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Chapter History


Chapter Y Certificate of Chartership

Chapter "Y" Certificate of Chartership

Chapter "Y" received it's Certificate of Chartership from the National Goldwing Road Riders Association, in Phoenix, Arizona on January 11, 1992.

Since that date the Chapter membership has grown from only a hand full of members, to it's current membership of 100, plus. The Chapter is comprised of residents primarily of Rutherford, Cannon and Coffee Counties in Tennessee, however we have members who reside as far away as Manchester, Sparta and Spencer, but travel to participate in our Chapter's activities.

The Chapter logo is well known throughout the Tennessee District, as we are one of the most active Chapters within the state.  The primary logo or Chapter patch depicts the area in which the Chapter is located. The Chapter's official name is:

"HEART OF TENNESSEE WINGS"

Chapter Y Logo

The elements of the logo;

  • Outline of Tennessee - depicts the Tennessee District
  • Gold Y - identifies the Tennessee Chapter designation assigned
  • Within the Y - GWRRA indicates association with the Gold Wing Road Rider Association National organization
  • The heart and gold wings, signify the "Heart of Tennessee Wings"
  • The Iris and Walking Horse are characteristics to the Middle Tennessee area where the Chapter is located. The Tennessee Walking Horse industry is predominately located in Middle Tennessee. The Iris (Genus Iridaceae) is the Tennessee State Flower




Above is the official Chapter Logo for the "Heart of Tennessee Wings", however for the purpose of Chapter apparel the below logo may be seen on some of the shirts and jackets worn by Chapter members. It was developed by founding members of the Chapter and provides an abbreviation of the Chapter's name and a shorter acronym easier to apply to Chapter apparel.

Chapter Y Short Logo

Chapter Directors;


Past and Present

  • 1992 - 1993 Robert Johns
  • 1993 - 1995 Dan & Debi Walker
  • 1995 - 1996 Andy Miller
  • 1996 - 1997 Betty Ann & Jere Norville
  • 1997 - 2001 Jerry Newbill
  • 2001 - 2004 John "Mac" & Janice Mc Glothlin
  • 2004 - 2006 Joey & Brigette Hendren
  • 2006 - 2008 Randy & Delores Galloway
  • 2008 - 2010 Ed & Mary Ann Grazier
  • 2010 - 2012 Max & Renee' Thomas
  • 2012 - 2014 Ed & Mary Ann Grazier
  • 2014 - Present Allen & Dottie Wessels

Chapter "Y" Couples Of The Year;

The Goldwing Road Riders Association Couple of the Year program was instituted in 1988 and is a way to honor couples at the local level, and to select enthusiastic duos to serve as ambassadors and spokespersons for GWRRA. It has evolved into a useful tool for identifying and helping prepare couples for leadership positions within the organization.  First, and foremost, the program provides an opportunity for local Chapters to recognize and honor a couple each year for their constant dedication, accomplishments and participation within the Chapter. Secondly, it establishes a process for identifying outstanding couples who can serve their Districts, Regions, and ultimately the International GWRRA organization as ambassadors and spokespersons. Members of Chapter "Y" who have been selected and participated as Couples of the Year are:

  • 1993 - Mike & Pat Bowyer
  • 2000 - Dan & Debbie Walker
  • 2001 - Jack & Paula Paul
  • 2002 & 2003 - Bill & Ann Morrison
  • 2004 - Randy & Delores Galloway
  • 2005 - Bob McClung & Maryanne Maulbeck
  • 2006 - Ken & Shirley Craddock (also served as 2006 - 2007 Tennessee District Couple of the Year)
  • 2007 - Ed & Mary Ann Grazier (also served as 2007 - 2008 Tennessee District Couple of the Year) and (2007 - 2008 Appalachian Region "N" Couple Of The Year) for Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
  • 2008 - John "Mac" and Janice McGlothlin (also Served as 2008 - 2009 Tennessee District Couple of the Year) and (Served as 2009 - 2010 Appalachian Region "N" Couple Of The Year) for Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
  • 2009 - Max & Renee' Thomas
  • 2010 - Arnold and Colleen Edgell
  • 2011 - Glenn and Debbie Kilgore
  • 2012 - Jeff and Teresa Hill
  • 2013 - Wade and Carolyn Bassett
  • 2014 - Allen and Dottie Wessels (also served as 2015 Tennessee District Couple of the Year and currently Appalachian Region "N" Couple Of The Year for Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)
  • 2015 - Leonard and Mikki Costanzo(currently 2016 Tennessee District Couple of the Year)
  • 2016 - Larry and Sandy Tipton

Chapter Annual High Mileage Award;

  • 2007 - Ed & Mary Ann Grazier (19,240 Miles)
  • 2008 - Jim & Brenda Sterling (14,650 Miles)
  • 2009 - John & Lucy Caccavale (18,458 Miles)
  • 2010 - Randy & Delores Galloway (21,869 Miles)
  • 2010 - (female) Cathy Land (10,295 Miles)
  • 2011 - Allen & Dottie Wessels (18,830 Miles)
  • 2011 - (female) Cathy Land (12,420 Miles)
  • 2012 - Allen & Dottie Wessels (17,148 Miles)
  • 2012 - (female) Cathy Land (8,488 Miles)
  • 2013 - Larry & Sandy Tipton (12,443 Miles)
  • 2013 - (female) Cathy Land (5,416 Miles)
  • 2014 - Larry & Sandy Tipton (12,219 Miles)
  • 2014 - (female) Cathy Land (8,699 Miles)
  • 2015 - Leonard & Mikki Costanzo (18,959 Miles)
  • 2015 - (female) Dottie Wessels (9,175 Miles)

Chapter "Y" Significant Accomplishments;

  • 2002 - Largest Chapter Attending Outside Region A, Region A Rally
  • 2003 - Best Dressed Chapter Theme Attire, TN District Rally
  • 2004 - Largest Chapter Attending Outside NC, NC District Rally
  • 2004 - TN District Shirley Burton Memorial Spirit Award
  • 2005 - TN District Shirley Burton Memorial Spirit Award
  • 2006 - Largest Chapter in Attendance, TN Winter Event
  • 2006 - Best Dressed Chapter Theme, TN District Rally
  • 2006 - 1st Place Battle of the Chapters, TN District Rally
  • 2006 - Largest TN Chapter in Attendance, TN District Rally
  • 2006 - Best Dressed Chapter Parade, KY District Rally
  • 2006 - Best Dressed Chapter Parade, Region "N" Rally
  • 2006 - Largest Chapter in Attendance Outside NC, NC District Rally
  • Sep 2005 to Nov 2006 - Awarded Permanent Possession, TN District Traveling Plaque
  • Jun 2005 to Oct 2006 - Awarded Permanent Possession, Middle TN District Sectional Plaque
  • 2007 - 1st Place Scrapbook, TN District Winter Event
  • 2007 - Largest Chapter in Attendance, TN District Winter Event
  • 2007 - Best Dressed Chapter Parade Class, TN District Rally
  • 2007 - Best Dressed Chapter Show Class, TN District Rally
  • 2007 - Best Banner, TN District Rally
  • 2007 - Best Mascot, TN District Rally
  • 2007 - Best Theme Cheer, TN District Rally
  • 2007 - 1st Place Homemade Banner, MO District Rally
  • 2007 - Best Dressed Chapter Parade Class, WV District Rally
  • 2008 - Largest Chapter in Attendance, TN District Winter Event
  • 2008 - TN District Shirley Burton Memorial Spirit Award
  • 2008 - 1st Place Chapter Challenge, TN District Rally
  • 2008 - 1st Place, Battle of the Chapters, TN District Rally
  • 2008 - Best Dressed Chapter Parade Class, TN District Rally
  • 2008 - Best Dressed Chapter Riding Class, TN District Rally
  • 2008 - Best Dressed Chapter Show Class, TN District Rally
  • 2008 - 1st Place Ship Building Contest, TN District Rally
  • 2008 - 1st Place Visiting Chapter Scrapbook, GA District Rally
  • 2008 - 2nd Place Best Dressed Chapter Parade, GA District Rally
  • 2008 - Tennessee District Third Quarter Newsletter Award
  • 2008 - Region N Third Quarter Newsletter Award
  • 2008 - Tennessee District Chapter of the Year
  • 2008 - Appalachian Region "N" Chapter of the Year
  • 2008 - 1st Runner-Up GWRRA National Chapter of the Year
  • Nov 2006 to Mar 2008 - Awarded Permanent Possession, Middle TN Sectional Plaque
  • Jul 2006 to Jan 2008 - Awarded Permanent Possession, Region N Wandering Plaque
  • 2009 - Best Dressed Chapter Theme, TN District Rally
  • 2009 - Best Dressed Chapter Parade Class, TN District Rally
  • 2009 - Best Dressed Chapter Riding Class, TN District Rally
  • 2009 - 1st Place Mascot Contest Visiting Chapter, GA District Rally
  • 2009 - 1st Place Banner Contest Visiting Chapter, GA District Rally
  • 2009 - 1st Place Scrapbook Contest Visiting Chapter, GA District Rally
  • 2009 - TN District Second Quarter Newsletter Award
  • 2009 - Region "N" Second Quarter Newsletter Award
  • 2009 - Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Fund Raising Award
  • 2009 - June Agee Memorial Chapter Newsletter Award, 3rd Quarter
  • 2009 - Tennessee District Chapter of the Year
  • 2009 - Region N Chapter of the Year
  • 2010 - Largest Chapter in Attendance at the District Winter Event
  • 2010 - 1st Place Crazy Fan Contest
  • 2010 - 1st Place Team Shirt Competition at the District Winter Event
  • 2010 - 2nd Place Mascot Competition at the District Winter Event
  • 2012 - Tennessee Shirley Burton Memorial Sprit Award
  • 2013 - 1st Place Table Decorating (Theme) - Winter Event
  • 2014 - Tennessee District Chapter of the Year
  • 2014 - Appalachian Region N Chapter of the Year
Note: Too numerous to mention, are the large number of awards that have been earned by individuals and couples in various competition programs, bike shows and lighted bike shows, at the various rallies and events they have attended.