From the Director
The season is changing and hopefully within the next 4-6 weeks we will be able to go for a ride on our motorcycles. With everyone patiently waiting for that day, now is the time to do some planning. You may need to plan your summer vacation, or for some it’s a great time to plan the route that you may take on your vacation.
While doing your planning, try and fit in some GWRRA events that are held throughout the year. During the summer riding season you have ample events that will allow you to meet other GWRRA members. It could be as simple as attending your own Chapter social or going on a Chapter ride. Or if you want to meet other GWRRA District members, attend one of the many events that are planned throughout the year in the District. Or how about planning a trip to Wing Ding this year in Knoxville, Tennessee.
GWRRA is advising us to change how we are doing things. The emphasis is on riding, something we can all relate to. When we bought our motorcycle, it was to ride as much as possible. Traveling the countryside on a motorcycle is much different than by car. You are able to see things much clearer.
This summer you will have ample opportunities to go on rides with your fellow GWRRA members that are just as enthusiastic about riding as you are. One trip to consider this year is the ride to Upper Michigan in August. You will not only get to ride with members of your own Chapter, but other District members from Minnesota, Illinois, and Nebraska. This is a 3-night stay at a very nice resort. We have rides planned each day along with a pontoon ride late one afternoon.
There will be many opportunities to attend Chapter fundraisers throughout the District. At the District level consider going to Dust Off held at a Cambria campground. There will be rides and many activities to keep you entertained. Later in the year make plans to attend the Wisconsin District Rally in the Wisconsin Dells.
This rally provides a great opportunity to meet up with not only members from Wisconsin, but also many members from throughout the Midwest. The rally will again have many great rides leaving from the hotel.
Cheri and I will be attending these events along with going to Branson, Missouri to attend the Missouri District Rally. In future newsletters I will give more detail for anyone that may be interested in traveling along to this rally. As you can see, there are a lot of things to do within GWRRA if you really want to ride. A rally may have changed since a lot of you joined, with vendors not the focus of a rally, but putting the emphasis on riding, which is just as much fun and the main reason we bought our motorcycle.
If at any time you would like more information on different rides or trips that are planned, please give me a call.
On another note, if you haven’t heard I’ve created a simple website where you can stay abreast of what is going on within the chapter. It is an ongoing project with new things being added as time allows me. One nice thing on it right now is a 20 minute video review of the New Goldwing Touring motorcycle. When time allows you, review the website and see what you think.
Chapter K Director
From the Treasurer
I am pleased to tell you that we have a Chapter Director and that this will be my last article as a substitute for Chapter Director, and also a tidbit for my past Chapter Educator position. I want to thank you for being patient and waiting for me to arrive at the social late to give you information and explanations as I was able to. I am ready to work with all of you members. I remain as treasurer and will keep our financials up-to-date. I am here as the District Rider Educator and Motorist Awareness Coordinator. I will provide information and help as we increase our rides and hopefully the interest in improving everyone’s motorcycling skills. I believe in the Levels Program and always will!
I invite all of you to join or renew your activity in the Levels Program. As you know, there is change this year for everyone! I am affected by that change in my District responsibilities.I am open to what is changing in our Chapters and I am going to learn and help all of the Chapters and try to go on so many more rides as I can; Chapter level and also District level.
There will be a District Ride Coordinator and I will be working together with that person to have more rides and activities across the state. And there will be opportunities for seminars and workshops. I would like to see more people become Road Captains and Tail Gunners through the training that GWRRA provides. I look forward to becoming one. A TRC and ARC have also been put together for this year. I ask you to be open to the possibilities that are available to all. The biggest thing is giving an opportunity, try something different. Most of all, let us have fun, be safe, and enjoy good times with others, old and new alike.
John Sweeney, Jr.
Chapter K Treasurer