Chantal Ernandez-Hertrich was nominated by WIMA France for her long service to WIMA France and her recent efforts in reviving the organisation. Her division had managed to keep the nomination a secret and it was a great surprise for her to be called up on stage and receive the award at the International WIMA Rally in Castleton.
In Chantal’s own words and photos:
Merci encore a Anne de m’avoir nominee, avec votre accord, pour le prix Ellen Pfeiffer. Je connaissais bien Ellen, qui fut mon “Captain” lorsque je m’inscrivais à la Wima Germany, lorsque nous n’avions pas de groupe structuré en France. Par 2 fois, Ellen m’a remis une assiette d’etain, pour mes 10 et 20 ans de Wima. Et en Angleterre, j’ai eu l’honneur de recevoir la nomination Ellen Pfeiffer, cette grande Dame de la moto, et qui a créé la Wima en Europe. Je suis trés touchée. Merci encore.
Thanks again to Anne for nominating me, with your agreement, for the Ellen Pfeiffer Award. I knew Ellen, who was my “Captain” when I joined WIMA Germany, when we didn’t have a structured group in France. Ellen gave me a medal on two occasions, for my 10 and 20 years of membership. And in England, I had the honour of receiving the Ellen Pfeiffer award, this great lady of the motorcycle, and who created WIMA in Europe. I’m very touched. Thank you again.
Verena Reindl has served as national president of WIMA Germany for 18 years, which is no small feat – Germany being one of our largest divisions. During the international rally in Castleton we had the pleasure to thank her for her service and welcome her successor to the post, Susi Metzner.
Again I was very happy to have Jane Spiegel (to the left) on stage for the German translation. Verena did her welcome speech bilingually of course.
On a personal note, Verena is the person who I have known the longest in WIMA World. We met way back at the European rally in Sweden 2005, which was my first. There we and a couple of other members spent a day riding, exploring the area and eating our fill of cake from a cake buffet for lunch. Verena, I wish you the very best and hope that you will continue to enjoy WIMAs rallies near and far!
Welcome Susi, I look forward to working with you! We will meet again soon, when you host the international WIMA rally in Germany next summer.
Nicole Peters, member of WIMA Germany, was elected WIMA’s new and first ever Social Media Manager at the international rally in Castleton, England.
She has been working with the social media accounts for her home division for some time and you might remember that she was the very talented creator of WIMA Germany’s winning contribution to the 3rd international WIMA Day video competition. We are very pleased to welcome her to our group of WIMA international officers!
This is Nicole, to the left, receiving the exclusive 3rd WIMA Day T-shirt. Jane Spiegel, president of WIMA Austria, in the middle, kindly provided German translations to my double announcement.
You can see the video here:
Rally T-shirts from left to right: Finland 2018, Sweden 2005, Hungary 2016, Great Britain 2011
The GB WIMA 2019 in Castleton ended after a week of mixed weather but full of fun and nice rides. The gallery will be updated in the next few weeks with photos from our ride to Chatswoth House and our social events.
We are happy to welcome WIMA Luxemburg and founder Ann Kathrine Kayser Hansen to our sisterhood! Ann Kathrine played a major in part organizing the Luxembourg leg of the Women Rider’s World Relay and is now busy with the Ripple Relay. We look forward to seeing more from Luxembourg!
We love our summers, the evenings are warm and the nights are bright, it is perfect for riding. On the midsummer weekend we had our WRWR Ripple relay kick off and our ambition is to take the Swedish flag from west to east and to north and south. At the moment the flag is on its way north. As well as supporting the aims of the WRWR, our ripple relay supports MJ Piki and our ambition is to fund riders’ training for Tanzanian women. The ripple relay will come to a close at WIMA Sweden’s autumn meeting.
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We have received some amazing contributions to our video competition. They all capture aspects of riding and being part of a sisterhood of female bikers.
All members in the WIMA World Facebook group can vote on these video contributions made by national divisions and individual members. Last day to vote is 30th of June 2019.
If you’re not yet a member of our Facebook group you are welcome to join, and you can ask your female motorcycling friends as well.
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