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President's Reports

December 2016

Hello to all my fellow Freedom Fighters!

Wow it is hard to believe that as I sit and type this out that this is my 12th President’s Report. This past year has gone by so quickly. As I stated in my very first report, I am honored to represent the members of ABATE of Arizona. I do not take this responsibility lightly and I can only hope that you, the members, approve of the job that I am doing. The state officers were elected to a two year term and I am excited about the upcoming year. All of the state officers have learned a lot and I feel we are all ready use that knowledge in the upcoming year and to work to make ABATE of Arizona stronger and better.

The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is next week as write this. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. The changing of the seasons here in Arizona is always a great time and allows us to experience all the seasons simply by traveling from the desert valleys up to the mountains. We can go play in the snow and head down and go for a swim and have a cook-out on the patio the same afternoon.

This weather that we all enjoy so much is not without its costs and dangers. It attracts folks from all over the country to come here and maybe enjoy the Holidays or have a short escape from the cold and snow of their hometowns. We need to be ever vigilant for those visitors, who are here for just a short trip, or who spend the entire winter with us in Arizona. They are not always looking for us and they might not expect to see motorcycles. We need to always be aware of those around us and ride like they don’t see us – because they don’t!

This is also the season for every possible toy run and holiday themed run. PLEASE be careful when participating in these events. There seems to be several every Saturday and Sunday and we cannot possibly make them all. Bikers are always the folks with the biggest hearts this time of year. We all know the big bad MC member who will spend his last dollar on a toy so some kid he never met will have a package to open. You folks make be proud to be a member of this motorcycling community. Keep up the good work and keep on supporting every toy drive and keep on raising food for those in need and help stock all those food banks. This is the time of year for the fat guy with the beard to put smiles on kid’s faces. Even if he does wear leather and ride a bike! Happy Holidays folks whatever Holiday you celebrate!

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our “Membership Meeting/Holiday Party”. I want to invite all members and guests of members to attend. The details were in last month’s Masterlink but here are the main points. Because we are a registered corporation we are required by law to hold a general membership meeting once each year. The State officers have decided to hold our Annual Membership Meeting on the First Sunday in December, which is the same date as the State Officers meeting. This will be followed by a Holiday/Christmas Party and Social event. Location is at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1712 W Broadway Rd., Mesa, Arizona.

This is a family friendly event. ABATE of AZ will be providing Good Eats and Deserts but feel free to bring anything you may wish to share! (That is a subtle hint to all you bakers out there). There will also be a 50/50 and raffle prizes. We will also host a “White Elephant” gift exchange for all who wish to participate. It is not mandatory but if you want to play bring wrapped gift with a $10 value LIMIT (not minimum). This is a fun gift exchange so come and have fun.

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

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona