|In GWTA we
have new directors being elected and
appointed annually; they bring new
ideas, enthusiasm, and excitement as
they take on their role in serving
our members. The Director's Desk
will provide them with the useful
resources needed to become
successful leaders within our
Clicking elements of the
desk will take you to the available resources
What's on the
The TA Way, is the green
book on top of the desk. It is an essential
resource for new directors. The manual
contains four sections. The first explains how
GWTA operates, the second gives 'How To'
guidelines for the chapter director, the third
covers association programs, and section four is
forms and applications directors use to perform
their duties. Click the green book to begin
reading and click the top drawer to view the
forms and applications of section four. The
entire manual can be printed from the
The Membership Roster is the
book on the desk. This is sent to
our officers monthly and contains a listing of
members within the officer's area of
The GWTA Bylaws is the
red book on the desk. These are the rules our
member elected board of directors have adopted
to govern our association.
is your contact list for every officer
within GWTA. Clicking it will open the
Locator Map of the U.
S. and Canada. Clicking on a region of the map
will take you to a page where you will find
contact information for all GWTA officers within
that region. NOTE: We rely on our officers and members to help us
keep it up-to-date and accurate. If you see
something that needs correcting please notify the
the orange book laying flat on the desk
contains facts all our officers need to
Forms and Applications
can be found in the top drawer of the desk.
Clicking it will take you to the Document
Library where a list of documents can be found
and printed. Most are interactive and can be
filled in on screen using the viewer's keyboard
and tab key.
information can be found in the second drawer of
the desk. This will open a PDF document check
list that will help guide you through the
process of putting on an event.
GWTA Personalized Business
Cards are shown on top of the file cabinet.
Clicking on them will take you to a page with
instructions on how you can add your personal
information and print them from home. They are
great recruiting tools that fit nicely in your
The GWTA Office handles
membership and officer needs. Clicking this
drawer takes you to a page with contact info and
explains some of the routine functions the
office handles daily.
The GWTA On-line Store has many products you
can purchase securely using a credit card.
Touring News, your
monthly magazine, is always looking for cover
photos and articles with pictures from the
membership. It is your magazine, and it is what
we as members make it. Share your journeys
and events with all of us in GWTA land through
An essential part of what we do to make
everyone's riding experience more enjoyable
and safe. Tons of resources and riding
drills are available here.
Web Site Our Webmasters need
accurate up-to-date information for the sites
they create and maintain. We can help keep the
current by reviewing all the sites in the area of
our responsibility from time to time. Here also
you will find plain-English educational
resources on creating your own Web sites.
Other Resources in this
drawer are very useful and informative. Be sure
to go through them carefully.
Using our message boards is a great way to
get advice and opinions from members and
other motorcyclists on a wide variety of
Help your chapter be as good as it can be by
taking part in the Chapter Olympics program.
Calendar of Events
View information on association events along
with some of the many regional,
state/provincial and chapter events across
the U. S. and Canada. There are forms
available to post your events that are open
to all to attend.
There are three basic ingredients to
success in any chapter:
FUN FUN FUN... If we provide
fun activities for the members, they will attend our
functions. Sometimes it's hard to get them to tell
you what kind of fun they desire. Try passing out a
survey form at your meeting to be filled out at a
later date. Remember, meetings are for fun, not
business. Ask them to return the survey at next
month's meeting, review the results, then make
suggestions and enlist responses. Make it brief and
get back to the fun stuff.
RECRUITING ... As an example
of how important recruiting is to your chapter,
visualize the GWTA experience as a conveyor belt.
Riders (members) are on their bikes on the conveyor
belt. They're rolling along, having fun, moving the
same speed as the belt. Now they start slowing down
or come to a stop and eventually fall off the belt.
Why did they slow or stop? Maybe there was a
lifestyle change, they moved away, family
considerations, work schedule conflict, there are
lots of reasons members fall off the belt. There is
one thing we can do something about, a lack of fun.
If we are not providing activities they enjoy or if
they feel ignored or left out, they will slow or
stop and fall off. If we don't keep adding new
riders to the belt or pick up the fallen and place
them back on, we have (putting it bluntly) a dieing
chapter. Don't let this happen to your chapter. For
the health of the chapter, it's
every members responsibility to recruit new friends, and leadership's
responsibility to remind them.
NURTURING ... Most of us
remember our first experience in GWTA. For some it
was tough getting comfortable among all these
strangers. If a person is outgoing, they fit in
faster, for those who are introverts, it can be very
difficult. In either case an
exhaustive effort must be made to reassure all that
they are wanted and welcomed. It takes more than "Hi,
I'm happy to meet you and glad you came". These
folks need and deserve a lot more. In a sense, these
are our most important members, in that they are
the future of our chapters, maybe our next best
friend, and we can't afford to ignore our future and
potential friends. One of the best ways to get to
know new members is to get them involved in a
chapter activity in a supporting role. As they
get to know us better they'll be anxious to chip
in and help down the road.