Category Archives: 2015

Monthly newsletter articles published by the Chapter Director or Assistant Chapter Director

JULY 2015

 

Chapter Social Date: Sunday July 26, 2015

Social Location:  WaterStone bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek

Time:  3:00 pm

Contact: Rich & Sharon Winkler – 414-477-2138 or chapter-g@gwrra-wi.org

Chapter Website: www.gwrra-wig.org

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS MONTH:

ROMEO Breakfast Ride – Wednesday July 8 – Meet @ the Kwik Trip gas station at 51st & Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at the destination restaurant at around 8:30. The destination picked at the June social is Jimmy’s – N168W21212 E. Main St. (Hwy 60) in Jackson WI.

Ride to Pocaro Indian Motorcycle of Racine: Saturday July 11, Meet at the McDonalds at I-94 & Ryan Rd. at 9:30 AM, leave at 9:45. Ride will be lead by John Hickman.

Dinner Ride – Wed. July 15 at 5:30 PM. Meet at Amelia’s Restaurant, 724 E. Layton Av. (right across from the airport)

Wisconsin/Illinois Ride for Kids: Sunday July 19. Starts and ends at the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva WI. Registration starts at 9AM. Event ends at approx. 3:00PM. For more info go to the Ride for Kids website.

Brunch Ride to Randy’s in Whitewater – Sunday July 26 preceding the social. Meet at the Jetz gas station at Moorland Rd. & Janesville Rd. at 10:45 AM and leave at 11:00 AM. Return in time for the social.

Social –  Sunday July 26 at 3:00 PM. WaterStone bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek

FUTURE EVENTS:

Sat.& Sun. August 1 & 2: MS 150 Best Dam Bike Ride. Our participation begins on Saturday morning at 7:30 AM at WCTC campus on Main St. in Pewaukee. We’ll be safety riders, corner workers, and whatever else comes up. Sat. ride ends in Whitewater and continues Sun. from Whitewater to Madison.

Region E Rally – August 6-8 in Green Bay WI.  Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive Green Bay, WI

ROMEO Breakfast Ride: Wed. Aug. 12 – Meet @ the Kwik Trip gas station at 51st & Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at the destination restaurant at 8:30. Destination will be determined at the July social.

Annual Chapter G Corn Roast/Picnic: Saturday August 15 10AM – 4PM. Jackson Park – site #10 in Milwaukee. Our annual picnic is always a great time. We eat well, socialize, play games, and just generally have fun. Come join us for the day and have some fun!

Dinner Ride: Wed. August 19, 5:30 to 7:30. Meet at Graingers Pub & Grill at 3400 W. Loomis Rd Milwaukee.

Social –  Sunday August 30 at 3:00 PM. WaterStone bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek
From The Director:

What a wonderful month July is. We get to celebrate the birth of our great nation, summer warmth is here, and it’s usually one of the best times of the year for riding. How could it be any better?

Our annual fund raiser went well. Sharon and I want to sincerely thank all our members who worked so hard to again make this event a success. Very iffy weather held down the attendance at the Sportland 2 Open house and bike show, so we didn’t sell as many brats and dogs as previous years, but we still did alright, and as usual we had a good time while doing it. The good news is we didn’t lose any money. We did “raise some funds” for the chapter.

A special thanks to Bill and Bev Jones who came all the way from the Quad Cities to join us and help out. You guys sure are the most distant members of our chapter G family.

As promised we will share our profits with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (part of the American Cancer Society). The chapter will donate $130 to Diana Gorecki’s page on the Making Strides website. In addition we want to thank Anna Werth who came up with a great idea. She and other members donated bakes goods which they sold. They raised $160 which will also be donated to Diana’s page. In addition Ginny Schattschneider sold craft items and raised $47. Finally, Mike Stokinger, who won $150 in the 50/50 drawing, will donate his winnings to the cause. This makes a total of $487 which the chapter, and its members, will be donating. Thanks to all who worked so well to make this happen.

DIANA, THIS IS FOR YOU. WE ALL LOVE YOU!

Of course other things happened in June. The weather was not cooperative for the brunch ride to Fox and Hounds, but those who went had a good time. The dinner ride to Armeli’s Pizza place in New Berlin was very well attended.

As of this writing we’re still looking forward to the ride to Joe’s Crab Shack prior to our June social.

So far July isn’t scheduled to be quite so busy as June, but we’re still going to be seeing a lot of each other. There’s also plenty of time to set up a ride and we’ll get the information to all the members.

In August we’re looking forward to our annual corn roast (actually corn boil) and picnic on Sat. Aug. 15th starting at 10AM. It will again be held at Jackson park (site #10) on Milwaukee’s south side. The park is located just north of Forest Home Av. between 35th St. and 43rd St. We’re going to invite chapters N and F to join us. We’re also going to challenge chapter N to defend the traveling trophy at the picnic.

Have a great month of July and keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down.

Rich & Sharon Winkler

EDUCATOR’S ARTICLE:

Centrifugal Thoug ts  From Your Chapter Educator

I saw a motorcycle the other day flying the American Flag on the left rear of the bike.  Got me thinking.  Is there a protocol for flying the American flag on the left side? Those of us in the Chapter who fly the American flag on our Gold Wings, fly it on the rear right (the throttle side).

Conventional direction on the issue says when the American Flag is flown alone; it can either be located at the center on the rear of the motorcycle, or on what’s known as the marching right. That is the right side of the motorcycle to the rider’s perspective when facing forward. If the American Flag is flown with another single flag, it should only be flown to its marching right. This means displaying the flag with no others to its right. If displayed with multiple flags, the American Flag should be centered and highest.

There are specific protocols for the placement of more than three flags displayed and flown on a motorcycle – flags of countries flown higher than flags of states, state flags flown higher than novelty flags.  Most of us fly three flags or less.  If you’re carrying more than three, look it up.

Finally, there is a school of thought to fly the American flag on the left rear of the motorcycle (clutch side).  Thinking is because the flags are normally so small and are not visible from the front as we ride, marching right does not apply.  The orientation of the “flags own right” should be considered therefore flying the flag on the left rear. One article on the Internet talked against this placement because it would put the American flag lower than any other flag when the motorcycle is parked on its side stand.

Your choice.  Ride safe, ride dry.

Dick Choyke – Chapter G educator

Happy July Birthdays:

Art Kuenstler – 1st, Willy Risser – 14.

June 2015

 

Chapter Social Date: Sunday June 28, 2015

Social Location:  WaterStone bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek

Time:  3:00 pm

Contact: Rich & Sharon Winkler – 414-477-2138 or chapter-g@gwrra-wi.org

Chapter Website: www.gwrra-wig.org

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS MONTH:

Romeo Breakfast Ride: – Wed. June 10 – Meet @ the Kwik Trip gas station at 51st & Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at the destination restaurant at 8:30. This month’s destination, as determined at the May social, will be the Griddlers Cafe, 4160 W. Loomis Rd. in Greenfield.

Annual Chapter G Brat Fry Fund Raiser – in conjunction with the Sportland 2 Open house and Bike Show. Saturday June 13 from 11AM – 3PM. Sportland 2 7221 S. 13th St., Oak Creek

Fox & Hounds Brunch Ride – Sunday June 14. Meet at the PDQ located at I-94 & HWY 83 at 9:00. Leave at 9:30. Fox & Hounds is located at 1298 Friess Lake Rd, Hubertus.

Dinner Ride – Wed. June 17 at 5:30 PM. Meet at Armeli’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, 16201 W. National Ave, New Berlin, WI

Lunch Ride to Joe’s Crab Shack – Sunday June 28 preceding the social. Meet at the Jetz gas station located at the intersection of Moorland & Janesville Rds. at 10:45 AM and leave at 11:00 AM. Return in time for the social.

Social – Sunday June 28 at 3PM. WaterStone bank, 6560 S. 27th St.

FUTURE EVENTS:

ROMEO Breakfast Ride – Wednesday July 8 – Meet @ the Kwik Trip gas station at 51st & Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at the destination restaurant at 8:30. Destination will be determined at the June social.

Dinner Ride – Wed. July 15 at 5:30 PM. Meet at Amelia’s Restaurant, 724 E. Layton Av. (right across from the airport)

Brunch Ride to Randy’s in Whitewater – Sunday July 26 preceding the social. Meet at the Jetz gas station located at the intersection of Moorland & Janesville Rds. at 10:45 AM and leave at 11:00 AM. Return in time for the social.

Social –  Sunday July 26 at 3:00 PM. WaterStone bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek

From The Director:

WOW, it’s finally June! We can really get into riding now. We’ve got a lot of things planned for our summer starting right away in June.

With a breakfast ride, dinner ride, brunch ride, and lunch ride before our social all in June, we’re going to be doing a lot of rides to places to eat, (like that’s some kind of surprise!). We’re hoping for a few other rides to materialize as well.

One of the more important events of the year is also coming this month. Our annual brat fry fund raiser in conjunction with the Sportland 2 open house and bike show will take place on Saturday June 13 from 11:00AM to 3:00pm. If you’d like to help with the event, please contact Rich & Sharon (contact info above). It’s a little bit of work, but a lot of fun, so we’re hoping to see you there. We want to take this opportunity to thank, in advance, all those members who come to join us that day.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Fox & Hounds brunch ride on the 14th, or the lunch ride to Joe’s Crab Shack before the social on the 26th. The information for both is listed above. If you want to go, please contact Rich & Sharon as soon as possible.

Anyone interested in the 2015 chapter circle tour can get the registration, destination, and question sheets, at any social or by contacting Rich and Sharon to have them emailed to you. This year’s theme is “What Wingers Love”

Here’s hoping we have really great weather this summer and get to enjoy or wonderful bikes on many, many rides starting this month.

Rich & Sharon Winkler

EDUCATOR’S ARTICLE:

Start Your Engines

In May most motorcyclists in Wisconsin “hear the call, Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines.”  It’s been a long awaited sound.   We’re familiar with what it takes to get our bikes in shape.  Let’s consider a minute what we should be doing for ourselves.

At this point in our lives, our bodies and lifestyles have probably changed from when we first started riding.  Most of us are less active especially in the colder months.    Then wham, the weather clears and we’re outside going gang busters.

Here are some simple, commonsense tips from an article I read for getting and staying in riding shape this year:

  • Exercise. Aerobic exercise keeps your heart and muscles in good shape, and a vigorous program of walking outside can go a long way toward strengthening both your body and self-esteem. Nature walks and gardening can improve your spirits, and may be as effective as medication in fighting anxiety and depression.
  • Eat right. Your brain, like your body, needs the right combination of nutrients to remain healthy and active. Follow a healthy diet rich with fruits, vegetables, beans, and cereals, and eat meats and high-sugar foods in moderation.
  • Sleep. You need sleep to rest your mind as well as your body. Keep a regular schedule, and get at least seven or eight hours every night. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugar at night, and stay away from TV and the computer right before going to bed.

Before you jump on your Gold Wing this spring:

  • Stretch. Stretching helps loosen muscles and prevent aches.
  • Warm up. Warm muscles mean less chance of injury.

Safe travels everyone.

Dick Choyke – Chapter G educator

Happy June Birthdays:

Sharon Winkler – 1st, Dave Stormer – 6th, Dan Gorecki – 12th, Gene Lingford – 21st.

 Happy June Anniversaries:

Donn & Tracey Powers – 3rd, Rich & Sharon Winkler – 8th (BOY I BETTER GET THIS ONE RIGHT!!), Bill & Bev Jones – 16th, Terry & Anna Werth – 18th, Bob & Ginny Schattschneider – 21st, John & Kathy Hickman – 24th.  

May 2015

 

Chapter Social Date: Sunday May 31, 2015 (Not the second last Sunday as it is most years. In 2015 Mem. day weekend is the second last weekend.)

Social Location: Los Mariachis Restaurant, 4305 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield WI   (Due to a schedule conflict we will not meet at Waterstone bank as is usual.)

Time:  3:00 pm

Contact: Rich & Sharon Winkler – 414-477-2138 or chapter-g@gwrra-wi.org

Chapter Website: www.gwrra-wig.org

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS MONTH:

Romeo Breakfast Ride  Wed. May 13 – Meet @ the Kwik Trip gas station at 51st & Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at the Grist Mill Restaurant, 2645 Main St. (CTY ES) in East Troy at about 8:45.

Dinner “Ride”   Wed. May 20. Meet at 5:30 at Bootz Saloon and Grill 8950 S. 27th St., Oak Creek. If the weather is nice and we’re able to be on 2 wheels, we’ll ride somewhere for dessert.

May Social – Sunday May 31 3:00PM. Please note the change of location to Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant, 4305 W. Layton Av. Greenfield.

FUTURE EVENTS:

Romeo Breakfast Ride: – Wed. June 10 .  – Meet @ the Kwik Trip gas station at 51st & Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at the destination restaurant at 8:15. Destination will be determined at the May social.

Annual Chapter G Brat Fry Fund Raiser – in conjunction with the Sportland 2 Open house and Bike Show. Saturday June 13 from 11AM – 3PM. Sportland 2 7221 S. 13th St., Oak Creek

Fox & Hounds Brunch Ride – Sunday June 14. Meet at the PDQ located at I-94 & HWY 83 at 9:00. Leave at 9:30. Fox & Hounds is located at 1298 Friess Lake Rd, Hubertus.

Dinner Ride – Wed. June 17 at 5:30 PM. Meet at Armeli’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, 16201 W. National Ave, New Berlin, WI

Lunch Ride to Joe’ Crab Shack – Sunday June 28 preceding the social. Meet at the Jetz gas station at 10:45AM and leave at 11:00AM. Return in time for the social.

Social – Sunday June 28 at 3PM. WaterStone bank, 6560 S. 27th St.

From The Director:

The first order of business, as it is every May, is to wish all the ladies of the chapter who have made ours and our kid’s lives so wonderful:

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Riding season in Wisconsin is finally here. We managed to survive another long, cold, bike sitting in storage somewhere, Milwaukee winter.

OK EVERYBODY, LET’S RIDE!!

Most years the May social is held on the second last Sunday of the month to avoid the Memorial day weekend. In 2015, however Memorial day weekend is the second last weekend, so our social will be on the last Sunday (31st). Please mark your calendars. In addition to the change from the usual weekend we’re also meeting in a different place in May. We’ll be at Los Mariachis restaurant on 43rd and Layton

.We have several rides already planned and more are being planned all the time. Hopefully this will be a season where our biggest challenge will be to find the time to do everything the chapter has set up.

One of the more important events of the summer is our chapter fundraiser. As we’ve done for the past few years we’ll be serving brats, hotdogs, and all the fixings at the annual Sportland 2 Open House and Bike Show.This year it’s on Saturday June 13th from 11AM to 3PM. There’ll be music, vendors, trick riding displays, and all the things we’ve come to expect from the day. And as always there’ll be lot’s of fun to go with the hard work. We’re going to get to Sportland 2 about 9;30 to start setting up so we’re ready to serve at 11:00. Anyone who wants to do so is invited to join us at the Oak Creek diner on 13th St., just north of Rawson Ave, at around 8:00 for breakfast. That’s another chapter G tradition connected with the fund raiser.  Hope to see you all there.

We want to thank in advance all those chapter members who come out to help with the event. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

This year we’ll be splitting the profits between the chapter and the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” charity.

Also on June 14th we’ll be taking a brunch ride to the Fox & Hounds in the Holy Hill area. Thank you Willy Risser for setting up this ride. There’ll be a sign-up sheet at the May social.

Rich & Sharon Winkler

Happy May Birthdays:

John Hickman – 8th; Lynn Borkenhagen – 15th; Al Parrot – 25th.

Happy May Anniversaries:

Al and BJ Parrot – 6th.

 

April 2015

 

Chapter Social Date: Sunday April 26, 2015

Social Location:  WaterStone Bank, 6560 S. 27th Street, Oak Creek

Time:                     3:00 pm

 Contact: Rich & Sharon Winkler – 414-477-2138 or chapter-g@gwrra-wi.org

 Chapter Website: www.gwrra-wig.org

 ACTIVITIES FOR THIS MONTH:

Romeo Breakfast Ride  Wed. April 8 – Meet @ the Mobil station at 6700 S. 27th St (across from Walmart), at 7:45 or just meet us at Lucy’s Restaurant, 228 Industrial Dr., (Hwy 59) North Prairie at about 8:30.

Dinner “Ride”   Wed. April 15 – Meet at 5:30 at the Open Flame Restaurant 5081 S 108th St, Hales Corners, WI

Social: Sunday April 26 – Water Stone Bank, 6560 S. 27th Street, Oak Creek 3:00PM

 UPCOMING EVENTS:

Romeo Breakfast Ride  Wed. May 13 – Meet @ Kwik Trip gas station at 51st & Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at the destination restaurant at 8:15. Destination will be determined at the April social.

Dinner “Ride”   Wed. May 20. Meet at 5:30 at Bootz Saloon and Grill 8950 S. 27th St., Oak Creek.

 From The Director:

Happy April to all.

It’s spring according to the calendar. Now we have to hope it feels like spring outside.

April is the month we Wisconsinites traditionally start our riding season.  After the nice weather we had for a while in March there is hope for a pleasant month of April which will let us really start our riding season out well.

We had a good time at the Winter Get Away in the Dells. The new venue, Wintergreen Resort worked pretty well for us and Christen Harding came up with some new and interesting ideas for our entertainment. Thank you Christen for all the thought and effort you put in for us.

Pat Kuenstler says a great time was had by the ten members who attended the dinner ride to the Black Rose on Oakland Av. in Milwaukee. While Sharon and I weren’t able to attend the dinner ride because we were 1800 miles away in Arizona we were thinking of our Chapter G friends. (Really we were. I swear it’s true!)

We’re looking forward (hopefully) to actually riding to our dinner destination for April, Open Flame Restaurant. If not in April, we’re really hopeful for a ride in May

All the information for the 2015 Circle Tour will be available at any social, starting in April, and can also be obtained by emailing us and asking for the forms.

Also, anyone who did not turn in their mileage reading last fall should get us a starting reading for the 2015 mileage contest. Those who entered last year and turned in their odometer reading at the end 2014 are set for the start of 2015.

Lastly, we now have a firm date for our brat fry fund raiser in conjunction with the Sportland 2 open house. It’s Saturday June 13. We will be working from 10 AM to 3 PM. Details of the event and the help we need from our members will follow.

We sure hope to see many of you on two wheels this month at the dinner ride and the social and of course in the months to follow.

Rich & Sharon Winkler

 Happy April Birthdays:

Mason Gorecki – 6th, Terry Werth – 9th, Bob Schattschneider – 23rd

Happy April Anniversaries:

Willie and Bobby Mabone – 17th

 

March 2015

Chapter Social Date: Sunday March 29, 2015

Social Location:  WaterStone Bank, 6560 S. 27th Street, Oak Creek

Time:                     3:00 pm

Contact: Rich & Sharon Winkler – 414-477-2138 or chapter-g@gwrra-wi.org

Chapter Website: www.gwrra-wig.org

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS MONTH:

Winter Get-Away:  Friday March 6 thru Sunday March 8 at Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center, 100 Gasser Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI,

Romeo Breakfast Ride:  Wed. March 11. – Meet @ the Mobil station at 6700 S. 27th St (across from Walmart), at 7:45 or just meet us at the North Av.Grill (7225 W. North Av, Wauwatosa)  at 8:30.

Dinner “Ride”:  Wed. March 18 at 5:30 PM – Black Rose Irish Pub, 2852 N. Oakland Av., Milwaukee – Contact Rich & Sharon Winkler with questions – contact info above.

Social:  Sunday March 29 – Water Stone Bank, 6560 S. 27th Street, Oak Creek 3:00PM

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Romeo Breakfast Ride  Wed. April 8 – Meet @ the Mobil station at 6700 S. 27th St (across from Walmart), at 7:45 or just meet us at the destination restaurant at 8:15. Destination will be determined at the March social.

Dinner “Ride”   Wed. April 15 – Open Flame Restaurant 5081 S 108th St, Hales Corners, WI

Social: Sunday April 26 – Water Stone Bank, 6560 S. 27th Street, Oak Creek 3:00PM

From The Director:

It’s March already. Is spring actually getting closer? We can only hope March 2015 is a little warmer than last year. Better weather or not, it’s time to start thinking about getting the bike ready for riding season. It’s also a good time to get any inside jobs done so when riding weather comes we’re not stuck doing chores we could have done when the weather is marginal at best.

March is also the month Chapter G always holds it annual “Winter Get-away”. This year we’ll be partying at the Wintergreen Resort in Lake Delton March 6-8. All of us who will be attending are looking forward to our usual great time. Hope to see you there.

The February 22 seminar/chili dump/social was a big success. Thanks to (Oh man! What’s his name?? Oh yeah it’s Dick Choyke) for the interesting and very helpful seminar on how to improve our ability to remember names. JUST KIDDING DICK – IT REALLY DID HELP.  As usual Dick made it not only interesting, but also fun.

Thanks also to all the people who brought the extras we needed to make the chili dump a success.

This month’s dinner ride is to a place most of us have never visited: The Black Rose Irish Pub on Oakland Ave. on Milwaukee’s east side. Art & Pat Kuenstler suggested it, and they say the food and atmosphere are great.(See above for details)

Wish we could join those of you who go, but we’ll be on the bike suffering in the sun and heat in Arizona for a couple weeks. One thing you can be sure of; we’ll be thinking of all our Chapter G friends here in Wisconsin.

PLEASE NOTE: There have been two corrections to the chapter G calendar. The May social, which is normally the second last Sunday of the month to avoid the Memorial Day weekend will be on the last Sunday (the 31st) because this year the second last Sunday is the one that conflicts.  Also the annual Fall Fling is September 18 – 20, not the dates previously listed.

Have a great month of March and let’s get ready for a great month of April.

Rich & Sharon Winkler

Happy March Birthdays:

Bob Gorecki – 2nd, Noah Borkenhagen – 19th, Pat Kuenstler – 20th, & Tom Ballmann – 29th.

Happy March Anniversaries:

Lynn & Noah Borkenhagen – 22nd, Kenlee & Tom Ballmann – 29th.