July/August 2014 Newsletter



July/August 2014 Newsletter
July Events
14th—BHAB Mtg, 7pm,
Haines Ave. Hardees
18-20—Bear Tooth Rally,
Red Lodge, MT
19th—Rice Honda
Moonlight Madness Run, 5
20th—CMA Ride, 1:30,
Windmill Truckstop
Quaker Steak and Lube
- Green Knights Badlands
Moonlight Ride, Flying J, 6
27th—BH ABATE Mtg,
Noon, Side Hack, Sturgis
28th—CMA Mtg, 6pm, Pizza
1st— Hog Wild Night at
Dakota Thunder Club
2nd—Black Hills Moonlight
Poker Run, Rice Honda, 5
3RD—29th Annual Black
Hills ABATE Charity Poker
5th—Dakota Thunder Run,
EAFB, 8am
Whitewood SD, Noon to
15th & 16th— Ed Netterberg Weekend, Nemo Guest
17th—CMA Ride, Windmill
Truckstop, 1:30 pm
24th—BH ABATE Mtg,
Noon, Side Hack
P.O. Box 1223,
429 Kansas City St., Suite #11,
Rapid City, SD 57709
605-343-8474, website:
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President. - John Trudo
[email protected]
Vice President Hillary Klabunde—484-7185
Secretary - Barb Frerichs
Steve Rohde-Photographer
[email protected]
Janet Olson—PR Rep
Phil McCollar — 484-0291
Mary Anderson— 393-1221
Angie Lampert—
Treas. - Kim Logsdon
[email protected]
State Rep - Sunshine Minzlaff
[email protected]
Sgt at Arms— Mike Clark
[email protected]
LRC - Ginny Kellerher
[email protected]
Mem Sec.– Karline Clark
[email protected]
Auggie & Sunshine Minzlaff
Chaplain— 787-9136
[email protected]
Road Cptn— Bill Hanson
Webmaster — Clay Weaver
A few words from your President:
The bike raffle is complete. Make sure you thank Bob and Mary for all their
hard work. They plan on doing one more bike before taking a break. If you
are interested to follow them in their footsteps you have next year to work
next to them to learn their ways. They did a great job and deserve a pat on
the back or a beer the next time you see them.
The Rushmore Abate Rally has now gone. If you missed out this year, you
really missed out! We had a little wet Friday, but Saturday the weather was
perfect. We ran the rodeo events, didn't have as many bikes as usual but we
sure had fun with the people who did play. We brought back the plank race,
did the slow race, keg push, weenie bite and the balloon toss. We finished the
day off with a tough of war battle. We ran the zip lines both nights and it was
great fun. We will start planning the next party in only a couple months and
are always looking for people to chair/co-chair positions.
We are seeing more people at our meetings and I encourage you to come. We
average about an hour and have been able to have food and a social time before the meeting for those who want to come a little earlier and catch up with
people. We still have a board position open, so if you’re interested let us
know or show up to a board meeting. All the events are on our calendar and
can be found at rushmoreabate.com.
Thanks for all your support and ride safe!
Vice President’s Report
Our annual Abate Rally was held at Shade Valley Campground this year. Even though the weather was rainy
and cold on Friday and Sunday, we had a nice sunny day on Saturday for the bike rodeo and zip line. It was
great to see everyone out dancing, and the dance floor was packed both nights. I would like to thank the staff at
Shade Valley for doing a tremendous job of working with us to make a great event!! I would also like to thank
Soldiers for Jesus for working the gate and providing security. You guys did and amazing job and everything ran
smooth. We had members representing seven states at our rally this year, with lots of positive feedback from
those in attendance. A big thank you to our sponsors BH Harley Davidson, A1 Construction, Perdue, and Eagle
Sales and all our volunteers. I would also like to thank everyone in the party planning committee, you guys did
an amazing job and it was a pleasure working with you!!
Vice President
Coldwell Banker Real Estate
2013 #1 Sales Associate By
2700 West Main St, Rapid City
(605) 390-6070 cell
[email protected]
State Rep’s Report
No report available
at time of publication
Secretary’s Report
Sgt. of Arms Mike Clark led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Auggie Minzlaff led us in prayer.
Board attendance: John Trudo, Hilary Klabunde, Karline & Mike Clark, Steve Rohde, Janet Olson, Sunshine Minzlaff, Mary
Anderson, Bill Hanson, Phil McCollar and Angie Lampert. Welcome new board member Angie Lampert.
One position on the board open. John asked if we want to read the Previous Minutes. Rohde motioned to accept the minutes as
written and Auggie 2nd. Motion passed.
Visiting member….James “Red” Knight visiting from Louisiana.
Presentation of Bills
John T. has bill for $99.44 for Bike Rodeo supplies. Bob Walker donated his expenses on moving the shed. Thanks Bob!
Approved. All in favor.
Treasurer’s Report…Kim was not in attendance. Excused.
Sunshine mentioned that we still owe $500 for the “Be Aware” yard signs to State ABATE. Karline will write a check for Sunshine
to take to the next State Meeting. Bill H. motioned. Craig W. 2 nd. Motion approved.
President’s Report – John Trudo—There have been lots of motorcycle accidents already. Please ride with caution and pay attention to the weather.
Vice President’s Report – Hilary Klabunde - Will take Beer Trailer up to Shade Valley Camp Resort next week. Also asked
members to be careful of critters on the road when riding.
State Rep Report – Sunshine Minzlaff—She said that her report is in the June newsletter. Said that Secretary Susan needs the
reports by the 15th of each month. BOD usually contributes (thru the IMPACT Committee) $50 each for specific 6 people in primaries for ABATE members or those who support motorcycle issues. Legislation was busy so we didn’t get any money for a Grant
yet. Dept. of Public Safety wants to see something new (besides the maps). Gayle is stepping down from the Membership Secretary position. Jiggs appointed Karline Clark as new Membership Secretary. She will work with Gayle until January and then take
over. Money was made available to print more maps. The maps will be available at the July meeting. Sturgis Chamber wants a lot
of them. ABATE has one table reserved for the Hall of Fame breakfast on August 6 th at the Lodge in Deadwood. Karline wants 3
seats so that leaves 5 left. ABATE pays for half. Jan W. is stepping down from Treasurer, so this spot is open.
State ABATE wants each chapter to consider waiving the $5.00 fee for signing up new members at the Algona and Minnesota Rallies. Bob A. motioned to approve and Bill H. 2 nd. Motion approved. Auggie & Sunshine will be going to the Best of the West in
Dillon, CO.
Membership Secretary Report – Karline Clark - We have 45 current affiliates and 379 current members.
Sgt. of Arms Report – Mike Clark – no report
LRC Report – Ginny Kellerher – Not in attendance. Excused.
Road Captain Report – Bill Hanson - Ride on June 22nd leaves Valley Sports Bar at 11am and ends at the Garage Bar in Black
Hawk with a BBQ at 4pm. with Road Cleanup after the ride. Planning the RU ABATE Ride for July 26 th. Might end at Caputa.
July 27th “Meet in the Middle Ride” will meet in Wall, SD
Products Report – Hilary Klabunde - New zip-up hoodies have been ordered. Products booth will be set up at the ABATE Rally
and open 12-6pm both days. Will send around a signup sheet for volunteers.
Sunshine asked if she could take some products to Best of the West. Jiggs motioned that we donate 3 t-shirts. Bob A. 2nd. Motion
Website – Clay not in attendance - John. T. talked about the Yahoo Group. If you’re not on it, please sign up and you will receive
Emailed information. Yahoo Group link is on the bottom of our home page. Easy to follow the steps to sign up.
Public Relations Report – Janet Olson—Janet thanked members for attending meeting and to those who brought food to share.
Also thanked BH Harley for the sloppy joes. She created and sent out Press Releases to the media for the Bike Raffle Giveaway at
BH Harley on May 29th. Two TV stations were there filming and B.A. was interviewed. Gave a Big THANK YOU to B.A. and
Mary for all their hard work on the Bike Raffle. Great job!! She also created and sent out Press Release for the BH Area Bikers
“Ride for the Forgotten” on June 21st. Our chapter will man the Elk Vale stop. Janet will also contact Quaker Steak & Lube about
a possible fund-raising event on a Bike Night this Summer. Janet made a list of all the affiliate ads listed on the website and gave
to Clay to update. Emailed copies of this list to Ginny and Karline. In regard to the ABATE Rally, she placed the radio schedules
with KSKY/KICK and Xrock. She set up radio interview for Bill Hanson with KICK. She also created and printed the rally passes
for the radio stations to give away on the air the week of our rally. There will be a total of 10 passes for 2 people, that does not
include the membership fee of $25. Janet also delivered the VIP passes to Budweiser/Eagles Sales and Perdue Woodworks.
MRF Report – Jiggs Cressy—Not a lot going on in Congress right now. Discussed all the road construction going on.
Bike Raffle Report – Bob “B.A.” Anderson - B.A. said the winner of the bike is Steve Payne from Eagle Butte. Wes Haas won
the second place of $500 cash and Gloria from Walnut Grove won 3 rd place BH Gold Watch. Bill Hanson won the $100 for selling
the winning ticket and Mary A. won $100 for selling the most tickets.
Rushmore ABATE Rally Report – Bill Hanson -Bill said the event is only 3 days away. Shade Valley Camp Resort does not
take cash for cabin/RV rentals but does take credit cards. John T. will need some help with the Bike Rodeo.
New keys will be made for the shed. The golf cart body will be posted for sale on Craigs List.
Bob Walker moved the shed. Thanks to everyone who helped in moving the shed. Hilary found old signs in the shed that she
brought to the meeting for those who wanted them.
John T. said Newsletter issues are being looked into.
BOD books will be updated with the revised definitions of some board positions.
Member of the Month – Bob Walker. Affiliate of the Month – Bad Cat Tattoo. Shoulda/Coulda - $100 – Susan Mertz not there
50/50 Drawing – Loren Wermers won.
Susan is here with Passports for Sale-get one while you can.
June 6th & 7th - Rushmore ABATE Rally at Shade Valley, June 15th - Rhea Trevino Ride, June 20th - CCR Run, June 21st - BHAB
Southern Hills Ride for the Forgotten, June 22 nd – Social Ride/Road Cleanup, June 22nd - CMA Ride, June 27th – Oahe fun Run,
July 26th – Rushmore Chapter Poker Run, July 27th – Meet in the Middle Poker Run, Sept. 25-27 Meeting of the Minds, Kansas
City, MO, Wayne Lettau said his last motorcycle safety class is on July 24 th.
Jiggs motioned to Adjourn.
We tried our first social ride on June
22nd, a very rainy day, 3 of us braved
the weather and had a great ride. We
started late due to rain and only one stop
to wait it out. Round 2, we made it to the
Garage Bar. No BBQ or road cleanup
because the ditch was too wet and not
mowed. We are going to reschedule the
clean up. It must be done.
July 26th….. our Annual Poker run.
The poster is posted on Facebook. and in
this newsletter. I NEED someone to assist me as I work that day. The run is set
just need someone to register the riders.
Bill Hanson
Mexican Mondays
Prime Rib Wednesdays
Fish Fry Fridays
Karaoke on Fridays
Piedmont, SD
(605) 787-6940
Chad Moyers—545-1035
Jake O’Grady—431-4385
Landscaping *** Moving *** Snow Removal
Rapid City, SD
Rally Report
The 2014 Rushmore ABATE rally is history and what a great event. If you were unable to attend or decided it
was too wet you missed a great time. Have had nothing but positive remarks from all that attended and some that didn’t.
After tallying the final numbers here is how we fared. 160 new or renewed memberships , 36 current memberships, 21
Band members, 4 Shade Valley employees, 5 Soldiers for Jesus members, 2 from radio passes ( 1 of which Joined new)
The following group of individuals and businesses need your thank yous and support for making the 2014 Rushmore
ABATE rally a huge success.
Co-chair and Rushmore ABATE vice-president : Hilary Klabunde
Gate chair, treasurer, organization chief and Rushmore ABATE and South Dakota Abate membership secretary : Karline Clark
Security head and Rushmore ABATE Sergeant at arms: Mike Clark
Zip line chair and Rushmore ABATE board member : Phil McCollar
Poster design, photographer and Rushmore ABATE board member : Steve Rohde
Advertising, radio ad creator. and Rushmore ABATE public relations / board member : Janet Olson
Silent auction chair: Donna Johnson
Games and fun chair: Darcy Schave
Rodeo chair and Rushmore ABATE president : John Trudo
Security and gate group… Soldiers for Jesus
Our Major sponsors:
Black Hills Harley Davidson
Eagle Sales / Budweiser
A-1 construction
Rodeo Sponsor: KSKY
Money machine sponsor: Russ brown Attorneys / B . A. M.
To our last minute food vendors
Vicki & Carla. Great food and service. Saved our bacon.
Envied threads from Hill city, our clothing and jewelry vendor
A very special thank you to SHADE VALLEY CAMP RESORT. Don, Kari, George and the rest of his crew you did a
fabulous job. Couldn't ask for a better facility.
Last but not least lets not forget all that attended, that got silent auction items, and helped out when asked. we all made
this a party to remember.
Bill Hanson
LRC Report
Not much to report this month. Since
the passing of the amendment to keep
the federal government from holding
our state hostage, all is quite. I want to
really thank everyone who took time out
from their busy schedules to contact
their legislators and ask for their support
of the amendment. Jiggs did a fantastic
job, as usual, of getting the word out in
a very short period of time.
Just to let everyone know a little bit
about what I do on a daily basis to keep
up with legislative issues: I subscribe to
3 different legislative websites that send
me daily alerts showing various legislation, regulation and resolutions that are
presented on a national level. I comb
through summaries for things that have
content that may have an effect on our
freedoms as well as motorcycling issues. I like to think that not much slips
through the cracks without me catching
it in between these three sources. I was
in the midst of combing through the
nightmare that is the transportation appropriations bill when the news came
out from the MRF that there indeed was
content buried in it that could effect us.
This just goes to show how very important the MRF is. The employee people
on a full time basis to comb through
these kind of things and find any issues
that may effect motorcycling in any way
whatsoever. They are an intrical part of
the SMRO network that protects our
riding freedoms from day to day and
year to year. Please, I highly urge you
to SUPPORT THE MRF in anyway you
are able.
I hope everyone has a great and safe
rally and I’ll see you at the Ed Netterberg weekend! It’s at a new venue and
you are missing out on a lot of fun if
you don’t attend!
JULY 23rd
The moments of
happiness we enjoy take
us by surprise.
It’s not that we seize
But that they seize us.
- Ashley Montagu
Cut out the business card flyer above, get a mini-flyer from any
BOD member or print one off from the website and take it Quaker
Steak & Lube on July 23rd for Biker Night and 15% of the sales
for that night will benefit Rushmore ABATE. We will have a booth
set up to inform the public as to what ABATE is all about. Stop by
and renew your membership or sign up to join us!
3313 E. Mall Dr, 342-9464
Lead, SD
Island Bar
Piedmont, SD
MRF Position Paper on Riding Impaired A number of years ago the MRF
formed the Alcohol Awareness committee as an advisory committee to the
Board of Directors. The reason for this committee and the ongoing work is
due to the increasing awareness of government agencies of the issue of impaired riding. Impaired riding has been an issue for many years but in the past
decade it gained prominence to the point it is a major part of any discussion
where motorcycle safety is the topic. The MRF board tasked the committee to
develop a program part of which will present the MRF position on impaired
riding. The following position paper was presented to the Board at the September 2009 BOD meeting and with minor adjustments agreed upon and
Impaired Riding Position Paper - Impaired riding is increasingly becoming a
serious problem causing escalating attention in both the motorcycling community, and the various bureaucracies with oversight of motorcycling fatality
statistics. As awareness of this issue increases, individuals and organizations
alike must make decisions as to how they will address the concerns of riding
impaired. Impaired riding occurs in a variety of conditions, the most common and probably of most concern is alcohol. Drinking and riding is the most
obvious and the most frequently pointed to as a cause of concern. However,
impaired riding is also a condition that occurs under the influence of prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and over the counter drugs. As leaders in the motorcycling community we must educate and inform riders of the hazards and
encourage personal responsibility. Impaired riding is sited as the cause of
Forty-one percent of the 2,182 motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle
crashes in 2007, they had BAC levels of .08 or greater, (NHTSA). Motorcyclists must face the fact that this number is the one area where the fatalities
are in our direct control. If we want to bring about a reduction in the number
of impaired riding fatalities each of us must watch out for ourselves and those
we ride with. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, MRF, has taken the position that individual responsibility is the ultimate way to reduce fatalities. We
encourage organizations and riding groups to do what they can to take proactive efforts promoting unimpaired riding. Through outreach campaigns of the
risks associated with riding impaired; using education and awareness of the
various ways one can become impaired; and promoting and increasing efforts
to watch out for fellow riders, we can make a difference and perhaps save a
life and at the same time reduce the fatality numbers.
715 Mountain View Rd, Rapid City
Rapid City, SD
at the Flying J Truck Plaza
Exit 61
Rapid City SD
Secretary’s Report
In the days after our June General Membership meeting and prior to our ABATE RALLY, I processed 3 new members: Carol
Brown, Dustin Hay, Jeff Patterson, and 8 renewing members. I processed 3 new affiliates: Black Hills Tattoo, Island Bar,
Kreun Kustom and 4 renewing affiliates.
On June 4, 2014 prior to our ABATE RALLY, I deposited $1,017.00 including:
$275 for members, $350 for affiliates, $100 for calendar advertising, $220 for Rally silent auction donations, $52 for 50/50
money from the General Membership meeting, and $20.00 that Loren Wermers gave back from his 50/50 winnings to the Impact Fund. THANK YOU LOREN!
Now for the numbers after the ABATE RALLY:
I entered membership forms from 9 different states! People came from all over the mid-west and southeast for our rally: CO,
IA, LA, MN, MT, ND, SD, WI, and WY. I had such a GREAT time meeting many of our members and actually putting a face
to your name! I did enjoy myself, so let’s hope that I can remember your name with your face the next time we meet. LOL.
In the days following our ABATE RALLY, I processed 52 new members: Wayne Arthurs, Jared Benson, Aaron & Sherri
Bucholz, Shane & Staletta Cabral, Bill Capelle, Mallisa Cole, Randy Corbin, Don Deutloo, Chrystal Emmons, Russell Faulk,
Tracy Fees, Jack Floyd, Caleb Fousek, Jackie Freier, Sue Ginter, Mark Hohsman, Anton Green, Matt Hayes, Miranda
Heinrich, Craig Heutzenroede, David & Judy Huck, Devin Jankord, Katelyn Johnson, Brandon Jones, Lee Jones, Jeannie
Jones, Brian Kline, Sheri Knutson, James Lahren, Danielle Laughlin, Robin Lawallie, Steve Lea, Rob Luckie, Becky Ludwig,
Brittany Maier, Sandra McCauley, Les & Glenda Nelson, Melissa Newlander, Richard Poor Thunder, Gary Reeves, Michelle
Robinson, Dennis Schmitt, Lisa Sea, Nancy Stangland, Deb & Gary Voller, Dustin Welsh, and Doug Zahn.
I processed 107 renewing members.
I processed 2 new affiliates: Envied Threads – the awesome T-shirt/jewelry/patch vendor at the rally and Vicki Mason &
Carla Ford the wonderful ladies that cooked up some delicious eats at the rally on a moments notice when the scheduled vendor backed out.
We currently have 51 affiliates and 381 members.
79 addresses were sent to Western Mailers for mailing the hardcopy of the newsletter.
Memberships expired in June 2014: Crystal Adams, Chris Aldridge, Melissa Ammons, Jim & Tamara Bechard, Lynette
Becker, Tim Birmeier, Steve Brandsted, Travis Brei, LeRoy Brooks, Enrique Burkholder, Dale Claymore, Krissy Cox, Rodney Croyle, Van & Lisa DeVries, Tom Didier, Tim Elliot, Rich Ellison, Paula Fiedler, Aaron Giedd, Beth Glynn, Willie Haas,
Gina Hakin, Travis Hamann, Keith Hantak, Kenny & Brenda Harman, Tere Herman, Mike Jacobson, Todd Jansen, Marguerite Karlos, Ginny Maggie Kennedy, Chris Kniss, Travis Lightfield, Kim Logsdon, Frank Marohn, Ken Martinez, Marcia
Mayer, Dennis McCarthy, Tami Mitzel, Wild Bill Moffitt, Kevin & Leslie Morris, Mark Mueller, Sherry Ogilvie, Geoff
Oliver, Kristi Olson, Todd Orelup, Dave Owen, Dan Oxley, Tony Palli, Tracy Palmer, Jessie Phares, Robert Red Bear,
Tamara Reed, Bobby Riek, James Robinson, Marady & Jim Rude, Sandy Seachris, Rodney Seidel, Jeff Senne, Gary & Dana
Sherman, Andrea Stark, Chris Swick, Chris Tiller, Richard Warnemunde, Clay & Joy Weaver, and David Williams.
Memberships expiring in July 2014: Kelly & Rick Adams, Misty Arndt, Rollie Baker, Tim Bergman, Mike Birgen, Tim
Bourne, Charles Bowman, Kathy Bowser, William Brennan, Michael Cartwright, David Cartwright, Kylene Castillo, Jess
Castle, Todd Catron, Caryn Clinton, Robert & Sheila Coyle, Jeff Delacruz, Dan Determan, Doug Dougherty, Irene Fliegel,
Twyla Fritz, Tony ‘Bones’ Gabert, Desirae & Matt Gahl, Heather Garrett, Julie Haak, Brooke Haas, Dave Hodgson, Ron
Hopkins, Ann & John Hovednes, Rhett Howard, Joseph Huddleston, Randy Hughes, Dave Iverson, Chan Jacobson, David
Jennings, Bree Johnson, Laurie Johnson, James Johnson, Sandy Jost, Joe Kelly, Lynnelle Kline, Jen Kniss, Lyle Larson, Tosha Larson, Dave Larson, Scott Lemon, Nathan Mahle, Christina McKenna, Andee Millard, Wesly Miller, Brandy Miller,
Mike & Brenda Moore, Jeff Moser, Scott Multz, Mike & Diane Neu, Carol Orelup, Todd Owens, Maggie Palmer, Glen &
Elizabeth Passmore, Carol Phares, Jeff Pierce, Jim Piercy, Vickie Reich, Tyler Reif, Kathy Rice, Rod Russfell, Jeremy Ruyle,
Brenda Sanders, Floyd Savageau, Teresa Schock, Hillary Schwab, Valerie & Chad Seidel, Steve Sigdestad, Curt Smith, Karlton Smith, Anthony Stevenson, Deb Sutton, Michael Tarnowski, Becky & Brian Thompson, Rob Tompkims, Shean Usher,
Bob Walker, Rita & James White, Ken Willard, Nantinki Young, and Craig Youngstrom.
Memberships expiring in August 2014: Mur Anderson, Michael Duckworth, Steve Elfstrand, Sherri Ivey, James Knight,
Mike Rafford, and Terry Swick.
Looks like I have A LOT OF REMINDER CARDS TO SEND! I was really hoping it would be a lot less.
Affiliate memberships expired in June: Classy Cuts.
Affiliate memberships expiring in July: Quaker Steak & Lube, and Tri-State Tire.
Affiliate memberships expiring in August: NONE
If you missed the RALLY, you missed a GOOD TIME! Make plans to be there next year!
Your membership secretary,
Karline Clark
Visit one of these businesses today! (continued)
Chaplain’s Corner
A seminar I attended at Best of the West was titled "the three R's". It attracted me because the "lead-in"
title was. "I don't want to ride in your funeral procession!" The three R's are: Being Responsible, Riding
Responsibly and Taking Responsibility.
This is a course I am prepared to offer but I need Power Point support. That is a future subject but the
theme does fit the Chaplains Corner.
Some Christians profess you can't be Christian and drink. WRONG! Jesus' first miracle was at the wedding
feast at Cana.
John 2:5-10 Vs 9/10 "When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine ... the master
of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, every man at the beginning sets out the good
wine ... you have kept the good wine until now!"
However, God also provides admonitions against being drunk:
Eph 5:18 "and do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation, but be filled with the spirit."
1 Pet 4:3 "For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles (the world, our
friends) when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties and abominable idolatries."
Bottom line is God wants YOU to be responsible for yourself and your friends. Know your limits! Another
verse Prov 31:5 "Lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted."
We are challenged and directed by God to be our brother's keeper. This three R's program also reiterates
this. We should not be encouraging this behavior but rather be watchful over ourselves and our friends.
Sometimes it is a hard job/duty but...
"I don't want to ride in your funeral procession!"
Finally - We are entering the peak of our riding season and Auggie and I do not want to ride in your funeral procession nor do we want to conduct your funeral service. Watch out for one another and be willing
to speak out if someone should not be riding/driving.
1Pet 3:8 "Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous."
If we do the above, we will take care of one another and after all isn't that what ABATE is all about?
In His Service,
Sunshine and Auggie
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Bike Raffle Report
As many of you have heard by now On May 31st at 4 pm
at Black Hills Harley Davidson, Natalie Trudo pulled the
winning ticket from the tumbler and Steve Payne from
Eagle Butte was the grand prize winner of the bike. Steve
purchased his Bike Raffle Ticket from Bill Hanson when
we were set up at The Counts of Cobblestone Car show
this past winter. For selling the winning ticket I handed
Bill a new one hundred dollar bill that I'm sure he will
spend wisely. Second place went to Wes Haas and we
gave his better half Sue $500 in cash that SHE got to spend
wisely since Wes was at work. Third place went to Gloria
Doubler from my home town of Walnut Grove MN and
she selected a ladies Black Hills Gold watch. She bought
her ticket back in January when we had the bike in Walnut
Grove after the Sioux Falls swap Meet. Mary received
$100 for selling the most tickets, a total of 534.
I would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket or
two and especially thank the people who spent the hours at
events where we displayed the bike selling tickets. For
every ticket we sell we usually get 5 turn downs so it is not
a very easy task. I also want to thank Black Hills Harley
Davidson for their continuous support of our organization
in all our functions; it is a true pleasure to work with all
the great people in their business.
The 2015 Harley Davidson's come out after the Sturgis
Rally and Mary and I would like to step up and chair the
20th Rushmore ABATE Bike Raffle for one more year and
then we would like to take a break so if you had any
thoughts about stepping up and chairing a bike raffle or
whatever the general membership decides to do in 2016
please spend a little time with us when we have the bike
out and learn a few tips and maybe you have new ideas
that will help us this coming year as well.
Speaking of Bill Hanson, what a great job he and all the
volunteers did with this year's Membership Rally. We personally had a great time and we heard nothing but positive
comments. We drew a great crowd and I know of people
from Colorado, Minnesota, and even as far away as Louisiana who came to this great event. What a nice place
Shade Valley is!
Ride safe and enjoy the summer! My next column will be
in September's Newsletter with info on the 2015 raffle, IF
you want Mary and I to do it. :{) B.A. and Mary
Steak &
3313 E. Mall Dr, 342-9464
Products Report
We had all our product on display at the Abate
Rally and I'm pleased to share that we sold quite
a bit of product. I would like to thank Tammy
Pistulka, Paula Brown, Angie Lampert, Cheryl
Rega, and Phil and Tina McCollar for selling
product at the rally. We now have black and grey
zip up hoodies available for purchase. We are
working on getting some new women's shirts,
colored shirts with the Abate logo, and some
pins and patches. All of our products will be on
display at the general membership meetings and
available for purchase. Please let me know if
there is any product that you might be interested
in, if we don't have it we might be able to order
Products Manager
Hilary Klabunde
HR 4745 Walberg Amendment Passes
On June 9th the United States House of Representatives agreed
on the Walberg Amendment to the 2015 Transportation, Housing
and Urban Development Appropriations bill by voice vote on the House
floor, reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. The Amendment offered by Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) along with Mr. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Mr. Ribble (R-WI), eliminates a provision in the
2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations
act that would have allowed the Secretary of Transportation to discuss
motorcycle safety initiatives with state legislators. In 1998 Congress
passed a law that made it illegal for the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) to lobby state legislatures. Prior to
1998, according to the Government Accountability Office, NHTSA had
spent tens of thousands of dollars traveling to states whenever a state
debated changing their own state helmet law. Seeing this as a waste of
taxpayer money, the congress prohibited anyone from NHTSA to lobby
states uninvited. Mr. Walberg had this to say “This money should go to
fund eliminating distracted driving, motorcycle rider education, and
motorist-motorcycle awareness campaigns.”“Put simply this is a states
rights issue”, said Jeff Hennie Vice President of Government Relations
and Public Affairs for the Motorcycle Rider Foundation. He added
“With such limited, precious funds they need to be used in areas of
safety that are proven, not for bureaucratic waste.”The amendment was
opposed on the floor by Ed Pastor (D-AZ). The Motorcycle Riders
Foundation (MRF) thanks everyone who made calls on this important
issue, your participation was key in getting this amendment to pass. The
full bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives the evening of
June 10th with the Walberg amendment enacted.
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