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President's Reports

October 2017

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

Well I am sitting here writing this article on the day that is due, knowing that Eric, our editor, has sent several emails reminding all who contribute to get their stuff in on time. I can hear his voice in my mind good naturedly busting my chops for not getting it done before this.

This brings me to one of the subjects I would like to touch on this month. Looking over past issues of the Masterlink along with many other items put out by ABATE of Arizona, I am reminded of how very lucky we as an organization are to have many talented people who are willing to dedicate their time and talents to our organization. Every month Eric puts in hours to make The Masterlink the excellent paper that it is. As you look through the pages there are many others who contribute articles and photos.

There are also members and officers from every Chapter who contribute their time and efforts to plan different events such as swap meets and parties like the pool party East Valley had and I was lucky to attend. Biker Bowling is another one, as well as the events and runs each chapter hosts every year. Some of these are for fund raising and some just for fun and camaraderie but both are important. These things do not happen by themselves. It takes time and team work and also planning. Many of our members do not have the availability to run big events but even the little things that they do are of great importance. I just want to make sure that I take the time to thank ALL of our members and officers for everything that they do. I feel we have one of the greatest groups of folks as members throughout the state of ARIZONA!

Now those of you who are on facebook may have seen the post regarding our efforts to increase membership. We have initiated a drive to increase our membership to a target of 2000. By doing this ABATE of Arizona can become a powerful organization and make ALL of your voices heard loudly across the great state of Arizona! We are asking all members to make conscious effort to promote membership in ABATE of Arizona! There are several levels of membership such as individual membership, Business membership and club membership. Each level has its own benefits. There are applications printed in the Masterlink and you can get applications from your membership officers.

We are also looking to expand into other areas of the state such as Cochise County and Casa Grande. If you know folks who may live in these areas and would be interested in helping us start and new Chapter please put them in touch with me or the State Membership officer. With your help ABATE can continue growing! Until next month PLEASE ride safe and look out for the kids who are back in school. The universities are back in session with many out of state students. Also be attentive because this time of year our winter visitors start coming back and tourism is up. These folks are not always familiar with our streets and roads and may not be very attentive so be careful out there!!!

Until next month!! RIDE FREE!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona