Up Coming Event
This is the time of year that we gather with family and friends, reflect back and offer thanks. Thanks for all the good that has happened and things that we have been blessed with. We reach out and help those who are less fortunate, finding ways to help and comfort those in need. We attend toy runs for the children, we provide meals and assistance to those who are less fortunate than ourselves, Continue reading
Call to order / welcome: The meeting was called to order by Allan Nichols at 12:08 p.m. with ten of twelve chapters represented. The ten chapters present were eligible to vote.
Absent/unexcused chapters: Douglas County.
Excused chapters: Jackson County.
Pledge of allegiance: Lead by Randy Phipps.
Moment of silence: For downed brothers or sisters, and service men and women.
Guests and first time attendees:
• Mike Harris (Southeast Portland Chapter).
• Jo Rae Perkins, running for U.S. senate. She opened with the oath of office and is running under the republican party ticket. She supports a balance budget, cutting spending, veterans and veteran care. She is in favor of a uniform federal sales tax and is against U.N. treaties. If elected she promises every bill will be read by her or her staff to make sure they align with the constitution, free of pork barrel spending, and are physically and socially responsible. She is against cell phone regulations while driving and feels it is a personal choice.
Reading, approval of minutes: State board of directors meeting minutes from October. No corrections.
Motion by Paul (Washington County), seconded by Jack (Lincoln County) to accept the minutes as printed in the November state newspaper. Motion passed.
* * * Executive Board Reports * * *
Coordinator’s comments: Allan Nichols related that toy runs are upon us. Please participate but be careful while traveling on the roadways.
2014 will be upon us before we know it. I encourage everyone to get involved in politics in some way.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2013 planning session in Cottage Grove. Please get chapter officer information to Allan as soon as possible.
Secretary report, correspondence: Assortment of magazines and news letters from different organizations from around the country.
Vice-coordinator (north): Al Simms < Absent >
Recording secretary: Laura Botkin had nothing to report.
Vice-coordinator (south): Karen Tolle said that southern Oregon had their annual toy run in October and were presented with a plaque (hand- made by one of the parents), signed by the children and parents of O.P.C.
Vice-coordinator (east): Robert Terrill noted that deicer is starting to be used in central Oregon, so be careful because they are only using it in corners as of now.
Reconciliation forms are not getting turned in. Please get these turned because they influence our sanctioning fees and speed up the process to sanction the following years events.
Treasurer: Kay Sipple reported the following:
Savings: $3,428.16 Checking: $2,791.17 PayPal $200.00 Kay is working with Karen for a
smooth transition. Kay is also willing to continue to
pick up the state mail, if the board approves
Membership secretary: Zipporah Nelson reported that we are down to 1,400 members and suggests an on- line membership button on the state web site to join or renew, Carl said he would research and report back with us next month. (December)
Sanctioning officer: Robert Terrill needs a list of 2014 events and a check to cover sanctioning fees from each chapter by the December state board meeting.
* * * Officers’ Reports * * *
State auditor: < Vacant >
Newspaper editor: Rot Path < Absent > Report submitted via Allan. Reports are due by November 10th. Judging by A.B.A.T.E.’s Facebook site, quite a few people have risen to the organizations needs by gifting memberships. Is it enough to carry the state newspaper until January? River City is sponsoring the December issue. Carl Earl (state web master) is investigating pricing with a printer he knows.
Legislative director: Don Mason reported an update on Christine Rucks recent crash. The motorist who pulled out in front of Christine did so in a safety corridor, but the officer on the scene making the report did not check the box on the report because evidently it is at the officer’s discretion. He felt that she was really sorry and didn’t need to pay the extra fine.
It was also noted that even though Christine was insured at the time of the crash, the D.M.V. (and therefore all police agencies ) considered her uninsured and revoked her license because her insurance card said “hrly” in the description instead of “HD”.
BikePAC will be following this closely and has already talked with representatives on possible policy changes to make sure this is rectified.
In the mean time Don urged everyone to check on their insurance cards to make sure that you are indeed insured.
Don also reminded us that next year (2014) is an election year. It is very important to get behind people who will stand with us. Help them out because good people in Salem and Washington D.C. are hard to come by.
BikePAC will produce a list of questions to help identify those who will stand with us.
Sergeant-at-arms (north): Randy Phipps noted that state events are coming up sooner than you think and we will need all the help we can get from the chapters, especially the chapter sergeant-at-arms.
Sergeant-at-arms (south): Lance Tolle talked about the medical stickers and cards southern Oregon is producing to make it easier for someone rendering aid to us in case of an emergency. Every second they save in giving us aid gives us a better chance to survive.
Lance also talked about the upcoming Polar Bear Ride in southern Oregon.
Sergeant-at-arms (east): < Vacant >
Products director: Councilman Dave Meeker < Absent >
Education director: Geoff White < Absent > After much consideration Laura has regretfully decided to not take on the duties of education director for 2014 for fear she would be overburdened and would not be able to give the job the time it needed.
Public relations director: < Vacant >
State run coordinator (Fossil): Howie Long thanked everyone for their help the past few years. Although he will continue to be an active member in A.B.A.T.E., he feels that our Fossil Campout is in good hands with Lynn, and urges everyone to help him out in any way they can. This position needs a lot of help from everyone in the organization.
State swap meet coordinator: Randy Phipps visited a possible site in Troutdale by the airport for the spring swap meet. He brought Google maps of the location so that everyone could see where it was. No price has been discussed yet, but the owner seems willing to work with us.
Karen said that southern Oregon has been selling sponsorships for their swap meet and asked if it would benefit the state swap meet if we tried the same thing. Randy said he would look into it.
Historian: Jennifer Sterba < Absent >
Web page editor: Carl Earl requested that when chapters turn in their flyers and dates that they also turn in photos so that we can update some pictures on our state web site.
Quartermaster: Dwayne Sterba < Absent > Allan and Paul will be going to Clatskanie to pick up the trailer and other A.B.A.T.E. property and bring
it to the connex on Paul’s property.
A.B.A.T.E.’s BikePAC represent- ative: Don Mason. Paula stated that harassment is something that shouldn’t be tolerated on the road. Please report any harassment.
O.D.O.T. is requesting any information on roadways with slippery paint or repairs that may be dangerous to motorcyclists. Please take photographs and attach information on location. O.D.O.T. will see that it will get fixed. ( They already have been responsible for the repaving of highway 219 out of Newberg over Chehalem mountain.)
M.R.F. representative: Allan Nichols stated that the M.R.F. is urging everyone to get their representatives to sign representative Petri’s letter to the C.D.C. to stay out of affairs that other government
agencies are responsible for and to focus on diseases and cures.
The C.D.C. has appointed a task force to approach congress and encourage federally mandated helmet requirements. They will insist that helmets save lives and will benefit the country economically by all the money it will save in injuries to motorcyclists. If we don’t do something now, it will only hurt us later.
If you are an expired M.R.F. member, please renew your membership. If you aren’t a member, please consider joining.
Confederation of Clubs repre- sentative: Dave Hickerson < Absent >
* * * Unfinished Business * * *
Officer vacancies: • Sergeant-at-arms (east) • Vice-coordinator (south) • Public relations • Education • C.O.C. representative
* * * New Business * * *
• Motion #1 made by Paul Hering (Washington County), seconded by Rick Prentice (River City).
“To pay $100 to renew sustaining membership with the M.R.F.”
• Motion # 2 made by Lance Tolle (Josephine County), seconded by Jack Wingfeild (Lincoln County).
“To move the August state board of directors meeting to Wolf Creek during the annual S.O.S. Run.”
Motion tabled: 6-1-2.
* * * Announcements * * *
• Next state board of directors meeting: 14 December 2013 at Ciddici’s Pizza in Albany, Oregon.
* * * Upcoming Events * * *
• 07 December – Shriners’ Toy Run in Portland . Raffle tickets $10 to win a Harley.
• 07 December – Holiday Run by North Coast Chapter. Departs from Seaside.
• 14 December – State board party in Albany at Ciddici’s Pizza.
• 01 January 2014 – Southern Oregon Polar Bear Ride.
Adjourn: 15:18 ( 3:18 pm ) Motion made by Robert (Central Oregon), seconded by Rick Prentice (River City).
Just finished up with our yearly planning session and although I am a little concerned with the lack of participation from a couple of chapters, I feel that we accomplished quite a bit.
We were facing a very bleak future financially but we came together as a team and came up with some changes that will save the organization almost $20,000 a year.
Fortunately we be able to send out the state newspaper after some chapters generosity made it possible to send out the last two issues. Continue reading
October is here and we all know what that means. (No, not halloween.)
State board elections.
Now before you go saying, “So what?” I want you to think about something. What made you join A.B.A.T.E.?
Was it the awesome runs and campouts we have?
Was it the thought of being a part of something that made a difference in your community?
Or was it the idea that making Oregon’s roads safer for motorcyclists was very important to you?
Everything we do as an organization needs officers and crews to see that we can continue to do all these things, because all of these things is who we are. Continue reading
Call to order, welcome: The meeting was called to order by Allan Nichols (state coordinator) at 12:10 p.m. with nine of twelve chapters represented. All chapters present were eligible to vote.
Excused chapters: Jackson County, Central Oregon, and North Coast.
Pledge of allegiance: Recited, followed by a moment of silence for downed brothers, sisters, and members of our armed services.
Guest or first time attendee: Teresa Hepker (former state coordinator), Mo Simms (Hub City coordinator). Continue reading
Feel Alone, Left Out, Ineffective?
Come to the A.B.A.T.E. / BikePAC Planning Session
Join in, be part of the group, make a difference
Every October, Oregon A.B.A.T.E. holds a gathering to plan our organi- zation’s activities and actions for the following year. We also begin train- ing freshly-elected officers in their duties so that come 01 January, they are ready to take on their new roles.
This annual planning session is open to all A.B.A.T.E. members. No registration is required.
This year, our planning session is being held 19 – 20 October in the Cottage Grove Veterans of Foreign Wars hall southeast of town. ( I–5 exit 170 )
Saturday, the 19th, will be a group discussion of topics that members feel need to be addressed. Solutions and motions will be proposed. And a free lunch is provided.
Sunday, the 20th, will be a continu- ation of the previous day’s activities and a wrap-up session, followed by a state board of director’s meeting where motions are introduced, voted on, and action immediately initiated.
It’s almost like our own version of the Oregon legislature, except that it’s shorter, more efficient, non-parti- san, and it actually works.
These planning session are an in- credible experience because it doesn’t take weeks or months for things to get done. Everything is handled in a single weekend.
Many participants book motel rooms in Cottage Grove so that they don’t have to do a lot of driving.
But if you happen to be out and about riding around that area on that weekend, feel free to drop in on the proceedings to see what is going on.
Cottage Grove is about fifteen miles south of Eugene on I – 5.
Buster Keaton filmed his black- and-white silent movie, The General, near the town in 1926. ( That’s ex- plains a mural on the side of a build- ing near downtown.)
There is a mining museum on main street and several surviving covered bridges in the area. Some folks arrive in Friday to spend some time explor- ing the area and riding or driving the roads. ( Almost like a mini-vaction before the weekend activities begin.)
A map on page 13 of this month’s newspaper shows where several motels are located along with their phone numbers.
Come make a difference.
It also is one of the more dangerous times of year for us as riders. Not only will the days start getting shorter and catch us in bad light at sunset, we all know and dread the coming rains. After a nice long dry spell the first rains will bring up all that oil that has been dropped Continue reading
State Board of Directors Meeting
June, 8, 2013
Cidicci’s Pizza, Albany, Oregon
Call to Order / Welcome: Continue reading
9–11: between cold wars
c.o.e. – 140
Ever since the late twentieth century, A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon and BikePAC have been seeking to change the state’s mandatory requirement for motorcycle helmet usage. Our legislative bills have continuously been vetoed or died in committees due to underhanded political maneuvering.
We aren’t against helmet use. Continue reading