Wingin the Rockies



COLORADO DISTRICT STAFF

Rich & Linda Fuller
District Directors
Bio We have known each other since early childhood, our parents being friends. We joined GWRRA and Chapter Q in April 1996. At the time we were riding a 1989 Gold Wing, having moved up from our first Gold Wing, a 1982 Aspencade. After putting 97000 miles on the 1989, we purchased a 2003 GL1800 and continued touring this great country. We have since moved on to a 2012 Gold Wing trike, replacing it with our current ride, a 2017 trike. We have ridden in 49 states and several Canadian provinces, with Alaska being the missing link, which we hope to remedy in the near future. We have served as Chapter Directors (twice), Chapter Couple of the Year, District Couple of the Year, District COY Coordinators (twice), Region COY Coordinators, and Linda has been Chapter IOY. We have been Chapter newsletter editor (twice) and Linda is Chapter Photographer. We have attended almost all District rallies since joining and numerous Wing Dings. We became Life Members in 2017 and cherish the many friends we have made through GWRRA. We love long distance touring and hope to continue for many more years.


Chris Toomer
Asst. Director
Bio My love of motorcycling started on 2 wheels, but it was a Peugeot 15-speed bicycle. I road up and down the mountains, along the busy avenues with auto traffic, completed my personal-best 71-mile ride in a day to raise money for a charity, and that was before I was 15! I always had dreams of riding my bicycle cross-country so, it’s not surprising that I fell back in love with ‘cycling’, but this time with an engine! My current ride is a 2008 Goldwing Airbag. Like many, I joined GWRRA for the magazine. After 6 months, I attended my first Gathering at Chapter J in Aurora, CO. I had so much fun I kept going back! Always wanting to be part of the solution, I volunteered to be J’s Webmaster. My strong interest in ride planning led me to become the Chapter Road Captain (now the Ride Coordinator). I held the position of Chapter J Director for 4 years, when I also became J’s Grand Pass Tour Administrator. Most recently, I have embraced both the District Ride Coordinator and Chapter Treasurer positions. Ride safe, and ride smart!




April Hansen-Keppler
Treasurer
Bio During 1997 I took the beginner rider class to understand what Peter was doing as the motorcycle rider. After the class I purchased a Honda Shadow - 1100cc. In 2001 I purchased my first Gold Wing, more comfortable for long rides. Peter & I joined GWRRA Chapter L in September 1994. I’ve held every Chapter L office except Educator between 1994 and 2010. I was also the COY in 1997/2009 and the IOY in 1999. In 2010 I joined Chapter E and until 2017 was their Treasurer and Newsletter Editor and in 2017 the COY. I have been the District Newsletter Editor for over eight years. I was a flag bearer with the Colorado Wings Drill Team, and have ridden in all 50 States, all the Canadian Provinces, and Mexico.


Pat Andrews
Membership Enhancement
Bio In 1973 I met my husband and soul mate, Dave, we married on December 2, 1973. Dave and I have 4 children, Donald, Andrew, Paul and Elizabeth with 7 grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany, Breanna, Brandon, Naomi, Marcus and Noah and 2 great-grandsons, Lyle and Brantley. Dave and I have enjoyed motorcycling since one of our first dates riding to the top of Mount Evans. In 2002 we joined GWRRA and attended our first Wing Ding in Fort Wayne Indiana, where we met a group from Mississippi that welcomed us into the family. Upon arriving home, we joined CO Chapter L in Lakewood and soon became Assistant Directors then Chapter Directors and 2005 Couple of the Year. After our tenure with Chapter L we moved to Chapter E in Arvada (which was closer to our home) and I became the MEC for the chapter. In 2002, I took a beginner rider course to get my license and soon bought a Honda Silver wing Scooter. I soon found out that I had a problem with balance, and we converted the 1999 Goldwing to a trike and later traded that in on a 2005 Goldwing Trike. I have ridden over 100,000 miles on these two trikes and continue to add miles as I enjoy the 2001 Goldwing/Sidecar. In 2012 Dave and I sold our alarm business of 22 years and in 2014 we retired and moved to Delta to take care of Dave's Dad until his death in 2016. We loved the area and decided to make the Delta area our home. We joined CO Chapter Q in Montrose when we moved and even though we did not have a motorcycle they made us feel welcome. I soon became the MEC for the chapter. In 2017 we bid on a 2001 Honda Goldwing/sidecar on E-Bay and won the bid traveling to Chicago to pick it up. We enjoy the wing and have put on more than 46,000 miles traveling all over Colorado and many other states. Dave and I enjoy motorcycling throughout the country, spending time with our kids, grandkids and great-grandsons and going camping in the Colorado mountains. I am excited about being appointed the Colorado District MEC and I look forward to what lies ahead.


Mike Warner
Educator
Bio Bio to Follow



Duane Miller
University Coord.
Bio Bio & Picture to Follow


Jim & Janet Wohlford
Webmaster
Bio We purchased a Purple Gold Wing in 1995 and Al Jenson helped us join GW. In 1996 we joined Chaper A and in 1997 we attended our 1st Wing-Ding in Billings, Mt. and became the District Webmasters. In 1998 to 2001 we were the District Newsletter Editors. We were honored to be the 1999 Chapter A Couple of the Year. We became Life Members in 2015. Best of all we became members of the GW family and have enjoyed every minute. Thanks Al!!


Dorie Werner
MFA Coordinator
Bio Bio to Follow


Peter Keppler
Motorist Awareness
Bio I’ve ridden motorcycles most of my life and joined GWRRA in 1994. I held several positions with Chapter L, including Rider Educator, Chapter Director and COY in 1997/2009. I joined the Colorado Wings Drill Team in 2010, first as a Support Team member and then as a Team Rider. April & I joined Chapter E in 2010 and became the Rider Educator and in 2012 the COY. I became a Life Members in 2015. Since 1995 we have attended nearly every Colorado District Rally and 15 Wing Dings. I was a MSF and GWRRA Certified Ride Instructor from 2010 to 2015. I became District MAP Officer in 2016. April & I have ridden motorcycles in all 50 States, all Canadian Provinces, and into Mexico.


Chris Toomer
Ride Coordinator
Bio My love of motorcycling started on 2 wheels, but it was a Peugeot 15-speed bicycle. I road up and down the mountains, along the busy avenues with auto traffic, completed my personal-best 71-mile ride in a day to raise money for a charity, and that was before I was 15! I always had dreams of riding my bicycle cross-country so, it’s not surprising that I fell back in love with ‘cycling’, but this time with an engine! My current ride is a 2008 Goldwing Airbag. Like many, I joined GWRRA for the magazine. After 6 months, I attended my first Gathering at Chapter J in Aurora, CO. I had so much fun I kept going back! Always wanting to be part of the solution, I volunteered to be J’s Webmaster. My strong interest in ride planning led me to become the Chapter Road Captain (now the Ride Coordinator). I held the position of Chapter J Director for 4 years, when I also became J’s Grand Pass Tour Administrator. Most recently, I have embraced both the District Ride Coordinator and Chapter Treasurer positions. Ride safe, and ride smart!


April Hansen-Keppler
Newsletter Editor
Bio During 1997 I took the beginner rider class to understand what Peter was doing as the motorcycle rider. After the class I purchased a Honda Shadow - 1100cc. In 2001 I purchased my first Gold Wing, more comfortable for long rides. Peter & I joined GWRRA Chapter L in September 1994. I’ve held every Chapter L office except Educator between 1994 and 2010. I was also the COY in 1997/2009 and the IOY in 1999. In 2010 I joined Chapter E and until 2017 was their Treasurer and Newsletter Editor and in 2017 the COY. I have been the District Newsletter Editor for over eight years. I was a flag bearer with the Colorado Wings Drill Team, and have ridden in all 50 States, all the Canadian Provinces, and Mexico.


John Romans
Photograper
Bio John Romans first attended a Chapter B gathering a few years ago, `just to check it out’. He must’ve liked something he saw, because he came back and brought Barb! Our understanding is that Barb was reluctant to come with him, stating that they weren’t going to get involved in one of `those’ groups, and the rest is history. Not only did they get involved, they jumped in with both feet. Both John and Barb have the ability to see something that needs to be done, and set about to do it. (They are the foster parents of `B-Bear’ and `Honey-B’, the chapter mascots. On group rides you’ll see one or both of the mascots riding on the back of the Romans’ Gold Wing, and frequently, like children, they’ll be allowed to attend ice cream forays, if they’ve been good.) They are an invaluable asset as Chapter Assistant Directors. This couple brings a skill set to the Chapter that infuses it with life. Barb makes everyone instantly at ease, and no one has had quarter from her fun-natured teasing. `Stranger’ isn’t a word in her vocabulary. Her camera is her constant companion, and we’ve all been targets of her affection with it! John is a source of much knowledge, be it ride routes or mechanical questions. He is a skilled rider and Ride Leader. Anyone who has ever ridden behind the Romans has come to the conclusion that Barb is double jointed at the waist! Like an owl, she can turn 180 degrees to aim her camera directly at the bikes behind them. She wasn’t pleased to be told during their two-up ARC course that she had to put the camera away. John & Barb have been GWRRA members since September of 2015.