I had to turn in my vacation schedule last week, and we have a busy schedule. Looking at some of the events and rides we will be doing this year, we will travel throughout the whole middle of the country. Thinking of all the people we will ride with and visit with at different events makes me realize, I would not have all these friends if it weren’t for GWRRA. We joined in 2003 and have been meeting people every day. Especially since we became officers, first assistant directors, then Directors of Chapter C, we realized all these people that we socialize with, ride with, and vacation with are all the greatest benefit of belonging to this organization. Since stepping into the District Director position, we broadened our horizons, going to other district rallies, riding in other states, and meeting more friends.
Being that I talk to a lot of people, (Marge calls me a social butterfly) I have heard some people talk about “let’s close the chapter and ride by ourselves”. Think about this for a minute, if you didn’t have a chapter social, when would you get together? When would you plan rides? Who would plan rides, and who would contact everyone for the rides? In less than a year, most of you would not be riding together. Someone would forget to contact someone, and it snowballs from there. Go to your socials or on a chapter ride and see the greatest benefit of belonging to GWRRA. You would not have even met the friends you have, and remember, it is what you put into it, and one of the reasons we became District Directors was to share the passion we have for riding and making new friends. We do this for the members, and looking at my vacation schedule, we will be seeing a lot of friends again this year.
Until next month
Jerry & Marge Hempe