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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State Coordinator

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

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

The march board meeting was a very humbling experience. I was in the presence of five other previous state coordinators: Rotten Roger, Joe Lawrence, Teresa Hepker ( still our only female state coordinator ), Brian Stovall, and Ted Tracy.
When I think about all the time, sweat, and years these people put into A.B.A.T.E., it makes me proud to be a part of such devoted people. A.B.A.T.E. would not be where it is today without the work that these individuals put in.
Don’t get me wrong, there were others who have made a difference as well. But these are the ones who I have had the privilege of meeting.
A.B.A.T.E. has come a long way in the last few years. Some things have been good, but others have weakened us. We are no longer as strong as we used to be numbers-wise, but I know we are capable of being just as strong, passionately.
We have a very strong history and have had respect on our side, but it is up to us to renew that respect. It isn’t going to happen by itself, and it damn sure isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s only going to happen by working at it. It’s going to happen in little pieces, and it has to start with us.
We have to be the ones to start the process by having respect for ourselves. We have to respect who we are again and take pride in what we do.
Be proud to be a member of A.B.A.T.E., a motorcyclist, an Oregonian.
We have to respect who we are as an organization, an organization who’s roots are not only deep in the community, but also in the legislative arena. That’s what makes us different: we are the only motorcycle rights organization in Oregon. It’s time to start acting like it again.
We believe in safety and awareness and equal treatment on our highways and roads.
We have to respect who we are as a segment of society. We are only one percent of the population, yet we are a major part of money being raised for charities across the nation.
We are not any different than any other American. Y at the same time, we are worlds apart.
Only a rider can experience the excitement and the freedom we feel when we are on our bikes.
Only a rider can experience the sensory overload to all of our senses while riding.
Only a rider knows how lethal it can be when somebody stops paying attention.
So to all the past coordinators, I say thank you for everything you have done for us, and thank you for your time that we cannot ever repay.
To all of you reading this, I say thank you for everything you have done as well. But it’s time we all come together again as one community:
A motorcycle community that has no patience for people who say “ I didn’t see the motorcycle”. We need to educate them.
A community that comes together no matter what we ride or what we wear to tell others that discriminatory regulations will not be tolerated.
A community that will look out for each other so that our numbers never decrease because of poor judgment. We need to become a brotherhood again.
I am proud to be your coordinator and I am even prouder to be part of this organization. Let’s make A.B.A.T.E. a name to be respected 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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State Coordinator

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

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

March is upon us and before you know it summer will be here.
I personally am looking forward to getting the bike out and seeing this awesome state of ours as soon as mother nature allows.
We all should be making preparations for getting back out on the roads. Now is the time to look over the bike and make sure everything is safe and good to go for the riding season ahead. Are the tires, brakes, cables, and electronics all good?
Now is the time to make sure we as riders are prepared to get on the bike again. Are we not only physically fit, but mentally prepared as well?
After spending all winter behind a windshield it is easy to become complacent and not be as aware of our surroundings as we should be. Does it usually take getting the crap scared out of you to get your mind back in two–wheel mode every year?
Now is the time to get together with our riding partners and make plans for the coming year. Are we all ready to ride in a group? Lots of things to think about, but could be fun events if you think about it. We can put on a shop night like a couple of chapters already do, and gather at a garage or shop and do minor repairs and maintenance as a group. We can all get together for a riding class or clinic in the spring to help get our skills and minds back up to speed. And of coarse we all need to educate everyone on the roads we ride on. That includes car drivers. They also are not used to us being on the road, so maybe some kind of community event to get the public aware of motorcycles again. All of these things are not just what we do and what we as A.B.A.T.E. are about, these are our responsibilities as riders and if we don’t take these precautions seriously, we are asking for trouble because no one else is going to do it for us. Ride safe. Ride free. Ride with respect.

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

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Spring Swap Meet Postponed Until October

Given the unsettled weather we’ve had so far this year, the swap meet that A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon normally holds in spring has been postponed until the lingering calm warmth of autumn. That’s the spin we’re putting on it.
Yer crusty ol’ editor is not a spin doctor.
Real spin doctors get paid a lot more than nothing.
Yet it has fallen to c.o.e. to massage the keen disappointment experienced by state board members and chapter representatives upon learning that
another swap meet has had to be canceled.
That’s two in a row, folks.
Yer crusty ol’ editor used part of his remaining time on this planet to research the number of swap meet coordinators we’ve had from 2002 until 2014. Eight people in a dozen years. (Part of that time, the position was vacant.)
This is a critical position for the entire organization. The swap meets are used to help generate funding for state activities, thereby reducing financial
burdens on chapters. We need people in this position for two or three years so they know what they are doing. The rest of us need support and encourage them in their efforts, offering suggestions and help when or where needed.
Our present swap meet coordinator, Randy Phipps, stepped up to take on the swap meet duties because no one else out of our 1,986 members would volunteer to do the job. He relies on public transportation and has had health issues. Yet
despite all that, he has been willing to do far more than younger, more energetic, healthy members of our organization.
Scolding hasn’t done any good.
It’s your turn to serve.
Folks who have done it before are here to show you how.
But it’s you who needs to gulp, take a deep shuddering nervous breath, then reach into the core of your very being to summon up the courage you need in order to step up and say, “I’ll do that job.”

– Rot Path, c.o.e.

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State Board meeting postponed

Good morning everyone,

For the second time in three months mother nature isnt being kind to us. The roads are treacherous and with the forcast of more snow today and tomorrow, I feel it would be too dangerous for the majority of our members to make it this week. However, we have to many crucial items to discuss that are time sensitive so we will not be cancelling the meeting this month, just postponing it one week to February 15th. We will still be having the meeting at Ciddici’s at the same time as usual with the financial comity meeting at 11:00 am to work on the budget. Every one is welcome to attend both meetings, in fact I encourage every one who can to participate.

Be safe this weekend and we hope to see everyone next week.

Thank you

Allan Nichols
ABATE of Oregon State Coordinator
Motorcycle Riders Foundation Rep for Oregon

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January State Board of Directors Meeting

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.

Officer’s Reports

(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 -

Unfinished Business:

Officer Vacancies:
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.

New Business:

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.

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14-1_NewsLetterNewspaper-wise, this particular new year marks a change in how we get monthly printed information out to our members.
Printing and having the monthly state newspaper mailed to members has gotten so costly that’s it’s drained away resources that we need for basic operation.
With this issue, we are going to try having the full newspaper available on-line as a PDF through the state web site, as normal.
But instead of having a full printed newspaper version prepared and mailed from a central location, we will be sending a shortened newsletter-style PDF file out to chapters for them to have printed locally. (We may need to send a physical copy of the newsletter as well. It can be taken to a local printer or copy shop to be used for making copies.)
Chapters will take care of regional distribution, such as mailing to local members, or times and places where members can go by to pick up copies.
Chapters could hold monthly pizza/ mailing part- ies where the news-letters are stapled, folded in half, taped, addressed, and stamped. It would be a good excuse for an informal non-business get together in the latter part of each month. It could be a great bonding experience and might even bring chapter members closer together, making the chapter stronger. (Any activities that
allow members to have stressless fun together is going to maintain and even increase membership.)
The editing goal is still to get the news files out around the 20th of each month, giving chapters eight to eleven days to distribute newsletters before the beginning of a given month.
There’s likely going to be some problems as this new method of distributing monthly news goes into effect. (You never know if a rebuilt engine will fire up the first time.)
The important thing is to keep in mind is what we want to happen, then work toward finding solutions that help us get there, rather than sitting around pointing out what doesn’t work. (Why gripe about the color of an engine block if the timing is 180 degrees out ? )
A.B.A.T.E. members, let your chapter rep- resentatives know what you think of this method of news distribution and what could be done to make it better. The initial 2014 state board meeting on 11 January will be a good time to air concerns and suggest improvements. If there are problems prior to that meeting, let the state coordinator know about them so we can find solutions sooner.
Thank you for your
– Rot Path, c.o.e.

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