenance Tips, Couples Travel Tips, most useful products, innovative products, best websites, you name it!! We are hoping to get more articles, stories, Gold Book
stories, etc., so your newsletter reflects our Members' input! Please send them to me here
and feel free to ask me any questions in this regard. And don't worry if you are not a great writer, we have wonderful editors here to make any article sound great! As our Association tries to reflect your desires, more riding, riding activities, more Member/Officer input...we promise to do our part, so we too, ask for you efforts...with input! The best newsletters are those that contain your content! Thanks for all your continued support!
Ride safe and FIND-A-FRIEND!
FRIENDS FOR FUN, SAFETY & KNOWLEDGE!
Editor, Wingin' It
Joke of the
A little boy never said a word for six years. One day his parents served him cocoa. From out of left field the kid said, "This cocoa is no good!"
His parents went around raving. They asked him, "Why did you wait so long to talk?"
He said, "Up until now everything's been okay!"
Remember, send me your best, clean jokes here!
Remember, we are looking for articles for YOUR e-Newsletter!
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 .
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of CHOICE."
"Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple."
C. W. Ceran
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Here are some quotes sent in by our Members!
If you have some you'd like to send to me, send them here!
The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome. ~Author Unknown
Work to ride and ride to work. ~Author Unknown
Safety doesn't happen by accident.
These were sent in by
GWRRA Members Marry!
Keith & Teresa Morrison
New Mexico District Director
About 50 years ago, Larry Tolliver and Martha met and dated off and on in Junior High and High school. The time wasn't right for this couple to get together, however over the years they remained best friends.
Then the time was right and Larry had the wisdom to ask Martha to marry him. He asked her at the GWRRA F Troop (NM-F) social butterfly dinner. They talked it over during dinner and asked Russell Shupe, the Chapter Director of F Troop, if they could get married at the next meeting, which as it were, was the next Saturday.
The ladies of the F Troop came together and put on one fantastic wedding for Larry and Martha. Larry and Martha wanted to share their joy and happiness with Larry's GWRRA F Troop family.
Everyone had a great time at the wedding and now Larry and Martha are ready to ride just like two kids. They are looking forward to riding with the F Troop and all GWRRA Members. Congrats to Larry and Martha Tolliver of the F Troop of Albuquerque, NM!
Your Opinion Matters!
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.
"Do you belong to a GWRRA Chapter?"
Yes, I am an active Member, 60%--(721)
Yes, but I don't have time to participate, 10%--(125)
No, Chapter is too far away, 5%--(58)
No, I am a solo rider, 8%--(94)
No, I don't know where the nearest Chapter is,
No, Chapter politics, 6%--(77)
No, I don't have the time or interest, 3%--(36)
We always have a current GWRRA topic. To let us know your opinion,
Check it out!
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|RIDER EDUCATION ARTICLE
Joe and Jan Mazza
International Motorist Awareness Director
Ten Things All Car and Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles
As International Motorist Awareness Director, I am always looking for interesting articles pertaining to Motorist Awareness. Also, having just returned from Wing Ding in Fort Wayne, Indiana where at least two motorcyclists were killed by a motorist who crossed the dividing line and ran head on into them, any articles directed at car and truck drivers deserves to be reprinted and distributed as often as possible.
The article I allude to bears the same title as this one and was written by Lynn Ketchum. Here are the ten things Lynn suggests:
1) There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't recognize motorcycles; they ignore them (usually unintentionally). Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at intersections.
2) Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict that a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
3) Because of its small size, a motorcycle can easily be hidden in a car's blind spot or masked by objects outside a car. Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.
4) Because of its small size, a motorcycle may seem to be moving faster than it really is. Don't assume all motorcycles are speed demons.
5) Motorcyclists often slow down by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say three or four seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
6) Turn signals on motorcycles are usually not self cancelling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle's signal is for real.
7) Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane positions for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.
8) Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don't expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.
9) Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can't always stop "on a dime".
10) When a motorcycle is in motion, don't think of it as a motorcycle, think of it as a person.
Member #135067, Chapter OH-B
We were fortunate to have two motorcycle dealerships in my hometown. Both were owned and run by men that were unique and a bit unusual in their own way. They were also able to run a successful business and talented enough in the mechanics of motorcycles to work that business. This story is about one of them... READ MORE
Here is a sampling (excerpts) of some responses I received from Members from my article in last months Wingin' It. Your letters and comments and feedback is greatly appreciated. Not all responses were reprinted, but all were responded to...Thanks!
I am writing in response to your quest to find out why I am not an active participant in my Chapter. My husband and I got into to this later in life, we are in our 50's. When we first joined back in 2005, I think, we were never contacted. Ms. Mary O'Connor, does a real good job about keeping us informed on what our Chapter is doing, but it all has to do with scheduling work, family and fun. I know you have heard that before so I won't elaborate. I do read all of the emails Mary O'Connor sends.
I do have a suggestion on what I would like to see from my Chapter, other Chapters in Virginia, and GWRRA. I would like to see more information on scenic rides. I am constantly on line looking for scenic rides, and it could be that I am just not a very good researcher. I see the stories in the magazine, but they do not give the particulars, such as the route taken, places along the way to see. For instance, in this months newsletter Gerald and Marsha Goudies' Bucket list came close to what I am looking for, but there was nothing there to make me want to follow in their tracks, in fact, there was a lot that made me want to avoid what they did. In the magazine, I read about visiting the 96 County Courthouses in TN. While I wanted more details about the rides he took, it did make me develop my own list.
We were contacted by a local Chapter and we did "TRY" to participate with the group for awhile, but due to our other activities (kids, training Service Dogs etc) we just didn't have the time to participate with a group.
I will say the more that I think about it, the more I've come to the conclusion that if and when we have more free time I don't think I want to spend any of it thinking about Officers, Chapter Directors, District Directors, Trainers, Regional Directors, color coordinated shirts, with identically embroidered vests! I want to think about RIDING motorcycles and actually riding them!
My wife and I have both been riding off and on for more than 30 years and we bought our first Gold Wing four years ago. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Wing World magazine and the online GWRRA features, Facebook page etc...don't change a thing!
I spent more than 20 years in the military and I'm not sure what people find as "fun" in the rigid organizational structures that are found in the hierarchy of Gold Wing groups, it sounds a lot like life in the military to me, but to each his own I guess.
I didn't buy a Gold Wing (or any of my bikes) to be a trainer, couple of the century, wear matching vests or be some kind of officer...I bought the bikes to RIDE them...it's just that simple, at least it is for me.
I'm not qualified to tell you how to improve your business, but I can say I love the articles, and the idea of adding more "tips" would be nice and I even like some of the ads in the magazine. I guess you'll have to keep publishing 10 pages of people in the matching vests to make them happy too, and I can keep skipping over those pages without reading them as I've done for the last 5 years!
Again, Thanks for the great job you guys are doing, but matching shirts and vests are not my thing.
(This was an excerpt from a letter from Jeff)
Just finished reading your e-NEWSLETTER article on CHAPTER LIFE. I have only been in GWRRA for 4 years and currently my home Chapter is AZ-G. I have been traveling this summer and trying to attend different Chapters along my travels. What I have seen so far is that 'Chapter life' looks to take on a different meaning from one Chapter to another. My Chapter has a very good turnout especially in the winter months. Mainly because of the people coming down for the winter (snowbirds) and the locals that live there (me). I think we have good times, as we sure do laugh a lot which makes for a great social. We try to make everyone welcome regardless if you been there forever or just new people coming for the first time.
Now for what others do. I just attended a Chapter social that consisted of the CD, Treasurer, and the Ride Educator. I asked, "Is this all that is coming?" The answer was pretty much 'yes'. We had no 50/50 drawing or anything else. My wife and I were welcomed, but you could say a 'small welcoming committee'. I have attended another Chapter social and we were welcomed there too, where turnout was good but nobody really wants to get together to ride. My wife and I have attended other Chapters where people will ride for an evening ride, 75 miles in one direction for ICE CREAM!
So, what I don't understand is "How do very active Chapters do it?" What makes those Chapters keep the people coming back?
I'm not sure if headquarters can determine which Chapters in the organization are more active than others but somehow we should tap into that experience. Then see if we can get to the Chapters that really need help.
I didn't join GWRRA to say 'I belong,' but rather to get involved. If you enjoy riding the WING and like GWRRA as an organization, then make it your job to help. You will get a lot more back in satisfaction, make new friends, and have a need to ride.
|Then and Now
Ron and Karen Knudtson
GWRRA Members 79100-79122 01Former Chapter, District, & Region Directors
If we could choose only one word to describe riding through the country on a trike, it would be passionate. There is not much that can describe enjoying a weekend getaway with our families, or embarking on a month-long journey to experience America by way of its highways and byways.
If we had the liberty of choosing yet another descriptive word,
resilient also comes to mind. Regardless of the economic challenges we find ourselves faced with from time to time, we "trikers/bikers" stay true to the course of doing what we enjoy.
Over the past several years, there have been significant changes such as changing our two wheeler to a three wheeler, however, we have the enjoyment of hitting the open road in pursuit of our passions.
We sit back and enjoy the ride as we travel down memory lane, remembering the "days of then".
Through our twenty years with GWRRA, we have founded a new family, learned the rules of safety on the road, have been educated in motorcycle awareness, and experienced worlds of fun with those that share our passion.
It's a way of life - our life. It's our connection to family, friends, nature, and our GWRRA family. It is our passion!
The Former Officers Ride
Well we will start out with an introduction of our Officers. Beverly and Gordon are the Former Wyoming District Directors and Ralph and Virginia are Former District Educators. Both of us use to live in Casper, Wyoming, but for reasons of work we are at opposite ends of the state. We are also in competing energy fields of work. Ralph works with natural gas and myself in the coal industry. Opposites do attract and do have fun. We both love to travel on the bikes and camp so this trip was ideal for us. We both decided we were going to pull our camp trailers and use them for lodging, but were not going to do any outdoor cooking this time. The trip was seven days long and we wanted to enjoy letting other people cook for us.
Beverly and I started from Casper which is our place of residence to meet up with Ralph and Virginia. Leaving on Hwy. 220, so to 287 and then to Hwy. 28 to Farson, Wyoming. We met our other travel companions, which live in Pinedale, Wyoming. Not too far away... READ MORE
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