Inside this Aug 2016 Issue
Upcoming Events 1
Words from the Director 2
Mystery Lunch Ride 3
Rider Education Prepare for the Ride 4
Been Busy & Summer Fun 5
12 steps to safer online banking 6
Staff/Awards/Birthdays/Anniversaries 7
Puzzle Time/For Sale 8
Chapter Z Run 9
Wingding 38 10
2016 Region and District Rallies 11

Happy HOT August

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Our GWRRA-WA-L Group

Find Gas without Ethanol

Upcoming Events

August

Staff 6:00 8/11
Keewaydin Library on Dayton St

Regular Meeting is Saturday August 13th 8:00 Breakfast at the Pasco Red Lion, 9:00 Meeting

Aug. 29 - Sept 3 WingDing

Leaving at 7:15,
HAPO parking lot, N of Red Lion Pasco

A full Calendar is on the website

For Sale and Want to Buy is also on
the Web Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Pitzer & Verna Ballard
did the 5 Dam Tour

Others that have done
the Dam Tour

New Members: Andy & Lisa Porter from Othello;
Belinda Myers;
Ron Ellis

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Words from the Director

“Dog Gone!”

Mike and Janet Turner Chapter Director

Mike & Janet Turner

And yet another month has quickly passed and we are enjoying the Dog Days of Summer.  It is the time of the year when I enjoy getting out for an evening ride. With Wing Ding quickly approaching, I know that several of the Chapter members are planning to attend. So here are a few tips for packing and preparing for the ride to Wing Ding.  

  1. Make sure your bike is ready for the ride – tires, tire pressure, oil, brakes, fluid levels etc...

  2. Remember to perform a T-CLOCK every morning before heading out for the day.

  3. Make sure your riding gear is in good shape and still fits!

  4. Whether you are pulling a trailer or not always pack your heaviest items as low as possible. Packing heavy items high will make you trailer or bike top heavy.

  5. Try rolling your clothes. Rolling your clothes takes up less space then folding them.

  6. Pack small items inside shoes or boots this will save space.

  7. Develop a packing system, so if you need something you don’t have to unpack all of your stuff to find a certain item.

  8. Take the essentials, you can significantly reduce the amount of space by taking fewer clothes.   You can always do laundry at your destination. 

  9. Have a planned route and stick to it. Let somebody know your time of arrival to your destination.

  10. Pack your Gold Book…. Pack light… Pack right

Utilize these space saving tips so you have some cool souvenirs to bring home from Wing Ding.

We enjoyed a relaxing weekend at the Idaho District Convention in Garden City Idaho. It was grat seeing everyone!

Thanks to Don, Sharon Weber and their team for a great weekend!

Ride safe!!

Friends for Fun Safety, and Knowledge
Mike and Janet Turner

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Mystery Lunch Ride
Joyce LoParco & Lil Jo

Joyce LoParco

August 21 Sunday
Mystery Lunch Ride
Meet at the Hapo parking lot north of
the Red Lion in Pasco.
11:00am   You will get your instructions
when you arrive.  About a 3 hours excursion round trip.
Gas up!!!!

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Herb Powers GWRRA-WA-L

Getting Ready to Ride

Rider Educators Herb & Gaylene Powers
Gaylene Powers GWRRA-WA-L

Recently after practicing on my motorcycle for about 6 hours on the range, I was a bit stiff and sore.

The next day I came across a short article in MSF news “Long Trips-Getting Ready to Ride”.  You how know after reading an article one thought will lead to another thought and so on… I thought about traveling to and from Wing Ding this year in Billings Montana, then about my GWRRA peeps that may traveling there also, which lead back to my practice on the range and how stiff a and sore I was.

Folks it isn’t too late to do some things in preparation for the ride. I requested permission from MSF to put it in our Chapter L news letter…..and here it is.

MSF Logo

Long Trips – Getting Ready to Ride

Your Preparation Should Begin Weeks Before the Trip

For multi-day trips not only do you need to prep and inspect your motorcycle to ensure it’s up to the task, but you need to assess your own condition. Motorcycling requires more mental focus and is more physically demanding than driving, so fatigue is a valid concern and a real threat to safety. This is especially true if you’re riding alone.

Maintaining a basic exercise routine in the weeks leading up to your ride will help prepare you. Focus on your arms and hands, since they’ll be doing most of the work. Push-ups or weight lifting (with light weights) for your arms and using a traditional V-shaped spring-loaded grip exerciser or rubber ball for your hands will help. And if you’re prone to carpal tunnel syndrome (characterized by painful wrist inflammation), which can be triggered by holding the throttle open and gripping the handlebars for extended periods, remember to bring any required medicines or dietary supplements. Just be sure they don’t affect your ability to operate “heavy machinery.”

While riding, wear comfortable safety gear, maintain good posture and, if your saddle allows, change your seating position occasionally so your spine doesn’t get locked into one position and your “bottom end” doesn’t go numb.

Getting plenty of sleep each night during your trip is essential for both physical and mental stamina. When you’re on the road, take a short break every hour or so. Find a safe place to park and stretch. Close your eyes to give them a break. Take a long lunch break. Eating a light, protein-rich meal and avoiding caffeine and sugar-laden desserts will help prevent a mid-afternoon energy lull. Have frequent healthy snacks and drink plenty of water.

Wear hearing protection, since constant wind and engine/exhaust noise can hasten your fatigue, in addition to the obvious risk to your hearing. Finally, don't assume you can ride hundreds of miles a day, day after day. You should start off with a shorter day, and build up the daily duration only if your brain and body say “Hey, we’re fine with this, give us more!”  

 

See you at our monthly gathering

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Gary Domus A Busy Month
Gary & Diane Domas
Diane Domus

Meeting Winners

50/50 .................................................Door Prizes

Dinner Ride Red Lobster

ARC Rides for Kids: Joe Winters, Terry Powers, Gary Dumas

IS District Convention, Thanks to Don & Sharon Weber

A Little Summer Fun when the Grand Kids Aren't Around

Have Fun

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12 steps to safer online banking
By Bill Pitzer
Bill Pitzer

Posted July 8, 2016 by  of Malwarebytes

Gone are the days of balancing check books. The advent of online banking has made budget-keeping and bill-paying a convenient, if not automatic, transaction for adults managing their finances.

Which is why it’s a prime target for cybercriminals.

According to a recent study by Fiserv, 80 percent of U.S. households now do their banking online. The sheer number of customers is a likely attraction for threat actors. But what makes online bankers irresistible prey is that a breach results in direct access to their money—no need to bother with a ransom. That’s probably why more than 25 percent of malicious activity online is aimed at financial institutions.

“Mobile banking has a tighter ecosystem than desktop online banking and some technical advantages that improve security,” says Seth Goldstein, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with nearly 20 years of experience in banking IT. However, mobile banking isn’t foolproof. In 2016 (so far), Malwarebytes’ Mobile Intelligence Database has flagged more than 12,000 unique Android application packages (APKs) as banker Trojans.

How cybercrooks steal your cash

From social engineering scams to spear phishing, there’s no method crooks won’t try to get to your money. The most common techniques center on fooling you into a sense of security by pretending to be your bank. Whether that’s in the form of a spear phishing email that copies the logos of your financial institution or spoofing your mobile banking app, criminals have become adept at pulling wool over the eyes of online bankers, who are now accustomed to receiving digital communication from their banks. Smishing, or sending malicious text messages, has been a popular attack method for years, luring customers into entering their login credentials via text.

In 2014, several thousand JP Morgan mobile customers received a text message containing a link to this phony login screen.

With so many susceptibilities in both desktop and mobile online banking, it’s important to not only choose a bank that offers high level protection for your accounts, but also take your own initiative to keep those accounts secure. That’s why we’ve come up with 12 steps for safer online banking.

How banks protect your accounts

The first part of our 12-step program centers on the protections that banks have to offer for their customers. In choosing a financial institution with which to conduct your online banking, look for these top-level security measures. After all, banks have just as much to lose if you get breached.

  1. Two-factor authentication: These days, a strong password is not enough. The safest banks offer multiple-step login processes that require both something you know (a password and/or security questions) and something you have (your phone, which will receive a text message of a second code you’ll need to enter to gain access).
  2. SSL secured websites: On any website where a financial transaction takes place, secure communication is key. Look for the padlock icon to the left of the URL. If it’s there, that means the information passed between your bank’s server and your browser remains private. In addition, the URL should read “https” and not just “http.”
  3. Automatic timeout sessions: Banks that close out your session after a few minutes of inactivity protect you from prying eyes and human error. Better to have to log back in than to have someone swipe your account numbers while you’re on a bathroom break.
  4. Fraud monitoring: Any bank worth trusting with your money should have continuous, real-time monitoring for fraudulent activity such as large withdrawals or purchases made in new locations.
  5. Mobile password protection (fingerprint scanning): A twist on two-factor authentication right out of a spy movie, many mobile banking apps offer fingerprint scanning as an additional method of verification. The safest banking apps also require that phones be password protected if fingerprint scanning is to be used.

How you can protect your accounts

The second part of our 12-step program is all about user education and action. Once you’ve found a bank that can pull out all the online security stops, it’s your turn to step up the game. “The SANs Digital Forensics and Incident Response group published a poster a couple of years ago with the catchphrase, ‘Know Normal…Find Evil.’ This should be the mantra for online and mobile banking users,” says Goldstein. Take these precautionary measures to understand what’s normal communication from your bank, what’s suspicious, and what you can do to ward off malware attacks.

  1. Beware phishing emails and texts. Keep a sharp eye on email and text communications from you bank. Unless absolutely certain of the email or text’s origins, avoid clicking through links, especially if they ask for login or other personal identification information.
  2. Report suspicious activity right away. “One of the most important benefits of Internet and mobile banking is the convenience for users to check balances frequently,” says Goldstein. He recommends customers follow their account activity in order to quickly identify and report abuse. “It’s much easier for banks to research and take action on recent transactions, and it gives you the best leverage to recover any losses.”
  3. Make sure you download the official app of your bank. Whether downloading from Google Play or the App Store, be sure to check reviews, read summaries carefully, and double and triple check who and where the app comes from.
  4. If possible, don’t use a public computer and/or public wifi for banking. If you don’t have Internet access at home, make sure you sign out of your account before closing the browser. And if you’re sitting at a café working on your blog, that’s not the best time to catch up on your bill-paying. Public wifi is much easier to breach than your own password-protected home connection.
  5. Buy a computer just for bills. For those willing and able, purchasing a laptop dedicated only to financial transactions helps limit the potential for infection and breach. That means online banking and bill paying only. No checking email. No surfing the web. No social media. Start up, check accounts, and shut down.
  6. Customize online banking transactions. Take a look at the admin controls of your online banking accounts. Some banks let you limit online transaction capabilities, like international wire transfer. The less you do online (without completely hindering the convenience of online banking), the safer your money is.
  7. Layer your security. The more the merrier. Firewall and antivirus can stop known threats, while anti-malware and anti-exploit cover advanced threats like malvertising and ransomware. And to protect against those malicious mobile banking apps, consider an anti-malware program for your phone.

For the safest online banking experience, it’s best if you live by two credos. One is to know thyself. By keeping an eye on your online accounts and credit score, you can stay on top of abuse. The second is to know thy adversary. “Your bank doesn’t ask you to confirm account details via email or call you for personal information,” says Goldstein. “There is no urgent matter that requires verifying your responses to ‘secret’ questions or sharing the CVV code on the back of the card to prove your identity.” Simply put: if you are asked to share account details in any way—don’t. And if you want to pay it forward, notify your bank’s call center when you receive these suspicious communications. You just might help to protect the next online banker, too.

 

 

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Staff Awards

Chapter Director
director@gwrra-wa-l.org
Mike & Janet Turner (509) 845-1069

Assistant CD
assistantcd1@gwrra-wa-l.org
Tom & Santana Denny (509) 582-8779

Treasurer
treasurer@gwrra-wa-l.org
Jerry Denny (509) 308-1979

Secretary
secretary@gwrra-wa-l.org
Georgia Finley (509) 948-2063

Rider Educator
ridereducator@gwrra-wa-l.org
Herb & Gaylene Powers (509) 545-9341

Ride Coordinator
ridecoordinator@gwrra-wa-l.org
Tom Didway (509) 946-0878

Ambassadores
Spencer & Pat Royer (541) 276-0214

Membership Enhancement membership@gwrra-wa-l.org
Rob & Gail Lindsley (509) 531-6137

Chapter Stores
membership@gwrra-wa-l.org
Russ & Chris Akers (509) 378-2918

Historian
Georgia Finley (509) 783-9783

Sunshine Coordinator
Donna Whiteside (509) 943-9828

Phone Tree/Emails
Joyce LoParco (509) 531-9939

Couple of the Year
Terri and Vicki Powers

Individual of the Year
TBA

Newsletter Editor
pitzer@gwrra-wa-l.org
Bill Pitzer (509) 735-7181

www.gwrra-wa-l.org

Good Guy: Bill Pitzer, for newsletter/website

Oops: Lloyd Findley

Show for the Dough: Mark Blake

50-50: John Smith

Bob Goodman,
a free breakfast.

Puzzle: Joyce Loparco

Marble Game: Bill Pitzer failed to pull red marble.

Birthdays

3  Stephanie Tyutyunnik (Domas),
 3 Bill Pitzer
19 Shook, Shari
21 Shults, Pat
25 Royer, Spencer
26 Zakrajsek, Marty
27 Eide, Christine
29 Akers, Chris

Anniversaries

8  Christensen, Keith & Pat
11 Akers, Russ & Chris
16 Smith, Hank & Marilyn
29 Zakrajsek, Marty & MaryAnn

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Puzzle For Sale
GW Puzzle

Print Puzzle

 

 

 

Joyce Loparco

Must Sell Immediately! 1994 GL1500 SE 2 Tone Blue Excellent Condition Always Garaged Complete Carb cleaning 2 years ago Great Starter Trike 114,400 miles Asking $10,000 OBO

Contact Joyce LoParco (509) 531-3391 or Leave a message

Click here for pictures

Hardin Terrell

Just down from Alaska is selling his motorcycles that he has rebuilt from the ground up.  Hardin lives in Pasco.  Call him if anyone is interested at 509 412-1045, cell # 253 777-7817 or email at

hardinandjoan@yahoo.com.

Click here for pictures

 

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GWRRA WA-Z End of year campout & run

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Wingdings 38
Registrations are already coming in hard and fast, with pre-registration hitting record numbers. You don’t want to miss out on that kind of FUN!


Opening ceremonies will be held on August 31, but we have a very exciting day planned on August 30 that you really won’t want to miss. As you all know, the International Couple of the Year selection process is held on that day. This year, we’re making it even more FUN. We’ll be holding a COY Boot camp that morning for anyone (COYs, MECs, COY Coordinators, Directors, judges) who has interest in the COY program. Not only will the boot camp cover topics designed to assist a COY in participating in the selection process, but it will also be an informative resource for coordinators and individuals who are asked to judge the selection process. And of course, all of this will be imparted with all of the FUN we can muster!


But wait—there’s more! In addition to the excitement of the Couples’ oral presentations that afternoon, there will be an Awards Ceremony after the oral presentations that will include the MEC of the Year, Newsletter Award, Chapter of the Year presentation, Merit / Director of the Year presentation, and will culminate in the announcement of the new International Couple of the Year. This will be one FUN afternoon, and we don’t want anyone to miss out!

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2016 Region and District Rallies

Our Assistant Directors, Ron and Bev Clark, put together a great spreadsheet listing all of the 2016 rally dates that are currently available in one document.  We hope that you will take a look at this schedule and, since it’s the season of giving, give yourself the gift of registering yourself for a rally that’s perhaps outside of your District or Region.  When we visit our cohorts in other areas, we discover new and exciting ways to have FUN!

Event Details (Name, Theme, Sel., Etc.) Date Location
Bi State Rally  NY & NJ (Regional COY Sel.) Aug 4 - 6 Swedesboro, NJ
Michigan Rally   Aug 5 - 6 Osceola Co Fairgrounds, Evart, MI
CO Convention 27th Winging the Rockies Conv. Aug 11 - 13 Montrose Co Fairgrounds, Montrose, Co
KY District   Aug 18 - 20 Cave City, KY
NE / SD District Rally COY / IOY Selection  Aug 25 - 27 Wall Drug, SD
Regional Rally J Wing in The Rockies Aug 26 - 28 Red Deer, AB Canada
WY District Rally   Aug 29 - 30 "Welcome to Wing Ding" Party
WI District Rally COY / IOY Selection  Sep 16 - 17 Wisconsin Dells, WI
NC District   Sep 22 - 24 Cherokee, NC
CA District Rally   Sep 23 - 25 DoubleTree Hotel, Bakersfield. CA
IA District Rally COY / IOY Selection  Sep 25 - 26 Dubuque, IA
OK District Rally   Sep 29 - Oct 1 Muscogee, OK
VA District   Oct 6 - 8 Roanoke, VA
MS District Rally   Oct 13 - 15 Gulfport, MS
Regional Rally A Region 'A' Steel Pony Rally Oct 27 - 29 Lakepoint Lodge & Conv. Center, Eufaula, AL
AZ District Convention    Oct 28 - 30 Nautical Beachfront Resort, Havasu City, AZ 
Region N  Winter Event COY Selection  Nov 4 - 6  
WA District Rally   TBD Port Townsend, WA
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