Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida August 2012 Newsletter

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The August 2012 Newsletter of the Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida

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ABATE of Florida, Inc. ~ Southwest ChapterVolume XLVI, Issue XII

AUGUST 2012

Do YOU Ride a Motorcycle? Is YOUR VOICE Heard by our LAW MAKERS?ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. HAS A VOICE!WITH THIRTY-THREE CHAPTERS STATEWIDE, TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!WAKE UP AMERICA FOOD DRIVE AND POKER RUN AUG 25TH 9 AM3 PM SEE PAGE 18 FOR MORE INFORMATION

JOIN OUR VOICE!

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Presidents Message Minutes Membership Report Calendar Events Classifieds NCOM Bytes Legislative Report

Hello Everyone, I want to start off by letting you all know how excited I am to belong to the Southwest Chapter. As many of you know, times have changed and the economy may be sluggish, but, the Southwest Chapter is growing. Nothing but positive things are going on. You have a very strong Board of Directors and many ambitious new and seasoned members. Lets grow, gain, and share our passion for what we believe in. ABATE of Florida, Inc. is a Legislative and Safety oriented Organization built by members from all walks of life, riding all kinds of bikes and dressing in all different biker, Rider attire. The one thing that bonds us all together is the right to Freedom of Choice. Moving forward, this Chapter will continue to promote safe roads and fight against Totalitarian Enactments for the greater good. Thank you to all of you who show your support through leadership, membership, and friendship. Ride smart, ride safe Wayne

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ABATE of Florida, Inc.

Southwest Chapter

PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906-6748 southwest.abateflorida.comPresident Wayne Cerra 239-989-3349 Vice President Jimmie Dennis 239-440-4213 Secretary Tracy Davis 239-645-7936 Treasurer Todd KC Burns 239-634-3080 Sergeant At Arms Ken Coon 765-464-9542 Membership Trustee John Ottervanger 239-699-2814 PR/Communications Wayne Cerra 239-989-3349 Legislative Ken Teddybear Miller 239-693-7035 Newsletter Editor Kevin Barfield 239-771-2804 Products Jimmie Dennis 239-440-4213 Safety Coordinator Victor Piorkowski 239-823-6159 Webmaster Taylor Musburger 239-334-1620 State Delegate Frank Kennedy 239-849-9065 State Delegate Pam Mix 239-362-8807 Advertising Jimmie Dennis 239-440-4213 Photographer Taylor ATM Musburger 239-334-1620 Chapter Chaplain Tom Provenzano 239-267-8641 Road Captain Scott Turner 239-677-2310 Sport Bike Liaison Eddie Crash Mix 239-440-4064 Sport Bike Liaison David Flip Johnston 239-281-3419 abatesw@gmail.com jd@pincherscrabshack.com forbubblesonly@gmail.com swflabfc@aol.com kwcoon1@aol.com info@piratecoastcycles.com. abatesw@gmail.com km_13219@yahoo.com kcbarfield@yahoo.com jd@pincherscrabshack.com pior10@yahoo.com ABATE@Musburger.net swchief2000@yahoo.com ptigger@comcast.net jd@pincherscrabshack.com ABATE@Musburger.net tprovenz@comcast.net scott@turnerteamfl.com emix041391@gmail.com

HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MRO* Chapter Meetings held at Anthonys on the Boulevard 4th Sunday of Each Month except December*MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. 2011 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter All Rights Reserved Donations to ABATE of Florida, Inc. are not deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes ABATE of Florida, Inc. and Southwest Chapter Does Not Condone Drinking and Driving

SOUTHWEST CHAPTER OF ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. PG. 5

ABATE of Florida, Inc.PO BOX 60745 Fort Myers, FL 33906

Southwest Chapter

southwest.abateflorida.com MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONName Mailing Address: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip Code ________________________________________________________ Email Address: Phone: ____________________________________________ _______________________________ (Include Area Code) YES NO YES NO _________ US Congress

May we use your phone number for our phone tree? Are you a registered Voter? _________ FL House Select ONE of the following: ____New/Renewal - Annual Membership Due $20.00 ____ Lifetime Membership $ 150.00

Please Lister your voting districts from your Voter Registration Card: _________ FL Senate

Name of Chapter you wish to join _________________________________________________

____ Transfer Membership to: ____________________________________________________ ____ Change of Address: ________________________________________________________ Signature __________________________________________________ Date: ____________ Sponsored by Chapter Member : _________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ CHAPTER USE Dues Paid by Cash Copy of By Laws Membership Expiration Check Money Order Mailed Date: Membership Card _________________________ _________________________ _________________________

Memberships are open to anyone 18 years of age or older All members receive with their paid membership a membership card, our bi-monthly Masterlink magazine, Chapter Newsletter, Chapter voting privileges and personal involvement in Statewide legislative actions and their freedom to rideSOUTHWEST CHAPTER OF ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. PG. 2

ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. MISSION STATEMENTWHO WE ARE We are a non-profit organization of motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life. We lobby and educate the government and the 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, & political awareness. We ARE NOT A CLUB OR A GANG. We fund our work through toy runs, poker runs, campouts, and other motorcycle activities. We are your neighbors & 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. OUR GOALS To become a powerful and viable political force in legislative matters concerning the motorcyclist. To promote the safe riding habits without infringing on individual freedoms. To motivate the bikers to write letters to their legislators before, during, and after the legislative session. To furnish our members with a newsletter to keep all bikers informed in regards to upcoming legislation. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of ABATE of Florida, Inc. and or the Southwest Chapter. This publication allows members to express their beliefs and opinions. ABATE of Florida, Inc. and Southwest Chapter accept no responsibility for the comments, opinions or views contained in this newsletter. Please direct correspondence in reference to this publication to:

Southwest Chapter Meeting Schedule August 26TH, 2012 @ 10 a.m. @ Harley Davidson of Fort MyersLocated at2160 Colonial Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33907 239-275-4647

southwest.abateflorida.com

PRESENTLY, MEMBER MATERIAL DEADLINE IS THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE EACH CHAPTER MEETING FOR BOARD APPROVAL FOR SUBMISSIONSNEW ADVERTISERS OR AD CHANGES MUST

15TH OF EACH MONTHIDENTIFICATION STATEMENT SOUTHWEST CHAPTER MONTHLY NEWSLETTER; ISSUE DATE: August 2012PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter

BE SUBMITTED BY THE

Wayne Cerra (cell) 239-989-3349Donations to ABATE of Florida, Inc. are not deductible for Federal Tax Purposes. ABATE of Florida, Inc. 2010 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter All Rights Reserved ABATE of Florida, Inc. and the Southwest Chapter do not condone drinking while riding or driving

http://southwest.abateflorida.com/

PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906

ABATE of Florida, Inc.'s Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program ABATE of Florida, Inc. is a state-wide non-profit organization of motorcycle enthusiasts

from all walks of life. We promote motorcycle safety awareness, encourage continuing rider training and political awareness. We fund our work through motorcycle related activities. We are your neighbors and friends, who work, pay taxes, serve our country and vote. We believe in freedom. We use all legal means to protect our rights without infringing on the rights of others. ABATE of Florida, Inc. acknowledges the growth of motorcyclist of all ages riding in the State of Florida whether it is for economic reasons or pleasure. We are dedicated to teach our Motorcycle Safety Awareness Program in our efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities in our beautiful State of Florida. Our program is a 45 minute presentation including two videos to help everyone driving on Floridas roads become more aware of motorcyclists. Classes are taught in all 10th grade drivers ed classes in Lee County by the Southwest Chapters Certified members. Sharing the road with respect and knowledge is just one of many focuses we have pertaining to Motorcycle Safety. If you are planning on visiting or live in our beautiful State of Florida whether you choose to ride or drive here are some facts to keep in mind: Obey all traffic laws, signs & signals Constantly check and expect to see motorcycles Motorcycles are smaller than cars or trucks and it can be more difficult to judge their approaching speed Look, look, & look again at traffic intersections before you turn or pull out Allow a three second Space Cushion when following a motorcycle There are 7 to 9 blind spots in an average vehicle Give Motorcycles the same respect and courtesy that you want for yourself and other motorists For Laws pertaining to riding a motorcycle in the State of Florida please visit www.hsmv.state.fl.us/

ABATE(American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) Southwest Chapter is a not-for-profit, safety, educational, and advocacy motorcyclist organization. I