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President's Reports

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. www.mormonlakelodge.com

Until next month!

RIDE FREE!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona


May 2017

Greetings to all my Brothers & Sisters of ABATE of Arizona.

May is upon us as this issue comes out. May is a busy month with celebrations including Cinco de Mayo, Mothers Day, the traditional May 1st spring festival, many graduations and weddings. May is also the month that we celebrate our Moms! Mothers Day is May 14th. I would like to express ABATE’s best wishes to all of the Mothers out there in our ranks. I hope all of our Mothers have a very special Mother’s Day!

The month of May is also very significant because it is also the month that we honor our Veterans! It is the month we observe Memorial Day! Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our great Nation. Many of our members are veterans and we thank those veterans for their service. We also have several members who are still serving. Please keep these brave men and women in our thoughts and prayers. Without these brave men & women we would not be able to enjoy all the freedoms we enjoy today.

May is also Motorcycle Awareness Month, throughout this great country of ours organizations and municipalities are issuing proclamations and holding events to increase awareness of motorcycles on our nation’s roads and highways. Our own Governor Doug Ducey has signed a Proclamation declaring May 2017 as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month! It is important that all of us help to spread the word and ask everyone to “Look Twice for Motorcycle”! As always if you attend any of the many events being held please take some photos and share them with us.“

This year the message to “Look Out for Motorcycles” really hits home. We just lost a very special member of our community due to a right of way violation. Steven Jay “Stubby” Teunissen was taken from us on March 30th, 2017. He was a long time member of ABATE and served as Coordinator of the East Valley Chapter, a H.O.G. member and also was a member of the MRF. I wish to extend our sincerest condolences to his wife Linda and to the entire family. I was privileged to attend the Celebration of Life for Stubby, along with many other ABATE members. The stories that were shared and the number of folks who came out really showed the man that he was. RIDE FREE Brother! The first weekend in May is also when our High Country Chapter up in the Payson area, hosts “WILD IN THE WEEDS”! This year is the 13th year that this event is being held. The dates are May 5th, 6th & 7th. It is being held at Punkin Center Bar & Grill, which is located at mile post 262 on Hwy 188 in Tonto Basin, Arizona. Weekend Admission for this event is $15 single/$ 25 couple for ABATE members, and $25/$35 for non-members. It also includes FREE camping for both RVs and Tents! This is the first year that I will be able to attend this event and I am really looking forward going. I hope to see many of you there. Please come out and support HIGH COUNTRY CHAPTER The month of May is also the month that the MRF hosts Bikers inside the Beltway. This is a day when motorcycle rights activists from around the country gather in Washington DC to meet with our Congressmen and Senators to discuss issues important to all of us who ride. Our Lobbyist Mike Infanzon will be attending. And I am trying to adjust my schedule so it allows me to attend also. Please everyone contact your Congress men and Senators Flake & McCain and let them know that even if you are not able to attend this event that these issues are important to you.

I look forward to seeing ALL of you at Too Broke for Sturgis in June!! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please sign up and volunteer a few hours to help make this year the best yet. Our committee has been hard at work and it is now almost time for the big show to begin! Start making your plans and checking your camping gear, come on out and “Party in the Pines!” up at Mormon Lake with your closest friends who you will meet when you get there!

Until next month!

RIDE FREE!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona


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