Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida March 2014

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The March 2014 Newsletter of the Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida

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<ul><li><p>MARCH 2014 Volume XXXIII, Issue VIII </p><p>The Only Motorcycle Rights Organization in the Tri-County area </p><p>Legislative News MSAP Instructors Community service </p><p>Lobby &amp; Educate the Government &amp; the General Public to Promote Motorcycling in a Safe &amp; Positive Image </p><p>TENT CAMPSITES FOR RV HOOKUPS - CONTACT STATE OFFICE </p><p> Gates Open 12 Noon March 7th Gates Close 12 Noon March 16th See page 19 for details </p></li><li><p> ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter </p><p>PO BOX 60745 Fort Myers, FL 33906 </p><p>southwest.abateflorida.com MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION </p><p>Southwest Chapter </p><p>Name (Please Print Legibly): ________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ City State Zip Code + Four Phone: (Include Area Code) ___________ _______________________________ May we use your phone number for our phone tree? YES NO Email Address: _____________________________________________________________________ Are you a registered Voter? YES NO </p><p>Please List your voting districts from your Voter Registration Card: </p><p>_________ FL House _________ FL Senate _________ US Congress District Name of Chapter you wish to join ___________________________________________________________ If you are a member of more than one chapter, please designate your home chapter ________________________ </p><p>Select ONE of the following: </p><p> New/Renewal - Annual Membership Due $20.00 </p><p> Lifetime Membership $ 150.00 </p><p> Transfer Membership to: ______________________________________________________________ </p><p> Change of Address: __________________________________________________________________ Signature _______________________________________________________ Date: __________________ Sponsored by Chapter Member : ____________________________________________________________ Memberships are open to anyone 18 years of age or older All members receive with their paid membership </p><p>a membership card, our bi-monthly Masterlink magazine, Chapter Newsletter, Chapter voting privileges and personal involvement in Statewide legislative actions and their freedom to ride </p><p>CHAPTER USE </p><p>Dues Paid by Cash Check Money Order </p><p>Mailed Date: Membership Card _________________________ Make Checks Payable to: </p><p>Copy of By Laws _________________________ ABATE of Florida, Inc. </p><p>Membership Expiration _________________________ Southwest Chapter </p></li><li><p>ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. </p><p>MISSION STATEMENT WHO WE ARE </p><p>We are a non-profit organization of motorcycle enthusi-asts from all walks of life. We lobby and educate the government and the general public to promote motorcy-cling in a safe and positive image. We endeavor to enlist the cooperation and participation of all organizations and individuals that share a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of FREEDOM. We promote mo-torcycle safety, training, &amp; political awareness. We ARE NOT A CLUB OR A GANG. We fund our work through toy runs, poker runs, campouts, and other motorcycle activi-ties. We are your neighbors &amp; friends who work, pay taxes, and get involved with our community. We serve and support our country and believe in freedom. We use all legal means to protect our rights without infringing on the rights of others. </p><p>OUR GOALS </p><p>To become a powerful and viable political force in legis-lative matters concerning the motorcyclist. </p><p>To promote the safe riding habits without infringing on individual freedoms. </p><p>To motivate the bikers to write letters to their legislators before, during, and after the legislative session. </p><p>To furnish our members with a newsletter to keep all bikers informed in regards to upcoming legislation. </p><p>Disclaimer: </p><p>The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of ABATE of Florida, Inc. and or the Southwest Chapter. This publication allows members to express their beliefs and opinions. ABATE of Florida, Inc. and Southwest Chapter accept no responsibility for the comments, opinions or views contained in this newsletter. </p><p>Please direct correspondence in reference to this publication to: </p><p>Wayne Cerra (cell) 239-989-3349 </p><p>Donations to ABATE of Florida, Inc. are not deductible for Federal Tax Purposes. ABATE of Florida, Inc. </p><p> 2010 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter All Rights Re-served ABATE of Florida, Inc. and the Southwest Chapter do not condone drinking while riding or driving </p><p>IDENTIFICATION STATEMENT </p><p>SOUTHWEST CHAPTER NEWSLETTER; ISSUE DATE: MARCH 2014 </p><p>PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY </p><p>ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter </p><p>PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906 </p><p>http://southwest.abateflorida.com/ </p><p>PRESENTLY, MEMBER MATERIAL DEADLINE IS THE 20th of the Month for Editorial and Board Approval </p><p>FOR SUBMISSIONS ______________ </p><p>NEW ADVERTISERS OR AD CHANGES MUST </p><p>BE SUBMITTED BY THE </p><p>15TH OF EACH MONTH </p><p>Southwest Chapter Meeting Schedule </p><p>This months Chapter Meeting </p><p>Will be held on </p><p>March 2nd, 2014 10 a.m. </p><p>at </p><p>Harley Davidson of Fort Myers </p><p>Located at 2160 Colonial Dr. </p><p>Fort Myers, FL 33907 </p><p>239-275-4647 </p><p>southwest.abateflorida.com </p><p>SOUTHWEST CHAPTER NEWS PAGE 3 </p><p>NEXT CHAPTER MEETING APRIL 6TH, 2014 </p></li><li><p> President Wayne Cerra 239.989.3349 abatesw@gmail.com </p><p>Vice President Biffle Davis 239-872-2243 BDavis@ardaman.com </p><p>Secretary Tracy Davis 239.645.7936 forbubblesonly@gmail.com </p><p>Treasurer Jimmie Dennis 239.440.4213 jd@pincherscrabshack.com </p><p>Sergeant At Arms Jaime Goldberg 239-961-4086 jaimegoldberg1114@gmail.com </p><p>Asst. Sergeant At Arms James Brennan </p><p>Membership Trustee Lynne Davis 239-770-5085 davisdudes@gmail.com </p><p>Public Relations Gwynne Hickman 239.246.2025 Gwynne.hickman@gmail.com </p><p>Legislative Representative Ken Teddybear Miller 239.693.7035 km_13219@yahoo.com Safety Director Victor Piorkowski 239.823.6159 pior10@yahoo.com Safety Coordinator Robin Reynolds 239.989.3349 abatesw@gmail.com Products Trustee Moe Moser 412.999.3397 ironcitysupplyco@yahoo.com Jerry Barnett 941.467.2927 marva470@yahoo.com </p><p>Newsletter Editor Barbara Bardell 239.822.3272 Babsie67@comcast.net State Delegate(s) Wayne Cerra Victor Piorkowski Webmaster Taylor Musburger 239.334.1620 ABATE@Musburger.net </p><p>Chapter Chaplain Tom Provenzano 239.267.8641 tprovenz@comcast.net Road Captains Gerry Mangina Scott Turner Jeff Hoover </p><p>Road Coordinator Jimmy Soppa </p><p>ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter </p><p>EXECUTIVE BOARD &amp; TRUSTEES PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906-6748 </p><p>Southwest.abateflorida.com </p><p>HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MRO* Chapter Meetings held at Harley Davidson of Fort Myers </p><p>1st Sunday of each month *MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION </p><p>ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. 2012 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter All Rights Reserved </p><p>Donation to ABATE of Florida, Inc. are not deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes ABATE of Florida, Inc. and Southwest Chapter Does Not Condone Drinking and Driving or Riding </p></li><li><p> President Wayne Cerra 239.989.3349 abatesw@gmail.com </p><p>Vice President Biffle Davis 239-872-2243 BDavis@ardaman.com </p><p>Secretary Tracy Davis 239.645.7936 forbubblesonly@gmail.com </p><p>Treasurer Jimmie Dennis 239.440.4213 jd@pincherscrabshack.com </p><p>Sergeant At Arms Jaime Goldberg 239-961-4086 jaimegoldberg1114@gmail.com </p><p>Asst. Sergeant At Arms James Brennan </p><p>Membership Trustee Lynne Davis 239-770-5085 davisdudes@gmail.com </p><p>Public Relations Gwynne Hickman 239.246.2025 Gwynne.hickman@gmail.com </p><p>Legislative Representative Ken Teddybear Miller 239.693.7035 km_13219@yahoo.com Safety Director Victor Piorkowski 239.823.6159 pior10@yahoo.com Safety Coordinator Robin Reynolds 239.989.3349 abatesw@gmail.com Products Trustee Moe Moser 412.999.3397 ironcitysupplyco@yahoo.com Jerry Barnett 941.467.2927 marva470@yahoo.com </p><p>Newsletter Editor Barbara Bardell 239.822.3272 Babsie67@comcast.net State Delegate(s) Wayne Cerra Victor Piorkowski Webmaster Taylor Musburger 239.334.1620 ABATE@Musburger.net </p><p>Chapter Chaplain Tom Provenzano 239.267.8641 tprovenz@comcast.net Road Captains Gerry Mangina Scott Turner Jeff Hoover </p><p>Road Coordinator Jimmy Soppa </p><p>SOUTHWEST CHAPTER NEWS PAGE 5 </p><p>This newsletter may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifi-cally authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of political , human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice is-sues, etc. We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the mate-rial in this newsletter is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. </p><p>ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC BOARD OF DIRECTORS (as of 6/10/12) Revised 8/28/13 </p><p>STATE OFFICE: ABATE OF Florida, Inc. PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (386) 943-9610 Fax: Same Email: flabate@bellsouth.net PRESIDENT: DANNY "DOC" FISH PO Box 3615, Milton, FL 32572-3615 Phone: (850) 994-3652 Fax: (850) 995-8517 Email: DFish30775@aol.com VICE PRESIDENT: EMORY GRIFFIS PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (386) 943-9610 Fax: Same Email: emorysflht@yahoo.com SECRETARY: KAREN CRAWAN PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (863) 202-0905 Fax:(386) 943-9610 Email: TREASURER: PATTI NASRALLAH PO Box 16309, Temple Terrace, FL 33687-6309 Phone: (813) 695-9203 Fax: (813) 626-2306 Email: patti.nasrallah@gmail.com SGT-AT-ARMS: DENNIS "MUDDER" RUDOI 2520 Deland FL 32721-2520 Phone: (407) 925-4307 Fax: (407) 699-9748 Email: stsgtatarms@hotmail.com PR/COMMUNICATIONS: RHONDA GRIFFIS PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (407) 412-8381 Fax: Same Email: flabatestatepr@gmail.com </p><p> MASTERLINK EDITOR: BOB von BULOW PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (386) 451-0323 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email:abateflink@yahoo.com MEMBERSHIP: GRACE LORD PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (386) 943-9610 Email: flabatemembership@gmail.com SAFETY PROGRAM (MSAP) DIRECTOR: CHARLIE WENGER PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (954) 650-1420 FAX: (561) 333-6773 Email: flabatemsap@gmail.com LEGISLATIVE TRUSTEE: DARRIN "SCRIBE" BROOKS PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (239) 398-7145 Email: statelegislative@abateflorida.com PRODUCTS TRUSTEE: STEVE "CARETAKER" KNEE PO Box 4372, Milton, FL 32572-4372 Phone: (850)529-4446 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email: flabatestateproducts@gmail.com LEGAL COUNSEL: LARRY CROW 1247 S. Pinellas Avenue Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3719 Phone: (727) 945-1112 Fax: (727) 945-9224 Email: crowlaw@tampabay.rr.com </p></li><li><p>941-743-8883 1252 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33953 </p><p>LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES </p><p>Ad Expires 8.14 </p><p>Ad Expires 2.14 </p><p>VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME </p><p>Support Your Chapter @ Events </p><p>Ad Expires 9.14 </p></li><li><p>PRESIDENTS MESSAGE </p><p>Hello Brothers and Sisters, Its that time of year again when we should all sit back and think how we could bring this Chapter into another year. State and Chap-ter elections are coming up quick. This past Sate meeting kicked off the State Board nominations. Many of the same people stepped up and a few declined. Our former State President Doc Reichenbach has thrown his hat back in for President as well as a nomination for Patti Nasrallah our cur-rent State Treasurer. This will be interesting as it could go either way. Chapters will vote at the May meeting for State positions. As for local Chapters, we will start nominations in April with voting on June 1st at which time the new term starts. It would be in your best interest to get involved and keep this chap-ter running like it is. There is always room for improvement and I challenge all of you to step up and continue to show the public that we are not just a bunch of bikers, we are bikers who care. As many of you are aware, I will not be running for any position this term. After moving from Boston in 2009 and getting involved with ABATE just as quick, I feel it Is time for new blood to take the reins. I have had too many family, friends and </p><p> health issues over the last 2 years that I am planning on spending more time with fam-ily and traveling. I will not walk away as ABATE is in my blood and I will always be available to support this Or-ganization. The past month we have had some great rides and some sad times. The passing of our Brother Jerry Barnett left a big gap. On Saturday, February 15th, we attended a Celebra-</p><p>tion of Life for Jerry. I was truly impressed at the amount of people whose life he touched. It was a great day of remembering our friend who came into our lives but left too soon. Rest in Peace my Brother. Moving forward we have some work to do. Still way too many deaths attributed to stu-pidity, whether its the cager or the individual biker who had no respect for the throttle. Its your life, no one, and I mean no one can make you twist the grip except yourself. Is it worth the end result? Never! Many of your Board members met with the Lost Riders who had a meeting with the Sport Bikers in this area. It was well attended and everyone is on the same page to keep the carnage down. I still believe it is an individual deci-sion but maybe some dont realize the power between their legs. SLOW DOWN and enjoy life. I am proud to be a Southwest Chapter mem-ber and I believe this coming election that many will stand up for what we believe in. Its your Chapter, its your Life. Have a say, get involved. Dont just be a speed bump. </p><p>Ride Safe, Ride Often, </p><p>Wayne </p><p>3RD TERM AS SOUTHWEST PRESIDENT 4TH TERM SOUTHWEST E-BOARD </p><p>Vice President 2010 SOUTHWEST LIFE MEMBER </p></li><li><p> Hello to all of the ABATE members of the SOUTHWEST CHAPTER OF ABATE of FLORIDA INCORPORATED, all ABATE members, and ALL BIKERS! </p><p>Cape Bike Night was a lot of fun, I think too many times fun is over consumed instead of enjoyed. But that is my opin-ion. We saw a lot of old friends and got a few new members, thanks to all! We take a $1.00 donation for water at these events, the cheapest water on the street. We also have ice and other freebies too. Come by and buy a tee shirt, or get free Abate items. </p><p>This is an election year for the Chapter, and for the State Board of Directors. We will also be voting on whether or not to pay for a lobbyist again for the next legislative year. Please come to a meeting and let us know what you want us to do. After all, it is your organiza-tion; you can have it your way! The Chapter election nominations start in April. We need you and we need your thoughts. </p><p>There are lots of rides and events com-ing up in the next few weeks. Enjoy and ride safe. </p><p>Flip Flops on bikers as shoes fo...</p></li></ul>