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November Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

State Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
November 8, 2014
Ciddici’s Pizza, Albany, OR

Call to Order / Welcome:

The meeting was called to order by Pat (Spanky) Allen at 12:07 PM. Nine of 12 Chapters were present, and all were eligible to vote. Central Oregon, Jackson County and Salem Chapters excused.

Pledge of Allegiance

Moment of Silence: For Downed Brothers/Sisters and Service Men/Women.

Guests and First Time Attendees: Butterfly Stafford, Dave Witmer, Steve Bishop, Don Mason. George (Fat Bastard) Waters of the National Motorcycle Riders Memorial (NMRM) spoke to the group about the memorial, and wants to talk with ABATE during planning for the Fossil Run to see if the two groups could work out an agreement to hold events on the same weekend, possibly increasing attendance for both groups. He is in touch with Rick Prentice (next year’s Fossil coordinator) and Gene Mortimore.

Reading / Approval of Minutes: Motion made by Nic Oliver, seconded by Lance Tolle, to adopt minutes as printed in the State Newspaper. Passed 8 yes.

Officers’ Reports

Note: (EB) = Executive Board Members

(EB)Coordinator’s Comments: Joe Laurance – Excused.

(EB)Secretary Report & Correspondence: Teresa Hepker – Randy Phipps brought mail to State Treasurer.

(EB)Vice-Coordinator North: Paul Hering – Excused.

(EB)Vice-Coordinator South: Pat (Spanky) Allen – Lance & Karen Tolle, Butterfly and I all came up to help with the swap meet. Great deals were available, had to be fast to get them. Am trying to work with southern chapters to help with some troubles.

(EB)Vice-Coordinator East: Rick Prentice – Also was at swap meet, felt it was a good turnout. All the Vice Coordinators were present. Filled a shopping cart with food and toys, but most people paid to get in. Have been working with SE Portland members to sell tickets and promote the Shriners Toy Run, River City is getting ready for Sees Candy sales.

(EB)Treasurer: Karen Tolle – Presented a preliminary swap meet financial report. There were 263 attendees, donated $213.82 to the Hillsboro Elks for use of the facility, and show a profit of $1211.67. This may change as she is not sure she has received all expenses yet. Treasurer’s Report:

Checking: $3,770.29
Savings: $18,432.53
Paypal: $200
Grand Total: $22402.82

(EB)Membership Secretary: Kathy Sahlberg – Excused

(EB)Sanctioning Officer: Robert Terrill – Excused

State Auditor: Cindy Witmer – Has been in touch with Central Oregon & Salem regarding bringing reports up to date. Received a letter from the IRS saying some reports were not received. She thinks it is due to a duplication of records in IRS files, as the forms listed had already been submitted. The accountant is working on it.

Newspaper Editor: Rot Path – Excused. Emailed report:

* Due to holiday printing the week of thanksgiving, the company that prints and mails our state newspaper needs to have our files by 19 November or earlier. It is vital that everyone send in material and reports by the morning of 12 November in order to meet the print deadline. Otherwise newspapers won’t be received until the first week of December.

   * Chapter reports are due by the tenth.

   * Please save the November newspaper overs (spare copies) for me. I can pick them up at the December meeting.

   * Stress the changes that have been made in this year’s Shriner toy run. They’ve been posted on the Oregon A.B.A.T.E. Facebook page. If there is trouble, the city could canx the run.

   Please remember to wear red poppies.

Sergeant at Arms North: Randy Phipps – We had a few parking problems at the swap meet but everyone was cooperative and it all went smoothly.

Sergeant at Arms South: Lance Tolle – We just elected new officers, but still have vacancies. Need new people who want to defend the constitution.

Sergeant at Arms East: Robert Terrill – Excused

Products Director: Councilman Dave Meeker – Table at the swap meet brought in $468, mostly in memberships. Reordered hoodies and some long sleeve shirts. Ask chapter members what kind of products they would like. Need Fossil shirt artwork for next year. 2015 is ABATE’s 40th anniversary, want to develop a logo to commemorate that. Please submit ideas / artwork! He didn’t like the way he was nominated, as he did not write an acceptance letter and nobody asked him if he wanted to do it again. He felt nominations were not properly published in the newsletter. Discussion ensued, after which he agreed to accept nomination for 2015 term. He would like to have an assistant, particularly a female, to help select women’s styles and sizes. Products stock takes up half his living room. Says he needs a computer and printer if we start selling products on the web. Karen has an ABATE laptop she doesn’t need, and Paul may have another. Don Mason explained that it is easy to set up the website store, but it also needs to be set up so that products ship promptly when an order is received (fulfillment). Dave is willing to do that if he gets help. Ted Tracy has offered to assist.

Education Director: V A C A N T
Public Relations Director: V A C A N T

State Run Coordinator (Fossil): VACANT. Gene Mortimore reported that the Wheeler County grant request for funds to improve Shelton Wayside Park passed the first stage. Wheeler County is very appreciative of pledges of support from motorcyclists’ groups, and will be including that information when speaking to the grant committee. Motorcyclists pledges so far total $850, chapters are encouraged to add to that. The county cannot take the money until the get the grant. Contact Gene for more information.

State Swap Meet Coordinator: Paul Hering – Excused. Karen and Rick extended a big thank you to everyone who came and helped.

Historian: Teresa Hepker – Randy Phipps brought in a box of plaques and other info that had been in a previous officer’s possession for about 20 years.

WebPage Editor: Carl Earl – Will be working with Products to set up web sales. (He met with Don Mason and Dave Meeker at break to discuss details.)

Quartermaster: Paul Hering – Excused.

Legislative Director: Paula Leslie – So far in 2014: 40 fatal motorcycle crashes. Most are single vehicle and involve speeding. Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety is asking, how do we reach riders with the message that all of us need to be responsible for our own safety by practicing and honing our skills, and riding within our own limits. BikePAC met on November 1. Five bills have been submitted to Legislative Counsel, BikePAC will focus mostly on three: dead red light, lane sharing, and repeal of the 10% ethanol in gas regulation (with support of many other lobby groups). Call to Action December 10 (Wednesday) at 10 AM at the Capitol. Meet legislators and educate them about our bills. Quiet Mike updated BikePAC about the NCOM convention in Portland: mainly, protect your assets as an organization. After the BikePAC meeting was done, Paula went to the swap meet but arrived just as it was closing down.

ABATE’s BikePAC Representative: Brian Stovall – Apologized for missing some events due to illness. It’s been said over and over, but this is what it takes: GET INVOLVED. December 10. Salem. Be there.

MRF Representative: Brian Stovall – Have been getting a few memberships, looking for more. Encourages chapters to join as Sustaining Members.

Confederation of Clubs Representative: V A C A N T

Unfinished Business:

• Election of Officers: Products Director – Councilman Dave Meeker accepted nomination, elected unanimously.

• Open positions: Vice -Coordinator North, Legislative Director, Education Director, Public Relations

• Deputy Treasurer – was appointed mid year, to be reviewed

• ABATE Acronym – Chapter feedback mainly positive on adding one or more assumed business names, as long as we keep our original incorporated name. Teresa will initiate the paperwork.

• Sanctioning Amendment – Motion brough back to the floor from Planning Session. Discussion: not all chapters have discussed, some questions need input from Sanctioning Officer. Question called: 4 yes, 4 no, 1 abstention. Tie breaking vote by presiding Vice Coordinator: yes. Motion passed.

• Committee report: background checks/bonding: State Treasurer, State Membership Secretary, State Deputy Treasurer, Chapter Treasurers. Karen Tolle reported that there are no IRS guidelines for bonding or background checks. There are two types of bonding. One is for organizations, guaranteeing they will pay their bills. The second is for individuals, and guarantees their performance. For example, a person can get bonded for $15,000 as long as they personally can prove they can come up with that amount of personal cash to guarantee they are responsible if money in their possession disappears. Costs for both types are relatively substantial. Discussion of background checks brings up privacy issues. More research and discussion is needed to clarify what the Board believes is reasonable.

• Committee report: Western States Conference – no report.
• Committee report: products promotion, print & web – in progress.
• Committee report: trifold revision – in progress.
• Committee report: quartermaster’s inventory, equipment checkout forms – no report.
• STEAM – need chair, committee. Nobody volunteered to be chair, but Paula Leslie, Brian Stovall and Don Mason agreed to be committee members.

New Business: Washington County is not coming up with enough officers. If they are unable to fill needed positions they may decide to turn in their charter, and want to know how that works. Discussion cut short by our need to leave the room, as it was reserved by another group.


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

Upcoming events:

Nov 8 Shriners Toy Run Fundraiser, Oregon City
Nov 22 North Coast Chapter Spaghetti Dinner & Auction, Astoria
Nov 28 River City Chapter Sees Candy Sale begins, The Dalles
Dec 6 35th Annual Shriners Toy Run, Portland
Dec 6 North Coast Chapter Holiday Run, Seaside

Adjourn: 3:05 PM

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Renew now and save

New membership rates will go into effect on January 1st. Renew before then and take advantage of the old rates. Even if your not do to expire you can extend your membership at the old rate.

Goto Membership and renew on-line today.

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November Newspaper


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2014 Oregon Motorcyclist Voter’s Guide

2014 Oregon Motorcyclist Voter’s Guide

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October State Board of Directors Meeting

State Board of Directors Meeting
October 11, 2014
Ciddici’s Pizza, Albany, OR

Call to Order / Welcome:
The meeting was called to order by Joe Laurance at 12:07 PM with 10
chapters represented, all eligible to vote.
Excused Chapters: North Coast, Salem Continue reading

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Team Oregon and A.B.A.T.E in the News

American Motorcyclist Magazine Cover - Steve Garets and Joe Laurance

American Motorcyclist Magazine Cover – Steve Garets and Joe Laurance

A recent article about rider education placed TEAM OREGON squarely on the cover of American Motorcyclist – a national motorcyclist rights publication. The article explores the benefits and challenges states face when rider training becomes mandatory, and paints a terrific picture of Oregon’s motorcycle safety program. View or download a PDF of the article.
Also get more information by visiting Team Oregon web site

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Douglas County will meet in new location

Douglas County Chapter will now meet at The Loft (Part of Del Rey Cafe)
5669 N.E. Stephens St.
Winchester, Or. 97495.
Click here for more information.

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October Newspaper


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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 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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