Wisconsin needs a boost. Over the10 years that I have been in GWRRA, I have been an officer for 8 of those years. As everyone knows, and nothing new here, chapter participation is smaller than ever. There are many reasons why: members getting older, new generation, not into clubs or organizations, economy, etc. But, the one thing I do see is the core members that really enjoy GWRRA life. I thank you all for keeping this going.
One of the issues that we are having a problem with, is getting officers. Chapter Director, Assistant Directors, Rider Education, these are the people that work behind the scenes so that you can enjoy the benefits. I know many of you have held an officer position before, because I hear that a lot. Yes, many of you have been in this organization for a long time and you are the ones that have seen many different ways that work well for a chapter and ways that haven't. As of now, most chapters have Directors, we have two that do not, but we are working to change that.
Here is where I say Wisconsin needs a boost. The current officers could use some help. If you have been an officer in the past, you know the dedication we have to make this work. If you have been an officer before you know you could have used some help instead of just sitting back and doing nothing everyone can help a little. It doesn't mean you have to do everything, but if you have "been there done that" then you know what they could use help with. I had someone say to me, “I didn't get any help when I was director, why should I help them?" Why? Because we have to change this somehow, and if no one helps, more chapters will not be around in the future.
I, along with you have a great passion for riding and like to ride with others. If it weren't for GWRRA we would not have met so many people with the same passion. Please ask your officers what we can do to make their position easier. We all want our chapters to have fun and ride together, it up to you to help make that happen.
Until next month
Jerry & Marge Hempe