Welcome to the Atlanta Chapter's Website. Harley-Davidson of Atlanta established the Atlanta Chapter on September 16, 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 2010 Issue
July 18, 2010
Advertising in the HOGWASH
Assistant Director's Article
Head Road Captain's Article
Safety Officer's Article
Activity Officer's Article
Volunteer Coordinator's Article
Membership Officer's Article
Head Photographer'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, 2010
H.O.G. Chapter Online Privacy Statement
Member Benefit Change
Join the Group
Meet the Officers
Atlanta Chapter Picture Gallery
PhotoBucket Members ONLY
HOGWASH Web Pages Archives
HOGWASH Print for Mailed
Rides - Rides - Rides
Atlanta Chapter Facebook
Atlanta Chapter, 2010
Head Road Captain
Bikers for Boobs Poker Run
July 18, 2010
July 19, 2010
Shane's Rib Shack Social
July 24, 2010
Garage Party 2 and Safety Seminar
Guest Speaker: Anne Hansen
July 27, 2010
July 31, 2010
Saddle & Paddle
August 3, 2010
August 7, 2010
August 9, 2010
August 10, 2010
HOGWASH Articles Due
August 14-15, 2010
Abate Swap Meet
August 15, 2010
August 16, 2010
Shane's Rib Shack Social
August 19, 2010
Atlanta Chapter Meeting
August 22, 2010
August 24, 2010
August 28, 2010
Stovall Covered Bridge
August 29, 2010
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
GA State H.O.G. Rally
July 22, 2010
Well we’re eight months into this year so there are only four months left. I’m amazed with how fast our chapter’s twenty fifth year has flown by. I couldn’t be more pleased with how much participation we’ve had this year. I certainly hope everyone has enjoyed all the activities so far as much as I have. Our covered bridge tour has been outstanding and thanks to all the covered bridge stalkers. We’ve also nailed down a place and date for the Holiday Party. We’re still working on the food. Also, as always the Chapter Picnic was a blast. Everyone seemed to have a blast. For all of this I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the officers and road captains they all work so hard to make this chapter what it is.
As we begin the end of this year I want everyone to think about the officer’s positions and if they see themselves in one of these positions. I have spoken with several of the officers some of who would like to continue to serve some who may not. If you think you might be a good fit in a position please contact the person in that position currently and discuss their duties. We have a lot of active members who do a lot for our chapter in their role as members and I’m sure they would do that much and more as an officer. Our current Officer Corps has been amazing in all that they’ve done and I want them to know they are appreciated. But I’m sure some are ready to just ride and have some fun with very little responsibility. So as we begin the end of this year I wanted to put this thought in everyone’s head.
Continue doing what you guys are doing and I look forward to riding with everyone soon.
August is the last full month we have to sell our raffle tickets for the 42” HDTV. As you know, this is one of our fund raisers to support the chapter and our Christmas Social. So far we are only on track to break even. We need as many members to stop by the dealership and see Rene for a book of 10 so they can sell them to friends, family and coworkers. This, membership sales and the poker run are our major fund raisers so it’s all hands on deck. Thanks so much for your help.
25th Anniversary/Saving Second Base Poker Run
On September 18, we will be having our yearly poker run. This year a portion of the proceeds going to our walking team for the “Breast Cancer 2 Day Walk”. We will need volunteers at the stops and most of all riders in this poker run. It will be as last year $15 for the first hand and $5 for an additional hand for the same rider. We will also have a 50/50 drawing and other activities that day. Please make plans to be there.Bobby Conway
Assistant Director, Atlanta Chapter
Congratulations to Holly Martin whose name was drawn for the July Attendance Jackpot, $70. Holly was at the meeting to claim the Jackpot. We will add $50 back to the Jackpot for the August Chapter meeting. Remember you must be at the meeting and a member in "Good Standing," a current member of national H.O.G. and Atlanta Chapter. If the member whose name is drawn is not at the meeting, we will add $10 and try again next meeting. Please have your national H.O.G. card with you at the meeting. Hope to see everyone there.
Please ride safe and responsible,
Secretary/Treasurer, Atlanta Chapter
As our chapter has seen so many of its members riding these days, we would like to identify our road captains and make them more visible on the rides to help when in a big group or if you need assistance or just if you are lonely and need a new friend (that’s what we’re here for). We will be having the road captains don an orange bandana either on their arm or on the back of their bike somewhere. This will allow you to see them in a group ride and know where the road captain’s are located on the ride, or when we stop. I thank all our road captains for all their efforts in the chapter; they have made our rides great fun and have kept all us safe and together.
Thank your road captains when you see them, we pay them very little for the job they do!
Ride Safe and have fun,
Head Road Captain, Atlanta Chapter
Good luck and stay safe!
Safety Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Please add a movie night social for Saturday night August 7 - meet @ 6:30 p.m. - HDA Pavilion to your calendar – lite dinner/drink for $4/free popcorn and movie.
Activity Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Vounteer Coordinator, Atlanta Chapter
Who’s Riding Next to Ya?
This month features two more chapter members as a way to help us get to know each other better. We’ve got lots of interesting members in our group and its fun to learn a little about who’s riding next to ya.
Name: Michelle Conway
Road Name: Beacon - This name came about on last year’s trip to Helen for the Ga State Rally. Michelle is now the chapter’s advocate for teaching riders what the role of a “beacon” does on rides. If you don’t know what a beacon is, just ask her.
What Do You Ride & Why? She got the fever of riding after riding on back with Bobby. Beacon currently rides a 2007 Heritage Softail Classic. Although she’s only been riding three years, this is her second Harley – what a lucky girl! She chose the Heritage because the studs on the saddlebags caught her eye. The final deciding factor was that the bike had the Georgia Bulldog colors – red & black.
Most Memorable Ride? Rumble on Noble 2008. The entire ride home from Oxford, Alabama was a torrential rainstorm, a GA version of a tsunami or monsoon, or a combination of both. Michelle donned her “Big Bird” yellow rain suit and motored through the weather like a duck to water. She loved this ride and still loves to ride in the rain!
Name: Wendell King, husband of Kathy King (Chief)
Road Name: Doesn’t have one…yet but with his wife’s road name of Chief maybe she could assign him one?
What Do You Ride & Why? Wendell rides a 2008 Road Glide. He likes the fixed fairing because it knocks the air off of ya. Wendell has been riding off and on for the past 40+ years.
Most Memorable Ride? He loves to ride up in the Smoky Mountains. Back in 2008 Wendell took a ride with about six of his buddies from work. I’m not sure what happed but it must have been good as this was his most memorable ride when asked.
Karen Mathiasen, Valerie Daniel and Melissa Folds, LOH Officers
Well, the riding season is fully upon us now and there have already been a number of great rides. I'm starting to get more photos turned in and I will be giving out two more patches at the next meeting. Keep 'em coming!
Those of you who went on the Athens/Five Bridges ride can find all the photos on Photobucket at this address: http://photobucket.com/HOG_Five_Bridges
Also, be sure to check out the videos on the Atlanta HOG YouTube page. More will be added throughout the year. You can find them all
See you on the next ride,
Head Photographer, Atlanta Chapter
Check the HOGWASH Web Pages Archives of the Atlanta Chapter Web page to read the History of the Atlanta Chapter, Twenty-five years strong this year.
Historian, Atlanta Chapter
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
GA STATE RALLY NEWS
What more could you ask for? Beaches, live music, parties, riding, friends, great food, games, and prizes! Jekyll Island is the place to be in September. Registration is easy. Just go onto the website www.gastatehogrally.com and click on “Registration.” Check out the schedule of events on the website for information about the Low Country Boil, the Gambling Cruise, the Bike Show, indoor games, bike games and rally merchandise. The merchandise for sale at the rally will be limited if you do not order at the time of registration.
Welcome New Sponsors!
Thank you to our newest sponsors and dealerships that have donated money to the 2010 Rally. Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, Earl Small’s Harley-Davidson, Harley-Davidson of Cartersville, Frazier’s Harley-Davidson, STEELHORSE LAW and John Cook of OneVision Utility Services have all made contributions to the Georgia rally. Please make sure to let these sponsors and dealerships know that you appreciate their contribution towards making this a great rally in 2010!
July 22, 2010 is the preregistration deadline.
Bring the family! Stay the whole week!
There is still time to Preregister!
Don’t miss the Best Rally Ever!
We hope to see at the rally in Jekyll Island!Allan and Debbie Owens
Dillard House Ride
Sunday, August 22, we will meet at 9:00 a.m. with tanks full of fuel, tires full of air, bladders full of nothing, and faces full of smiles. We will join up for an all day ride through the north Georgia Mountains. Dinner will be about 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. upon arrival at the Dillard House. A snack would be a good thing to carry in your pocket for the midmorning fuel stop (But not a Hershey Bar).
The route will traverse mountain roads with numerous twisties and despite appropriate fuel stops and butt breaks, there will be a lot of saddle time for one day riding. At the Dillard House you will feast on good old country cooking that has made them famous all over the South.
Diana Bodden, Road Captain
Butler’s Mill Ride
We have finally rescheduled the Butler’s Mill ride! Join us for a beautiful ride through Carroll County and into Alabama to historic Butler’s Mill. Located in the sleepy community of Graham, AL, between Roanoke and Auburn-Opelika. Butler’s Mill is an old grist mill that has been converted into a restaurant located near the Chattahoochee River. People from as far as 100 miles North, South, East and West of Graham Alabama come to give the food a try and end up becoming lifelong repeat customers.
We will meet at HDA at 9:00 a.m. and kick stands up at 9:30 a.m. (1-pig ride).
Glenn Folds, Road Captain
Amicalola Falls Ride
Join us as we kick off the “Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia” ride series. We will start this series of six rides (yes I said six…two of the wonders will be seen in an overnighter in spring 2011) with a ride to the ever beautiful Amicalola Falls. It's easy to see why this is one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning “tumbling waters,” is an appropriate name for this 729-foot fall, the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. An 8.5-mile approach trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famed 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail.
We will meet at H-D of Atlanta @ 8:00 a.m. – kick stands up at 8:30 a.m. (4-pig ride)
Melissa Folds, Road Captain
John Morgan Memorial Ride Recap
Father's Day, June 20, 2010
Directly after receiving a renewed spiritual charge from the weekly Service, I headed to HDA for the John Morgan Memorial Ride.
The sun was beginning to soften the asphalt, but not my spirit for honoring our friend, Captain (John) Morgan. As I approached the pavilion, I could see the bright white's of Bobby Conway's smile. Riders began to arrive and visit. Chuck Fuller appeared on the Captain's bike. Captain Morgan's significant person, Carol, was present. All was complete.
We performed the necessary administrative duties, rather informally, and reviewed hand signals and the route. We were headed to the Frontier House Restaurant, Rockmart, GA – a favorite of John's on this day. We created a figure eight around Hwy. 278 and headed south on Gold Mine Rd., Crossroads Church Road, Vinson Mountain Road – do you have the picture yet? Mountain twisties and farmland sweepers, until we reached Paris Mountain Rd., well paved (part of the way) and challenging the balance of the way until we reached Hutchins Mountain Road, home of the Frontier House Restaurant.
As we dismounted our bikes, I was greeted with: "Great ride, but where the Hekowee?" (As if they were some Native American Tribe from F Troop – oops dating myself.) Ah, I thought, sweet success, they have no sense of direction, good ride. The FHR folks were great hosts and welcomed 14 bikes, 17 riders with open arms. After a few minutes wait, we had a room to ourselves, a Blessing for John and a meal to share with one another.
John always spoke about my November, Signal Mountain Ride. At the 2009 Christmas Social he reminded me of his favorite part. Which road I asked? He replied: "When I pull into the Best Western Hotel and see the bonfire and popcorn your family has prepared – Live Life Together, that's what it's all about."
My dear friend: "Ride Captain Ride, upon your mystery ship"
Steve Magel, Road Captain
Movie Night Recap
The Atlanta Chapter HOG has had the June and July movie nights with great success! June was “Gone in 60 seconds” and July was “The Blind Side.” Both events were well attended and if you haven’t had the opportunity to attend a movie at the HDA pavilion, you should shift into high gear and come on down in August. This is the ultimate “cheap date” bring a lawn chair and enjoy a good movie and popcorn with friends, $4 per person gets a dinner and drink included. The August Movie Night is scheduled for the 7th, plan to be there.
Melissa Fuller, Activities Officer and Chuck
Bagger Ride Recap
Today we rebelled as one! We changed the Bagger ride to the Pocket Ride. We headed north, but did not go with all the other bikers, we choose a different path! We rode beneath them and in between them, followed the river and the road that did not look like a way out. We saved the packed lunches and ate at the Landmark Dinner in Rome (as Erik say’s all rides end up in Rome! He’s right! We winded our way through the trees and hills. And then we even took the long way home! Now that’s a ride. I wanted to thank all those on the ride for making it such a great day. Special thanks to Kevin Magill for leading a great portion of the ride and to Jon Loewer for being sweep, they both did a great job! We will do this ride again; it was very fun and would be a great ride for in the fall! We welcomed two new members on our ride, we hope that we did not scare them away from meeting others (swear we were on our best behavior, even Gary). Thanks to all my riding buddies on this ride for helping to make it so fun!
Diana Bodden, Road Captain
TN State Rally Recap
If you missed this, you missed a good time. I always love our overnight rides and state rallies and to be able to enjoy them both with my HOG family was top notch. We had to take a direct route there and back on the interstate due to the threat of some bad weather. We also ran into weather while we were there, but it didn’t ruin our fun. Even with an unfortunate accident on a non chapter ride we still had fun. And the person involved never let it ruin their spirit. Our chapter family came together in full support. The rally was great but us being together and having fun is what really made it. I plan on finding us a rally close by next year to attend as well and I’m open to any suggestions.
Bobby Conway, Road Captain
Million Mile Monday - Covered Bridge Ride Recap
The Atlanta Chapter HOG made a significant contribution to “Mother HOG” on their Million Mile Monday efforts to log five million miles worldwide. There were 18 bikes and 19 riders logging in at least 230 miles each! If that’s not enough we also marked off our 9th and 10th covered bridge visits for this year, Red Oak Creek and Auchumpkee Creek. The day was perfect for a Monday M/C ride with a great group of riders. We enjoyed the scenic middle Georgia rural highways and finished it off at the Peachtree Café in Thomaston. Thanks to everyone involved for making this ride a success.
Chuck Fuller, Road Captain
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