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Couple of the year 2016-2017

Robert & Julie A’Hearn
Region B 2016-2017 Couple of the Year

Hello GWRRA.  Julie and I are very proud to be the Region B Couple of the Year and look forward to a fantastic year representing our Region during our journey to the International Couple of the Year selection process at Wing Ding 39.

Robert (Bob) A’Hearn was born in Buffalo New York, and was raised in the suburbs of Tonawanda. He graduated from Kenmore West Senior High School in 1976.

After High School, Robert joined the United States Navy.  During his 30 year career he was stationed in Patuxent River Maryland, Jacksonville Florida, Daytona Beach Florida, Memphis Tennessee, Brunswick Maine, and Oahu Hawaii.  His deployments included three trips to the Mediterranean Sea, and two North Atlantic cruises embarked on the Aircraft Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).  After his designation as a P-3C Orion Flight Engineer, he deployed to Jeddah Saudi Arabia, flying combat support missions during Desert Storm.  His other deployments included Sicily, Puerto Rico, Iceland, Japan, and Diego Garcia.

During his naval career, Robert earned his Associate’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance and his Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Aviation Business Administration from Embry – Riddle Aeronautical University.

Robert retired in 2006 as a Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9), with over 30 years of faithful and dedicated service.  He’s now a Program Analyst for the Department of the Navy.

Julie was born in Fort Benning Georgia and raised in Monterey California.  She left home in 1981 and joined the United States Navy.  While serving her country, she was stationed in Gulfport Mississippi, Norfolk Virginia, Brunswick Maine, and Jacksonville Florida.  Her deployments included Iceland, Spain, and Sicily.

Julie retired as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7) after 22 years of faithful and dedicated service.  She is still retired.

Robert & Julie met in the late ‘80’s, dated in the late 90’s, and were finally married in September 2003.  They are now celebrating over 13 years of marriage.

Robert & Julie joined GWRRA in 2005.  Since the beginning, they have been very active in the organization.  Positions held included Chapter Visit & Mileage Coordinators, Assistant Chapter Directors (ACD’s), and finally Chapter Directors (CD’s), holding the position four years and becoming Senior Chapter Directors.

They are also qualified as Level IV Riders, and University Trainers in Rider Education, Leadership Training, and Membership Enhancement.

After stepping down from the Chapter Directors position, the “Southern Wings” of MD-I nominated them as their 2012 Chapter Couple of the Year.  They also accepted the position as the Chapter of the Year Coordinators.  Their Chapter was selected as the 2012 MD District and the Region B Chapter of the Year.

The beginning of 2013, Robert & Julie were selected as the MD District Couple of the Year.  Also, they accepted the MD District Leadership Trainer position.

Robert & Julie were also nominated and received the MD District Honorary “Jimmy Colbert Award”.  The award reads, “While it is recognized that all members within GWRRA are outstanding, there remain those few, who continue to go beyond in helping others and exemplifying the GWRRA motto, “Friends for fun, safety and knowledge”.

Later that year, at the PA District Rally, Robert & Julie were selected as the Region B Couple of the year, and participated in the International Selection Process at Wing Ding 36.

After Madison Wisconsin, they accepted a position on the Region B Staff as Region B Chapter of the Year Coordinators.

The following year, Robert and Julie were once again nominated and accepted the position for MD-I Chapter Couple of the Year.  The following January of 2016 they were selected as the MD District Couple of the Year, and accepted the position as Membership Enhancement Coordinator for their home chapter.

During the combined New Jersey / New York Rally held in August 2016, Robert and Julie were selected as the 2016 / 2017 Region B Couple of the Year.Contact Information:

Contact Information:
22545 Landing Way Box 2356 Leonardtown, MD 20650
Tel:  301-997-1254 home / 301-536-0539 cell
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