Welcome to the Atlanta Chapter's Website. Harley-Davidson of Atlanta established the Atlanta Chapter on September 19, 1985. We are the oldest H.O.G. Chapter in Georgia. All of the officers hope you will take a look around and enjoy your stop here. Be sure to check out the Calendar. We try to keep a good variety of rides and events to fit into everyone's schedules. If you are a local or just passing through town and have any questions feel free to contact any of the Officers. If you are interested in joining the chapter, we have membership applications available here on the site. We are here to "Ride and Have Fun" and hope you will come out and join us soon.
Atlanta Chapter Officers
Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
Chapter Number 0788
August 2008 Issue
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AdvertisingAdvertising in the HOGWASH
Assistant Director's Article
Head Road Captain's Article
Safety Officer's Article
Activity Officer's Article
Membership Officer's Article
Web Master's Article
Road Trip Recap
Charities We Support
Harley-Davidson of Atlanta Web Page
GA State H.O.G. Rally Web Page
National H.O.G.Web Page
Tentative Event Schedule, 2008
H.O.G. Chapter Online Privacy Statement
Member Benefit Change
Join the Group
Meet the Officers
(NEW)Atlanta Chapter Picture Gallery
HOGWASH Print as Mailed
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Rides - Rides - Rides
Road Trip Recap
Tentative Event Schedule, 2008
Atlanta Chapter Blog
Atlanta Chapter, 2008
Assistant DirectorBobby Conway678-384-0313
Head Road CaptainDiana Bodden404-992-3548
Safety OfficerJim Byrd770-843-6700
Activity OfficerErik Grandowski404-580-6759
Membership OfficerLori Robey678-463-0005
Web MasterB.K. Ellis770-471-0306
Road CaptainAndy Andresen770-502-0847
Road CaptainTom Arnold770-313-3886
Road CaptainEd Chowning770-505-9404
Road CaptainJon Loewer770-652-8645
Road CaptainSteve Magel678-354-3560
Road CaptainSkeeter McDowell770-422-8557
Road CaptainJohn Provost404-535-3447
Road CaptainCharles Slomka770-301-3681
Road CaptainScott Vandiver770-425-8752
Road CaptainGene Williams404-805-8119
Atlanta Chapter events are considered "CLOSED" unless otherwise noted!See Event Statement.
July 20, 2008
July 20, 2008
July 22, 2008
Shane's Rib Shack Social
July 26, 2008
29 Dreams Ride
July 27, 2008
Bikers for Boobs
August 2, 2008
Saddle & Paddle
August 5, 2008
Atlanta Chapter Business Meeting
August 6, 2008
HOGWASH Articles Due
August 9, 2008
NOTE: This ride is not on the HOGWASH Calendar
Foxfire Musuem & Heritage Center
August 9, 2008
Road Captain's Meeting
August 10, 2008
August 17, 2008
GPS Waypoint Ride
August 19, 2008
Bikes & Flights
August 21, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 24, 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 Harley-Davidson of Atlanta has launched 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.
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 $29.95 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.).
Thanks for all the Help
I just returned from the Villa Rica Fireworks Social, and it made me pause to think how thankful I am for the great people in this chapter. We had a great turn out for the ride over and even more at the event. We are more than halfway through the year and I have so many people to thank for keep the Atlanta Chapter the best in this area. I want to thank all of the officers for doing their part, Bobby for stepping up and doing all the rides and socials that we all enjoy, Erik for bringing so many different events to the table (if you missed the picnic you have got to make next years), B.K for handling the website, the HOGWASH and those great articles about the chapter’s history, Diana for keeping the ride calendar full and continuously getting new Road Captains, Rene', Lori and Jim for handling their roles that are so important to the chapter. Furthermore, there are the members who step up to help out, all of you volunteers who come out and go above and beyond to help the chapter. There are a few who stick out in my mind. John Morgan, he
handled my Fathers Day Ride, I want to thank you for making sure this annual ride went on as
scheduled. Gary Easterwood, he not only led the ride down to the picnic when Bobby's bike
broke down he also made sure that the members had a ride when Bobby couldn't make the Blue
Willow ride. Joey Porter for keeping me informed on the details of the Villa Rica fireworks event
and other events coming up in the West Georgia area. There are so many other people in this
chapter that makes it what it is. I want to thank you all for your support and help and I hope that the new members joining daily will learn how much more you get out of the chapter when you
put more in. Thanks again to all of you reading this, and I look forward to seeing you all out at
the next event.
Chris RobeyDirector, Atlanta Chapter
Bobby ConwayAssistant Director, Atlanta Chapter
Please ride safe and responsible,
Rene' DurhamSecretary/Treasurer, Atlanta Chapter
Being a Road Captain
Being a road captain is learning to be flexible! Don't let a change of plans get you down or
frustrate you. Some of the best rides are the ones that are not planned. Remember to always have
a plan A, B, and maybe a plan C. Don't let times or destinations aggravate a ride, expect the
unexpected and just relax and have fun. Sometimes weather and mechanical issues may effect
your original plans. Your fellow riders will appreciate your patience and understanding that
Diana BoddenHead Road Captain, Atlanta Chapter
Keep Your Cool
Riding when the temperature is in the 90-degree range can be dangerous. Unless you take care to keep your body temperature under control, you can suffer heat-related problems.
To prevent these problems:
Remember keeping your cool will reduce fatigue and make your ride more enjoyable.
Safety Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Confessions of a Picnic Planner
It was the dead of winter in Atlanta, although it was not sub-zero outside, Clyde and Buster (our Harley's) have not seen the light of day in quite some time. The same, tired motorcycle
magazines in my home have not been satisfying my urge of being on the bike. As my thoughts
wandered sitting in front of the fire, I thought of the sun warming my skin, tangy BBQ sauce
tingling on my lips, and spilling on my shirt. I thought of all the camaraderie that a great HOG
event has to offer. Then it hit me like a bug splattering on a windshield. We should have one
great chapter picnic!
As a former event planner / theatrical designer, I remember what's involved in planning an
event… secure a location… great food for everyone… entertainment… What I failed to remember was the tightness in the chest… shortness of breath… lack of sleep… All the ailments associated with producing an event. So, I thought about it and realized what I needed to do… spread the misery around to as many people as possible!
The first step was to write a summary of the event to "sell" to the officers of both the Atlanta and Great South chapters. After all, if you are going to have a grand event, you need lots of people. Consequently, I put my ideas on paper. I started off modest with a basic gathering of riders, and then I added in some food, then started to layer on some entertainment, a poker tournament, ride games, kid's games, live band, jugglers, circus acts, sword swallowers, acrobats, zoo animals, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Blue Angels zooming overhead as the national anthem played while the President of the United States judged the bike show... Yeah, the creative writing was fast and furious; I even included a roving band of gypsies in the day's itinerary somewhere. Of course after looking at the event and realizing I planned about two or three million dollars’ worth of events, not to mention the fact of it being really difficult to have Air Force one land in Carrollton anywhere, I had to scale back.
I then forwarded the synopsis to Steve Adams from the Great South Chapter for review. As a
fellow events and activities director, and co-chair of the event we made a great team for this
endeavor, especially since Steve is happily retired and had time to track down some of the issues
we had while I was chained to my desk at work. After Steve's review, we passed the idea to Andy
and Chris for their input before presenting to the chapter officers. As directors of the chapter, I expected Andy & Chris to directly ask me specific business questions about exposure,
profitability, liability, etc. As friends however, I just wanted to know if they thought I was crazy. Well, the business answers were positive. However, they never really got back to me on the
Now that we had a concept, and approval from both chapters, it was time to take our vision to the chapter members. We started early with the advertising for the first picnic planning meeting, and it was a success! We had more than 30 members hailing from both chapters show up to provide
ideas and support for the project. We had different committees for games, food, location, costs,
and time, etc. It was from these committees where individuals came up with great ideas for the
event. For example, there were four different suggestions for the picnic location, and after
researching them all; it was Ken Kadar's suggestion of the Carrollton VFW that got the final nod.
James Long found Huckleberry's catering for the delicious eats for the event, and an incredible
price. In total we had four different planning meetings, all of which provided vital elements for
the event, such as Mike Volk and Mark Wood, who did a superb job with all the kids, adults and
ride games, all of which were definite crowd pleasers!
The day of the event did not get off to as smooth of a start as I would have hoped. Apparently, I forgot to remind the VFW that we would be there early on event day, so when Fiona and I
arrived, there were all the volunteers and the catering team standing outside a locked gate! Great! What a way to start the day! Well I don't know how it happened, but the lock miraculously "fell off" the gate, and we were in business!
We quickly setup tents, prepared bike game areas, horseshoes & volleyball courts, Black Jack tables and indoor games areas. Music was playing and the first guests started arriving. Then,
when the first child signed up it hit me like a ton of bricks I did not purchase ant children game
prizes! As my mind was racing for ways to ask my wife to run out and buy some toys, etc. my
heroes approached: Josh and Lea Mazzucco. Apparently, their son works for the Atlanta Spirit,
who own professional sport teams such as the Thrashers, Hawks, etc. Well, their son donated
these great duffle bags filled with jerseys, CD holders, stickers, mini basketballs, etc., all the stuff kids go crazy over. Thanks to Josh & Lea, the kids had a great picnic experience.
As the day rambled on, our Black Jack dealer’s Bill Keyser, Joe and Joanne Tesar were dealing excitement for the players, as well as the spectators. Our sign-in crew of Iris Martin, Heather Knorr, Tom and Dana Engle, James and Cathy Long, Iris Martin, and someone, who dropped off
a basket of baked cookies to keep the volunteers going, had everything under control. Beth and
Tandy Barrett signed everyone up and kept them in-line for the adult and ride games. While
Fiona Grandowski made sure we had a good turn out for the bike show.
Another special thanks to Arnold Freddie and his wife who came out to make us aware of the
March of Dimes rides and to Kathy who was on-site to sew patches for contributions to her
church's building fund. Between Fiona and me, we kept her quite busy! Wayne and his crew from
Huckleberry's came through with flying colors with their delicious chicken BBQ lunch. I have
never seen so many people enjoying their meal. It was certainly some of the juiciest, best tasting
BBQ chicken, I have ever had!
As the day concluded, Andy & Chris hosted the award ceremony, door prize and 50/50 drawing.
Both Atlanta and Great South H-D Dealerships contributed two $25 gift cards, which we used for
the bike show, best ride & adult game winner, top black jack winner and a door prize. I was able to wrestle a few pairs of Braves tickets from our company, and I also spent a few hours hand
crafting the bike show plaques for the winners.
So as the day winded down, I thought about what really made the day for me was the fact that
practically everyone helped to make the 2008 Dual chapter Picnic a complete success. Therefore,
if I forgot to mention your name in this article, I do apologize, but there were so many people
who contributed in many different ways that it's hard to keep count. The willingness to step in
and lend a hand (which I believe is what separates Harley riders from anyone else) is what made
the Dual Chapter Picnic so successful.
Thank you to everyone for trusting in my crazy notion to have this event, and a special thanks to all those who made it happen.
Activity Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Come Out and Meet the Family
So what did you think of the Dillard house? Couldn't make it? Ok, you had to love the food over
at Fibbers, didn't make that one either? Then you have got to be still talking about the Dual
Chapter Picnic, had other plans? Well surely you were at the Villa Rica Annual Fireworks Show,
no? You know everyone has been asking about you. Wanting to know how you are doing. Come
on out and see the family, bring the kids, bring your friends, everyone is welcome. Everyone here
at the chapter is looking forward to catching up with you. We have missed you!
Reminder: Your National H.O.G. Membership has to be current to remain an Atlanta Chapter
Membership Officer, Atlanta Chapter
B.K. EllisHistorian, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!
Web Master, Atlanta Chapter
Bikes and Flights Ride
Come on out Tuesday, August 19 for my 3rd "call in sick" ride of the year. We will be headed
down to Hanger 19 in Griffin for some great food and fellowship. This ride will be a 2-pig ride
with one planned stop in Newnan. We will meet at HDA at 10:00 a.m. and head out at 10:30
a.m.. If you are curious about the great food at Hanger 19, then direct your computer to
www.hangar-19.com. I hope to see another great turn out.
Chris Robey, Road Captain
Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center
Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center (people can go to their website and see what they have to offer to see if they would be interested) Mountain City, GA.
The website has not been updated, but they are open on Saturday and the cost to tour the village is $6.00 per adult for the self guided tour.
There is a gravel driveway that leads up to the village, but they have motorcycle riders in there all the time. If you have a trailer behind your bike, you can park at the bottom of the hill. The village tour is ľ mile long and takes about an hour. This location is near Blackrock Mountain State Park and Tallulah Gorge State Park. It is 3 miles north of the town of Clayton. Also, near the Dillard House if people want to eat there.
We will meet at the dealership at 8:00 a.m. and kick stands up at 8:30 a.m.
Tom Arnold, Road Captain
GPS Waypoint Ride
Since I am lax in finding new and exciting locations to ride to, I decided to take advantage of my fellow road captain's hard work and have a "GPS Waypoint Ride.” In my GPS, I tracked some of my favorite Sunday eating establishments over the years. So let's meet at the HDA pavilion on
Sunday, August 17 at 9:30 a.m., and we will leave at 10:00 a.m. for either; Butler's Mill in
Alabama, The Bulloch House in Warm Springs, or the Market Street Café in Rome. No matter
where the group decides to go, one thing is for certain, the food will be delicious and the
company will be the best in town. This will be a 2-pig ride.
Erik Grandowski– Road Captain
Please join me on Sunday, August 10 & 24 for a Sonic Social at the Sonic in Hiram. It will run between 6 & 8:00 P.M. It is their bike night and if you show up on a bike you get 15% off and also Rider’s Rewards points. Look forward to seeing you.
Bobby Conway, Road Captain
Riders Resort Recap
We had five bikes show up for the ride up. The weather was great.
Shortly after the first clap of thunder the next morning our tent camper Ron packed up in record time and left in the rain. Soon to follow was Judy and Gary Lee. They rode in the rain all the way to Aragon to attend a funeral. Diana was more fortunate, she left in the middle of the day and didn't get wet.
We were contacted by another Riders Resort and their place is open now and is 40 miles south
and west from our place in Duck Town, TN. I haven't been there as yet but they have a Web Site
that looks nice.
Needless to say we are changing our name to "Worm Valley Retreat." We own seven acres on the
Valley River with approximately 850 feet of river front. The property is secluded with the
Smokey Mountain Railroad tracks as our only neighbor across the river. Worm Creek runs
straight through the middle of our property. Both the Valley River and Worn Creek are fast
moving waters loaded with rocks and very noisy.
Presently, we have a three bedroom fully furnished house with washer and dryer that we are
starting to rent along with full use of the property. So, if you think you like would like a long
weekend on the best roads in America for yourself and five to seven of your best riding buddies
give us a call and we will hook you up.
Ride Hard and Long,
Ed Chowning, Road Captain
The Rescue on the Million-Mile Ride Recap
The Million-Mile Monday Ride actually went in reverse due to the rescue of our Head Road
Captain, Diana Bodden. We visited Euharlee Covered Bridge and the Cartersville Harley-Davidson dealership, and had a fantastic lunch at a Mexican Restaurant in Cartersville.
Thanks goes to Chris Robey for leading us to Diana’s home, to Diana for leading us back to Highway 101 where I took over as lead rider, and to Joseph Tesar for installing Diana’s battery, which we purchased at the Cartersville dealership. I also want to thank Dean Welch, Charles Martin, and Ron Menton, along with the others mentioned for helping me earn my Road Captain Patch.
As of July 1, 2008, more than three million miles were logged for the Million-Mile Ride.
Jim Byrd, Road Captain
Doctor’s Orders Recap
Did you miss another great weekday ride? My second one is in the books, and it was another
beautiful day to ride. The morning started off a bit cloudy, but it didn't take long before the sun had busted through and blue skies were everywhere. Ten people on eight bikes followed the good
old Doc's orders, and we headed southwest toward Alabama and the Harbor Café. The ride took
us down through Newnan and Lagrange, after one quick stop to rub our rears, we arrived on the
muddy banks of West Point Lake. The food was great and the fellowship was even better. After a
wonderful lunch, some headed toward home and a few followed me deeper into Alabama to
explore some new roads. Other than a 2-mile dead end, the exploration was a success. As dinner
time approached, we headed for Taco Mac in Douglasville for bike night, a great way to end any
ride. I look forward to seeing more people on the road to recovery on my next ride. Until then
continue your group therapy and remember any day on the Harley is better than a great day at
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