Inside this Nov 2016 Issue
Upcoming Events 1
Words from the Director 2
Oct. Dinner & Maintenance Day 3
Loading Your Motorcycle 4
Visit to A Friend 5
Visit to OR-H 6
Walmart Stuffed Toy Drive 7
Security 101: 10 Security Best Practices 8
Staff/Awards/Birthdays/Anniversaries 9
Puzzle Time/For Sale 10
2016 Region and District Rallies 11

Happy Thanksgiving

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Upcoming Events

November

Staff meeting is on the 8th Tuesday. Kewayden Library

Veterans Parade on the 5th, info

 

Regular Meeting is Saturday November 11th 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

Members in the Spot Light

Submitted by Mike Turner
I ran across this article that was published in the Tri-Cities Cancer Center July 2016 Newsletter about one of chapter members.
This member has volunteered for the past 2 years and over 300 hours of her time. She states” I volunteer at the Cancer Center because it is rewarding. Many times after helping a patient find a wig, hat, ect. they turn as they are leaving and say they need one more thing…. A hug. That to me, is what motivates me to continue volunteering”  
This member is Donna Whiteside, Thanks you!!

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“Director's Message....”
Mike and Janet Turner Chapter Director

Mike & Janet Turner
Well our calendar is getting full and the days are getting shorter. The holidays will soon be upon us.  It might be a good time to put your bikes to bed if you’re not a die hard.   Here are a few tips on winterization:

  1. Storing your bike indoors is the best way to protect against moisture and rust.
  2. Batteries tend to slowly loose their charge so hook a battery tender on the battery. This will keep the battery charge maintained.
  3. Put your bike on the center stand getting the weight off your tires. This prevents flat spots from developing.
  4. Fill your tank and add fuel stabilizer to the gas.
  5. Change the oil and oil filter, old oil can develop acid qualities and cause corrosion.
  6. Check the oil level on the drive shaft and add or replace oil if needed.
  7. Test and check your coolant for freeze protection.

These are a few examples of thing we can do to get our bikes ready for winter storage. As a final check to make sure that you haven’t missed anything, review the maintenance schedule in your owner manual to determine if any other services are required.

The stuffed animal, and toy drive at the Pasco Walmart was again a great success. All the money that was donated will be used to buy more stuffed animals and toys. Thanks to all who came out to help with this cause and KUDO Rob Lindsley for again organizing this successful event. See Pixs below.

The weather didn’t cooperate for maintenance day, but it didn’t stop some of us!  We even managed to keep the BBQ going for burgers and fish!    Three bikes showed up!  Spencer Royer put on some new trunk and bag lights, Gary Domas, got a new ring of fire and Lil Joe changed her oil on her trike.

Thanks to Don and Christine Eide, again for hosting this event. Don was telling us that he only cleans his shop twice a year.   Once for spring maintenance day and again for fall maintenance day. So with that said we are already looking forward to spring.

Thanks for the help crossing kids for Treat Street in down town Kennewick.  I have fun doing this and I always have a lot of parents and kids thanking us which always makes it worth it!

Hope everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween!  Staff meeting is at the library by Kennewick High the 8th of November which is a Tuesday.  We really need our staff to join us and remember members are always welcome.  This is the place to bring up issues or ideas.  Thanks for your support!

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving,          

Friends for Fun Safety, and Knowledge
Mike and Janet Turner

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Oct. Dinner & Maintenance Day
Joyce & Phil LoParco

Joyce LoParco

Time to go get some candy. Hank ...... Janet directing traffic for Halloween

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Herb Powers GWRRA-WA-L

Target in Sight

Rider Educators Herb & Gaylene Powers
Gaylene Powers GWRRA-WA-L
I was reading the Chapter L monthly news letter for June, and was struck by the article “Motorcycle Involvement in Crashes”. One line that caught my attention “Motorcycles are more likely to be involved in fatal collisions with fixed objects than other vehicles. In 2012, 22 percent of the motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with fixed objects…… “.

Uhh wh what? Now if it were other vehicles that we are running into or running into us, ok we need to be take action to be more diligent. Like SAA (Seek, Anticipate, and Act). So how are we killing ourselves on fixed objects? A fixed object that, doesn’t move!

I once heard the statement “Our hands are connected to our eyes”. What they were actually referring to is, our eyes will have tendency to instruct our brain to where they are focusing. Our brain will then instruct our nervous system and our muscular system as to how to make it happen. I am sure you have heard the term “Target Fixation”.

The human eyesight has two types of vision. 1st is peripheral, and the 2nd  our focus. Basically the periphery vision occurs outside of our gaze. For this discussion it picks up colors and movement, but very little in the way of detail. Our periphery provides input for keeping our distances away from objects, by providing spatial or depth perception, also alerting us to movement. The second vision is the focus provided by a foveae in the back of the eye.

Demonstration time: For this demonstration I would like you to focus (for just few seconds) on this word Demonstration. While you focused on that word were you able to observe the detail of every letter of the entire word at once without any eye movement or scanning? Try again. Now this time try and read the other words surrounding that word, both without scanning, then with scanning.  Our focus is very narrow and tight. This is where target fixation occurs.

So the next time we get into a predicament, your eyes tell you ‘situation less than ideal”, get your brain into the game (literally). Our eyes provide our brain with vital information. Let your brain interpret that information. Based on sensory input use a tactic like SAA, your brain should instruct your eyes where to look, turn your head shift your gaze to a more ideal path of travel.

Come to our next TRC or ARC for more in depth discussions like this and more!

Ride safe!

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Visit to A Friend
Tom & Santana Denny, Russ & Chris Akers
On October 12th four individual’s braved the weather, a lot of rain, to drive to Portland to visit Reggie Porter in the hospital.  The four individuals Tom Denny, Santana Denny, Chris Akers, and Russ Akers left the confines of a nice dry house’s at 8 am to driver 185 miles in pouring rain and a lot of wind to visit a Special Friend that needed some cheering up.
            After stopping for the usual bathroom breaks and snacks we arrived in Clackamas, Oregon.  We were not able to get into see Reggie until about 3 pm when Chuck was going to be there so guess where we went?  You got it the Clackamas Mall for a little bit of shopping which was a great experience.
            Then at about 3 pm we ventured up to the Sunnyside Hospital which was about 6 minutes away from the mall and slipped into surprise Reggie who was feeling pretty good.  Reggie’s mom and step dad were there and Chuck was down in the van making coffee.  We presented her a stuffed bear from the four of us which brought a smile to her face.  After about 20 minutes it was time for Reggie to get out of bed and race out to the nurses station and back.  Just about then Chuck showed and we got to visit with him for a bit.            

About 5:30 pm Reggie was getting tired and we all decided to leave so that she could get her rest.  We managed to get a couple of pictures of everyone that went.  We all were a bit hungry so we stopped at the Ram Restaurant at the Clackamas Mall and had a wonderful time.  After that we headed back to the Tri-Cities in the rain.

 

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Gary Domus

Visit to OH-H

by Gary Domas


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Rob & Gail LindsleyMembership Enhancement
Walmart Stuffed Toy Drive
Rob and Gail Lindsley
Hello Chapter-L members on October 9th and 16th our chapter went back out on the beat to collect for the kids of Lady of Lourdes Hospital TLC (Tri-City Lab) as well as emergency room, and then for Kadlec Hospital (Christmas Toys for Kids).
On October 9th we were at Walmart on Road 68 Pasco I (Rob Lindsley) was there early to ensure everything was ready as I meet with Walmart Assoc. she stated that Walmart was donating $50 to go towards the donation so that will be split between hospitals in gifts. A special thanks needs to go to Walmart and ALL of their Associates. We got over 7 bags of animals. These will be donated to the TLC members on Nov. 12th at our next meeting at the Red Lion. Please don't miss out on this.
Thanks for those who showed up (Jerry & Tom Denny, Beth & David Messinger and Joyce LoParco )
On October 16th we were back at Walmart on Rd 68 raising more stuffed animals and toys yes toys. This was for Kadlec Hospital. ( Christmas Toys and stuffed animals for Kids) drive. We got a lot of stuffed animals as well as electronic stuff, card games. There's a total of 8 large totes full. These well be handed out in December before Christmas, I'll keep everyone up to date as to when this will happen. Again thanks for those who showed up. ( Tom & Jerry Denny, Joyce LoParco, Mike & Janet Tuner, Terry & Vicki Powers and one of our new members BeLinda Meyers who just showed up). These people helped make this a success, along with those who donated.

Rob and Gail Lindsley WA Ch-L Membership Enhancement Coordinators

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Security 101: 10 Security Best Practices
By Bill Pitzer
Bill Pitzer
Too many small and medium businesses spend good money on security products only to see their best intentions and investment wasted when they fail to implement the most basic security practices.

The simple truth for any business is that you are always just one bad user decision away from being infected by malware. Misconfigure your firewall, grant the wrong person administrative rights or fail to update your antivirus, and you open the door wide open to cybercriminals to steal data.

Cybercriminals never give up. They’re always looking for new ways to break into your systems. Don’t let that happen. Here are 10 best security practices to shore up your defenses:

  1. Install Antivirus

We’ll get this one out of the way first! Your best defense against the vast majority of active malware is your antivirus solution. Select an antivirus solution that performs strong with independent tests like AV-Comparatives. Look for advanced features that protect against prevalent threats like ransomware, and select an endpoint security solution that offers protection at multiple attack points to defend against bad websites, phishing and spam, malicious URLs, Zero-days and other online threats.

  1. Restrict Administrative Rights

Only authorized, knowledgeable IT administrators should have administrative rights to your PCs. While it may seem like an inconvenience at times for small organizations, granting administration rights to a broad user base is a big risk. To maintain the highest security standards, you need to ensure users cannot change critical settings, download and install whatever software programs they wish, or disable security tools you’ve put in place. Moreover, some malware is unable to execute and make malicious system changes if the user is logged in without admin rights – creating an additional layer of defense against malware your users may encounter.

  1. Install and Update a Firewall

Be it the Windows firewall or a third-party firewall app, be sure to install a firewall to defend against malicious network traffic. Firewalls monitor and control traffic in and out of your network. To protect against downloading malicious content onto your network or to stop communication to bad IP addresses, a firewall is a critical line of your defense. Always keep it updated or it will start to miss threats.

  1. Implement Patches

Don’t ignore those prompts to update popular software applications used in your organization. In many cases, those prompts to update Adobe, Java, Chrome, iTunes, Skype and others are to fix discovered security vulnerabilities in these products. Cybercriminals exploit those vulnerabilities to open a backdoor onto your systems to drop malware and infect your network. Implement an automated patch management solution to address this issue, or select an endpoint security solution with patch management included.

  1. Enforce Password Policies

Users may view password updates as a chore, but password implementation and enforcement are a must. Require strong passwords or passphrases to maximize effectiveness, implement regular updates, and instruct users not to share them.

  1. Lock Those Screens

All computing devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones, have screen-locking features for security purposes. Be sure to enforce a short lock-screen timeout as added protection, especially in settings where users can walk way from workstations without logging off.

  1. Secure Wi-Fi Routers

Wireless routers are notoriously easy to break into, so take extra precautions in securing them. Change the network names and passwords that come with each router, and don’t forget to activate its encryption capabilities. Use a separate Wi-Fi network for business guests. Also consider not broadcasting your network ID for added protection hackers trying to discover and access your network.

  1. Secure Your Browsers

Configure web browsers to avoid inadvertent malware downloads by distracted users. Steps to take include disabling pop-up windows, which can contain malicious code, and using screen filters that warn you of malware attacks. Also, pay attention to browser privacy settings to prevent any private information from being siphoned by fraudsters and cyber-thieves, limit users ability to install browser plug-ins, consider disabling vulnerable applications like Adobe Flash and always ensure you’re using current and fully patched browsers when possible.

  1. Use encryption

Many machines come with built-in encryption, both at the disk and file levels. Take advantage of each device’s encryption capabilities to prevent data from getting into the wrong hands when laptops, external drives, USB drives and other mobile devices are lost or stolen.

  1. Train & Recruit Your Users

Security isn’t successful in a vacuum. Your users can be your biggest liability or your biggest asset. Engage your users and educate them on security best practices and why they are important. Train your users to spot threats, like malicious phishing attacks or strange PC behavior, and alert your IT leader immediately.

In addition to investing in the right security tools, it is critical to implement these security best practices to ensure your network is well defended from cybercriminals.

Anatomy Tech Support Scams

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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) 948-2065

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) 948-2065

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

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Winners

Good Guy:Gary Dumas

Oops: Phil Loparco

Show for the Dough:Tom Didway, (NP)

50-50:Jim Corn

Elaine Gordon,
a free breakfast.

Puzzle:Russ Akers

Marble Game: Joyce Laparco failed to pull red marble.

Birthdays

5  Domas, Gary
6  Denny, Santana
    Didway, Joyce
8  Winters, Sharon
23 Akers, Russ

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Anniversaries

14 Myers, Gene & Pam

29 Winters, Joe & Sharon
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Puzzle For Sale

PUZZLE

GW Puzzle

Print Puzzle

 

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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
Region N  Winter Event COY Selection  Nov 4 - 6  
WA District Rally   TBD Port Townsend, WA
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