~~ Thanksgiving Gold Wing Road Riders’ Association

Gold Wing Road Riders’ Association
News from the California District
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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.
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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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Unit I
Santa Ana, CA 92701
www.jbjcycles.com
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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
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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.
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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!
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Call Bruce & Pauline
Bruce & Pauline Pokallus
503-577-3616—503-577-3613
email: [email protected]
www.skymed.com/bppokallus
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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
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