Here is a note regarding everyone working to support each Chapter's event from Ray and Sandi Garris. Take a look at this article from April's "Insight Newsletter"......
SO MANY PLACES TO GO, NOT ENOUGH TIME!
Whether you are still working, or enjoying retirement, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to take part in all the activities we are offered these days. First there is our local Chapter’s activities, be it our regular Chapter Gathering, a great ride or a favorite ice cream social, or a needed training opportunity to stay current in the Rider Ed Levels Program. Next on the calendar are several other FUN events called “Chapter FUNd Raisers, like a Chili Dump or other easy ways to raise funds for the Chapter operation. Add in a Mall Show to help support Motorist Awareness (also a great Recruiting Opportunity). Then comes a District Event, an-other great ride like a Color or Wildflower tour, or a Bug Run. Add the District Rally or the annual District Fundraiser and then there is the Region Rally, the list never ends….
Wow! Now it’s time to decide which of these great events we can attend. This is tough, since we want to be at all of them. Maybe, since two of these events are on the same day, we can spend a part of the day at each. With our extended riding season in Arizona, the calendar is really full of exciting places to go al-most every weekend.
If you are a Chapter Director, you have even more of these difficult choices to make in setting up a Ride or Social Schedule for your Chapter. You need to consider the likes and dislikes of the Chapter Members, season of the year, weather conditions, etc. When you consider how important your own Chapter FUNdraiser is to your treasury, you always try to include the other Chapters’ FUNdraisers in your Chapter’s Schedule of Activities. Again, you probably can’t attend them all, but you do try to support all that are reasonable.
Oh oh! What do you do if you find out that there is a scheduling conflict be-tween your Activity Schedule and another distant Chapter FUNdraiser? How about sending that other Chapter Director a nice note explaining the dilemma along with a check payable to that Chapter for a “token” donation towards their treasury. This easy and thoughtful gesture will go a long ways to spread-ing good will and insure that there are no hard feelings between Chapters.
Recently a local Chapter Director found out that a popular FUNdraiser for an-other Chapter two hours away was now scheduled on the same Saturday as their local Chapter Gathering. This was due to a needed Park Ramada only being available at that time. The local CD went ahead and put the word out and advertised the event with a ride to leave from their Gathering, earlier than normal, so that the local Members were able to make it to both events on the same day. Here again, a Chapter Director was able to support another Chapter’s Chili-fest without sacrificing their normal monthly Chapter Gathering.
They did both on the same day! Way to go!!!
Our Association is blessed with many very supportive CDs who go out of their way to be “good neighbors” to other CDs. We thank them for their thoughtfulness. We thank all our many fine Officers who do so much for our Members to enrich their experience in GWRRA.
Ray & Sandi
May! Time to get out and Mingle
It is now May and time to get out and mingle with other Members and Chapters. It may be helping Chapter Q celebrate their 25th anniversay. Marie and the Members of Chapter Q put on a great event that featured some of the past Directors of both the chpater as well as the District. It was very cool seeing all the friends once again.
It may include heading over to Wisconsin Rapids to participate in Chapter K's Mall Show. Les and Chapter K made this event a fun one. With games, prizes and the ever popular flower baskets, everyone had fun.
Another great reason to get out on the bikes and mingle is the brat Frys being held by Chapter's C and Chapter E! That's right,,,, 2 opportunities to eat and see our friends on the same weekend!
How about the chance to get some camping in? Dust Off is always a great event to spend time with our friends, camp,
Plan to find your way to Janesville to participate with Chapter A at Festival Foods. The REF truck will again be on site and yes, another opportunity to have some brats.
While out and about, say hello to the District's Couple of The Year, Bob and Judy Von Rotz. They are going to be representing the District at the Region E Couple of The Year Selection being held during the Region E Rally being held in Williamsburg, IA Aug. 11 and 12.