August Newspaper


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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:

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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Rally at the Capital

Hello all,

Just a reminder – The rally at the Capital is this Saturday.

If riding from the South – Hub City will hosting a group ride-up from Humpty’s Dump bar and grill leaving at 10:00 am

If riding from the North, there will be a gathering point to ride in from the Wilsonville Rest Area also leaving at 10:00

Or you can meet at the Big-K on Mission Street in Salem for the combined group ride-in at approx 11

The Awareness event will run at the Capital from 10 am to around 1:00 pm with live music and bike show from 10 – noon and the speakers beginning at noon.

Please repost these details when you see them on Facebook, Twitter, forums, etc (as they have been for several weeks) and/or forward this email to other riders in your email address book that may not get it normally by other methods.  If you get this message more than once, then please understand that as many of you know the same folks too.  It is better hear about the event twice than to not hear about it at all.

There is a flyer attached to this message.  And it can be linked from your site or page with this link:


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State Coordinator steps down

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

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

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 transfered out of state for work and this will be a permenant move. It has the posibility 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
ABATE of Oregon State Coordinator

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Coordinator’s Notebook

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

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

May is here and with it another season change.
If you think about it we face change everyday. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, and sometimes we never notice it but change still happens. Seasons change and we notice the frosty mornings turning into beautiful warm sunrises, rainy afternoons turn into wondrous afternoon rides through the green valleys.
But what happens when change happens to us?
What happens when we are faced with something that on the outside looks like it will change our lives forever?
Do we just shrug our shoulders and go on with our daily lives and accept it? Do we get mad and stomp our feet throw our middle finger up in the air and walk away ….. allowing the change to take place anyway?
Or do we get together with friends, family , and other people who feel the same way and figure out a way to not only fight the change, but find a better way of handling other changes that present themselves everyday?
It was the last suggestion that helped form A.B.A.T.E., it is the last suggestion for which A.B.A.T.E. is known for, and it is the last suggestion that will keep A.B.A.T.E. alive.
Whether it’s the helmet choice bill, lane sharing bill, responsible road user bill, or the decision to abolish Indian Creek. If it is something that we feel passionate enough about to get angry over, it is important enough to stand up for. We are all a brotherhood ( and sisterhood ) and we are all one family, but we are also individuals and don’t necessarily agree with one another on everything. It is on these issues which we don’t agree that will make us stronger or tear us apart.
Communication is key in finding a way to come together on issues that can be very emotional. Without communication and discussion from all parties, we face the possibility of decisions being made with the best intentions affecting some in a negative way.
So the next time you get ready to ride, tell your helmet “I don’t like you “ before you put it on. And while you’re stuck in traffic on a 90 degree day tell yourself “damn governor should have let us make a case for lane sharing.” And when you finally start moving and some ignorant driver is too busy talking on the cell phone explaining that traffic is bad and they will be late and doesn’t see you when they change lanes you can give them the number one sign and continue home and grumble about it for the rest of your life. Or ?
We can become A.B.A.T.E. again and educate, motivate, and stand up for what is right for all motorcyclists. It is up to us as individuals how we deal with change, but it is up to us as A.B.A.T.E. to make a difference. We can start being a family again at the May Motorcycle Awareness Rally on May 3rd.
Come join me and other brothers and sisters and let’s become a family that cares again.
Ride free. Ride safe. And ride with respect.

Allan Nichols
• state coordinator
A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon
• Oregon representative
Motorcycle Riders Foundation

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