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15th Annual Barbie Hensler Memorial Toy Run

The High Country Chapter of ABATE of AZ wants to thank the many Rim Country business, citizens, and clubs that helped make the 15th Annual Barbie Hensler Memorial Toy Run the most successful drive do-date. With your help, we were able to collect three pickup- trucks full of toys (not including 2 trucks of bicycles), and present the Women of the Moose with a check for $3,500 to help their efforts to make sure that area families have a very Merry Christmas. This year, the Women of the Moose are attempting to make Christmas happen for 234 children from 84 families over a wide area from Tonto Basin to Strawberry to Christopher Creek.

This year's event was once again at the Buffalo Bar & Grill in Payson and was well represented by members of the Old Bastards Motorcycle Club Payson Chapter, the American Legion Riders,the Loose Cannons Motorcycle Club, the Rim Country District of the Modified Motorcycle Association, and of course, the High Country Chapter of ABATE of AZ, among others. In the month leading up to the event, 16 Tonto Basin and Rim Country businesses collected toys and other donations to present the day of the toy run. ABATE thanks those business because without them, this effort would not work.

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Rumbles from your State Secretary

Hey there everyone.

I need to start out by saying Thank you to the Eagles and everyone who joined us for the 2017 ABATE State social. With that said I need to extend an extra big thank you to Ms TBFS and the rest of the Templar Krusaders MC without them it would have been a very small event (we are talking 18 people). I understand that it is the busy event season and you have to pick and choose. I have to admit I am a wee bit disappointed. We did this to celebrate all of you and the work you do all year long. We still had some fun.

There were 4 entries in the chili cook off. With Teresa and Ben in Texas and unavailable to defend the chili crown it gave the rest of us a chance. Nolan ended up winning the chili cook off and the prize money. A good portion of the prize money will be going to the ACMC toy run.

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Southern Arizona Road Cleanup

After the meeting on October 21st, members of the Southern Arizona Chapter of ABATE traveled down to Whetstone, AZ, which is about 60 miles South East of Tucson, near the place where AZ Hwy 90 meets Hwy 82. Just to the East of the intersection of these two Highways is Buddy's bar and just East of there is a one mile stretch of highway that the Southern Arizona Chapter has been cleaning since it was known as the Tucson Chapter. We had about 10 folks take the ride down after our meeting and we made quick work of the clean-up! In the years we have been doing this it has gotten easier each time. We believe that as people see that it is clean and and no longer full of trash that they are less likely to throw garbage out of their moving vehicles. It is just none of the things ABATE members are doing to be a positive force in our communities.

Meeting of the Minds 2017

As I arrived to the hotel Doubletree in Williamsburg, VA with Jim Butsback, Mike Infanzon, and Mary K. Donnay. I was greeted by Anissa Thorpe- Huntington (Dragonfly) and Darron Lee Radar Huntington (Radar).

After checking in I headed over to the Hospitality Suite which was hosted by Virginia Bikers Association & Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists. It was great seeing so many familiar faces from last years conference. Kind of makes you feel at peace. Shortly after arriving it was time to gather in the Auditorium for Meet the Board/Meet the States @ 7:00. After introducing the MRF Board. The States each got up and announced what they have accomplished in the last year. The Bills that had been passed and bills still waiting. They also announced their agendas. It was very informational.

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Safety Starts With YOU

This month’s article on safety and how it really needs to start with you. In this case it started with me.

I recently bought a brand-new HD Street Glide Special. I named him Olaf as he is Crushed White Ice Pearl. He glistens like snow in the sun light. Olaf is from the Disney Movie Frozen- so If you haven’t seen it yet… He is a goofy Snow man that loves everything hot and everything about summer.

Ok back to Safety- Despite me having 30 years on motorcycles and dirt bikes, this new bike is twice the weight and twice the power of my previous bike- A 2006 Honda Shadow 750cc. Greater than 30 % of MC accident are operator error or could have been avoided if a rider riding skill were more proficient. I’m partaking in a few different course in efforts to avoid all the crazies out there. Last Sunday I participated in a 2-hour practice skill day at Turf Paradise sponsored by the GWR. There had to be about 50 bikes of all kinds that showed up of all makes and models as well as all ages and both men and women. I was happy to see so much interest in the mc world to focus on their own riding skills. These classes take place every month the second Sunday from 8am – 10am. There are coaches on site available to answer questions and offer tips but it is really open game to 17 or so different obstacle courses. Best part is it is free and you really meet a lot of cool people with great riding skills

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