Wednesday, July 12, 2006

This Years GWRRA Wing Ding News

As some people may know, the GWRRA is a very large organization and that was demonstrated at this years Wing Ding in Nashville TN. Here is a post from one of our leaders (Don Brock) on his views from this years Wing Ding. I thought you might find it interesting. I did.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

For all of our Friends and fellow Members that attended our party in Nashville, Thank you. You made our 28th Wing Ding the biggest and best family reunion ever by your presence. We broke all records for attendance, participation, classes, donations and parties. GWRRA and you now hold the Guinness Worlds Record for the largest single model parade of motorcycles in the World! 1,246 Gold Wings (1,284 total bikes) We had a Gathering of the Chapters for a meal (all Chapter A's, B's, C's and so on) that was attended by over 1,300 Friends and Members. They shared food, friendship, patches and stories with Members of other Chapters. Everyone seemed to have a great time. We had reunions for all of the former and current Trainers, COY's and Educators. We had a luncheon for the Master Riders. We had a talent show that had thirty-two contestants (twice the normal participants) and we had to keep moving the walls and expanding the room to let more people attend and support their friends. We also had our issues and challenges. Our vendor that supplied the barbecue failed to meet his promises and commitments. The lines were long and weather hot and the vendor did not provide the fun atmosphere promised for our Friends and fellow Members. We will take them to task for their shortcomings in their promises to our Members. The City promised our Members an escorted Parade and a Downtown Party. What they provided was woefully inadequate. We need to teach them what a safe parade requires and what a downtown party really is when it comes to Gold Wingers. We learned some valuable lessons. I also had the opportunity to meet and chat with many of the General BB Chapter Members and we had some great conversations and discussions. I greatly appreciate all that you do for your friends and fellow Members. You certainly are a great group of people. At the party we donated over $25,000 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and more blood to the American Red Cross than ever before in the history of Wing Ding. GWRRA Members are the most caring people in the world in my book. For all of you that attended, Thank You. I must have met, spoke with, shook hands and got hugs from thousands of people. That is a memory I will treasure. For those of you who were unable to attend, you missed a great gathering of the Family. Next year will kick off the 30th Anniversary for GWRRA. We will begin in the most requested location for Wing Ding ? Billings Montana! We are planning events and activities all year to celebrate who and what we are to the world. I hope you can join us at Billings and spend the year having fun with your Friends and Fellow Members.

Warm Regards,
Don Brock

Until next time and happy riding!


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