Inside this June 2017 Issue
Upcoming Events 1
Words from the Director 2
Desert Spring Photos - Gary Domas 3
“Cover everything you want to use later in life” - DENNIS BLACK 4
Staff/Awards/Birthdays/Anniversaries 5
Puzzle Time 6
For Sale Items 7
Chap L Desert Spring Fling Video. Recipe from Terri Watson 8

Happy Father's Day

      wa-L Group Photo

Our GWRRA-WA-L Group

Find Gas without Ethanol

Upcoming Events

June 2017

Staff Meeting is the 7th, 6PM, Keewayden Library

WA-D Duck Hunt, The 10th

Regular Meeting, the 10th 8AM breakfast, 9AM meeting

Blue Mountain Rendevous, 23rd thru the 25th, MF Fairtgrounds.


A full Calendar is on the website

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

July 2017

Independence Day 4th

Staff Meeting on the 6th, 6PM, Keewayden Library

Regular Meeting, the 8th 8AM breakfast, 9AM meeting

WA District Convention
Christmas in July, 20-22


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

Mike & Janet Turner

Well we did it!  Desert Spring Fling 2017 is in the books!  A Special Thanks to Coke who supplied Coke products for our Sunday Night Dinner, Lamb Weston for the potatoes, Kennewick Police Department and Benton County Sheriffs Department for escorting the Light Parade, Instructors Bob and Donna Hitch, Chloe for singing the National and Canadian  anthems and the many businesses who donated door prizes and of course all of YOU!!!

I know that we are all busy with our personnel lives and there is not enough time in the day to accomplish our own daily tasks. I would like to THANK all those who volunteered (and there were many)  Who took time out of their busy days to make Spring Fling a success. Without all of your hard work whether it was just one hour or 20 hours you made a difference and we couldn’t have done it without you!  I received many KUDO’s from many of the attendee’s stating that they had a great time, so I am passing the praises to you.  Job Well Done!

We would like to welcome Chris Akers as our new Treasurer as Jerry Denny is moving to Nevada. Thank you Jerry for your service this past year and a half as a member of our staff and for all you have done for our chapter!  Please don’t forget us!  You will be missed!  Good Luck and be safe!

We hope everyone enjoyed the B-Reactor  tour that were able to go.  Next year we will see about maybe doing the other tour they talked about that takes you to the White Bluffs and talks about the people.

Good job to Santana, Diana, Vicki and Chris for their wonderful performance of the YMCA!  You girls raised an additional $101.00 for the Tri City Cancer Center!

We will be talking about a date and time to present the check to the cancer center.  They would like us to do it at the center so they can get a picture with the BIG check behind us for their website.  Staff will be Wednesday or Thursday this week.  I’m trying to get the club house so we can have pizza and ice cream and have our debriefing of the Rally.  Stay tuned and watch for an email from Joyce.

At this time we would also like to thank Bill and Verna for all the help and hard work they have done on behalf of our chapter.  Thank you both!  We will miss you!  Anyone interested in stepping up as our Webmaster and Newsletter Editor please let us know.

Hope to see you all at the Blue Mountain Rendezvous in Milton Free-Water Oregon for a relaxing time.

Again, THANK you all for your hard work!  JOB WELL DONE!

Friends for Fun Safety, and Knowledge
Mike and Janet Turner Page 2

by Gary Domas

Gary Domus

Pixs From the Desert Spring Fling 2017

Desert Spring Fling 2017 Veterans War Memorial & Wall Parade

B Reactor Tour  

B Reactor Tour Entertainment

Entertainment Winner

50-50 Winner Grand Prize Winner $300

Horse Shoe Winners Light Parade Page 3
Herb Powers GWRRA-WA-L

“Cover everything you want to use later in life”

Written by Dennis Black Washington District educator

Gaylene Powers GWRRA-WA-L

On Easter Sunday, a couple of friends asked if we wanted to ride north and meet them at a half way point in Arlington for lunch. They live in Delta, BC. Terri and I talked our son, Nathan, into riding our 1985 Honda Goldwing LTD, I had just completed a spring service and T-Clock on her and replaced the battery.

We left our place and swung by WA-V’s Rest Area Fund Raiser, in Federal Way, and seen several of them there. You did stop by to show your support, RIGHT?

After a hot chocolate and a couple of cookies is was onto I-5 North onto WA-18 East to Snoqualmie Ridge and several seconds of inattention into an accident.

I do not like trying to plan out a trip on the Goldwing’s GPS system so had only set our interim destination as Monroe, it was one of the cities along the back road route I had mapped out the night before using google maps. Terri and I were riding in the Lead, to the left, position. As we topped the first hill into Snoqualmie Ridge, the intersection of Snoqualmie Parkway and Douglas Ave SE, the roadway was clear, I looked down about 5-7 seconds, trying to remember how to zoom out the GPS, to see where we were supposed to turn left or if I had already passed our turn. During this time, I drifted further left. We contacted the curb of a center divider greenway, scraping it for about 60’ leaving the belly pan, oil filter, all of the oil, throttle cable and most of the left cowling from under the foot pegs on the road.

The front tire did not hit or contact the curb so I was able to keep the bike on 2 tires and technically body parts. Terri was an excellent co-rider, and placed herself firmly on the co-rider floorboards, and leaned back into the back rest. She did not panic or start screaming into the intercom system. Once I had slowed down from 35 MPH to about 5, I quickly rode to the right shoulder and shut the bike off.

Gathered our missing parts from the roadway and assessed the damage. We were shaken but not hurt. After a longer day trying to get the motorcycle home, with it being a holiday, Rescue Plus was 240 min wait. Our son rode home, grabbed his truck and Phil Terry’s (WA-Q’s) trailer and we headed home.

During our wait, Terri and I found a great Pizza place with excellent wings, Uncle Si’s Pizza. According to the Insurance Investigator, minimum, 17K worth of damage. Front Lower Cowling, Left Side Lower Cowling, Engine, Left Exhaust, Kick Stand, Center Stand, Left portion of the frame where the Kick Stand attaches to it. Is the poor thing totaled??

Yet to be determined, last report, it is close. The moral of this? Take more time to reacquaint yourself with all your systems buttons. Don’t look away from the road too long at any item before looking back up to see what’s changed. So, now I reacquaint myself with my beautiful 1985 LTD. Less buttons to confuse myself.

Take the time….

Remember “The ride is all about you!” Enjoy! Page 4
Staff Awards

Chapter Director
Mike & Janet Turner (509) 845-1069

Assistant CD
Tom & Santana Denny (509) 582-8779

Chris Akers (509) 378-2918

Georgia Finley (509) 948-2065

Rider Educator
Herb & Gaylene Powers (509) 545-9341

Ride Coordinator
Tom Didway (509) 946-0878

Spencer & Pat Royer (541) 276-0214

Membership Enhancement
Rob & Gail Lindsley (509) 531-6137

Chapter Stores
Russ & Chris Akers (509) 378-2918

Georgia Finley (509) 948-2065

Sunshine Coordinator
Donna Whiteside (509) 943-9828

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

Couple of the Year
Terry and Vicki Powers

Individual of the Year

Newsletter Editor
Bill Pitzer (509) 735-7181


Good Guy: Tom Denny

Oopps: Donna Whiteside

50/50 Rick Aldrich

Show for the Dough – Barb Pelto(NP)

Puzzle : Beth Messenger

Marble game. Georgia Findly, failed to pull red marble.  



1 – Brian Shook
2 – Debbi Knapp
2 – Rob Sheehy
4 – Pam Blake
4 – Dianne Buchanon
5 – Fred Vickstrom
6 – Roy Carter
11 - Tom Denny
13 – Beth Messinger
14 – Tom Knapp
17 – Donna Gillard
18 – Beth Vickstrom
19 – Maryann Zakr


2 – Brian and Shari Shook
7 – Salvador and Beth Saenz
12 – Tom And Joyce Didway
17 – Suzanne and Mike Kasko
19 – Rob and Millie Sheehy
20 – David and Heidi Weeden
28 – Pat and Spencer Royer Page 5

Print Puzzle Page 6
For Sale

For more information on any For Sale Items

The “Dragon” previously owned by Mike and Beth Messinger.

It is a Valkerie, Black with a Green and maybe blue dragon painted on it.

Please contact Beth directly for details at:  (during the week)

Or text only at 509-460-6659  (Quickest)

1995 Kwik Camp Has the following: Extended tongue, Queen size bed, Ice chest, New tires, Cover, has two large pouches sewn on it, Spare Tire, and rack, 22 cubic storage, A 6 x 9 add a room that has been used only twice, Asking $2500.00 or best offer any questions call me at 509-378-2918

2009 GL-1800 with only 2,300 miles.  Has GPS, ABS brakes, heated seats and heated grips, and air bag.  It is on consignment at Cycle Town in Hermiston.  Asking $15,000
Call 541-567-8919

1993 Suzuki Intruder 800.  Has 17,000 miles and he is asking $3,000.  Contact Steve Williams phone #509-930-5442

1990 Road Runner motorcycle cargo trailer for sale.  14 cubic feet of cargo, pulls great & good rubber.  For more information call Ronnie Lopez at 509 760-1060 Page 7

Chapter L Desert Spring Fling Video


Oriental Asparagus Salad

1 ¼ pounds fresh asparagus spears, cleaned & cut
1 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped


¼ c. seasoned rice vinegar
1 T lite soy sauce
2 tsp. Sesame oil
½ tsp. crushed garlic
1/8 tsp. ground ginger


Combine the dressing ingredients in small shaker jar; set aside.

Cut spears into 1” pieces.  Fill 2 qt. pot half full of water, bring to boil over high.  Add asparagus to water and boil for approx. 3 minutes.  Drain into strainer and rinse with cool water to stop cooking process.  Drain again and place in shallow glass dish.  Add pepper and water chestnuts to asparagus.  Toss to mix. 

Pour dressing over vegetables, and toss again.  Cover and chill for several hours, stirring every couple hours to marinate all vegetables and once before serving.  Serves 6-8                                                Terri Watson Page 8