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Chapter “N” Newsletter Jackson, TN Website http://GWRRA-TN-N.org

Chapter Officers Chapter Director/ Photography Tony & Lori Douglas tony_douglas@live.com 731-676-9917

Chapter Assistant Director Vacant

Chapter Educator/ General Store Eldon & Debbie Seaton eldon.seaton@yahoo.com 731-845-6069

Membership Enhancement/ Newsletter Editor Photography Sandy Hayes Cover

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Member Update Info

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Director News

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FUN Pictures

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Assistant Director News

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Ramblings

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Chapter Educator

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2014 Chapter Contest

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Couple of the Year

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Let’s Go Visiting

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Chapter Treasurer

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2014 Region N Conventions 24

Member Enhancement

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GL1800 Smokey Mt Ride

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National News

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Calendars

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Region News

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Misc. Info, Find a Friend

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District News

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For Sale Article

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Winter Event Schedule

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Sponsor Ads

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By The Book

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Next Meeting Mailer

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shayes1122@charter.net 731-845-6025

Treasurer/COY 2013 Diane & Avery Davis damron@centurytel.net 731-689-3719

Chapter Staff Chapter COY 2014 Oliver & Gattie Welch owelch1@yahoo.com 731-855-1134

District Directors Richard & Becky Griffin 2217 Strickland Dr. Mur-

Historian/COY 2011 Billy and Shirley Mullins 35bmullins@charter.net 731-645-7823

freesboro, TN. 37127 Ph. 615-533-4603

bluovalg@comcast.net

Webmaster

Region N Directors Alan & Carolyn Little alanlittle02@yahoo.com

Director of GWRRA Ray & Sandi Garris 21423 N. 11th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027

Chapter Meeting 1st Saturday every month Brooksie’s Barn, 561 Oil Well Road, Jackson, TN Eat at 5:00PM Meeting at 6:00PM

GWRRA Chapter TN-N Volume 6 Issue 1 January 2014


A Word from the Chapter Directors

Tony & Lori Douglas Hello everyone! Did we start out the New Year with a Blast? First, we had the Polar Bear Run on the 1 st of January, but the REAL FUN was at Chapter Z’s meeting in Columbia, Tn. I think they had 150-160 people at their meeting. Now that’s what I call a good meeting. Of course, I think Ed and me had just a little to do with it. Ed and I had made a bet to see who was going to bring the most members and the loser had to take a pie in the face. Ed won, but what a sport, he did not let me take it by myself. He joined in and took one at the same time and what a show it was. Now, we will get to watch another pie in the face at Winter Event. If we can get 250 people at Winter Event, Richard Griffin will take one in the face. So, let’s all get registered, go and have some FUN and watch Richard get one in his face. This is going to be a FUN Event, so let’s get out from those homes we have been coupe up in all winter and go have some FUN and meet all of your friends from across the state. We did capture one of the plaques from Chapter Z, who had three of them. We got the Tennessee Traveling Plaque and will be up for capture at our Feb. 1st meeting. We are trying out Brooksie's Barn, 561 Oil Well Rd, Jackson, TN. It is just north of I-40 at the second red light, turn left and it is just on the right about ¼ mile. So come and join us and see if you get the plaque. I want to thank all of Chapter TN-N members for your support in going to Chapter Z’s meeting. We had 31 members to go and that was an Awesome Turnout. When it comes down to the nut cutting, Chapter N always comes through. We have had a few that had to go in the hospital, but are out now and are doing fine. Just keep Billy Mullins, Avery Davis and James Robertson in your prayers. Like I said, they are out and are at home. All of them even made it to Chapter Z meeting. We have a new Educator, Eldon Seaton decided that he would step down as ACD and become the Educator, which is really needed in our Chapter. Thank you Eldon, for that change. I know he will do a Great Job as Educator, because Debbie will keep him in line. Hope to see all of you at Winter Event, Jeff doing what Jeff does best—FUN. Monthly Gathering. I think he found Tony. Chapter Z.

David and Mary Scates. CMA and TN-N members.

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A Note from the Chapter Assistant Directors

Vacant

Thank you to Eldon for stepping up to fill our Educator Role. As you know it has been vacant for a while. Now we need you to do the same for this position. Give Tony a call; he will be really excited to hear that you want to help the chapter by filling this responsibility. And thank you in advance.

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Chapter Educator’s Classroom Notes

Eldon and

Debbie Seaton Hello fellow Gold wingers. Hope this finds everybody doing great. Myself, I am really enjoying the New Year, 2014. I do not make New Year Resolutions, because I could never keep them, but this year, mine will be to just enjoy the year and spend as much time with my family and friends as I can. Chapter N has started the New Year off with a blowout. We had a great turn out for our annual Polar Bear Run. We met at Casey Jones and had a great meal and a lot of friendship. We were so glad to see all of our friends to start out the New Year right; thanks to all of you that showed your support. We had our first meeting of the year at Brooksie's Barn in Jackson. This was a new place for most of our chapter members to meet at. We were really surprised at the turn out. We had a total of 51 people attend, and I believe the visitors almost beat our own attendees. We had a great time and the food was wonderful, so if you have never eaten at this place, plan to come to our meeting in February and enjoy some great food and meet with some great people. Maybe by then, Jeff will have both of his arms up and moving and being his old self. Looking forward to my new role as Chapter Educator.

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Chapter Educator’s Classroom Notes Continued

RIDER ED ‘GIMME 5’ It’s All About the Traction We turned the calendar to January and, suddenly, winter was here! The signs of winter were everywhere: the cold temperatures, snow flurries, freezing rain, and ice on puddles. In winter we see the most driving problems (accidents and spin outs) when conditions include freezing rain and black ice. It does not matter that we are driving our four-wheeled vehicles. When the road surface is icy, traction is greatly reduced. So when there is ice on the road, the best thing to do is stay home. If you have to drive in icy conditions, go slowly and smoothly. No, check that. Go VERY slowly, and VERY smoothly! As we know from our motorcycle training, when we lose traction, we lose braking and steering control of our vehicle. The same applies to a car. Even with four tires on the ground, it is easy to lose control of a vehicle on ice. To increase traction in icy conditions, look for surfaces with more texture. This can be the unpaved shoulder of the road where gravel can provide more resistance to sliding and skidding tires. Crusty snow gives more traction, too. This can sometimes be present in the center of the lane (the middle track) where tires seldom crush and pack it down. Almost any surface provides better traction than ice! If you have the choice to drive on ice or another surface, try to move your vehicle smoothly onto the other surface. Keep in mind that accelerating, braking and steering inputs should all be made smoothly to maintain traction and control of your vehicle. Use a light touch on the accelerator. You will not be able to accelerate rapidly on ice anyway, so just plan to keep speeds down. With the limited traction available on ice, stepping on the gas will just cause tire spin. Give yourself plenty of time slow down before entering curves, and maintain a steady speed through the turn. Increase your following distance behind other cars to allow more time to stop. You will need it when ice on the ground limits your traction. The additional space will also give you a cushion if the vehicle in front of you loses control and goes into a spin. That space can give you room to maneuver and time to react so you can avoid a collision. Consider using your emergency flashers for added conspicuity and to warn others of the problem. They might not be as aware of the conditions as you are. As always, it is important to scan aggressively all around you for hazards and other drivers who might lose control. Think constantly about your best escape route or your reaction to various situations that might arise. Keep alert to your safest options. Learn how your vehicle handles on ice in an empty icy parking lot. It is important to see and feel how it reacts when you are traveling at low speed and step on the brake or turn the wheel. It will be different than driving on dry pavement. By learning how it behaves, you are better prepared to take the right action in a surprise situation on the road. Just like a motorcycle training class, you want to practice in a safe space. And remember, it’s all about the traction!

Ride Smart & Be Safe! Eldon Seaton

Our Motto... "Safety is for Life" Our Mission... " To Save Lives Through Quality, World Class Education"

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COUPLE OF THE YEAR 2014 Oliver & Gattie Welch A new year, a new beginning for us (Couple of the Year 2014) We are truly excited and definitely proud to accept this position. We would like to sincerely say thank you to our chapter family for voting and selecting us. It is indeed a great honor. Belonging to GWRRA Chapter TN, N is a joy because we are a family that's having lots of fun. We enjoy ourselves at our meetings, dinner rides, chili cook off, eat & meet, and our long rides with our good friends. We are going to do our best to represent our chapter well. We are planning to attend as many eat & meet and district activities as possible. We love our chapter and our friends. A special thanks to my friends & director Tony Douglas. Mr. & Mrs. Oliver L. Welch Chapter TN, N Couple of the Year

Oliver and Gattie

Having FUN!

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Chapter Treasurer Avery & Diane Davis As I begin to write a note for the newsletter, I really don’t know where to start. Most of my news is old news by now. Most everyone knows Avery has had another heart attack and while in the hospital cancer was discovered on a kidney. We spent the Holidays in the hospital. What everyone may not know is that if it had not been for our GWRRA Family, we may not have made it though those long days. Webster says a FAMILY is a fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children. Chapter N has truly been like a family. Not sure if Tony Douglas or Eldon Seaton is my Dad but I am proud to be in their family. As Avery was being transferred from Savannah to Jackson Sandy Hayes, our MEC, called me on her way home but when she realized that I was following the ambulance, she and Debbie Seaton went straight to the ER and were waiting when I got there. Everyone working in the ER waiting area knew Debbie as part of the ER group so Sandy and I registered as visitors and we went to Avery’s room. To my surprise, Eldon Seaton our ACD was already there. He was trying to make Avery as comfortable as possible. He reminded me of a little Mother Hen, moving and adjusting things, trying to make things better for her chick. If I ever have to be in the Jackson ER I want everyone to know that Eldon is part of my family. You have all heard the saying “When he said frog they all jumped”? Well that doesn’t even describe the way the staff reacted to Eldon. Not sure what his job is in the ER but it must be important. When he walked down the hall, everyone stood at attention. I thought for a minute that even the doctors were going to salute. Eldon, Debbie and Sandy stayed with us until Avery was sent to ICU. By that time our sons had made it there. While Avery was being prepped for surgery, Tony Douglas and Shirley Mullins came to the room. Billy Mullins was in another part of the hospital and Tony had been visiting him when he heard about Avery. Days later we went to a regular room. We so appreciated all the visits and calls from Chapter N family. Debbie and Sandy drove all the way to Jackson Christmas Eve to bring a box of homemade goodies and Big O and Gattie Welch stopped Christmas morning with a biscuit and sausage. There were too many calls to mention everyone. Thank You every one. We are truly blessed to be part of the GWRRA family. We love every one of you. you ee enjoy r t to as s stm time d thi d i r a h ave n h C a I The not h as. or you m did hrist ered f at C deliv one ry. Ave

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Membership Enhancement Coordinator/ Newsletter Editor

Sandy Hayes Goings On January 1st. Time for our first event of the new year. Nolan, Eldon and I set out for Old Country Store—but no bikes for us this year. I think it was in the 40s and I was excited for the comfort of the Big Red and the heat. We got to Casey Jones around 10:30 but on New Year’s Day they did not open the doors until 11:00. But that did not stop any of us. We just met in the parking lot and visited with friends until they unlocked the doors. The Christian Motorcycle Association rolled in on bikes—no fear of the cold with those guys. Thanks to Tony, Eldon, Nolan, Billy, Shirley, Reginald, Kimberly, Diane, Avery, James, Nancy, Gattie, Oliver and me. You are the greatest. Nancy brought a guest, Derrick, her son. Welcome Derrick. David and Mary Scates filled in for both associations. A total of 16 members started the new year our with GWRRA. For our monthly gathering, we changes locations to try Brooksie’s Barn. What a surprise that night. Great food and wonderful fun and fellowship. TN-N attendees were David, Jeanette, Reginald, Kimberly, Anna, Gary. Shari, Jeff, Shannon, Karen, Hayley, Jacob, Eldon, Debbie, Nolan, me, Tony, Melvin, Julia, James, Nancy, Billy, Shirley, Diane, Avery, Don, Janet, Oliver, Gattie, and Teo. WOW! Great attendance. We had another 21 visitors. What a meeting. With the threat of a Pie in the Face—we set out for Chapter Z on January 11th. But when the numbers were final on the paper, we came up 1 person short. We had 31 members but Chapter Y came with 3. But not to worry, GWRRA members know how to really have fun and Ed stepped right up to the plate and took a pie for Tony. Chapter N took the Tennessee Traveling plaque but Tony took the pie. Look for the pictures under the Best of the Best. Chapter N came very close to taking the Region N plaque but NC had 100 miles more than us. Looking forward to having you come visit at Brooksie’s on February 1 and take the plaque to a new home. Those making the trip to Columbia were Tony, Lori, Patrick, Eldon, Debbie, Sandy, Shannon, Karen, Hayley, Jacob, Billy, Shirley, Reginald, Kimberly, Daniel, Stephanie, Diane, Avery, David, Jeanette, Oliver, Gattie, Teo, Jeff, Shannon, Shari, Bill, Nolan, Me, James, Nancy, Anna, Gary, and Joe. Go TN-N!! Now on to February and more FUN! Mark Your Calendar February 1, 2014, TN-N Gathering, Brooksie’s Barn, Eat 5:00 PM and Meet 6:00.; February 15, 2014, Winter Fest—Cupid’s Capers Revisited, Murfreesboro,; February 16, 2014, University Training Development Program, Murfreesboro,; February 20, 2014, Dinner Ride, TBA, Eat 6:00 PM; March 1, 2014, Monthly Gathering, Brooksie’s Barn, Eat 5:00 PM and Meet 6:00.;

TN District MEC of the Year 2012

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News From National Happy New Year from your Directors of GWRRA How is your FUN-OMETER working? These clever instruments measure the amount of FUN you are having at the present time. Be sure and get it tuned up for all the FUN we have planned for our Members in 2014. It all starts in YOUR Chapter. Have you taken a look at all the rides and social events that are planned for your enjoyment by your Chapter Team? Whether your weather this month is warm or cold, your Chapter has planned some Fun ways to get together, see some sights, have some pie and ice cream, or just "kick tires" and enjoy each others company. Whether you are driving 2,3 or 4 wheels, it doesn't matter. These wheels will deliver the most important part of GWRRA, our Members to where the FUN is located. When you arrive, you will find more happy, friendly Members of your "family" ready and waiting to welcome you with a friendly smile and greeting and a hug or handshake. These are just some of the ingredients of "Chapter Life" in GWRRA. In this setting you, will find people who have a genuine interest in you, as this is the spirit of our Association and your new "extended family." So how did this all happen. It happened because Paul Hildebrand & Shirley-Stephens Garcia, our Founder & Co-Founder, decided that these motorcycles were really fun to ride and wanted to share that great feeling with others. They wanted to help all these folks enjoy this sport while having a safe experience. They called it "Friends for Fun, Safety & Knowledge. Their FUN-OMETER was working great, measuring all the FUN they were having and sharing with their friends. So, how can we give the "Gift of GWRRA" to others just like Paul & Shirley did some 35 years ago? It starts with us meeting someone new that is standing there admiring our bike. We answer their questions and end up inviting them to our next gettogether, ride or social event. We write down their phone number or email address and remember to follow up with a personal message. Soon, with your friendly assistance, these folks are feeling very welcome, very informed, educated, and having FUN, all because you gave them the "Gift of GWRRA." Here is a secret on how to make your FUN-OMETER go even higher! Just get involved with the folks who are making things happen in your Chapter, the Chapter Director and the great staff. There is probably a position in that Chapter staff with your name on it. We will guarantee you that it will be a very satisfying and FUN experience! Sandi and I hope each of you will find at least one person to share the "Gift of GWRRA" just like Paul & Shirley did. Oh, by the way, you just helped double the size of your Association! Enjoy 2014, one of the best years of your life! We wish you the best of everything!

Ray & Sandi Garris Your Directors of GWRRA

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News From Region N

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ello Region N,

I’m attempting to get this message out to all the chapters in Tennessee. If you are not a chapter director, please forward this email to your CD so it can be relayed to all chapter participants. First of all, I want to thank everyone who helped with our 2013 Region N Fundraiser. It was successful because of your participation. However, needs continue to arise and more funds are required. We decided several years ago that we’d no longer hold a Region Rally to raise funds. The leadership at that time felt that it possibly took away from the individual district rallies, and we agree with that. Therefore, each year we have a fundraising effort to help with the needs of running the region. The Region N fundraiser for 2014 is a Region N Cookbook. In order that we have a full, good quality publication, we need your help. I would love to have recipes from every chapter within Region N! Ask your participants to limit their submissions to 3 recipes per person. We may come back later asking for more, but this is a good place to start. We want everyone to have an opportunity to have his/her recipes published. I know that we eat out a lot in GWRRA, but I also know there are many fantastic cooks in this region. This is a chance to share your recipes with your friends. Our plans are to create a beautiful 3-ring binder cookbook - One that you will be proud to own and display in your own kitchen and give to your family and friends. After the cookbook is published, we will hold a drawing of all entrants, and one lucky person will receive $100 and a free cookbook! So, let’s gets cooking! Get your recipes in as soon as possible. We need them by the end of February. Don’t procrastinate. Send them today! You may submit your recipes by email to me at carolynlittle@ctc.net. If you prefer to mail hard copies, our address is: Alan and Carolyn Little, 9742 NC 138 HWY, Oakboro NC 28129. I have attached a "Recipe Collection Sheet" that you can make copies of and use for printing your recipes on, or to simply use as a format guide. Instructions are on this sheet. Be sure to include your name and chapter affiliation with each recipe. Thank you in advance for your quick response! Carolyn

Alan and Carolyn Little Gold Wing Road Riders Association Region N Director

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News From District Richard & Becky Griffin Hello Tennessee Goldwingers: What a way to start off the New Year! I took a ride on New Years Day for about an hour and Saturday night we attended our first Chapter Gathering of the year. Chapter Z had 3 Travelling Plaques to give away and a couple of PIES to the Face of two select Chapter Directors. The bet was whoever brought the biggest crowd to Chapter Z’s meeting and I was told Chapter Y won by 1 member, but Ed Grazier was kind enough not to let Tony Douglas have all the fun and joined him in some Pie tasting. I must say I cannot remember a regular Chapter meeting that was over 150 strong. Congrats to Charlie and Pam Huffman, CD’s of TN-Z on a great evening for all those folks. Now on to the next big thing, Winter Event. Rumor has it that if we reach 250 registrations then I am supposed to get a Pie in the Face. I know a whole bunch of y’all can’t wait to see this, so get those registrations in and keep track of how many we have, this information can be found with Becky. Lot’s of planning is going into your Winter Event and Spring Fling, so talk it up at your Chapter Gatherings and let’s hit the road for some fun and games. We will try not to disappoint you and make sure y’all have a good time.

See ya at Winter Event!

Richard & Becky Griffin Tennessee District Directors Goldwing Road Riders Association

315 John R Rice Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37128

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News From District Richard & Becky Griffin WINTER EVENT SCHEDULE

9:00 am – Registration Opens

Main Lobby

9:00 am – Games Open

Main Room

9:30 am – LTP Seminar – Couple of the Year , Richard Griffin

Classroom #1

9:30 am – Rider Ed Seminar – Helmet Myths, Marie Crowe

Classroom #2

10:00 am – Scrapbook and Mascot Placement 10:45 am – LTP Seminar – Chapter Finances, Mike Burkitt

Classroom #1

10:45 am – Rider Ed Seminar – Trailering, Roger Crowe

Classroom #2

12:00 pm – Lunch Break 1:00 pm – Scrapbook and Mascot Judging 1:30 pm – Games Re-Open 1:30 pm – LTP Seminar, Studies in Applied Leadership, Debbie Smith

Classroom #1

1:30 pm – Rider Ed Seminar, Motorcycle Crash Scene Response, Richard Griffin

Classroom #2

2:45 pm – LTP Seminar, How To Participate in GWRRA, Beverly Rambo

Classroom #1

2:45 pm – Rider Ed Seminar, High Side, Jim Cobb

Classroom #2

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Place Table Decorations 5:00 pm – Dinner Break 5:00 pm – Table Decoration Judging 6:30 – 9:00 pm – Awards Presentation and Dance

Richard & Becky Griffin Tennessee District Directors Goldwing Road Riders Association

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By The Book-Visiting GWRRA Guidelines I enjoy visiting other regions web pages across the U.S. and seeing all they have to offer in their respective chapter newsletters. I came across a great idea in one of the Region H chapter’s newsletters and felt that it would be a good addition to our newsletter. Some of us have been members of GWRRA and a local chapter for years. Some of us have only been members a short while. We don’t always get around to reading all that wonderful literature, guidelines or manuals that are provided to us. So I will be sharing sections of the manuals over the next coming months. I hope you enjoy learning more about our fine association. And remember “every member matters, we are listening”. If you have suggestions, we would like to hear them. So here is “By The Book”. Sandy Hayes, MEC

Did you know that

. . . . . . . The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is the world's largest single-marque social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles -- and some would say, the world's largest family. Dedicated to our motto, Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge, GWRRA members enjoy the freedom of belonging to a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-political organization. Founded in 1977, GWRRA has grown to more than 72,000 U.S., Canadian and international Members in 53 foreign countries in just 35 years. Over 800 active Chapters are managed by 4,000 volunteer leaders working with members to foster safe, enjoyable riding while also working to improve the public image of motorcycling. Every organization needs to have a mission and vision statement. These are the foundation for everything the organization hopes to accomplish. A mission statement defines the fundamental purpose of an organization and succinctly describes why it exists. The vision statement outlines what the organization wants to be. It is a longterm view concentrating on the future and should be a source of inspiration. GWRRA VISION Gold Wing Road Riders Association [GWRRA] is recognized as the world's largest single-marquee for safety, technical, educational and social organization for riders of touring motorcycles. GWRRA MISSION Dedicated to our Motto; Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge, GWRRA Members enjoy the freedom of belonging to a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-political organization.

http://gwrra.org/about.html

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Best of the Best—Polar Bear Ride with Christian Motorcycle Association Our first FUN of the year was the Polar Bear Run. This ride is annual with the Christian Motorcycle Association. Not a single bike from TN-N made it to the ride. Those CMA guys are serious. Over half of their members were on bikes. Always a fun gathering. CMA

Derrick Avery, Kimberly and Diane

James and Nancy

Kimberly Billy

Polar Bear FUN!! CMA

Shirley, Billy, Diane, Avery of TN-N and Mary of CMA

They look like they have been up to something. Tony, Eldon and Nolan.

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Best of the Best—Monthly Gathering

I walked into the new meeting location and wondered if these folks knew something I did not. We had Chapter Q, Chapter Z and District Trainers. The room was arranged to hold 40 and before the night was over, we had seated over 50 people. Thanks to all the visitors for choosing to join us for our first gathering of the year. We checked, we did not have any plaque. But we did have a great time.

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Best of the Best—Monthly Gathering This was a new meeting place at Brooksie’s Barn. Great food and a great meeting place. I think we have worked up to a new attendance average. We have added some new members. Melvin and Julia are at this first monthly gathering at Brooksie’s. We had 30 members present at this meeting and we had a great time. Tony had to rush in and out. He was on duty this Saturday night. Present: Eldon, Debbie, Nolan, Hayley, Karen, Jacob, Shannon, Kimberly, Reginald, David, Jeanette, Don, Janet, Billy, Shirley, Diane, Avery, Melvin, Julia, James, Nancy, Shari, Jeff, Gary, Anna, Teo, Gattie, Oliver and me. With visitors 51 were present. Join us in February. We will be meeting at Brooksie’s again.

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2013 Olympic Team Challenge Winners

Team C wins the Gold Medal with a total of 16,550 points.

Team B wins the Silver Medal with a total of 15,250 points.

Team A wins the Bronze Medal with a total of 13,955 points.

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Best of the Best—Chasing Wood Chapter Z

Some of us got to Chapter Z just a few minutes before the rest. That would the gang at the top left. Bill, Billy, Shirley, Avery and Diane. The rest of us found ourselves in this side room all to ourselves. Some had food and some were just ordering. That would be the table to the lower left and the bottom right. I might have starved if I had not grabbed one of the bowls of hushpuppies as it went by. Be sure to note our Couple of the Year, Oliver and Gattie Welch in the picture above.

District Team of the West! Reginald and Glenda. Seated with Bill.

Serious discussions. Probably final counts. We heard the numbers were really close. This was before the pie. Tony talks with Jim and Gary.

The last two tables to get food. The servers only had to serve 160 people tonight. Great job Catfish Campus. No one left hungry. Above: Lori, Patrick, Nolan, Stephanie, Eldon, Jacob, Hayley, and Karen. Gary, Anna, Shari, Shannon, Glenda and Bill.

Just Plain Fun With the Rest of the Pictures!!!

And what made it all worth it? Well I can't speak for Tony and the Pie. Chapter N brings home the Tennessee Traveling Plaque. Come see us on February 1st and take it home with you. 19


Best of the Best—Chasing Wood Chapter Z Pie Tournament

Watch the development. Hmmmmm, two drapes ready for the pie. Think someone knew they would draw both into the event? Then watch Ed’s kind gesture as he consoles Tony about his loss. Ready, set — pies in hand.

They both count well and there goes the pies!! They come out smiling—after they have wiped the whipped crème out of their eyes. Then—WATCH OUT—Ed sneaks in with a repeat pie. I guess that makes since. He isn't the one who lost. Look at the big smile on Tony’s face. Now this is fun—I don’t care who you are.

Now our District Director Richard, said it best. There were no losers here. He thought they were both winners. And good sports. Everyone gave Ed and Tony a big hand. Here is a rumor for you. I hear that another pie challenge is in the works. If you haven’t registered for Winter Fest, you will really want to do that. If we make it to 250 registrants, then Richard will be the recipient of his own pie!!! TN-N is doing their part. We’re registered.

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Ramblings

Something Extraordinary for TN-N Make It BEARable 2014 The purpose of this event will be to provide a stuffed Bear of any type to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The THP will provide a BEAR to children who are traveling with family members who have been involved in an accident.

The BEARS will be collected at designated monthly gatherings. The announcement will be made in advance of the meeting to allow those who like to participate plenty time to make their selections.

The first opportunity to participate in this Extraordinary event will be the March Monthly Gathering. Bring all the bears you can capture!

Happy hunting!!

Preventing Frozen Car Doors Spray the seals around your car door with Pam速 cooking spray or WD-40速. This will keep the doors from freezing shut in cold weather. This also keeps you from tearing the gasket when you force open a frozen door. And, don't forget to spray the door locks if you don't have a key fob. "Living Better...For Less" Janu-

ary 17, 2014 Volume 16, Number 5

(This might come in real handy before Spring).

Yes, January was VERY cold!! One of the girls at work sent this to me. You think I am too demanding?

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Chapter TN-N 2014 Contest There is one thing we can say about our Gold Wings—we do love our bikes. Whether they are two wheels or three, we have some beautiful bikes in Chapter N. So here is your chance to showcase yours. Follow the instructions very carefully. Take a picture of your Goldwing with a scenic background. Picture should be of the Goldwing only, no people. If people are present, the picture will be disqualified. Please do not have the date stamped on the front of the picture. Bring your 5X7 landscape color picture of your bike to the monthly gathering. Only one picture per month allowed per bike. Put your name, address, phone number, GWRRA number, the month of the contest, location of picture and email address on the back of the picture. You must have a digital copy of your bike’s picture available should your picture be chosen for the calendar. Chapter director and MEC will select their favorite picture each month. In the month of November, two selections will be made. One picture will be the November picture and the second one will be chosen for December. This will allow us to pull together the calendar and have them ready for print. The top 12 pictures selected will be used for the 2015 calendar. To allow for as many selections as possible, your bike will only be chosen for one of the twelve months. In addition to being showcased in the calendar, all 12 names will be put in a drawing and the winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate at the end of the contest. Cost of the calendar will be announced soon and the 2015 calendar order forms will be available at the end of the contest with payment made at time of order. We will take orders until December 1st, 2014 at which time we will have the calendars printed. We will hand out the calendars when printed. In order to participate in this contest, you will need to be a current card carrying member of GWRRA and a participant of Chapter TN-N. Happy shooting!!!!

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Lets Go Visiting! Tennessee Chapter Gatherings Chapter A ---- Last Tuesday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm : GOLDEN CORRAL, 315 OLD LEBANON DIRT RD., HERMITAGE, TN. CD: Troy & Vickie Hurt; 615-351-6629 Chapter A2---- 4th Monday ~ Eat 6:00 PM / Meet 7:00 PM Ryan's Buffet, 1053 Hunters Crossing, Alcoa TN 37701 CDs: Dale & Ernest Hall; 423-836-8635 Chapter B ----1st Tuesday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm: Shoney's Restaurant 2405 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716 exit 122 east on Rt 61 off I-75 North of Knoxville at the Museum of Appalachia exit next to the new Tommy's Motorsport Cycle Store. : Senior CDs: Tom & Kathy Peck; 423-907-9712 Chapter C ---- 3rd Tuesday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm : Mama's House Buffet , 2608 North John B Dennis Hwy, Kingsport, TN. CDs: Richard & Connie Pendleton; 423-245-8484 Chapter C2 ---- Third Saturday ~ Eat 8:00 am/Meet 9:00 am : Ryan's, 2854 North Main, Crossville, TN. CDs: David & Dianna Hamby 931-510-5595 Chapter F ---- 2nd Tuesday ~ Eat 6:30 pm/Meet 7:30 pm : Golden Corral, 2905 West Andrew Johnson Highway, Morristown, TN 37814. Chapter G ---- 3rd Thursday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm :Damron's, 714 E. Lincoln, Tullahoma, TN; CDs: Dennis & Anne Greer; 931-728-1463 Chapter G2 ----1st Monday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm : IHOP, 1802 Parkway, Sevierville, TN. Chapter H---- 4th Saturday ~ Eat at 8:00am / Meet at 9:00am : Honda of Cool Springs, 1096 West McEwen Dr, Franklin, TN.; CDs: David & Barbara Jordan; 931-607-5836 Chapter L ---- 1st Saturday ~ Eat 8:00 am./Meet 9:00 am : Ryan's, 405 S. Cumberland , Lebanon, TN; CDs: Andrew & Debbie Smith; 615-784-9772 (615-78GWRRA) Chapter M ---- 2nd Tuesday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm : 550 Fort Loudon Medical Center Dr., Lenior City, TN 37772 CDs: Mel & Renee McInerney; 865-809-1466 Chapter N ---- 1st Saturday ~ Eat 5:00 am/Meet 6:00 am : Brooksie's Barn, 561 Oil Well Rd, Jackson, TN; Sr. CDs: Tony & Lori Douglas; 731-676-9917 Chapter O ---- 1st Saturday ~ Eat 9:00 am / Meet 10:00 am : Golden Corral, 350 Stuart Rd. NE (I-75 Exit 27), Cleveland, TN. 37312. CDs: Brenda & Randy Perkinson; 423-310-1551 Chapter P ---- 1st Tuesday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm : Catfish House 3424 Tom Austin Hwy, Springfield, TN. Chapter Q ---- Last Monday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm : Golden Corral, 2811 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard Clarksville, TN 37040-5002, CDs: Al & Cindy Bidwell; 731-642-9864 Chapter S ---- 3rd Saturday ~ Eat 1:00 pm / Meet 2:00 pm : My Time Cafe, 125 Main St, Portland, TN. CDs: Ronny & Dee England; 615-428-4611 Chapter T ---- 4th Tuesday ~ Eat at 6:00pm Meeting at 7:00pm: IHOP at 5604 Merchants Center Blvd, next to the Red Lobster, right off I-75 exit 108. CDs: Kimberly and Robert Burleson; 623-236-6045 Chapter U ---- 2nd Tuesday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm : Nicks 895 South Jefferson Cookeville TN. CDs: Glenn & Vickie Stockton; 931-260-6513 Chapter V ---- 2nd Saturday ~ Eat 9:00am/Meet 10:00am: Honda Southern Power Sports, 1394 Workman Road, Chattanooga, TN CD: Gary Boyd ; 423-718-6807 Chapter W2 ----3rd Saturday ~ Eat 6:00 pm/Meet 7:00 pm : Perkins, 1340 S. Germantown Pkwy, Memphis, TN.; CDs: Ivan & Leesa Coburn; 870-739-1079 Chapter Y ---- 3rd Saturday ~ Eat 8:00 am/Meet 9:00 am : Sloan's Motorcycle, 2233 NW Broad St. (Hwy 41) , Murfreesboro, TN. CDs: Ed & Mary Ann Grazier; 615-459-4499 Chapter Z ---- 2nd Saturday ~ Eat 5:30 pm/Meet 6:30 pm : Catfish Campus Restaurant, 2509 Keith Dr, Columbia, TN CDs: Charlie & Pam Huffman; 931-215-

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Annual Smokey Mountain Ride 2014 Smoky Mountain Ride In 2014 Invitation, Are you or your group of passionate motorcyclists looking for something interesting to do this summer ? May I suggest the “Smoky Mountain Ride In” being held June 17 - 21- 2014 in Bryson City, North Carolina. The “Smoky Mountain Ride In” is an organized motorcycle gathering that is held annually in Bryson City NC for motorcycle junkies sharing stories and information about bikes, local roads, trips, events and anything to do with having good old clean fun. There is no charge to attend and participate in this rally. The only rule is to come and have a good time !!! The “Smoky Mountain Ride In” evolved when Honda announced in 2009 that it was cancelling the annual “Honda Hoot” indefinitely. After that sad news was grasped by all of us, a few enlightened members of the GL1800riders forum started a discussion about the possibility of having an informal get together to replace the cancelled “Honda Hoot.” One GL1800 board member had visited Bryson City in the past and suggested it as a good place for the get together. After much discussion it was decided to hold the gathering in Bryson City NC due to its proximity to the Smoky Mountains and all the nice roads in the area. The group also decided to call the event “Smoky Mountain Ride In” and to invite motorcyclists along with their families to attend. The group also decided to donate any proceeds to local area charities. One member volunteered to set up a web site that featured information about the event along with a sign up page. Another board member who was a part time resident in Bryson City took the bull by the horns and was able to get one of the local riding clubs involved and also arranged for reduced lodging rates at various motels around Bryson City. Some of the events that were held included a fish fry featuring trout caught by local members, and served by the CMR motorcycle group, a local riders club. An auction was held with lots of Goldwing Items, a horseshoe tournament, a barbecue dinner, and raffles with various other events hosted by members from the GL1800Riders group. Others lead daily motorcycle rides throughout the various roads in the Smokies and around Bryson City. Various routes were Inserted on the events website. There were many other people who donated their time and talents to organize and run the first “Smoky Mountain Ride In”. In short, an event that was first envisioned as an informal gathering of few people turned out to be a huge success the first year with over 150 people attending and over $1,200 being collected for charity. The gathering was such a success that it was decided to make the “Smoky Mountain Ride In” an annual event to be held every June. We have had four more SMRI since the first one and each one has been a little different than the first one but they all share the same common denominator as the first one. - A bunch of motorcyclists getting together informally and having fun in the beautiful smoky mountains. Not only did we have a blast at each ride in, we also were able to generate needed money for the local charities that helped the kids of Bryson City for Christmas. Now we are planning for the sixth annual “Smoky Mountain Ride In” and we would love for you to attend. The event will again be held in Bryson City NC due to its proximity to the smokies and other beautiful attractions. We plan on having another fish fry this year with fresh mountain trout caught from the streams of North Carolina . As usual there will be raffles featuring items donated by our attendees and generous supporters. We will again be hosting daily rides throughout the beautiful Smoky Mountain roads of Western NC, South Carolina, Tennessee and Northern Ga, and around Bryson City. Some of the many other planned events this year include an ice cream social along with guided and unguided rides, Fish Fry with horseshoe tournament, welcoming parking lot party with hotdogs, hamburgers and entertainment and more. Again to reiterate – there is no charge to attend the Ride In. All proceeds and donations from the raffles, silent auction and events will go to the local children’s charities. Primarily this is a Goldwing M/C & Trike event but all brands of Motorcycles are welcome. If you need more information please call Gary at 813-601-2804 or check out our web site at. http:// smokymountainridein.com/. and click on a few past photos of the event. Check on this site often for the event schedule (subject to change) and updates as we get closer. Also you can go to the http://www.gl1800riders.com/ web site forum and look at the Rides, Trips and Events site for more info when we get closer to the event date. Mark your calendar for this years event !!! We look forward to seeing you there. Thanks Gary

I visited the web page of the GL1800riders. They encourage registration for all the events. http://smokymountainridein.com/

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For Your Information For upcoming events visit: www.gwrra/org Information www.region-n.org Information www.tngwrra.org Information www.gwrra-tn-n.org Information

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National/International Region N Tennessee District Tennessee Chapter N

GWRRA International Headquarters 21423 N 11th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85027 Phone(800) 843-9460 • Fax(623) 5813844

Bob’s House of Honda in Jackson, TN. and Joe’s Cycle Shop in Bolivar, TN. are very supportive of Chapter TN-N. If you are a GWRRA member and need something, be sure to tell them. They will give you a discount on anything you buy, but tell them before they ring you up. Let’s support these businesses!

For upcoming events, if you want to see a flyer or registration form, visit www.tngwrra.org, all flyers and registration forms are on the Events Calendar.

Program Details: • For every five new memberships you recruit (households), you will receive a gift certificate with the equivalent value of a Family Membership - $55. • You must recruit new memberships only, not renewals. Each membership (household) counts as “ONE” regardless of the number of family members in the membership. (They will however, count under the Find-A-Friend pin and T-shirt program.) • Gift certificates are non-transferable and will have a one year expiration date. • There is no maximum number of gift certificates that can be earned. • Free years are issued and redeemed in the form of a gift certificate that is sent by the Home Office. • Upon achieving the count of five new memberships (households), Members have the "option" to redeem gift certificate(s) for: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

GWRRA Membership Renewal GWRRA Official Merchandise Wing Ding Registration Chapter Charter Fees

• Memberships recruited during special events (mall shows, rallies, motorcycle shows, etc.) qualify for this program. • Life Members may use the gift certificates for GWRRA Official Merchandise, Wing Ding Registration or Charter Fees. • Free year’s membership may be applied toward consecutive years necessary for Life membership. • Trial membership applications may be used for the recruiting efforts. Membership fees must be paid to qualify for this Find-A-Friend program. Visit GWRRA’s web site: www.gwrra.org or call (800)843-9460 or (623)581-2500 (in Phoenix) for more information.

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REMINDER Remember to carry your GWRRA card at all times, we can be asked to show current membership at any meeting.

FOR SALE

Silver w/custom pin stripping. Excellent condition. Chrome wheels. Spoiler w/brake light. Cooler package with chrome tongue, black stone guard, carpeting, luggage rack, garment bag, and

For Sale: Voyager Instant Trike Kit. Fits a Gold Wing 1200 or 1100. $4,000 new. Asking $1,500. Call 731-413-0062 or 731-635-7166.

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A Not-For-Profit Organization Gold Wing Road Riders Association

Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge Gold Wing Road Riders Association Forked Deer Wings Chapter “N” Sandy Hayes Newsletter Editor P.O. Box 751 Parsons, TN. 38363

Ride Safe, Ride Often, Have Fun

Next Meeting February 1, 2014 Brooksie’s Catfish Barn 561 Oil Well Rd Jackson, TN Eat at 5:00p, Meet at 6:00p


January 2014 Newsletter