Regional Director Is Hall of Famer
GWRRA's Hall of Fame has added another handsome face to its wall of honor at International Headquarters in Phoenix. John Taylor, Region E Director has recruited 101 new Members, qualifying him to join this prestigious group of GWRRA honored Members.
John Taylor is the first current Regional Director to reach the Hall of Fame. Former Region C Directors Ed & Judy Lewis are both Hall of Fame honorees.
On congratulating John for his achievement, GWRRA President and Executive Director Mike Wright suggested there may be others close on his heels. I understand we have a few others in the ranks of Region Directors and Division Heads that are closing in on the magic number of 101. We are excited for John, and congratulate his wife Susan, too, for we wouldn't be surprised if she had a hand in this monumental accomplishment as well.
Pony Express Relay For Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Join the fourth national Pony Express Relay. Ride the Western Trail from Seattle to L.A. July 24 to August 1, the Central Trail from Witchita to Houston August 6-8, or the Eastern Trail from Orlando to New York City August 14-28 to raise money for the fight against breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the nation's largest private funding source for Breast Cancer research. Riders collect funds, register to ride part or all of the route, and earn premiums for their levels of participation. For details, contact Women's Motorcyclist Foundation, Inc., 7 Lent Ave., LeRoy, NY 14482-1009. (800) 442-3550, extension 6116, or visit www.ponyexpressrides.com.
Floridas Chapter J Names Its First COY
Jacksonville, Floridas Chapter FL1-J has chosen its first-ever Couple of the Year (COY). GWRRA Life Members James J. JJ & Cindy Mullins, GWRRA #5627, have been dedicated all-weather Gold Wing riders for more than 20 years.
JJ is a former Chapter Director and has served as Chapter treasurer for almost as many years as hes owned a Wing. Cindy has recently become Chapter Secretary. They work all fund-raisers, and are known for greeting all, whether newcomers or long-time participants, to Chapter gatherings with open arms and a loving heart. Chapter FL1-J s public relations reps, Aaron & Saundra Littleton say, JJ & Cindy made the task of selecting our first Couple of the Year easy with their personalities, enthusiasm and ability to serve.
Jody Neal Honored By NY-A
The first winner of the Bob Tolfson Memorial Award is Jody Neal, NY-As Ride Coordinator. Named for the late Bob Tolfson who many regard as a model Chapter Director, the award goes to the Chapter participant who has done the most to support the Chapter during the year.
Jody Neal attended virtually every event and participated in every Chapter activity during 2002. All this, despite having a heart attack during the same year.
Chapter Director Jerry Curtis says, Jody has owned and ridden BMWs and Harleys, but he has come to realize that the Gold Wing offers not only the best ride, but also the best companionship. Chapter A, Ulster County, New York, is glad to have him as an active Member.
Illinois Chapter Tops 2002 Ride for Kids
Chapter IL-G2 of Gurnee, Illinois, received Top Chapter/Club recognition from the Ride for Kids®. IL-G2 brought $66,460 in contributions to the Chicagoland ride, one of 22 Ride for Kids events in 2002. It was a good year for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States, recipient of the donations. Over 16,000 motorcyclists across the country brought support for children battling brain tumors by raising more than $3.1 million in 2002 for the Ride for Kids program.
Now entering its twentieth year, the Ride for Kids continues to face a grim challenge. More kids lose their lives to brain tumors than any other cancer, and eight to nine more kids are diagnosed every day, said Foundation President Mike Traynor.
In a year in which many charitable causes saw a decline in contributions, the Foundation experienced its first year above $3 million. The Foundation funds 35 active research and family support grants totaling more than $3 million.
We thank all our fundraisers for their phenomenal effort this year, said Peter terHorst, Ride for Kids Executive Director. GWRRA Members have consistently been among our strongest supporters. For this, were all deeply grateful.
For information about Ride for Kids and a 2003 schedule of rides, visit www.ride4kids.org, or call (800) 253-6530.
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