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President's Reports

June 2016

Hello to all my fellow Freedom Fighters! It is hard to believe that as I sit and write this that it is my sixth Report. Everything has gone by so quickly and I feel like I am just starting. SO much to learn and so many great people in this organization of ours that it makes time just fly.

June brings some of the best riding weather of the year especially in the high country of our great state of Arizona. It also brings the heat and threat of dehydration. Please remember that if you wait until you are thirsty it is too late. Drink plenty of water, use sun screen and cover the exposed skin on hot sunny days. Also remember that alcohol will dehydrate you faster, watch your consumption especially when riding in hot weather.

The first weekend in June is when our East Valley Chapter hosts their “Annual Spaghetti Feed”. It is happening on Saturday June 4th 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. Redbone and the Bonettes 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 25th year that ABATE of Arizona is hosting the event. 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.

I am excited to be able to announce that our Yavapai Chapter has been reactivated! They will begin meeting in June. Meetings are 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 6:00 PM. The meeting location is at Addictions Bar & Grill, 1590 Swenson Street Prescott 86305. The next meeting is on June 8th.

Until next month!!

Ride Free!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona