Chapter Director News, October 2017

Another exciting two weeks for our Chapter! Last week  we left on our Fall Color Ride discussed at our last meeting. Six bikes and 12 riders set out on an unseasonably warm (make that hot!) weekend to Holland, MI. Embracing the Interstate to get around Gary and south of Lake Michigan, we ran through pleasant countryside on the Red Arrow Highway and moving north on to the Blue Star. Stopping for lunch and Crane’s Pies, Bakery and Winery was a welcome relief from the constant heat. The refrigerated room storing the apples from the orchard was a popular place.  Moving on to Holland we celebrated our arrival with a nice dip in the pool. Snacks and beverages in the dining area while laughing the night away finished our day. Joanne brought S’mores to make on the outside firepit, but when we found other hotel guests dominating that area, she found a new way using a toaster in the breakfast area. Worked out great! The next morning we headed over to Windmill Island to tour the beautiful gardens and the last official, original windmill shipped from the Netherlands to be completely restored here in the U.S. Several of the group made the climb to the top and the increasingly small rooms in the stifling heat and were rewarded with great views and interesting history. Back on the bikes and headed home with lunch in St. Joe’s. It was an early fall ride and the colors were a bit muted but we all enjoyed the ride. Thanks Don for leading the way.

The following weekend (today as I write this) Bob and Arlene led a ride  west to the Rockford area to Tad’s on the Rock, a riverside eatery on the Rock River. This weekend the weather was gorgeous and the backroads perfect. One stretch was even more “backroadish” with a long stretch of gravel. Barb mentioned several times how grateful she was that we were on a trike. Several other members and Wing riders joined us for this last minute impromptu ride. We had 9 bikes and 13 people with us for this fine trip. Our original destination was a small breakfast diner in Wisconsin, only to find out it closed earlier than expected (thanks Arlene) and Bob made the last minute adjustment. Thanks Bob for a great day!

Our meeting this week (October 8th) will hopefully be followed by a ride. The long-term forecast is calling for rain, so we will see what the week brings. If anyone wants to propose an impromptu ride simply post it on our Facebook group page. Let me know if you need any help.

An earlier email was sent to all members providing details about our upcoming 20th Anniversary Dinner Party on November 4th. Please remember to sign up and bring your $25 per person so we can commit to the restaurant on our headcount. The event will take place at Buck’s Pit Stop in Hodgkins, the same place we have used the past two years for our Mid-Winter Party. A huge buffet with chicken, beef, pasta, potatoes, vegetable and dessert, along with soft drinks, coffee and tea will be provided. Festivities should kick off about 6:30pm. In their private room. As you know, a cash bar is also in the room if you prefer.  If you can ‘t make this month’s meeting it is important that you alert me or one of the officers so we can make other arrangements. Refer to our web site calendar for more details.

On another note, we are still looking for a new Secretary to replace Danni Schwieger who left for Florida, and a new Ride Coordinator, to fill in for Don Shore who is also stepping down from that position. The Ride Coordinator is now an officer position, based on the new structure GWRRA HQ recently released. And, as I have mentioned in previous newsletters, I will be stepping down after my 3 years as Chapter Director. This has been a wonderful experience that Barb and I have enjoyed. This Chapter has afforded us the ability to make many new friends and added richness to our lives. I took on this responsibility, so others could also benefit from the opportunity to meet others and I hope that now someone will take on the reins. No one in any position is alone and we all are happy to help, including myself. However, without a Chapter Director the Chapter’s future would be at risk.

There is more riding left on the calendar with our annual Freeze Your Buns ride due in the coming weeks. Our Chapter Planning meeting is still set for Nov. 11th. This meeting is when we disucss next years ride and social plans. Also, as a final reminder, our Chapter web site is now officially www.gwrra-ilz2.com. Our older address of ILZ2.com is being closed down to save on costs. It was only forwarding to the new address and the expense is no longer necessary. So please change your web browsers, favorites and shortcuts on your phones, tablets and computers.

Until Sunday then… Ride Safe!

Jim & Barb Kopchok
Chapter Director

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