Happy Birthday Chapter 'C'
Mac & Ima MacDaniel, Chapter Directors 2000 - 2001
A group of folks who loved riding Honda
Goldwings and were members of GWRRA came together and was chartered on October 10th,
1982 as CHAPTER "C" Baytown, Texas 1. That was twenty three years ago and we are
still growing in number and still going very strong. To my knowledge this Chapter has
never had a break in the twenty three years, making us one of the oldest on going Chapters.
This is something we can all be PROUD of for our Chapter. We were asked to give some
history since our becoming "C" participants.
Ima and I joined GWRRA in 1992 in membership only. It wasnt until
October, 1996 when a fellow worker, Dwayne Hill asked us to join him and Marylu for dinner
one evening. He said for us to ride our motorcycle and they would meet us at the Cracker
Barrel in Baytown at 6:00pm. Boy, were we surprised when we pulled up and saw all those
Wings parked. People were everywhere laughing, hugging and having a great time. Ima looked
at me and said what have we gotten ourselves into. As Dwayne and Marylu introduced us to
the group we started getting those hugs and were made to feel so welcome. We thought we
were having dinner at the Cracker Barrel--WRONG. These folks told us to mount up and get
in a group because we were riding to Sea Brook to the Shrimp Shack across the ship
channel. This was totally new to us because we had only ridden with two other couples. We
were a little nervous never having ridden with this many motorcycles before. They held a
drivers meeting explaining the lane changes and staggered riding positions to us. This
made us very comfortable and it didnt take us long to fit right in with the group.
We were really impressed with their riding style and the Safety measures they took to
protect all the riders and co-riders. Keeping each one informed of "GATERS" in
the lane. Ima thought they had lost their minds, because she hadnt seen one. That
night was a learning experience we both will never forget.
As luck would have it they had a Chapter meeting coming up and invited
us to come for a visit and meet the rest of the Chapter. It just so happened we were free
that night so we attended our FIRST"C" meeting. We were met with open arms and
made to feel so welcome. Thats the kind of family you meet when you participate with
a Chapter. That night was when we got the TRUE meaning of being a MEMBER of GWRRA and what
we had been missing out on by not participating with a CHAPTER and all that GWRRA offers.
We are two members that will never forget that two other members took the time to invite
us out to dinner.
Ill try to recap a little interesting history about Chapter
"C" that I got from the scrapbooks about some of the early members. Gayle and
Gene Thomas were Charter members and the FIRST Area Representatives of Chapter
"C", Texas 1. Gayle designed and sewed our first Chapter"C" banner,
which we still have and PROUDLY display. They were "C" members until June, 1987
according to pictures of a going away party given them at that time. They are still very
active members of Chapter "O" in Austin, TX. Some other A/Rs was James
"Jay" Bradin 1984-1987. Roy Sargent served as his A/AR. Ed and Dawn Church A/R
1988-1990. They served as the FIRST Chapter "C" Couple. Next was John L.
Henderson III, A/R 1991 with Les C. Holst Sr. A/AR. Rod and Debbie Bingham served as A/R
1992-1994. Debbie was the First Chapter Blood bank coordinator and introduced it into the
District. Rod and Debbie served on the Texas District staff. Their A/ARs were Willy
Hyde and Donnie Pitts. Willy Hyde and Dennis Carter served as A/Rs for a short time.
The best I can tell that was the last year to be called Area Reps. and changed to Chapter
Directors. This maybe the same time TEXAS 1 and TEXAS 2 became just ONE "BIG"
TEXAS. Our next Chapter Directors and their Assistants were David and Sharon Grizzel, CD
1995 with A/CDs Larry Hancock and Michael Thompson. Next was Larry and Denise
Hancock, CD 1996-1997 with A/CDs Michael and Sharon Thompson. Next was Michael and
Sharon Thompson, CD 1997-1998 with ACDS Mark and Cat Faucheaux, Dwayne and Marylu
Hill, Nova and Connie Brandon. 1999-2001, L.G.(Mac) and Ima McDaniel, CD with ACDS
Jim and Marietta McCormack, Mike and Cindi Marchuk. We still have one active Charter
member and lifetime GWRRA member in our group. This is none other than our own ED GILBERT
owner of " Baytown Accessories."
Here are some things of interest about some of our former members. We
have an article dated July,1986. Member Tiger Dupree age 62 years was a famous actor. He
starred with Gene Autry, Ward Bond and Roy Rogers in Lash LaRue and Wagon Train. March
18th, 1989 members Sam and Saydi of the Meineke fame were the Grand Marshalls in the St.
Patrick Day Parade.
As I looked back over the last twenty three years I see we havent
changed too much as a chapter. We changed from Area Reps to Chapter Directors and
weve changed our meeting places a few times. What we HAVENT changed are the
things we do to have FUN. Were still going on the same dinner rides, campouts,
rallies, doing charity work, Christmas Parades and parties, supporting other chapter
events just as the CHARTER members did back then. Im proud to say we had a strong
foundation to build from and will strive to carry on their traditions.
The last eight years weve been a member of "C" we have
seen the Chapter grow in number and become strong in our support of the Rider Education
Program and the Couple of the Year Program. It was a great honor for Ima and me to serve
as your Chapter Couple for 1997-1998 and then to be selected as the 1999 District Couple
and served on the District staff. We have seen Chapter "C" members become
interested in participating at rallies and getting many awards and recognition. Most of
all we have seen a Chapter grow stronger and become closer as ONE FAMILY. We have laughed
and we have cried together, BUT we have never forgotten how to have FUN.