Gold Wing chapter receives top state honors

Feb. 17, 2013 @ 06:10 AM

A group of motorcycle riders and enthusiasts from Rutherford County have received honors on the state level.

Chapter NC P-2 of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association received recognition as the 2012 North Carolina Chapter of the Year.

The award was presented to chapter director Mike Humphries at the state meeting in January with several members of the Rutherford County-based chapter attending. Last Tuesday night dozens of members and friends gathered at Ryan's in Forest City to celebrate the state accomplishment.

Association members Charlie Cook, Richard Champion of Forest City and Ed Carter of Rutherfordton talked about the chapter and what the association means to motorcycle riders across the county, state and nation.

"People are working together in a committed way to achieve a common goal," Cook said. With its mission, "Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge," chapters meet for fun and friendship, to learn safety issues about riding and defensive riding and also to educate the people and to promote the image of motorcycle riders.

A person doesn't have to ride a Gold Wing motorcycle to be a member and neither does a person have to even own a motorcycle to join the chapter.

To receive the chapter of the year title, an association must visit other chapters during the year, have a newsletter and a website, and must be involved in continuing education. The NC P-2 met all the criteria, Cook said.

Among the projects of the P-2 Chapter has been the adoption of two residents at the J. Iverson Riddle Development Center in Morganton (formerly Western Carolina Center). Chapter members spend some time with the clients during the year and take gifts on holidays. 

The GWRRA is the world's largest single-marque social organization and according to the website, members enjoy the freedom of belonging to a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-political organization. 

The local chapter includes men and women from all walks of life, some young riders and some senior citizens.

"We want to attract more members to the chapter," Carter said.  "We want people to know we're here."

The chapter meets the second Tuesday of every month at Ryan's in Forest City at 6:30 p.m. for a meal. The program gets underway at 7:30 p.m. and everyone interested in the safety of riding motorcycles and the fellowship of riding together is invited to attend.

There are over 800 active chapters with 4,000 volunteers leaders who work to promote safe, enjoyable riding and helping to improve the image of motorcycling.