A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon, Inc.
P. O. Box 4504 Portland, Oregon 97208
State Board of Directors Meeting
January 11, 2014
Cidicci’s Pizza, Albany, Oregon
Call to Order / Welcome:
The meeting was called to order by Allan a 12:10 with 9 of 12 chapters represented. all Chapters present were eligible to vote.
Excused Chapters: Josephine, Central Oregon, Jackson
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence: For Downed Brothers/Sisters and Service Men/Women.
Guests and First Time Attendees: Mike Friend, Tery Nugent ( douglas County rep ) Rhonda Thornly ( hub city repp )
Reading / Approval of Minutes: Any Corrections?
Motion made by Lynn Despain Salem to adopt as printed in the State Newspaper, seconded by Jack Winfield Lincoln County.
Motion passed 6 yea 0 nay 3 abstained
Old Business - None
(X) Coordinator’s Comments: Allan Nichols – Allan welcomed everyone to the new year and stated that this will a defining year for ABATE, with elections for Governor and other Representatives it is up to us to get involved and get behind the candidates that will help us with our issues and needs …. Liberty and education, two key parts of our mission statement. Allan also welcomed the new state reps and expressed the importance of their job. After all it is the Chapter representatives that run the show at the state level, not the state officers. Communication respect and an open mind is key to working with others and in turn making our organization stronger. He also reminded everyone that if we want to get the newspaper back in circulation, it is up to us to find a way to make money in order to support it. We shouldn’t dwell on what happened in the past that didn’t work and point fingers, rather use the info to focus on what we can do different to make it work. He closed by saying that he is looking forward to working with everyone this year, and challenged all reps to go back to their chapters and discuss what worked for them last year and bring back ideas to the state.
(X) Secretary Report & Correspondence: Laura Botkin- Laura said she is still unpacking from her recent move and should be operating at 100 percent soon. No correspondence.
(X) Vice-Coordinator North: Paul Hering – Paul also welcomed everyone to 2014 and is looking forward to getting out to a few of the northern chapter meetings.
(X)Vice-Coordinator South: VACANT -
(X)Vice-Coordinator East: Rick Prentice – Rick said that after attending runs and rallies last year he felt inspired to take the position of VC East and is happy and proud to be here. Looking forward to an awesome year.
(X)Treasurer: Karen Tolle – excused
(X)Membership Secretary: Veta Holscher – Veta said she has been working very hard to get the computer updated with current members and deleting members who have passed away and/ or no longer exist ( almost 12,000 names ) She said it will take time to get it straightened out and should be a smoother operating system when she is done. Please be patient and she will get caught up soon.
(X)Sanctioning Officer: Robert Terrill – Excused ( bad weather and road conditions on the pass ) he said with the recent weather he has not been able to get the insurance paid for 2014 yet but will get to it asap and get certificates out as soon as he gets them.
State Auditor: Cindy Witmer– LOCO and Southeast are the only chapters with the December info in. Please get them in asap. She also asked for help from previous officers in order to understand our procedures a lil better.
News Magazine Editor: Rot Path – Rot asked for feedback from chapters on the new newsletter form sent out to the chapters for circulation. Please get ahold of him if your chapter did not receive it. It was sent to the person that usually turns in the monthly report. He also wanted to remind everyone that reports are still due by the 10th of every month.
Legislative Director: Paula Leslie-handed out a list of 13 issues that we should be keeping an eye on, federally and state. Liberty issues, right to repair , lane sharing and e-15 to name a few. She is trying to talk to different candidates running for office to see where they stand on some of our issues. She has talked with Dennis Richardson and has found he stands with us on most issues and promises to keep an open mind on things he may not agree with. She also attended a capitol club traing conference ( for lobbyists ) and came away with a possible new friend who said she will work with us on the lane sharing bill.
Sergeant at Arms North: Randy Phipps – State events are approaching fast and will need the help from all chapter sgt at arms. Please set the dates aside.
Sergeant at Arms South: Lance Tolle – excused
Sergeant at Arms East: V A C A N T –
Products Director: Councilman Dave Meeker – excused
Education Director: Vacant
Public Relations Director: Vacant
State Run Coordinator (Fossil): Lynn DeSpain- Plans for fossil are coming along ahead of schedule, 2 bands have been signed for Saturday and Sunday. Friday will be a meet and greet type of atmosphere where we can all socialize and get to know each other. The committee came up with a new idea to possibly help save a little money. Instead of buying shirts and hoodies and possibly having a lot of left overs, they have talked to a vendor who sells shirts and hoodies that will set up a booth and sell them. We will order the patches and logos that she will put on what ever you buy and ABATE will get a portion of the proceeds. Lynn also said that with the weather being so unpredictable they will open up some of tent sites to people who drive rigs and RV’s space is very limited and some site may not support rigs and trailers and they may have to park closer to the hwy. ( Shelton rv park is 5 minutes away ).If anyone knows a club that would like to insure an atv/ off road motorcycle event there is space available and the owner is willing to work with them. It will NOT be and ABATE sanctioned event.
State Swap Meet Coordinator: Randy Phipps – Randy stated that he had been out of town for the holidays and has not been able to connect with the owner of the Troutdale property but said he will visit the location on Monday to try and solidify a date and amount. He has backup plans in place for the Columbia county fairgrounds. The event will be Sunday April 27th. He also priced a walk behind commercial vacuum for rent to help with clean up at the troutdale location.
Historian: Teresa Hepker-Is looking forward to seeing what we have stored as soon as Allan can get it from the previous officer.
WebPage Editor: Carl Earl- excused
Quartermaster: Paul Hering – still tryin to get some equipment from previous officer.
ABATE’s BikePAC Representative: Brian Stoval- Brian told us that back when Bike Pac was formed it was ABATE who formed it in order to be more effective on the legislative since ABATE has limitations for what it can do legally. He also expressed how important BikePac is and how it and ABATE need to work together in order for both to work effectively. Everyone who can be a member should.
MRF Representative: Allan Nichols – Allan said that Jeff Hennie , the MRF lobbiest, testified at a recent EPA renewable fuels hearing to encourage them to stop the sales of E-15 until more in depth testing can be done on smaller and air cooled engines. He also said that the MRF was instrumental in helping to defeat a proposed epa stamp bill in New York. The MRF also has a long list of issues that they will be following this year as well as following and helping candidates running for office.
Confederation of Clubs Representative: Vacant -
Vice Coordinator South – Tery Nugent was elected
Education Director –
Public Relations –
Sgt At Arms East -
Budget Committee Report: With the absence of the treasurer Allan chaired the meeting to help narrow down what ABATE has been spending and what is necessary to operate. Witht the help from Teresa Hepker and a host of others, it was found that with out the newspaper ABATE needed around six thousand dollars a year in order to operate. Event location fees for swap meet and Fossil, postage, Internet site fees, and supplies where among the few items deemed necessary. With an income of only fifteen thousand dollars from membership last year, and the possibility of less this year the committee was tasked with finding new ways to bring money in to possibly resurrect the state newspaper. The committee will meet again before the next BOD meeting.
Motion 1 – Made by Brian Stoval of River City, Seconded by Paul Hering of Washington County- Motion to abolish Indian Creek Chapter and to notify current Indian Creek members by mail of change and solicit their choice of chapter. Place all members who have not so chosen by the April BOD meeting into the nearest chapter geographically.
Motion passed 9-0
Next State Board of Directors Meeting: February 8th, 2014. Cidicci’s Pizza, Albany, Oregon.