January 2009, Volume XIX, Issue I
Gold Wing Road Riders Association
Northeast Region B, Maryland District, Chapter B
2009 Polar Bear Riders
Can you name these
Willing Worker Bees
Bruce Hill, 301.856.2329 email@example.com
Assistant Chapter Director Rider Educators
Grayson Dixon, firstname.lastname@example.org Bruce Hill
Treasurer Ms. SunShine
Charles Simms, Lillian Cruz-Bradford, 301.257.2557
Newsletter Production & Dist. Team Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Shirley Dorsey, email@example.com Hamp & ShaRon Conway 301.210.5091
Margaret Dockery, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Coordinators Historians
Shirley Dorsey, 301.843.7721 email@example.com Harry Dockery, 301.856.2911
Newsletter Editor Goodie Store Proprietor
Kenneth Trass 301.430.5119 firstname.lastname@example.org Kenneth Trass 301.430.5119 email@example.com
MD-B Webmasters Ride for Kids Coordinators
Richard & June Reynolds, (301) 890-8943 Lillian Cruz-Bradford, 301.257.2557
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Sharon Summers, 703.751.8751
Phone tree Coordinator Motorist Awareness Coordinator
McAllister (Brad) Bradford firstname.lastname@example.org 301.3369.2514 Kenneth Trass 301.430.5119 email@example.com
Maryland District Directors
Allen and Gwen Willingham (MD-J)
Phone: 410-535-0414 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter in the District
From The at least Desk 2008 TRAINING/SEMINARS:
of the Chapter
once. I propose that we Remember the challenge in the January 2008
set a goal for this year
Director Newsletter stating that at the end of the year there would be
to do it again. For special recognition for the highest number for
years, we have won the Training/Seminars attended. Well Chapter “B” you did it and
District’s travel award based on the information that each of you provided to us
(based on a point regarding the Training/Seminars that you attended we were
system) for our able to compile the following list; at the December 15, 2008
Chapter Gathering we congratulated and thanked each of the
I also would like to see the Hive be contenders following Members who took that challenge, and in
again in 2009 for the high mileage award at the District parenthesis next to their name is the number of
level. This is also an achievable goal. We would like to Training/Seminars attended:
have more members turn in their mileage, because the Shelley Greene (1) , Ken Trass (5), Sharon Summers
top ten high mileage counts towards the Chapter’s (2), McAllister Bradford (1), Marlene Bobo (3), Dan Bobo
Mileage award. We were edged out last year for the (2), Richard Blake(4), Jackie Whitney (4), Maggie Brooks
Chapter award, but won the individual Male and Female (1), Lana Chapman (1), Hampton Conway (1), ShaRon
high mileage awards. Conway (1), Barbara Cruise (1), Betty Harris (2), Clifton
Some of us ride all year and even though some Harris (1), Allen Jackson, (1) Audrey Saunders (1).
of us consider this to be off season. I just wanted remind We had three (3) members who took the challenge to
you that motorcycle safety is the responsibility of all of the top and they were awarded a special plaque for their
us. So let’s not drop our guard and when the others come efforts, they were as follows:
out of moth balls and hibernation, we’ll be able to ride
and welcome them.
I want to remind you, there will be a business
meeting immediately following the Chapter Gathering
next month on January XX (a new date due to the
Presidential Inauguration traffic in the Metropolitan
area). So plan to stay a little later and bring any ideas
and suggests you have for the coming year with you.
It’s not too late to join us in Ocean City,
MD. I hope you will be able to participate in
WinterThing, January 8, 9, and 10. This is a good
opportunity to recertify your rider education
“KNOWLEDGE” and “SAFETY” requirements for
the 2009 riding season (Co-Rider Seminar, CPR/1st
Aid, etc.). If you can’t stay for the whole time,
hopefully you can come for a day or two.
Chapter B has the responsibility for fresh fruit
at Hospitality Room. We are also responsibility for
running The People/Chapter Games from 2:30 p.m. to
4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Chapter B members can gather
at the Cabana room next to the pool. Soda will be
provided and you can drop off snack starting Thursday
We are Listening, What is your Solution?
MD-B Chapter Director
themselves. The noise level arose several octaves. Old
Saint Nick was in the house. Every child (all ages and sizes)
sat on Santa’s lap and told him all the things he/she wanted
for Xmas. And Santa, in his jovial way, gave all the kids a
big hug and sent them on their way.
All the kids were given toys (which were organized
in groups by age and gender), and a bag of treats. You
should have been there to hear all
the commotion going on in that
room! And for the grand finale
twenty five 66 thirty, all of the kids
names were placed in a pot and two
bicycles were given (boy and girl)
and scooters too! The quality and
selections of gifts were outstanding.
A special thank you goes out to
3rd Place Plaque Winner was Lillian Cruz-
Bradford who attended 7 Seminars.
2nd Place Plaque Winner was Bruce Hill who
attended 9 Seminars.
1st Place Plaque Winner was Regina Smith who
attended 10 Seminars.
Again, congratulations to all the above members.
Keep up the good work and continue attending training
Charles & Shirley Dorsey
Former Chapter “B” Educators
KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY 2008
T’was the night before Christmas and all
through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a
I am sure all of you are familiar with that
Christmas Story of old, but on Wednesday, December
10, 2008, Maryland Chapter B of the Gold Wing Road
Riders Association, wrote its own Christmas story.
Chapter B showed up in force. Everyone
participated in setting up tables and chairs to get the
Recreation Center ready for the start of the festivities.
The ladies set up a banquet table of the most tantalizing those involved in that process.
foods. There was turkey with dressing and gravy, ham, What a heartwarming event. Kudos to everyone of
mashed potatoes, candied yams string beans, macaroni our Chapter B members who made this happen, because
and cheese and the list goes on and on. Then there was without your donations and the generous giving of your time,
the desserts—cupcakes, cookies, cake—all of our this could not have happened. Thanks to all for giving the
favorite things. In all, approximately 100 kids and children of the Seat Pleasant Recreation Center a very Merry
recreation staff were served. What a feast!! Christmas.
And then to everyone’s wandering eyes appeared Chapter B recognizes the true meaning of Christmas
Santa Claus. And what a jolly Santa he was (our very —by giving generously of your time and gifts we can
own Damon Hill in full Santa attire). Oh what emulate the great gift of Christmas.
excitement from the children! They could hardly restrain
W.C. Jones wrote “The joy of brightening Chapter Director
others’ lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing others’
loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with
generous gifts, becomes to us the magic of Christmas.”
Assistant Chapter Director MD-B
Ever wonder how cold it really is? Here is a Wind
chill chart to answer those questions for you.
WIND CHILL CHART Temperature in ?F
50 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 -5 -10 -15 -20
Calm 50 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 -5 -10 -15 -20
Wind Speed MPH
5 48 37 33 28 21 16 12 -7 1 -6 -11 -15 -29 -25
10 40 28 21 16 9 4 -2 -9 -15 -22 -27 -32 -38 -46
15 36 22 16 9 1 -5 -11 -18 -25 -33 -40 -45 -51 -58
20 32 18 12 3 -4 -9 -17 -24 -32 -40 -46 -52 -60 -67
25 30 16 7 0 -7 -15 -22 -29 -37 -45 -52 -58 -67 -74
30 28 13 5 -2 -11 -18 -26 -33 -41 -49 -56 -63 -70 -79 January Birthdays
35 27 11 3 -4 -13 -20 -27 -35 -43 -52 -60 -67 -72 -82
40 26 10 1 -5 -15 -22 -29 -36 -45 -54 -62 -69 -75 -88
Little Danger if DANGER OF FREEZING EXPOSED FLESH Tommy “4 Paws” Malson 1/1
Ethan Trass 1/1
ShaRon Conway 1/6
Robert Malson 1/7
Christmas for the Kids 2008 Linda Waters 1/8
I want to thank all the Bee-Elf’s of the hive who came
out on Wednesday, December 10, for the annual Christmas
Party for the kids of Seat Pleasant Community Center, in their
after care program. Some members were there as early as 1:30
pm to help set up and decorate.
A big hand for Regina Smith and her helpers. Regina
headed up the collections and gift purchase assisted by Karen
Smith, Sharon Summers, Lillian Cruz, Grayson Dixon, Stan
and Shelley Greene, just to name a few . Thanks to all those
that shopped or gave donations for the gift shopping and those
non-GWRRA folk who also gave donations of toys and/or
This year from some non-GWRRA member we Larry Harris 1/10
received 2 NEW bicycles and 2 NEW Razor scooters with Eric Waters 1/10
safety gear. Kesean McNeeley and Jennifer Trigueno won the Jackie Bell 1/14
scooters in a draw of names and Akira Williams and Yared Ruby Price 1/17
Jackson won the bicycle in a draw. Marlene Bob 1/18
A very special thank you for the person that gets the Ronald Dyson 1/26
longest distance travel plaque, Santa himself (Damen Hill) Debbie Lewis 1/26
who has been doing this now for 10 years, and always does an Cedrick Harris 1/28
Let us not overlook the sorting and wrapping party at
the home of Sam and Debbie Lewis, on December 6, there January Anniversaries
was Sam and Debbie of course, Rich & June Reynolds, Stan
Greene, Lillian Cruz, Regina Smith, Charles Simms, Dwight & Anthony & Ruby Price 1/19
Maggie Brooks, and your truly. That was also a good time.
Again, I want to thank you all for whatever part you
played, because the effort by all of the hive is what made this
event a huge success.
December was a busy month for the Hive. We started with
the Seat Pleasant Community Center’s After School Program
Bruce Hill “Christmas for the Kids” on December 10. It was a huge
success. Ms. Sunshine coordinated the food. The Hive’s Stan Greene, Kenneth Trass, James Bradford, Bruce
chefs worked overtime on a beautiful meal. Regina Malson, Bruce Hill, Lillian Cruz and Rich Reynolds.
Smith coordinated the gifts. We had an early visit from
Santa Claus (Thank you Damon Hill!!!!) None of this June Reynolds and their daughter Ashley were there
would have been possible without help from all the to send us off and meet us for lunch.
Hive’s elves donating their time and money: preparing The ride traveled through northern Prince
and serving the food, purchasing and wrapping the gifts, Georges and west to central Arundel counties. It
and opening their home so we could wrap gifts (Thank was 51 miles in distance which took about 1 hour and
you Sam and Debbie Lewis!!!). Please give yourselves
a big THANK YOU!! 20 minutes to complete. The planned departure of
0915 was not met. The ride leader delayed
The following Monday, December 15, the Chapter’s departure to allow the group to assemble (what a
Christmas Pot Luck was just the invitation needed to wimp). It was a part urban and part country road
fellowship during this Christmas Season. We had good
ride. Thanks to the cold (what crazies would be out
food and good Friends. Even though we didn’t have an
ice cream ride that night, we did have “ice cream cake,” in this weather voluntarily) and the Holiday
pies, cookies, banana pudding and cakes. The Pot Luck festivities of the previous evening the roads were
was delicious. It was a blessing to have some of our empty of drivers even leaving at 0945. The roads
member’s who because of work schedules had not be were hazard free. We were blessed not to have any
able to attend as many Chapter gatherings as they would
precipitation in the days prior to the ride.
have like to this year joined us. Members of Maryland
Chapter I also joined the celebration. Thank You We stopped for a meal at the Double T Diner.
Chapter B for a bountiful meal!! Pulling into the parking lot, you had to wonder who
picked this place. It was packed. We were in a back
The Hive is looking for members to prepare the up just to get into the lot. The line was out the
Hospitality for the months in 2009. Please contact me at
301.257.2557 to let me know which month you can door. Discussions emerged about changing locations
provide a meal (homemade or from the store). The but to our surprise we were seated in about twenty
Chapter will reimburse you for your expenses. Just a
reminder, the Chapter provides the beverages and paper
products for each month’s gathering except for March.
Instead of a gathering, we meet at a restaurant to
celebrate the Chapter’s anniversary for the month of
Hear Yea, Hear Yea
Polar Ride 2009
It was a cold 25°F when this group of B’s on Bikes Pictures
warm blooded MD-B riders took to the road for
the annual Jan 1 ride. They are left to right, WANTED
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minutes. The food was good and we had a great
time in fellowship with one another.
There was supposed to be a second leg
but due the late departure and other
commitments (particularly the ride leader) it was
not run. Kenneth and Brad experienced some
nuisance electrical problems during the ride,
nothing that hazarded the bikes however. All in
all a good time was had by all.
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