I hope everyone is safe and healthy and getting out in the wind. Thanks to all who braved to COVID to make it to the June BOD Meeting to wrap up plans for the State Party and discus plans for next year’s Legislative Session.
Event updates include the MRF Meeting of the Minds and NCOM National convention (details to the right), both in Indianapolis in Sept.
MRF 36th Annual Meeting of the Minds, September 24-27, Waterfront Hotel Conference Center, 2930 Waterfront Okay A Dr., Indianapolis, Indiana
But the BIG Event is our own Annual ABATE of VA State Party on Sept 11th-13th in Shipman, VA – Tickets available at the gate or by pre-sale:
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Sorry Guys and Gals, Because of the coronavirus the governor of Virginia ,limited gatherings of 10 or more, and thus a lot of restaurants have decided to close except to carry out. We are asked to not gather ,hopefully this will end by September ,because our State Rally in mid September. I will post any changes and monitor the state’s mandates. thank everyone for their attention ,be safe , and hopefully there will be a swift end………………Stan Bryant State Director ABATE of Virginia.
NCOM & MRF NEWS
This year we are undergoing a new reality check as related to everyone’s health, their work, schools, churches, shopping, etc…and it has certainly changed most of our plans for the year.
The 35th Annual National Coalition Of Motorcyclists Convention that was scheduled to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from May 7th to the 10th has been cancelled.
Preliminary plans to postpone it until later in the year had been discussed, but then those plans were also changed and the convention will be held next year, still in Indianapolis.
The 11th Annual Michael “Boz” Kerr Bikers Inside the Beltway that was scheduled for May 18 and 19 has been cancelled.
All riders are encouraged to use the MRF website to contact their Congressional Representative and Senators Kaine and Warner to request their help with motorcycle related issues.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES – John Bilotta
APRIL 7, 2019
BIG LICK TROPICAL GRILL, LYNCHBURG, VA
The meeting was called to order by Executive Director Stan Bryant with the following chapters represented: Catawba Valley: Dina Matz and Mike Smith;
Chapter 99: Pete Bulgart and Don “Thumper” Bogan; Flatlander: John Bilotta and Lisa Bilotta; Iron Horse Cavalry: Stan Bryant and Bob DeNova; Mason Dixon: Joe Wagner (Fin. Dir.), Maryann Sowle and GW Peterson; Mountain Thunder: Eddie Ober, David Lester, Julie Swartz, Melissa Posey, Bobby Posey, Steve Moody, Leon Perdue, Tarie Metz, Rudy Dowdy, Georgeanne Anderson, Neil Hardesty, Tammy Ebe, Travis Moorman, Constance Stone, Glenn Smith, Kirby, Jimmy Bailey, Pam Markham and Jamie Moorman; Nelson County: Buddy Altizer and Lee Bitzer; Tazewell County: Sam Jackson and Freddie E. Gillespie Jr.; At Large: Tom McGrath
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a quorum was established.
Stan recommended that we skip the reading of the previous meeting minutes. A motion was made to dispense with reading of minutes, motion was seconded and approved.
Stan said he brought more “Look for Motorcycles” signs, specifically wanted to get some to Culpeper Chapter. Maryann Said she could help with that.
Stan said the Tazewell County Chapter has split. The new chapter is to be the Tazewell County Nomads and a Chapter Director and Treasurer are already in place. Joe made a motion for a vote to commission the new chapter; motion was seconded with a unanimous vote of approval.
Stan said we need to spur membership and asked for suggestions. Eddie said they go out, wear their vests, have a good time and others want to join in. He also said they try to support other organizations’ events.
A suggestion was made to try billboard advertising, but there may be a 30 to 90 day rental involved. Suggestions were made for city signs and Back of the Dragon area. Eddie noted that social media (facebook) helps.
GW said that local parties helped in the past.
Stan said we needed to discuss details about the State Rally; Eddie said he thought each chapter should help pitch in, also knows someone who may be able to cater. A suggestion was made about Kanawha Valley Arena. Estimated costs/fees for the weekend, available dates, camping and hotel information was to be obtained so a decision could be made.
Stan noted that Dave was working on the newsletter.
Joe reported on last six months of expenditures. He noted that $5,000 was paid to Bailey for lobbying services.
GW said one person from a donor organization showed up to speak against the helmet bill in the committee hearing, even though GW said there are over 200,000 riders with “M” endorsements who aren’t organ donors.
GW thought some members of the committee were in favor and he also noted that the bill was determined to be constitutional despite earlier misconception.
John said that the government won their second trial at the end of 2018, allowing them to seize the Mongols’ trademarked patch. But early this year a judge ruled that the government could not seize the patch since it would violate the club members’ First Amendment rights.
He said that after the last election in November, the new District Attorney has dropped all remaining charges against bikers involved in the “Waco Tragedy”.
John invited everyone to the 34th Annual NCOM Convention to be held in Orlando, FL from May 10th-12th.
He also noted that the 11th Annual MRF “Bikers Inside the Beltway” will be held in Washington D.C. on May 20th and 21st and encouraged everyone to participate.
Tarie has contacted potential advertisers and has sent out a report of those from which she received responses. She also said she has two new confirmed paying advertisers.
Stan said that Lisa has products on hand.
MaryAnn distributed the annual membership pins to the Chapter Directors. A question was raised about some members not receiving renewal cards and Maryann explained that there is a time lapse between mailings.
Eddie had a question about safety classes and discrepancies in fees, saying one chapter member was charged over $400. Maryann explained a little about the classes, the community colleges that offer them and the fees they charge.
Stan said the chapter in Roanoke would like to host the next BOD meeting and asked for approval. A motion was made, seconded and approved to hold next meeting in July in Roanoke.
Stan adjourned the meeting.
It sure feels like summer is here! Send me your “ABATE of VA” flyers… I will try to add or update this post as I receive them. We are looking forward to a great year.
Because of our by-law requirements for nominations and elections of officers, Executive Director Stan Bryant has called the BOD meeting for 11:00 a.m., September 30, 2018 at Big Lick Tropical Grill in Lynchburg, Virginia. Hope to see you there.
STATE RALLY– TAZWELL, VIRGINIA
Tazwell Chapter is incorporating the ABATE State Rally and their annual Motorcycle Awareness Rally for three days of fun in beautiful Tazwell at the Moose Lodge Campground.
Admission includes a meal Friday evening and three meals on Saturday. Camping rates are-
Couple-Weekend Pass $40.00
Single- Weekend Pass $25.00
Day Passes are $15.00 per person
The Comfort Inn of Bluefield is a 15 minute ride from the campground and has 30 reserved at $90.00 per night. Call 276-326-3688 and ask for the group rate.
Friday Night – DJ Bowtie
Saturday– Motorcycle Rodeo
Broken Treaty Band
Tommy Cox Rhythm and Blues Band
Prof is hoping to ride the Back of the Dragon on Friday. Any other takers?
ABATE of Virginia now has pre-sale State Rally tickets on sale. Buy your pre-sale ticket now from any ABATE Chapter in the state and you can receive a discount on the Rally T-Shirts for only $10. There will be a cut off date of June 21st on the pre-sale tickets, after that the Rally T-Shirts will cost $15 at the event August 3rd thru the 5th.
You can get your shirts in tank tops or short sleeves.
From ABATE of Virginia, Inc., State Director, Stan Bryant:
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New year. I know you have been suffering through these low temperatures, but hope for you… warmer temps to come.
Since lobby day access to the Capitol will be limited, (due to construction) I know some will make the trip to represent ABATE of VA, and meet with their representatives . And because of this, ABATE will host our January BOD meeting the last Sunday of this month January 28th, 2018, 11am at Big Licks Tropical bar and Grill, Lynchburg, Virginia. We will be discussing future legislative plans, growth plans, and we are still looking for a chapter to host this year’s state rally. Please pass this information on to those I might not have E-mail addresses .Hope to see everyone there .
Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
For those of you who do not know me yet, my name is Dave Sutton, aka “The Professor.” At the September Board of Director’s meeting, I was elected as State Operations Director. My term officially began on October 1 of this year. You will get to learn more about me in the new “Know Your ABATE” feature elsewhere in this newsletter.
I would like to start by thanking John Bilotta for the years he served in this position. It is hard enough to wear one hat in the Motorcyclists’ Rights movement. He has been wearing several. He is also graciously helping me get this first newsletter out, while we work out the logistics of getting me the publisher software I will need, lining up a printer, getting contact information for advertisers, etc.
Two of my primary responsibilities are this newsletter and the state website. I am happy to report that state treasurer Joe Wagner has been working with a professional website service to build a website that will be updated easily and maintained professionally. This will make it easier to get up-to-date information out to you, make it easier to pay memberships, and, hopefully, order state products.
This is where you come into play. Please send me updated contact information for your Chapter Directors and PR person.
These are YOUR publications, so please send me informationed pictures to reflect your hard work and good times, along with upcoming events in your area. My ABATE dedicated e-mail address is LCHistoryTeacher@outlook.com
Please remember, Freewheeling and our website are often the first impression people get of ABATE, so keep articles and editorials professional, free from profanity, bashing individuals or other organizations, or drifting into non-motorcycling related issues.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of motorcyclists’ rights and your confidence in me.
Dave “Prof” Sutton
State Operations Director
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