Wing News History:
you ever wondered where and when Michigan Wing News
got its start? The MI Wing News was born in 1989 under the
direction of State Directors Larry and Evelyn Terryn, during
a conversation with Bob & Joan Simmons (State Staff). Bob
and Joan brought up the idea of having a newspaper for the
members of MI to let them know what was going on within
all the chapters and thought this would be a great communication
tool. Each Chapter would write an article about their
chapter so that the rest of MI could get a good idea what
was going on in different areas of the state. It was to
include advertisers, so that the paper would be self sufficient.
Thus the MI Wing News was born. This would be a publication
done twice a year, once in the Spring, and once in the Fall.
would also be a classified
in the paper, along with a listing of all the Chapters and
all the criteria you would need to find those chapters.
This would be called Chapter Corner as it is today.
very first editors of the MI Wing News were Norm and Val
Smith. They were editors from the offset until November
of 1992 under the direction of State Directors Larry and
of 1993 Bob and Joan Simmons took over the reins until November
1994, under the leadership of State Directors Lorne
and Carol Haase.
of 1995 Marty and Joanne Buckolz took over under the leadership
of State Directors Ron and Dianna Miller. Larry and Evelyn
Terryn took over in May of 1996, in which they continued
until August of 1998.
of 1998 Mike and Marilyn Holsbeke took over as editors until
2003; under the direction of District Directors Ian and
Audrey Holmes. In the spring of 2001 Audrey Holmes asked
Mike and Lori Stiger to join the staff. Mike Stiger
had vast computer knowledge and in 2001 Mike produced the
first computer generated MI Wing News, but continued to
have it published by a commercial printing company.
The hope was to make the publishing of the MI Wing News
a bit easier. Mike and Marilyn Holsbeke stayed
on to assist Mike and Lori in the dealing with the advertisers.
of 2003 Wanda and Ted Shimek became the new MI Wing News
Editors until 2008; under the direction of Senior District
Directors Chris and Sally Bobek.
of 2008 Valerie and Ron Jones became the MI Wing News Editors
until October 2009; under the direction of District Directors
Tom and Shelly Rushman.
of 2009 Roland and Jennifer became the editors under the
direction of District Directors Brad and Connie Garner.
2010 Valerie & Ron Jones took over the reins under
the direction of District Directors Bill and Vicky Young.
In early 2009 it was decided that the Michigan Wing News will be published
once a year in the spring at the start of the riding season. The paper
will be mailed to each GWRRA household in Michigan and we
will have a limited number available for the Chapters at
the Spring Officer’s Meeting.
In 2012 the District Team started
publishing a web based Quarterly newsletter to keep
the members informed and up to date. The newsletter
is edited by
articles submitted by District Staff as well as
Michigan Chapter Submissions.
The deadline for submission is the 15th of the month
before the 1st day of each quarter. Please submit
your chapter article to
We would like articles
from the Chapters highlighting any special events planned
during the upcoming riding season and other FUN stuff your
Chapter has planned. We also welcome any articles submitted
from individual members about special rides, memorable events
or whatever else you would like to share with everyone.
Remember that this is YOUR newsletter! We need you
to support it! Currently we are not accepting
advertisements since there is no printing costs
A special Thank you goes out to
Mike & Marilyn Holsbeke, Senior Chapter Educators, Chapter
F for providing the history of the MI Wing News. Thank you!