I don't know about you, but it is hard to believe it is June, 2013 already. Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads! (June 16th here in the USA.) My Dad has been gone for a long time now, but he is certainly not forgotten. My Dad was my hero growing up. He taught me much about life and family, as well as embedding in me my value system. I think of him often and the lessons he taught me. I can only hope I have the same legacy with my children that he had with me. Happy Fathers Day, Dad!

June is also known for Ride To Work Day, which is Monday, June 17th and make sure, if at all possible, you ride your motorcycle to work. Help spread the word and tell all your friends.

It has been so much fun reading all the Chapter, District and Regional newsletters you have been sending me. Thank you very much. I especially like reading the Chapter newsletters. Our Chapters are getting so creative with more and more activities. They are varied and seem to becoming more riding focused...which is awesome! Being a motorcycle association, our focus should be on riding and riding safety and riding education, as well as fun camaraderie. You will see below the winner of the 2012 National Chapter Newsletter Award. Congratulations! With over 800 Chapters producing newsletters, that is an awesome feat for GA-D to be the best in the GWRRA world! (See the article on left side.)

Just in case you have not noticed yet, GWRRA and Wingin' It are trying some new technologies and making some changes to try and attract new Members and readers. Like the old saying, the only constant is CHANGE! GWRRA and your e-newsletter, Wingin' It, must change as well. Last month this e-newsletter tried some new things in the way of new headers in the titles, ads for some new technologies, and a more consistent, clean look. We would like your opinion on what you think about these changes. Do you like it? What other changes would you like to see, etc.? Please write me here and let me know how to keep your interest in Wingin' It high. My goal for this newsletter has always been to be a quality, Member-driven, informative newsletter, without too much advertising. Let me know if our goal is being achieved!

In this same light, for us to keep the content and quality high for you, we need your input and content. We are always in need of contributors--Members to send us their favorite rides, travelogues, Gold Book stories, clean jokes, Chapter activities, how GWRRA has positively affected your life, etc. Again, send these to me here and don't worry if you are not a great writer. We have awesome editors here at the Home Office and they will make you sound great!

Since I mentioned technology already, I'd like to ask you a question about this subject. Where are you, personally speaking, with technology? Do you embrace technology? At work? In your personal life? Are you the person who buys the newest, latest and greatest gadgets when they first come out, or do you wait and see if they really work and if they will actually help your "real life"? Or, are you the type of person who resists technology? No judgement here, just curious. Generally speaking as we get older, we resist technology. For me, I like technology, but I do not rush out and get the latest and greatest. I get a new phone and new computer every 2 years or so. I am grateful for all the advances in medical technology. I am also concerned that there is such a technology overload for our children. So, what does this have to do with GWRRA...glad you asked, LOL!

GWRRA will celebrate its 36th anniversary this JUNE 4th! Unheard of for a motorcycle association. Congratulations to Paul and Shirley for starting GWRRA back in 1977. Thank you! And thanks to Paul for starting and understanding the Chapter concept and that the Gold Wing would change technologically. He knew our Association would need to change as well. So, he created Wing Ding, partially, so all the vendors could come together and show us all the newest and greatest changes for the bike we love. He also created an Association with a Chapter & Officer network so flexible that we could grow and adapt to changing times. But, we are all growing older and GWRRA needs the new social media networks like the Internet, Facebook, computers like the iPAD, androids, twitter, text messaging, and whatever other new technologies will come, to attract the new, young Gold Wing riders. Will you help GWRRA embrace these technologies and help us attract the new young riders? How are you helping us now, in order for GWRRA to be here 36 years from now? How do we keep our legacy going? Again, write me  here to give your suggestions!

A lot of questions, I know. But you have been loyal GWRRA Members, some for many many years, and we value you. So let us know how to keep the greatest motorcycle Association and family going for another 36 years!

Remember to check out GWRRA's website for all the latest news, benefits, updates and information. One more request, please forward this copy of Wingin' It to all your friends who ride! THANKS!!


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 | 



"Friends for FUN, Safety & Knowledge"

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In This Issue
Joke of the Month
Looking for YOUR Articles
Inspirational Quotes
GWRRA & Facebook
Newsletter Contest Award
WING WORLD magazine
Rescue Plus Reminder
Rider Ed Article
Member Travel Story
Member Story
Wing Ding Update
Officer Article
Another Member Story
Chapter Article
Your Opinion Matters
Featured Member Benefit
GWRRA Benefits
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List

I Have Great News


The newlywed wife said to her husband when he returned from work, "I have great news for you. Pretty soon, we're going to be three in this house instead of two."


Her husband ran to her with a smile on his face and delight in his eyes.


He was glowing of happiness and kissing his wife when she said, "I'm glad that you feel this way since tomorrow morning, my mother moves in with us."

Sent in by
Tom Hendricks, TX-U 
Thanks, Tom!

Looking for Articles


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.




"Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck."

- Author Unknown

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey."  

Fitzhugh Mullan
Sent in by Tom Hendricks, TX-U
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Please join us in congratulating Connie Woodmansee and her Chapter Directors, Phillip & Terri Kozlowski of Chapter GA-D, for being awarded the 2012 National Newsletter Contest Award. Chapter GA-D puts out an excellent newsletter that combines both fun & information in a format that makes you want to pick up their newsletter and see what they've been up to lately. 

Again, congratulations to GA-D and their entire Chapter.

Kristen & Dennis Weston
National Newsletter Contest Coordinators
VA District Directors



1. There is now an events page where Members can post their own events to our website. Try it out! 

2. The official rules for the Ticket to Ride contest are online and Members can check how many points they have.
Click here to check your points. 

3. There are now 8 scrolling stories on the GWRRA homepage, instead of just one.

We have a new look! 
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  • I tried to catch some Fog, I mist.
  • When Chemists die, they barium.
  • Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
  • I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.
  • A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
  • Broken pencils are pointless.
  • I didn't like my beard at first, but it grew on me.
  • Energizer bunny arrested, charged with Battery!


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JUNE 17TH 2013
Rider Ed Article:
submitted byJoe and Gracie Mazza

Assistant International Directors Rider Education

Motorist Awareness Director




Having great admiration for our Canadian friends, I thought I would pass along some information which may be of interest to our readers. The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), in its own words, "the Canadian source for international research related to human causes and effects of road crashes," has taken a look at motorcycle safety and conducted a study on the riding habits of motorcyclists. One thing the study attempted to do was to determine the attitudes of automobile drivers when it comes to sharing the road with their two-wheeled counterparts. Since a lot of accidents-but not the majority-involve automobiles, this is important.


While some findings are predictable, others are eye openers. For example, motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds are more popular than ever in Canada, with sales of over 80,000 units per year. As well, the study showed that the vast majority of riders are male-at least 80 percent. That said, motorcycles still only represent about two percent of all vehicles on the road in Canada. READ MORE
It is Finally Here... And It's FREE! 
Download Your Copy Today On iTunes!
Member Travel Story-- (4 part travelogue)

San Francisco or Bust!

submitted by: 
Leonard/Marilyn Woelfel
Chapter MN-C


July 3: Baker City, crossing the state to destination Newport, Oregon. Nice but a long ride on Hwy 26 to 126. At Sisters we took the scenic ride southwest on 242, McKenziePass, (another road suggested by fellow GW Rider).  It had everything - curves, curves, and more curves, lava runs, snow, and at the summit of McKenziePass elevation 5,325 it was cold!  It definitely was worth the extra time.  Then north on 126, west on 20 to Newport. We went to Mo's down by the harbor for supper and had fish stew - very different but good. READ MORE
These are neat.
11. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
12. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
13. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison: a small medium at large.
14. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
15. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
16. If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.
17. When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.
18. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
19. Acupuncture: a jab well done.
20. Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.
Sent in by--Tom Hendricks, TX-U
Submitted by:
Steve Mulcahy 
Chapter IA-H  
Ride Leader
National Veterans Awareness Ride
A Yearly Ride to Honor Our Veterans
I am a Vietnam Veteran with PTSD. I, like many thousand of Veterans, have struggled for many years to try to deal with the aftereffects of War on a person. When I retired in 2002 from full time employment, a person I know told me I need to ride with other Veterans to the Wall in DC. She said they gather in California and ride to DC for Memorial Day and the Rolling Thunder Protest Rally on our Nations Capital. So, a few months prior to my May 1, 2002 retirement date, I decided to put the wheels in motion to give this a try. I had a Yamaha Venture Royal at that time and had never ridden more than two days at a time. 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!

Officer Article:
submitted by: Robert & Karla Greer

International Assistant Director  

Membership Enhancement Program  


International Chapter Of the Year 


Jere & Linda Goodman, GWRRA Directors, Ed and Linda Johnson, International Membership Enhancement Program Directors, and Bob and Karla Greer, International Assistant Directors for the Chapter of the Year program are pleased to announce that 
Alabama Chapter B, Huntsville, AL, "Rocket City Wings", has been selected as the 2012 GWRRA International Chapter of the Year.  The Chapter was lead in 2012 by Chapter Director, Greg & Renee Dempsey and their Chapter of the Year Coordinator was Tammy Hollingsworth.  Congratulations to AL ChB for the "FUN" they had and the involvement in the Chapter of the Year Program. 

We would also like to announce that Oklahoma ChX, Stillwater, OK, was 1st Runner Up for 2012 GWRRA International Chapter of the Year. This Chapter was lead in 2012 by Chapter Directors, John & Shawn Irons and their Chapter of the Year Coordinator was Linda Stevens.  We congratulate them for being selected as the 1st runner up and appreciate their involvement in the Chapter of the Year Program. 


We would also like to congratulate all other Region and District Chapters of the Year winners.  


We encourage everyone to participate in the Chapter of the Year Program in 2013.  A great place to get information is to attend one of the Chapter of the Year Seminars and the Chapter of the Year Meet and Greet at Wing Ding 35 in Greenville, SC this year.  In addition, feel free to attend the Membership Enhancement Program Open Forum and meet the GWRRA International Membership Enhancement Program Team.  The schedule for these events will be in your "Wing World Magazine".

Another Member Story:
submitted by:
Gene A Hanselman
Member #135067, Chapter OH-D3


There's only one way to describe my dad, he was a "Tough Old Bird". He was first generation born in America, German. He was proud, hard working and self reliant. Life was simple for him and he lived by certain credos: "Make hay while the Sun is shining", "Waste not, want not", "A penny saved is a penny earned" and "A rolling stone gathers no moss". He was the middle son of three, Cecil, "Fred" and Sam, with two elder sisters Hilma and Beulah, born to Fred and Nellie Hanselman. The family settled in central Ohio to operate a small grain farm with dairy cows, feeder pigs and beef cattle. They butchered their own meats, had an orchard of fruit trees and each year planted a large Truck Patch to assist with food for the family. 


"Fred" was always determined to be a farmer and lived at home with his "Pop" to run the family farm. His brothers went their own way and moved off into city life and factory jobs. When "Fred" married Marge, in 1939, he moved into a larger farm operation working on Shares for the "Georgella Farm", but he still worked the "Home Place" with his dad. The relationship between my dad and I was strained from the start. I had a lot of illnesses as a child and they continued through adolescence. We never saw eye to eye on anything, ever. I always loved my dad and respected his wishes, no matter how stupid they appeared to me. My sister was his pride, joy and the apple of his eye. READ MORE

Chapter Article
submitted by: Trish Thayer 
Chapter NY-D ~ MEC

Recognition - A Volunteer's "Fuel"


A car needs gasoline. A motorcycle, although more fuel efficient, still needs its tank filled, regardless of how many miles it gets to the gallon.


When we go to work, we are paid for each and every hour we work. The payment is our form of "fuel replenishment". Regardless of how hard we work or how many hours we work, when we receive our paycheck it re-energizes us.


Volunteers need to be refueled also, nowhere near as often as a paid individual, but refueled just the same. The biggest difference is volunteers need two very simple things to energize them:


"Recognition and Thank You"


They do not need them every day or even every week. These two things mean more than money to a volunteer. They say it all. Thank You, says YOU really understand all of their efforts and work. Recognition lets them know You are telling others how much YOU appreciate what they do and how well they do it. Thank You is personal. It is direct from you to that individual or group. Recognition is your sharing with others what they have done.


Nothing works without fuel, no matter how long or far it runs, eventually everything runs out of energy. Volunteers are no different. Regardless of how much FUN they appear to have, the times comes when they need to be "refilled". It actually takes much more than money to refill a volunteer. Money is the giving or sharing of something we have.  


Recognition and Thank You is you giving of yourself to offer those kind words. For many people that is not easy to do.


Life is not perfect, we are not perfect, most of us do not perform flawlessly at our jobs, but we still get paid each and every week. Perhaps we should share that understanding with our fellow volunteers and refuel their tanks for only achieving 95% perfection and not dwell on the mere 5% that may have just missed the mark. Please always remember to say "Thank You" to our wonderful volunteers, our fellow friends, and our extended family within our great organization known as Gold Wing Road Riders Association.


"Keep a friend" - "Make a Friend" - "Find a Friend"


 (Reprinted from NY-D Newsletter - CD: Bob & Chris Makai)

2012 GWred 

Your Opinion Matters!

 Remember to check out GWRRA's Homepage at 

 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.


If GWRRA were to put on a FUN event in the Spring of 2014,
where would you like to see it?

  • Las Vegas, NV 17% (180)
  • Branson, MO 29% (302)
  • Orlando, FL 14% (142)
  • Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ 10% (105)
  • Nashville, TN 29% (301)

  • Total votes: 1030

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

    Check it out!

    Member Benefit of the Month


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