May - ABATE of Illinois
~~For all activities on the calendar, look inside the newsletter for flyers, and other events ~~
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To the best knowledge of Lincoln Land ABATE, all event times, dates and locations are accurate at the time of printing and are subject to change or cancellation. PRESIDENT’S REPORT
We've had some much needed rain this past week, but
we've still have been experiencing some of the best riding
weather of any spring I can remember. Even so, keep in mind
motorists still may be getting used to seeing motorcycles out in
large numbers. (Unfortunately some never catch on.) Use
caution and don't assume that the other person sees you
approaching. May, as you all know is motorcycle awareness
month. Many entities such as IDOT, the Illinois State Police, the
Gold Wing Rider's Association, and of course, ABATE, are
stumping to get the word out and raise awareness. Do your part
and get the word out; be a good ambassador for safety and
awareness as well as motorcycling in general.
The State Party is shaping up to be a first class event.
I've been in frequent contact with the state's activities
coordinator and she is working diligently to make the party the
best it's ever been. From all that I've heard, she's moving in the
right direction. There will be plenty of great music as well as
biker events and just plain fun. We need to support the party; but
most of all, we also need to volunteer some time once there to
help with the various tasks that need addressed. This will be a
fresh start for the state party in a new area. I think those who
have attended past state parties will appreciate all that is being
done, and first timers will be equally impressed.
The same applies to the West Central Region party.
This was a first class event last year; this year sounds even
better. There has been a lot of hard work put in by the people
behind this event. We need to get behind them as well.
Volunteers will be needed for this event as well. Go over, enjoy
the party, but give some of your time to help make this another
Speaking of getting behind worthwhile efforts, let's all
jump in and help with the various bike nights that Lincoln Land
will be participating in. Quaker Steak and Lube's bike nights
will be a great draw and an even greater opportunity to approach
potential new members. Further, Alice and Stacy (Furlow) made
a fantastic contact and we will be front and center for bike nights
at Dockers in Spaulding. The bike nights are in conjunction with
WQLZ, who will be doing a bike give-away. We've talked at
length at meetings why we need new members, younger
members, and metric members. A lot of good points were made
in this regard. However, consider this: out of all the licensed
motorcyclists in the state, less than 3% are ABATE members.
That in and of itself should be all the motivation you need to get
out there and recruit fresh faces!
ACTIVITIES / PUBLIC RELATIONS
I want to start off with GREAT NEWS!! Our Awareness Rally
party was a huge success!! After all expenses were paid we
MADE $768.34!! That is HUGE!! I want to give a big “thank
you” to everyone who came out and helped in any way, big or
small. Events like this cannot happen without everyone’s help
and special talents. Everyone has something they can bring to
the table for a party like this and when we all work together we
end up being better & stronger for it!!
Now, onward to more events:
Bike Night at Docker’s Tavern, Riverton – The first night
will be Friday, May 18th from 6:30-8:00 pm. ABATE will be
working with the owner of Docker’s and radio station WQLZ
on their Friday night bike nights. We will have a good spot to
set up, live radio time during their remotes and free food!!
Anyone who wants to come out and help promote ABATE and
try to sell memberships is welcome and encouraged to come.
Bike Nights at Quaker, Steak & Lube – Please try to attend
these bike nights also. Check this newsletter for the specific
dates that we will be at QS & L. For any more information on
this please contact: Steve Lindsey at 217-899-5665
Window Wash: Saturday, May 19th Noon – 2PM – Railsplitter
Rest Area just north of Springfield – we will be meeting at the
Northender’s VFW between 11:30 and 11:45 for anyone who
wants to ride out together – hope to see you there!
Salt Creek ABATE St. Jude Run – Saturday June 2nd, sign up
12-1 pm Logan Lanes in Lincoln, IL – this chapter has recently
attended a chapter meeting of ours and had a good presence at
our Awareness Rally Party – anyone who can reciprocate by
helping out their chapter that would be great!!
Please try to attend as many of these events as you can, I know
everyone is busy but please try to allocate some time for
See you all soon, Alice
The evening after our Awareness Rally,
I tried some new medicine that threw me for a
loop. In fact, I am still a little loopy. Rather than
blunder my way through this month’s report, I am borrowing the
report sent by State Legislative Coordinator Bob Myers through
A.B.A.T.E.’s “OnDGo” service. I encourage all our members to
subscribe to this service by sending Jean “OnDGo” Hogan a
subscription request at: [email protected]
Anyway, here is what Bob Myers reported on Friday, May 5th:
Here is what has happened the last couple of weeks!
HB0930 (Senator Haine) We Support - This bill will stop Federal
Funds from being used for M.C. Only check points, Was finally
released to the Assignments Committee to be assigned to a
committee for consideration.
I went to not only Senator Haine but also to Senators
Forby and Trotter for help into getting this bill out and even Senate
Majority Leader James Clayborn with our concerns over this bill
not moving. The next day this bill was finally moved to Assignments
and I was told there was a misunderstanding, Hey we will take it!
Without Federal Funds our state is too broke to use state money.
The Committee on Assignments put the bill in the Senate
Agriculture Committee which is unusual for a Transportation bill
but I would be hard pressed picking another one this good for us.
This committee meets May 8th @ 2pm room 409, Capitol
The link for this committee is below:
IF your Senator is among those please call them and ask
that they support this bill. Be very respectful. This bill is ours if we
work it right.
Talking points are: profiling motorcyclists is wrong. We
don't profile Volkswagens or convertibles or other non-commercial
vehicles. Federal tax dollars should not be wasted and be spent on
other, more important areas of motorcycle safety and awareness.
Other states that have passed bills outlawing M.C. only check
points are Calif., N.Carolina, N. Hampshire, Virginia, and Missouri
and New Jersey going after the bill now.
SB 2528 (Support) - the 120 sec wait for Red Lights that don't sense
your motorcycle or bicycle passed through the house and waits for
the Governor’s signature.
SB3452 (Watching) Wheelie's over the speed limit, which was run
by the I.S.Police, passed and waiting on Governor to sign.
SB3616 (Opposed) E-20 & E-30 taxation structure still in House
committee on Revenue and Finance
HB4700 (Opposed) Sister bill to SB3616 still in RULES Committee
HB5479 (Opposed) County Amusement Tax (HOG ROCK) Rereferred to Rules
HB4860 (Supported) Exempt Private Property from lawsuits when
holding CRSTP classes - Re-referred to rules
HB1907 (Opposed) A bill concerning the RICO ACT which could
have tied us in with gangs.
HR 997 (Supported) We had a Resolution proclaiming May as
Motorcycle Awareness run by Rep. Jim Watson read in the House
Thursday, 3rd and next week it will be run by Senator Bill Haine.
Ride safe and be ready to help our candidate friends when they ask
for help in parades and other events this summer.
Tim “Go-Go” Gosteli
Hod Rod 1%er
“Out with the old, in with the new”
Here is my plan for the products:
“Grant me the strength to endure, the wisdom to outsmart and
enough tequila to medicate.”
TEN LITTLE MOTORCYCLISTS
reprinted from the Wings of Gold M/C newsletter
10 little motorcyclists, cruising down the line, one had a
heavy hand, and then there were 9. Speed limits are set for your
9 little motorcyclists, the hour was getting late, one
dozed a moment, and then there were 8. A tired rider is a
8 little motorcyclists, and the evening seemed like
heaven, one showed his riding skills, and them there were 7.
Ride sensibly and sanely at all times, a motorcycle is no place
for a clown.
7 little motorcyclists, their lives were full of kicks, one
bought a bottle, and then there were 6. Gasoline and alcohol are
a deadly mix. Never drink and ride.
6 little motorcyclists, impatient to arrive, one jumped a
traffic light, and then there were 5. Don't gamble years of your
life to save a second.
5 little motorcyclists, touring near the shore, one
viewed the scenery, and then there were 4. Careful riding
demands alertness at all times.
4 little motorcyclists, happy as can be, one passed upon
a hill, and then there were 3. Never pass another vehicle when
your vision is obscured.
3 little motorcyclists, were busy it's true, and one
neglected bike repairs, and then there were 2. For safety's sake,
always keep your motorcycle in top condition.
2 little motorcyclists, and the day was nearly done, one
didn't dim his lights, and then there was 1. Slow down at dusk or
darkness, adjust your riding to existing conditions.
1 little motorcyclist, is still alive today, by following
the safety rules, he hopes to stay that way!
Thank you to Dellann for a great safety reminder!
Reduced rates on in-stock products at the
A “live auction” at the chapter meetings to
really get our items moving.
All new items will have a consistent design, on
Downed Riders past t-shirts included.
Call or email me if you want to purchase
products outside of the chapter meetings.
Hod Rod 1%er
Email: [email protected]
We owe a thank you to these businesses for the
following donations made to the May 5th
Awareness Rally Pre-Party:
Prepared the Pulled Pork:
Brad & Larry Reynolds Rental - Chatham
Penske/Hertz (cars and trucks)
(2) Roasters Donated to the Chapter:
Becky @ The Keg
11th & Ash, Springfield
~ They worked great! ~
Downed Rider Benefit Committee
Due to the busy summer season on Thursday
nights with bike nights, we have changed the
monthly meeting date to:
The T-shirts are excellent and are selling
and the can coolies are $3 until the time for
the benefit when we will use them as the
giveaway for the “$5 Optional Entry”. We
also have shirts in a ladies spaghetti-strap tank
top option, as well.
~ ~ SELL TICKETS ALL SUMMER ~ ~
The ticket sales are already going really well
so please call the treasurer, Howard Nation at
(217) 341-6483 or get them at the next chapter
meeting. Here is what we have:
VIP Race Package [$5 per]
Cash Raffle” [$1 per/6 for $5]
“Wheel Barrow a’ Fun” [$5 per/5 for $20]
If you can ride to the meetings of any
chapters adjacent to Lincoln Land, here is a
list where we want to visit:
Tri County – Jacksonville (not listed on calendar)
Prairieland – Decatur (3rd Sundays)
Salt Creek – Lincoln (1st Sundays)
Mid-State – Pana (2nd Tuesdays)
Freedom by Choice – Bethany/Decatur Mtg (not listed on calendar)
Shoal Creek – Vandalia (1st Sundays)
Black Diamond – Carlinville (3rd Sundays)
But first call any committee member to
coordinate so that we don’t duplicate our
efforts. Thank you for all you can do,
By: Downed Rider Benefit Committee
Paula “Pi” Allen
As of May 3, 2012
Due June: 36 ~ Due May: 35 ~ Due April: 30
New Members Since 4/19/12: FOURTEEN (14)!
(NEW MEMBERS LISTED NEXT PAGE)
MEMBERSHIPS DUE IN JUNE 2012
INDERMARK, SR, GEORGE
MEMBERSHIPS DUE IN MAY 2012
DAVIES, MARY JO
REBBE III, JOHN
MEMBERSHIPS DUE IN APRIL 2012
CROXTON, Sr., TRAVIS
THANK YOU! SPONSORS...
Added since last newsletter ! ….
Riverton Harley Riders
Mary Jo Davies
It’s not too late! Send to the PO Box
And receive a bottle or can coolie and …..
[ YOUR NAME HERE!]
James M. File
Sam & Marilyn Haycraft
William & Karel Howard
Adam & Linette Hughes
Steve & Doris Lindsey
Ken Lowe (K&L Equipment & Mechanical)
Kevin Marcum—Frontline Express
Jenny “MamaO” Ozanic
The Pony Keg, Cary & Marty Williams
Shake n’ Bake and Lori Ann Richards
Clyde & Vicki Richardson
Jacques Roberts & Sissie
Coy & Susan Squires, Memorial: “To all of
our military members that have gave the ultimate sacrifice, (their lives) to protect our Freedom”. Amen!
Steel Justice, M/C
Two Stroke ~ SJMC
Robert Wilson, Sr.
(2) Anonymous, Feb Chapter Mtg
Phil “Pacman” Cornell
Hello Lincoln Land,
I hope you're all enjoying this wonderful weather!
Mother Nature needs to decide if it's spring or summer.
Well, if you haven't had a chance to get out and ride in
between the rain and cold you've missed out on some
wonderful days. And just in case you need a reason to
get out and ride, you have to look no further than the
calendar in this newsletter. Between the local MC's and
our chapter activities there is no excuse for not getting
out and riding like there's no tomorrow.
Speaking of chapter activities, we had a sponsor
run and FREE hog roast on 4/29. To say the very least, I
was disappointed with the turnout. I would have thought
that with the offer of free food we would have had at least
half the chapter show up. Well, at least the dozen who
showed up had a great time and the food was awesome.
I understand that people today lead very busy
lives and have little time for anything beyond work and
family. And believe me, I put family before anything else,
including ABATE. But we also have to do a balancing act
to take care of the things that are near and dear to us. I
know that every one of you like riding or you wouldn't be
a member of ABATE. Whether you ever come to a
meeting or chapter event, just by being a member you
are supporting ABATE. I hope you know we all appreciate
each and every one of you!
But there is so much more to it and getting
involved is easy, lot's of fun and very rewarding. If every
member reading this made a point to mark their calendar
and come to just one meeting and one chapter event this
year, we would double if not triple our attendance. All I'm
asking for is just ONE meeting and ONE chapter event
for the entire year. Our monthly meetings average 1 1/2 2 hours and an event will average 4 hours. There are
8760 hours in a year and we're only asking for 6 hours of
your time! You might even enjoy yourself and come back
OK, I'm sure that some of you have been to
meetings and activities in the past and left with a bad
taste in your mouth for whatever reason. Well, I
challenge each and every one of you to call me and let me
know how you feel or why you have that bad taste. I will
do everything that I possibly can to correct the situation.
I'm serious about
My phone # is 217/741-4379.
this challenge and look forward to your calls.
Just remember folks,
You have only the rights you are willing to fight for! I
believe that freedom of the road is worth fighting for. How
NEW MEMBERS ~ WELCOME!
(Since Apr 19 to May 9th)
39th Annual Chatham
July 20 & 21, 2012
Chatham Community Park
Grilled Corn (in shuck)
Ahoy! Welcome to the Pirate Bar at the
Chatham Jaycees Sweet Corn Festival .
Our friendly staff is here to serve you.
Please browse our adult beverage menu, at:
ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITY
Click on “Sweetcorn Festival”
Miller Beer Products
Pirate Rum Punch
Mike's Hard Lemonade
Mike's Hard Cranberry
Wine (Red, White, White
Sunday, July 29, 2012
1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Long Branch Tavern
110 N. Main St ~ Athens, IL
(IL Rte 29 North to Athens)
~ ~ BIKE SHOW ~ ~
(Check in Starts at 1:00 p.m.)
~ $5 Optional Donation at the Door ~
(Gets you a can coolie & Door Prize Ticket!)
Thanks to These Business Sponsors:
Sprinklawn (217) 544-9200 ~ Ramsey Grain
The Keg Tavern ~ Appliance Information & Repair (217) 698-8858
Chapman Stone & Marble ~The Village Tap/Riverton
Flyer Printing: Blue Moon Pub & Grill, Dawson, IL (217) 364-4546
RTE 97 NORTH OF PETERSBURG
AVAILABLE FOR POKER RUNS
OPEN 7 DAYS
THE VILLAGE TAP
1041 East Stanford
Riverton, IL (217) 629-9120
$10 Buckets Everyday
1:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Saturday Open 11 a.m.
North Peoria Rd at 11th Street
POKER RUNS WELCOME http://www.myspace.com/dudessaloon NEW MANAGEMENT !! Games ~ Food Trailer in Back
Sundays ~ Homemade Food
Sundays: 16 oz cans $1.50
~ Coldest Beer in Town ~
The American Harley Express members have
received tragic news 2 times, not in a week, but in a matter of a
day or two this week. Their member Lee “Big Lee” Edwards
was killed in a motorcycle accident. The wife of their member
Rod Rademaker also passed away unexpectedly this week.
Very special condolences to their members and families. By
the time this comes out we will have the arrangements from the
Speaking as a member, the April 29th hog roast was
virtually ignored by the chapter, for whatever reason. It was
raining that Sunday which means there’s nothing to do around
the house, where better to spend a rainy day but visiting with
friends in a bar over some free food. We were sorry to see that
turnout, and sorry for the bar who thought Lincoln Land
A.B.A.T.E. was a ticket to a good day of business. How
embarrassing for this chapter!
But by the Grace of God we redeemed ourselves at
our own party on May 5th for the Awareness Rally weekend.
1) We had a spectacular day planned in entertainment and 2)
The word is spreading to other chapters and to the E-BOD of
It was successful financially, but more important than
money in the bank, it means that the chapter had overwhelming
support and involvement. That, my friends, is as they say
“PRICELESS” ! Thank to EVERYONE who helped! We were
sorry Mama O couldn’t be here, she says Hi! Love you! Bobbi
LINCOLN LAND ABATE
Advertising Sizes And Rates
Treasurer’s Report: The May 5th Awareness
Rally Pre-Party was a huge success from a financial position. As
Alice said, were able to put over $700 in the checking account.
Nothing is more important than members: We are very happy
about the involvement from all over the state. We had partiers,
many probably non-members from Springfield, as well.
We have two members who are
becoming really active and even say how excited they are about
ABATE ! Thank you to Ken Seaton and Angie Patrick for all
they are already doing, what with selling Downed Riders tickets
like crazy! But not only that, Angie is interested in the position of
chapter Secretary, and that would be a great thing because more
officers means more ideas, input, suggestions and overall help!
And it means that we can fill in for each other at meetings when
one cannot attend. Thank you Angie!
Thank you, Bobbi
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Payments due before the ad is published.
Lincoln Land ABATE Officers
11th & Ash ~ Springfield
Open Noon to 1:00 a.m. Daily
Monday’s Miller Products $1.50
Drink Specials Daily
Pool ~ Free WiFi ~ Shuffleboard
BUY 1 GET 1 FREE with this Coupon
RTE 54 in Spaulding, IL Wednesday & Saturdays $1 Bottles/Cans Thursdays ~ 4 for $6 Miller Lite/Coors Light * POKER RUNS WELCOME * Pool ~ Darts ~ Shuffleboard LONGBRANCH TAVERN ~ COLDEST BEER IN MENARD COUNTY! ~ Legislative Coordinator
Safety & Education Coordinator
On Main Street ~ Athens, Illinois Secretary/Treasurer
~BLOCK PARTY ~ 15 years in 2012 ~ AUG 24 AND AUG 25 (Poker Run Sat!) Vice President
Phil “Pacman” Cornell
Sangamon Ave ~ Stockyard Road
Motorcycles/Poker Runs Welcome
1047 East Stanford Avenue, Springfield, IL
Hours: 3 pm to 1am Mon to Sat
Pinball ~~ Shuffleboard Game
Daily Drink Specials, Too!
Proud A.B.A.T.E. Supporter
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include your regular mailing address [on your mailing label]!
Howard L. Nation, Jr.
Tim “Go-Go” Gosteli
Downed Rider Committee
Chairman: George Hurst
Vice Chairman: Stacey Furlow
Treasurer: Howard L. Nation, Jr.
Secretary: Bobbi Ozanic
A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Inc.
Lincoln Land Chapter
P O Box 5774
Springfield, IL 62705-5774
PERMIT NO. 569
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED
Downed Riders Benefit “DRB” Committee
Anything you need to accomplish
these tasks or to-do items: [get you your
tickets to sell, help you pick up donations,
store donations, anything at all] contact
anyone on the DRB Committee: the list is
inside this newsletter on the “Donation
Request Letter”. We need you to print, make
copies and use that letter when collecting any
cash donation or auction item. Please! Very
Every single item collected must be
recorded to give recognition and receipts.
Thank you all for your help and
support this year!
Sincerely, DRB Committee