Greetings! 

 

It is May and we are honored to celebrate Mother's Day. Here in the USA, the holiday will be celebrated Sunday, May 12, 2013. For those of you who still have your Moms with you...DON'T FORGET! And for those of us, who have had our Moms pass on, we remember! I'd like to share Wikipedia's article about the founding of Mother's Day. 
(The article can be found here)
 

The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in America. She then began a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis' holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or maternal figure on mother's day.

 

Various observances honouring mothers existed in America during the 1870s and the 1880s, but these never had resonance beyond the local level.[6] Jarvis never mentioned Julia Ward Howe's attempts in the 1870s to establish a "Mother's Day for Peace", nor any connection to the Protestant school celebrations that included "Children's Day" amongst others. Neither did she mention the traditional festival of Mothering Sunday, but always said that the creation was hers alone.[7] For more information on previous attempts, see the "United States" section in this article. (Click on website link above)

 

Mother's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. Check out Wikipedia's article for more information.

 

I was thrilled to attend the 40 To Phoenix event held at the Home Office in March. What a great turnout! Everyone who came had a great time and I want to give Brian McCallum and Russell Schaeffer cudos for organizing and leading a great ride all the way from North Carolina to Phoenix and the Home Office to California, with some folks even heading into Mexico and back to North Carolina!

 

 

 

There were vendors at the Home Office, Tours of the Office, the District Director of Arizona and some of his local Chapters gave some local tours of our area. Thanks also to Matt, Andrea, Jodi, and everyone at the Home Office for organizing all the events, vendors, food, tours, etc. There was a great dinner that evening at the local airport with an incredible buffet. Brian and Russell hosted a FUN evening of good food, camaraderie and lots of great story-telling! Please Click Here to see some of the pictures from this great event!

 

As I read the many Chapter and District newsletters you send me, I see more and more riding events that are being scheduled. A sure sign the riding season is upon us. There seems to be a renewed emphasis on riding coming back to GWRRA, what a thrill! There are great articles about Rider Ed, getting prepared, not only the bike, but yourselves, plus, I received an email from a Member who suggested that Chapters contact other Chapters in their area to go on each others rides. See his suggestion on the left side below. You will also see a great Member Travelogue below. Remember to send me your favorite ride or Travelogue, so we can share it with other Members. Email me your stories, travelogues and favorite rides here!    

 

As you know, Wing Ding 35 will be held in Greenville, SC and is going very well. The preregistrations are well above last year and even above the registrations for the last time we were in Greenville. Personally speaking, Greenville was one of my favorite cities. It is a great riding area, awesome downtown and has a great facility! Vocal Trash is coming back this year as a second night of added entertainment because they were received so well previously! Check out the Wing Ding Update information on the left column. There is a video link to Vocal Trash, check them out and sign up NOW!

 

Below you will see a wonderful article from Joe Mazza, our Assistant International Director of Rider Education and a new program announcement from our International Global Affairs Directors, Dan & Rachel Sanderovich. Thanks to Chris & Vicki Thacker for their article about their Wing Ding trip to Ft. Wayne, and Randy Rodriquez's article about updates on our Drill Team program. Bob & Carol Muschinana, for their great article about "Road Etiquette-Is it Dead?" Finally, don't miss "San Fransisco or Bust," a 4-part travelogue, submitted by Leonard & Marilyn Woelfel, the latest survey results and the latest featured GWRRA Benefits!

 

For general information about GWRRA, please check out our website at  www.gwrra.org and spend some time looking around. There are many new features, links and products for you there. As mentioned in previous issues, you can even chat live with one of our incredible Member Service Agents (during normal business hours).      

 

GWRRA offers discount programs for travel and vacations, hotels, car rentals, insurance, identity protection, motorcycle parts, financial services and even pet insurance! Click Here to check out all of the benefits that GWRRA offers our Members.

 

And remember...May is MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH...remind your friends to SHARE THE ROAD AND BE AWARE OF ALL MOTORCYCLES!! 

 

Thanks for all your continued support! Ride safe and FIND-A-FRIEND!

 

Ed Price

GWRRA Events Manager | Wingin' It Editor

 

Gold Wing Road Riders Association

GWRRA.org | Wing-Ding.org 

 

 

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Rider Ed Article
Member Travel Story
Humor
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Member Article
Your Opinion Matters
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JOKE OF THE MONTH


Talk About Bad Luck

There I was sitting at the bar staring at my drink when a really big, trouble-making biker steps up next to me, grabs my drink, and gulps it down in one swig.

"Well, whatcha gonna do about it?" he says menacingly, as I burst into tears. 

"Come on, man," the biker says, "I didn't think you'd CRY. I can't stand to see a man crying." 

"This is the worst day of my life," I said. "I'm a complete failure. I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen and I don't have any insurance. I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife in bed with the gardener, and then my dog bit me, so I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all. I buy a drink, drop the capsule in it, and was sitting here watching the poison dissolve when you show up and drink the whole thing!!

But enough about me, how's your day going?

   

Sent in by
Tom Hendricks, TX-U
 
Thanks Tom!
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Chapter A, Louisville, Ky and Chapter H, Shelbyville, Ky...  I attend and work in both.... keeps me out of trouble....

 

Like most Chapters, they run out of places to go for dinner rides. What I have been doing is going to other Chapter's dinner rides. These Chapters are two or three hour rides to their meeting, but I can take their dinner rides.

 

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Rider Ed Article:
submitted byJoe and Gracie Mazza

Assistant International Directors Rider Education

Motorist Awareness Director

 

WITNESSES

 

As Motorist Awareness Director for G.W.R.R.A., I have come across many articles dealing with unattentive motorists who cause havoc for motorcyclists. We do our best to teach motorists to be aware of motorcycles when sharing the road with us. How about mentioning to both motorists and motorcyclists that if they witness an accident it is their civic duty to report what they saw to the authorities that arrive on the scene. This may seem like a trivial matter but take it from someone who has been on both sides of this topic, it isn't.

 

While riding to Wing Ding, which was being held in Grapevine, Texas in 2004, with my wife Gracie as co-rider, we were cut off by a motorist entering the highway. Down we went. Gracie sustained serious injuries to her foot and ankle and I broke four ribs. The driver left the scene. Riding behind us was the District Ride Educator from Louisiana. He was also an MSF Instructor who trained police officers in motorcycle safety. Quite a witness wouldn't you say? His eyewitness report to the police was invaluable to establishing fault and in settling our insurance claim.

 

On the other side of the coin, I personally witnessed an accident less than two blocks from my home where a motorist turned left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist which resulted in a horrific crash. My witness, account of the accident and the fact that the motorist said to me "I didn't see him", led to the fault being placed on the motorist.

 

Obviously, if you are first on the scene, your reaction should be to secure the said scene safely, call 911 or have someone else do so, and see to any serious life-threatening injuries.

 

In the summary of an article written by Cash Anthony, Anthony writes "I don't think there's a lot of legitimacy in ducking out and avoiding the small commitment of time that it takes to be a witness, assuming that you are in a position to stop and have decided your own safety won't be threatened if you do. Fewer than 20% of court cases actually go to trial, so the most a witness has to do is to make a couple of phone calls, or to answer a couple of questions at an appointed time and place (not in court).

 

It may not be "heroic"---some people just expect it, without realizing it can require courage (and sometimes human nature disappoints)-but it really is the decent thing to do. If you can't save a life, you can still make the aftermath of an accident much more fair, and perhaps you will have insights that will cause a change of environment or conditions which could save many more lives later on."

 

   
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San Francisco or Bust!

submitted by: 
Leonard/Marilyn Woelfel
 
Chapter MN-C

 

It all started with a group from southwestern MN, Chapter C wanting to see the west coast by route Hwy 101. Route plans were made by Bruce Johnson and Randy Lokre and presented to the group. Input was requested and plans were made. Several Members from South Dakota Chapter L wished to travel with us also. That would be 8 couples total, 4 bikes and 4 trikes. We traveled with the same group to 2011 Wing Ding in Knoxville, TN for 9 days and we all jelled well. A 16 day trip sounded doable.

 

Leonard Woelfel contacted several GWRRA Members by email from the states, areas which we were going through to see if there were specific sites, roads, restaurants to try along the way. He received several responses; one from Boyd and Gay Jeffery from Idaho who emailed him, along with Lee Nelson, and suggested routes, if our time frame allowed. Read More

 

(Ed. note: Tune in next month for part two.)

Humor
FOR LEXOPHILES (LOVERS OF WORDS)
  
These are neat.
  1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
  2. A will is a dead giveaway.
  3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
  4. A backward poet writes inverse.
  5. A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.
  6. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
  7. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.
  8. You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
  9. He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
  10. A calendar's days are numbered.
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MEMBER FEEDBACK:
Submitted by: Chris and Vickie Thacker
Frankfort, OH 
Member #326270
               

This is a letter I composed directly after Wing Ding 34 in Fort Wayne. There are many very active groups we have met over the last few years, but this one needs honorable mention. Our group in Ohio has disbanded and we never really got a taste of what it was like to belong to an active group.  We still are about 100 miles from this Ohio Chapter, E2, but our joy of belonging to GWRRA has been rekindled by the kindness they have shown.


In the last three years, it has been very difficult for my co-rider and bride of 22 years and myself to feel as though we belong in GWRRA without a local Chapter.  We have continued to be loyal GWRRA Members, and feel blessed when we attend GWRRA functions to find new friends and joyful memories with groups from throughout our country and others. Read More
WING DING UPDATE:  Vocal Trash Returns!
 

Back by popular demand!

 

Wing Ding 35 will feature an added night of live entertainment and, back by popular demand, Vocal Trash will be performing an exclusive engagement during Wing Ding on Friday night, July 5, 2013.

 

Seating is limited so get yours today! Tickets are just $10, sold in advance only. Register for the event and get your tickets today before they're gone!

 

Visit our web site www.wing-ding.org  for more information. The Courtyard by Marriott, 115 The Parkway, has dropped their rate to $99 per night for our attendees.

 

 

To book the hotel, 
simply visit www.wing-ding.org and click on the lodging tab at the top.
Officer Article:
submitted by: Dan & Rachel Sanderovich

International Director of Global Affairs 

 

Overseas Couple Of The Year

 
We are pleased to inform all GWRRA Overseas Members that for the first time in 35 years, a selected couple from out of North America will be part of the Couple Of the Year celebration during Wing Ding 35 in Greenville, SC.

 

This couple, after being selected by the International Team before Wing Ding, will be presented in front of all Wing Ding participants and will serve as the GWRRA Overseas Ambassador for 2013.

 

This is a new, exciting program that gives the Overseas Members of GWRRA the opportunity to show their enthusiasm for our Association and to present GWRRA, and their Chapter, to all GWRRA Members and other riders around the Globe. Also, to strengthen the relationship among Overseas Chapters and the Members of the US.

 

Click Here to read all about this program.

 

In order to be candidates for 2014 OCOY, an Overseas couple must be selected for Chapter Couple of the year now. Both individuals should be Members and will have to present their records as GWRRA Members.

 

So, don't miss your chance to become Overseas Couple Of the Year for 2014. Be part of this exciting, important, and FUN program.

  
Drill Team Director Updates:
submitted by: Randy Rodriguez
International Director-Drill Teams
 

Bringing Back the Challenge - 2013

 

Wing Ding 34 was turnover time for Drill Team Director. Now that we've had a year to work on programs, the Drill Teams site within the GWRRA website is up and running at www.gwrra.org under Programs/Rider Education pushbutton. We have information on starting a team and contacts for the teams.  

 

Just to give you a preview of Wing Ding 35, we will be unveiling some new ideas and changes. All GWRRA teams have been sent a preview of competition rules for drill teams. New skills have been added to the inventory for Top Gun. The long-revered course for Amazing Team Challenge will be changed, and a new competition class will be added. Curious yet? Read More

Member Article
submitted by: Bob & Carol Muschiana

GWRRA Rider Education, FL1-S

 

 
Road Etiquette - Is It Dead?? In Praise of Semi Drivers and Bikers

 

I know that writing this to motorcyclists is preaching to the choir but if this touches a nerve with you, please take it, reproduce it and share it with anyone and everyone. Our country is in need of change and going back to a little bit of kindness and polite manners on the road is one way we can help. When we are driving cars, we need to use the same etiquette as when on two wheels. Read More

2012 GWred 

Your Opinion Matters!

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

 to let us know your opinion on 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.

 

Riding season is around the corner!
Which of the following types of rides do you plan on taking?
  • Less than 50 miles 3% (22)
  • More than 50 miles 33% (238)
  • Overnight rides 12% (83)
  • 2 days or longer 52% (369)
Total votes: 712

We always have a current GWRRA topic. To let us know your opinion,  

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Member Benefit of the Month

 

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GWRRA Rider Education Program
 
Working hand-in-glove with such eminent organizations as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and the National Association of State Motorcycle Administrators (SMSA), GWRRA Educators conduct informative and entertaining riding and classroom sessions to improve riding skills and safety. GWRRA's exclusive four-tier Rider Education Program encourages consistent ongoing training through commitment to safe motorcycling, frequently refreshed training in CPR and first aid skills, and ongoing study. Recognizing the realities of today's motorcycling, GWRRA is one of the few sources of skill and safety education for motorcyclists who operate trikes and/or who pull trailers. GWRRA conducts hundreds of seminars and training sessions through its volunteer corps of educators, and takes the message of being "motorcycle aware" to the general public through its exclusive and proactive public speaking volunteers in its Motorist Awareness Division (MAD).

 

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