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Head Road Captain's Report
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HOGWASH Print as Mailed
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Road Trip Recap
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Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, Inc.
501 Thornton Road
Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
12 Noon to 5:00 PM
(Service Department Closed)
Tuesday - Wednesday
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday - Saturday
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Harley-Davidson of Atlanta's
Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
Chapter Number 0788
February 2008 Issue
Atlanta Chapter Blog
Atlanta Chapter, 2008
Assistant DirectorBobby Conway678-384-0313
Head Road CaptainDiana Bodden404-992-3548
Activity OfficerErik Grandowski404-580-6759
Membership OfficerMichelle Conway678-384-0313
Web MasterB.K. Ellis770-471-0306
Road CaptainTom Arnold770-313-3886
Road CaptainEd Chowning770-505-9404
Road CaptainJon Lower770-652-8645
Road CaptainSteve Magel678-354-3560
Road CaptainSkeeter McDowell770-422-8557
Road CaptainJohn Provost404-535-3447
Road CaptainScott Vandiver770-425-8752
Road CaptainGene Williams404-805-8119
February 2008 Event Schedule
Atlanta Chapter events are considered "CLOSED" unless otherwise noted!See Event Statement.
February 5, 2008
Atlanta Chapter Business Meeting
Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
Chapter Number 0788
February 2008 Issue
February 5, 2008
February 6, 2008
HOGWASH Articles Due
February 10, 2008
Sweet Heart Ride
February 21, 2008
Atlanta Chapter Meeting
February 23, 2008
Chapter activities are conducted primarily for the benefit of H.O.G. chapter members. There are three categories of activities, all activities are identified as follows:
If you are interested in becoming a H.O.G. member, contact
Rene' Durham, or call 770-944-1340
NEW RIDER'S REWARDS PROGRAM
General Manager Harley-Davidson of Atlanta
I want to take a moment to let you all know that in 2006 Harley-Davidson of Atlanta is launching a Rider's Rewards Program. This program is designed to reward those customers who are most deserving. Consequently, customers who do more business with Harley-Davidson of Atlanta will reap more benefits as a result of the program.
In the past, many have only joined the Atlanta Chapter merely to receive a discount anytime and every time they made a purchase at the dealership. To many, the Chapter is known only as a discount club. This has removed the true purpose and meaning behind what H.O.G. chapters are really about. Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the National Chapter both discourage dealers from having an across the board discount for H.O.G. members for this very reason. In keeping with the factory and National Chapters recommendations, we are amending our store’s discount and rewards programs.
The Rider's Rewards Program will be available to our entire customer base, including our Chapter members. The Rider Rewards Program will be included FREE OF CHARGE as a part of active chapter membership. For non-chapter members there will be a cost to be a member of the Rider Rewards Program. Non-chapter members will have to acquire their Loyalty card for $9.95 annually or $39.95 for a lifetime membership.
The program is a way for Harley-Davidson of Atlanta customers to earn credit toward future purchases. Each time you make a purchase in MotorClothes, Parts and Accessories and the Service department you will earn a percentage back of every dollar spent. Moreover, points will be earned on qualifying merchandise only. Chapter members will also receive points for their participation in Chapter or dealership sanctioned events and functions (e.g., chapter meetings, chapter rides, socials, volunteer time, etc.).
The Rider's Rewards Program will begin in January 2006. We are looking forward to implementing this new program. We are confident you will find this Rider's Reward program to be rewarding to you.
We Want You! 2008 is going to be a great year, but it will take each and every one of you to
make this happen. I am looking forward to the year ahead. All of the officers are enthusiastic and
are working hard to make sure there are plenty of fun things to do this year. There are a lot of
new ideas’ out there and all we have to do is get the ball rolling. It will take more than just the officers to make things happen. It will also take you. Members are the keys to making things
happen in the chapter. We are looking for volunteers. The officers can only do so much and from
that point the chapter needs the membership to "step up and run with it.” We are all here to have
fun. That is the reason we all joined the chapter. Contact me if you would like to volunteer and
help make the chapter the best HOG chapter around. E-mail me email@example.com, call
me 770-367-1386, come up and let me know when you see me. As I have heard many times and
found true you get out of it what you put into it.
Come one, come all! Our February 2008 meeting will be held at the Olive Tree Restaurant, 849
Thornton Road, between Shoney's and McDonald's. Just up the road from Harley-Davidson of
Atlanta toward I-20 west. I hope to see everyone there to enjoy the food, fun and fellowship with
your HOG family. We will have a guest speaker from National H.O.G. so you don't want to miss
this one. If you are planning on attending, please send me an RSVP with your name and number
of people that will be with you to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 770-367-1386. The meal is $10 which includes the dinner, drink and tip.
Chris RobeyDirector, Atlanta Chapter
Hello, again! I hope everyone’s year has started off well. It was wonderful to see the turn out for the Tommy Tyner/Good Luck Ride on New Year’s Day, even though I chickened out and rode in
I wanted to let everyone know that part of my duties as the Assistant Director is to keep everyone
informed about the Georgia State HOG Rally. Just so you know it is being held September 11
through September 13 on Tybee Island. For details you can go to www.gastatehogrally.com the
deadline for pre registration is July 24.
Now, for those of you who are new, or maybe you just don't know I am so proud to report that at
the state rally last year our chapter won the chapter challenge. Thanks to everyone who helped us
to this victory. My goal this year is too win this challenge again. There are some other plans in
the works for a possible combined ride into Tybee with other chapters, however, that is in the
very early planning stages.
I also wanted to touch on another story that I read this morning in the news. I know that New
Years Day was cold, but the weekend prior to the writing of this article was beautiful, so we
rode. I read an article about an Alabama police officer that rode his personal bike to work over
the weekend and struck a deer and was killed. He was riding at around 6:30 A.M.. I just want to
remind everyone that in some places deer season is still on and in the early morning and late
evening the deer are moving. Just please be aware of this and please ride safe out there.
Bobby ConwayAssistant Director, Atlanta Chapter
Please ride safe and responsible,
Rene' DurhamSecretary/Treasurer, Atlanta Chapter
To begin, I want to thank the Road Captains of the past four years, for leading some great rides,
being good friends and most importantly setting an example that caused me to want to be a Road
Captain, without the effort put forth by these guys and girls we would not be the Chapter, we are.
For the current Road Captains, I look forward to a great year as we lead some really great rides,
we currently only have three perspective new Road Captains, it would be nice to include more of
the lovely Ladies of Harley among our ranks.
To be a Road Captain you need only:
• Be a Chapter member
• Have completed a Road Captain Safety Course
• Complete the Chapter Group Riding Course
• Sweep one ride (Supervised)
• Lead one ride (Supervised)
This is your Chapter, jump in, the waters fine!
We the members of Atlanta HOG Chapter are many and different, but one or two common traits
bind us together riding Harley-Davidson's, food and meeting and riding with others who share
similar interests, HOG's motto is "Ride and have Fun.” As the weather turns warmer our riding
season gets started, and the rides keep coming faster than you can think. The Officers are
dedicated to "Ride and Have Fun" so stay tuned.
Coming up during the winter months we would like to do more Dinner Runs, so let any of the
officers know your ideas.
The season is shaping up, come on out and participate that is why we are a HOG.
Diana BoddenHead Road Captain, Atlanta Chapter
Erik GrandowskiActivity Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Photographer, Atlanta Chapter
Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. Members Only
Michelle ConwayMembership Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Atlanta Chapter Web Page
Due to a review of our web page by national H.O.G., I have had to do some changing. I will no longer list chapter members’ birthdays on the web page. They will still be in the HOGWASH and on the web page in the HOGWASH Print as Mailed. I had to move the HOGWASH Archives and the HOGWASH Print as Mailed to a password-protected page. You will need a UserId and password to access these pages. I will print the UserId and password in the HOGWASH each month so you will have access to these pages. This is security protection for our members who names and email addresses appear in past and/or current publications. This does not apply to chapter officer/road captains per national H.O.G. This information is for Atlanta Chapter members ONLY and is not to be disseminated to NON-Chapter Members. These changes only apply to the web site. The HOGWASH publication will remain the same.
Keep Email Address Updated!
If you have updated your e-mail address, PLEASE send me your new address. I get several undeliverable e-mail messages each time I send a message updating members on up coming or changed events. Please, keep you e-mail address up to date and stay informed! E-mail me at email@example.com. Thanks!!
B.K. EllisWeb Master, Atlanta Chapter
Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. 1985-1986 Recap
The first Atlanta Chapter NEWSLETTER (at the start we just called it NEWSLETTER, THE
HOGWASH name came later) in September 1985, the first chapter meeting was held Thursday,
October 17, 1985, 7:00 P.M. at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta 2156 Sylvan Road, East Point, GA
The fist Atlanta Chapter Ride was Saturday, October 19, 1985 to the Harley-Davidson Test
Facility Open House Talladaga Speedway Talladega, AL. More than 40 motorcycles made the
trip. For our first ride, congratulations to all...we “did good.”
Atlanta Chapter, HOG’s Charter Membership was open from September 19 to November 21,
1985. The Chapter Membership closed with 123 charter members. Some of these members are
still-member of the Atlanta Chapter today: Ralph Anglin, John Christiansen, David Dodd, Jim
Durham, Rene’ Durham B.K. Ellis and Eddie Houghton.
Atlanta Chapter’s first Christmas Party was Sunday, December 15, 1985 at the East Point Moose
Lodge, who graciously offered their facility at not charge. There was a charge of $10 per person,
covering food, soft drinks and small band. It was B.Y.O.B.
Atlanta Chapter’s First Annual New Year’s Day Good Luck Ride was Wednesday, January 1,
Atlanta Chapter’s first Daytona Bike Week Dinner was Friday, March 2, 1986.
In March 1986 Weekly Impromptu Rides were started. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday
and Sunday at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta for impromptu rides. These rides are not to take place
of a scheduled chapter ride.
Atlanta Chapter in June 1986 participated in the Johnny Beckman Brain tumor Foundation Ride.
We meet at Cycle Nuts and Bolts in Clarkston, GA. A $10 ride donation included the escorted
ride to Road Atlanta and two laps around Road Atlanta.
Atlanta Chapter in July 1986 had rides as follows:
Ichetuckee Springs family camp out in Florida.
Blue Ridge Parkway ride/camp out.
August 21-23, 1986. the National H.O.G. Rally was held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
September 1986, David Brooks resigned as Assistant Directory. Dale Moorefield volunteered for
the job and we gratefully accept and appoint him as the new Assistant Director.
Atlanta Chapter First Anniversary Party was September 21, 1986, at John Carroll’s hanger in
Fayetteville, GA. Members came by car, motorcycle and plane.
Atlanta Chapter in November 1986 had rides as follows:
Saturday, November 15, Lookout Mountain
Saturday, November 22, Open Air B-B-Q Jackson, GA
Sunday, November 30, Pine Mountain, Georgia
Atlanta Chapter Christmas Party was Friday, December 15, 1986 at Lanier Plaza Hotel costing
members $10 for food, entertainment and soft drinks. Cash Bar.
ICE Your Cell Phone
Paramedics will turn to a victim’s cell phone for clues to that person’s identity. You can make their job much easier with a simple idea they are trying to get everyone to adopt: I.C.E. ICE
stands for In Case of Emergency. You can save emergency responders time and have your loved
ones contacted quickly if you add an entry in the contacts list in your cell phone. Under ICE, list
the name and phone number of the person that emergency services should call on your behalf.
Paramedics know what ICE means and they look for it immediately.
A Members Perspective
Freedom, independence, confidence, joy, tranquility are just a few of the words that come to
mind when I reflect on riding and why it has become such an important part of my life. To those
words I can add camaraderie, adventure, memories, friendships, safety when I consider why I am
an active member of the chapter.
My first experience on a motorcycle was on the back of my older brother's Triumph. I loved
riding with him and for my 13th birthday, he taught me to ride. My first motorcycle, at age 21,
was a Honda 250 dirt bike which was ridden everywhere from the deserts of Utah to the snowy
streets of Denver. My first experience riding a Harley was as a passenger and was instantly
captivated by the sound, power and envious looks as we rode. I was determined that one day, I
would have my own. That day came in February 2001 when I purchased my first Harley-Davidson – a new 883 Hugger. I will never forget my first ride – the freedom, the ecstasy, the
wind in my face, the confidence that I can do this, the raw power, the rumble of the engine, and
the envious looks. I was not a member of a chapter but still rode nearly 7,000 miles until July of
2002 when I felt I was ready for a bigger bike and ordered a 2003 Dyna Lowrider. The bike was
delivered in August and with that purchase I was offered membership in the Atlanta Chapter
HOG. How wonderful it was to discover a group of people who shared a passion for riding,
going to new places, making new friends, sustaining worthwhile causes and who welcomed,
supported and encouraged me. In the five years as a member, I have made many lifelong friends
and have been on adventures and ridden to places I would have never imagined. My cherished
and overly chromed Lowrider has given me 50,000 miles of freedom, assurance, self-determination, absolute pleasure and has calmed me when I needed it most. The chapter
members have given me 50,000 miles of laughter, lunches, support on the side of the road and
companionship that will last forever. I look forward to new journeys and destinations with both
old and new friends in the year ahead.
Rose Cardinal, Atlanta Chapter Member
I hope you haven't packed your Harley away for the winter. On Saturday, February 23, I will be
leading a late lunch ride to parts unknown. They are unknown because I don't have a clue where
we will be going. Meet at HDA at 11:00 a.m., and we will pull out 11:30 a.m. The destination
will depend on the weather, so keep an eye on your e-mail for more details close to the ride date.
Chris Robey, Road Captain
New Years Ride Recap
2008 started off with a bang, we had 21 members and five guests on 18 bikes and two cars in tow
for this year's New Years Day ride. The weather was COLD, the sky was clear and the sun was
out, but it was COLD. It was in the 30's when I left my house, and I don't think it got much more
than 40 degrees. But all that come out got a great meal to start the New Year. If you missed the
ride, you missed a great adventure. I hope to see you all out on the next ride.
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H.O.G. CHAPTER ONLINE PRIVACY STATEMENT
Personal privacy and security of information are mutual concerns of H.O.G., its members, and visitors to Atlanta Chapter web site. This Statement explains H.O.G.'s Internet policies and security measures relating to personal privacy and information security.
The Atlanta Chapter collects and stores the following information about you when you visit the Atlanta Chapter web site: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account); the date and time you access the site; and the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site. The chapter uses this information to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of its site. This helps H.O.G. to make its site more responsive to its members and prospective members.
H.O.G. will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site unless you choose to provide such information. If you choose to send e-mail, registration, or other personal information over the Internet, you do so voluntarily.
The Atlanta Chapter will not disclose personal information provided to it except as follows:
At your request, which may be oral, in writing, by telephone, electronic or other means we recognize;
To assist H.O.G. in evaluating its programs and to continue to improve the quality of your on-line and membership experience;
When disclosure is required by law, such as pursuant to court order, subpoena, legal process or government agency examination or investigation, or to protect or enforce our rights;
To companies that perform services for H.O.G. in connection with your membership, such as data processing and financial transaction processing companies and agencies;
To Harley-Davidson affiliated companies and carefully selected third parties for their own use to provide products and services, or other opportunities to you, unless you have instructed us in writing not to do so; and
In connection with Harley-Davidson corporate due diligence and audits.
By your use of and connection to our web site, you understand and consent to this privacy statement. If for any reason you are concerned that the personal or member information maintained by H.O.G. is not correct or if for some reason you believe H.O.G. has not adhered to these privacy principles, please notify us by calling 1-800-CLUB-HOG.