Region "A"-News

  September 2017


The Official newsletter of Region "A"                                     


2017 GWRRA Events

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,


Wing Ding 39 in Grapevine, Texas was fun or as much fun as one can have when one is working each day of the event.  Aa ha, all that work stuff will change for Wing Ding 40 since there will be no Regions thus no responsibilities, but I digress.   Please except our thanks to each of you that volunteered to help the Southeast Region ‘A’ man the On-Site/Day Pass Station.  Most of the time we had many more volunteers than we had spots, but that is a good thing. Again, thanks to each of you that helped us out and I hope you enjoy wearing that special volunteer pin.  


Wing Ding 39 was fun and disappointing all at the same time.  Naturally, we remember all the fun events dinners, shows, etc we attended and they all were excellent.   Albeit we enjoyed Wing Ding 39 apparently many of the Membership elected to have fun at other locations since the Rally count was only 4220 delegates which was very disappointing.  Wow, that has got to be an all time low record for a Wing Ding.   I could speculate and talk about all the reasons why such a low attendance, but since none of it is relative any longer and it would be non-constructive to get into it here.         


So, let’s talk about some more good things about WD-39 Grapevine.  Our Southeast East Region ‘A’ Couple of the Year, Robert and Gail Brown, were the toast of the International Couple of the Year Selection.  They stood head and shoulders above all the other couples and represented our beloved Region ‘A’ in the vane of the exceptional folks they are.   I don’t see what they didn’t take the hold thing and become the International Couple of the Year.  Heck, Sue and I gave them the highest marks allowed on our score sheets, but there was one thing…….the judges wouldn’t accept our score sheets on Robert and Gail.  They said we might be favorable to their selection.  Can you imagine that?  At any rate, Robert and Gail was simply outstanding in representing Region ‘A’ and we thank them for their most gallant effort in the WD-39 selection process.  


By the way, the 2017/18 International Couple of the Year is Randy and Kathy Reese from Region ‘H’ Texas.  Nice folks.  Randy looks and talks like a Texan and Kathy is a warm Texas Girl as well.  Congratulations to Randy and Kathy of Texas.


During WD-39 Region ‘A’ Members picked up some very prestigious awards.  First, Robert and Gail Brown, our Region ‘A’ Med F/A Coordinators, received the GWRRA Region Medic/First Aid Region of the Year award.  Region ‘A’ trained more Members in Medic/First Aid than any other Region.  Congratulations Robert and Gail for leading the Program


Congratulations to Mike Coral of the Southeast Region ‘A’ Team for receiving the GWRRA Trainer of the Year Award.  Thanks to Mike and Mary for all their hard work in the Training Program and Rider Education as well.


Congratulations to AL Senior District Directors Frank & Linda Teasley, AL-B Senior Chapter Directors Roy & Anita Fosnight, AL-Y Senior Chapter Directors Robert & Gail Brown and FL-B2 Senior Chapter Directors William & Barbara Baner for receiving the prestigious Merit Awards for outstanding management of their Chapters and Frank & Linda for the District of Alabama.  It made the ole Region Director’s heart feel so good to see these well deserved awards presented to each of you.


Congratulations to FL1-A Senior Chapter Director Nancy Shrader and sidekick Bob, for being selected as the best of the best award and that being the GWRRA Chapter Director of the Year.  Wow, what a bodacious award out of all the couple hundred Chapter Directors in GW.  Way to go Nan & Bob!  Not only did they receive a very nice plaque, but in addition two very nice “Red” jackets inscribed “Chapter Director of the Year 2017”.


While talking about Wing Ding, Wing Ding 40 or WD-40 will be held Aug 28 to Sep 1, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Yep, that’s about a year out, but in real life time it will be here before you can turn around and scratch your nose or toes.  Start planning for some good times in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Well folks, I need to wrap this up since it’s the day before we leave for Wings Over the Smokies in Waynesville, NC, and I need to do a little wiping on the Wing to shine her up along with doing my T-Clock.  Been attending WOS since 1989 and I have enjoyed each and every one of them except the two held near Charlotte, NC.  Some of you may not remember, but the North Carolina District use to be part of Region ‘A’ and the Rallies held back in the day pulled in 10,000 plus delegates which was more than Wing Ding back in the hay-day of GWRRA.  Looking forward for a few days in the Mountains and some good riding, eats and fellowship.  Perhaps we will see you there. 


Folks, when we return from Wings Over the Smokies the next fabulous District Rally in our Region will be the Mississippi District Rally October 12-14, 2017 in Gulfport, MS.  Senior District Directors Harry and Diane Schafer along with their “Southern Magnolia Team” have an outstanding Mississippi District Rally lined up just for the taking.  The Mississippi Gulf Coast is one of my favorite places to Rally and folks the fun will be spread pretty thick.  Yes, there will be many prizes and all the fun that comes along with this fine Rally.  Really looking forward to being down on the Gulf Coast for a nice weekend and of course there will be seafood involved I’m sure.  Go ahead and send in your registrations for this super event and come play with us on the sugar-white sands of the Gulf Coast.   And we may have a very nice surprise announcement for the Mississippi Members.  Stay tune-in during the Mississippi Rally.


Folks the bodacious “Rip Roaring 20’s” Southeast Region ‘A’ Rally Oct 26-28 will be held at the fabulous Lakepoint Lodge and Convention Center.  The sad thing about the 31st Region ‘A’ Rally is it will be the last one.  Yep, after 31 continuous years of presenting the Region ‘A’ Rally the 2017 Rally will be ending all that Region tradition.    As you are aware by now, the 2018 GWRRA Restructure eliminates the Region Level of management in GWRRA thus no more Region Rallies……..BOO HISS!  So at the conclusion of the Rally we will have the honor of “Turning Out the Lights the Party is Over on the Region Rally”.  So, we invite all of you to come celebrate the ending of a 31 year tradition and smile or cry with us.  I expect there will be a little of each!  Our Region MEC’s Rick and Madalena along with the complete Region ‘A’ Staff promises a Rally that will long be remembered as the “Best of the Best” and I have no doubt about that.  I’ve heard from a lot of folks that have been Members of Region ‘A’ for a very long time and most are making arrangements to attend this last Region Rally.  Heck, I expect a large crowd and we hope each one can walk away with a smile on their face and a memory in their heart of the Southeast Region ‘A’.


By the way, when you call the Lodge for a reservation, if they indicate they are sold-out don’t let that deter you.  Please asked to be put on the waiting list for Lodge rooms.  In many instances a room will become available at some point.  By chance if no Lodge rooms open up there are rustic-cabins situated in the immediate forest right on site that are still available.  Last accounting all the cottages sitting on the water have been reserved, but it doesn’t hurt to ask about them.  We have a ton of events and fun lined up for ya along with a super Thursday night “sit-down” dinner and you will be served at your table……ie no standing in line.  The Thursday night dinner is delicious and the fun will go on deep into the night.  We may even have our most favorite Mayor of Eufaula dining with us and the Honorable Mayor Jack Tibbs always has some encouraging words for us.  Hope to see many of you at Lakepoint Lodge and Convention Center in late October.  By the way, go ahead and send in your registrations so we can count you in on the head count.   And thanks for your continued support of the Southeast Region ‘A’ Rally all the way to the conclusion.   See ya in October if not before.


PS:  We have 17 Vendors that will be with us during the Region Rally and one of them who hasn’t been with us in a while is Sierra Electronics.  You know anything to do with a helmet or system on your Wing…..they will be on-site.   Of course Mountainman will be there pinstripping.  Dave McBride of Freedom’s Choice will be there with all the chrome that you could ever want and much more.  We’ve got a good selection of vendors this year so come on out.  Sorry, no tire vendor this year he elected to go to another rally and that was his business decision.  


Jim & Sue  







Region “A” Educators

  Mike & Mary Coral


Texting is a problem that keeps growing. Some time you can spot a driver who is on the phone or texting because they are; Driving too Slow, Driving Too Fast, not staying in their own lane, leaving large gaps in front of them after the stop light turns green.  I am sure there are other tattle tail signs that are noticeable to other drivers.  Other times you never know until it’s too late.  Knowing these signs can help to avoid getting in the way of someone who is not paying attention to their surroundings. 


A few things to think about before driving; It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur. This is the bare minimum amount of time it takes, and it is surprisingly small. Three seconds is the time it takes to turn your ignition when starting your car.


Reading a text message while driving distracts a driver for a minimum of five seconds. This means that the chances of an accident occurring while reading a text is extremely higher.


The average speed in most states is about 55 mph. Taking five seconds to read a text means that the driver will travel the length of a football field without looking at the road, or being distracted.   With the amount of traffic on roads today there is an increasing chance of something terrible happening in this distance.


There is no text message or phone call that’s worth losing your life over.  Not to mention taking someone else’s life.  



Mike & Mary





Region "A" Motorist Awareness Coordinators

Buddy & Kim Summer



Motorist Awareness is making others aware of motorcycles on the road.  I see chapters all across GWRRA put reminders in their chapter newsletters about Motorist Awareness and signs along the highways.  This is good because others outside of GW read our newsletters and see the signs, and thus, spread the word.  Keep up the good work, so we can all ride safely and share the road.  Every time you get on that bike, people are watching you.  They watch how you ride, how you dress, and how you present motorcycling.  It may be curiosity or maybe even envy on their part, but they watch you.  Keep presenting the best side of motorcycling and maybe, just maybe, motorists will see you.  You may not get the respect you and your bike deserve – like acknowledgement – but maybe they’ll see you as a person instead of an object that can be ignored.  Drive defensively and drive like it is the most important thing you are doing at that moment because it is!

Kim and I were going to our chapter gathering this month and saw a very stupid act.  A motorcycle approached us and the guy had one hand on the throttle and with his other hand he was texting on his phone which was sitting on the gas tank between his legs.  No gloves and I know he was not watching the road in front of him!  Three days ago, we were coming home from a camping trip.  I was pulling the camper with the truck and Kim was riding the trike behind me when we saw a motorcycle pull out from a side road.  He was riding in shorts, short sleeves, had no gloves or helmet, and had on flip flops.  He was cruising along about 60 and I just hope he got to his destination before the flip flops lost their grip!  People are watching – so make a good impression.  Drive aware and come home alive.

See you on the road.

Buddy & Kim








Region "A" Membership Enhancement 

& Chapter of the Year Coordinators

& Couple of the Year Coordinators

Rick & Madalena Buck



September was definitely a month to remember and not necessarily in a good way. For us, here in west central Florida, we experienced 100+ mile per hour winds for several hours from Hurricane Irma. Thankfully, besides an 18-hour power outage we had no damage. The generator we had made it nice because we could keep things cold in the refrigerator but, more importantly, we were able to make coffee! At this point it’s time to put September behind us.


October is going to be a busy and FUNfilled month. We have the last two rallies in Region “A”. First, we start in Mississippi for the Masquerade on the Coast. The Rally is October 12th, 13th & 14th and, knowing Harry & Diane Schafer and the Mississippi Team, there is going to be all kinds of FUN. Another great thing about the Mississippi coast is we get to have fresh shrimp. Can’t beat a great shrimp dinner or sandwich.


The second Rally of the month (the big one for us) is the 31st and final Southeast Region “A” Rally October 26th, 27th & 28th. This year’s theme is the Roaring 20s which should provide the opportunity for people to participate in the Costume Contest on Thursday night. The entire Region Team has a bunch of FUN stuffed planned.


One of the big events happens on Friday morning at 11:00am. This will be the final Region “A” Couple of the Year selection. There are five outstanding couples that will be participating in the selection. The five couples are:


Alabama - Vicki & Bill Cater                       Florida - Jan & Rick Meredith

Georgia - Janel & Joe Piper                        Mississippi - Elaine & Phillip Williams

South Carolina - Donna & Jon Horning


Another great event is the Roaring 20s Team Challenge. We have had lots of FUN over the past few years putting on the challenge and people have asked for us to continue with it. There will be an email coming out soon talking about the challenge.


Some of the other things that will be happening during the Rally are the Talent Show, Banner, Mascot, Scrapbook, Chapter Shirt & Chapter Pride competitions. You can find the competition requirements on the Region “A” website at


Along with the different competitions, Sue Jackson has lined up a bunch of indoor & outdoor vendors so you will be able to spend your money for the needed (or not needed) items. There will also be seminars on Friday & Saturday and of course you can play Bingo every day. If these don’t get you started, you can jump on your motorcycle and ride through the area. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to ride the area you should because there is outstanding riding.


So, there it is…a FUNfilled month! Now it’s up to you to take advantage of the possibilities!


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


Rick & Madalena  






Region "A" Trainers

Phil & Judy Stone



This was a month for University Instructors to do their thing.  At Wing Ding, there were 6 rooms used very steady throughout the day with modules and seminars being presented.  At least one additional Instructor was certified for Region A.  Other modules were presented at chapter gatherings or other special events within Region A this month as well.  The month will end with many members attending Wings Over the Smokies in Wayneville, NC, where about a dozen modules or seminars will be presented.


Wing Ding was a unique experience for us this year.  We camped in our Bunkhouse camping trailer for three nights going to Grapevine.  We planned to camp two nights on the way home, but one place we had reservations turned out to be a full hook-up only facility, with no bathhouse.  The next two places we checked, based on signs along the interstate, had no bathhouse either, so we ended up spending the night in a hotel.  On the 11 day trip, we encountered rain for no more than one hour.  We considered that remarkable.  Attendance was down this year, and I am sure GWRRA would like to know what the impact was for Harvey hitting the Houston area at the same time and also the impact of a pricey host site. Next year will be much closer to home for us in Knoxville, TN.


Region "A" was recognized at Wing Ding this year during a GWRRA University forum.  Georgia District received a plaque for Excellence in Training, and Region "A" also received a plaque for Excellence in Training. 


Our own Region "A" Rally will have one of the new modules being presented on Friday and one on Saturday for your enjoyment.  This being the last Region "A" Rally as we have known them, all the stops are being pulled to make it one of the best ever. YOU NEED TO BE IN EUFAULA, AL  OCTOBER 26 - 28. 


.Ride often, ride safely, and take time to attend a module to learn something along the way.


Phil & Judy






Region "A" Medic First Aid Trainer/Coordinator

Robert & Gail Brown


I would like to begin with a big “THANK YOU and Congratulations” to all of the MFA Coordinators and Instructors in Region A. During the Masters breakfast Region A was awarded Region of the Year for Medic / First Aid. This is all because of your hard work and dedication to this program and also our members.


It is a great feeling to know that you all are continuing to promote this program. We never know when these skills may come in handy.


See you all soon at the Region A Rally.


Robert & Gail




Linda & David Snyder

Region "A" Treasurer




Howdy to all.


Fall has finally made it's appearance. Our final two Rallies, Mississippi and Region "A" are just around the bend. We hope to see most of our GW friends before Winter creeps in to keep us from seeing one another quite so much. Of course, as always there are reports that need to be done one last time for Region "A". The Districts will be taking over with guidance from the Home Office.


Chapter Charter Fees are due to the Region (me) by Nov. 15. Like last year, please give me a list of the Chapters paid with your check. Do Not pay the Home Office. We (Jim) have also discussed receiving this years Financial Reports by January 20, 2018. Since the Region will no longer be viable, we need to close out as soon as possible. Hopefully, this won't cause too much stress on my beloved Treasurers'. The Chapters should try to get their Financial Reports to the District by January 10, 2018. Jim has sent out an email in regards to the requests listed above. Just want to make sure everyone is aware of this years changes.


Thanks everyone for all the effort put forth to make our Region run like a well oiled machine. Dave and I sincerely hope everyone is recuperating from the Hurricanes wrath. Hopefully, all are doing okay.


See y'all down the road! Linda & Dave

Linda & David






Robert & Gail Brown

Region "A" Couple of the Year

2017 - 2018



Region "A" Rally is just around the corner. This will be the final Region ""A rally and it is going to be a good un. Jim and Sue, along with the Region Team, will have the schedule filled with plenty of activities. Don’t be left out and come on down to Lakepoint Lodge and spend a FUN filled weekend with us.


The Couple of the Year selection will be on Friday morning and there are some great couple participating. Come and support your couple and cheer them on.


Thanks again to everyone that came to Grapevine to support and cheer for us. We greatly appreciate it. Whomever is selected as the 2017-2018 couple we will be in Knoxville to support you.




Robert & Gail