February Update – Jim Kopchok, Chapter Director

If you are reading this before our meeting, consider this an early warning that Valentine’s Day is upon us! If you are reading this the day of our meeting (Feb 14th – Valentine’s Day), you still have time! And if you are reading this AFTER our meeting, well, good luck! J No matter our age it’s always good to remember the significant person in your life that brings us happiness.

Also, with a little pre-meeting reminder, this weekend is the International Motorcycle Show in Rosemont. Go check out those great deals and start to get into the mood for the upcoming riding season.  Puxatawny Phil predicted an early spring, so let’s get ready to ride.

First, thank you to Doug Koglin and all who participated in our Mid-Winter Dinner Party. It was a huge success, having 31 guests in a private room with an all-you-can-eat buffet of Fried Chicken, Italian Beef and all the fixings. We even had surprise entertainment as Lorin Doppelt displayed his magic (literally). Door prizes rounded out the evening. If you missed it, make plans for next year.

Next week, Feb. 20th is our first training session of the year. Kris Andre will be delivering the training which will include Mature Riding and MAD (Motorist Awareness Division) seminars at present. Training starts at 1pm in the church Fellowship Hall in the lower level at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst. Thanks, Robert and Char Ulrich for making the arrangements.

Our second training session is March 12th. Since this is prior to our next monthly meeting please sign up this month if you are looking to attend. Same place, same time as our February session. The outline for this session hasn’t been determined yet. More information coming.

Make sure you have signed up for our annual Valentine’s dinner at Al’s Charhouse in LaGrange. This year Doug Koglin has again arranged a sweet deal with the owner for a $36 meal that is not to be believed. This event is always one of our most popular dinner locations so prepare yourself for a great evening on Feb. 28th at 5pm. We ask that you let us know if you are coming so that Doug can arrange for the correct seating with the restaurant. All checks are paid individually.

Our first calendar adjustment is being made as we change our Ride Captain Training from May 14th to May 7th to accommodate a scheduling conflict for the trainer. Please update your calendars. Changes have been made on the web site. This important training will take place at Fox Valley Cycles and is intended to teach us the skills needed to lead a group of riders, that promotes both safety and enjoyment. I think it is great even if you are not intending to lead a ride, but to appreciate what those responsibilities require that make you a better participant. It’s also part of our GWRRA Levels program which you will hear more about later.

Our next meeting is March 13th. But beware, it is also the day we change to Daylight Savings time! So get those clocks set ahead so you don’t miss an opportunity to be with your friends.

Some changes have taken place in the GWRRA Region E to which we belong. The new Region Directors, Bob and Nicki Fowkes, are from the Illinois District and have been the Couple of the Year representing our District. We wish them well in their new role!

I don’t know about you, but this warm winter has made it especially tough waiting for spring riding weather to arrive. I’ve heard from a couple people that got the bikes out in this past month to take advantage of some wind therapy.

Last year we started to track Riding miles for the Chapter. If you registered last year and have your year-end odometer reading, please update it this month. Also, for anyone who didn’t last year, if you can record your starting odometer reading for this season at the end of the year we may have some prizes to celebrate your awesomeness!

We are glad to hear the Mary Thielenhouse is recovering quickly from some knee surgery and John Meyers is still recovering from his health issues. I’m sure he would be happy to hear from you!

Looking forward to seeing you all at our February meeting. Ride Safe

Jim & Barb Kocphok Chapter Director






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