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President's Reports

January 2018

Greetings Fellow Freedom Fighters!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a Great Holiday Season! This year looks to be a very good year for ABATE of Arizona and the other SMROs here in our state. There are several upcoming events that we are looking forward to.

First there is the opening day of the Arizona Legislature in January. It is on Monday January 8th, 2018. Gather at 8:30 AM and there will be a press conference at 9:00 AM. It would be great to see as many motorcyclists as possible to be at the Capitol to let the new legislature know that we are involved and willing to make our voices heard.

Motorcycle Day at the Dome is put on by the State Motorcycle rights organizations here in Arizona, ABATE of Arizona being one of them. This year it is on Wednesday May 2nd, 2018. It is a day set aside for motorcyclists from all around the state to ride to the Capitol and set appointments to meet with their legislators and let them know the issues that are important to us and to get them to support us. All the SMROs are involved and they provide the tents, tables, chairs etc. along with a lunch for those who come out meet with us. ALL ABATE members are urged to attend and to contact their Representatives and Senators. If you cannot make it to the Capitol please be sure and call or email you Legislators that you wish them to meet with the motorcyclists who are in attendance. May is also Motorcycle Awareness Month. Start planning your Awareness events now! There will be guest speakers at MDATD and we are hoping that the Governor makes an appearance to present the Proclamation of May as MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH in Arizona!

Also coming up is the annual BIKERS INSIDE THE BELTWAY! This is put hosted by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation on May 15th, 2018. Every year Motorcycle Freedom Fighters from all over the United States converge on Washington DC in May to walk the halls of Congress and meet with the Senators and Congressmen in order to further the legislation that is important to motorcyclists on a Federal level. This is an amazing event. As it gets closer more information will be coming out. Many of our membership are also members of the MRF which works on a National Level for us. I encourage ALL ABATE of Arizona members to join the MRF and support their work. Several of our ABATE Chapters are also MRF Sustaining Members and if your Chapter is not please ask your Chapter Officers why not and how your Chapter can become a Sustaining Member of the MRF.

The State Officers and the Board of Directors hosted our 2nd Holiday/Christmas Party and Social. This was an opportunity to get our ABATE members from various Chapters to come together and socialize and just enjoy a little Holiday Happiness. I feel that this was a success. We had a good turnout, and we are going to look into doing more of these types of events throughout the year. I feel it is important for members of the different Chapters around the state to get to know each other and to spend time together. It seems that the only time we get to do this is at Too Broke for Sturgis and most of us are way too busy working and putting on the event to enjoy each other’s company.

The strength of an organization like ABATE of Arizona is its membership. Without members we cannot accomplish the good work that we try and do. It takes many hands pulling on the rope to get the job done. I want to thank all of the members of ABATE of Arizona for being here and supporting the cause of motorcycle rights here in Arizona. If you think we are doing a good job please tell your friends and other riders you encounter what we do and who we are and encourage them to join. If for some reason you feel we are not doing what we should or you know an area we may want to look into please contact any of the State officers or any of your Chapter officers and pass the information on to us.

Until next month!

Ride Free!! Ride Safe!! Ride ENDORSED!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona

December 2017

It is hard to believe that we are already coming to the end of the year 2017! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! I also hope that we all remembered those who are less fortunate than us at this time of year; it always gladdens my heart to see the generosity of those in the motorcycling community when it comes to help those in need. There are toy runs and food drives being held from one side of this great state to the other and motorcyclists always seem to be in the middle of the crowd working hard to help their fellow man.

I would like to take the time to personally invite All ABATE members along with their families to our Family Friendly Holiday Social! (That’s a mouthful) It is going to be on Saturday December 2nd, 2017. It will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge which is the same location as last year and it is also where the East Valley Chapter holds their meetings. The Eagles Lodge is located at 1712 W Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202.

There will be a Chili Cook Off so dust of your old family recipe and cook up a big batch and you may just go home a winner with bragging rights for the next year!! It is $5 to enter the cook off and $5 to taste/judge. All the proceeds go to the winner of the judges voting. So bring your family and friends the more who enter/taste/judge and more for the winner to take home!

There will also be raffle prizes! We will have a 50/50 and everybody’s favorite KARAOKE!! Start practicing and exercising those vocal chords and come out and have a great time with your fellow ABATE members and their families and friends! I look forward to seeing you there. Last year was the first time for this event and everyone had such a good time it looks like it will continue for many years.

At this time of year as we all go about planning our Holiday Celebrations and the hustle and bustle of shopping and dealing with the kids and grandkids and family and out of town visitors, or maybe traveling to see loved ones etc., please take time to slow down and take a breath enjoy all that we have.

Also at this time of year those around us are dealing with the hustle and stress of the Holidays as well and they might not be as attentive and vigilant as they normally would be so we need take it upon ourselves to be extra careful out there when riding our motorcycles or driving our cages etc.

At this time of year most of us are attending many different events such as holiday parties, toy runs for less fortunate kids and various food drives to name a few. Whether you are attending with your Chapter members or with another group or your family members, we would love to know who and or what events you are supporting. Please take a few photos and write a short article about the event or charity along with the group or club sponsoring the event. Send those in to the Masterlink. Not only do folks like to see their pictures in the paper but the added publicity may help the event to grow. When I was elected I made a goal for myself to attend at least one Chapter meeting of each of the Chapter in Arizona. I knew that as a Chapter Coordinator as well as just a member, that we never saw a State Officer at any of our meetings. Well before I was elected I did not fully understand how difficult it can be to make those meetings. Well I finally made a meeting for the last Chapter on my list. Mike Infanzon and I rode out to attend the monthly Chapter meeting of our Yuma Chapter. We took the afternoon off so we could ride out and make the meeting which is held at 6 PM on the second Tuesday of the month. I left home about 1:15. I was coming from Tucson and Mike from Phoenix. We met in Gila Bend around 3 PM and had a short meeting before heading out. We got to Yuma a little after 5 PM in plenty of time.

I want to thank all of the members of our Yuma Chapter for the hospitality they showed us. It was good to see everyone, many that I have known for years and some that I was happy to meet for the first time. It was a good meeting that included Chapter elections and congratulations to the new officers and my thanks to the past officers for all they do for ABATE.

We got back on the road and we stopped and fueled up along the way, we separated at Gila Bend and I went on to Tucson, getting home just after midnight. It was over 435 miles but a great ride and well worth the effort.

Once again I want to thank all the members of ABATE of Arizona for allowing me to serve and represent you. I also wish to thank all the newly elected officers in all the Chapters around the state for all that you do. We are a volunteer organization and it is because of folks like you that we can have the impact that we have. I wish to thank the outgoing officers around that state for the time that they dedicated and all the hard work it takes. As I finally come to a close I wish to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday season no matter how you choose to celebrate, may you and all those you love and care about be happy and healthy. Happy New Year to all!!!

Until Next Year! RIDE FREE!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona