Region "A"-News

  July 2017


The Official newsletter of Region "A"                                     


2017 GWRRA Events

Jul. 14-16 South Carolina District Rally Anderson, SC
Aug. 31-Sept.3 Wing Ding 38 Billings, Mt
Oct. 13-15 Mississippi District Rall7  Gulfport, MS
Oct. 26-28 Region "A" Rallly Eufaula, AL



Senior Region "A" Region Directors

Jim  & Sue Jackson



Hello Region ‘A’ Members,


I suspect you have either received the e-mail blast from the GWRRA Home Office announcing the “GWRRA 2017 Field Restructure Effective 01/01/18” or perhaps through your District or Chapter Director.  I have enclosed in this article a copy of the announcement.  As you read the Restructure you will see the “Region Level” of management in GWRRA has been eliminated or downsized depending on the term one wants to hang on it.  So, the “Region Level” will be gone December 31, 2017, but don’t be alarmed.  Your District Director and Chapter Director will be the focal point more so than before as they assume some various responsibilities.  You as the Member will probably see little change in the operations of your Chapter albeit there are some Chapter and District management ie staff changes.  Hopefully the Restructure will help GWRRA remain part of our riding lives for years to come.  If you have any detail question(s), your District Director and Chapter Director will assist in resolution of the question.  And the complete Southeast Region ‘A’ Staff will still be at your service until December 31, 2017.


Let’s not forget the bodacious Southeast Region ‘A’ Rally scheduled for October 26-28, 2017.  This Rally will be the last Region ‘A’ Rally in a long line of superior Region Rallies for 31 consecutive years.  Yep, we will “Turn Out the Lights” on the Region Rally with this last one.  Come join us and enjoy the last hooray at our fabulous Southeast Region ‘A’ Rally.  








Some of you may have already seen or heard that there is change coming to GWRRA.  This is to share with you the changes that will be happening and we want you to hear it from us.


Below are the links to the videos to introduce the changes.  The one that says Members is for all to watch and a great place to start.  If you want more details, the second video is for Officers but anyone can watch.  


Here is a brief overview.  


The change to our Chapters is to shift them from feeling like they had to have a meeting each month to do the "business" of GWRRA, to more of a get together to share stories, adventures, safety tips and any new information from GWRRA and then to go for a ride.  Specifically, you'll see that we have taken the Rider Educator away from the Chapter.  We have added a Chapter Ride Coordinator who will be an Officer of Rider Ed.  This move is to facilitate a softer approach to our Rider Education Program, often called the Levels Program, and move the program promotion and administration to the District.  We want the Ride Coordinator to share safety tips on riding, clothing, preparing for a ride and more in an effort to guide our Members to adopt our safe riding philosophy.  Our approach will be different with our Members but our message will still talk about rider safety.  Our primary goal with this change is to help our Chapters to create adventures, memories, friendships, social time and great motorcycle rides for the enjoyment of the Members of GWRRA.


Our Districts will gain some responsibilities but we want them to focus on building great memories, have adventures and great rides and enjoying the Members, while they bring a great message from the Program they represent to all of our Members, whether they affiliate with a Chapter or not.  The District will open their arms wide to make certain you are included in the fun!


To be more responsive to our Members TEAM GWRRA will be engaging more with our Members and be guiding our District level of Volunteers.  With this major change we have, starting January 1, 2018, removed our Regions from our current structure and opened up all Districts to interact with other Districts regardless of lines on a map.  Our focus is to our Members wherever they live.


Throughout the next 6 months you'll see how some of the Programs will change and add new recognitions.  Feel free to ask questions at any time to your Director, TEAM GWRRA or to me.


I ask that you follow my favorite saying from Gary Keller, "stay into curiosity and out of judgement" and open your mind to the positive that these changes can bring to our Association.  I know that change can be a challenge, but together we will bring about a bright new future to GWRRA.


Thanks for your Membership in GWRRA, we appreciate you very much!



President of GWRRA



Jim & Sue  







Region “A” Educators

  Mike & Mary Coral


I am sure everyone has heard the news or watched the videos regarding the changes to the GWRRA operations structure. The main point I want to stress to everyone is that the Rider Education Program is not going away. There will be a shifting in responsibility of Training, Ride Education and the Level’s program.  Changing from Chapter to District will allow opportunity for Chapters to plan more fun activities.


In all aspects of our lives change is inevitable. GWRRA keeps changing and evolving along with the best interest of the Member.  Keeping an open mind and allowing time for these changes to happen, may bring more fun and enjoyment to our riding experiences. 


This is a positive step in getting back to GWRRA Founder’s Original Vision as an Association; Riding our motorcycles, with Friends and having fun, and doing it Safely.


Ride Safe & Ride Often.


Mike & Mary





Region "A" Motorist Awareness Coordinators

Buddy & Kim Summer



Region A Motorist Awareness  

Change is coming to Motorist Awareness.  I know you have heard this before, but continue to march until December 31, 2017 by sending your MA Report to me by the third week of each month in a short email.  Each time a member talks to someone outside GWRRA about motorcycles constitutes a motorist awareness event.  It counts toward your monthly report and could possibly help members achieve the MAP Gold Award.  Give credit to your members by naming them for their efforts in each motorist awareness report.  At the end of the year, it will be easy to look back and see which members contributed to the safety of motorcycle riders in at least five of the following ways:  

1.      Presentations to students of public or private schools or universities.

2.      Presentations to members of community organizations, both civic and religious. (One event per organization counted per calendar year)

3.      Presentations to Driving Schools.

4.      Presentations to AAA or AARP driver classes.

5.      Presentation or MAP exhibit at Company Safety Days. (One event per company per year)

6.      Presentation to MAP exhibit at Community Safety Days. (One event per community per year)

7.      Presentation or MAP exhibit at the National Night Out.

8.      Presentation or MAP exhibit at a community festival or fair.

9.      Presentation of MAP exhibit at Motorcycle Awareness Month activities.

10.  Presentation or MAP exhibit at local Malls.

11.  MAP exhibit at highway rest stops.

12.  Presentation or MAP exhibit at Community or Company Bike Nights. (One event per community or company per year)

13.  Presentation to Boys and Girls clubs, and Boy and Girl Scouts.

14.  Presentation or MAP exhibit at Bike or Car shows.  

Remember, if a member achieves at least five of the above events, he can be a candidate for the MAP Gold Award.  Check out the details under Motorist Awareness Program, dated March 2, 2017 at the GWRRA website.  

In 2018 your region will have gone away and many responsibilities will be changed to the district level.  The new restructuring is a good thing and paperwork will decrease.  Anyone at chapter level can continue to contribute to Motorist Awareness.  Remember it is our responsibility to get the word out to the motoring public about sharing the road with other vehicles, especially motorcycles.  


Buddy & Kim








Region "A" Membership Enhancement 

& Chapter of the Year Coordinators

& Couple of the Year Coordinators

Rick & Madalena Buck



We are sure by now you have read or at least heard that there are changes coming to GWRRA as of January 1, 2018. Enough said about that!


Guess what happens October 26th, 27th & 28th at the Lakepoint Lodge & Convention Center, near Eufaula, Alabama? This will be the 31st and final Southeast Region “A” Rally! This year’s theme is the Roaring 20s which will prove interesting. We wanted to start now talking about the FUN we are going to have. The great thing about being the Region Membership Enhancement Coordinators is all we do is FUN.


The FUN will start on Thursday! Bingo will be held in the lounge and this event always seems to be a popular one. Following Bingo, we will be hosting the Couple of the Year Social. This event provides all current and previous Couples of the Year (at any level) a chance to get together. After the social it is onto supper and the evening’s festivities. After supper, the first event will be challenge 1 of the 3-day Team Challenge. Once the Team Challenge is complete, it is onto the Costume Contest. There are 3 categories (Individual, Couple & Group) so you can take part in one, two or all three. With a Roaring 20’s theme, we are sure there are going to be all kinds of costumes. We are also sure there will be some giveaways during the Costume Contest.


On Friday, we start off the day with round 2 of the Team Challenge. Of course, you never know what we will come up with but it will take some brain power. The next event will be the last Region “A” Couple of the Year Selection. We have 5 outstanding couples that will be participating. Come join us and view history. In the afternoon, there will also be Bingo held in the lounge. In the evening, we move to eating ice cream and the Talent Show. The Talent Show always proves to be FUN because we have so much talent in Region “A”. You also never know who will make an appearance. The last event of the night is the Lighted Bike Parade down to the Sonic in Eufaula.


Saturday morning, we will hold the 3rd and last event for the Team Challenge. We will also be judging Mascots, Scrapbooks (District winners only) and Chapter Banner. Once those are complete we will move to the ballroom for the Chapter Shirt & Chapter Pride competitions. In the afternoon, we will be giving away the Couple of the Year Baskets along with playing Bingo. Late afternoon we will all gather in the ballroom for the final Region “A” Rally Closing Ceremonies.


As you can see by above there are many things that will be happening. This does not include the indoor & outdoor vendors, indoor games and seminars. We also must mention that in and around the area there is outstanding riding. If you haven’t been out riding you should consider it.


So here is the bottom line…if you haven’t registered for the Rally you should do it soon. You can pull the registration form from the Region “A” website. Currently the Lakepoint Lodge is full but you can put your name on the waiting list. Or there are hotels within a few miles of the lodge. We are also planning to have some surprises.


We hope you can come join us for the 31st (and last) Southeast Region “A” Rally!


Until next month, be safe out there and have FUN!


Rick & Madalena  






Region "A" Trainers

Phil & Judy Stone





We hope the rain and hot weather has made you realize how much you miss all the fun of riding your Goldwing.  Goldwings are made for riding.


We have been, like many of us still been meeting for dinner on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday for dinner and a great time. Not just eating, but FUN!  Getting to know all of you.  We heard this Tuesday about the FUN Hawk and Bruce had riding with another group - not Chapter P.  They made us laugh.  Hawk and Bruce rode and rode, and the group passed a lot of possible break stops like we stop at.  Instead, they stopped at a group of trees and the men and women each had their own tree.  After a good laugh, Hawk and Bruce asked each other if they were ready to head home.


Our Tuesday dinners are a great way to know more about our fellow members.  They are always fun.Please come and ride with us.  We go some places in our state and all around.  Some rides are on the calendar for several weeks and some are short notice.  Please join us.  Be safe and have FUN.


Remember we meet the second Tuesday at the Flight Deck at 8:00 am for breakfast and 9:00 for the gathering.Remember the remaining rallies in Region A - Mississippi on October 12 - 14, the final Region “A” on October 26 -28 - and Wing Ding in Grapevine, TX 8/30 - 9/2. Many of us also consider Wings Over the Smokies, 9/28 - 9/30.


Phil & Judy






Region "A" Medic First Aid Trainer/Coordinator

Robert & Gail Brown


Change is on the way and how will it affect the MFA program? For the next five months nothing is going to be changing. All MFA Coordinators will continue as usual with classes and paperwork.


Lydia Bourg, the Director for MFA/First Aid, is getting input and suggestions as to the MFA program going into 2018. I will keep you all informed as we receive any new information.


Thanks for all you do,  


Robert & Gail




Linda & David Snyder

Region "A" Treasurer




Howdy Bikers, hope all are attempting to enjoy their  "purdy" toys even with the hot weather.

We have had some really warm rides even by my standards.


Can't believe August is here and kids are going back to school. Rally season has been a busy one plus we have had family fun times thrown in. On the road so much that we can't even remember the name of the last hotel we stayed in.


Looking forward to enjoying Chapter M activities. Of course we still have the MS Rally and our beloved Region "A" Rallies in October to look forward to.


As a Region staff members, we are planning on our "last" Region Rally as the best ever! We are disheartened that all the Region Positions are being dissolved. They have diligently worked to make our GWRRA experience for the members the very best. We will miss working as a "team" with our fellow Region "A" friends. Of course, we will all be around but there is something special when you come together as a "Team".


Jim and Sue have put their heart and soul into making this the very best Region. Losing their leadership and other Region leadership will be a handicap to GWWRA. We will prevail and help the districts when we can. They are going to need all of our help as more duties are dropped on their shoulders.


As Chapter Directors for AL-M we hope we can go back to making things the way they "used" to be. We understand this is the reason for the new restructure. My duties are the same until December 31st so will continue with a sad heart but know that the friendships we have made will persevere.


See y'all in October if not sooner-take care & be safe.

Linda & David






Robert & Gail Brown

Region "A" Couple of the Year

2017 - 2018



August is here and also Wing Ding 40. We will be headed out on the 26th and hope to see you all there. 


The Selection is Tuesday and it is going to be a full day. There will also be other presentations and awards during this time. 


We are proud to be representing Region A and hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip.



Robert & Gail