WIMA International officers and committee

WIMA committee and officers as selected on the President's meeting in the Austria international rally summer 2012. The duties of each of the officers are explained in the document found here. (pdf-file)

You may find the contact details of the officers and committee memebers on Contact us page.

Personal presentations

President Claudia Fehrer Germany flag

Claudia Fehrer

Hello everybody!

My name is Claudia Fehrer, born to be wild, riding my bike, but no..., not since 2nd of August 1973,...but whenever I like! Currently living and working as an architect in Nuremberg, Germany, I spend almost all my spare time riding my motorbike or having a stay in my second home in Finland.

I luckily could start my motorcycling "career" already with the age of 16. I began with a scooter, a beautiful nostalgic VESPA PX 80. Reaching the age of 18, it was my biggest wish to do the driving licences for motorbikes – well, you know, those big, those "real ones". 1996, saving all my money of the past years, I afforded buying my first own bike, a 15 years old Yamaha XJ 650ccm. Those years between, I drove whatever I could "catch". Finally, in 2001, I bought my Honda Africa Twin with 750ccm. Time flies, and nowadays, almost 12 years later, this bike is still with me, like a good friend. Travelling long or short distances and discovering near or far areas. I feel freedom with the wind in my face.

How it went with WIMA on my life… First time getting in touch with WIMA was in the year 2002. I was attending at WIMA Rally in Czech Republic. It was an amazing event, I will never forget. Being deeply impressed and fascinated I tried to participate at almost all Rallies of the following years (only could not make it to Dorset, GB in 2003 and New Zealand in 2005).

2005, during the WIMA Rally in Sweden, I had been asked if I could imagine to provide my ideas to WIMA. During the Rally in Switzerland, one year later, I had been requested seriously to prepare my application for the WIMA International Treasurer position. So I did. In 2007 I had been elected whilst the Rally in Germany. Four years later, during Rally in Great Britain, I had been nominated and elected at the President` s Meeting to take over WIMA International Vice Presidency. In 2012, exact 10 years after I got first time in touch with WIMA, I had been nominated and elected to take over WIMA International Presidency.

I would like to use this chance right now, to thank everybody for all your trust in me and my work. I am still standing for what I promised in 2007: To do my very best for this awesome Institution. It is a great honour working together with Women from all around the globe to keep the Spirit of WIMA, with its tradition of more than 60 years.

Women International Motorcycling Association offers Women all over the world a social network, sharing and enjoying interest and experience in motorcycling. Having plenty of fun while meeting, sitting by the fire place, listening and talking, laughing, singing, dancing...just enjoying and feeling the Spirit of WIMA! All this means so much for me.

But...WIMA is nothing without YOU! Take your chance and become part of WIMA!
Look at www.wimaworld.com to get more information and don`t hesitate to make a contact.

All time save ride, hope meeting YOU, maybe at one of our next WIMA Rallies!

Claudia

Claudia Fehrer
WIMA International President
November 2012

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Vice President Keiko Osawa Japan flag

Keiko Osawa

Hello Ladies!

I started riding in my 30's and since then riding motorcycles has been irreplaceable and precious part of my life. I like its beauty of form and also traveling on motorcycles because it shows me and allows me to experience things as they are, which is different from what I can see and experience from traveling by other accesses. Before I joined WIMA I found it interesting to read articles on the internet regarding female riders about how they enjoy their life with motorcycles; some of them are middle aged beginners and others have a lot of experience, and they all having fun in their own ways.

When I found WIMA on the internet, I thought this is it! It was right choice for me. Friendship, cross-cultural exchange, touring/traveling, learning and fun; these are all revolving around WIMA. This is what I'm feeling as a member of WIMA. Now that the number of Asian division is growing and I'm happy to be able to serve as International Vice President of WIMA from Japan for the development of female riders of the world. I hope to welcome new divisions and people to WIMA in the near future and share great time together!

Keiko Osawa
WIMA International Vice President
September 2012

Treasurer Elisabeth (Lili) Bernhard Belgium flag

Anne Schrijvers

It was the year 2006 when I joined the austrian division of WIMA. In 2005 I started riding the motorcycle, about 10 years after doing the driving license. I love cruising through the city traffic, without any problem to find a parking space and whenever I have the chance to ride outside the big cities I just enjoy this great feeling of being a motorcyclist.

The big thing about WIMA ist that it is a really huge familiy – of course you will never know everybody, but you can always be sure that if you need somebodys help, there will be some WIMA-members to help you, even if they don't know you. Luckily we don't have many troubles during the WIMA rallies, so the main thing at the WIMA rally is about meeting friends, talking, making fun and going for a ride with friends from different divisions. Now I have the great honour to be one of WIMA International officers an I would like to say thanks to everybody for my election at WIMA rally 2013 in Switzerland.

Public Relations Maura Raniecka Poland flag

Maura Raniecka

Hello Biker Ladies :)

I'm a busy woman born in 77, have three children and demanding work. Fortunately, I still have a time to ride on my motorbike. I'm riding since 2002, not that long as many of ladies associated in WIMA. Do you believe that Liv from Australia who is already 70 is still riding? In the future I do really want to keep the same passion as she has and also be in that great condition as she is so I can still ride on my motorbike !

I always liked motorbikes and I was dreaming that one day I'll be able to ride on my own bike. This dream came true and I feel like I'm free when I'm on the motorbike. No matter what, do not trust people that says it is too late to start riding - you can start whenever you want :)

I'm proud that I can be a part of WIMA and I'm trying to inform every single lady about our organization. Want to encourage all the girls around the world to start their freedom on motorbike - two wheels that can take you wherever you want. Please join our WIMA World association, let's expand together so we can meet new friends, enjoy riding around the world and finally meet on a fantastic WIMA Rallies!

See you on the road!
Maura Raniecka
WIMA International PR Officer

Merchandise Zara Strange English flag

Zara Strange

I learned to ride a motorcycle in 2006 after I became utterly fed up with sitting in traffic jams and finding myself looking enviously at all the people riding their bikes through the gridlocked traffic and getting home much more quickly than I was in my car.

My first bike was a 750 Honda Shadow – all black and shiny – collected from Lancaster, 300 miles away, just 1 week after passing my test and I have ridden to work every day since; the only exception being when there is ice or snow covering the road.

I joined WIMAGB in August 2008 having read an article in a magazine by the then UK President, Tyne Henney, and quickly found friendship with like-minded, independent women who had a mutual interest in motorcycling.

I have travelled to Europe most years since, twice to Portugal and twice to WIMA rallies, those in Markello and Reingers.

The joys of WIMA for me are the weekends away – mostly requiring riding about 750 miles to get there and back from my home near Aberdeen in Scotland and the week-long International rallies in far-away places. The regular e-mail contact with WIMA friends just adds to the fun.

The international aspect of WIMA is therefore very important to me.

I have organised 1 Scottish Weekend for WIMAGB members and also help out with the GB website and forum.

Zara
WIMA International Merchandise officer

Historian Pirjo Kivimäki Finland flag

Pirjo Kivimäki

Hello everybody,
I have been WIMA Finland member since 1999 and riding my motorbike about 20 years. Annually I ride between 10 - 20 000 km, mainly around Europe.
I attended at all WIMA Rallies in Europe since 2004 Borculo, Netherlands and Japan Rally in 2010.
I fell in love to the atmosphere of WIMA World immediately at the first touch.
I have been as a Vice President at WIMA Finland government during 2007 and 2008, member of organisation team of the International WIMA rally 2008 and again as a Vice President at the WIMA Finland government from the year 2011.
I am living at south of Finland but I am spending lot of my time at Germany.
I am proud of to do International Historian work for WIMA.

Looking forward seeing you at WIMA Rally.

With best regards
Pirjo Kivimäki
WIMA International Historian

Webmaster Sanna Seppänen Finland flag

Sanna Seppänen

I have been riding only for a short while. My first WIMA rally was in Japan 2010. WIMA is important for me as a global society in where I can meet all wonderful riders from all around the globe. What connects me to riding is the passion for freedom.

I was honoured to work for WIMA and for all member riders as the wimaworld.com webmaster in 2011. Being able to contribute is important because of the fine spirit WIMA community creates. On meetings you are among friends.

On the rallies I like to explore the roads and ride wherever the great spirit guides me. I'll meet you in the next rallies, let's go riding together, see some wonderful landscapes and collect new experiences.

Sanna
WIMA International Webmaster

April 2012