Region "A"-News

  February 2017


The Official newsletter of Region "A"                                     


2017 GWRRA Events

March 23-25 Florida District Rally AltamonteSprings
May 6-7 South Calorina District Rally Beaufort, SC
May 18-20 Alabama District Rally Mobile, AL
Jun. 22-24 Georgia District Rally Dalton, GA
Oct. 12-14 Mississippi District Rall7  Gulfport, MS
Aug. 31-Sept.3 Wing Ding 39 Grapevine, TX
Oct. 26-28 Region "A" Rallly Eufaula, AL



Senior Region "A" Region Directors

Jim  & Sue Jackson



Well, here we are rocking out February and the middle of the first quarter. As for as the business side of the Southeast Region ‘A’ all of the District Chapter Director Conferences were held during January and every one of them was very successful. Important GWRRA information was presented by the District Directors and their very capable Teams. At the moment, everyone has either finished their financials or they are working feverishly on them. Our Treasurer Linda “Cowgirl” Snyder is riding herd over those proceedings. She is like a pretty blue-tick hound chasing those financial required items and she doesn’t come back to the house until everything is in order and finished.

By the way, I believe all Treasurers are very aware that the 2017 Financial Report that is out on the “O-Connect” has a few scabs or data fields that will not work as designed. I have twice politely asked that the 2017 Financial Report to be updated and complete so all of us may setup our Financial records for 2017. It was promised to be completed this week. Check it out and let me know if you have any issues with it please.


Our Southeast Region ‘A’ Trainers Phil and Judy Stone advises the Instructor Training Certified Program or ITCP Program is moving through the Region albeit slowly moving with a class schedule in Florida during early March. There are a few Members in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi that have interest in the Program and Phil and Judy will be planning how the class can accommodate these fine folks. South Carolina already has several ITCP instructors so they are doing well with the program. One more bit of information please. Georgia and Mississippi, at the moment, doesn’t have District Trainers. So all of you, and I know you are out there, that would like to be the administrator of Training in either Georgia or Mississippi please contact your District Director. I’m confident he would really like to speak to you. By the way, the compensation is out of this world and the bennies are comparable to none.


Our Southeast Region ‘A’ Membership Enhancement Coordinators, Rick and Madalena Buck will soon have the announcement of our Southeast Region ‘A’ MEC of the Year and the Region Newsletter winner. These two prestigious awards will be announced during the February/ March time frame. Keep your ears pointed in the air for these two announcements.


Mike and Mary Coral our Southeast Region ‘A’ Rider Educators advised a Classroom Instructor Development Module (CIDM) class was just completed and the next step for these fine folks will be the Rider Course Instructor Training (RCIT). Folks this is a very intense training program to be become a Certified Rider Instructor. Good luck to those involved.


Congratulations goes out to our Alabama District Directors, Frank and Linda Teasley, for becoming unemployed from their j-o-b-s. Both have caught the “Retirement Train” and I think they are gaining speed and having more time to devote to fun on the run and I hope riding that bodacious looking black and silver Gold Wing more and more.


The 2017 Rally Season is on us and kicks off with the 38th Florida District Rally March 23-25, at the Hilton in Altamonte Springs, FL. Yes, you may be looking at a Rally Flyer (Old Flyer) that reflects the Rally to be at the International Palms Resort in Orlando, and yes it was originally scheduled for that venue, but they closed the Resort in January. Therefore the Florida Staff had to engage into a fire-drill and find another rally site. The Hilton in Altamonte Springs, FL is the new rally site. Let me say one thing. When you call for reservations you may encounter a host of different clerks that know little or nothing about GWRRA or the very favorable rate that has been negotiated and you may be told there are no available rooms at the Inn. Don’t believe them. If you encounter this green-grass and tank-water, hang up and call the Florida District Director Bill and Gina Berry. It ain’t so! There are rooms available.


As the weather turns to Spring, we are riding more and we hope to see more of you out in this great land of the Southeast Region’A’ area. 


See ya on the road.


Jim & Sue







Region “A” Educators

  Mike & Mary Coral





We hope everyone had a great Valentine’s day and that you made sure to take care of your sweetheart! Also, with the weather cooperating as it has, we hope you have been able to get out and ride.


I want to let you know about one event that happened this month in Region “A” Rider Education.  On February 11th, we teamed up with Region “N” to hold a “Classroom Instructor Development Module” class in Georgia.  This is the first step in becoming a Rider Course instructor. All 10 Members participating in the class passed and will go on to the 2nd step in March. On March 2nd – March 5th some of them will go through 3 days of classroom & range exercises and on the last day will present a TRC class to become Certified TRC Instructors. Others will go through the 3 days training to become Certified ARC Instructors which will be held in Region “N.”


These members have taken their personal time to go through this training to make it easier for you to get the training you can use to become better riders. Thank you and good luck to these future instructors!





I also want to thank Frank Brothers, Kyle Craig, Harry Dollarhide, Chuck Geggie and Chuck Reed for making the CIDM Class possible.


With our Ride Educators working hard behind the scenes to have this and other training available for you, now is a good time to check your training records to see what you may need and then find what’s available in your area.


Until next time Ride Safe.


Mike & Mary





Region "A" Motorist Awareness Coordinators

Buddy & Kim Summer



Spring greetings to y’all.  It’ll soon be spring, but with the warm winter we’ve had, it doesn’t feel like we’ve had a winter at all.  Kim and I have ridden our trike more this winter than any other that I can remember.  We have seen motorcycles every time we ventured onto the highway.  Not only were we looking, but we noticed because we are riders.  In the past few weeks we also saw the “Look twice, save a life” signs along the roadways.  When we ride, we try to make eye to eye contact with other drivers and always try to share a friendly wave.  It’s your actions that will make the motoring public see us and remember to look for our motorcycles. 


Motorist Awareness Program (MAP) at National level is still under construction, so stay tuned and keep checking the GWRRA website for more information and updates.  As soon as I hear any news, I will pass it along to you and your members.  If you need recruiting or Motorist Awareness materials, please contact the GWRRA home office.  Let them know you hold the Motorist Awareness position and they will send you materials.  


Kim and I will be at the Florida District Rally March 23-25 and are looking forward to seeing you all.  Until then, stay safe and we’ll see you on the road.

Buddy & Kim








Region "A" Membership Enhancement 

& Chapter of the Year Coordinators

& Couple of the Year Coordinators

Rick & Madalena Buck



    How to have FUN at a Rally!


     If you haven’t been paying attention, the 2017 Region “A” Rally season kicks off with the Florida District Rally in March! This means, if you haven’t started planning which ones you are attending we believe you are behind the power curve. If you don’t plan in advance you may not get the most out of the rally or rallies you will be attending.


     So do you know when each of the different rallies are in Region “A”? In case you don’t here they are:

·         March 23-25: Florida

·         May 6-7: South Carolina

·         May 18-20: Alabama

·         June 22-24: Georgia

·         October 12-14: Mississippi

·         October 26-28: Region "A"


     We bring this up for a couple of reasons. First, it is just another reminder that you need to mark your calendars and set those dates aside to attend one or more of these rallies. The second, and probably most important reason is, having listened to people over the last few years it is apparent that there are a lot of people who don’t know “How to have FUN at a Rally”. We say this because of comments people are making. The most commonly heard comment or statements made to us why people don’t attend these Rallies are…they are all the same!


     Our first reaction to this statement is always the same…"really”? Are there similarities to a rally each year? Yes! There are Vendors, Indoor Games, Contests, Challenges, Poker Runs, Talent Shows, Food, 50/50 & Grand Prizes and Seminars. The rally may even be at the same location. However that is where the similarities stop.


     So what are the differences?


·         The Theme… Each year a rally has a different theme. The theme sets the tone for the rally and is there to add to the FUN especially when it comes to events like Talent Shows, Costume Contests, Challenges and Mascots to name a few.


·         The Vendors… Though some of the vendors may be the same from previous years, odds are there will be new vendors with different items. The advantage to having vendors on site is you get to really look at the things you might want to buy. You may have seen something online or in a magazine but when you get a look at it you might find out it’s not what you are looking for. You may find the item you want cheaper online but if you talk with the vendor odds are they will give you the same price.


·         The Location… It may be the same as in previous years but with a few exceptions we are sure that most people have gone around and seen what is in the local area. If nothing else, this would be a great time to go out and ride roads that you may not have had the opportunity to previously.


·         Training & Seminars… Each rally you will find a range of training whether it relates to Rider Education, Motorist Aware, MEDIC First Aid, Leadership or Membership Enhancement Training. The great thing about this training or seminars is you learn something and they are FUN to attend.


·         The People… If nothing else, a rally provides an opportunity to meet new people. One goal we have with attending the different rallies over the years is to meet at least 2 new people. For us we have exceeded this goal at every rally. If you are from Alabama and you attend the South Carolina rally we guarantee you will meet someone new. If you don’t it is because you didn't take the initiative to talk with anyone except people you already know.


     If you still think all the rallies are the same after reading just some of the differences, well there is probably nothing we can do for you. If you are expecting someone to provide you with FUN the entire rally…there is probably nothing we can do for you.


     A rally is what you make of it. If you go into a rally with the mindset that they are all the same you will probably have the same experience. If you go into a rally with a plan on How to have Fun at a Rally, you will have Fun!


Until Next Month, Be Safe Out There and have FUN!


Rick & Madalena  






Region "A" Trainers

Phil & Judy Stone



Last month we gave you an alibi, and this month we are taking it away.   You should already have made your plans for training during this part of the year because the weather does not allow us to do our preferred riding.  Have fun while you learn something and attend a seminar or module.  If you are a University Trainer or a Certified Instructor, schedule a class to help your chapter, and neighboring chapters have fun and socialize while learning.  It is a great time to schedule both a Horizon Class and an OCP (Officer Certification Program).   Remember, there are about 6 weeks left to teach 32 seminars that will be dropped April 1.


We will continually be campaigning for people to become University Instructors by completing the Instructor Training and Certification Program.  South Carolina has nine members already certified, with 6 more working toward that goal.  After a class on March 4, there will probably be 4 certified in Florida and 1 in Georgia.  That only leaves 16 in our region, compared to 22 in Region D, 33 in Region H, 34 in Region N, and 42 in Region F.  Why is it that Region "A", the largest Region does not have the most members wanting to become instructors?


In GWRRA you have a choice, and it does not have to be made immediately, and it is not a one-time opportunity.  A decision not to accept this change may leave you with the empty feeling inside when you are not using your skills to help your friends have fun while learning something new.


Once again we ask that if you have no intentions of trying the ITCP Class, we ask that you stop any negative conversation about it.  You are entitled to your opinion, but do not have any knowledge about what you haven't tried and have no obligation to form someone else's opinion about ITCP.  Thank you for your cooperation.


When you are ready to accept the change and/or try something new, contact us to begin the process.  Maybe just decide to look at the 4 videos to get an idea what the change is about.  Watch them at your convenience and you can stop at any time with no cost to you!


The rally season is about to start, and it would be nice to have some of the new modules available for these rallies!


Phil & Judy






Region "A" Medic First Aid Trainer/Coordinator

Robert & Gail Brown


February 1st marks the beginning of American Heart Month.


For 53 years, the U.S. government has recognized American Heart Month as a time to raise awareness about heart health and cardiovascular disease (CVD).


As the recently released statistics on heart disease and stroke indicate, CVD and Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) are still leading causes of death in the United States.


If you haven’t taken a MFA course maybe now is the time to consider one.


Robert & Gail







Region "A" Treasurer


Howdy Y'all


Just want to give a loud shout out to the amazing District and Chapter Treasurers.


Thank you for getting your Financial Reports done for 2016. It has had its challenges with the changing forms in 2016. Some of those challenges are still out there as I'm writing this. I find our Financial Reports a real challenge since I've not had any training with Excel. I have some friends who have friends that have helped me out. Treasurers don't be afraid to reach out to those folks around you that have used and know how to deal with programs you aren't familiar with. We will prevail!!


I also ran into changes with doing the IRS e-postcard this year. Needless to say my Scandinavian brain has had a workout. I'm not a computer geek or an accountant as most of us aren't but we muddle through with each others help. Our Goldwing friends are the best to help out. Thanks to all.

We look forward to the upcoming Rally season where we will touch base with old and new friends.

Linda & Dave






Robert & Gail Brown

Region "A" Couple of the Year

2016 - 2017


This article will not be about the Couple of the Year Program; but the Individual of the Year Program. Several years ago, Alabama began the Individual of the Year Program. There are several other Districts and Regions who were previously recognizing their individuals, and we felt it was time for Alabama to bring this program back.  We did this to recognize an Individual (male or female) who was doing good things within their chapter.


The Chapter Directors made their nominations based on guidelines set by the District Team. Once their nominations were made, the District Team picked the candidate they felt was most deserving.  This program has moved forward to our other Districts and Region A. The MEC coordinators from each District have been enthusiastic about this program and are more than willing to help with the gathering of information.


 If you have an Individual in your chapter who you feel is doing good things for their chapter, by all means nominate them. Each District MEC has the requirements; so if you have any questions, give them a call.


Remember, this is to recognize an Individual who is worthy of recognition.



Robert & Gail






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