Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

GWTA Eastern Kansas Tour Riders Kansas Chapter B

Written by  April 1, 2013

While attending the Open House event at Shawnee Cycle Plaza on March 6, I had the opportunity to visit with John Wehr, director of Eastern Kansas Tour Riders-Kansas Chapter B of the Gold Wing Touring Association.

CC: Are members required to own a Gold Wing?

John: That’s not a requirement. We welcome riders of all motorcycle brands. We have members who ride BMW, Victory, Harley, and others. It’s not all touring bikes, and some ride three-wheelers. It’s a good mix.

CC: Does your chapter have membership dues in addition to the national GWTA dues?

John: No, there is no charge for chapter membership.

CC: When and where do you have chapter business meetings?

John: We meet at the Perkins on 87th, just east of I-35 in Lenexa on the second Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., and many of our members arrive at 6:00 or so for dinner.

CC: How many members does your chapter have?

John: We typically have between 18 and 25 members who are regulars at our activities.

CC: What about chapter rides?

John: We have dinner rides every Wednesday evening, April through October. Sometimes the destination in announced. Other times, it’s a “mystery ride.” We meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Sears Outlet parking lot behind McDonald's & Taco Bell at 87th and I-435 in Lenexa, Kansas. We ride as a group to other chapters' poker runs and other charity events. We have chapter rides, with some weekend rides or long weekends such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and other holiday weekends. We usually have an annual ride for a week out to Colorado. Last year we went to Colorado and Utah. We also have lots of informal get-togethers. Members and guests are welcome. There is a ride list on our website, and photos of past events are also on our Facebook page.

CC: Do you sponsor any charity rides?

John: Yes, we support multiple charities. This year we’re supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation with a poker run. At the end of each year, we decide on two or three other charity organizations to donate to. We’ll participate in the City Union Mission ride and Ride for Kids.

CC: Do you get dealership support?

John: Shawnee Cycle Plaza is very good about letting us join them on events like their open house and Fall Vendor Day. They are very supportive of us, and we like to support them as well.

CC: CC: Do you have any other comments?

John: The biggest thing we want to stress is that we accept all brands. All levels of riders from newbies to experienced riders. Some of us have campers we pull behind our bikes and enjoy camping out. We have five or six lady riders who ride with us, and more are certainly welcome.

CC: John, I enjoyed the visit. Thanks for the information.

Here is a list of the chapter officers from their website:

Chapter Directors: John & Jane Wehr

Asst Chapter Directors: To be announced

Treasurer: John English

Chapter Historian: Dave Aiken

Photographer: Bill Poe, Cheryl Zook

Newsletter Editor: Maurice Reiter

Dinner Ride Coordinator: Bev Speckman

50/50 Boss: Elaine Reiter

Website: Bill Poe

Photo Tour coordinator: Maurice Reiter

Additional information from national GWTA website :

Annual dues: $75 per family defined as “a household of two adults and their unmarried children living at home, regardless of age.”

Motto: Destination Friendship

Membership Benefits:

4-inch GWTA logo patch

Membership card, decal and pin

A family (household) membership receives one additional 4-inch GWTA logo patch, decal and pin. A membership card is issued to each family member listed. All have equal privileges.

Touring News monthly magazine subscription

The Blue Line. (A toll free phone number if you should need assistance while touring.)

During my visit with John and while viewing the national G.W.T.A. website, it was apparent to me that the organization recognizes and supports diversity among motorcyclists and seeks to promote a positive public image of motorcyclists. Much more information about G.W.T.A. is available on their website.


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