Gold Wing Road Riders’ Association News from the California District ~~ Newsletter Editor: November 2014 Pamela Puterbaugh Volume V—Issue XI IN THIS ISSUE: Directors Message ADD— John & Linda Boman’s History of Thanksgiving 1-2 3 4-5 Mike & Ruth Burke District Educator 6 Steve & Alma Sprenkle Assistant District MEC 7 Sponsor—Champion Trikes & Sidecars 8 Sponsor—Law Tigers 9 MAP Coordinators Bob & Linda Harmon District COY & IOY Coordinators Mike & Ruth Burke 10 11-12 From you new District COY Bob & Nancy Clark 13 Medic First Aid Bob & Linda Harmon 14 Thank a VET today Veteran’s Day November 11th 15-19 Spotlight on Chapter CA-1D 20-21 Sponsor—JBJ 22 Advertising with the District 23 Sponsor—Wingstuff 24 Spotlight on Chapter CA-1F 25-26 Sponsor—Schapiro & Leventhal 27 Sky Med Advertisement 28 Thanksgiving Word Search & cartoons Upcoming events 29-30 31 Thanksgiving Every year I prattle on about how fall is my favorite time of the year and this year is no exception. Last month we got to enjoy the turning of the leaves as we partied with the Frogs of CA-2N in Sonora. The following week, we had the honor of installing Crystal Richardson as the new Co-Chapter Director of CA-1F at their annual event. The final weekend of October found us in Tucson enjoying the best that Arizona has to offer. All told, we travelled over 2,000 miles and loved every one of them! This month, we have our final rally of the year with the Coyotes of CA-1C and, hopefully, we will see all of you there! With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, we are faced with the opportunity to reflect upon the things the way are most thankful for and the first thing comes to mind is the ability to share all of the travels with my wife and best friend. A year ago, I underwent surgery on my right ankle and my leg has not been strong enough to ride two-up this year. Despite rehabbing this injury, one if not both of us, we were able to attend every Chapter Rally, the California Operations Meeting, the southern California Horizon’s Training class, the California and Arizona District Rallies, the Region F Rally, and Wing Ding in Madison, Wisconsin. Page 2 Dells of Wisconsin, we travelled over 15,000 miles just attending GWRRA events and the friends we got to spend time with and the memories we made are definitely things Princess and I are thankful for. Having spent more From the Oregon border to the Mexican border and from the Pacific Ocean to the weekends away than at home this year, we are thankful to spend a few weekends with our dogs at home and, come Thanksgiving Day, the two of us, our dogs, and our children will be gathered around the table together to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family. Regardless of whether you are spending the holiday with family members or riding with your GWRRA family or doing something altogether different, we hope you will take at least a few minutes to reflect on whatever things you are thankful for this year. Until next month, ride well and ride often. Vincent and Pamela Puterbaugh Page 3 I saw this article on Yahoo and thought you would like to know about it. 10 Foods to Avoid if You Have High Blood Pressure NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here's an alarming statistic: One out of every three, or 77.9 million, adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, according to a report by the American Heart Association -- and, it's only getting worse. By 2030, it's projected that 41.4% of U.S. adults will have high blood pressure. Why is this so serious? Nearly 28% of Americans don't even know they have the disease. It's called the "silent killer" because high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a cardiovascular disease that is very difficult to detect. The symptoms and signs are subtle. As a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, hypertension is the primary cause of death in Americans. It is one of the most preventable conditions -- but if left uncontrolled it can increase your risk of life-threatening health problems like a heart attack or a stroke. What is high blood pressure? Blood pressure measures the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Your blood pressure rises with each heartbeat and falls when your heart relaxes between beats. While the number can fluctuate from minute to minute with changes in posture, exercise, stress or food, it should normally be less than 120/80 mmHg. Any higher, and you could be diagnosed with high blood pressure by your doctor. (Hg is the pressure that one millimeter (mm) of mercury (Hg) exerts.) The good news: Most people can bring down their blood pressure naturally by adjusting their diet. Food matters. We've compiled a list of 10 foods to avoid if you have high blood pressure or just want to minimize your chances of getting high blood pressure, using data compiled from WedMD, Healthline.com and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read on to keep your heart health and happy. (Warning: This list may include foods you love to eat) 10. Red Meat 9. Sauerkraut 8. Ramen Noodles 7. Alcohol 6. Bacon 5. Donuts 4. Frozen Pot Pies 3. Whole Milk 2. Canned Chicken Noodle Soup 1.. Pickles The reason for many of the above foods is the sodium content. Be safe, if you have high blood pressure, do some research of your own to help lower it. Ride Safe, and Have Fun! Page 4 On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday honoring the early settlers and their harvest feast known as the first Thanksgiving. Native Americans Long before settlers came to the East Coast of the United States, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, now known as southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island had been the home of the Wampanoag people for over 12,000 years, and had been visited by other European settlers before the arrival of the Mayflower. The native people knew the land well and had fished, hunted, and harvested for thousands of generations. The Settlers The people who comprised the Plymouth Colony were a group of English Protestants who wanted to break away from the Church of England. These ‘separatists’ initially moved to Holland and after 12 years of financial problems, they received funding from English merchants to sail across the Atlantic to settle in a ‘New World.' A ship carrying 101 men, women, and children spent 66 days traveling the Atlantic Ocean, intending to land where New York City is now located. Due to the windy conditions, the group had to cut their trip short and settle at what is now called Cape Cod . Settling and Exploring As the Puritans prepared for winter, they gathered anything they could find, including Wampanoag supplies. One day, Samoset, a leader of the Abenaki, and Tisquantum (better known as Squanto) visited the settlers. Squanto was a Wampanoag who had experience with other settlers and knew English. Squanto helped the settlers grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields. After several meetings, a formal agreement was made between the settlers and the native people and they joined together to protect each other from other tribes in March of 1621. The Celebration One day that fall, four settlers were sent to hunt for food for a harvest celebration. The Wampanoag heard gunshots and alerted their leader, Massasoit, who thought the English might be preparing for war. Massasoit visited the English settlement with 90 of his men to see if the war rumor was true. Soon after their visit, the Native Americans realized that the English were only hunting for the harvest celebration. Massasoit sent some of his own men to hunt deer for the feast and for three days, the English and native men, women, and children ate together. The meal consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat, far from today's traditional Thanksgiving feast. They played ball games, sang, and danced. Much of what most modern Americans eat on Thanksgiving was not available in 1621. Page 5 Although prayers and thanks were probably offered at the 1621 harvest gathering, the first recorded religious Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth happened two years later in 1623. On this occasion, the colonists gave thanks to God for rain after a two-month drought. The Myths Believe it or not, the settlers didn't have silver buckles on their shoes. Nor did they wear somber, black clothing. Their attire was actually bright and cheerful. Many portrayals of this harvest celebration also show the Native Americans wearing woven blankets on their shoulders and large, feathered headdresses, which is not true. The Englishmen didn’t even call themselves Pilgrims. Modern Thanksgiving In the 19th century, the modern Thanksgiving holiday started to take shape. In 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a magazine called Godley’s Lady’s Book, campaigned for an annual national thanksgiving holiday after a passage about the harvest gathering of 1621 was discovered and incorrectly labeled as the first Thanksgiving. It wasn't until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings; one in August to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and the other in November to give thanks for "general blessings." Native Americans and Thanksgiving The peace between the Native Americans and settlers lasted for only a generation. The Wampanoag people do not share in the popular reverence for the traditional New England Thanksgiving. For them, the holiday is a reminder of betrayal and bloodshed. Since 1970, many native people have gathered at the statue of Massasoit in Plymouth, Massachusetts each Thanksgiving Day to remember their ancestors and the strength of the Wampanoag. Page 6 TRC (Trike Riding Class) We, Noland Mayo (CAC), Micky Farrington (Nevada District Director), and I were trying for almost three months to put a TRC together to be held somewhere in Northern California. That doesn’t sound like too difficult a task, but we could not find a place that was big enough to hold it, and some places that were big enough would not allow us to use their facility, like Mather Air Force Base. If anyone knows of a location up North that is in the neighborhood of 160 feet by 220 feet, give or take a few feet that will allow us to hold a TRC, and/or possibly an ARC, please contact me. It would be great if our Rider Education members did not have to wait until a District or Region or Wing Ding Convention to get current or move up the Rider Ed ladder. We had a hardy group of riders who joined us in Sparks, Nevada where Micky found us a location. Bill and Lois Rose rode all of the way from Palmdale, CA (CA1A) to take the class. I believe Bill may have even gone back home with a few coins from slots in his pocket. Carl Blattenberg was on his way from Sacramento, but his U-joint blew up, so he was unable to participate. The rest who completed the course were: Dennis Russell (CA2N), Gary and Donna Wright (CAC), Anita Brooks (CAC), and Virginia King (CAC). See their group picture below. A side note: any motorcycle that is from a kit, such as those that have 4 wheels or a stirring wheel, or have a tandem seat cannot take a sanctioned GWRRA trike course. Page 7 We decided to take a look in our rearview mirror, and can just barely see the District convention that took place at the end of August 2014, now before it is completely gone from sight, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Pam, Vince and the whole district team for a very fun event, you guys put a lot of work into it. All of you who didn’t make it to the convention (thinking that the weather would be to hot) really missed out, I don’t think the temps got over 95. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the 10 chapters that submitted newsletters for the “Newsletter of the year competition” these chapters are in no particular order: CA-1Q Carol Mendoza, CA-2Q Beth Kuellmer, CA-2N Linda Stark, CA-1F Dave Flitcraft, CA-1M Steve & Sandy Damico, CA-2W Larry Jenkins, CA-1C Steve Johnson, CA-1K Bob Finkelstein, CA-1I Norma Mocabee, CAC Rick McCusker, all of you are winners in our books, your newsletters were interesting, and we look forward to your inputs next year, we also hope for more than these 10 chapters. Now looking into the future all of the chapters should be looking at the couples and individuals that have shined and went above and beyond expectations yes we are talking about the Chapter Couple and individual of the year, do you know who they are? Has your chapter selected them already? When you select them be sure to let them know how much they are appreciated & how special they are, and we do look forward to seeing them compete at the District Convention in 2015. Until next time. Steve & Alma Sprenkle Assist District Membership Enhancement Coordinators Page 8 . Page 9 Page 10 Disclaimer: This article is written from a good place in my heart. Several years ago, the Region Motorist Awareness (MA) Coordinator was excited about convincing me to become the California District MA Coordinator. I was not sure I wanted to do the job but the concept tugged at me. I believed in the concept that we could help save lives. So after he had talked to me several times, I agreed. Well, my first year plus was a bust. But no excuses, I took on the task and so that brings me to what I want to talk about now. If you haven’t stopped reading by now I hope you will at least find the rest of this article interesting as it is all about the real world that we live in, drive in, and hopefully educate people in. Looking for interesting and meaningful information to write about month after month is one of the tasks required of a MA Coordinator and not necessarily an easy one. Best place to look is the internet right? Well, the following is information I found on the internet and you might be able to use it in educating the motoring public about motorcyclist and our problems. From the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) site, I found some information about how we have been doing staying alive on the roads of America. The basis for this article is the June 2014 Traffic Safety Facts 2012 Data report on Motorcycles DOT HS 812 035 (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812035.pdf). You can see the entire report on the internet but I would like to state just a few items. In 2012, there were 4,957 motorcyclist killed in traffic accidents. This number is higher by 7% than the number of fatal accident for 2011 of 4,630. Then, there is the total injury number for 2012 of 93,000 which is 15% higher than the 81,000 in 2011. There are 8,454,939 motorcycles registered in the United States in 2012, an increase of less than 1% over 2011. Fifty two percent of all motorcycle involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle. In 41% of these crashes, the other vehicles were turning left in front of the motorcycle. There is much more information in this report that some of you might find interesting. If you do, then perhaps you are the one to be the MA Coordinator for your chapter. One of the reasons I took on the CA District MA Coordinator responsibility was to hopefully help to change these statistics. But alone, I am just one guy. I need all your help. Bob Harmon Page 11 It’s hard to believe that another year has almost come and gone. Michael and I wish you the best of 2015, may every day be blessed with friends, family, and fun. Please remember to let us know who you are honoring as COY and IOY for 2015. It’s such a great thing to recognize those couples and individuals who do the work, spread the fun, and go the extra mile. Thanks to every chapter who has chosen a COY and/or IOY for this year. If you haven’t made a selection yet, it’s not too late. Let us know who your “go to” guys are. It may seem a long way off, but there is no time like the present to be thinking about the CA District Convention and the opportunity as a chapter to brag about the best of the best in your chapter. It’s also a great opportunity for the Chapter COY and IOY to represent (and brag about) your chapter at the Couple of the Year and Individual of the Year Program that takes place at the District Convention. As a participant in the COY/IOY Program, in a very relaxed atmosphere you will have a chance to meet and chat with a select group who will ask you how you feel about being a member of G.W.R.R.A. and what kinds of activities you have participated in as a member. Did I say relaxed? There is lots of laughter and lots of fun during this part of the Program, no pressure, and BEST OF ALL, no audience. Following the interviews, you will be asked to speak about yourself and your involvement in G.W.R.R.A. for a bit. For this part, yep, there’s an audience. When Michael and I first competed in 2006, we had to get up during opening ceremonies and talk in front of the entire pile of people who attended the convention. Yep, it was a little unnerving, to say the least. Well, lucky you, in the last few years, the format has been changed and you only have to speak in front of the people invited by the participants. Much smaller audience, much smaller room, much smaller stress level. Page 12 You are limited to five minutes (couples get 2 ½ minutes each). You can talk about your family, your background, your first Wing, joining your Chapter, meeting new friends, whatever strikes you as important to your G.W. life. After your speech you will be asked a question that relates to GWRRA membership. You can take a minute or two to answer the question then you’re off the stage and get a chance to relax. It’s not even a stage really, the program takes place in one of the meeting rooms and all you have to do is stand at the front of the room. We even provide a podium or chair to lean on if it makes it easier for you. You’ll find that not only do your friends, family, and chapter members cheer for you, but everyone in the room cheers for you. It’s a pretty great experience and lots of fun. Following the speeches, there is an informal reception with finger food served. At this time you have a chance to hang out with your chapter and get better acquainted with the other participants. Yes, only one couple and one individual are selected to represent the CA District as COY and IOY, but there are no losers and no winners. Remember, your chapter choose you because they love you and believe you are special. The only medallion that really counts is the one given you by your chapter. They are the ones who know how hard you work and how much you bring to chapter life and G.W.R.R.A. Nothing can ever take that away from you. So join the fun and get in on the braggin’ rights! Michael and Ruthie Burke CA District COY/IOY Coordinators Page 13 Fall seems to be upon us and with it comes cooler temperatures. This makes for beautiful riding weather, except if you have to leave at O-dark thirty…then it’s a bit chilly. This month we have been busy facilitating a PLP, presenting chapter CA-1Q’s COY and IOY for this new year, and spending time with the Frogs in Sonora for CA-2N’s rally. If you didn’t make their rally this year, you missed a great time. As usual they did an outstanding job. We enjoyed watching the road kill game and participating in the inside games as well. The food was amazing with their famous dessert bar. I wish I could blame them for my weight gain, but nobody forced me to eat. I do say though, that it was worth it. Good job CA-2N! This weekend we are off to CA-1F’s rally to have a Halloween FUN time and then off to Tuscan, Arizona for the Arizona District Convention. Life does not seem to slow down…Good thing we are having FUN or this could really be tiring. We enjoy spending time with our GWRRA friends and family. Hope to see many of you out there and about. Bob & Nancy Page 14 RIDING IN COLD WEATHER To the casual observer, riding a motorcycle seems like an activity best left to warm days. However, the enthusiastic rider will often want to venture outside under colder conditions. We have often left very early in the morning to get to another chapter event and here in the desert it gets cold. I will never forget the first ride I took with the Clarks. We had ridden about 25 miles through the desert and I was really cold. I thought I had layered up enough but evidently I had not. This was my first long ride and I was really new to the GoldWing. When I remarked to my Bob about how cold it was, he ask if my seat heater was turned on!!! MY WHAT??? I did not even know about it. I punched him as he explained how to turn it on. It got warmer after that but I will not forget to learn about the bike I am riding on. I will also never forget that as I get ready for other rides in the early morning. Dressing appropriately is the best way to keep yourself safe while riding your motorcycle in cold weather. Remember the following tips as you're selecting your motorcycle apparel: Keep your hands and feet warm. Invest in a good pair of gloves and some high-quality motorcycle boots. Keep your torso warm. If your torso is cold, it will restrict blood flow to your hands and feet. Wind-proof your body. Make sure the outside layer of your outfit is made of a material that will stop the wind. Seal the openings in your outfit. Don't let air come in through the neck opening in your jacket, the sleeves of your shirt, or the bottom of your pants. Choose a good insulating material. Wool is the best natural fiber insulating material, but synthetics such as Thinsulate work well also. While riding your motorcycle in cold weather, it's wise to watch for signs of mild hypothermia (Shivering, dizziness, hunger, nausea, faster breathing, trouble speaking, slight confusion lack of coordination, fatigue, increased heart rate). If any of these symptoms begin, stop your bike and get to a warmer environment. Seek medical attention if the symptoms get worse. Someone with hypothermia usually isn't aware of his or her condition because the symptoms often begin gradually. Also, the confused thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness. The confused thinking can also lead to risk-taking behavior. This article was adapted from information from the Mayo Clinic and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words: Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples. Page 18 An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible." President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans' Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee. In 1958, the White House advised VA's General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee's chairman. The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates. Page 19 The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people. Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Page 20 Chapter CA-1D History “Riding with the BIG Dogs” I have been unable to find when Chapter D was started even after contacting the main office of GWRRA. It seems that they do not keep any records of the various chapters in the group. Rumor has that at one time Chapter D was actually Chapter A back in the 80’s it grew so much that is was broken into more chapters. And was then assigned Chapter H and it was split to form Chapter Q, Chapter I and then D. There, but we did a lot of parades is no fact to this so it is just speculation. I joined the chapter in 1990 after I bought my 85 Goldwing. The chapter was directed by Dave McNeal at the time. He remained the director for a few years. During my time with the chapter I became the ACD for a few months and was ask to step down as Dave didn’t like the way I was conducting the Chapter in his absence. I road many rides with the chapter and went to a few rallies. Dave stepped down and let a lady name Debbie Speaks during her time we were involved with helping Kenny Lyons in building a Bonneville Salt lake racer. She wrote a story about Kenny and how we helped him for publication in the Wing World. Page 21 The chapter has had many Directors over the years but the two longest are Dave McNeal and Tim McShane. Dave was the Director and took breaks for a year or two with others filling in. Tim was the last Director before myself, he had the helm for 6 years. My wife passed away in ’93 and I left the chapter a short time afterwards. I kept on riding my Wing and put many miles on it Visiting many places in So. Ca. on my own. During my absence from the chapter I am unable to find any information other than our former Treasurer came from Chapter Q when her son-in-law became Chapter D’s director. When I came back to the Chapter, I had purchased another motorcycle and had a new wife who wanted to ride. At that time Dan Brooks was the Chapter Director. The chapter make up had changed a bit and there were a less rides after breakfast, but we did a lot of parades to show off our bikes and get the name of GWRRA around. (As I am writing this I am looking at a 2nd place trophy the Chapter took for riding in the Bellflower Liberty Day Parade in October 2005). Dan was moving back east so Tim McShane became the Director and held it for six years. Tim wanted to step down and wanted someone to volunteer for Director. I stepped up and have been the Director now for just over a year. I have tried to get new interests in the chapter but to no avail. I now have learned that Tim will be leaving for Missouri when he retires in 2016 and we will be looking for a new editor for our Newsletter. Page 22 California’s oldest independent Goldwing facility Full Service Maintenance - Suspension upgrades - Tune-ups Trike Conversions - Electrical Accident repairs - Lighting Trailer sales - Oil change XM Radio install - GPS hookup Audio systems - Brakes Tire installation - Safety Check No motorcycle too old here!! 1018 E. Chestnut Avenue Unit I Santa Ana, CA 92701 www.jbjcycles.com Page 23 It Pays to Advertise in Wingin through California Full Page Ad $200.00 year -(includes listing on CA District Web page) 1/2 Page Ad $125.00 year Business $ 75.00 year Please submit your advertisement artwork via e-mail to: [email protected] Checks made payable to GWRRA – CA can be mailed to: Donna Kougel Fairfield, CA 9 Page 24 Page 25 Greetings from San Diego County! When asked to write about our chapter, the initial response was what will we say? Well, simply that CA1F like other GW Chapters is made up of some really amazing and wonderful people who are always there to help each other out, share a meal and of course share a ride! Mike and Elma Maury are excellent Rider Educators and keep us on track with their seminars at “Maury University”. Archie and Elaine Archer take the lead on getting us out camping and exploring new roads. Lorenzo Lizarraga has gotten adventurous and led us to Mexico and the Grand Canyon! Bud and Mary Brinker make sure we don’t get hungry by taking us on dinner or dessert rides every Thursday night! The contributions of our members go on and on, which makes CA1F a place that feels like family. It is because of the members that we were able to become Chapter of the Year, with the enthusiastic support of our MEC’s (and Couple of the Year) Steve and Alma Sprenkle. Page 26 There are some annual traditions that CA1F has developed over the years in addition to our Halloween themed October Fun Run. In April we head out to Borrego Springs to lie to people in the desert as part of the Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Competition. There is also a Cracker Barrel Ride to Yuma every year and an annual Chili Cook Off on Mission Bay. Last year we headed over to Lake Havasu for their huge Pyrotechnics Rally on Valentine’s weekend where fireworks companies show off their new products. It was so much fun we are planning to go back! As much as we love seeing each other, we also love company! So come join us on our adventures. We would love to see your smiling faces! Our monthly meeting is the second Saturday of every month at 8:30 am at the Broken Yolk in Pacific Beach. Hope to see you sometime! Page 27 Page 28 Call Bruce & Pauline Bruce & Pauline Pokallus 503-577-3616—503-577-3613 email: [email protected] www.skymed.com/bppokallus Page 29 Page 30 Friends for Fun, Safety & Knowledge GWRRA CALIFORNIA DISTRICT GWRRA National Divisions: Vincent & Pamela Puterbaugh District Directors 43793 Acacia Ave. Hemet, CA 92544 951-453-6000 [email protected] [email protected] Visit us on the web at: www.gwrra-ca.org Upcoming Events 2014 2014 Upcoming Events November 8 CA-1C 2015 Upcoming Events February 7th CA-1I March 27-29 CA-1R April 11th CA-1A April 19th CA-1Q May 2nd CA-1K May 16th CA-2K GO TO: WWW.GWRRA-CA.ORG AND CLICK ON CALIFORNIA RALLIES TO DOWNLOAD EACH CHAPTERS FLYER.
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