ABATE of Florida, Inc. Polk County Chapter The Iron (1).pdf2018-02-15More details to follow. Don’t forget to check the State Newsletter ... ABATE of Florida, Inc. – Polk County Chapter 3 We cook at H-D Sat. March 24. ... consider zip hoodies and get new hats. Bring your hat size to the next

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<ul><li><p>ABATE of Florida, Inc. Polk County Chapter </p><p> ABATE of Florida, Inc. Polk County Chapter </p><p>The Iron Press DEDICATED TO FREEDOM OF THE ROAD - LET THOSE WHO RIDE DECIDE </p><p> February 2018 Vol 35 issue 2 </p><p> Our Mission Statement: WHO WE ARE ABATE is a non-profit organization of motorcycle enthusiast from all walks of life. We lobby and educate the government and general public to promote motorcycling in a safe and positive image. We endeavor to enlist the cooperation and participation of all organizations and individuals that share a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of Freedom. We promote motorcycle safety, training &amp; political awareness. We ARE NOT A CLUB </p></li><li><p>ABATE of Florida, Inc. Polk County Chapter </p><p>1 </p><p>OR A GANG. We fund our work through toy runs, poker runs, campouts, and other motorcycle activities. We are your neighbors and friends who work, pay taxes, and get involved with our community. We serve and support our country and believe in freedom. We use all legal means to protect our rights without infringing on the rights of others. </p><p> ABATE of Florida, Inc. is incorporated under the laws of Florida as a motorcycle rights organization or a MRO. </p><p> ABATE of Florida, Inc. currently is the only political MRO in Florida representing the interests of its members and the motorcycling public at large. </p><p> ABATE of Florida, Inc. is dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of all motorcyclists in the state </p><p>ABATES Objectives are to: Keep all bikers informed on legislative actions and events that affect their safety and rights. Be a powerful political force in legislation that affects Motorcycle safety and rights. Provide a lobbyist that will represent ABATE interests at State and National levels. Promote voter registration and to motivate members to speak up for their rights. Promote safety without infringing on individual rights and freedoms. Educate the public and Motorcycle Awareness and safety Issues. </p><p> ABATEs Accomplishments: </p><p> ABATE was the driving force behind the changes in Floridas Helmet Law. Florida Motorcyclist, over the age of 21 and who carry at least $10,000 medical insurance coverage now enjoy the Freedom to Choose whether to wear a helmet or not. </p><p> ABATE has developed &amp; copyrighted The Motorcycle Safety &amp; Awareness Program (MSAP). The program is presented to non-motorcyclists to educate them on how to safely share the road with motorcycles. It is taught in local schools &amp; to civic organizations at no charge in the hope of reducing motorcycle accidents and deaths through education, not legislation. </p><p> ABATE had gained a positive and respected position in Tallahassee. Because of our Lobbyist and Legislative efforts, State Representatives are aware of ABATE members and our vigilant quest. </p><p> ABATE reminds travelers every day to Look Twice Save a Life, Motorcycles are everywhere through our billboard campaign. </p><p>Disclaimer The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of ABATE of Polk County Chapter or ABATE of Florida Inc. This newsletter encourages all members to submit ABATE related material, photos, events, and commentaries, etc. ABATE of Florida, Inc. and the Polk County Chapter of ABATE accepts no responsibility for the comments, views or opinions contained in the newsletter. Polk County Chapter reserves the right to edit or omit any article submitted for publication. All materials submitted to Polk County Chapter for use in this letter becomes property of the chapter. Guidelines for Submissions Members are asked to submit articles, photos and other materials that would be of interest to their fellow members by 11:00pm on Friday following the Meeting. All board members are encouraged to submit their articles as soon as possible following the monthly meeting. Please do not submit slanderous or accusing letters, profanity or nudity. Identification Statement ABATE of Florida, Inc. Polk County Chapter PO Box 2743 Lakeland, FL 33806 </p></li><li><p>ABATE of Florida, Inc. Polk County Chapter </p><p>Position Name Email President James Doc Reichenbach statepresident@abateflorida.com </p><p>Vice President Darrin Scribe Brooks statevice-president@abateflorida.com </p><p>Secretary Shelly Johnston statesecretary@abateflorida.com </p><p>Treasurer Patti Nasrallah statetreasurer@abateflorida.com </p><p>Sgt. at Arms Marcus Hotelling statesgtatarms@abateflorida.com </p><p>PR/Communications Sally Carroll statepr@abateflroida.com </p><p>Webmaster Dan Slo Mo Henderson statewebmaster@abateflorida.com </p><p>Masterlink Editor C/O State Office masterlinkeditor@abateflorida.com </p><p>Membership Laurie Hanley statemembership@abateflorida.com </p><p>Safety Program Victor Piorkowski safetydirector@abateflorida.com </p><p>Legislative Darrin Scribe Brooks statelegislative@abateflorida.com </p><p>Products Steve Caretaker Knee stateproducts@abateflorida.com </p><p>Legal Larry Crow statelegalcounsel@abateflorida.com </p><p>Position Name Phone Email </p><p>President Mark Zman Zinser 863-559-9550 president1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>Vice President Greg Vernon 863-934-9719 vicepresident1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>Secretary Laneata Lo McDermott 863-688-3161 secretary1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>Treasurer Rawson (Rusty) Goff 813-426-5171 treasurer1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>Sgt. at Arms Tim Roadmap McDermott 863-688-3161 Delegates1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>Membership Ralph Snearly membershipabatepolk@hotmail.com </p><p>Safety Rawson (Rusty) Goff 813-426-5171 Safety2.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>Products Greg Vernon 863-934-9719 products1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>PR Aaron McCormick 863-968-3818 pr1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>Legislative Mark ZMan Zinser 863-559-9550 legislative.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>Delegates Tim Roadmap McDermott 863-688-3161 Delegates1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p> Dewey Cain 863-688-0608 </p><p>Newsletter Jenni Stapleton 813-707-4808 abatenewsletter@hotmail.com </p><p>Webmaster Steve Ammerman 813-363-9540 webmaster1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com </p><p>mailto:statepresident@abateflorida.commailto:statevice-president@abateflorida.commailto:statesecretary@abateflorida.commailto:statetreasurer@abateflorida.commailto:statesgtatarms@abateflorida.commailto:statepr@abateflroida.commailto:statewebmaster@abateflorida.commailto:masterlinkeditor@abateflorida.commailto:statemembership@abateflorida.commailto:safetydirector@abateflorida.commailto:statelegislative@abateflorida.commailto:stateproducts@abateflorida.commailto:statelegalcounsel@abateflorida.commailto:president1.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:vicepresident1.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:secretary1.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:treasurer1.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:treasurer1.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:Delegates1.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:Delegates1.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:membershipabatepolk@hotmail.commailto:Safety2.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:pr1.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:pr1.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:legislative.polkcountyabate@gmail.commailto:abatenewsletter@hotmail.commailto:abatenewsletter@hotmail.commailto:webmaster1.polkcountyabate@gmail.com</p></li><li><p>ABATE of Florida, Inc. Polk County Chapter </p><p>2 </p><p>Hey yallIt was great to see such a good turn-out for our first chapter meeting of 2018. The breakfast </p><p>ride led by Roadmap (thanks bro) was picture perfect! Just a reminder, every month before the chapter </p><p>meeting, some of us get together for an informal ride through the prettiest back roads in Polk, and </p><p>sometimes Hillsborough &amp; Pasco counties. Doing breakfast is an option. Look for details in this </p><p>newsletter or ask a fellow member. KSU at 9am, Breakfast at 8am at the Lunchbox on Memorial. </p><p>Suggestions on doing this are always welcome! </p><p>The annual run to Tallahassee is Feb.10 12. This ride is for ABATE to show our politicians that we are </p><p>involved regarding their actions, and WE VOTE!! Look up your Rep or Senator in this newsletter and call </p><p>them for a face to face with them Monday the 12th, if you are able to make it. Ask Roadmap about </p><p>details. </p><p>Our next date to grill Burgers &amp; Dogs at Lakeland Harley Davidson is Sat. March 24. This is a fund </p><p>raiser, and also fun to do. Need 4 or 5 volunteers to work it, and hopefully anybody out riding that day </p><p>will stop by to say hi and shoot the breeze. We discussed our annual gun give away at the last meeting. </p><p>More from VP Greg on that. Also, our most fun event, the soon to be world famous Skills on Wheels </p><p>Motorcycle Rodeo will be in May. More details to follow. Dont forget to check the State Newsletter (Master Link) for events from </p><p>other chapters that you can go to and support. Thats it for this month, so RIDE SAFE AND ENJOYZman </p><p>Vice President </p><p>Hey all </p><p>Hey what a great turn out for this last meeting. I trust everyone is getting geared up for the run to Tallahassee and Bike week. </p><p>When youre out and about let everyone know that you are a part of ABATE OF FLORIDA and POLK COUNTY CHAPTER is </p><p>your chapter , maybe let them know when and where our next meeting is and invite them to come out, remember strength is in </p><p>numbers. Stay safe and ride safe my brothers and sisters. </p><p>Secretary </p><p>THANK YOU to todays meeting attendees: Lo Alexander, David LaRose, Dewey Cain, </p><p>Cecil Mitchell, George Swatzbaugh III, Gary Saunders, Linda Vernon, Greg Vernon, Ralph </p><p>Snearly, Darlin Deb, Kevin Culison, Gerry Elliot, Steve Ammerman, Aaron McCormick, </p><p>John Klugo, Kat Sullivan, B. Kennedy, Jeannie Parnell, Ginny Sullivan, Wayne A. Paskman, </p><p>Virginia Stapleton (Jenni), Muff McLeod, John Tardy, Tim McDermott, Antonio Gonzalez </p><p>(Tony), Al Haines (Mal Al), David Cox, Kay Floyd, Mike Gray, Z Man, Rawsom M. Goff </p><p>(Rusty), T. Morris, T. Morris Sr., Terry Butler </p><p>1:00p. The Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence were led by President, Z Man. He </p><p>welcomed everyone and spoke of coming events. The Tallahassee Run will be Feb. 10-12. </p></li><li><p>ABATE of Florida, Inc. Polk County Chapter </p><p>3 </p><p>We cook at H-D Sat. March 24. After a spirited discussion, we decided to have the gun drawing at the annual Skills on Wheels rodeo. </p><p>The rodeo will be Saturday, May 12th. </p><p>VP, Greg Vernon thanked everyone for coming out. Discussion: Whats best for home defense? A nice pistol and an AK-47. Ralph </p><p>volunteered to oversee ticket sales. Only 500 tickets will be printed! </p><p>Secretary, Lo Alexander thanked everyone for signing in. There were no adjustments suggested for Decembers meeting minutes. </p><p>MOTION TO ACCEPT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. </p><p>Treasurer, Rusty Goff told us what we had. His report was ACCEPTED UNANIMOUSLY. </p><p>Sgt. @ Arms, Tim McDermott led a very nice ride this morning. [He leads one every meeting morning. Read his article this newsletter.] </p><p>For the Tallahassee run, meet at the McD @ 98 N. and Daughtery Rd. @10a Saturday Feb. 10th. The State meeting is the 11th. And </p><p>MONDAY is the day you all will RIDE ON THE CAPITAL! [This is the heart of ABATE to me. A brisk ride from Monticello thru </p><p>Tally and up to the Capital and park in the COURT YARD. This is your opportunity to express yourself.] </p><p>Membership, Ralph Snearly announced the new membership numbersbetter than ever! </p><p>PR, Aaron McCormick had nothing going on right now </p><p>Safety, Rusty Goff warned us of seasonal challenges: new or worsening potholes, intersections, construction and, always, the unfamiliar. </p><p>Newsletter, Jenni Stapleton told us Friday is the deadline for articles, classified, letters to the Editor, and PHOTOS. </p><p>Products, Greg Vernon brought BLM Ts and chapter Ts. He will order year pins, consider zip hoodies and get new hats. Bring your hat </p><p>size to the next meeting. </p><p>Legislation, Z Man brought news. The House is considering daylight savings time. We vote to have it permanently-no changing it back </p><p>and forth. Texting may finally become a primary offense.::::::::Crashes are up but deaths are down. Read more in this newsletter. </p><p>Webmaster, Steve Ammerman reminded us to check Facebook ABATE of Florida and Polk Co. Riders. </p><p>OLD BUSINESS: The rodeo will be May 12. Come, help, practice your skills on wheels! </p><p>NEW BUSINESS: none </p><p>The Good of the Order: Brooksville will host a Native American Festival Feb. 2.::::::::::Thank you, Tony.:::::::::The Cobras invited us to </p><p>their Chili Cookoff today.:::::::Thank you, Ginny for your wonderful and delicious hospitality!! </p><p>Adjourn: 2:04 </p><p>Respectfully Submitted, Lo Alexander January 23, 2018 </p><p> Sgt. of Arms I hope you all had a safe and happy New year.We had 5 bikes and 10 people ride to Tarpon </p><p>Springs on our annual New years ride .Hardy souls I tell ya! Cold and wet.It was all about the </p><p>ride and brotherhood.It is also nice to eat a nice meal and talk with all your friends about whats </p><p>goin on in the world today, just the good stuff mind ya Gettin ready for the Tally ride, lookin </p><p>forward to seeing some of my bothers and sisters!Im thinking positive for the weather, not too </p><p>cold and no rain sounds good to me.We had a good turnout for our Breakfast ride,I believe I </p><p>got couple of my brothers turned around,haha ,thats all ways nice.We all strive to find new roads </p><p>to ride so thats why its nice to have someone new or been around the block to show us some new </p><p>ground.Any time someone would like to lead our breakfast ride ,just let me or Dewey know at </p><p>breakfast and I will be happy to give you the reins .We meet at the the Brunch Box on Memorial </p><p>Blvd.[92] Lakeland,Fla.on the third Sunday of every month at 8oclock for breakfast with KSU at 9.We always meet at the Boondocks </p><p>for our Chapter meeting.Ya'll come on out and start enjoying what goin on with Polk ABATE.We got our Rodeo and gun drawing </p><p>coming up May 12,I hope all can participate in these annual events.Thanks,ride Safe,Ride often, an Ride like ya stole it! </p><p> Membership New Members: Steven Clark and Paul Gauthier </p><p>Renewing Members: Vickie Bradshaw, Dewey Cain, Kevin Cullison, Deb Daggett, Don Jones, Tom Lowndes, Aaron McCormick and Z-Man </p><p>Due in January: Michael Harman </p><p>Due in February: Jamie Blankenberg, Gary Saunders, Greg Vernon and Charles Wallner </p><p>Due in March: William Ford, Janes Griffin, Robert Lewis, Abel Santos, Jeffery Schiling and Brian Short </p><p>Please renew a month early to advoid expiring and losing your years of continuous membership. </p></li><li><p>ABATE of Florida, Inc. Polk County Chapter </p><p>4 </p><p>Dues can be paid at our Chapter meetings or mailed to P.O. Box 2743 Lakeland, FL 33806. If you have not updated your contact information recently, did not receive your renewal notice or are a </p><p>new member or renewal and havent received your membership card, please email me at membershipabatepolk@hotmail.com or mail at ABATE of FL, Inc. Polk Co. Chapter P.O Box 2743 </p><p>Lakeland, FL 33806 </p><p> Products </p><p> It was requested by the chapter to look into some long sleeve shirts and ball caps and some hoodies (zip up). </p><p>And that info will be relayed out to the chapter by the next meeting. Your years of service pins will also be </p><p>ordered from the state and hopefully picked up at t...</p></li></ul>


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