Inside this July 2016 Issue
Upcoming Events 1
Words from the Director 2
Miner's Dinner Ride 3
Rider Education 4
Busy Month 5
Truth in Malvertising: How to beat bad ads 6
Staff/Awards/Birthdays/Anniversaries 7
Puzzle Time/For Sale 8
Chapter ID-H RiverRun 9
Wingding 38 10
2016 Region and District Rallies 11

Happy 4th of July

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Upcoming Events

July

Staff 6:00 7/7
Keewaydin Library on Dayton St

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

A full Calendar is on the website

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

 

 

 


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Words from the Director

“HOT HOT HOT!”
Mike and Janet Turner Chapter Director

Mike & Janet Turner

You got to love this warmer… I mean hot weather we have been having in the Columbia Basin. Too much heat can cause severe medical conditions, it is important that we don’t become a victim of a heat related incident. Here are a few precaution that we can take to avoid it.

  1. Make sure you have the appropriate gear for the weather you are riding in. Such as mesh jacket and mesh gloves. You might want to consider a cool vest or absorbing neck collar they both work well. Plan your ride during the coolest part of the day.

  2. Maintain your hydration level. Make sure you drink something every time you stop for gas or a rest break, this will replace the fluids you loose through perspiration. You should be drinking 8 ounces of fluids (this means water) per hour during the heat of the day.

  3. Be aware of your physical condition. Exposure to to much heat for a long period of time can result in hyperthermia. This is the condition where your body cannot properly regulate your internal temperature and your temperature rises uncontrollably. If allowed to reach this state, it is a medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention.

These are just a few important reminders we should consider before we head out in the hot weather. With the right gear and travel plans that include frequent breaks with plenty of water, you can enjoy riding safely even in the hottest weather.

 Several of us enjoyed  a relaxing weekend at the Blue Mountain Rendezvous in Milton-Freewater Or. We were able to help Chapter “R” celebrate their 25 Anniversary.

Thanks to Jim and Laura Young and their staff for a great and relaxing weekend. As always there was plenty of good food and scenic rides for all who attended.

We are glad you all had a safe and Happy Independence day!!!

Friends for Fun Safety, and Knowledge

Mike and Janet Turner

 

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Miner's Dinner Run
Joyce & Phil LoParco

Joyce LoParco

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Fred Meyers, Richland, WA.
Monthly GWRRA Chapter WA-L dinner ride.

In this case it was a lunch ride to Miner's Burgers in Yakima. The time was 1030 and the few participants we had were ready to roll. We had Bill Pitzer and Verna Ballard on their Spider, Jerry Denny on his Yamaha Star, Mikelle on her Suzuki Trike, Joyce LoParco on her Gold Wing Trike, Don and Christine Eide in their car, I was riding a Yamaha FJR, and were going to be joined by Chris Mortensen on his Gold Wing as we blew past Sunnyside.

As we passed the first exit to Sunnyside on I-82 Chris joined the group, but, we were soon surprised by all the traffic stopping very quickly in front of us causing us to do some creative braking. There was a trailer in pieces in the meridian as well as one lane of traffic causing a major mess. I had Chris come to the front of the pack because I knew he could lead us to a alternate path as soon as we came to the nest exit. Just before the next exit we had past the crash so we stayed on the freeway the remainder of the way to Yakima. On arrival at Miner's we met up with Spencer and Pat Royer who were already there.

I keep forgetting how big the Miner's burgers and fries are, we should have ordered one for the family then split it. We had a lot of fun visiting although it was a little loud in there (even for a deaf guy). After lunching, Don suggested we take a back route to Sunnyside to drop Chris off. Chris knows the lower valley real well so he volunteered to lead the way. We saw miles of orchards, vineyards, mint fields and dairy farms "you could smell the dairy-aire" as we passed the dairy's. It's a good thing milk tastes better than the dairy's smell. After a fuel stop in Sunnyside we proceeded to Prosser then followed OIE to Benton City then the freeway home. All in all a very good day......if you weren't there you missed out.

Phil

pictures by Joyce

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Herb Powers GWRRA-WA-L

Signs of distress

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

Driving on an isolated stretch of road, off in the distance you notice a motorcycle that has  pulled off the road and onto the shoulder.  As you get closer you see a motorcycle helmet placed on the road directly behind the motorcycle in an upright position. As a motorcyclist you may be aware the fellow motorcyclist may be in distress, and might need your assistance.

 
A common sign of distress that more people might know when a person holds both hands over their throat,  as a indication they are choking and may need assistance (are you prepared to give the hineylick maneuver?).  A cautionary note: Sometimes if a person is choking they may be so embarrassed that they might make a quick and undramatic exit from the room, in effort of not wanting to attract negative or embarrassing attention. They might be in distress and may need assistance.


Another sign of distress the victim themselves may not be aware of that I recently came across  on the internet, I thought I would share this with my fellow GWRRA peeps. 

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall -- she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.


They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.


Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital -- (at 6:00 pm, Ingrid passed away). She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.


It only takes a minute to read the signs...


A neurologist said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.


The warning signs of a stroke are:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Remember the 3 Steps: S. T. R.


S: Ask the individual to SMILE.
T: Ask the person to TALK and speak a simple sentence coherently. (i.e., "It is sunny out today.")
R: Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has any trouble with ANY one of these tasks, call an emergency number immediately, and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.


So my fellow GWRRA peeps, let’s watch out for friends, family, and loved ones.


Peace!

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Gary Domus A Busy Month
Gary & Diane Domas
Diane Domus

Getting Bugs Bunny Back


Friday Russ & Chris Akers, Tom & Santana Denny, Terry & Vicki Powers, Diana & I rode over to Bremerton  to visit Chapter WA-O on Saturday and get our Bugs Bunny back.  The ride over was good until we got to Puyallup where got caught in rain.  The ride home the weather was perfect. 

Before we started home my TPMS (tire pressure monitoring
system) warning light came on telling me I had a low tire.   Further
checking I found a nail in my real tire. Thank goodness it was a slow air leak so I aired it up and rode home keeping a eye on the warning light to see if would come on.  Sunday I put the spare on I had from Diana's trike conversion.  Hope to get the tire patched.  Still has a lot of life in it. 

We want to thank Chapter O for taking good care of Bugs.  Santana grabbed their Orca again and we also will be getting the traveling trophy as soon as Chapter O gets it back from the engraver.

Thank you Chapter R for a great time.

Blue Mt. Rendezvous

Desert Spring Fling Awards

(left) Couple of the Year: Terry & Vicky Powers

(right) New Members: Andy and Lisa Porter from Othello

New Member Belinda Myers


Gary Domas

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Truth in malvertising: How to beat bad ads
By Bill Pitzer
Bill Pitzer

Here’s a scary number: 1.3 billion. That’s the monthly traffic of msn.com, which was hit by a malvertising campaign earlier this year. Here’s an even scarier number: 70 percent. That’s the estimated amount of malvertising campaigns that deliver ransomware as a payload. What’s 70 percent of millions and millions of pageviews that cycle through the most popular websites each day? Far too much.

All this is to underscore the very real danger of malvertising. One of the basic tenets of cybersecurity is user awareness. If you practice safe browsing habits, you can protect yourself from a number of threats. But malvertising is a different beast. It hits you without your knowledge, often lives on reputable sites, and most of the time, delivers one of the most dangerous forms of malware today. Practice safe Internetting, and you could still be vulnerable.

What is malvertising?

Malvertising, or malicious advertising, is the use of online advertising to distribute malware with little to no user interaction required. You could be researching business trends on a site like NYTimes.com and, without ever having clicked on an ad, be in trouble. A tiny piece of code hidden deep in the ad directs your computer to criminal servers. These servers catalog details about your computer and its location, and then select the “right” malware for you.

Growing problem

Malvertising purposefully targets legitimate websites with high traffic, instead of trying to trick people into visiting malicious sites. In the less than 10 years since it’s been on the scene, malvertising has impacted major websites with traffic in the hundreds of millions (if not billions), including Yahoo!, NYTimes.com, bbc.com, and AOL.

And the problem’s only getting worse. In 2015, Google disabled more than 780 million bad ads, a nearly 50% increase over 2014. According to RiskIQ, in just the first half of 2015, malvertising increased 260% compared against all of 2014.

How it works

The problem is simple. Malvertising has gone unchecked because of the current lax conditions and low barrier for entry to ad networks. In order to advertise online, businesses merely sign up with a network and then bid in real time to have their ads appear on popular websites. However, not all advertising networks have strict criteria for advertisers. Not only that, but buying advertising space is increasingly being transacted automatically. Ad sellers don’t always know the buyers, and some ad platforms allow newcomers in cheap.

Criminals have done such an efficient job of “plundering the ad ecosystem,” that the FBI, Department of Justice, and Homeland Security have pledged to get involved. Yet even with some gatekeeping in place, cybercrooks can easily pull the wool over the ad networks’ eyes by serving up good ads for a while before switching to ads that contain malicious code.

Having Mission Impossibled the ad networks, bad actors move on to their real targets: you. Their infected ad often uses an iframe, or invisible webpage element, to do its work. You don’t even need to click on the ad to activate it—just visit the webpage hosting the ad. (Hence the term “drive-by download.”) The iframe redirects to an exploit landing page, and malicious code attacks your system from the landing page via exploit. The exploit kit delivers malware—and 70 percent of the time, it’s ransomware.

How to avoid malvertising

Plainly, if you use the Internet, you can’t avoid malvertising. But you can protect against it. Here are a few ways to batten down the hatches and brace yourself against malvertising.

1. Practice safe browsing

It won’t protect you against malvertising living on reputable sites, but it will decrease your odds of getting hit with the veritable wall of crap ready to greet you from the shadier side of the Internet.

2. Tighten up vulnerabilities on your computer.

Malvertising is simply a vehicle for finding security flaws hiding elsewhere in your system. Keep your software patched, update your operating system, run the latest browsers, and remove any software (especially Flash or Java) that you don’t use or need.

3. Download an ad blocker

Ad blockers can filter out a lot of the malvertising noise, stopping dynamic scripts from loading dangerous content. However, many of the most reputable news sites rely on advertising for revenue, so they ask users to disable ad blockers in order to access content.

4. Enable click-to-play plugins on your web browser

Click-to-play plugins keep Flash or Java from running unless you specifically tell them to (by clicking on the ad). A good bulk of malvertising relies on exploiting these plugins, so enabling this feature in your browser settings will offer excellent protection.

5. Run an effective anti-exploit program

When all else fails, a good anti-exploit program can shield browser, OS, and software vulnerabilities, catching any of the riff-raff that makes it through your defenses.

So unless you’d like to become an Internet recluse, it looks like, for now, there’s not much you can do to avoid malvertising altogether. But with the right protections in place, you can still beat bad ads.

 

 

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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

2 Pat Royer
5 Gail Lindsley
16 Mike Kasko
21 Lee Tulberg
25 Robert Edgar
31 Mary McKinley

Anniversaries

3 Marvin & Lee Tulberg
11 Mike & Janet Turner
17 Charles & Marcella Russell
22 George & Antoninette Burnside

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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

Bill Pitzer

$11500

2011 RSS SE5, less than 8500 miles. Mostly highway miles.

Added mods, K&N air filter, 41/2" handlebar risers, Bumpskid, 4- 20W spots on the front with top and bottom switched separately. LEDs in Tip lights, Amber LED turn signals on fenders, Red mud flap LEDs wired as running and turn signal, Red LEDs on rear fender wired as running and brake. Bajaron sway bar, floor boards, BRP comfort seat, BRP passenger backrest. Givi Saddlebags, 4 12V power plugs, separate switched. Accessory power wired into its own fuse block. Ram Mounts, garage door remote with push button on dash. Service manual

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-IS-H RiverRun 2016
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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
MN / ND District Rally COY / IOY Selection  Jul 8 - 9 Wilmar, MN
SC District Rally Wingin' Down on the Farm Jul 14 - 16 Anderson, SC
UT District Rally   Jul 15 - 16 Western Park/Conf. Center, Vernal, UT
New England Rally CT, NH, VT, ME, RI Jul 21 - 23 West Lebanon, NH 
IL District Rally   Jul 22 - 23 Pontiac, IL
WV District   Jul 22 - 23 Summersville, WV
Region K Rendezvous The Roaring Twenties Jul 22 - 24 Quality Hotel & Suites, Woodstock, ON Canada
Regional Rally L COY Selection  Jul 22 - 24 Best Western Glengary, Truro, NS Canada
Regional Rally D USA Proud Jul 28 - 30 Branch Co Fairgrounds, Coldwater, MI
ID District Rally   Jul 28 - 30 Garden, ID
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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