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August Board of Directors Meeting

State Board of Directors Meeting
August 9, 2014
Wolf Creek, Oregon

Call to Order / Welcome:The meeting was called to order by Joe Laurane at 12:00 noon.
Chapters represented: 9 Chapters present eligible to vote: 8 (Douglas County not eligible)
Absent/Unexcused: SE Portland, Salem
Excused Chapters: Hub City
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence: For Downed Brothers/Sisters and Service Men/Women.
Guests and First Time Attendees: Francois D’Abeney, Mary Mcarpass, Mike Richard, Jeff (Tako) Kosta, Steve (Coach) Ruth, Andy (Grumpy) Stratton, Jim Waggoner

Reading / Approval of Minutes: Motion made by Paul Hering to adopt as printed in the State Newspaper, seconded by Jack Wingfield.

Old Business

Coordinator’s Comments: Joe Laurance – Explained why he missed last month’s meeting (See August newsletter). Thanks to all for making the trip to SOS.

Secretary Report & Correspondence: Teresa Hepker – Newsletters from other states are available to anyone interested.

Vice-Coordinator North: Paul Hering – Thanks to all for coming, be careful going home.

Vice-Coordinator South: Pat (Spanky) Allen – Have been talking to people in Klamath Falls, and there is interest in reviving a chapter there.

Vice-Coordinator East: Rick Prentice – Rode 307 miles to get here! SOS is an enjoyable run for us. Remember to support each other’s events.

Treasurer: Karen Tolle – Checking $7719.29, Savings $18,429.43, PayPal $200.00. Grand Total $26,348.72. Final Fossil 2014 report: Revenue $15,885.00, Expense $8818.12.

Welcome to SOS, hosted by Douglas County, Josephine County and a number of Indian Creek members from the area. I have set up a mail box system for our board meetings. You can put flyers in for each chapter & officer, or just something for one chapter . Look for it at the front of the room each meeting. Chapters get your packets from your folder.

(X)Membership Secretary: Kathy Sahlberg – I will process the last of the outstanding memberships by the end of next week. If a member doesn’t get their card by the next week, I don’t have the information. My ABATE email address is functioning but my email is full.

(X)Sanctioning Officer: Robert Terrill – By now I should have all sanctioning paperwork for events until the end of the year, but I don’t have it all. Don’t wait! I will email a copy of the list of events to Karen for reconciliation. I need more information for the swap meet (Paul will get that to Robert).

State Auditor: Cindy Witmer – Report is in chapter packet. If a chapter has a question, please contact me.

News Magazine Editor: Rot Path – excused

Sergeant at Arms North: Randy Phipps – excused

Sergeant at Arms South: Lance Tolle – Have been talking to my chapter about the need for young blood in the organization.

Sergeant at Arms East: Robert Terrill – When you go to someone else’s run, volunteer for a couple of hours. You meet new friends and help lighten the load.

Products Director: Councilman Dave Meeker – excused

Education Director: V A C A N T

Public Relations Director: V A C A N T

State Run Coordinator (Fossil): Lynn DeSpain – absent

State Swap Meet Coordinator: Paul Hering – Swap meet flyer is ready. Am getting responses from vendors. Have room for 50 vendors: $40 for inside space, $30 for outside. I want to put out banners on Highway 26, see motion below. ABATE of Washington has canceled their fall swap meet.

Historian: Teresa Hepker – Am continuing to scan old newsletters, and when that is done will start on event flyers. If you have old flyers, please send them to the ABATE PO Box. If you don’t want to let go of your flyers, make photocopies & send those.

WebPage Editor: Carl Earl – excused

Quartermaster: Paul Hering – Will bring Coordinator & Secretary records to next state board meeting. State stage & equipment trailer are staying in Fossil. Sold the smaller water tank, asked if board wants to sell the bigger one. Consensus was yes, please sell it.

Legislative Director: Paula Leslie – absent

ABATE’s BikePAC Representative: Brian Stovall – I emailed a report for the newsletter/web but am waiting for financial report from last meeting. I went to Fossil for dedication of the National Motorcycle Riders’ Memorial at Shelton Wayside, as a BikePAC representative. Call to Action on September 17 in Salem: handed out a copy of the legislative action list, which can also be found on www.BikePAC.com. We need more members! Passed out trifolds/membership applications. You can also sign up on the ABATE or BikePAC webside using PayPal. Comment from someone at the meeting: ODOT trucks are not tarped, and shedding. Brian suggested checking the ODOT website for a complaint form.

MRF Representative: Brian Stovall – requested that Joe write a letter to MRF informing them that ABATE elected Brian as MRF Reop.

Confederation of Clubs Representative: V A C A N T

Unfinished Business:

Officer Vacancies: Education Director, Public Relations, Confederation of Clubs Representative

Jackson County Chapter has met all requirements for voting status. Chair Todd Sahlberg reported that meetings will be 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00 PM at Motorcycle Madness, 1234 Court Street, Medford.

New Business:

Planning Session October 18-19 at VFW hall in Cottage Grove. Karen will ask Kay to call about setting up a block of rooms at the Comfort Suites. Friday night social hour at motel, Saturday planning meeting during day, Saturday night dinner and annual meeting at Pinocchio’s Pizza, Sunday special Board of Directors meeting to make decisions about recommendations from planning session. Need to publish notice of annual meeting in September newsletter.

ABATE state treasury will not pay for rooms, but will pay for lunch on Saturday. Ask your chapter if you need financial support to attend the planning session.

It was suggested that Officers terms be changed to two years. Issue referred to planning session.

Motion #1 – by Brian Stovall, second by Paul Hering – for $192 for banners to be used at swap meet and subsequent swap meets (not dated) and for up to $100 additional for other expenses. Passed 8-0-0

Motion #2 – by Paul Hering, second by Rick Prentice – to allocate up to $1000 to buy and print ABATE of Oregon hoodie sweatshirts, to be distributed through the Products Director. Passed 8-0-0

Next State Board of Directors Meeting: September 13, 2014. Cidicci’s Pizza, Albany, Oregon.

Governor’s Advisory Committee, Ted Tracy: So far we have had 28 motorcycle fatalities this year, 67% of the the fault of the motorcycle operator. Average age 46 years. 6 H-D, 1 dirt, 17 sport bikes. Jan. 1 next year, Team Oregon training will be mandatory for all first time motorcycle endorsements.

Karen Tolle: Thank you to all who came. Want to do SOS again next year? Please volunteer to help, we are short of people.

Upcoming events:
Sept 6 End of Summer Run WaCo
Sept 12 Bike Night, Douglas Co
Sept 13 Fall Poker Run, LoCo
Sept 15-17 Legislative Action Days, BikePAC/Salem
Sept 20 Teddy Bear Run, CentOr
Sept 25-28 MRF Meeting of the Minds, Kansas City, MO
Oct 5 Toy Run, JoCo
Oct 10 Bike Night, Douglas Co
Oct 18-19 Planning Session & Officers Elections, Cottage Grove
Oct 25 NCOM Convention/AIM, Portland
Nov 1 Fall Swap Meet, Hillsboro Elks
Dec 6 35th Annual Shriners Toy Run, Portland

Adjourn: 1:57 PM

Action Items:
Joe Laurance – letter to MRF
Karen Toll – ask Kay to arrange block of motel rooms for planning session

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Coordinator Comments

Joe Laurance state coordinator A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon

Joe Laurance
state coordinator
A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon

[ Note: State coordinator, Joe Laurance, received minor injuries while riding to the July state board meeting. ]

Actually I only sprained my ankle. Not bad for a contact collision, flight through the air, a hard landing, and twenty yard slide. The bike ghost rode for another 100 yards and was collected by a fiberglass cover to a natural gas meter with amazingly light damage. Released natural gas and spilled gasoline on site, forestalling my smoking the cigarette I badly needed, but probably prevented an explosion which would have leveled a good portion of north Eugene.
The left turning lady was very much concerned for my welfare, after the fact, and told authorities she was wholly responsible for the crash. Her insurer has been most accommodating.
The “take home” lessons from this incident is to dress for a crash as if you intend to have one, and when visiting an unfamiliar city make certain not
to impede impatient, homicidal, local drivers. They will make you pay for your impudence.
Team Oregon training is a must and helped minimize this incident. I have been very fortunate in that this is my first collision with another vehicle in a little over 300,000 motorcycling miles.
That same afternoon after arriving home I took the Hayabusa for a spin. Somewhat ironic, perhaps, that
I appear on this month’s cover of American Motorcyclist magazine standing next to Steve Garets of Team Oregon. God indeed has a sense of humor.
My swollen ankle makes riding difficult, but shouldn’t prevent my mounting a new Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT on the Hayabusa this afternoon.


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Photos from Fossil

All photos are courtesy of Matt Greenwood.
Thanks Matt

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Fare Thee Well, Fearful…less Leader

Oregon’s Loss Is Texas’ Gain

To: ABATE of Oregon members From: Allan Nichols
Subject: Resignation
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:08:04
It is with deep sadness and regret that effective imediately I must step down from all officer positons associated with ABATE of Oregon. I have been trans- fered out of state for work and this will be a permenant move. It has the posibil- ity of becoming a promotion and after 25 years with the company I cannot say no and throw it all away. I appoligize for the last minute bomb but I was not aware it would be happening as quickly as this. I will definately miss all of you. Thank you all for making me feel like a leader.
Allan Nichols state coordinator ABATE of Oregon
Allan_&_LauraWith those words, state coordinator,
Allan Nichols reluctantly tended his resignation from A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon. Since January 2012, Allan has helped
guide Oregon A.B.A.T.E. through tur- bulent times and legislative lumps.
ABATE-grams from shocked mem- bers began flooding in as soon as the e-mail went out, swamping the state newspaper galactic headquarters to a depth of five. The tone was understand- ing and congratulatory, though his good-natured guidence will be missed.
His last official act was to attend Fossil Campout with Laura. We, the vast staff of the state newspaper, hope that they had a most excellent time, fine weather, and fond memories to take with them.
Former state coordinator Joe Lau- rence has stepped up to fill Allan’s posi- tion until the state officer elections in October.

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Board of Directors Meeting May 10th 2014

State Board of Directors Meeting
May 10, 2014
Cidicci’s Pizza, Albany, Oregon

Call to Order / Welcome:
The meeting was called to order at 12:05 by Allan Nichols with 10 of 11 chapters represented. 9 chapters present were eligible to vote. SE Portland was represented but not eligible to vote.

Excused Chapters: Central OR
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence: For Downed Brothers/Sisters and Service Men/Women.

Guests and First Time Attendees: Reconstituted Jackson County Chapter, represented by Todd Sahlberg, Coordinator; Derald Stafford, Vice Coordinator; Kathy Sahlberg, Secretary/Treasurer; and Andy Stratton, Sgt. at Arms. Guest: Doneel “Butterfly”Stafford

Reading / Approval of Minutes:

Motion made by Nic Oliver to adopt as printed in the State Newspaper, seconded by Lynn DeSpain.

Old Business

(X) Coordinator’s Comments: Allan welcomed Jackson County Chapter back to the organization. He explained that this is his last meeting as Chair, as he and Laura are moving to Beaumont, Texas. He will be at Fossil but that will be his last event.

(X) Secretary Report & Correspondence: vacant. Various newsletters from out of state were made available to those interested.

(X) Vice-Coordinator North: Paul Hering – thanked everyone for their turnout at the MAY Rally in Salem last weekend. Hope you have your ballots. We have important things to take care of, as three vital officer positions are vacant (Coordinator, Recording Secretary, & Membership Secretary). They are heart and soul of our organization.

(X)Vice-CoordinatorSouth: Joe Laurence – Thrilled to have Jackson County back, and thanks to Spanky for his work on behalf of ABATE. Asked chapter reps to go back home and get their members to step up, and take a vacant position! You will be seeing more of him in S. Oregon as the weather gets better.\

(X)Vice-Coordinator East: Rick Prentice – Excused. No report.

(X)Treasurer: Karen Tolle – Full reports are in chapter packets. As of May 10, 2013, we have $12,894.01 in checking, $3,509.02 in savings, and $538.04 in the Paypal account. She reminded us that beginning January 2014, chapter contributions to the state treasury for events is 20%. Karen needs to be added as a signer on Chapter accounts. This is a long-standing requirement of State Bylaws. Please bring it up at your chapter meeting and get a note in your minutes to add Karen Tolle as a signer. Some banks ask for organization bylaws, and Karen can provide those. She is trying to schedule coming in person to take care of this business with your officers at your chapter’s bank.

(X)Membership Secretary: Vacant.

(X)Sanctioning Officer: Robert Terrill – Absent. Fossil sanctioning has been completed.

State Auditor: Cindy Witmer– Has had contact with every chapter except SE Portland. Please mail or email your treasurers’ reports directly to her, so she can process them more quickly. She is manual entering 2013 data, and needs to get all data to the accountant by August for taxes to be done on time.

Newsletter Editor: Rot Path – Chapter reports due today by midnight. Missing: C. Oregon, Hub City, Josephine Co, Jackson Co., Lower Columbia, Salem, SE Portland, Washington Co. He will continue making the abbreviated version of the newsletter available online even though we are currently publishing in print. To compare costs: Old provider charged $1149 to print & mail 800 copies. New provider charged $ 637 to print & mail 1000 copies.

Legislative Director: Paula Leslie – Legislative issues so far for 2015 Oregon session:
- Milkman Mike bill (assigning driver responsibility in accident)
- E-15 fuel – how to protect motorcycle owners from mechanical damage
- DMV is charging motorcyclists for testing services that they are no longer providing
- BikePAC Legislative Director position is vacant
-    Hub City magnet program – magnetic signs to be applied to county trucks & equipment to promote motorcycle/bicycle/pedestrian safety. Paula requested that ABATE donate some money to this program.
-    Team Oregon seeking feedback on programs for long term planning.
-    Trike operator licensing is a problem in Oregon, as there is no three-wheeled operator training, and the two-wheeled training is not appropriate. If you can’t pass a two wheeled class, it’s difficult to get licensed.

Sergeant at Arms North: Randy Phipps – Volunteer signup sheets will be available at Fossil for security, gate, ABATE info booth.

Sergeant at Arms South: Lance Tolle – S. Oregon May Rally was held at Josephine County Courthouse. Good public response, good attendance.

Sergeant at Arms East: V A C A N T –

Products Director: Councilman Dave Meeker – Had products for sale at the meeting. Arrangements were made for products to be transported to Fossil.

Education Director: Vacant
Public Relations Director: Vacant

State Run Coordinator (Fossil): Lynn DeSpain – Had sample shirts to show. ABATE will supply chits for Fossil shirts, which can be taken to the shirt vendor. Vendor will apply design to any shirt they have in stock (men’s, women’s, long sleeve, hoodie etc). ABATE of Oregon will receive $8 for each shirt sold. Volunteers at Fossil will receive $1 in ABATE Bucks per hour worked, which can be spent on ABATE products. Still need parts for trophies – they need to go to Rusty Taylor. Some discussion on where the wrist bands are. Turns out they were given to Lynn already, he wasn’t aware of them but will look for them.

State Swap Meet Coordinator: Paul Hering – Has been searching for swap meet venue. Best place he has found is the Hillsboro Elks Lodge. They are willing to host the swap meet in return for a donation. Facility is acceptable but date needs to change. Board okayed him to proceed with planning for a swap meet on November 1. Chapters urged to share vendor lists with Paul.

Historian: Teresa Hepker – Newsletters from 1975 to 1982 that we had in storage have been scanned. Carl will create an archive section on the website so they can be accessed there.

WebPage Editor: Carl Earl – Please check the website to be sure your chapter contact info, meeting time and place are all correct. Send him any changes needed.

Quartermaster: Paul Hering – Taking the stage to Fossil on Sat. May 17, encourages members to come out and help get it set up that afternoon. ABATE owns two water tanks that are no longer needed, and nobody wants to store them. One is 300 gallons, the other 500 gallons. He proposes selling them.

ABATE’s BikePAC Representative: Brian Stovall – “What Paula said.” He pointed out how important it is to fill vacant officer positions, because that helps spread the work around and allows each person to focus on their area of responsibility.

MRF Representative: Vacant. Nic mentioned Bikers on the Beltway, and efforts by federal government to mandate certain safety gear.

Confederation of Clubs Representative: Vacant -


Unfinished Business:
Officer Vacancies:
Coordinator – Joe Laurance, Paul Hering, Rick Prentice nominated. Paul & Rick declined. Joe was elected.
Vice Coordinator South –Spanky nominated & elected
Recording Secretary -
Membership Secretary – Kathy Sahlberg volunteered & was elected.
Education Director –
Public Relations –
Sgt At Arms East -

New Business:
Motion by Randy Phipps, seconded by Lynn DeSpain: Reimburse Randy $130.42 for travel in capacity of Sgt. at Arms, to assist with Josephine County Swap Meet. He paid for his own room. Approved 9-0, 1 abstention.

Motion by Paul Hering, seconded by Nic Oliver : Sell ABATE’s 500 gallon water tank to Allan Nichols for $300. Approved 10-0.

Motion by Paul Hering, seconded by Brian Stovall: Donate $150 to BikePAC of Oregon to help pay for magnetic safety signs for Benton County vehicles. Approved 10-0.


Next State Board of Directors Meeting: June 14th, 2014. Cidicci’s Pizza, Albany, Oregon.

Spanky: Josephine County presented Allan & Laura with T-shirts from the JoCo Swap Meet.

Teresa: Showed custom printed ribbons that will be tied on stuffed animals collected at the Cherry Festival Teddy Bear Parade. Bears are used by hospital, fire, police. Ribbon says “Donated by Motorcyclists at Northwest Cherry Festival”

Lynn – ABATE will give Allen a Fossil shirt in appreciation for his service.

Paula – Doc Wong free riding clinics are worth checking out: www.docwongnw.com

Adjourn: 2:21 PM

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Joe Laurance elected as state coordinator

Joe Laurance state coordinator A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon

Joe Laurance
state coordinator
A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon

On Saturday Vice-Coordinator South Joe Laurance was elected as the new state coordinator. Joe will take over from Allan Nichols, who has filled the position for the last three years. Allan is moving to Beaumont. Texas.

“I cannot believe it has been almost three years since I have taken office. Where did the time go?”, Allan wrote in a good-bye post to the members. Read here

Joe, a member of the Douglas County chapter, was state vice-coordinator south. After Joe’s election to the top post, Spanky Allen was nominated and elected to fill the vice coordinator seat.

Kathy Sahlberg, a member of Jackson County, volunteered and was elected to the membership secretary; filling the vacancy when Veta Holscher resigned.

Other state positions still vacant:
Recording Secretary
Education Director
Public Relations
Sargent at Arms East

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This is not ‘Goodbye’

Allan Nichols state coordinator A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon

Allan Nichols
state coordinator
A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon

I cannot believe it has been almost three years since I have taken office. Where did the time go?

I cannot tell you how much being a coordinator has meant to me. I have learned from a lot of people who didn’t realize that they were teaching me. I have made new friends across the state and country, and lost some as well. I had grand visions for where I thought this organization could go and still feel we are within reach of a lot of those goals, but alas, I will not be the one driving the bus any longer.

Work has taken me out of Oregon, but I will always have a space in my heart and soul for ABATE and everyone I have met along the way. We never know when things will force change upon us and how much it will change our lives, so the only thing we can do is live life to its fullest everyday. If we do this we can ensure that everything we do, no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time, will be a part of our own personal legacy. Never have regrets, but instead learn from the decisions we make so that we may make ours and ABATE’s future brighter. Take baby steps toward a goal and when you reach them, strive for higher goals and never get complacent, our rights and freedoms depend on it.

To all my friends, I want to say that this isn’t goodbye. It is more until we meet again, because anyone who knows me knows that my passion will never take me away from the battle that is motorcycle rights and freedoms.

So in closing, I want to say thank you. Thank you everyone for making me feel welcome and letting me beleive I was a leader. Thank you to my fellow officers for making me look good (LOL) and thank you to the two gentlemen who years ago took me outside at a WACO chapter meeting and told me I would make a good officer. I could never have done this without all of you!

Hasta la vista, my brothers and sisters, for like I said, this isn’t goodbye; we will see each other again!

Ride safe: Ride free: Ride with respect!

Allan Nichols
ABATE of Oregon state coordinator
Motorcycle Riders Foundation Rep for Oregon

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
— Plato

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