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Log Your Mileage

WOW M.O.T.O.S (Motorcycle Odometer Tracking Online System) is open to log your miles for both the Personal Mileage Program and the Annual Mileage Contest.  For more information go to Members > WOW M.O.T.O.S

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Survey – add your input

April 15th is past, Survey is now closed. Thank you for your input. Please take a moment to complete the Google Survey that the Advisory (Retention) Committee put together to gain your input! Simply log into the Web site in upper right-hand corner. The link to the survey is in the drop-down of the MEMBERS

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WOW Partners with Motel 6®

Motel 6 is sprucing things up and has launched a new marketing campaign to celebrate the new look and feel of the brand. Effective March 1, 2016, WOW will have its very own corporate account number (CP number) that will allow our members to save 10% when reservations are made directly with Motel 6 either

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Between You and Me

by Deana Foster It is that time of year again when we make New Year resolutions and anything seems possible…even me losing 50 pounds and becoming 20 years younger. I’m also trying to convince myself that I can keep up with my daily workload and answer all Women On Wheels® business email in a timely

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J.P.’s Primary Cover

by Janis Perfetto WOW! Ten years ago this month, I edited my first WOW magazine. It has been both my honor and my pleasure to hold this position. I truly enjoy every single minute, every single issue, and every single part of being your editor. Some of my first memories include crashing on my motorcycle

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Shifting Gears

by Carolee Langer We hear this quite often: “How does the Board decide on WHERE the next International Ride-In™ will be held?” Great Question! Let’s go over some of the things WOW looks for when planning and hosting this annual premier event. For starters, each year the President appoints a “Future Ride-In™” Committee, which is

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Getting’ To Gettysburg

It’s time to start planning your adventure to the 2016 Women On Wheels® Ride-In™. But why Gettysburg? You might be asking yourself exactly what is so interesting about this particular patch of earth. Well, there’s the obvious…the Civil War Battlefield View. Everybody is familiar with the history of the area. It’s definitely an awe-inspiring place

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WOW Advisory Board Info

by Peg Cushman Hi to all of my comrades in WOW: I am Peg Cushman, Lorraine, on my official membership, and I have volunteered to participate in an advisory committee with several other WOW members to investigate ways to solve our problem of decreasing membership. The advisory group’s mission is to find out why people

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JUST ONE!

by Deana Foster If you attended the Ride-In™ in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, you may recall me providing you information pertaining to our membership numbers dropping. If you didn’t attend, this may be a complete surprise as those numbers aren’t shared often. Well that is going to change. I want you to know where we stand each

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Riding Through Door

by Peggy Walker A weekend in Door County, Wisconsin, was planned as a State event for our three Chapters. As it turned out we had eight members from Dairyland Originals, one from Women On The Edge and none from New Foxy Riders. Our weekend started out WET on Friday with all us traveling most of

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WOW’s Youngest Member EVER!

by Liz Udvardi A few years ago I decided to take a giant leap and start riding a motorcycle. When all the men around (sorry guys) kept discouraging me with “that bikes too big,” “you sure you want to do that,” and “you are going to get hurt,” I found myself looking for an organization

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A GREAT CHAPTER RIDE IN A BOX!

by Carol McCann Say What?! One might question that statement. But on that drizzling Sunday, the Women On The Edge Chapter Ride was set to begin from Pat’s house in Independence, only two brave souls came on their bikes. Two came in cars and Pat didn’t even have her Harley out. First we had a

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To 3 or Not to 3 – That is the Question!

by Terri Baroch I arrived late in life to motorcycle riding. Growing up with all sisters, motorcycles were not part of my childhood experience. I only learned to ride in my early 20s as my then-husband and I had a bike when we were first married. It was a Kawasaki 500, and I having the

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Motorcycling At 60+!

By Tjody Jacobsen Well, someone needs to pinch me! It’s very surreal to me that I, Tjody Ann, own and ride my own motorcycle! It’s something I’ve always toyed with doing in the back of my mind, but heck, I’m not a “biker chick” nor a daredevil adventurer as I tend to err on the

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In Search of the Female Motorcyclist

By Kristina Padilla We were lined up two by two. The collection of engines created a low rumble, like a distant storm building over the mountains. The light flashed green, feet pulled up and with a twist of the throttle my body was suctioned to the backrest. As we approached the onramp to I-25, a

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Membership Milestones in 2015

30 Year Members IA Laurie Long IL Nancy Motsinger MI Diana Lancaster WI Susan Frish 25 Year Members GA Toni Mccall IA Jim Adams (Support) IA Mary Ann Freeland IL James Love (Support) KS Belinda Schlesener MD Carol Hickey OH Kathleen Koop OH Daryl Posey (Support) OH Deborah Posey TN Miranda Young WI Susan Konopka

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Kickstand Up, One Last Ride

Kickstand up, one last ride On a beautiful autumn Sunday drive Fifteen years, tried and true Many years on old Big Blue But reflexes slow and pains kick in One last memory, one last spin Autumn leaves swirling around Laying a carpet on the ground Biker waves, to others who know How we feel, that

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The More You Know… In Which States Can You Hang Your Hat?

No Helmet Law – Only two states are 100% free: Illinois and Iowa. Here’s how the rest of the states hang their hats. Some states may be “helmet free,” but have additional requirements. Alaska, for instance, allows riders over 18 years of age to go without a helmet, but the rider must wear eye protection,

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Welcome Home! New Members To Our WOW Family

AZ Molly Norman 10/5/2015 CO Temprance Orlowski 10/23/2015 DE Renee Noonan 10/1/2015 IA Rachel Laslo 10/10/2015 ID Dyan Loya 10/6/2015 IL Laura Manaugh 10/28/2015 IL Lea Reitmeyer 10/5/2015 KS Annette Bollig 10/16/2015 KS Debra Jones 10/7/2015 KY Stacey Rowell 9/20/2015 MA Audrey Stockwell 9/25/2015 MI Patricia Milkovich 10/25/2015 MN Edllund Edward 9/4/2015 MN Malinda Johnson

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Items of Interest – Jan-Feb Magazine

Page 6 ~ WOW Ride-In Nomination Form Page 8 ~ The 30th International Women On Wheels® Ride-In™ Announcement Page 8 ~ 2016 Ride-In™ Design Contest Page 17 ~ Sisters Centennial Motorcycle Ride Page 26 ~ Notice of Trustee Election Page 27 ~ Calendar of Events Page 28 ~ International WOW Ride-In Registration Form

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Nominations for Ride-In™ Awards Open

Submit your nomination of an exceptional member or participating dealer, one nomination per form please. The awards will the announced and presented at the Ride-In™ in Gettysburg. Use Nomination Form – the forms must be postmarked by March 15, 2016.

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2016 Ride-In Design Contest

There will be two designs selected one for the pin and another for the Ride-In T-shirt. See contest rules Entries must be mailed by March 15, 2016

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WOW Riding Adventure – September 2016

To fellow WOW travelers, The next international adventure for Women On Wheels members can now be booked for Sept 10-16, 2016.  Here is the link: http://edelweissbike.com/women-on-wheels  After she knows how many are interested our travel agent, Donna Campbell, will be organizing a pre-trip for us to go to Paris. Hopefully you won’t be creeped out

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Holiday Sale – WOW Merchandise!

Select Items are on Clearance for a limited time. So Shop now!

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Just Between You and Me

By DEANA foster #13019  BOT President We Are Family! I’m sure most of you know that I am over 40…hehehehe… but I will really be giving away my age when I tell you that lately I have had the song “We Are Family,” by the Pointer Sisters, in my head, and YES, I know most

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BOT 2016 election results!

As a result of the Board of Trustees election, Deana Foster and Laura Mitchell have accepted a position on the Board for the 2016-2018 term. See magazine for more

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J.P.’s Primary Cover

JANIS perfetto #11596  managing editor WOW! What a Ride-In™! Everything about this one was fabulous! The weather was pretty cooperative – minimal rain and low, cool summer temps! And there was ice cream! Served in those little containers with flat wooden spoons just like we got in elementary school! I was introduced to fried cheese

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A Special Thank You

By Cris Baldwin In her September/October 2015 “Just Between You and Me” column, president Deana Foster wrote: “What has Women On Wheels® done for you?” My most recent story: Some of you know that I was in a motorcycle accident on July 3, while on my way to the Ride-In™. While my injuries were not

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$$ HOW YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE SPENT $$

By PAM Rusk #8806 BOT Treasurer Ever wonder how your Women On Wheels® membership dues are being spent? The WOW magazine comes in the mail every two months, but what other expenditures are incurred by the organization, you might ask yourself, do my dues cover. Let’s breakdown what the majority of your $40 membership dues

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29th International Ride-In™ Oconomowoc, WI – July 7, 8, 9, 2015 Take a Sweet Ride Fun Facts

By Bert Magnuson #4741 3549    Miles – Longest Distance Direct Route for Rider from Anchorage, Alaska – Full and Child members 625       Ice cream cups from Schoeps and Cedar Crest 330      Total Attendance for Ride-In™ 278      Event pins to those who pre-registered by May 6 201      Ride-In™ T-shirts ordered 197      Door prize items donated

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And Now, A Word From The Frog Princess…

By Moe Moyer #15055 Hello, Moe Moyer here, Keystone Chapter and recipient of the honorable title of Frog Princess. Just a quick note to thank you for putting together such a lovely gift basket (now about the “Title…). Not to mention sending out to me since our motorcycle was packed to the gills. Marilyn and

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The MISAdventures of the Atlanta Peachstate Riders to the 2015 Ride-In™

Part 1 – Marilyn, Tim and Ditto Vershure by Marilyn Vershure #2667 Thursday, July 2 ~ My twin brothers, Tim and Ditto Vershure, headed to my house in Villa Rica, Georgia, to accompany me to Oconomowoc. Of course I still wasn’t packed, but at least I had a pile in the bedroom and a pile

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Part 3 – Michigan to Wisconsin

by Carol Waters #19217 Six of us Georgia WOW riders (Hazel, Darcy, Teresa, James, Karole and Carol) met up in Michigan and headed North over the very impressive Mackinac Bridge. I am in awe at the engineering marvels of man sometimes as the bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. It

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Part 5 ~ Minnesota Delegation Report

by Cathy Davies #3062 The Atlanta Peachstate Riders’ Minnesota contingent traveled to the Ride-In™ in two waves. Cathy “Redboots” Davies and Larry Johnson, who summer in northern Minnesota, looked at the weather forecast and altered their ride plans. Instead of two, 275-mile leisurely days, they stayed ahead of a wall of coming water by riding

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My Route 66 Odyssey

I started planning my dream vacation for riding Route 66 back in July 2014. OK, in truth, I have wanted to ride or drive the Mother Road for nearly 25 years. A good friend of mine brought the trip to my attention and the timing was finally right. The icing on the cake – not

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Participating Dealers Recognitions

Women On Wheels® appreciates all of our Participating Dealers for their support. We would like to congratulate the following Participating Dealers for their extended participation in the Participating Dealer Program, and highlight our Dealer of the Year, Rod’s Ride On Powersports in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, Muskegon, Michigan 5 Years – Women On

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Items of Interest – Nov-Dec Magazine

Page 6 – Women On Wheels® 2016 Ride-In™ Design Contest Page 7 – Ride-In™ Nomination Form Page 28 – Women On Wheels® Profit and Loss Statement for 2014

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Just Between You and Me

By DEANA foster #13019 What WOW Did For Me The Board has been asking a lot of questions lately. One of the primary questions has been “What does Women On Wheels® do for you?” We have discovered that our organization means a lot of different things to different people and provided you a lot of

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J.P.’s Primary Cover

JANIS perfetto #11596 What a bittersweet month September is! Summer is closing, which means the end of the riding season for many. The Ride-In™ is history. And winter will be upon us in no time. That’s the bitter part. The sweet news is that another Ride-In™ is coming up and will bring a new summer.

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Shifting Gears

By CAROLEE langer #14685 Instead of a goofy story about wearing proper riding gear or running across a parking lot in heels to recruit a WOW member, I want to share my thoughts about our Women On Wheels® Mission Statement. Does it align with who we are today? (Oh come on, don’t turn the page

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WOW Announcements

Looking for the latest information and announcements about Women On Wheels® and need to know where to find it? Look to Facebook. Not a Facebook user you say? You don’t need to have a Facebook account to stay in touch with the latest happenings and communications for WOW members. Simply bookmark www.facebook.com/womenonwheels1 and you will

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Wielding the Wrench

By DAVE foster #13019.01 You ask, Dave Foster answers! Do you have a burning “wrench” question? Do you need help figuring out how to fix a problem with your motorcycle? First husband, Support Member Dave Foster is ready to answer your most burning questions. Thanks Dave! We DO love our Support Members! This issue’s question

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Motoring to the Moto GP

By JILL dunphy #19185 Last July, after arriving home from the World Superbike Races at Laguna Seca, my husband and I were sharing a frosty beverage in our garage, as we usually do after a long (or short or any) motorcycle ride. We were lamenting how sad we were that the MotoGP races were no

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Dual Identities

By ANNETTE stout #18881 The 2015 CD/SA meeting in Oconomowoc was entertaining and powerful in scope, and the topics that were discussed were very interesting. I walked out informed and very motivated, yet concerned about our group’s declining renewals. One of the concerns Chapter Directors surfaced was membership value and how that was perceived within

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Motorcycle-Travel.Net gets member’s stamp of approval

Frequent motorcycling travelers have options! No longer do you have to spend big money on hotel rooms just to worry whether or not your motorcycle is safe out in the parking lot. Member Elaine Bagley shares this exciting information about motorcycle-travel.net. Elaine was enthusiastic to share her experiences, which were safe alternatives to staying alone

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Did You Know?

Did you know the Women On Wheels Member Directory is your “go to” resource for various reasons? In addition to the listing of our Participating Dealers, this directory also lists every member who signed up to be listed. Knowing where our Participating Dealers are located while you are traveling is a valuable resource. Our dealers

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Items of Interest – Sept-Oct Magazine

Page 8 – Winter WOW T-Shirt Design Contest Page 20 – Women On Wheels® All Member Mileage Contest ENDING FORM Page 24 – Proposed By-Law Changes

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By-Law Changes

The following changes to the By-Laws for Women On Wheels® have been proposed. —  Before a vote is taken by the Board on the proposed by-law changes comments from the membership will be taken into consideration. Please review the changes and send your comments to boardtrustees@womenonwheels.org by October 20, 2015. Article IV. Board of Trustees,

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IFRD photos ready for voting

The pictures submitted for May 2nd International Female Ride Day are displayed and ready for your votes. You must be logged in  to vote. IFRD Photo Contest

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Ride-In Schedule Updated

The Ride-In schedule has been updated with slight changes in hours 2015 Ride-In Schedule 5-19-15

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Int’l Female Ride Day – May 2, 2015

Don’t forget! Saturday, May 2, is International Female Ride Day (IFRD)! Have you planned your route and photo location to participate in the 5th Annual Women On Wheels® IFRD photo contest? Rules are posted here –> IFRD 2015 Photo Contest.

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2015 Ride-In™ Schedule Update

We are keeping you up to date on the upcoming Ride-In™ schedule. See you there in July! 2015 Ride-In Schedule 3-10-15

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2015 Ride-In™ Schedule

2015 Ride-In Schedule — Here is the schedule for the upcoming Ride-In™ — Come and Enjoy!

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Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444 mile long historical National Park.  It starts in Natchez Mississippi and ends in Nashville Tennessee. The roads are curvy with no commercial traffic.  For more information go to Natchez Trace website.

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My Alpha Omega Journey

By Mari Phillips The Iron Butt Association ® (IBA) SaddleSoar 1000® is an endurance ride of 1000 miles in 24 hours. For me, it was not about a competition, but merely a self-gratifying accomplishment for this 57-year-old retired, newbie female rider.

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Items of Interest

Page 9 – Mileage contest ending form (ends Oct 31st) Page 27 – Members’ Voice form Page 28 – WOW’s financial reports Page 29 – New Member list Page 30 – Participating Dealer List Page 32 – WOW State Directory & Forming Chapters Page 33 – WOW National Directory Page 34 – WOW Membership Application

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Becky Badger’s Adventures

By Linda Stone My job has officially begun, and the Women on the Edge chapter showed no mercy. Oh but the sights I saw and the fun I had, when I wasn’t “in the backpack” stuffed into Linda Stone’s saddle bag that is!

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More is NOT Better

By Sarah Schilke I would like to respond to the recent article, “The Fashion Accessory That Could Save Your Life,” published in the WOW Magazine, May/June 2014 issue. While general information in the article is accurate (helmet fit, care, storage etc.) there are some inaccuracies, and much of the information presented is biased and limited

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Liked and Following

Liked and Following is a new feature showcasing Facebook conversations found on the Women On Wheels® Facebook page. Be sure to join our Facebook page, visit often and participate in some conversations so you, too, can be a part of Liked and Following!

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Bikes & Bytes

By MJ Allen What a great ride to and fro the Ride-In™! Thanks to my long time buddy Diane Brinker, I had one of the most relaxing long distance rides ever. We did what you may want to call the 200 Mile Mosey.

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P.J.’s Primary Cover

By Janis Perfetto Whew! Summer is quickly coming to a sad close. As we move into fall, it’s time for a few things to do. Before you sisters in the snow head off for final tours of fall foliage and ice cream, and prepare to pack your rides away for winter, remember to send in

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New Directions – Cris Baldwin

Last July, in Billings, Montana, the Chapter Directors and State Ambassadors spent some time identifying “wobbles,” “detours,” and “potholes,” as defined by Tamela Rich, our Ride-In™ guest speaker and seminar leader. You may recall her definitions in my column a year ago: “Wobbles” get our attention— “Detours” are unexpected opportunities “Potholes” should always be avoided

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5th Annual Croozapalooza Message

Dear WOW Sisters and Bob: Thank you for attending the 5th Annual President’s Croozapalooza. I have a new appreciation for Michigan’s beauty–both its people and its places. Attached is the group photo from Angola.  Thank you, Ally White, for taking it.  If you rsvp’d for yourself and others, please be sure to pass along the photo to

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5th Annual Croozapaloza Schedule

Michigan Croozapalooza

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Bikes & Bytes

Oh yes, let me tell you about the ride… First, you’re talking to someone who hasn’t had much of a chance to explore this new world of mine. So, all those back roads are still virgin territory. All I can say is wow, wow, and more wow. To ride up and down the keys (Longboat,

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New Directions – Cris Baldwin

“The best-laid schemes of mice and men, often go astray.” ~Robert Burns Someone once told me that persons in leadership positions should never apologize. However, I tend to be a “When you mess up, ‘fess up” kind of leader. So here goes . . .  

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5th Annual President’s Croozapalooza

5th Annual President’s Croozapalooza

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2014 International Female Ride Day Photos

2014 International Female Ride Day Photos The votes are in, and Mountain Shadow Riders, Colorado, won this year’s competition with their “You Can Do It” themed photo!  

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NEW LIMITED-EDITION WOW MERCHANDISE

Limited Edition Flyer

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Announcing Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists

Women On Wheels® is excited to announce that it has joined forces with American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Mad Maps, Motor Maids, Inc.; Pro Convention, Women’s International Motorcycle Association USA (WIMA USA); Women in the Wind; and the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation, Inc., to form the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists (WCM)… Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists

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Women Only Weekend

Aug 22-24 WOW – Women Only Week-end at Westby, WI $45 for 2 nights Contact: Connie B

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Chapter Forming Information

Want to start a chapter? Get started here!

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Items of Interest

Page 9    *28th Ride-In™ Announcement/Design Contest Page 10   *Ride-In™ Registration Form Page 11  *Ride-In™ Nomination Form  Page 28   Notice of Trustee Election Page 29   Trustee Nomination Petition Page 30   Operational Calendar

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Meet the New State Ambassadors

Introducing the 2014-2015 State Ambassadors State Ambassadors play a vital role in communicating with Chapter Directors and Members in their state, working with the Chapter Director/State Ambassador Coordinator to dispense and receive information and advice. If your state has no Chapters or State Ambassador, an enthusiastic volunteer may step forward to be reviewed by the

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Cabin Fever 2014

By Connie Diamond Another year is approaching fast with another Cabin Fever on the horizon. The older we get, the faster time seems to fly by. Everyone’s lives are so hectic anymore that our 2014 Cabin Fever will be a great getaway for us all. Be with old friends and make new ones. Last year,

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Welcome to Louisiana Y’all!

By Linda C. Ledoux The land of voodoo and hoodoo is one weirdly wonderful state, with great jazz, delicious food, surreal celebrations, and plenty of things that go bump in the bayou. So, whether the saying is Come one, Come all or the More the Merrier, rest assured by the time you leave the 28th International Ride-In™, July

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Extraordinary Member Extraordinary Contributions

By Tammy Mathews One of the remarkable things about being a member of the motorcycle community, and WOW in particular, is experiencing how selflessly riders give of themselves to fellow riders. One such inspirational role model is Gold Country Riders’ Sue Childress. Long time rider, an active WOW member for 13 years and a MSF

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Bikes & Bytes

By Mj Allen It was a dark and stormy night… That’s how Snoopy starts his writings, and as I type, this is pretty accurate in my world too. Fall is here in the Mid-Atlantic States. Bit of a bummer I might add. As I ride along in the late afternoons I find myself looking around

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J.P.’s Primary Cover

By Janis Perfetto Greetings! I hope you are warm, safe, and dry. Grab a cup of Joe, tea, or some chai, sit back and relax. Enjoy all this issue has to offer you. As you cruise through the pages, especially those of you who are in that white stuff, just think: sun, surf, and sweat!

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New Directions

By Cris Baldwin WOW BOT President According to www.dictionary.com, “a ‘bucket list’ is a list of things a person wants to achieve or experience, [as] before reaching a certain age . . .” Last January, I reached the “certain age of 50,” and since riding to Key West had been on my bucket list for

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4th Annual Croozapalooaz

The Fourth Annual President’s Croozapalooza to Key West, Florida By Janis Perfetto The President’s Fourth Annual Croozapalooza began life as a bucket list wish of our President, Cris Baldwin. She wanted to combine the Croozapalooza with her 50th birthday celebration. She wanted to ride to Key West, Florida. Cris called and ever-so-humbly asked if I

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Welcome New Members!

AL Judy Conner-Reiter 10/17/2013 AZ Patricia Eldred 10/19/2013 AZ Meredith Hay 10/19/2013 AZ Brenda Wilkins 9/13/2013 CA Sarah Grau 10/5/2013 CA Scarlet Grau 10/5/2013 CA Sheila Hemenway 10/25/2013 CA Dorothy Owens 10/7/2013 CO Dottie Barry 9/14/2013 CO Stefanie Geiger 9/26/2013 CO Donald Gerrish 9/16/2013 CO Michelle Orlowske 10/6/2013 CO Tressie Timerman 10/6/2013 DE Teresa Mannering

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Specials Flyer

New limited-edition WOW merchandise

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