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Frank & Melinda Brothers
Motorist Awareness Begins With You
As Motorist Awareness (MA) Coordinators, our main goal is to enlighten the motoring public about not only us, but all motorcyclists on the road. Additionally, in order to maintain our not-for-profit– status with the IRS, we conduct educational events for the public. Monthly, the Chapter Educator tracks the MA events conducted by the Chapter. Quarterly, the MA Coordinator provides the Chapter Educator with the number of completed chapter MA events and the number of participants. These figures are included on the Educators report, and all of those figures are consolidated at the District level and are further communicated to Region and International.
In the past, National, Region and District have utilized the wording "One Person at a Time" in making the public more aware of us. My predecessor and I have both utilized these words, but it seems something has been lost in translation. I would venture to say that each and every GWRRA
Member, be it rider or co -rider, have been approached by someone nearly every time we have had our precious Wings out on the road. They may only want to congratulate us on having a Beautiful Wing, or ask questions of us. In speaking with them, if you have ever mentioned riding safely, safety gear, or the number of motorcycles on the road, or especially how great you feel while riding, you have gained their attention. Each interaction with the pub- lic, no matter how small, makes them more aware of all motorcyclists. And if by chance they have had children with them and you have gone out of your way to be nice to them, those children will probably remember you and will be on the look- out for you in the future.
Each and every time you speak with someone, be it at a dentist office, doctor’s office, gas station or grocery store, you have just conducted a Motorist Awareness event and the folks you speak with are your participants. That, my friends, is the "One Person at a Time" philosophy. Even though we have Directors and Educators filling the positions of MAC in our chapters, we all should take every opportunity to make that connection with the public and re- port it on behalf of our chapter. Very seldom have I heard the "One Person at a Time" terminology use at a Chapter Gathering, and I will freely admit that even I, in the past as a Chapter Educator, failed miserably in making my Chapter Participants aware of this Term, what it stood for, and how it benefits not only GWRRA, but all motorcyclists. Please, let us all step up, and start reporting those Events/ Participants that we never thought meant anything. And to each of you, I send my thanks and appreciation for do- ing your part to promote motorist awareness.
The reality is that EVERY month is Motorcycle Safety and Motorist Awareness month. Don’t get us wrong, we are very appreciative of the fact that Federal, State and Local Governments set aside a month each year to get the message out to the public that not only do we exist, but realize it, accept it and above all; “Share the Road” with us. For us who ride, it is a part of our everyday reality
Each of us has a vested interest in Motorcycle Safety and Motorist Awareness because it directly affects us; the Motorcycling andTriking enthusiast.
We also believe that every one of us has a story to tell of an incident, close call or, heaven forbid, some- thing even worse that makes this very personal. Because of this we are all a part of the story, we need to take it further and make each and every one of us a part of the solution. GWRRA is (borrowing a term from Chef Emeril Lagasse) “Kicking it Up a Notch” when it comes to Motorist Awareness (MA). Sure there has been an excel- lent MA program in place for years, but the emphasis is being brought a little bit more into focus. As for the Motorcycle Safety, GWRRA has been a leader for many years with its World Class Rider Education program.
Until next time: Be Safe— We’ll See You On The Road!
Frank & Melinda