Happy Valentine’s Day!
Some Goldwings are red
Some Goldwings are blue
We're a big happy family
So we'll hug when I see you.
Some Goldwings are white
Some Goldwings are black
Rhyming is hard
So let's just go for a ride.
February brings us hope for Spring and the upcoming riding season. Thoughts of the upcoming riding season also means planning rides. Include riding to another Chapter’s social or event. Perhaps swing by Chapter S and their pool event (Feb 18 WI-S 5th Annual Pool Tournament). Sounds like it will be another great event this year.
Attending and participating with other Chapters is a great way to encourage growth of our Chapters. You will find that you have something in common with other Chapter Members. Deputy Director Bruce Beeman has written the article for the January 2017 “Insight” newsletter below about how to increase the value of your membership. I think it is a great recipe for enhancing your membership. Let me know what you think.
Is It Worth It?
That is, is your GWRRA Membership worth it? There are times we wonder if there really is a value in the investment? There are many ways to track the value of something by how many uses you get out of it. We have appraisers who tell us the value of everything from jewelry to motorcycles. Sometimes we even see people selling things and they assign a value to their items. But really, what is it worth? Like my wife would say, “Only what someone is willing to pay for it.”
People ask about the cost of a GWRRA Membership when they come to visit an event, whether it’s a Chapter Gathering, a District or Region Rally, or at Wing Ding. But, do they really know what the real worth of that Membership is?
Take a bar of iron that is 1” x 2” x 12”. The value of that bar is an estimated $10.00. That same bar of iron could be turned into a horseshoe and now the value has gone up to an estimated $20.00. You’ve doubled your money. The bar of iron could also be turned into screwdrivers and the value goes up to an estimated $40.00 for the set. It’s the same bar of iron used differently, and the value changes depending on how it was used.
Our Membership is like that bar of iron. We all pay the same amount to be a Member. However, what we do with it is up to each of us. The value is also up to us.
So how can you add value to your Membership? Here are a few things you can do to add value:
Attend Monthly Chapter Gatherings - get involved.
Attend seminars - what a great way to learn about GWRRA.
Get involved in the Rider Education Levels Program - just might save your life.
Visit other Chapters in your area - there are amazing Wingers to meet.
Attend your District, Region, and Wing Ding Rallies - you will have an awesome experience and again, the people you will meet are amazing.
Take on a position - you’ll always get more out of your Chapter, District, or Region by giving back.
Your monthly copy of Wing World.
The Gold Book.
And last, Participate, Participate, and Participate!
These are just a few ways you could add value to your Membership. In fact, you may have some ideas of your own that were not listed. The point is we want you to see the real worth of your Membership and that the more YOU get involved, the more your Membership has real value and worth. In my opinion, my Membership is priceless, but it’s what you make of it that is important. Is Membership in GWRRA worth the investment for me? Oh, heck yes, and I hope you also see the real worth of your Membership.
Remember, it’s all the same Membership. It’s what we do with it that determines the value. The choice is yours.
Bruce & Barb Beeman
Deputy Directors, B, E, L