- The program will be open to all families
except operation officers higher than chapter
director and their families. Chapter directors
and assistant chapter directors and their
families are eligible to participate.
- A family unit generally consists of two
adults and any household children.
- Family of the year participants must be
members of GWTA in good standing.
- The GWTA membership of a selected Family of
the Year must not expire during their tenure
and/or title period.
- If a member should be holding a chapter,
state/provincial, regional or national Family of
the Year honor, and during their term be elected
or appointed to an office above Chapter
Director, they will not need to give up their
Family of the Year status.
- November: The chapter director conducts
the Family of the Year appointing process for
the next year. Nominations may be solicited at a
meeting and families nominated from the floor,
or the Chapter Director may ask for submissions
in writing. The chapter may also use a selection
committee. Once the chapter Family of the Year
is selected, the chapter director works with the
newly nominated Family to prepare their
biography (or resume), as well as preparing
written justification for the chapter selection.
This information is sent to the state/provincial
director, supporting their candidate for
state/provincial family of the year. (Must be in
the state/provincial director’s office no later
than November 30).
- January: Each
state/provincial director appoints a Family of
the Year Selection Committee to review the
chapter nominations to select their
representative for the state/provincial family
of the year. The selection for state/provincial
family of the year is based on information
contained in the biographies and justifications
submitted by the chapter directors.
Alternatively, the State/Provincial Director may
elect to conduct interviews of the chapter
representatives, either via telephone or in
person at a state event. Once selected, the
state/provincial director prepares a written
justification supporting their candidate for
regional family of the year. This justification
along with the biography and justification from
the chapter director is forwarded to the
regional director (must be in the regional
director’s office no later than January 31).
- February: Each
regional director appoints a Family of the Year
Selection Committee to review the
state/provincial nominations to select their
representative for regional family of the year.
The selection is based on information contained
in the biographies and justifications from the
chapter director and the justification from the
state/provincial director. Alternatively, the
Regional Director may elect to conduct
interviews of the state representatives, either
via telephone or in person at a regional event.
The regional director prepares a written
justification supporting their candidate for
regional family of the year. This justification,
along with the justification from the
state/provincial director and the biography and
justification from the chapter director, are
forwarded to the executive director (must be in
the executive director’s office no later than
The biographies for the regional families of the
year are submitted to Touring News by the
executive director to be published prior to the
annual Goldrush rally in July.
- July: The executive director will
appoint a Family of the Year Selection Committee
to conduct interviews of the regional
representatives on Monday morning prior to
opening ceremonies at Goldrush. The Selection
Committee will inform the executive director of
their decision. The executive director makes the
announcement for the National Family at opening
ceremonies. All Regional representatives who are
interested in being considered for the National
Family of the Year honor must be present to
participate in the interview process. If
financial obligations are keeping a Regional
representative from attending Goldrush, the
Regional Director may consider covering some of
their expenses at Goldrush from the Regional
National Family of the Year recognition and duties
- The newly nominated National Family is
presented with roses and sashes at opening
ceremonies during Goldrush. During Goldrush, the
newly elected Family may be asked to assist in
passing out awards at assemblies, act as
greeters at the registration area, hold a
seminar promoting the Family of the Year
program, and perform additional duties as the
executive director may suggest.
- The National Family serves for one year, and
are considered to be members of the national
staff. During their tenure, they will actively
promote GWTA ideals and serve as a goodwill
ambassador at as many rallies and events as may
be feasible for the Family. It is suggested that
regions, states, and chapters provide
complimentary registration for the National
Family at any GWTA event they attend, in
recognition of their national honor.
- The National Family of the Year shall have
their next year’s registration for Goldrush paid
for by GWTA, as well as four nights free stay
during next year’s Goldrush at a hotel
designated by GWTA. The free nights will be
Monday through Thursday nights.
- The National Family will receive national
recognition with their picture on the cover of
Touring News. During their tenure as National
Family, they will write a monthly article for
the Touring News.
- The National Family will assist with the
national selection process at the next year’s
Goldrush for the next National Family of the
Helping Hands is a
financial program, created by members to
assist other members in time of need by
providing immediate emergency funds for
motorcycle-related accidents and major
medical issues causing extreme financial
hardship. The program is not designed to
handle long-term financial support but
to give immediate and temporary
assistance in cases of extreme hardship,
regardless of cause, until other
resources can be obtained.
Should the grant recipient find in the
future that they are in a position to do
so, they are encouraged to re-donate
this money to benefit someone else.
This program is funded solely by members
via donations to the program. Donations are strictly
voluntary and may be donated
individually or by groups. Donations to
the fund ARE NOT tax deductible.
||B. Target Month
Annually, the month of August has
been officially designated by our
national organization to be Helping
Hands Activities Month. Chapters are
encouraged to support Helping Hands
by a selected fund raising benefit
during August. Funds are welcome to
the program at any time during the
A check or money order can be made to: GWTA Helping Hands
Ask your chapter director for the address or contact the Helping Hands
director; the phone number is listed in Touring News.
Please include your name, address, phone number and amount of donation
when communicating with Helping Hands.
- Grant Committee: This committee is comprised of the
National Helping Hands Director and volunteer members.
- National Helping Hands Director
- Responsibility for program
- Presides over grant
- Is a voting member of the
- Responsible for record
keeping within their control.
- Required to forward
quarterly financial statements
to national operations.
- Grant Committee Duties: The committee is
comprised of no less that two (2) members in good standing and the Helping Hands Director.
Grant committee members shall:
- Assist the director in operations, if needed.
- Screen, validate and render decisions on grant applications. These
applications will be processed in order of priority.
committee will monitor the
following guidelines; chapter
directors should follow these
guidelines as closely as
possible. The grant committee
will make the final decision on
grant awards. All applicants:
- Must be member(s) in
good standing (i.e. maintain
a current active
- May apply as many times
as necessary to obtain a
grant. Only one grant per
member/family will be
approved within a five-year
period with a lifetime
maximum of three grants..
- Funds may be requested
up to $500 per grant.
emergency, when the grant
committee is not available, the
chapter may opt to grant funds
from their treasury until funds
can be obtained from Helping
whether to individuals or to
reimburse a chapter will be
subject to approval by the grant
committee and will be disbursed
depending upon available funds.
The grant committee will award
such funds as appropriate, to a
maximum of $500 per grant, based
upon factors such as funds
availability, the number of
grants requested, request
priority, and the order in which
requests were received.
Apply For Assistance
Applications for the Helping
Hands program are available
online @GWTA.org, through your
chapter director, or from the
Helping Hands director, whose
name and telephone number are
listed in Touring News.
Applications may be sent
directly to the Helping Hands
Director by mail, fax, or
e-mail. The application should
contain the following
information as outlined on the
- Applicant’s name,
address and phone number.
- GWTA membership number
and expiration date.
- Reason for request (must
contain adequate information
for committee and director
to make a sound judgment.
Lack of information will
impede ability to receive
- Name, membership number
and expiration date of
Education Program was
developed to provide GWTA
members with a quality
rider/co rider awareness
program and to develop
projects according to the
needs of the members.
Motorcycling is a sport with
its own risk potential,
multiplied by varying
factors, environment, and
our attitudes. Knowing how
to avoid a potential
hazardous situation while
riding and having the skills
to react are valuable to you
and your riding companions.
Having training in first aid
and CPR is equally important
and of great value. Through
commitment, education and
application we are confident
this program will prepare
our members for many safe
and enjoyable miles.
Click here for application form
chapter rider education
director should have
detailed information on this
program. It can be obtained
from regional or national
rider education directors.
Your questions, comments or
suggestions on the program
are encouraged. Please
contact the national rider
education director whose
name and phone number appear
in our monthly magazine,
Questions, comments or suggestions on the program are encouraged.
Please contact Doug & Lori Green
GWTA National Rider Education Directors
181 Alta Dr.
La Selva Beach, CA 95076
program was developed to
show recognition to a person
or persons (whether or not
they are a member of GWTA)
who have given of themselves
to assist members of our
association. Many of us will
pitch in and do the right
thing, then there are those
who will go above and
beyond; these are the people
who although they seldom
seek recognition, deserve it
just the same.
Recipients of the Golden
Heart Award will receive a
certificate of recognition,
an antiqued gold pin and the
story of their good deeds
published in Touring News.
There are many heart-warming
stories or happenings that
often go unrecognized except
for a very sincere ‘thank
you’. Giving this award is
another way of saying thanks
with an added bonus. Each
time the recipient sees the
Golden Heart Award
certificate, or puts on the
Golden Heart pin, that
‘thank you’ will ring out
loud and clear once again.
This program is
self-supporting; the person
making the nomination will
be required to pick up the
minimal cost of the
certificate(s), pin(s) and
postage. The charges are
$6.00 to cover the cost of
the antiqued gold pin,
container and, postage for
the first pin. Additional
pins and certificates are
$4.00 each. You may have up
to four pins mailed in the
same container. If you have
any questions, contact the
Helping Hands director whose
contact information is
published within Touring
The nomination process
- Write a short letter
describing the act of
kindness or generosity.
This is required to
qualify for the award.
- List how many
certificates and pins
are needed and the names
of the recipients.
- Enclose a check to
cover the cost of
awards, as outlined
- Give details on how,
when and by whom the
awards will be presented
or if you wish to have
us mail them directly to
the recipient. Pertinent
address information must
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