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From District Directors
KZ & Terry Kleinheitz

What's going on in Mississippi

Good morning folks. I hope this letter fined you is good spirits and doing well. The sun is baking the grass outside and the riding is going to be hot. Be careful, stay hydrated and watch out for drivers who are not watching out for you.

Your MS District Staff have been working hard and putting the miles under our wheels. We have attended all the nearby rallies and promoted our Rally everywhere we go. Terry and I haven't been to many rallies in the previous years and when going this year, we were shocked to see the low attendance at the rallies. We do understand the reasons, but are saddened to see this none the less. Most of the people we see are the same ones we rallied with in years gone by. I have noticed a lack of new members and 1st timers at the rallies.

We have noticed less Chapters attending the rallies as well. I had to realize that these Districts are losing Chapters as well as members. Mississippi is down to 8 Chapters and some of these are not doing any riding either. Is this decline due to us getting tired? Why would we be tired of visiting old friends and attending events? May be the events are getting tired? If you have Ideas on how to fix this contact me so we can put it in action.

There is a lot of interest in the MS Rally. Pre-registrations are coming in on most days. We do still have tickets for the Thursday night dinner, but they are going fast. We are trying some new ideas and we are hoping that they can generate some excitement.

We are in the process of placing the contest rules on the Web site. This way everyone understands what is happening ahead of the event. If you have any questions or see something we missed, let us know.

Over the next month I will be speaking to each Chapter Director, working with them to set up schedule of opportunities to help with the October Rally. Please remember that this is OUR party, we are inviting friends over to OUR house and we need to entertain them. I will be asking for a short period of your time because I know that I can't do it all by myself. So please, volunteer.



From District Ride Educators
Brian & June Weddle

Distracted Driving

Cell phones, navigation screens, car stereos or even eating while behind the wheel…they all add up to distracted driving, and that can lead to serious accidents or fatalities.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2015, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • During daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.
  • Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

The NHTSA offers suggestions for actions we can all take right now to help keep our roads safer:

  • Encourage teens to speak up when they see a friend driving while distracted and to share messages on social media that remind their friends, family, and neighbors not to make the deadly choice to drive distracted.
  • Parents first have to lead by example—by never driving distracted—as well as have a talk with their young driver about distraction and all of the responsibilities that come with driving. Remind your teen driver that in States with graduated driver licensing (GDL), a violation of distracted-driving laws could mean a delayed or suspended license.


How to Access your GWRRA Rider Education Database Training Record

The GWRRA Rider Education Database contains information regarding your Levels status, Membership expiration date, the Rider Education classes you have completed, and personal information such as phone numbers, email, and home address. It is the Member's responsibility, with support from the District Educator, to maintain up-to-date information in the database and to keep your Membership and Levels current.

To access your personal information, first go to www.gwrra.org. Once there, hover your mouse over the "Programs" or "Officer" button; a gray colored area will drop down. Carefully move your mouse to "Rider Education" and click on it. The Rider Education page will open. Click on the blue "My R.E. Information" tab on the left side of the page.

You are now on the "sign in" page. If this is your first time here, you probably do not have a clue as to how to log in. That is OK; we have thought of that. Click on the "I need help logging in" text. This will take you to an instruction page that will take you through the sign in process step by step. Hint: you will need your Membership Card to help you find the information that you need for sign in. Once you have read the instructions, click on the "return to login" text.

You are now back on the login page. Enter your "User Name" (Member Number) and "Password" (Numbers in your address and Member expiration date). Now click the "Submit" button. This takes you to a page that lists all Members associated with your Membership Number. Click on "view" on the right border to access the record that you want to look at.

And Voila, you are now looking at your personal Rider Education record; impressive, huh? OK, look it over and make sure that your basic information is correct; name, address, phone, email, District, and Chapter. To change any of this information you will need to contact the Home Office or visit the "Member" tab on the GWRRA home page.

Scroll down a little to "Rider History." If you are enrolled in the Levels Program, this is where you will find your level listed. This section also shows your "safe miles" and "high miles." If this information is not correct, fill out an N.10 Form (Levels Update Form) and send it to the District Educator for database update. Scrolling down just a little further brings you to your "Training Courses" and History. Training required for your Levels is displayed with the type of training and expiration date. The training will be highlighted in yellow if it is close to the expiration date and in red if the training has expired. Contact your District Educator if you are close to expiring so that you can get a class scheduled to renew your certification. Hover your mouse over the word "History" and a box will appear showing the training courses that you have taken. It will only remain as long as you have your mouse in place. If you want to take a closer look at your training, click on the tab that says "All History." This will open a list of all of the training that has been entered into the database on your behalf.



From Assistant District Directors
Gene & Georgene Swindol

It is Rally Time! & Chapter Event Time!
We are a little rusty at this so ya’ll bear with us first newsletter article in quite some time. We are excited about being back on Staff with KZ and Terry and the rest of the Team.
Georgene and I look forward to attending our first rally of the year, TN Spring Fling in Pigeon Forge TN. The dates are April 12, 13,14th. Sounds like they have a lot of fun planned for us. And it is a beautiful place to start!
It has been sometime since we attended a Chapter N Fun Day and we are excited being able to join them on May 5th. We used to attend when it was held at the Honda Shop of Tupelo, always good food & fellowship.
The next stop will be Mobile AL Rally May 17, 18,19th location Marriott Hotel. 
We hope to see a lot of our MS folks in attendance.




From District Treasurer
Charlotte & Herb Kermick

I was very happy and pleased that KZ asked me to be the MS District Treasurer. I will do my best for the District and will work with all the Chapter Treasurers. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I will be glad to help you and if I don't know I will do my best to get you an answer. I hope to see you at our Mississippi Rally if no before.

Charlotte and Herb Kermick



From District Motorist
Awareness Coordinator
Lemuel Jones & Sharon Batte

Hello friends and follow Goldwingers. As your motor awareness coordinators we will do our best to get the information out to you so it will help you ride safer and help you become a better motorcycle riders. This year has really taken off in a hurry. As these cold days pass us by and the weather starts to warm up, we will start to ride more. One thing that we need to do before we hit the road is to check our bikes out. Tire pressure, hose's and fluid levels are just a few things that we need to check. Also a small air compressor and a fire extinguisher are good to have on board too. As our rally season takes off, we will be traveling long distance's. Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks. Remember as we attend rallies ride safe. Ride your own ride. When you attend chapter fun days as well as your own chapter rides, think SAFTEY. So let's get out there, have fun ride our beautiful roads, make new friends, touch base with ole friends. And remember ,in the GWRRA , we think safety , practice safety and rider safer.

Share the road
Once is not "Enough"



From District University Coordinator
Phillip & Elaine Williams

Hello fellow MS GWRRA family, We hope everyone is planning to make 2018 a fun and exciting year. We and the University Instructors are looking forward to working with all the MS chapters in presenting the modules and seminars during 2018. We have already made plans to offer a Co-Riders module and a Road Captains class at the 2018 MS District Rally in October. There is a third module to be announced later in the year. We are also planning to offer classes this year for anyone that would like to become a University Instructor. We have five GWRRA University instructors at this time and 4 are l centrally located in the state and one in the south part of the state. We are trying to get a class offered in the south and one offered in the north part of the state. We need to have at least 4 applicants for each class and no more than 6 applicants per class. If anyone is interested you can check with your chapter director or you can contact us to get more information. We have over 45 different modules and seminars to offer at this time. If your chapter is in need of having something offered for your chapter please contact us. Some seminars have been removed from our list and replaced with a module related to the same topic.

Phillip and Elaine Williams
District University Coordinators
Phone: 601-218-1070
Email: gwrider151@directv.net



From District Ride Coordinator
David “Bobo” & Cathy Mozingo

Hello to All GWRRA Friends and Family Ben a wet start this year, but that has not stop a true motorcycle rider from making a fun and safe ride. Looks like the sun is beginning to come out and making it warmer to ride. In the MS District I think we have some of the best Ride Coordinators that you can get. I have seen some of the rides that they have been putting on , only thing I wish that I could make them all. Chapter MS-B chili cook off was the first District Ride this year and we had a very good turn out even know the weather was not the best for riding but there was a lot of bikes showed up for some very good chili and meeting some old and making some new friends. I would like to THANK all that came out and supported the chili cook off.

In July we will be putting on an Advaned Rider Course (ARC) and Trike Rider Course (TRC) in Jackson maybe the first weekend in July. We will let you all know the time and place were the ARC and TRC will be held at. We need 12 Bikes for the ARC and 12 for the TRC so move FAST to save your spot on the PAD. To do that you need to contact District Ride Educators Brian & June Weddle at brianweddle55@gmail.com The ARC will be on a Saturday and the TRC will be on Sunday.

Remember Ride Coordinators and Chapter Directors, if you would like to put your rides out to all chapters, maybe we just might meet down the road somewere and have a very good time. And I not going to leave out EATING and Having FUN.


District Ride Coordinators
Bobo and Cathy Mozingo