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President's Reports

July 2017

Well another great party is now in the books as they say. The 26th edition of Too Broke for Sturgis was this past month. As I sit to write this we still have not had a final accounting and the debriefing meeting is set for next week. By the time this edition of The Masterlink is published we should have firm numbers to tell us how we did this year. Preliminary numbers put us at about 10% increase over last year in attendance and I believe everyone had one heck of a good time!

I want to congratulate JR Rosen and the entire Too Broke Committee on a terrific job that they did this year. This group of dedicated ABATE members have donated hundreds of hours for the betterment of our organization and the entire motorcycling community. Not only did their hard work make for a profitable event that helps fund all of the work we do around our state, they did everything they could to make sure that everyone who attended had an amazing weekend and a memorable time at TBFS!! Well done guys! If you did not have the opportunity to attend this year’s TBFS event please mark your calendars for next year! This is ABATE of Arizona’s one state wide fund raising event and every ABATE member should try to attend and dedicate themselves to volunteer and work this event for the good of our organization. I understand that sometimes it is not possible for everyone to make it to these events, BUT an organization such as ours with HUNDREDS of members, should not be as shorthanded as we were. If not for the hard work and dedication of a small group of our members and the support of several other clubs and volunteers we would not have been able to accomplish this.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Christian Motorcycle Association for all of their support and the hours of volunteering put in by their members. I do know that many of the CMA chapters are club members of ABATE and many CMA members are individual members of ABATE but they have been there for us for many years and besides supplying coffee and water and serving a no charge breakfast every day, CMA members helped with registration, traffic control and generally anywhere they were needed. If you were in the arena on Friday you may have been present when I was honored to present the CMA with a custom trophy in appreciation of all they have done for us and the motorcycling community. THANK YOU ALL!

I also would like to thank the members of the Gatekeepers MC and all the others who volunteered their time to cover the first-aid booth. This is a very important job that needs to be covered by folks who are properly trained and know what to do in an emergency. Luckily we did not have more than a couple incidents which needed to be attended to besides the normal cuts and bumps. Thank you for keeping us safe and healthy.

I could keep on listing those individuals and Clubs that stepped up and volunteered their time and efforts in support of our great motorcycling community but I would miss some and I do not wish to lessen their importance or our appreciation of them. SO to everyone who worked to make this event great, no matter what you did or how long you worked, THANK YOU!!!

There were so many clubs who belong to the ACMC that I cannot mention them all for fear of missing one. I had the pleasure of seeing several members of the MMA and the MMAA. These groups along with ABATE of Arizona are working to protect the rights of ALL riders across the entire state of Arizona. If you are not a member of a SMRO and you ride a motorcycle in Arizona or are interested in the Motorcycle Rights Movement, I encourage you to seek out a SMRO in your area and join. There are groups all across our state and I am sure there is one near you.

I would also like to take the time to thank all of our Sponsors and Partners in “Too Broke for Sturgis”. Without the sponsors we would not be able to host this event and without this event we could not do most of what we do for the motorcyclists of Arizona! All the proceeds go towards continuing the fight for “Freedom of the Road”. This helps pay for our newsletter The Masterlink. It funds our lobbyists and our delegations to Bikers inside the Beltway in Washington D.C. It allows us to send participants to conferences such as “The Meeting of the Minds” put on by the MRF and to the National Coalition of Motorcyclists convention. The information and knowledge gained by attending these seminars and workshops is extremely valuable in dealing with issues here in Arizona. It also makes it possible for ABATE of Arizona, along with the ACMC, MMA and MMAA are able to fund our annual “Motorcycle Day at the Dome”.

I know several members of the Too Broke for Sturgis committee have been doing this for many years and are looking to step aside and let some new blood take over. I would like to see more members from other chapters outside of the Phoenix metro area become members of the TBFS committee. It is time to start teaching others what is done and how this event comes together. It is also important that we get fresh ideas. Just because we have always done it one way does not mean there isn’t a better way. Please talk it over amongst your chapter members. We are also interested in any ideas you may have to help make this event bigger and better. Please write down your ideas and share them with the Too Broke committee. Remember that this is your organization and therefore TBFS is YOUR event. Please let us try and make it the great event we all know it should be!

Until next month!! RIDE FREE!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona

June 2017

Hello to my fellow ABATE members! As I sit and write this it is the middle of May and it is an exciting time for us here in Arizona. High Country Chapter has just finished their “WILD IN THE WEEDS” event and from what I have been told it was a great time and a huge success. I had looked forward to attending for months but was taken ill a couple days before and could not attend.

Our Lobbyist and his Associate are preparing to leave for Washington DC to attend Bikers Inside the Beltway where they will meet with as many of our Congressmen and Senators or their aides as possible. They will be working hand in hand with our MRF State Rep. Dale “Animal” Dedrick.

The Arizona State Legislature session is over and we have had many positives come out of this year’s session. I will not get into detail as our Lobbyist Mike Infanzon has covered this in great detail already. I would like to congratulate Mike Infanzon on the Amazing job he has been doing on all of our behalf. I have received several compliments from various others groups on his professional approach and his positive representation of the motorcycling community. Good Job Mike!!!

The first weekend in June is when our East Valley Chapter hosts their “Annual Spaghetti Feed”. It is happening on Saturday June 3rd from 6 to 9PM at the Fraternal Order of Eagles hall in Mesa! The address is 1712 W Broadway in Mesa which is 1 block East of Dobson. They will be providing an ALL YOU CAN EAT Spaghetti dinner with hand rolled meatballs, garlic bread, salad AND desserts all for only $10 for adults and $5 for kids. There will also be a 50/50 etc. so come out and support our East Valley Chapter and eat your fill.

June is also the month when my favorite event of the year happens. Too Broke for Sturgis! This year is the 26th Annual Fundraiser for ABATE of Arizona. The Too Broke Committee has been hard at work from almost the minute that last year’s event closed, working on making this year the greatest TBFS (Too Broke for Sturgis) yet! I know many folks look forward to this event every year and really enjoy all the games, music, vendors, food, camaraderie and the great riding in the area, but it is much more than that. This is the only major fund raising event that ABATE of Arizona puts on at the State level. ALL the proceeds from this wonderful weekend go towards continuing the fight for “Freedom of the Road”. This event helps pay for the publication of our newsletter “The Masterlink”, it helps fund delegations to participate in conferences with other motorcycle rights activists from around the country.

TBFS also allows ABATE of Arizona to support the efforts of the American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) on a national level, and much more than I can list here. So when you attend TBFS not only are you having a GREAT weekend, you are helping to make sure that ALL motorcyclists will continue to enjoy the freedoms that we are so blessed to be enjoying now. I encourage all who believe in the Freedom of the Road to join ABATE of Arizona if you have not done so yet. Even if you cannot attend your local meetings it is important that we expand our membership. The politicians who try to limit our freedoms see the strength in our numbers and the feel the pressure when we send out a call to action and their email addresses are flooded and the phone lines are screaming. It is by showing as a united front that we will be heard.

As you ride up to beautiful Mormon Lake Lodge and Campground, please be watchful for the wildlife up in the Coconino Forest. There are Elk and Deer throughout the area and many other creatures especially near dawn and dusk. Enjoy the trip but ride safe.

I look forward to meeting with as many of my fellow motorcycle enthusiasts as possible. I have had the pleasure of working the registration booth the last couple of years and will try to spend as much time as I can there again this year. Be sure and say hello if I am there when you are registering.

If you have never been to Mormon Lake Lodge and Campground please check out their website to see all of the features that they offer. They have a wonderful facility and support our efforts to support motorcycle rights. They have also been a business member for many years.

Until next month!


Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona

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