Gold Wing Road Riders Association
Chapter A
McDonough, Georgia
 
         
   
In my attempt to get the Chapter A history written down for posterity, I asked for input from Tom and Ellen Jeanes – mainly because of their longevity with the chapter. I figured if anyone had some information, they would be our best chance at getting it all down. Boy, did they ever – they handed me a huge stack of past newsletters.  I also received some information from past chapter staff members Cal and Erlene Hicks.

When you start going through all of that paper, many things can be found – from the good times had at the local restaurants – including a food fight or two, to the fun in attending and winning awards in regional events – and, last but not least, the camaraderie and deep friendships built over the decades. That’s right I said decades – this chapter has been around for a very long time – actually since August of 1984!!!!

Even though I’ve only found information dating back to the late eighties, I’m sure there’s even more that’s around somewhere. If anyone has additional information, please contact me and I’ll gladly add it.

The first record I found for the meeting location was at Shoney’s in Union City in 1989. The chapter met in that location until October 1992 when they outgrew the Shoney’s and moved to Davis Brothers Restaurant (which was located inside the Farmer’s Market in Forest Park). Chapter A was meeting there until Davis Brothers closed after several years in business. This forced a search for a new meeting location. They first tried the Holiday Inn on Highway 19/41 and finally settled on the Golden Corral in Stockbridge. Meetings were held there until 1998 when they moved into Teddy’s Diner on Hudson Bridge Road. The meetings stayed at Teddy’s until mid 1999.  Then Teddy's closed, which caused another move to the Shoney’s on Highway 155 in McDonough.  In mid 2000, the meeting place was moved to O.B.’s Barbeque in McDonough. For a few months in late summer of 2001 the group tried the Piccadilly Restaurant in Stockbridge, but later that year they moved back to an old location with a new name – Pasta Mia, which was the same building as Teddy’s Diner. During 2002, the group had to move once more due to the closing of Pasta Mia.  They found a meeting location inside the Kountry Fisherman Restaurant, at base of the bridge in Stockbridge.  The chapter stayed there until the beginning of 2003 when the move was made to a larger meeting room at Rico’s Mexican Restaurant on East Atlanta Road.  In January of 2005, again due to those wonderful "growing pains", our meeting location was changed to Uncle Sam's American Grill on Hwy 155 near Racetrack Road.  Beginning in January of 2010, our meeting location was changed to the Golden Corral on Jonesboro in McDonough and the time was changed to 10AM on the third Saturday.  Needing a larger meeting room, starting in February of 2013, we moved our meeting again, this time to Southern Cooking on Highway 155.  We also changed back to an evening meet time.  In late 2014, when Southern Cooking moved to their new location on Industrial Boulevard, Chapter A followed them there.

Please take a look back to some of our past leaders and staff members. Many of the people seen here are still involved in GWRRA – some leading at the District or Region Level – many leading other chapters in Georgia or other states. Remember, our maxim is “First in Georgia” – several chapters started and grew from being involved with Chapter A many, many years ago. 

As I was looking back through the old pages, I could see members from cities close and far away – Stockbridge, McDonough, Ellenwood, Atlanta, Tyrone, Lawrenceville, College Park, Griffin, Forest Park, Milner, Morganton, Riverdale, Rex, Covington, Hampton, Morrow, Jonesboro, Newnan, Douglasville, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Locust Grove, Stone Mountain, and Jackson.

Our hearts are with those who have brightened our lives by sharing great times with us in the past – and with those members (and new friends) we have yet to meet. If you haven’t been by – come visit with us, pull up a chair, kick back and stay awhile. And, if you’ve been by in the past – you know you miss us, come on back ‘cause we miss you too!

by Bob McCroskey

Our Leaders and Friends…

1989-1990
Area Representative – Billy Brand
Asst. Area Representative – Jim Julian
Treasurer – Darlene Hazelrig
Safety Educator – David Privett

1990-1991
Area Representative – Mike Gazaway
Asst. Area Representative – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Treasurer – Johanna Brand
Safety Educator – Alzona Houser 
Newsletter Editor – Diane Mitchell

1991-1992
Area Representative – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Asst. Area Representative – Glenn & Patti Gibson
Treasurer – Jerry Hardegree
Safety Educator – Alzona Houser
Newsletter Editor – Carolyn Wilson

1992-1993
Area Representative – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Asst. Area Representative – Larry & Rita Fulford
Treasurer – Jerry Hardegree
Safety Educator – Glenn & Patti Gibson
Ride Coordinator – Ken Goode
Newsletter Editor – Tom Jeanes

1993-1994
Area Representative – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Asst. Area Representative – Gary & Barbara Thayer
Treasurer – Jerry Hardegree
Safety Educator – Glenn & Patti Gibson
Ride Coordinator – Ken Goode
Newsletter Editor – Tom Jeanes

1994-1995
Area Representative – Gary & Barbara Thayer
Asst. Area Representative – Dan & Cathy Bowman
Treasurer – Jack & Gloria Farabaugh
Chapter Educator – Tim & Nicky Marlin
Ride Coordinator – Ken Goode, Mike Knowles
Public Relations – Paul & Mary Brewer
Activities Coordinator – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Newsletter Editor – Charles Frey

1995-1996
Chapter Director – Paul & Mary Brewer
Asst. Chapter Director – Ed & Janice Carter
Treasurer – Jack & Gloria Farabaugh 
Chapter Educator – Tim & Nicky Marlin, Mike Knowles, Bill & Cathy Lowe
Public Relations – Cal & Erlene Hicks
Activities Coordinator – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Awards Coordinator – Terrald & Doris Weaver

1996-1997
Chapter Director – Dave & Mamie Wells
Asst. Chapter Director – Charles & Kimi Ivey, Tom & Sharon Lash
Treasurer – Jack & Gloria Farabaugh
Chapter Educator – Bill & Cathy Lowe
Ride Cood – Ed & Janice Carter
Activities Coordinator – Ron & Susan Parks
Newsletter Editor – Paul & Mary Brewer

1997-1998
Chapter Director – Charles & Kimi Ivey
Asst. Chapter Director – Tom & Sharon Lash
Treasurer – Jack & Gloria Farabaugh
Chapter Educator – Ben & Carol Thomas
Ride Coordinator – Doc Montgomery, Karen Foust
Newsletter Editor – Dave Wells
Webmaster – Jim & Sue Lynch

1998-1999
Chapter Director – Charles & Kimi Ivey
Asst. Chapter Director – Tom & Sharon Lash
Treasurer – Jack & Gloria Farabaugh
Newsletter Editor – Dave & Mamie Wells
Webmaster – Jim & Sue Lynch

2000-2001
Chapter Director – Sam & Sami Hall
Asst. Chapter Director – Russ & Judy Handley
Treasurer – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Chapter Educator – Russ Handley, Phil Piotrowski, Sam Hall, Bill Stanley
Ride Coordinator – Brian Allen
Secretary – Joyce Piotrowski
Webmaster – Patti Gibson, Sami Hall, Judy Handley

2001-2002
Chapter Director – Russ & Judy Handley
Asst. Chapter Director – Brian & Cindy Allen
Treasurer – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Chapter Educator – Bill & Carole Stanley
Ride Coordinator – Vernon & Luann Harp
Secretary – Joyce Piotrowski
Membership Enhancement – Gary & Linda Cawthon
Newsletter Editor – Carole Stanley, Cindy Allen
Webmaster – Patti Gibson, Judy Handley

2002-2004
Chapter Director – Brian & Cindy Allen
Asst. Chapter Director – Bob & Karla Greer
Treasurer – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Chapter Educator – Phil Piotrowski
Ride Coordinator – Don Severs, Steve Fagan, Bob McCroskey
Secretary – Joyce Piotrowski
Membership Coordinator – Karla Greer
Newsletter Editor – Cindy Allen
Ride for Kids Coordinator - Ray & Daphne Keys
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2003 -
Bob & Karla Greer
Couple of the Year 2004 -
Bob & Bonnie McCroskey

2005
Chapter Director – Bob & Karla Greer
Asst. Chapter Director – Bob & Bonnie McCroskey
Treasurer – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Chapter Educator – Phil Piotrowski
Ride Coordinator – Don Severs, Steve Fagan
Secretary – Joyce Piotrowski
Scrapbook Coord./Historian - Judy Severs
Membership Coordinator – Karla Greer
Newsletter Editor – Cindy Allen
Ride for Kids Coordinator - Debra Law 
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2005 - Brian & Cindy Allen
Special Events Coordinators - Rick & Faye Reece

2006
Chapter Director – Bob & Karla Greer
Asst. Chapter Director – Bob & Bonnie McCroskey
Treasurer – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Chapter Educator – Steve Fagan
Ride Coordinator – Dave DeWinter
Secretary – Joyce Piotrowski
Scrapbook Coord./Historian - Judy Severs
Membership Coordinator – Karla Greer
Newsletter Editor – Cindy Allen
Ride for Kids Coordinator - Debra Law 
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2006 - Phil & Joyce Piotrowski
Special Events Coordinators - Rick & Faye Reece

2006-2007
Chapter Director – Bob & Bonnie McCroskey
Asst. Chapter Director – Steve & Dottie Fagan
Treasurer – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Chapter Educator – Roy Degler
Ride Coordinator – Don Severs & Jim Sallee
Secretary – Joyce Piotrowski
Scrapbook Coord./Historian - Judy Severs
Membership Coordinator – Bonnie McCroskey
Newsletter Editor – Cindy Allen
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2007 - Don & Judy Severs

2007-2008
Chapter Director – Bob & Bonnie McCroskey
Asst. Chapter Director – Steve & Dottie Fagan
Treasurer – Tom & Ellen Jeanes
Chapter Educator – Roy Degler
Ride Coordinator – Don Severs & Jim Sallee
Secretary – Joyce Piotrowski
Scrapbook Coord./Historian - Judy Severs
Membership Coordinator – Bonnie McCroskey
Newsletter Editor – Cindy Allen
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2008 - Steve & Dottie Fagan
Motorist Awareness Coordinator - Dick Hopkins

2008-2009
Chapter Director – Bob & Bonnie McCroskey
Asst. Chapter Director – Steve & Dottie Fagan
Treasurer – Phil Piotrowski
Chapter Educator – Roy Degler
Ride Coordinator – Don Severs & Jim Sallee
Secretary – Joyce Piotrowski
Scrapbook Coord./Historian - Judy Severs
Membership Coordinator – Bonnie McCroskey
Newsletter Editor – Cindy Allen
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2009 - Roy & Julie Degler
Motorist Awareness Coordinator - Dick Hopkins

2010
Chapter Director – Steve & Dottie Fagan
Asst. Chapter Director – Jim & Marilyn Sallee
Treasurer – Phil Piotrowski
Chapter Educator – Bryan & Nina Douglas
Ride Coordinator – Don Severs
Secretary – Joyce Piotrowski
Scrapbook Coord./Historian – Judy Severs
Membership Coordinator – Dottie Fagan
Newsletter Editor – Cindy Allen
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2010 – Bob & Diane Hickly
Motorist Awareness Coordinator – Dick Hopkins

2011
Chapter Director – Steve & Dottie Fagan
Asst. Chapter Director – Jim & Marilyn Sallee  - Larry & Pam Clemmer
Treasurer – Phil Piotrowski
Chapter Educator – Bryan & Nina Douglas
Ride Coordinators – Larry Clemmer, Kenny & Teresa Mueller
Secretary – Pam Clemmer
Sunshine Lady – Joyce Piotrowski
Scrapbook Coord./Historian – Judy Severs
Membership Coordinator – Dottie Fagan
Newsletter Editors – Ed & Linda Ferguson - Jim & Dee Allen
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2011 – Dick & Peg Hopkins
Motorist Awareness Coordinator – Dick Hopkins

2012
Chapter Director – Jim & Marilyn Sallee
Asst. Chapter Director – Larry & Pam Clemmer
Treasurer – Phil Piotrowski
Chapter Educator – Bryan & Nina Douglas
Ride Coordinators – Larry Clemmer, Jim Allen
Secretary – Pam Clemmer
Sunshine Lady – Joyce Piotrowski
Scrapbook Coord./Historian – Judy Severs
Membership Coordinator – Marilyn Sallee
Newsletter Editors – Jim & Dee Allen
Special Events Coordinator – Carla Rapp
Membership Enhancement Coordinators – Don & Sharon Jenkins
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2012 – Larry & Pam Clemmer
Motorist Awareness Coordinator – Gary Rackley

2013
Chapter Directors – Larry & Pam Clemmer
Asst. Chapter Directors & Statistician – Bryan & Nina Douglas
Asst. Chapter Directors – Don & Sharon Jenkins
Treasurer – Phil Piotrowski
Chapter Educator – Jim Allen
Ride Coordinators – Elijah Fryer
Secretary – Juanita Rackley
Sunshine Lady – Dottie Fagan
Historian – Jackie Lane
Newsletter Editor – Dee Allen
Newsletter Proofreader – Sheree Bryant
Special Events Coordinator – Carla Rapp
Asst. Special Events Coordinator – Bonnie McCroskey
Membership Enhancement Coordinators – Johnny & Greta Hillman/Don & Sharon Jenkins
Couple of the Year 2013 – Bryan & Nina Douglas
Motorist Awareness Coordinator – Gary Rackley
Motorist Awareness Liaison – Jim Thomas
HEROBOX Coordinator – Joyce Piotrowski
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey

2014
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Selected as Georgia Chapter of Year for 2014
 
Chapter Directors – Larry & Pam Clemmer
Asst. Chapter Directors & Statistician – Bryan & Nina Douglas
Asst. Chapter Directors – Don & Sharon Jenkins
Treasurer – Phil Piotrowski
Chapter Educator – Thomas Lane
Ride Coordinators – Elijah Fryer
Secretary – Juanita Rackley
Sunshine Lady – Peg Hopkins
Historian – Jackie Lane
Newsletter Editor – Dee Allen
Newsletter Proofreader – Sheree Bryant
Special Events Coordinator – Carla Rapp
Membership Enhancement Coordinators – Don & Sharon Jenkins
Couple of the Year 2014 – Don & Sharon Jenkins
Motorist Awareness Coordinator – Gary Rackley
Motorist Awareness Liaison – Jim Thomas
HEROBOX Coordinator – Joyce Piotrowski
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey

2015
Chapter Directors –
Don & Sharon Jenkins
Asst. Chapter Directors – Juanita & Gary Rackley
Treasurer – Phil Piotrowski
Chapter Educators – Thomas & Jackie Lane
Ride Coordinator – Dick Hopkins/Bob Greer
Secretary – Beverly Ensley
Sunshine Lady – Debbie Lundell
Historian - Sharon Jenkins
Membership Enhancement Coordinator – Sheree Bryant Hausser
Newsletter Editor – Ken & Anita Maynard
Newsletter Proofreader – Pam Clemmer & Sheree Bryant Hausser
Special Events Coordinator – Sharon Jenkins
Couple of the Year 2015 – Gary & Juanita Rackley
Motorist Awareness Coordinator – Joe Jundell
Chapter of the Year Coordinator – Lawana Woodard
Photographer - Sheila Olander
Motorist Awareness Liaison – Jim Thomas
HEROBOX Coordinator – Mark & Lisa Wall
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey

2016
Chapter Directors –
Gary & Juanita Rackley
Asst. Chapter Directors – Jim & Dee Allen
Treasurer – Phil Piotrowski
Chapter Educators – Thomas & Jackie Lane
Ride Coordinator – Bob Greer
Secretary – Beverly Ensley
Sunshine Lady – Peg Hopkins
Historian & Membership Enhancement Coordinator – Karla Greer
Newsletter Editor – Ken & Anita Maynard
Newsletter Proofreader – Pam Clemmer & Peg Hopkins
Special Events Coordinator – Bonnie McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2016 – Nathan & Beverly Ensley
Motorist Awareness Coordinator – Bob Olander
Chapter of the Year Coordinator – Lawana Woodard
Photographer - Sheila Olander
Motorist Awareness Liaison – Jim Thomas
Charity Coordinator – Mark & Lisa Wall
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey

2017
Chapter Directors –
Gary & Juanita Rackley
Asst. Chapter Directors – Bryan & Nina Douglas
Treasurer – Phil Piotrowski
Chapter Educators –
Bryan & Nina Douglas - Bob Greer
Ride Coordinator – Bob Greer - Bryan Douglas
Secretary – Beverly Ensley
Sunshine Lady – Peg Hopkins
Historian & Membership Enhancement Coordinator – Karla Greer
Newsletter Editor – Ken & Anita Maynard
Newsletter Proofreader – Peg Hopkins
Special Events Coordinator – Bonnie McCroskey
Couple of the Year 2017 – Larry & Shelia Appleby
Motorist Awareness Coordinator – 
Larry Appleby
Chapter of the Year Coordinator – Lawana Woodard
Photographer - Nathan Ensley
Motorist Awareness Liaison – Jim Thomas
Charity Coordinator – Don & Sharon Jenkins
Webmaster – Bob McCroskey
   
         
 

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