Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida October 2012 Newsletter

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


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





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

& State Meeting Oct. 13th @ 2 PM October 12th, 13th, & 14th See page 13 for more details.

Hello Everyone, Looks like rainy season is coming to an end and time to get back out there and attend some events. Calendars are filling up starting with Cape Coral bike night on October 6th followed by Ft Myers, Nov 10th. The Ft Myers L.A.M.A. Chapter will hold their 4th anniversary party on Nov 10th 12 5pm at SunSports in Ft Myers as well. Our Chapter meetings have been well attended over the summer months and I look forward to a packed room when season kicks in and more members are back for the winter. At our last meeting our speaker was Tyler Smith of Brightway Insurance. Tyler spoke about uninsured motorist protection as well as stacking your insurance. Our meetings will be moved from the 4th Sunday to the 1st Sunday starting in November with no October meeting. Moving forward with this Chapter and making some changes will have many benefits in this economy. Thank you Harley Davidson for allowing us the opportunity to work together and for the monthly meeting room. Lets talk about Safety. Soon the Southwest Chapter will be putting on MSAP classes for members interested in seeing what is involved in getting into classes and promoting safety. Anyone interested in attending should contact your VP Jimmie Dennis and as soon as we have a schedule we will release the dates. These first classes will also count as regular classes towards receiving your MSAP certificate and patch. A minimum of 7 class hours will qualify. Our 32nd annual Christmas ride is scheduled for Dec 23rd. This year we will leave from Harley Davidson on Colonial Blvd in Ft Myers. Lets start talking this up and bring as many riders as we can. Last year we had 159 bikes not to mention how many cars, trucks and others who supported this event. Our goal this year is 300 bikes. No problem! We are looking for ideas for a spring Chapter event which would include a 3 day weekend of camping without the work of an event. We would like to include other Chapters and Organizations. Send us your ideas. Our Chapter is growing and we could use your help. If you could spare some time to help with our weekly bike nights or any events, please contact a Board member. SouthWest Chapter will host the June 2013 State Meeting. We are looking for members to step up and help out as this is not an easy task but, more help, less work.

Check twice, check again, 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

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

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

Southwest Chapter 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 ride PG 4

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 NO MEETING THIS MONTH @ Harley Davidson of Fort MyersLocated at2160 Colonial Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33907 239-275-4647




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 PG 5

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

ABATE(American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) Southwest Chapter is a not-for-profit, safety, educational, and advocacy motorcyclist organization. Its aims are to motorcycling in a positive image along with safety and awareness. The Southwest Chapter is a great group of people who are working hard for the greater good of Florida motorcycle riders. We would like you to join us and make it an even better chapter!PG 6

The Blessings to Bikers: How to Maximize the Blessing "Hedge of Protection" and " Angels to Surround and Protect"

DEAR FELLOW ABATE MEMBERSDuring many of the Bike Blessings that we are invited to officiate, many times in our prayers, you will hear us ask God for a "Hedge of protection" and " His Angels to surround and protect you." Where do those prayerful petitions come from? "Hedge of protection," can be found in Job 1:6-12. Job 1:6-12 - 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, From where do you come? Then Satan answered the LORD and said, From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it. 8 The LORD said to Satan, Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil. 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face. 12 Then the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him. So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD. - New American Standard Bible (NASB) There are several things to notice. The hedge of protection is granted to God's SERVANT. And, the hedge is put around him, personally. The "things" are not necessarily protected, if God is permissive in allowing those to be disturbed in some manner. If God is permissive, then we must believe it is for some divine purpose. For Romans 8:28 says, 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. In the ancient days, hedges were parts of the walls built around fortifications for defensive reasons. Julius Caesar wrote about his enemies' hedges as being an impenetrable wall of sharpened branches and skillfully cut saplings wrapped in thorns. These hedges made it extremely hard for Caesar's army to penetrate and overcome its adversaries. Obviously, we cannot see God's hedge of protection surrounding us. Therefore, it must be spiritual. A clue to what God uses, can be found in Psalm 91:4,1011 - 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. - King James Version (KJV) When we were overseas, we encountered some American missionaries with a very powerful story. They told us about a compound they occupied, using it as a base of relief operations. One day, the huge protective metal gates of the compound had been removed from their hinges for painting. They had been securely placed, leaning on the outer walls. No wind. No rain. No storms. The American women had been left at the compound, while the men were elsewhere. At that time, native men decided to enter the building and have their way with the women. As one man was approaching, there was suddenly a huge crash of one of the gates falling to the ground. The men, immediately fled. The missionaries firmly believe that God had sent His angels as the hedge of protection. Another story we've read about, was regarding missionaries in the Pacific who were targeted...