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GWTA New Members GWTA Chapter Listings Gold Rush XXVI & Vendor Registration & Info Event Calendar GWTA Contact Information GWTA Membership Application
Congratulations to the winner of the April Touring News Cover Contest
Bill & Deb Brem, Grandpa & Grandma, Nick & Stephanie Brem, Dad & Mom, Jane Howard, Great Grandma & 7 week old Lance Brem on PawPaws 2008 Goldwing at Lake of the Ozarks Goldrush 2012. Lance even had a region C patch on.

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National Family Of The Year Did you Know? Region E Cracked Pot - Region B picture Big Sky Resort Vendor Registration Big Sky Resort Report Rider Education A Life In The Days Of A Biker Pt. 3 1910 Statistics Region J, Wheres The Value? Region J, Daytona Days 3 Flags Classic 2nd Checkpoint Awsome April Dates Board Of Directors New Election Application GWTA PA Y Libery Wings The Guessing Game? Cover Picture Contest 4 5 9 10 14-15 18 20-21 22-23 24 25 26-28 29 30 32 33 36

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March 2013

Big Bike Parts New Product Release


TireGard Gets Some Skin! Rice Lake, WI Big Bike Parts is now offering a Silicon Protective Skin to fit over its line of TireGard Wireless Tire Pressure Monitors. These high quality silicon skins are said to encase the TPMS monitor to minimize damage or scratches. LNAME FNAME This Silicon Protective Skin fits all three models: 2 Wheel (13315), 3 Wheel Trike Monitor (13-316), and Bike and Trailer SHAW David Monitor (13-317).

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Spring at last! Let the rides begin! Think safety first. Besides checking our bikes condition, its time to clean out last years accumulation of garbage from our saddlebags and start fresh. Air up tires, clean up our beautiful Gold Wings and ride into the wind with helmets on. Now is the time to notice gravel at intersections so we need to slow down, take notice, and drive defensively. Now that we Barkers have our stuff put away since moving, we can sit back and enjoy the mountains with a fluffy coat of snow. Wont be long until the snow is melted and warm weather approaches. Thats the time to ride in the mountains and enjoy the smell of sweet pines.

Have you registered to attend Big Sky in Montana this July? Gold Rush is a fun time and well be there to welcome you. Therell be lots to do and spectacular scenery to explore. Yellowstone is just around the corner too. Lets take time to enjoy the sights. Dont feed the bears! Bring your hiking boots and camera. Dont forget your GPS. I prefer a hard copy, hands on map! Leave the techie stuff at home! While youre packing you may want to throw in a journal for recording this trip. Some people keep track of mileage, road conditions, scenes worth noting, and fellow riders met on this journey some who will become life-long friends! Heres encouragement to mingle with folks you didnt know before. Have lunch or dinner with someone new. We can be proud of our GWTA organization. Lets make an effort to reflect a positive spirit in promoting what our Association has to offer. What can we offer to GWTA? Enthusiasm for Destination Friendship! Dan says Dont be late, see you there! Dan & Kathleen Barker Family of the Year

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Did You Know?


Information from the Gold Wing Touring Association Of North America, Inc. T.A. Way Est. 1987

Introduction
Philosophy: The philosophy of this organization is, to be dedicated to the service of its members. Purpose: This organization is directed by the members. Its purpose is to be a social organization for the owners of Honda Gold Wing and other model motorcycles (regardless of manufacture), their families, and friends. Objective: The objective of the organization is to provide the environment and organizational structure in which members may enjoy social gatherings and events without political endorsements or religious affiliations. It also encourages good riding habits, involvement in civic and charitable affairs, and the projection of a positive motor cycling image to the general public. Membership: There are 5 classes of membership. A membership is defined as a Household Membership. This membership is available to any household where one member is the owner of record of an operable Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle. This membership shall be entitled to 2 votes. (Other classes found in the Bylaws at GWTA.

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Board of Directors: Composed of the Chairperson of the Board, nine Elected Directors that are elected by the membership. The Chairperson of the Board is chosen by the Board Members. The Board of Directors vote for the Executive Director. Term is for one year and is renewable at the discretion of the board of directors. The Executive Director then appoints the National Staff: Membership and Business Office Managers, and the Regional Directors. Regional Directors appoint Regional staff, State/Provincial Directors. Their tenure is for one year. State/Provincial Directors appoint their staff. Chapter Directors voted by members of the chapter annually. If you are interested in any of these positions please apply to appropriate Directors. For more information about any of the above you can find it on the Web site under bylaws and the T.A. Way Manual.

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St OR OR OR WA WA WA WA WA WA WA WA WA WA WA WA WA Ch A M P A B C D E G I L Q S U V Z Chapter Name Rogue Valley Wings Mountain Valley Riders Columbia Wings Emerald City Wings Stilly Valley Wings Evergreen Wings Northwest Wings Lake Washington Gold Lilac City Wings Whidbey Island Wings Smoking Mountain Riders The Q Crew Skagit Valley Wings Okanogan Valley Wings Auburn Valley Wings Sequim Valley Wings Chapter Director Kenneth C. Krois David Norton Michael Speer Bill Perkins Bonnie Brunner Mark & Brenda Waterman Al Mitchell Phil Auberg Wally Youmans Garry & Connie Mollerstuen Scott & Cindy Peabody Charlotte & Andy Manes Lee & Jean Eklund Greg & Terry Bolingers Vonda & Gary Brest Ed & Jennie Bourassa Director Phone 541-474-1178 541-582-3705 503-690-9783 206-368-8966 360-722-0035 425-316-0783 253-468-6759 206-755-3294 208-733-3902 360-720-2734 360-713-4056 360-273-0309 360-630-4021 509-422-3450 206-854-9341 360-681-0372 Director Email kcksshop@yahoo.com ddnorton1@msn.com nighthawk22@msn.com wmkatperky@yahoo.com doklea@msn.com mygoldwing2@gmail.com amitchell4_24@msn.com phil5306@gmail.com wyoumans2@juno.com whidbeyislandwings@gmail.com gwtawingrider@gmail.com cbmanes@comcast.net 2redwingers@gmail.com reb98834@gmail.com ez2beme23@aol.com jednennie@msn.com

REGION B AZ CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA CA F NA NB NE NF NL NO NP NR NS NT NV NX NZ SL SO F Troop Grapestompers Redwood Wings Yosemite Wings River City Wings Clear Lake Road Riders Shascade Wings Diablo Valley Wings Monterey Bay Wings Gold Country Riders Tri-County Travelers Woodland Roadrunners Lassen Riders Golden Gate Wings Antelope Valley Wings Channel Islands Wings Bob & Sandy Howell Manny Bernstein Tom Garske, Jr. Bill & Fran Jamison Kathy Honig Lynn Hollenback Les Long Harry & Karen Davis Doug & Lori Green
Christy Sonneborn & Dennis Therien

602-615-2459 209-472-9503 707-933-9799 559-999-4754 916-366-1436 707-245-4270 530-365-8107 925-686-3774 831-338-6804 530-877-4279 530-633-0857 530-383-0706 530-200-1984 650-952-7240 818-352-1777 805-647-7382

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Thomas (Skip) Trautman Christie Cue Dennis C. Garton Donald Tolbert, Jr. Gary Biddy Charles H. Burton

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NM NM NV NV

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New Mexico Sun Runners New Mexico Desert Runners The Silver State Riders Vegas Valley Wings

John Gilsdorf Alan Rignshall Randie Buss Jim & Anne Henry

575-491-0994 505-293-0433 702-645-7537 702-649-3304

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Gold Wing Aces Friendship Riders of Iowa Polk County Wings Loess Hills Riders Nishna Valley Wings Central Illinois Wings Riverbend Riders Windy City Wings River City Riders Downstate Cruisers Southern Pride Heartland Wings Great Plains Riders Husker Wings Platte Valley Wings Spirit of Friendship Wings Monarch Wings Frenchman Valley Riders Why Nots Country Wings N.E.W. Riders

William Warth Pam Beveridge Ben Ress James Lisiecki Yvonna Jo Allen Marvin Young Judy (Phil) Schaefer Bill Seith Ron VanNatta Dave & Gladys Berkemeier Carl & Debbie Williams Robert Kennedy Rhonda Kodad Alan Rosenboom Dale Kleewein Michael A. Benck Barb Mills Lynn Rinehart Paula Fleischman Melvin E. Vogt, Sr. Patrick F. Williams

319-367-5119 515-229-1947 515-480-1488 712-256-7855 712-527-4229 815-457-2667 618-593-8269 630-217-1829 309-235-1116 618-566-7096 618-437-5635 402-292-1801 402-661-4931 402-797-7335 308-520-3429 402-290-6636 402-253-2780 308-414-1190 402-560-0372 712-755-2546 920-455-0244

bdwar@hotmail.com beverage8@mchsi.com gwtaiowachapteri@gmail.com jlisiecki@cox.net

chaefy@att.net wdseith@aol.com vannatta@mchsi.com dgberke@ezeeweb.com cdwms95@frontiernet.net bkkenn@cox.net gwtachapterb@yahoo.com asrosenboom@yahoo.com d2k1230@q.com mbenck@cox.net blmills19@q.com ldrllt@hotmail.com goldwing.goddess@gmail.com mlnnv@mchsi.com wingrider05@att.net

REGION D TN A Nashville Tour Riders Tony Carpenter 615-793-3005 nordicvdrive@juno.com

REGION E CO KS KS KS OK TX A A B L X B Front Range Gold Air Capital Wings Eastern Kansas Tour Riders Leavenworth Tour Riders Oklahomas First Roaming Wings Ron & Sharon Gustafson John Eubank John & Jane Wehr David Rush Cindi Hidgins James J. Jean 303-772-2654 316-722-0905 913-780-4144 913-683-0930 918-387-2700 972-255-4525 gwta_ron@hotmail.com jjeubankathome@cox.net director@EKTR.org davids0930@hotmail.com cindyhudgins@sbcglobal.net jjean99999@msn.com

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REGION F IN IN MI MI MI MI MI MI MI MI MI OH OH PA PA PA PA P Z A C E G H H2 M N W H W B J Y Z REGION H CT CT ME M V A Mid-State Navigators Valley Riders Sunshine Riders John Muise Joe Delnicky No CD at this time 203-605-8794 203-888-6443 jmuise1951@gmail.com jdelnicky@snet.net Presidential Wings Wings n More Capital Area Wings Cereal City Wings Wings of Eagles Great Lakes Road Riders Livingston Wings Downriver Wings Macomb Explorers Northwood Wings West Michigan Roadrunners Hi-Way Cruisers Wheels of Friends Keystone Wings Gold Wings Along The Allegheny Liberty Wings East Penn Riders Thomas W. Holmes Tom Howe Eric Larson Charles Brown Keith Diller Darryl Dooley Mike & Linda Jamros John Snethkamp Lou & Lynne Kulcsar Randy Treynor Max W. Krueger Charles Jewett Paul Uhlman Harold (Bud) & Karen Price Robert & Diane Sweed Jeffery & Pamela Kratz, Sr. Rob Schmidt 260-356-4511 219-872-5059 517-646-0256 269-979-2670 269-207-7976 734-469-2050 810-599-8162 313-530-0713 586-707-0532 616-794-2777 269-694-9746 440-428-5297 937-829-7268 814-797-5835 724-465-2421 215-256-1626 913-515-8653 twholmes@live.com thowe1949@comcast.net ericmlarson@ermichigan.com hondaryder1@comcast.net gwta478@sbcglobal.net dldooley@wideopenwest.com lindajamros@yahoo.com jsbike@wyan.org macombexplorers@yahoo.com melodytreynor@yahoo.com maxkrueger@sbcglobal.net charliesue49@gmail.com cool.hand@sbcglobal.net budkar@windstream.net n3tgz@hotmail.com jskpwk@verizon.net rschmidt59@gmail.com

REGION J ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON F H K M NO T W Z Ajax-Pickering Friendship Riders Huronia Wings York Simcoe Riders Mississauga Wings Nipissing Riders Toronto Wings Waterloo Wings Barrie Wings Denis Kavanagh Rose-Ann Moore Perry Lewis David Guptill & Hazel Carson Mickey Sandula Paul Cuddy Kevin Dyne Lynda Wall 905-623-4973 705-549-4065 905-989-0396 905-799-9912 705-663-2696 416-831-1965 519-653-7542 705-422-1841 deniskavanagh@rogers.com rrmoore@sympatico.ca plewis1087@rogers.com david.guptill@rogers.com sandulahome@hotmail.com paulcuddy@sympatico.ca kmdyne@sympatico.ca lynda.wall@sympatico.ca

BUFFALO SOLDIERS NJ NJ NJ CJ NJ Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Central Jersey Buffalo Soldiers Dwight Baltimore Anthony Williiams, Sr. 609-668-0693 732-718-1416 bemoe@verizon.net akwchillin@msn.com

March 2013

Cracked Pots
(We wanted to share the following we received in an email awhile back.) A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and half pots full of water to his house. Of course the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was able to wanted to share the following we received in an email awhile back.) accomplish (We only half of what it had been made to do.
A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived stream. I am onlyashamed half full. of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way

back to your house. The bearer said to the pot, Did you notice there were flowers only on your side For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and half pots full of water to of the path, his but not on the other pot's pot side? I have always known about house. Of course the perfect was That's proud ofbecause its accomplishments, perfect for which it wasyour made.flaw, and I planted flower seeds yourpot side the path. day while we walk back, you've watered them. But the pooron cracked wasof ashamed of itsEvery own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish half of what it had been made to do. flowers to decorate the table. Without you being For two years I have only been able to pick these beautiful just the way youtwo are, there would not be to this beauty to grace theto house. After years of what it perceived be a bitter failure, it spoke the water bearer one day by the
stream. I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way

Moral: back to your house. The bearer said to the pot, Did you notice there were flowers only on your side of the our path,own but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and Iwe each Each of us have unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But it's the cracks and flaws planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day while we walk back, you've watered them. have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being Thanks for being for would leaving a flower in to our path. Each of you have watered our path and just the responsible way you are, there not be this beauty grace the house. with it - - flowers. Thank you however you know us.
Moral: Each of us have our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But it's the cracks and flaws we each In Destination Friendship, have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. Ron & Eva Thanks Wodehouse for being responsible for leaving a flower in our path. Each of you have watered our path and Region E with it - - flowers. Thank you however you know us. In Destination Friendship, Ron & Eva Wodehouse Region E

Region B, Chapter "T" Marysville CA, SKIPnTERITrautman, Chapter Directors

Region B, Chapter "T" Marysville CA, SKIPnTERITrautman, Chapter Directors

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Reserve space now for Gold Rush XXVI July15-18, 2013!


VENDOR REGISTRATION GOLD RUSH XXVI MONDAY THURSDAY, JULY 15-18, 2013 SETUP SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013 10:00 AM

Big Sky Resort Big Sky, MT

COMPANY: _________________________________________ PHONE: __________________________ CONTACT PERSON: __________________________________ CELL: ____________________________ ADDRESS: __________________________________________ FAX: ____________________________ CITY: ______________________ STATE: ____ ZIP: ________ E-MAIL: ________________________

NAME BADGE: (1)_____________________________ (2) ______________________________ ________________________________________________ Additional Registrations: $15.00 per person (3)_________________________________ FEE: $_____________ (4)_________________________________ FEE: $_____________ (5)_________________________________ FEE: $_____________

EXHIBIT SPACE FEE:

By 4/30/13

After 4/30/2013

10x10-------------------$100 --------- $200 10x20------------------- 200 ----------- 300 10x30------------------- 250 ----------- 350 10x40 or 20x20-------- 300 ----------- 400 10x50------------------- 350 ----------- 450 10x60 up to 20x40---- 400 ----------- 500 20x50------------------- 450 ----------- 550

Booth Size _____________FEE $ ____________ Trailer size ___________________ Overall length ________________ Items selling _______________________________

TOTAL FEES: $_____________

Payment by check or credit card: Check# _______ Visa/MasterCard/Amex#________________________ Name of cardholder_________________________ Expiration Date ______________ CVV2 Code_______ Cardholder Billing Address _______________________ City, State___________________Zip __________ Make checks and money orders payable to: GWTA Gold Rush
ELECTRICAL & OTHER NEEDS: Order form and instructions will be sent with vendor confirmation. Please return completed form to: GWTA Gold Rush Vendor Registration P.O. Box 42403 Indianapolis, IN 46242
I/We the undersigned agree to hold harmless the Gold Wing Touring Association. The exhibitor assumes the entire responsibility and liability for losses, damages, and claims arising out of exhibitors activities on the premises and will indemnify, defend, a nd hold harmless GWTA and the premises, its owner, and its management company, as well as their respective agents, servants, and employees from any and all such losses, damages and claims. It is understood that in order to sell any item with the following logos: GWTA, GWTA world logo, GWTA 2-Bike Logo, Gold Wing Touring Association and Destination Friendship, a GWTA license agreement must be completed and a fee of $300.00 must be paid with your Gold Rush vendor registration.

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AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE: ___________________________________ DATE_____________ ACCEPTED BY GWTA: ________________________________________ DATE_____________ March 2013

Rush Gold R ush XXVI: July 15-18, 2013


Big Sky Resort Big Sky, MT
Hotel Big Sky Resort 1-800-548-4486 Website: www.bigskyresort.com P.O. Box 160001 #1 Line Mountain Trail Big Sky, MT 59716 Email: info@bigskyresort.com Area Campgrounds
Big Sky Resort Day Skier Parking Lot (dirt lot adjacent to the Huntley lodge) No electricity, $10 per night per person for shower and restroom services KOA Campground (50-60 miles) 81123 Gallatin Road (US Hwy 191) Bozeman, MT 59718 Reservations 800-562-3036 Info 406-587-3030

After 7/1/13 you will be required to register at Gold Rush. You must show your current membership card to retain your member registration rates at Gold Rush. Expired cards will not be accepted. DAY PASSES are $25.
Circle appropriate codes after name: A=Adult, C=Under 16, R=Rider, P=Passenger. Use name wanted on ID

Name ( A C R P )__________________________Name ( A C R P ) __________________________ Name ( A C R P )__________________________Name ( A C R P ) __________________________ Address_______________________City_____________State/Province_____ Zip/Postal_________ GWTA Chapter/St./Pr._______________ Membership #__________ Other Affiliation______________ E-mail_________________________Will you use: Motel Campground Other
GWTA MEMBER Registration before 6/1/2013

Non Member Registration before 6/1/2013


Children uner 16 free (not eligible for drawing) Welcome Dinner: Sunday, July 14 Gold Rush XXVI T-Shirts
REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED BEFORE 12/1/12 ARE NOT REFUNDABLE AND NOT NEGOTIABLE. IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND THIS WILL BE CONSIDERED A DONATION.
Rates will increase to $50 per member and $60 per non-member on 12/1/12 Rates will increase to $60 for members and non-members on 6/1/13

$50 x $60 x free

= $ = $

T-shirt Pre-order
GR XXVI Pre Order T-shirts Qty Size SM MD LG XL 2XL 3XL 4XL

$20 x = $ = $ $15 x Total $

Visa/Mastercard/Amex #_________________________________________Expiration Date_______ Billing Address____________________________Billing Zip Code __________CVV2 Code_______ Cardholder Signature______________________________________________________________ Make checks and money orders, US funds, payable to: GWTA
(P.O. Box 42403, Indianapolis, IN, 46242)

The $40 per person registration fees are non-refundable. Refunds will only be offered for refundable registration fees and the requests must be received in writing before July 1, 2013. No refunds will be issued without written notice. Confirmation postcards will be mailed for all registrations received at the Office. If you have not received a confirmation postcard contact the office before the next cut off date! Please Note: Confirmation emails from online orders are not sent from the office and do not confirm that your registration was received and processed. Anyone who registers after 6/1/13 will not be eligible for the grand door prize drawing. I/We have read and understand this regisration. I/We agree to conform with the ideals governing this rally and hold harmless the GWTA and co-sponsoring organizations for any loss of property and injury to self or others that may result from participation at this rally as a direct result of our negligence. Signature: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________________

1-800-960-GWTA (4982)
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General website: http://www.bigskyresort.com/ Lodging website: http://www.bigskyresort.com/Lodging/index.asp

Gold Rush 2013 July 14 19, 2013 Big Sky Resort, Montana

LODGING RATES (plus 17% tax) listed on 2 pages


HUNTLEY LODGE Guests per room: First Class (2 - 4 guests) Mountain View (2 4 guests) Loft (3 6 guests) 1 $89 $99 $139 2 $89 $99 $139 3 $99 $109 $149 4 $109 $119 $159 5 $169 6 $179

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March 2013 August 2012

SHOSHONE CONDOMINIUMS Suite (2 4 guests) Loft (2 4 guests) THE SUMMIT AT BIG SKY Guests per room: Studio (1- 2 guests) 2 Queen Hotel (2 4 guests) 1 King Hotel (2 4 guests) 1 Bedroom (4 9 guests) 2 Bedroom (6 8 guests) 3 Bedroom (8 10 guests) THE VILLAGE CENTER Guests per room: Studio (1 2 guests) Slope Side Studio (1 2 guests) 1 Bedroom (4 9 guests) 2 Bedroom (6 8 guests) 3 Bedroom (8 10 guests) STILLWATER CONDOMINIUMS Studio (2 4 guests) 1 Bedroom (2 4 guests) Loft (4 6 guests) 2 Bedroom (4 6 guests) BIG HORN CONDOMINIUMS 3 Bedroom (6 8 guests)

$180 $240 1 $120 $135 $145 $225 $315 $405 1 $120 $135 $235 $325 $415 $100 $120 $150 $155 $250 4 $89 $119 5 $129 6 $139 2 $120 $135 $145 3 $145 4 $155

2 $120 $135

WHITEWATER INN (Hwy 191, 9 miles from Mtn. Village) Guests per room: 1 2 3 2 Queen Hotel (2 4 guests) $69 $69 $79 3 Queen Hotel (2 6 guests) $99 $99 $109

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Gold Rush, Big Sky Resort Information


Gold Rush 2013
Up High in Big Sky Hello Friends! Gold Rush 2013 is right around the corner. We have about a month and a half until spring transforms our area. By now, you are already aware of the scenic beauty in Big Sky. The not-so distant mountain ranges are spectacular. Here in Big Sky, you will stay in the heart of one of Montanas most beautiful mountain ranges. This months article covers all aspects elevation, including what to expect and how to prepare. Big Sky Resorts mountain village is located at 7,500 ft. above sea level. This is where all things related to Gold Rush will take place, including lodging. Big Sky Resort is known for many things, but altitude sickness is rarely one of them. In comparison to many of its Rocky Mountain counterparts, Big Sky Resort is a ski resort that is fairly low in elevation. Compare 7,500 ft. to Breckenridges 9,600 ft. What is altitude sickness? The common symptoms include headache, fatigue, stomach illness, and sleep disturbance. These symptoms can start within hours of arrival and last a few days. How can you prepare before arrival? If you know that you commonly suffer from elevation sickness, you can look into alternative lodging options. Big Sky Resorts Central reservations offer a discounted Gold Rush lodging rate at the Whitewater Inn (6 miles from the mountain village, and at an elevation of 6,500 ft.). For more information, contact the 800 number listed below. The most important steps that you can take are when you arrive on property. Each room has a humidifier in it. I recommend filling it with water and turning it on immediately upon arrival. This will help with the dryness in the air. The second and most important thing that you can do is to drink water, and lots of it! I hope this article will answer your elevation questions. Altitude sickness can be a concern in many mountain destinations, but rarely in Big Sky. And, as long as you are taking care of yourself and listening to what your body needs, you will feel great throughout your entire trip! We look forward to your arrival! Have you made your lodging reservation yet? Let our Big Sky Central Reservations Staff assist you with one easy phone call: 800-5484886. Be sure to mention you are with the Gold Rush group to secure your discounted lodging rates. For more information on Big Sky Resort, visit: www.bigskyresort.com. Until next time, Katie Grice Big Sky Resort

Each month, Big Sky Resort will feature a new article in Touring News to keep you informed and updated on the 2013 Gold Rush event.

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GWTA National Events


July 14, 2013
Annual Board Meeting, open to all, room availability TBA

Region E, Rally Reunion - June 14-16, 2013

July 15-18, 2013

Gold Rush XXVI, Big Sky Resort, Big Sky Mt.

Regional Events
Region A, Oregon State Rally - Sept 1 & 2, 2013
Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville, CA Pre-register by april 15; $25 GWTA members / $30 nonmembers. Pre-register Apr 16-May 23; $30 GWTA member / $35 nonmembers. Pre-registrants: Bring motorcycle and take $10 off per Rider with Bike! On-site registration: $35 GWTA member / $40 nonmembers. contact Harry Davis t 925-686-3774 or ncagwta@comcast. net for more info.

Wichita, Kansas Best Western Hotel -(Host Hotel $ Rally Site) GWTA Member Registration before 5/31/13 - $30 Non-Member Registration befor 5/31/13 - $40 After 6/31, 2013 registration will be on Rally site GWTA Member rate - $40 & Non Member rate - $50 Website: www.gwtaRegionE.com Or email Kelly and Donna Felix: Kdfelix7@cox.net

Region F, Michigan State Rally - June 20-23


Evart, MI

Region B, No CA Spring Fling - May 24-27, 2013

Region F, PA State Rally - September 5-8, 2013

Twin Grove Resort & Campground The theme will be the 50s. Check GWTA-PA State Newsletter for details and updates.

Region F, Chapter Z, East Springs Get Together May 17-19, 2013


Battlefield Tours: for more information, contact: Rob Schmidt at rschmidt59@gmail.com or Katie Luzzi at greencatherine@msn.com

Region J, Ride in Brunch - May 5

Region C, Rally - June 6-9, 2013

Marion, IL For more information contact Rick & Penni Hinrichs, rd@gwta.com

Fergus, ON Canda Royal Canadian Legion - Hosted by Toronto Wings Brunch Served at 12:00 - $20.00 per plate.

Washington State:
26th Annual WA State Rally - July 4-7, 2013 Wreaths Across America, December - 14th, 2013

Region C, Friendship Ride - June 29

Teds Garage, 808 West Van Buren , Clinton IL Lunch at 1:00pm

Other Orginization Events:


Southern California Motorcycling Association August 30 - September 2, 2013
Three Flags Classic (check out thier website) Start in Deming, NM & end in Polo Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Entry Fee - $275.00 (US Currency) Last Chance to purchase tickets is April 15, 2013
(GWTA supports this orginization by manning two of thier four checkpionts)

Region C, Golden Wheels - September 20-22


Chatam, IL Double J Campgrounds

Articles for the May issue of Touring News will be due by April 21st. Please send lots of pictures with your articles. Remember to send in dates for the Event Calendar for your upcoming GWTA Region, State and Chapter events. Any articles or pictures received after this date will be used in the following months issue. Cover Photo Contest will be due by April 10th for the May issue. See article in this issue for more information/dates about contest.

Correction: from March Issue: Articles under the heading of Chapter D should have been listed under the Region D, Chapter A, TN heading Accuracy matters! If you find a factual error in Touring News, please e-mail us with the correct information. (touring.news@gwtaco.com) A correction will be made in the following issue. 16 March 2013

GWTA NATIONAL OFFICE: P.O. BOX 42403, Indianapolis, IN 46242 - Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5.00pm EST Toll Free: 800-960-4983 Local: 317-243-6822 Fax: 317-243-6833 membership@gwtaco.com touring.news@gwtaco.com Chapter Listings and additional info can be found online at: www.gwta.org www.gotmotorcycle.org
Executive Director Bruce & Linda Keenon P.O. Box 348, Huntington, IN 46750 gwtaed@aol.com; 260-358-0851; Fax 260-356-3392 Executive secretary Eva & Ron Wodehouse 936 Rose St., Longmont, CO 80501 gwta2004trike@gmail.com; 303-776-9836 national event coordinator Tony & Diane Manry P.O. Box 469, Van Buren, IN 46991 tdm4696@embarqmail.com; 765-934-4696 webmaster John Hunrath 9265 Amarone Way, Sacramento, CA 95829 hunrath@comcast.net; 916-682-0734 Public Relations/ Touring News directors Glenda & Jim Boggess 1429 Lashley St., Longmont, CO 80504 gwtapr@aol.com, 303-772-3755 rider education director Doug and Lori Green 14830 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006 DG.GWTA.RED@scglobal.net; 831-388-6804 education and retention director Mike & Carol Brush 12516 Poppleton Ave.; Omaha, NE 68144 brush123@cox.net; 402-397-4663 helping hand director GWTA - 800-960-4982 Local - 317-576-6822 Chairman of the board Dennis & Darlene Farnum 75 Farnum Lane, Sebago, ME 04029 hdfarnham@yahoo.com; 207-576-7476 life member board representative Eugene and Sylvia Jones 1002 Westlake Woods Drive Battle Creek, MI 49037 269-968-8380 region A www.gwtaregiona.org Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming Region Director: Steve & Ralphine Andrus 2108 Lighthouse Dr., Fairfield, CA 94534 longrider1100@aol.com; 707-429-9547 randrus322@gmail.com Board Representative: TBA REGION B Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah Region Director: Steve & Ralphine Andrus 2108 Lighthouse Dr., Fairfield, CA 94534 longrider1100@aol.com; 707-429-9547 randrus322@gmail.com Board Representative: Charles Horner P.O. Box 230, Shingleton, CA 96088 horner@com-pair.net; 530-474-4291 Region c www.gwta-c.com Illinois, Iowa, Manitoba, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Saskatchewan, Wisconsin Region Director: Rick and Penni Hinrichs 609 Burns Street, Ida Grove, IA 51445 rd@gwta-c.com; 402-578-2368 Board Representative: Bill and Carol Seith 917 cleveland Rd. Hinsdale, IL 60521 wdseith@aol.com, 630-655-1098 region D htttp://geocities.com/gwtaregiond Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia Region Director: George & Debbie Deskins 3330 Edmondson Ct., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 deskinsgeorge@hotmail.com; 615-459-4418 Board Representative: Jim & Karen Quinn 1368 Jason Circle, Ashland City, TN 37915 habatt96@hotmail.com; 615-792-0546 REGION E Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas Region Director: Donna and Kelly Felix 2326 S. Cardington, Wichita, KS 67209 kdfelix7@cox.net or donna.felix@ragepizzahut.com 316-773-2598 Board Representative: Larry and Betty Oswald 339 Hastings Dr. , Cedar Hill, TX 75104 pbear43@sbcglobal.net, 972-291-4905 Region F www.gwtaregionf.org Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania Region Director: Bob & Kim Davis 824 Parchmount Ave., Parchment, MI 49004 GWTARegionF@yahoo.com; 269-342-0852 Board Representative: Ronnie & Kathe Vaughn 100 Ohio Street, Somerset, KY 42501 ronniejvaughn@windstream.net; 606-872-7228 Region H www.regionhgwta.org Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Region Director: Phil & Sue Rueger 100 Allyndale Road, Canaan, CT 06018 regionh@comcast.net; 860-824-0005 Board Representative: Darlene Farnum 75 Garnum Lane, sebago, ME 04029 ddfarnum@yahoo.com, 207-576-7477 Region J www.gwtaregionj.com Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario Region Director: Kevin Welch 169 Holmes Ave., North York, ON MZM 4M7 Canada kevw9@sympatico.ca; 416-229-9378 Board Representative: Garrie & Eleanor Wayne 147 Wellington St., West Apt. 714, Aurora, ON L4G 3M1 Canada garrie.wayne@pppoe.ca; 905-727-5272

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In January, I was attending a State Staff meeting here in Northern California when I was asked if I had received any paperwork regarding the Rider Education Program. At that time I had received none, which prompted a few folks to track it down and send it to me for review. Some of the forms went back to 2011 and others were from 2012. After reviewing all the information I want to share the results with you as these participants in the RED Program deserve their recognition: All of the participants are from Region B but from various Chapters. Name Lynn Hollenbeck Jana Van Housen Harry Mixie Mary Mixie Gary Wright Sam Karnezis Bill Jamison State Chapt. CA CA NV NV CA CA CA NL NL B B NF NF NE RED Information Achieved Level I Rider 05/11 and Level IV 05/12 Achieved Level I Co-Rider 05/11 and Level IV 05/12 Achieved Level I Rider 05/11 Achieved Level I Co-Rider 05/11 Achieved Level I Rider 05/11 Achieved Level III Rider 05/12 Achieved Level III Rider 05/12

Having received this information I started wondering how many more GWTA members have achieved a Level in the RED Program and never received their due recognition? If you feel you have met the requirements for one of the Levels in the RED Program I encourage you to send me the information so I may verify what you have and acknowledge your achievements. If you have taken a CPR and First Aid Class a copy of those cards sent to me by e-mail would be really great. This is your program and I encourage you to participate. Last month my Safety Tip of the Month ended with, Take a Safety Course. I have been riding for 25+ years and have been a MSF Instructor for 22. Last weekend I taught a Range Class and was reflecting on the fact that every time I teach my skills get a refresher course. If you are an Instructor you automatically achieve Level IV in the RED Program so let me know if you are and would like to get the RED Patch and Rockers. Being an Instructor is a real commitment to Safety and you deserve to be recognized. Safety Tip of the Month: Take this word LIFE and circle the middle two letters. Then ask yourself the following questions: What IF I dont do TCLOCK on my bike before a ride? What IF I dont wear the proper clothing? What IF I am not prepared mentally or physically to ride today? What IF I dont take that Safety Program? What IF I dont get involved in the GWTA Rider Education Program? Now instead of thinking about all the negative sides of these questions, remove the word dont or notfrom each and think about all the good that would come to you as a Rider or Co-Rider if you do them all How safe would you feel on your next ride? Doug Green GWTA National Rider Education Director

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Spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming. Ticket sales will be booming when You purchase yours to win the

GWTA Grand Prize Drawing


Donation $1.00 (U.S. Funds) Grand Prize: $10,000 CASH (U.S. Funds) or 2013 Harley XR1200 Sportster or 2013 Honda NT700V Drawing will be held July 18, 2013 at the GWTA National Office in Indianapolis, IN ***Winner need not be present to win*** Winner is responsible for any taxes and additional charges. Winner responsible for arranging pickup in Indianapolis, IN if Harley is selected or Plymouth, IN if Honda is selected. Official Rules are posted at www.gwta.org

Support our organization by purchasing and selling tickets!!


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A Life in the Day of a Biker


Part 3: The Racers Edge
By Dave Norton Region A, Chapter M, Mountain Valley Riders
Last time we left Dave lusting over a new Honda Trail 50 Russ and I were hooked on the new Honda trail bikes; we each had to have one. Long Beach Honda provided them, $200 each, and they even swapped motors so we got the 4-speed tranny from the 50 Sport C110 version, at no charge (they happened to have a lady customer who really wanted the automatic clutch in her C110, it was a simpler world then). I recall vividly the first trip Russ and I took on the bikes together, up Highway 39 out of Garden Grove to the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. Cruising side-by-side through Buena Park, we could hear the beat frequency of the two exhausts thrumming against each other, what a feeling of raw power! It helps to have some grasp of the state of exhaust system technology in those early years: no mufflers at all. The entire exhaust system consisted of a 1 diameter

Photos: Dave Norton

chromed steel pipe running down and back, with a rounded bull-head cap closing the end. The outlets were a set of narrow vertical slots in the completely hollow pipe. We thought the exhaust note had a crisp bark to it then. The same sound now would send dogs yelping away and cops waiting on your driveway before you ever got the garage door up. This was the beginning of a high-frequency hearing loss we both share. WHAT? I SAID THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OFoh, never mind. At about this time, buddy Blake invited us to join his family for their annual trek to the Santa Barbara Road Races, an event that was to shape both our lives (in avocation and vocation, to varying degrees). As we approached the circuit (the Goleta municipal airport), we could hear the high whine of the Grand Prix bikes knifing up through the gears, the scream echoing off

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the rows of hangars and buildings in an eerie wail. I still feel that same tingle and my heart drops a gear and punches it each time I approach any racing venue and hear that siren song. Honda was all-powerful then, winning all three Grand Prix motorcycle classes across the board. Images, audio and visual, persist through the years: Ken Miles in a tiny silver giantkiller RS-60 Billy Krause in the brutishly beautiful Tipo 61 Birdcage Maserati Jim Parkinsons ill-handling but blindingly fast Campbell Special The Long Beach MG Clubs Morris Minor flatbed truck following the thundering herd of A-Production Corvettes off the grid into turn one, the guys bailing out to fetch the various Fiberglas evidence of conflict And, one scene in particular: Russ and I on the fence, watching the Sedan class come off the back straight under braking for the last turn, as a Volvo 444 and 850 Mini battle furiously for next-tolast place. It was at that point that we reached that most dangerous and expensive of realizations: Hell, WE could do better than that! With our bikes, Russ and I taught ourselves the elements of road racing at the 5 hp level, on dirt fire roads. Of most value were the coasting races: starting at the top of Black Star Canyon Road and coasting the two or so miles down, we learned the value of conserving momentum, minimizing braking and maximizing exit speed. Trail braking (no pun intended), delayed apex, and treading the very edge of the friction circle brought immediate benefits. Smoothness and fluidity were all. A locked brake on the dirt surface under these conditions would often have meant a trip over the edge and into the pucker-bushes. Our trusty Honda Trail 50s did yeoman service for us through the following summer, until our sophomore year at college beckoned. Stay tuned for part 4: SoCal to Oregon on 50cc a day! TOURING NEWS

Pictures and Articles


(Requests from members)
Send Touring News articles and pictures for the following: Easy Camping Recipes, Packing the Bike, Trike, and or Trailer, Set up or Take Down, Common Mishaps, causes/effects and still send in

Most Unique Roadside Attractions


you have been to or seen in your travels. Please write a short story about where and what they are. Send in your requests as well. (Touring.news@gwtaco.com)

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1910 Nostalgia Continued from March 2013 Issue


This is a picture of the 1910 72 foot Lawley that Judy and I owned and lived aboard with two teenaged daughters.

Now just let your mind wonder a bit and think of what it must have been like in 1910 to pull up alongside this boat in a 1910 automobile.

This has only been 102 years agoAmazing!

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Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:


The average life expectancy for men was 47 years. Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only. Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower! The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour. The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME. Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard.' Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound. Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo. There was no such thing as under arm deodorant or tooth paste. Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason. The five leading causes of death were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2, Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke The American flag had 45 stars. The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30! Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet. There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day. Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.! Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help. I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself. From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD...all in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. Submitted by Don Coons

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GWTA , Wheres the Value?

GWTA, Wheres The Value?


sole purpose of GWTA is to enhance this motorcycling lifestyle with friendships and social activities. We do not have an underlying motive as a commercial organization. Everything is organized, run and maintained with volunteers just like you. If the activities are not of interest to you, volunteer to help make a change. Of course a GWTA membership has even more value beyond the Chapter. Expand your opportunities by visiting other Chapters, participating with their events. Meeting more riders, learning more, sharing our knowledge and fun, this is where the value is. With all the Regional activities and the National events such as Gold Rush to take advantage of, your participation can be very rewarding. GWTA presents a unique opportunity to enjoy your lifestyle. Most of us also belong to organizations that offer benefits and services. But they serve a different purpose. Generally most members do not become an active part of the organization, but take advantage of those tangibles since they are a commercial business. The motor league, retail stores with club cards, and even some other organizations that appear similar to GWTA on the surface, may fall into this category. Bottom line, if you do not choose to become involved in new activities, or participate beyond your Chapter or volunteer to make those changes, you will not likely find any real value to GWTA membership. If you do, you will be like many enthusiastic members, getting the most out of being a proud member of GWTA. The choice, as always, is up to you. Ride Safe, Ride Often, Kevin Welch Region J Director GWTA

Many years ago I remember my father being a member of a bowling league. Every Thursday he would put on his league bowling shirt, take his bowling bag, and be gone for the evening. I know he spent some hard earned cash to be on the league, to bowl every week, to attend the special banquet dinner after each season, pay for shirts, shoes and everything else that goes with being a league bowler. What value did he get from this? What did he get for his money? Did he win prize money? Sadly, NO Did he get special discounts for trips or appliances? NO Did he get a magazine? NO Why did he go bowling every week for years? It came down to much the same reasons we enjoy being part of GWTA. We enjoy the opportunities to meet people, create friendships, all within an activity we enjoy. I dont know of anyone that participates in an organization, attending dinners and breakfasts, being part of meetings and travelling to various events, just so they can receive some tangible benefits. I subscribe to three motorcycle magazines. One is published locally, they write about the roads and attractions in my own backyard. Another magazine is national and is from a different perspective. They often write about new models coming into the country, and about legislation and insurance that affects all of us. The third magazine is a national brand specific publication I sometimes find interesting. With my busy schedule I am lucky to be able to read one or two articles from each magazine. Some months I dont even read anything from one or more magazines. That is when I have doubts if I am really getting some value in subscribing to any of these publications. Its not really the quality of the articles, or the pictures (guys like pictures), it has to do with me. I just dont make the time to enjoy catching up on all the news in the motorcycling community. Again the opportunities are there, its up to you to enjoy them or not. GWTA has so many areas to participate in. Your Chapter has the ability to choose whatever they wish to do. There is no mandate set out by management since we are membership run. The

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Spring Is On The Way in Canada

Spring is on the way in Canada


When does the riding season start in Canada?
The small fee for lunch netted a healthy donation to our charity, the March of Dimes. This is a win - win event. The dealership gets everyone motivated into the riding season with purchases, GWTA gets lots of exposure, the March of Dimes gets some much needed cash, and our members have a lot of fun.

Perhaps it started in early March! Markham Outdoor Power, a very popular Honda dealer with our GWTA members had their annual Daytona Days event on March 9. With snow still on the ground but the roads cleared and dry, several bikes showed up for the event. We have a very close relationship with some of the dealers in Region J, in fact the owner of Markham Power, Dan Lawrence is a member of GWTA. In addition, the parts manager is the Chapter Director of our largest Chapter in Region J, York Simcoe Riders.

At the Daytona Days event, the Toronto Wings Chapter ran the barbecue, serving up hot dogs and burgers to hungry riders, some rode their bikes to the event. This Chapter has lots of experience looking after the barbeque at Dans dealership with several past barbecues under their belt. This was a very successful event, serving up hundreds of dogs and burgs for the lunch crowd.

Dan is planning another big event at his dealership in a couple of months with our good friends at Honda Canada supplying some bikes for demo rides. Of course, GWTA will be there to serve up a few hundred hot dogs and greet all the riders that drop by.

Our members really enjoy being an active part of the motorcycle community with GWTA providing the opportunity to do so. Thanks to the chefs and support staff, Kevin Welch Region J Director

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3 Flags Classic --2nd CHECKPOINT


By Ralphine Andrus, Co-Region A & B Director I know this article should have been written last September but life got in the way; however, the memory is intact and can be relayed as if the event took place last week. As many of you know, my husband Steve rides the 3 Flags Classic tour every year during the Labor Day Weekend. The 3 Flags Classic Tour is sponsored by the Southern California Motorcycle Association (SCMA). This is a magnificent ride from Mexico (at least within the boundaries) to Canada and is done in a limited timeframe. This ride, like most rides, has several checkpoints. In the past, many organizations such as GWRRA, BMW, CMA, etc. have manned a 3 Flags checkpoint but never has our organization. In as much as Steve does this ride annually and has developed a rapport with the 3 Flags staff, he stepped up and offered TA to man one or two of the checkpoints for the 2012 ride. At this time, he had not spoken to any TA members but made a statement firmly believing there were members out there who were more than willing to assist and volunteer. After speaking to the 3 Flags committee members, the checkpoint in Winston, MT had already been assigned to the local CMA group, but the checkpoints at Monte Vista, CO and Lil America, WY were wide open and after a few phone calls, a TA group in CO under the leadership of Jim & Glenda Boggess was assigned and yours truly was assigned to Lil America, WY (no pun intended). I didnt know where to begin much less what was required of me at the checkpoint. A Mr. Dennis Even, the 3 Flags Checkpoint Coordinator, contacted me several times and assured me that upon reading all the material sent to me, the self-training would come easily. Surprisingly, it did. Now to 26 gather a team. I called several of my Chapter V (Woodland Roadrunners, Nor Cal) and in no time formed a committee consisting of Char Hunrath, Joe Spencer, Jack Everett and Dan Neubauer. As the event neared, Steve and I bought and compiled the supplies needed for the checkpoint. Steve took off for the starting point in Texas by way of our son Stephans place in Southern California as he was stationed at Pt. Hueneme. From there father and son headed to the starting point of the 2012 3 Flags Classic in El Paso, TX where they met up with several TA riders from Northern California. A few days later, Char and I prepped Steves truck loaded with supplies and headed for Lil America where we would meet Joe, Jack and Dan who rode their bikes. Unfortunately, due to a mechanical problem on Dans bike, he had to stop short within a few hours from leaving his home. While Joe and Jack stayed their first night in Wendover, NV, Chars and my destination for the night was Salt Lake City, UT for the sole purpose of dining at the nearby Cracker Barrel. (You know, there arent any Cracker Barrels in California.)

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The next day was a short drive to Lil America where we met up with Joe and Jack. Our first decision as a team was to decide where to put up the first 3 Flags sign. All agreed that the primary entryway would be the best. The second sign was placed in front of the building where the checkpoint location was held. Upon checking into our hotel rooms, we spoke to the manager and told her our purpose for being there. She said that due to a change in management, she did not have all the scheduled events. However, no worries, as she and her staff will accommodate us and boy did they ever! They went over and beyond! In fact and partially due to the uncertain weather predictions, instead of our initial location under the Lil America sign, we were given a comfortable conference room just right inside of the main lobby. Its a pretty good thing as it rained several times during our stay. We decided to do a partial setup prior to retiring for the evening.

confirmed their checkpoint stop time and were able to have many fun conversations with them and get to know them a little: from where theyre from, what type of bike they ride, if theyre affiliated with any group, etc. At this point, we were able to share a little bit of GWTA and offer them a membership leaflet and direct them to a chapter in their area.

As we were told by the Checkpoint Coordinator, most of these riders enjoy stopping at the checkpoints. Many times, its their only respite during the ride and since our checkpoint location was comfortable and inviting, many took the opportunity to take just a bit longer break. Several of the GWTA members riding came at the same time to include Steve and our son Stephan so we were all able to take a break and enjoy lunch together. Since 99% of the riders rode in during the first checkpoint day, our next and last day was cut short. Just as we were doing final loading of all the supplies onto the truck, one lonely rider came in. Fortunately as he was within the timeline set, we were able to check him in and mark off his passport for him. He was happy and we were happy to have accommodated him. Once completely packed, we headed for home of course, making one more pilgrimage stop at Cracker Barrel in Salt Lake City. 27

Up early the next morning for the beginning checkpoint day. We had our first rider come in shortly after opening and then a few trickled in to check-in, grab a bit of refreshment or breakfast at the cafeteria and to warm up from the chilly morning ride. As the day entered into mid-morning and afternoon, more riders filtered in and mostly in small groups. In checking the riders passports (furnished and specially made for this event by the SCMA organization), we TOURING NEWS

We discussed what a great time we had in meeting all the riders, the ride to and from, having some wonderful laughs and decided we would again be more than willing to man another checkpoint in the future if the opportunity arose. Thanks to the SCMA for giving us this fantastic opportunity! More information for the 2013 ride is in this issue.
Somewhere around Concord, CA Going to and Returning From?

Somewhere around Concord, CA Going to and Returning from? Somewhere around Concord, CA
Going to and Returning From?

Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was? Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses. Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers whats known as an event boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale. I wonder, does this go for refrigerator doors also? Thank goodness for studies like this. Its not our age, its that darn door! Was this in Marchs issue already?

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Awsome April Dates


April
1 - April Fools or All Fools Day

International Tatting Day National Fun Day Tater Day (It's Sweet Potatoes) US Air force Academy Day 2 - National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day Reconciliation Day Find A Rainbow Day 3 - Pony Express Day World Party Day National Day of Hope National Walking Day 4 - Vitamin C Day National D.A.R.E. Day 5- National Deep Dish Pizza Day National Walk To Work Day 6 - Army Day International Pillow Fight Day 7 - Metric System Day No Housework Day 8 - Equal Pay Day 9 - National Be Kind To Lawyers Day National Cherish An Antique Day National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day 10 - ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals National Farm Animals Day National Sibling Day Salvation Army Founder's Day Safety Pin Day Barbershop Quartet Day 11 - National Pet Day D.E.A.R. Day (aka Drop Everything And Read) International Day of Human Space Flight 12 - Licorice Day Walk on Your Wild Side Day 13 - Thomas Jefferson Day 13 - Scrabble Day 14 - Dictionary Day

15 - Boston Marathon Income Tax Pay Day Take a Wild Guess Day 16 - National Library Workers Day National Stress Awareness Day (Workday After Income Taxes Are Due) 17 - Ellis Island Family History Day 18 - National Golf Day High Five Day International Amateur Radio Day 19 -Day of Silence Oklahoma City Bombing And Commemoration Day National Day of Silence 20 - Auctioneers Day Husband Appreciation Day Spring Astronomy Day 22 - Earth Day Girl Scout Leaders Day Mother Earth Day National Jelly Bean Day 23 - Movie Theatre Day 24 -Administrative Professionals Day Hairstylists Appreciation Day International Guide Dogs Day 25 - World Penguin Day 26 - National Kids and Pets Day Arbor Day 27 - Morse Code Day Penguin Day 28 - Workers Memorial Day 29 - Peace" Rose Day (The flower) 30 - National Honesty Day World Healing Day

National Kite Month National Poetry Month National Autism Awareness Stress Awareness Month National Donate Life Month National Card and Letter Writing Month National Decorating Month National Grilled Cheese Month National Pecan Month National Pet Month

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION APPLICATION


GOLD WING TOURINGASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
As Region A still has an opening for their Board of Director, members will elect a Regional Representative to the Board of Directors. The term of office will be from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015. If you reside in Region A and would like to run for the position of Regional Representative to the Board of Directors, please complete the self- nomination form below and mail to the address indicated. Mail the completed form with proof of ownership of an operable Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, a photograph of yourself, and a resume. GWTA Board of Directors Election Dennis Farnum, COB 75 Farnum Lane Sebago, ME 04029
Anyone who would like to serve the membership in this capacity is urged to self-nominate for this election. The Gold Wing Touring Association is unique in that the governing body is elected from the membership. GOLD WING TOURING ASSOCIATION Self-Nomination Form for Board of Directors Name:_________________________________________________ Membership Number____________________ I would like to self-nominate for a position on the Board of Directors If elected: 1. I understand that the Board of Directors is the governing body of the Gold Wing Touring Association.As a Board Member I will fulfill my tenure in office as a professional whose highest priority is to theassociation and its members. I will endeavor to the best of my ability to help guide GWTA to aproductiveand meaningful future. 2. I will attend the annual Board of Directors meeting scheduled each year during my term. I will makeevery effort to attend the National Rally, Gold Rush each year to meet with and address the membershipat large. 3. I will maintain a current membership during my tenure in office. I understand that should mymembership lapse, I automatically forfeit my position on the Board. 4. I assume full responsibility for my campaign and pledge to conduct that campaign within the guidelinesof fair play, honesty and respect for my fellow candidates. 5. Should I move from the region from which I was elected as a regional representative to the Board, Iwill notify the Chairman of the Board and declare my position vacant. 6. I will submit proof of ownership of an operable Honda Gold Wing motorcycle to the Chairman of theBoard. Year_____________ Model_________________ Serial Number________________________________________ I declare my candidacy for the position of Board Director for the Gold Wing Touring Association. Please Mark One I declare my candidacy for Board of Directors member from Region: ________ Signed:___________________________________________________ Date:______________________________

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This reminder that there isshirts a GWTA Rider Education program. There isis aa limited supply of these available. This is a reminder that There is a limited supply of these shirts available. Contact Doug there is a GWTA Rider Education program. Green, Rider Education Director, DG.GWTA.RED@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in ordering these shirts Doug Green Rider Education Director DG.GWTA.RED@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in ordering these shirts
Put under the Rider Education heading. Make is as large or small to fit.

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GWTA PA Y LIBERTY WINGS YS GUYS


NEW meeting location The Liberty Wings held the first meeting of the new year at Generations of Indian Valley in Souderton. Chapter Y meets monthly on the third Saturday at 9:00am for breakfast with the meeting beginning at 10:00 a.m. NEW 2013 Chapter Directors, Jeff and Pam Kratz extended greetings and shared ideas for the coming year with 45+ members. They introduced their NEW Assistant Directors Darlene and Steve Dusza who will be providing support for the many chapter events. NEW money man for Y is Alan Clemens. As a motorcycle club, the NEW Rider Education person provides tips and training for members that promote safe riding skills Dan Reisinger will keep us well informed. Chapter Y is the chapter that rides definitely an active group with 84,586 miles in 2012. The NEW ride schedule set by Ride Coordinator Eileen Famous and her committee includes weekly day trips, short and long picnic rides overnight trips and mid-week ice cream runs.

contribution to our freedom. Y gives of their time and talents. Spreading the NEWS about chapter Y is also an important task. Mindy Spray produces our NEWSletter and terrific website Everyone! Check us out at pachapterygwta.com. Also, promoting Y with articles and photos regularly in our local NEWSpapers and magazines is public relations chair Peggy Kratz and her committee.

Left to Right: Steve and Darlene Dusza, Assistant Chapter Directors and Pam and Jeff Kratz, Chapter Directors

NEWS Ways and Means..What is that? Dennis and Audrey Michener can answer that they research and suggest ways to make money to meet chapter needs. Chapter Y is regularly involved in charitable events throughout the area again, giving time and talents. Chapter Ys members come from near and far Lederach, Sellersville, Quakertown, Harleysville, New Britain and more as you can see, some members travel quite a distance to meet and ride!

Visit to Liberty Bell in Philadelphia Left to Right: Darlene Dusza, Asst. Chapter Director - Peggy Kratz, PR Coordinator - Y Members Ron Kratz, Elaine and Bob Williams, Audrey Michener

Last year we were true to our name Liberty Wings among our many adventures, we travelled to Philadelphia to salute our nations independence and Liberty Bell an emotional Flight 93 memorial visit in Shanksville and locally, to the Washington Crossing Cemetery and the new Garden of Reflections in Yardley also a moving visit with veterans at the Southeastern Veterans Center taking gifts to let our veterans know we value their

Left to Right: Y Member Charleen Johnson and Retired Veteran Bikes parked in front of the SE PA Vets Center for all vets to see and chat with Y members.

Written and submitted by Peggy Kratz Scoop GWTA, PA Chapter Y The Ys Guys

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The Guessing Game...

Who, What, When, Where and Why? Can (Send you do something the pictures on the following pages your answers forwith any of the pictures to touring.new@gwtaco.com to fill a page if you need to? Maybe 32 or 33 Why? What Region, State and Chapter a Resize pictures, wording or what ever you need to do. Why?

The Guessing Game.


Who, What, Where, When and Why?? What (Send your answers for any of the pictures to Region, State and Chapter are you from? touring.news@gwtaco.com)

Where are you? Where are you?


When did you go?

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Who Went?

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GW TA Member ship Application Membership


Memberships: 1 Year Individual $75 Family $75 2 Years $150 $150 3 Years $225 $225
___ NEW
(Anyone who has never been a member)

___RENEWAL: Mem # ___________


(Anyone who has been a member at any time should choose renewal)

(A family membership consists of 2 adults and up to 4 children at the same residence)

Last _______________________ First _______________________ Last _______________________ First _______________________ Last _______________________ First _______________________ Last _______________________ First _______________________ Last _______________________ First _______________________ Last _______________________ First _______________________ Mailing Address__________________________________________ City ______________State/Province ______ Zip/Postal __________ Home Ph. ___________________ Work Ph. ___________________ Email __________________________________________________ Membership dues: $ __________ for __________ years. I would also like to make a donation of $ _____ to Helping Hands. Total $ _________ (Please make checks payable to GWTA)
The following information must be filled out if paying by credit card:

Mail completed form to: GWTA Membership Services P.O. Box 42403 Indianapolis, IN 46242-0403 Toll Free: 1-800-960-4982 Ph: 317-243-6822 Fax: 317-243-6833 Email: membership@gwtaco.com

____ I/We own a Gold Wing ____ Other brand (specify) ____________ For the Blue Line (toll-free help service), the services I can provide are as follows: ___ A - Bike/Trailer Pickup ___B - Phone Calls ___C - Tent Space ___D - Lodging ___E - Tools ___I/we cannot offer services for the Blue Line.

Please assign me to chapter ____ in the state/province of _________.

VISA/MC/AMEX _________________________________________ Exp. Date __________ CVV2 (3 or 4 digit code on back) _________ Billing Address _____________________ Billing Zip ____________ Authorized Signature _____________________________________
PLEASE NOTE: All funds must be payable in U.S. Funds only.
DO NOT SEND CASH.

Recruiting credit to_______________ Membership # ___________________

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TOURING NEWS COVERPICTURE

GWTA is having a contest for the covers on Touring News,issuesFeb-Dec This is open to all GWTA members. Pictures:Any pictures sent to Touring.News@gwtaco.com need to be high resolution which should be any picture taken with a digital camera without editing. They can be adjusted as needed. Include who is in the photo, where the photo was taken, your name and GWTA membership # and the date if you know. When you email, please put Cover picture contest in subject line. They will be judged on the 11th of each month. If it is within the Due Date and not chosen as a cover winner it will be used during the year. Issue Due Date for email February Winner, Joe Spencer March Winner, Steve Allen April Bill & Deb Brem, Nick & Sephanie Brem Jane Howard, & 7-week-old Lance Brem May April 10th June May 10th July June 10th August July 10th September August 10th October September 10th November October 10th December November 10th Prize for each months Cover Winner:
(Due to a misunderstanding, all winners from May through December will win:)

One GWTA Logo T-Shirt (from current inventory) Sorry for the change and we hope you will still enter your pictures! Any questions? Contact Touring.News@gwtaco.com
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