CHAPTER Q NEWS – February, 2015
Chapter Social Date: Friday February 13, 2015
Social Location: 3’s Company 3201 E. Main St Merrill, WI
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS MONTH:
Social – Friday February 13 at 3’s Brothers in Merrill, WI 6pm
Chapter S Fundraiser – Saturday February 21 in Menomonie, WI 9:30am
Social – Saturday March 7 at Pizza Ranch in Weston, WI at 4pm
Chapter Q Fundraiser - Saturday April 25 (watch your email for more information)
From The Director:
The chapter had a small but nice breakfast Social on January 11. I know it was early for many but don’t worry we have lots of afternoon/early evening socials on the calendar for the rest of the year.
During the social we discussed our upcoming fundraiser on April 25. We will again have a Spaghetti feed. We need your help to get raffle donations. Please take a few minutes and ask your neighboring shops and businesses if they could donate something to help our great organization. April 25 will be here before we know it. Please check your email for updates.
During the social we also discussed many rides and locations to add to the chapter schedule for 2015. We have added some of the rides but without your input we can not make it a complete and fun schedule. Please contact me with your ride and event ideas.
One of the exciting things that happened at the Social was that Marie Haring from Tomahawk offered her assistance in helping the Chapter grow! Marie and Turk took a few years off from Chapter life but they missed it so much they had to come back. Marie has many fresh and fun ideas. Please join me in welcoming her back!!
The February Social will be a Friday night Fish Fry at 3’s Company in Merrill, WI. It is located at 3201 E. Main Street. We will meet and eat at 6pm with a social to follow. We will discuss the upcoming fundraiser and other events going on around the state. I hope to see you there.
There are a lot of fun and exciting events going on even in the winter months around this great state of ours. On Saturday February 21, Chapter S will have their 3rd Annual Pool Tournament at the Vet Center, E4710 Cty Rd “BB”, Menomonie WI. Directions: From Menomonie take Hwy 25 2.5 miles North, turn right on Cty Rd BB, and then take the first Right. Registration is $12.00 per team, Pay out three places. They will also have 50/50 and food available. You do not need to be a pool shark to participate. Just ask me, I am proof!
Our March Social will be on Saturday March 7 at Pizza Ranch starting at 4pm. The address is 2715 Schofield Ave, Weston, WI. We will be finalizing our fundraiser event so please plan on attending.
Remember, this is YOUR chapter. What do you want to do with it???
From the Assistant Chapter Director:
To the Members of GWRRA-WI Chapter Q:
Hi, I would like to introduce myself as your new Assistant Chapter Director of Chapter Q.
My name is Marie Haring and I am from Tomahawk, WI. I ride a 1996 Goldwing with a Voyager kit. I am the former Chapter Director of Chapter P out of Rhinelander, WI for eight years. My husband’s name is Phillip (many know him as ‘Turk’). He rides a 2008 Goldwing.
My husband and I have been involved with GWRRA for the past 12 years. We have been the state Couple of the Year, Rider Educator, website manager for Chapter P, ride coordinator, plus many other activities which we have been involved in within chapter life.
As Assistant Chapter Director, I would like our chapter to grow and become a family in which we can enjoy each others company and get out there and ride.
Any suggestions from you, the chapter members, on rides, socials, or any other activities you would like to participate in will be very much appreciated to help keep this chapter alive and having fun!
You do not have to ride a motorcycle to participate in many of the events within the chapter to be an active member. It does not matter what mode of transportation you have. My main objective is for everyone to enjoy each other’s company and share new experiences. I want everyone to have fun and enjoy our chapter by making new friends and family.
Thanks for being a part of Chapter Q and I am looking forward to meeting and talking with each of you.
From the Chapter Educator
The GWRRA Rider Education Program (REP) is intended to make the motorcycle environment safer by reducing injuries and fatalities and increasing motorcyclist skills and awareness. The REP does not propose to have all the answers. However, our close-working relationship with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), as well as additional GWRRA programs and studies, has provided a wealth of information for use in establishing a comprehensive Rider Education Program. Through Commitment, Education and Application, we can reduce our accident rate significantly. Listed below are several benefits of a fully implemented GWRRA Rider Education Program at the Chapter level:
- Increased rider knowledge
- Increased rider safety skills
- Prevention of accidents
- Reduced injuries
- Reduced fatalities
- Improved general public image of motorcyclists
- Enhanced enjoyment of motorcycle riding
The motorcycle community is already realizing many positive benefits from the GWRRA Rider Education Program. Through the efforts of the Rider Education Officers and participation of the membership and others, we will reach our goal of establishing the safest motorcycle environment possible.
Level I: Safety by Commitment - The first big step to success
Level I of the Rider Education Program is also referred to as Safe Miles. It represents the commitment of the Rider and/or the Co-Rider to practice safe motorcycle operation whenever they operate their motorcycle.
Safety is a state of mind which can only be attained through total commitment. Every successful accomplishment begins with a commitment to reach the intended objective. This is true of the Rider Education Program and includes a promise to learn for the sake of Rider, Co-Rider, friends and family, and others on the road.
Though there is no mileage requirement to enter Level I, the commitment to safe riding is tracked by the number of accident free miles since joining GWRRA. Accident free miles are accumulated in 5,000 mile increments and may be updated at yearly intervals. Requirement: Verbal commitment to ride safely at all times. No cost to sign up. Patches available at $6.00 per participant Receive: "Safe Miles" patch, Rider (or Co-rider) Rocker, and mileage pin.
Level II: Safety by Education
Level II of the REP is also referred to as Tour Rider. It represents the commitment of the Rider and/or Co-Rider to be safer motorcycle riders by taking approved motorcycle riding courses at regular intervals.
GWRRA has chosen several educational training programs for the Riders and Co-Riders such as the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) programs, the United Sidecar Association course, the CSC (Canadian Safety Council) programs, and the GWRRA's Advanced Riding courses and Parking Lot Practice programs. (See note in the Rider Education Manual on PLP.)
Completing these courses provides the foundation and skills for your quest to be a safe motorcycle rider. All recognized programs with the exception of the PLP are taught by qualified and Nationally certified instructors. PLPs use our Facilitators to administer the program.
For the Co-Rider, we have provided an excellent seminar and "Two Up" programs to assist in their role in the safety aspect of motorcycle riding.
Motorcycle education goes "hand in hand" with commitment. The "on bike" education by MSF, USCA, CSC and GWRRA for the Rider and Co-Rider and the "off bike" education designed specifically for the Co-Rider, provide a very effective approach to motorcycle safety. This is when a REP participant truly begins to understand what the Level I commitment means and sees the value in the program.
Requirement: Rider - a Certified Rider Course with 5,000 safe miles. Co-Rider - certified Co-rider Seminar or 2-up Rider Course. No cost to sign up. Patches available at $5.00 per participant Receive: "Red Triangle" patch for either Rider or Co-rider signifying Level II participant.
Level III: Safety by Preparedness
Level III of the REP is also referred to as Certified Tour Rider/Co-Rider. It represents the commitment of the Rider and/or Co-Rider to be prepared in the event of an accident to give aid and possibly save lives. This is done by being knowledgeable in First Aid or CPR and carrying a first aid kit on their motorcycle at all times.
It would be wonderful if we could achieve the coveted goal of zero accidents, however, we know realistically, accidents will happen. Because of this, it is important to be fully prepared to lend aid to unfortunate accident victims. It is important to always be prepared to save a life. Level III of the Rider Education Program was developed to deal with such circumstances by recognizing and encouraging proper First Aid or CPR training. CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation), has been used to save many lives. Being trained to render CPR or First Aid is a tremendous asset to those the REP participant will come in contact with daily.
Attendance of a Motorist Awareness Seminar at this level exposes the Member to our program to improve awareness of all road users to the presence of motorcycle, trike, and sidecar enthusiasts. When interfacing with the public in the future, the Level III Rider or Co-Rider can inform them about what we have available to help others share the road with us. GWRRA University Trainers certified in Rider Education are authorized to present Motorist Awareness Seminars.
Requirement: Current in Level ll and have taken either First Aid or CPR training, & MA seminar
No cost to sign up. Patches available at $4.00 per participant
Receive: "Certified Tour Rider" or "Certified Co-Rider" patch.
Level IV: Safety By Enhanced Commitment and Preparedness
Level IV is the most prestigious of the REP levels and is referred to as Master Tour Rider/Co-Rider. It represents the highest commitment of the Rider and/or Co-Rider to safe riding and preparedness. This commitment is shown by a demonstrated history of safe miles and current certification in both First Aid and CPR. These Master Tour Riders/Co-Riders are the finest example to everyone of the highest commitment to safe motorcycle operation and preparedness.
Level IV of the REP, the Master Tour Rider, was designed for those special caring individuals who desire to "be all they can be" with regards to motorcycle safety. The requirements are more stringent than Level III and require a greater commitment. These individuals are caring, trained and prepared with the experience to back them up. It is realized Level IV is not for everyone, but for those who desire to be of greater service to their fellow man, it is the correct prescription.
Why desire to be a Level IV Master Tour Rider? It's a worthy goal. Being prepared to save a life is a high calling indeed! These individuals are shining examples to the rest of the GWRRA membership. Others aspire to practice the same commitment as displayed by those who have attained Level IV. For that reason, because these individuals are ambassadors to the members at all levels, GWRRA provides a special gathering to celebrate the Master Tour Rider commitment each year at the District Rally, Region D Rally and Wing Ding.
Requirement: Current in Level lll for one year and have taken both First Aid and CPR training. Have 25,000 Safe Miles and must be committed to riding with "Proper Riding Gear" at all times.
Cost: $35.00 for each participant (Black and Gold patch is available for another $8.00)
Receive: "Special Triangular" patch with dark blue border and your individual Master number embroidered on it.
Note: all Level Program Patches are also available in "Black and Gold" at a charge of $1.00 extra per level for levels I, II, and III.
So there you have the program structure:
- Level I Safety by Commitment
- Level II Safety by Education
- Level III Safety by Preparedness
- Level IV Safety by Enhanced Commitment and Preparedness
The GWRRA is proud to present the Rider Education Program. We encourage you to think seriously about motorcycle safety and be a participant in the GWRRA Rider Education Program. You should also remember the old cliché, "an ounce of prevention IS worth a pound of cure." Always wear protective riding apparel!