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President's Reports

May 2016

Greetings to all my Brothers & Sisters of ABATE of Arizona. May is upon us as this issue comes out. Spring has finally come to the entire state of Arizona. Those of us in the desert areas have had good weather but the high country and mountain areas of our great state are now fully into riding weather. As always the calendar is full of events and we all look forward to getting out and seeing friends and associates around the state that we may not have seen since last fall.

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. Please help spread the word and let folks know that it is everyone’s responsibility to be careful and to “Look Twice-Save a Life”. If you attend any of these events please take photos and report back to us what is being done around our state to bring attention to this cause.

May is also the month that we celebrate our Moms! Mothers Day is May 8th. 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 and for those who are no longer with us, we will cherish those memories of our Mother’s Love.

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. There are many stories how this day had its beginnings but it all culminated when General Logan gave his official proclamation in 1868. Many of our members have served our country and many of us have friends, relatives etc. who have served or are still serving. Without these brave men & women we would not be able to enjoy all the freedoms we enjoy today. I thank all of our service members for the dedication and sacrifices they gave. So honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us and DO NOT EVER FORGET!!

May is also the month that our very own HIGH COUNTRY CHAPTER of ABATE of Arizona hosts their annual “Wild In The Weeds” Old School Biker Rally!! This year will be the 12th Annual and it is a great way to kick off the summer riding and camping season!! It is being held May 6th, 7th & 8th. The location is at the Punkin’ Center Bar & Grill which is near Roosevelt Lake at mile post 262 on Hwy 188 in Tonto Basin Arizona. Weekend admission is ONLY $15 single or $25 couple! This includes FREE RV & Tent spaces (no utilities). There will be food specials all weekend, a breakfast buffet Sat& Sun. Live music Fri & Sat, fun & Games etc. For more information, check out their ad in this issue of the Masterlink.

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. 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 will be in Chicago for my Fathers 90th birthday on May 5th which is also Cinco de Mayo. Dad always jokes that the whole country of Mexico celebrates his birthday. I am lucky to still have my father so can’t miss this special event. 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, OUR 25th Anniversary, the best TBFS EVER!!!

Until next month!!

Ride Free!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona