Chapter â€œNâ€? Newsletter Jackson, TN
Chapter Director/ Photography Tony & Lori Douglas
Chapter Assistant Director/ General Store Eldon & Debbie Seaton
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Spring Fling 2013
Couple of the Year
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Richard & Becky Griffin
Chapter COY 2012
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Reginald & Kim Seymour
Murfreesboro, TN. 37127
Region N Directors Ed & Mary Ann Grazier firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of GWRRA Jere Goodman 540-623-0447 email@example.com
Chapter Meeting 1st Saturday every month Old Country Store, Hwy 45 By-Pass, Jackson, TN
GWRRA Chapter TN-N Volume 4 Issue 11
Eat at 5:00pm Meeting at 6:00pm
Here we are, coming to another end of the year. Man, what FUN we at Chapter TN-N has had with all the meeting, rides, events and just getting together for FUN. Now it is November and here comes all the eating and spending time with family for the Holidays. There is going to be a lot of eating between now and the New Year. So, pace yourself and don’t overdo it and leave room for the ICE CREAM! Still have some good days for riding, but be careful! Remember, Leaves are falling and are all over the roads, they can be very slippery if wet. Also, this is the hunting season and the hunters are in the woods, causing the deer and turkeys to run wild. They could run out in front of you. I know, for I am one of those hunters, along with some of the other members. We still have the Christmas Party to look forward to, it is Dec.1 st at the Old Country Store at 5:00pm We will also be doing a Group Picture and Couples Pictures for the upcoming year. Playing Dirty Santa and the Chapter is paying for everyone’s meal, just a treat for you. I hope to see everyone there, cause we are going to have some FUN! The Polar Bear Run is Jan 1st and will be at the Old Country Store, we will meet between 11:00am and 11:30am for our very first ride of the year. Anyone that would like to join us, may do so. Also in January, the TN. District Winter Event is the 26th in Cookeville TN. This is one you don’t want to miss, BEST FUN YOU WILL EVER HAVE!! Then the next day is the TN. District Leadership Instructors Class in the same place, go figure, what can I say but, You GO District Staff! OCP was very good and informative, had FUN as usual and spent time with friends from across Tennessee. Always love getting together with Winger from the State. Have some new Instructors and this is awesome. We also have a new Chapter Educator in our Chapter, Shannon Seaton. Thanks Shannon for stepping up for this position. After the OCP class, we traveled to Columbia TN, to visit Chapter Z, whom was having their monthly meeting. We just made a full day of it. Had a wonder time with Mitchell and his members. 18-19 members rode down to Eldon’s & Sandy’s Camp site at the Tennessee River. Had a chili cook off, I don’t know who won, I was late getting there, but I got some of the Chili and it was good. Sat around the camp fire and we had an awesome time. Some went home about 8:00pm, but some of us stayed all night. We brought our campers/RV’s and just made a night of it. Talking about a GREAT TIME, I really enjoy being with the Chapter members and spending more time than just an hour at a time. This was some very good fellowship and everyone had a BLAST. Already talking about doing this again. Well that’s enough from me for the time being, I hope everyone across the State has a very Blessed Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. I hope and pray that all will prosper and stay healthy for years to come. For all of you are our Family and Friends, May God Bless each and every one of you! Our District staff busy with OPS.
Educator at work!! Early Sunday at the river.
Until then, Ride Safe, Ride Often, Have Fun 2
Hello everybody, I hope this finds all of you well. I was glad to see all of you at the last meeting, had a great time, and really enjoyed meeting the new members and all of the visitors. Of course, I think everybody enjoyed the great reception that Jeff Douglas gave everybody. Let’s keep up the good work and see if we can get a few more members. Our next meeting will be our Christmas Dinner at the Old Country Store. Going to have some fine food, a great time, and a lot of fun. Bring a gift and get ready to play dirty Santa. The weather has been fair, but I find it harder to ride when it is colder now. My bones can’t get used to it, but I try to ride anytime that I can. On November the 17th, we had a Saturday ride. We all met at the river in Perryville at our camp ground. Boy did we have a super time. It was a perfect day—warm during the day and cool at night. We had a Chili contest with 5 people that entered. All of the chili was great, but Reggie and Kim came away with the first place prize of a bottle of Tums, and the winner for eating the most was me, and I won a bottle of Gas X. It sure came in handy. There were five couples that spent the night—Reggie and Kim Seymour, Oliver and Gattie Welch and Teo, Tony Douglas, Eldon and Debbie Seaton and Nolan, Sandy and Will Hayes, and a special guest, Danny Seaton. We built a big camp fire and sat around and talked and roasted marshmallows until about midnight. We all got up Sunday morning and ate breakfast and everybody hugged and shook hands and went on their merry ways. What a great way to spend time with friends. I hope everyone can come to the Winter Fest; it is going to be a great experience, a lot of fun for us all. Got my reservation made, come and join us. Really early in the morning at the river. Well that’s about all I can say for now, other than . . . . . Stories around the campfire!!
Sunrise through the fog. River FUN!!
We really love her cooking!! Breakfast at the river.
Ride A Lot, Be Safe, Have Fun 3
Good news—we have everyone in the chapter signed up at the level one which is the commitment to be safe. Some of us are at other levels. Soon we will be reporting our activity levels and the percent of the membership at each level. This is just another way to show our commitment to the “knowledge and safety” statements of our mottos. We are going to hit the ground running—we have already made plans for future training sessions. Thanks to Jim and Mary Cobb from Chapter G for sitting with us to develop the draft agenda. Exact dates will be announced soon. From the pages of our District Educators—Gary and Patti Hamilton: While at the OPS Meeting I was asked if one could go from Master Tour Rider Level IV to Life Grand Master if they had the 15 years as a Level IV. I was unsure and when I got home I e-mailed our Region Educator Kyle Craig and asked that question. The answer is that you must go through each step individually meeting the required time and staying current in your requirements. So you go from Senior Master, to Grand Master to Life Grand Master. Five years at each level. I cannot remember who asked that question but hope you read this answer. We are working on the Rider Education Calendar for 2013. It is our goal to provide training throughout the District bringing the classes as close to the members as possible. We have already set an Education Day with Chapter N in Jackson the second weekend in February. We will have seminars, and offer Medic First Aid and CPR training for those members who need it. Thanks to Jim and Mary Cobb for setting up this training with Chapter N and thanks to Chapter N for hosting the training.
Jim and Mary Cobb Educators from Chapter G.
Planning session for upcoming training sessions in February.
Our Chapter Educator making his first presentation, “Preparing Your Bikes for Winter.”
Our Motto... "Safety is for Life" Our Mission... " To Save Lives Through Quality, World Class Education"
The holidays are rapidly upon us and we find ourselves being thankful and in the spirit of giving. Kimberly and I find ourselves being thankful for a lot of things. As we have been out and about, we already see Christmas decorations around us. Although Christmas is our favorite holiday, we don’t want to forget to give thanks for all of God’s many blessings. We can truly say we are thankful for family and friends. We all have our own families but being part of the GWRRA family, especially the TN GWRRA family has been amazing for us. We have truly been blessed the last 3 years by your presence. It truly feels like family when we are all together and we truly miss you when we are apart. We are also thankful for our health and our strength. We are thankful for God allowing us to see another safe year as we traveled state to state on our Goldwing. We are grateful that God brought us back home in the same physical condition that we left; although, mentally we were all changed by the wonderful natural sights our eyes beheld. We have had a few of our family members that had accidents and thankful that God allowed them to see another day. We also had family and friends that didn’t make it but we still thank God for the memories we will always have of them. So with so many things to be thankful for, it puts us in the Christmas spirit to give. Just a little recap of our Operations meetings in November, we would first like to thank everyone who was able to attend. We shared a lot of valuable information during the opening session, as well as in the breakout sessions. We talked out the honor of selecting a Couple of the Year for your chapter, rules and regulations on how to obtain the different plaques, the importance of completing/submitting ARL’s in a timely fashion, and the chapter newsletter contest. We are really looking forward to a great 2013. Last but not least, we have appointed chapter MEC’s for TN-W2 and TN-Z. Please join us in welcoming Cathi &Clint Hancock (TN-W2) and Jerlene and James Smitherson (TN-Z). We are expecting great things from them so please embrace them in their new roll. Until Winterfest, which you know will be a blast…Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!
This has been an OUTSTANDING month of FUN!! Our monthly gatherings continue to fill our meeting room to capacity. November 3 we had special quests from the W2 Chapter which included Ivan and Leesa Coburn, Chapter Directors and Glenda Keough, our West TN Assistant District Director. Educators Jim and Mary Cobb from Chapter G were present and so was our District Couple of the Year, Boyd and Diane Hixson. Jack Hixon (and his wife) joined GWRRA and came to our monthly gathering and a total of 26 of our membership was in attendance, including our newest members, Wes and Marlyn Youman. On November 10, Tony, Eldon, Nolan and I made our way across the newly opened 840 to Murfreesboro to attend the District OPS training. Thanks to Reginald and Kim, District Membership Enhancement, for all the great tips for making the meetings more fun and for the training information to help us do our jobs better for GWRRA members. We made the decision that while we were this close to Columbia, we would make our way to their monthly gathering. Good food and great fun with members of Chapter Z. One of our most fun dinner rides was on November 17th. Twenty members and two guests attended the fun and fellowship dinner ride and camp out. Six members stayed over and shared a great breakfast the next morning. Thank to all who made this another successful fun gathering. Rumor has it that a fish fry at the same spot is in order. Stay tuned for further announcements. Congratulations to all the participants of the first annual chili cook-off and People’s Choice Award. All the chili was very good. Reginald and Kim’s chili took the People’s Choice Award. The best part of the evening was the gathering around the campfire. We roasted hot dogs to go with the chili and later roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. If you were not there, you missed a lot of FUN!! I had hoped to bring out the 2013 calendar and do our planning for the coming year, but it was evident that we were having too much fun to add work to the agenda. Now let’s get ready for the annual Christmas gathering dinner and then on to the Winter Fest. Look out here comes Chapter N! Chili’s cooking. W2 having FUN!!
Mark Your Calendar December 1, Monthly Gathering and Christmas Party: January 1, 2013, Polar Bear Run, Casey Jones’ Old Country Store, Jackson, TN: January 26, 2013, Winter Fest Hyder-Burns Pavilion, Cookeville: January 27, 2013, TN District Leadership Instructors Course, Cookeville: February 23-24, 2013, Horizons, Lebanon: March 16-17, 2013, Officers Certification Program, Lebanon: April 25-27, 2012, Spring Fling, Camp Jordon, East Ridge: Visiting FUN!! Chapter W2-3rd Saturday, eat at 6:00 meet at 7:00, Perkins, 1340 S Germantown Rd, Memphis. Chapter K-Last Saturday, eat at 5:30 meet at 6:30, Family Restaurant, 100 Suzanne Dr. Dickson. Tennessee Traveling Plaque—TN-Z 800 S James M Campbell Blvd, Columbia Mall, Columbia. January 12th meeting. Eat 5:30 and meet 6:30.
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As I sit down to write something for the November News Letter all I can think of is the Chili Cook Off and Camp Out. Sure the Presidential election, the OPS training and our regular November meeting were important but all pale in comparison to the night at the Seaton/Hayes river camp. On the far East side of Decatur County near the Tennessee River is a quiet and tranquil camp ground. All the lots back up to Beech River just before it runs into the Tennessee River. Vibrant fall colors welcome visitors as they arrive to enjoy this relaxed and peaceful outdoors. As you visualize this serene spot, please note: this is the description before “CHAPTER N” arrived. After campers, RVs and several cars filled the area, laughter could be heard all the way to the Tennessee River. As usual when this bunch gets together the stillness is no more and the earth shakes with the sounds of LAUGHTER. Eldon built a big fire and we moved his fence so more people could get around it. ( I hope someone put it back Sunday morning) When Kim and Reginald arrived with their chili we were ready for the taste testing. Everyone had the opportunity to taste all the different chili and vote for their favorite. The winner of the 2012 1 st Annual Chili Cook Off is (drum roll please) Reginald Seymour . We ate chili with all the trimmings, roasted hotdogs and made s'mores . Since Reginald won, he had the honor of passing out the TUMS. Eldon ate the most so he was awarded a box of Extra Strength GAS-X . After everyone had finished eating, we again circled the fire. Someone started telling funny and embarrassing stories about each other. The laughter echoed across the water and this time could be heard all the way to Parsons. Eldon-Debbie and Sandy-Will, Chapter N thanks you for sharing you River Camp. We hope that our singing about a YELLOW SOLO CUP doesn’t get you all thrown out. We know that it should be red solo cup, but when did Chapter N ever do anything by the book?
The sun went down, the air got cold but the fire warmed the body and the stories warmed the soul.
I don’t see any red or yellow solo cups!! Janet has a future in dance!
Have you ever had so much FUN!!! I say notâ€”and I have proof. This month the pages are dedicated to members who prove that Chapter N is all about fun.
Monthly Gathering Membership FUN!!!
Loves to be in the limelight.
This never happens—3 guys in the car and I drive. Go figure!!
Tony said best on Facebook. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman.
You’re so . It’s not like we don’t have a ton of pictures that you would have to take your own. Our table—paying very close attention. And no there is nothing wrong with my eyes!!
Always happy to share our table with the District Couple of the Year 2012 and the TN-N Chapter Couple of the Year 2012. They’re so SPECIAL!!!!
Reliving memories through stories!!
Seaton/Hayes River Campout Multi tasking. Phone and FUN!!!
Teo had us in stitches more than once!!. Secret recipe disclosed within these pages!!
Avery showing off the scenery!!!!
The gangâ€™s all here!! Except for our fearless leader.
Enjoying the serenity of the day.
Just relaxing. 10
News From National Rider Education Article, Submitted by Joe Mazza, Assistant International Rider Education Director GWRRA eNewsletter Bikers and Veterans I just finished reading the book "No Easy Day" written by one of the members of Seal Team 6, that bravely dispatched Osama Bin Laden or as the Seals referred to him, UBL. Why am I mentioning this in an article about motorcycles, you ask? Because it reminds me of a recent ride our home chapter, FL1-A Tampa, took to the Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Chapter A has an annual ride to this hospital so our participants, some of them veterans themselves, can pay tribute to and honor our physically and emotionally injured veterans. We park and clean our bikes and trikes and then the nurses bring the vets down to admire them. We provide hats, food, dessert, music and company. We are told by Tina Prince, the head nurse, that many of these heroes don't leave the confines of their rooms for months at a time but will come down and mingle with us. While we were there, a local Harley club did a drive around for the vets. There must have been 40 bikes patriotically adorned that rode by honoring these broken warriors. We were all happy to see them and applauded as they rode by. Motorcycle organizations and clubs throughout this great country of ours, including the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, have been conducting rides to benefit our veterans for many years. It is my belief that we can't do enough for them when they return home after serving our country, so that all of us can continue to enjoy our freedom. The charity rides we all do for our veterans, disadvantaged children and adults, and our communities, are enormously satisfying to us all. One such ride is the POW/MIA Recognition Ride which was held August 18 this year. This is an annual ride that starts at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado. The ride travels Rt. 24 from Woodland Park to Cripple Creek, Colorado. The origin of the ride can be traced to Jim Wear who, along with 14 other "chopper" riders, rode into Colorado Springs in 1988 as a sign of patriotism. Since then the ride has evolved into thousands of bikers riding to honor our POW/MIA veterans who sacrificed so much, including their lives, for our country. How proud we, in G.W.R.R.A., are to be a part of an organization that does its best to give back to those who give so much.
News From Region N For immediate release, throughout Region N Distribute down to Chapter Level
Best wishes from Chapter TN-N. Thanks for your leadership over the years!!
As most may know, I underwent some extensive surgery and post surgery complications in the early summer of this year. We now find ourselves in the position of having to step back for a year or so, for health reasons, while some additional medical treatment is administered. Our resignation as Region N Directors will therefore be effective on December 31, 2012.
Ed Grazier GWRRA, Region N Director
News From District The end of the year is upon us and I am really looking forward to the holidays. I love Thanksgiving because we get to spend family time and I love to eat turkey, no surprise there! I am a sucker for leftover sandwiches. Then we have Christmas and all the surprised looks on the faces of the grandkids. There is nothing better than that, but then it is time for our New Year to begin and we have lots of surprises in store for our GWRRA family. We just finished with the OPS meeting and I am really pleased it went so well. We had a shortened agenda due to schedule conflicts, but were able to get all the information to the officers that they needed. This time of year is filled with our required paperwork and we ask that you continue to work through your Assistant District Directors to get this accomplished. Our Winter Event “The Great American Train Robbery” on January 26, 2013 will be upon us before we know it. Get your costumes ready and join us for a fun filled weekend in Cookeville. Don’t forget Spring Fling, “Winging Around Choo-Choo Town”, April 25-27 in East Ridge, TN. We have a lot of fun and activities planned for you so go ahead and register early to be eligible for the early bird special. Registration information can be found later in this newsletter and on the District Website. So as each of you attend your Holiday functions with your family and your GWRRA friends, the District Team wish y’all the best. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, Richard & Becky Griffin TN District Directors Gold Wing Road Riders Association
Best of the Best at OPS!
Family of Jokesâ€”HA HA!! One day, an old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders some coffee. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the waiter, 'Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?' The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, 'Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, given that you are blind, that you should know five things: 1= The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat. 2= The bouncer is a blonde girl. 3= I'm a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate. 4 =The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weightlifter. 5 =The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler. 'Now, think about it seriously, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?' The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head, and mutters, 'No, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times.' Submitted by Nolan Nation
Two guys were roaring down the road on a motorcycle when the driver slowed up and pulled over. His leather jacket had a broken zipper, and he told his friend, "I can't drive anymore with the air hitting me in the chest like that." "Just put the jacket on backwards." His friend advised. They continued down the road but around the next bend, they lost control and wiped out. A nearby farmer came upon the accident and ran to call the police. They asked him, "Are they showing any signs of life?" "Well," the farmer explained, "the driver was, until I turned his head around the right way!" Submitted by Jake Seaton
Bill Clinton is getting off a helicopter just in front of the White House. 10,000 people are standing outside welcoming the return of Bill from abroad. Bill has two pigs, one under each arm. A man in the crowd catches his attention and says, "Nice pigs sir." Bill smiles and says, "These aren't pigs. These are Arkansas Razorback Hogs. I got one for Hilary and one for Chelsea." The man replies, "Nice trade Sir."
Just a little note from Debbie. I wanted to thank everyone that came to the Saturday ride. We had a great time and a lot of fun, we played Corn Toss, sat and talked, ate some great chili, and had a wonderful time sitting around the camp fire. I hope we do this again very soon. Looking forward to seeing all of you at the Christmas dinner. Debbie Seaton
Easy Chili 1 lb ground beef 1 small onion, diced 1 envelope chili seasoning mix 1/2 cup water 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can kidney beans 1 tbsps. brown sugar Brown ground beef and onion in skillet and drain. Mix rest of ingredients together in pot and add ground beef and onions. Simmer for 45 minutes. Can add chopped jalapeno peppers or cayenne pepper if desired.
Thanks to Shirley Mullins for this recipe. Those at the dinner ride and camp over on November 17th I make this at Christmas. It makes a beautiful dish. Most important is the fact that the puffs can be made days ahead and frozen. Sweet Potato Puffs 3 cups cooked sweet potatoes small can crushed Pineapple, drained 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup raisins ( optional) 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup butter 1 teaspoon nutmeg 12 large marshmallows 1 small red apple 4 oz. coconut 12 pecan halves Mix first 8 ingredients, Shape mixture into 12 balls, press marshmallow into the center of ball and reshape ball. Roll the ball in coconut to cover, place pecan half on the top of the ball, press thin slices of apple into each ball, to the sides of the pecan half. Place in cooking dish. Bake in preheated oven, 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Submitted by Diane Davis
will recognize it.
For registration form, go to District web site and print one off. You donâ€™t wonâ€™t to miss this one. We will have more FUN than a barrel of monkeys. So TN-N will see you THERE!!
December 2012 Sun
1 Shannon Douglas
TN-N Christmas Meeting
Polar Bear Run
GWRRA Anniversaries Sandy Hayes 2011 Randall Little 2010 Gerry & Thomina Alexander 2009 Billy & Shirley Mullins 1989 James Roberson 1989
January 2013 Sun
5 TN-N Monthly Gathering
Polar Bear Run
12 TN Traveling Plaqueâ€”TN-Z Columbia eat 5:30 meet 6:30.
Teo Hill Birthday TN District Winterfest
TN District Leadership Instructors Class
Kathy Collie 2011
Nancy Utley 1990
Al & Bernedette Seward 2012
Don & Janet Rinehart 1990 18
For upcoming events, visit TN GWRRA (http://www.tngwrra.org/ District Website) or GWRRA ( www.gwrra.org/ National Website) to see what is going on in the near future. Take time to read the other Chapter Newsletters, they are full of information and fun to read. It keeps you informed of what is going on in the other Chapters. 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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Ride Safe, Ride Often, Have Fun
Next Meeting December 1 Old Country Store Hwy 45 By-Pass Jackson, TN, Eat at 5:00p, Meet at 6:00p