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The May 2013 Newsletter of the Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida


ABATE of Florida, Inc. ~ Southwest ChapterVolume XXXII, Issue I X

MAY 2013

Legislative News


MSAP Instructors Community service

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

Southwest Chapter MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONName Mailing Address: _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________

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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 ride 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.

Southwest Chapter Meeting Schedule This months Chapter Meeting MAY 5TH, 2013 10 a.m. at Harley Davidson of Fort MyersLocated at 2160 Colonial Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33907 239-275-4647southwest.abateflorida.comNEXT CHAPTER MEETING JUNE 2ND PRESENTLY, MEMBER MATERIAL DEADLINE IS THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE EACH CHAPTER MEETING FOR BOARD APPROVAL FOR SUBMISSIONS NEW ADVERTISERS OR AD CHANGES MUST

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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:



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 CHAPTER NEWS PAGE 3

PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906

Presidents Message

note, our safety money has been put back into the budget but Im wary until I see it, stay tuned. Your Chapter Officers have been working on the State meeting and the Bears for Bears so as we near these events we could use your support. Also, last bike night of the season is May 11th and what a better way to ride into Bike night in Down Town Ft Myers than coming out to Naples and supporting the 1st annual Ovarian Cancer ride ending at Fords Garage. Leesburg is going on as I write this letter and I would have loved to join the members and friends who rode out to this event. Trying to slow things down puts a damper on the weekends. Last but certainly not least we have up-

Hello Everyone, May is National Motorcycle Safety month and to celebrate we kicked off our annual Bears for Bears event at Sun Sports on April 20. Thank you Sun Sports for hosting the event and to Lt Schmidt of LCSO for taking time out of his schedule to help with the kick off. May 26th is the time we hand over the collected new stuffed animals to LCSO. Tallahassees Freedom ride is behind us and there was a strong presence from ABATE members this year at the State house. Maybe the weather had something to do with it as last year it was in February and 20 degrees. The names were called for fallen brothers and sisters and the last name was read by the Granddaughter of a Caloosahatchee member who perished as he was hit head on by someone who didnt see him, Rest in Peace Dale Vest.

coming Chapter elections and appointments. I am encouraged by the meeting turnouts and those members who have been on board and those who have stepped up to continue to make the Southwest Chapter a premier Chapter in Many Bills are being looked at this session the State. and it looks like we will be getting a tex- Ride Safe and ride often, ting bill through this year. On another Wayne

ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest ChapterEXECUTIVE BOARD & TRUSTEES 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 Moe Moser 412.999.3397 PR Communications Wayne Cerra 239.989.3349 Legislative Ken Teddybear Miller 239.693.7035 Newsletter Editor Barbara Babs Bardell 239.822.3272 Products Jimmie Dennis 239.440.4213 Safety Coordinator Victor Piorkowski 239.823.6159 State Delegate Pam Mix 239.362.8807 State Delegate Victor Piorkowski 239.823.6159 Webmaster Taylor Musburger 239.334.1620 Advertising Fred Glennon 339.235.2189 Photographer Pam Mix 239.362.8807 Chapter Chaplain Tom Provenzano 239.267.8641 Road Captain Scott Turner 239.633.5765

Chapter Meetings held at Harley Davidson of Fort Myers 1st Sunday of each month*MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. 2012 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter All Rights Reserved Donation 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 or RidingSOUTHWEST CHAPTER NEWS PAGE 5


Riding our Motorcycles Through the Storms Getting Through the Storms of Life

A year ago, we wrote to you about our just having returned from S. Indiana, where we were deployed to work with the victims/survivors of the tornadoes in that area. SevDEAR FELLOW ABATE MEMBERS eral months ago, Tom had spent some time on Staten Island working with flood and Hurricane Sandy victims/ survivors, providing crisis intervention and spiritual care. We are now fully in tornado season for a large portion of our country and hurricane season for our area is only a month, or so, away. Again, it made us think of the storms we have encountered during our motorcycle years.Riding Out the Storm As motorcyclists, how many of us decide to ride our bikes when there are storms on the horizon? Before leaving on the ride, we check the weather reports and look at the radar. Many of us decide to go. If we have a long trip ahead, we almost always decide to go. If wet and/or cold weather is ahead, we will pack the proper gear and we will be prepared to get through the worst. Sometimes we will need to stop along the way and hunker down. However, based on our motorcycling experiences, we know the weather will only cause a short delay on our trip. The primary reason most of us choose to ride with poor weather on the horizon is that we know the poor weather will be temporary. We know that if we go through the storm, there will be the reward of sunshine on the other side and a great ride will welcome us. Sometimes going through poor conditions will make us better appreciate the nicer conditions, once we reach the other side. How do we know all this? We know because we are experienced. We deal with the weather every day of our lives. A number of years ago, Tom took off from Florida on one of our old GoldWings to head up to Connecticut, to visit his daughter and grandkids. The plans were to take two or three full days, leave I-75 at Charleston, ride up the east coast (literally along the coast), ride the ferries from barrier island to barrier island in North Carolina, take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and just be a tourist. As soon as he was entering the Daytona Beach area, a steady rain settled in. The rain did not give up until two days into the ride. He had a few good things going for him: a good motorcycle to bring him through; a good rain suit; and knowing that sooner or later, the sun would shine on the other side. Also, his daughter, her husband, and the grandkids would be there to welcome him, at the end of the ride. Sometimes, our lives seem like storms that have to be ridden out, just like we ride out the weather as a biker. There are financial problems, family situations, health issues, relational issues, job situations, things happening that we have little or no control over, etc... Weve never heard a biker get angry

with God about the weather conditions. So the question needs to be asked, Why do we need to be angry with God or forget about Him entirely, when we encounter the storms of life? Take a look in Job 1:6-12. It is clearly obvious that Satan wants you to curse or be angry with God when we encounter lifes storms. God never promised us that everything would be perfect, in this earthly life. However, for those that believe upon Him, He has promised He will be there to get us through! And, there is the promise of eternal life in Paradise, at the end of life's ride. Deuteronomy 31:6 -Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Romans 8:35-39 - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. KJV How can we be prepared for lifes storms? How can we get through them? Get to know God and experience Him every day in your lives just as you have gotten to know the weather as bikers. The more you get to know and experience Him, the more you will know on how to deal with life. Dont be angry with God. Your real adversary is Satan, not God. We remember a song written in the early 70s by Andre Crouch, Through it All. A few of the lyrics in the song are something like this: I thank God for the mountains and I thank God for the valleys for if I had no problems, Id never know that God could solve them, Id never know what faith in His Word could do. Please accept what God has done for you, to get you to the other side of the storms. Wouldnt you rather face lifes storms with God, than without Him? Please pray this prayer. "Dear God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, my heavenly Father, I confess that I am a sinner and have been separated from You. I ask forgiveness of my sins. I confess with my mouth that your son Jesus is my savior and died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. I receive Jesus into my heart and ask Him to become the center of my life. Im tired of facing lifes storms without You. I will keep my eyes focused on you and no longer curse You. Blessed be your holy Name. All this I ask and pray, in the Name of Jesus. Amen." Blessings, Tom and Kathy Pastor Tom (Estero River ABATE Life Member and Southwest Chapter Chaplain) and Pastor Kathy (SW ABATE Life Member - Foursquare Chaplain) or 239-267-8641




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