Wings of the North

 

Michigan Chapter Y, Houghton Lake

"Gold Wing Road Riders Association" 

"Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge"

 

Our Chapter History

Established- September 1985

 

Chapter Y was started in September 1985 in the garage of Jack Johnson's home in Roscommon with a video of GWRRA and a cookout. He was the first Area Representative and his assistant was Jay Bolton. The Chapter was chartered on November 21, 1985. They put an ad in the newspapers and advertised on radio to try and draw more people into the Chapter.

 

The first couples to join were:

Jack and Joanne Johnson

Jay and Mary Bolton

Bob and Linda Kollar

Rose and Gene Pratt

Rudy and Dorothy Vidmar

Ron Hinning

Susan Liedy

 

Jack Johnson printed the newsletter and made the headings we use today.  Don McKay designed our Chapter Y logo patch, which we also use today with the "Wings of the North" added to the top in 1992. Duane Luedecking was State Director when the Chapter was chartered.

 

In the fall of 1991, we took the the name of "Wings of the North". In January of 1991 Chapter Y entered the "Tip Up Town" parade and we received a ribbon for entering. In 1992 our entry received a ribbon, a $503.00 check and a trophy for second place for originality. We were honored to have our float pictured, along with a write up about "Tip Up Town", in the January 1992 Wing World magazine. 

 

Chapter Y is a busy Chapter with dinners and rides, and we keep in mind our motto "Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge".

 

Chapter Directors and Assistants since the Chapter Chartered

Charter Officers:

Area Representative

Assistant Area Representative

Secretary/Treasurer

Safety Director

Public Relations

Activities

Technical Coordinator

Special Events/Awards

Sunshine Lady

Jack T. Johnson

Jay F Bolton

Patsy E. Titchenell

Eugene L. Pratt

Donald R. Titchenell

Marty and Joanne Bucholz

Robert W. Kollar

Don and Maxine McKay

Mary A. Bolton

September 1985 - March 1988

2nd Area Representatives

Assistant Area Representatives

Marty and Joanne Bucholz

Don and Patsy Titchenell

March 1988 - August 1990

March 1988 - May 1989

3rd Area Representatives

Assistant Area Representatives

Assistant Area Representatives

Wayne and Audrey Burgess

Robert and Kathy Rose

Ken and Penny Hughes

September 1990 - August 1993

September 1990 - June 1992

August 1992 - August 1993

4th Chapter Directors

Assistant Chapter Directors

Ken and Penny Hughes

Bill and Chris Pullen

August 1993 - September 1994

August 1993 - September 1994

5th Chapter Directors

Assistant Chapter Directors

Bob and Mary Morton

John and Barb Farkas

September 1994 - September 1997

September 1996 - September 1997

6th Chapter Directors

Assistant Chapter Directors

John and Barb Farkas

Harold and Marsha Johnson

September 1997 - January 2002

September 1997 - June 2000

7th Chapter Directors

Assistant Chapter Directors

Barb and John Farkas

Kinney and Theresa Greer

January 2002 - February 2003

January 2002 - February 2003

8th Chapter Directors

Assistant Chapter Directors

Kinney and Theresa Greer

Con and Marti Lavender

February 2003 - December 2005

May 2005 - December 2005

9th Chapter Directors

Assistant Chapter Directors

Con and Marti Lavender

Bob and Ginny Millspaugh

January 2006 - April 2008

January 2006 - April 2008

10th Chapter Directors

Assistant Chapter Directors

Assistant Chapter Directors

Bob and Ginny Millspaugh

Theodore and Rose Sergent

Doug and Rowena McAfee

April 2008 - December 2010

April 2008 - December 2010

July 2008 - December 2010

11th Chapter Directors

Assistant Chapter Directors

Doug and Rowena McAfee

Ron & Jackie Tidball

January 2011 - August 2011

 

12th Chapter Directors
Assistant Chapter Directors

Duane & Laurel Lee Prince
Ron & Jackie Tidball

September 2011 - December 2014
January 2011 - December 2014

13th Chapter Directors
Assistant Chapter Directors

Ron & Jackie Tidball
Ted & Rose Sergent
Bobby & Ginny Millspaugh

January 2015 - Current
January 2015 - Current
January 2015 - Current

Chapter Treasurers

Our second Treasurer, Leona Rodgers, held the position for 8 years from January of 1986 through December of 1994.

Our third Treasurer, Audrey Burgess, held the position from December of 1994 through January of 2002.
Our fourth Treasurer, Ruth Gravlin held the position from January 2002 through January 2006.
Our fifth Treasurer, Lou Pifer started in January 2006 through January 2009
Our sixth Treasurer,Laurel Lee Prince started in January 2009 through August 2011
Our 7th Tresurer, Joanne Miano Started August 2011 - August 2012
Our 8th Tresurer, Karen Alexander Started August 2012 - Current
 

Our Chapter's Couple of the Year are as follows:

1991 - Gene and Rose Pratt

1992 - Gene and Rose Pratt

1993 - Bob and Mary Morton

1994 - Bill and Chris Pullen

1995 - no one

1996 - John and Barb Farkas

1997 - Wayne and Audrey Burgess

1998 - Harold and Marsha Johnson

1999 - no one

2000 - Stan Ott and Sandy Boersmam

2001 - Ernie and Cindy Greeg

2002 - Kinney and Theresa Greer

2003 - Randy and Terri Nugent

2004 - Les and Ruth Gravlin

2005 - Con "Bud" and Marti Lavender

2006 - Bob and Ginny Millspaugh

2007 - Neil and Lou Pifer

2008 - Doug and Rowena McAfee
2009 - Theodore & Rose Sergent
2010 - Duane & Laurel Lee Prince
2011 - Leo & Phyllis Hines
2012 - Tom & Marsha Schnautz

2013 - Ron & Jackie Tidball

2014 - Dave Becker & Karen Alexander

2015 - Dan & Loraine Sparks