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From the State Coordinator
A
Brotherhood
Against
Totalitarian
Enactments
ABATE of Washington
Legislative information - Events - Cycle Tech - and More
ABATE is an organization dedicated to the Freedom of the Road, raising public awareness through education,
political and community action and charitable deeds. Membership is open to anyone, 18 years or older, interested
in promoting freedom, whether or not you own or ride a motorcycle.
Let Those Who Ride Decide
Freedom
Vol. 35, Issue 1
January 2013
“Dedicated to Freedom of the Road”
www.ABATE-WA.org
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January 2013 Page 2
State Officers
State Office
ABATE of WA P.O. Box 8369
Tacoma, WA, 98419-0369
253-326-5201
[email protected]
Eastside Dep.Coordinator
Ron Voss
P.O. Box 10555,
Yakima, WA. 98909
509 305 1363
[email protected]
Secretary
Rona K. Smith
P.O. Box 8369
Tacoma WA, 98419-0369
253-924-1981
[email protected]
Coordinator
Lyle Coyle
Westside Dep.Coordinator
Mike Campbell
PO Box 8369
Tacoma, WA 98419-0369
253-606-9365
253-862-7753
[email protected]
[email protected]
Treasurer
Koeta Imhof
P.O.Box 8369
Tacoma, WA. 98419-0369
253-845-7013
[email protected]
253-326-5201
in State Office
[email protected]
NCOM Ambassador
Irish McKinney
[email protected]
206-242-4601
Ambassador-at-Large
Dutch Phillips
P.O. Box 8369
Tacoma, WA, 98419-0369
[email protected]
State Committee Chairs
Legislative
Mr. Breeze (Donnie Landsman)
60 Proton Ln
Richland WA 99354
425-495-7000
[email protected]
By-Laws
Mick Gillispie
P.O. Box 8369
Tacoma WA, 98419-0369
[email protected]
Chaplain
Ranger Ric Sander
68 State Park Rd
Republic, WA 99166
509-775-2124
[email protected]
Asst. Chaplain
Rod Tubbs
909 Vicky Place
Camano Island, WA 98282
360-387-3236
Membership
Greg “Righteous”Hansen
P.O.Box 8369
Tacoma, Washington 98419-0369
360-229-6653
[email protected]
Citations Officer
Paul Arnold
[email protected]
Communications Officer
Warner “G-Man” Gilbert
P.O. Box 8369
Tacoma,WA 98419-0369
[email protected]
253-224-3273
Seargent at Arms
Tim Wilkins
253-278-7228
[email protected]
Newsletter Team
Ron Fryer
[email protected]
360-574-8070
Cathy Salomone
[email protected]
Products
Roxanna Kelly
6616 150th St SW Trlr #3
Lakewood,WA 98439
253-588-8410
[email protected]
Public Relations Officers
Jessica Shine
[email protected],
208.863.2259
P.O. Box 8369
Tacoma,WA 98419-0369
[email protected]
Joseph Kimball
[email protected]
360-621-3816
State QuartermasterJay Frasier 253-862-1481
[email protected]
Safety & Education Program
Lenny Pletsch
P.O. Box 203
Nasalle.WA 98638
360-484-7226
[email protected]
Security - Chief of Security
Jason McCarter
425-343-2554
[email protected]
Parliamentarian
Darcy Mugartegui
P.O. Box 7129
Olympia, WA 98507-7129
360-791-2412
[email protected]
Spring & Fall Swap Meets
Rona Smith
P.O. Box 8369
Tacoma,WA 98419-0369
253-924-1981
State Audit
Darcy Mugartegui
P.O. Box 7129
Olympia, WA 98507-7129
360-791-2412
[email protected]
Webmaster
Derek VanSpoor
P.O. Box 8369
Tacoma, WA 98419-0369
[email protected]
Spring Opener Commitee
Jimmy George
Chapter Representatives
Rep 1: Scott Robinson
509-250-2001
[email protected]
Central Washington
Columbia Gorge
Independence
Inland Empire
Kittitas County
North East Washington
Tri-Cities Chapter
Rep 2: Ron Fryer
(H) 360-574-8070
Pacific County,
Grays Harbor,
Lewis County,
Clark County
[email protected]
[email protected]
Rep 3: Karen Blakely
East Pierce Coounty,
Rat City,
So King County,
Tacoma
[email protected]
Rep 4: OPEN
North Snohomish County,,
Sky Valley,
[email protected]
Rep 5: OPEN
North Olympic,
North Kitsap,
Mason County,
Olympia
[email protected]
January 2013 Page 3
Chapter Contacts
Central Washington
P.O. Box 9022
Yakima, WA 98909
Meets: 6:30 PM 1st (business)
& 3rd (planning) Thursdays
Pastime Tavern
125 E. Naches Ave.
Selah
Business mtg
Contact: Rich Bright
[email protected]
Clark County Freedom Riders
13023 NE Hwy 99
Suite 7 Box 110
Vancouver, WA 98686
Meets:
2nd Thursday @ 7:30 PM
Boppin’Bo’s Malt Shop
7809 NE Vancouver Plz Dr
Vancouver, WA 98662
Contact:
Ron Fryer
360-574-8070
[email protected]
Columbia Gorge
PO Box 357
Goldendale, WA 98620
Meets:
3rd Thursday
Dinner & Social hour @ 6 PM
Meeting starts @ 7 PM
Roadhouse Bar & Grill
1533 Hwy 97
Goldendale, WA 98620
Contact:
Lynal Grassman
(509) 773-6011
East Pierce County
PO Box 1348
Sumner, WA. 98390
Meets:
1st Sunday @ 10 AM
Schafer’s Bar & Grill
16202 64th Street E.
Sumner, WA 98390
Contact:
Noel Ortiz
206 218 4812
[email protected]
Grays Harbor
PO Box 1032
Aberdeen WA 98520
Meets:
American Legion Hall
112 1st Street
Aberdeen WA 98520
Second Sunday 10:00 AM
Contact:
Don Florek
360-533-8148
[email protected]
Independence Chapter
PO Box 41
Zillah, WA 98953
Meets:
1st Wed @ 7 PM
Eagles Toppenish
515 S. Division St
Toppenish, WA 98948
Contact:
Independence Chapter
Iola Voss
509-305-0644
[email protected]
Inland Empire
PO Box 40474
Spokane, WA 99220
Meets: 2nd Tuesday @ 6 PM
Sweet Old Bob’s
3243 E Trent Avenue
corner of Trent and Ralph
Spokane WA
Contact:
contact: Seth McIntosh
509-991-5400
Kittitas County
Meets:
6 pm social,
6:30 pm business meeting
Buzz Inn Steakhouse
First Tuesday of the month.
2202 South Canyon Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Contact: Joe Hill
509 929 0729
[email protected]
Lewis County:
P.O. Box 1108
Centralia, WA 98531
Meets:
2nd & 4th Wed @ 7 PM
Moose Lodge
Centralia, WA
Contact:
Terry Butler
360 807 0179
[email protected]
Mason County Chapter
Mason County Chapter
PO Box 213
Shelton, WA 98584
Meets:
2nd Wednesday @ 7pm
Taylor Station Restaurant
62 SE Lynch Rd.
Shelton, WA
Contact:
Greg “Righteous” Hansen
360-229-6653
[email protected]
NE Washington
PO Box 1886
Newport, WA 99156
Meets:
2nd Sunday @ 4:30 PM
Michael’s
208 S. Washington Ave
Newport, WA 99156
Contact:
Milt Carvell
503-713-8862
[email protected]
North Kitsap Chapter
PO Box 5831
Bremerton, WA 98312
Meets: 1st Wed. @ 7 PM
Silverdale All Star Lanes &
Restaurant
10710 Silverdale Way
Silverdale, WA 98383
360-692-5760 x106
meeting is in the Atrium.
Contact:
Chris Varner
360-440-1344
[email protected]
North Olympic
P.O. Box 3745
Sequim, WA 98382
Meets:
3rd Tuesday @ 7 PM
Las Palomas
1085 E. Washington St.
Sequim, WA 98382
Contact:
Neil Eckerson
360-683-8598
[email protected]
North Snohomish County
P.O. Box 1288
Marysville, WA 98270
Meets:
3rd Sunday @ 10 AM
Everett Eagles (F.O.E. #13)
1216 Broadway
Everett, WA
Contact:
Kevin A. Larson
360-659-7010
[email protected]
Olympia
P.O. Box 7129
Olympia, WA 98507-7129
Meets:
1st Thurs. @ 7 PM
3rd Thurs. - see web
Tea Leaf II
4646 Pacific Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98503
360-459-3800
Contact:
Wayne Mugartgeui
360-791-0010
[email protected]
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Chapter Contacts
Pacific County:
P.O. Box 203
Naselle, WA 98638
Meets:
1st Sunday @ 10 AM
Hunter’s Inn
Naselle, WA
Contact:
Lenny Pletsch
360-484-7226
[email protected]
Rat City
PO Box 46033
Seattle WA 98146
Meets:
2nd Tues @ 7 PM
6 PM Social
The White Center Pizza
& Spaghetti House
10231 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146
Contact:
James Hemmingsen
206 450 6555
[email protected]
com
Sky Valley
P.O. Box 784
Snohomish, WA 98291
Meets:
Bike Show Meeting 1st Tuesday
Chapter Meeting 2nd Tuesday
@ 7 PM
Eagles FOE #195
606 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290
Contact:
Rod Hobelman
360-563-9763
[email protected]
Spanaway Chapter
Meets: 2nd Tuesday at 7pm.
Uncle Sam’s American
Bar & Grill
16003 Pacific Ave. S
Spanaway, WA 98387
Contact:
Dolly Barraugh
(253) 376-3732
[email protected]
South King County
P.O. Box 30
Milton, WA 98354
Meets:
1st Mon. @ 7 PM
Performance Grill
1525 A St. N.E.
Auburn, WA. 98002
Contact:
Sam Walker
253-632-5880
[email protected]
Tri-Cities Chapter
PO Box 2425
Richland, WA 99352
Meets: Meets:
2nd Thursday at 6:30 PM
American Legion Post #34
1029 W. Sylvester
Pasco, WA
Contact: Jim Crume
(509) 628-1944
[email protected]
Tacoma
PO Box 975
Tacoma, WA 98401-0975
Meets:
1st Wed. @ 7 PM
VFW Post #969
3510McKinleyAve.
Tacoma, WA
Contact:
Tacoma Chapter
Donnie Ahola
253-376-8643
[email protected]
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(Fight For Your) FREEDOM Volume 35—Issue 1
Publisher: ABATE of Washington
P. O. Box 8369 Tacoma, WA 98419-0369
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State Coordinator: Mick Gillispie
Editor: Ron Fryer
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Table of Contents
Page
Vol. 35 Issue 1
State Officers, Committee Chairs, Chapter Reps
3
Chapter Contacts.................................................
4
From the State Coordinator.................................
10
Chapter Reports..................................................
12
Black Thursday Calendar....................................
17
Chaplin................................................................
19
Legislative Report...............................................
20
Win a Motorcycle................................................
24
ABATE of Washington
“Dedicated to Freedom of the Road”
Editor’s Corner
I hope everyone had a
wonderful holiday and a safe
New Year’s celebration.
Last month I said some things
that may not have been clear
or may have caused some
misinterpretation
regarding
representation of the COC. I
had stated that Steve Puccio
was a Rep for the COC. I
had gotten that information from one of his emails,
but I had failed to verify it. Upon investigation it was
discovered that there are more than one organization in
Washington State that use the same acronym. One is the
Confederation of Clubs, which is part of NCOM and
is working with ABATE on many political issues. The
other is Coalition of Clubs which is made up of several
motorcycle riding clubs and organizations. They are
not associated with ABATE or the Confederation of
Clubs. If this seems confusing to you, I understand,
because it is confusing to me as well. I apologize for
any misunderstandings that resulted from my failure
to confirm the facts and I hope this clears things up.
For the record, Steve Puccio has resigned from ABATE
and may be the Rep for the Coalition of Clubs, but
that is still unconfirmed. He is part of the “Legislative
Assault Committee” which has no affiliation with
ABATE of Washington, and he does not speak for
ABATE of Washington.
That being said, it is very important for every
motorcyclist to attend Black Thursday on January
17th. ABATE is taking two issues to the Capitol: the
Red Light issue and the Helmet Repeal/Modification
bill. Both issues have a lot of support, but we need
your presence to make our voice strong.
There is also a Meet and Greet Wednesday evening at
the Govenor Hotel as well as a Legislative Reception
Thursday afternoon starting at 4:00 PM. There is more
information about these events on page 17 and 18.
Please come and meet everyone. It will be informal and
you can talk to anyone you want. It’s good to get to
know your legislators and it’s good for them to know
you, too.
Don’t forget to have your Chapter LAO or Chapter
Coordinator (if you have no LAO) make the appointments
for Black Thursday. It’s easy, and you only have to talk
to their aide. They make the appointments. It’s not as
scary as you may think, and making the appointment
will set aside the time you need to have that all important
face time to discuss the issues.
Then, after the session is over, go visit your legislators
in your district when they have more time. It will give
you a chance to find out what they think about many
issues, and what you can do to help them achieve
their goals. A little help from you will go a long way
toward establishing a relationship between you and
your legislators. That relationship will help ABATE of
Washington maintain your freedom of the road as well
as get back some freedoms that have been taken away
already. I cannot tell you how important this is. If you
enjoy riding motorcycles, this is a “must do.” When you
get to know your legislators, they will have a tendency
to listen to what you have to say. If every ABATE
member does this, then we will have the ear of every
legislator, and ABATE of Washington will, indeed, be
the “voice of the people” and will be heard on the hill.
Get involved! And be safe.
Shiny side up.
Best Regards,
Ron
January 2013 Page 7
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From the State Coordinator
a group to let our legislators know that we are all
here and we care what happens to motorcyclists.
Speaking to your legislators should not be a once
a year thing; you can do this year round on an
individual basis.
Hello Everyone,
Well I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday
season doing the toy runs, food drives, and all
activities that come with the holiday season. One
of the first things I wanted to do is to thank and
apologize to the Olympia Toy Run Coalition.
First I want to thank you for allowing us to sell
our raffle tickets at your event. I also want to
apologize for the way things were handled by
some members of ABATE, as that is not the way
ABATE of Washington should handle situations
that may arise.
Well as many of you know we now have our
gambling license and we are selling raffle tickets
for the motorcycle. We already have tickets with
members in different areas and are sending the
even more to members as I am writing this. With
the gambling license the chapters can now legally
do raffles however there are rules and regulations
that have to be followed. I will be sending out
information on what you can do and what you
cannot do and what paperwork has to be done to
do this, your chapter should be receiving all the
necessary paperwork shortly.
This year is a very important month for us
as Black Thursday is when we go to Olympia as
January 2013 Page 10
G–Man, our communications person, has
sent out some communications. If you have not
received these it means we do not have your correct
e-mail address. When you fill out your applications
make sure you print clearly so we can get the correct
information. If you have not received these get
with your chapter membership person or contact
the state membership person to submit the correct
information..
Lyle Coyle
Notice
Nominations for East Side Deputy Coordinator,
State Secretary, State Treasurer, and NCOM
Ambassador will be taken at the January BOD
qualifications for these positions can be found in
the By-Laws 6.3.2, 6.3.3, and 6.3.4 and for NCOM
Ambassador 6.4.5 if you would like to run for one
of these State Officer positions be at the BOD in
January and have someone nominate you.
Lyle Coyle
ABATE of Washington
2013 Meeting Schedule
Board of Directors Meetings
January 12, 2013, Tacoma,
April 27 - South King County,
July 20 - Olympia,
Ocotber 12 - Tri-Cities Chapter
ECOM Meetings
11:00 AM Johnnie’s in Fife unless otherwise posted
March 3, Jnne 14 (4:00PM at Spring Opener), Aug 25
ABATE of WASHINGTON
State Ambassador at large Report as of 12-03-2012
ABATE of WASHINGTON
Dutch Phillips “Dragoni”
State Ambassador at large
Cell: 253-301-7727
Email: [email protected]
Hello to ABATE of WASHINGTON:
After the Oct. 2012 BOD I traveled to Spanaway for the flag ceremony with our newest chapter!
Then on Nov. 18, 2012 I traveled to Grays Harbor for a special chapter Officers Election!
It has been a very busy month promoting a supporting ABATE of Washington.
I am still interested in working with someone on building a chapter in Wenatchee, WA
I did not attend the Dec. 2012 Executive Committee Meeting, It was on my 62nd Birthday.
ABATE of Washington, Spanaway Chapter
Receiving there Chapter Flag on Nov. 13, 2012!
ABATE of Washington; Spanaway Chapter
is growing with every chapter meeting,
42 members as of 12/03/2012!
Due to a scheduling conflict Grays Harbor Chapter held
a new election for the Chapter Officers on Nov. 18,2012
The chapter vote was 5 to 7 in favor of Don Floric!
ABATE of Washington, Grays Harbor Chapter
New Coordinator “Don Floric”
Accepting the Chapter Gavel from Paul Arnold!
Paul Arnold will not stay with the chapter
as the chapter L.A.O.
New: Deputy Coordinator Mike Cowan,
New Chapter Secretary: Clifford Knutson
The bad weather is coming, Lets all ride safe!
Dragoni L.L.&R. Always
January 2013 Page 11
Sky Valley
Chapter meetings
Meets 2nd Tuesday -7 PM
Bike Show meetings
Meets 1st Tuesday - 7 PM
CCR
215 Cypress Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290
The bike show is officially on! Back in Snohomish the
“Classic and Antique Motorcycle Show” is BACK!!!
The third Sunday in May is the date to mark on your
calender. This year should be bigger and better then
ever! Sotell everyone as venders and sponcers ar needed
to sign up.
By the reading of this our holiday family’s will already
be visited by Santa (Jim Blowers in a Santa suit on a
Harley)
with the rest of the chapter in tow. Helping those less
fortunate for the holiday’s just feels right. I hope I can
post some pictures on next months news letter of the
group.
Dazzelin’ Dave is already working on the Shakin’ the
winter blues party for spring. If you came last year you
know how much fun it was. I will post more info on the
party as it comes in.
We would like to welcome our new legislative officer
Randy Gossard as well as our new public relations
officer Tanya to our flock. Good to have new blood in
some of the positions this year.
Well other then watching it rain (but not as much as
Randy as he has a new Road King) I don’t have much
more to report this month.
On a side note all of you who know are are familiar
with Ron Hanson or AKA “Side road Ron” he is in the
hospital with complications from a bleeding ulcer. Send
him a prayer if you can.
Black Thursday is next and Rats will be supporting the
seminar put on by Donnie Breeze on January 6th at the
Poodle Dog in Fife from 9-5.
Rats will also be out cleaning up the highway on
Sunday, January 13th.
Next up is our annual Freeze Your Butt Off ride on
March 16. There should be a flyer in this issue of
the newsletter. We are changing the route a bit this
year, and the games, so we can be in compliance with
ABATE rules – watch for more details as we get closer
to the event.
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season however
you celebrate it. For us it was most meaningful to be
at the Tacoma Toy Run last weekend at the Battered
Women’s Shelter and to Feed Some People through the
White Center Food Bank with our event last night.
Marjorie McKinney
Rat City Chapter, ABATE of Washington
Highwayman
Problems with the IRS, call:
GREGORY D. McLEOD
Certified Public Accountant
4907 Pacific Way S. Seaview, WA 98644
January 2013 Page 12
Rat City Chapter was proud to be a part of the Chicken
Friday Christmas event held last night – December 14
– at the Barrel Tavern in Burien. Thanks to the efforts
of many people, both Chapter members and community
members, as well as support from the larger community
including ABATE members from Tacoma, EPCC,
SKCC, and probably others over $10,000 was raised
for the White Center Food Bank!!!! We are in awe of
the amazing generosity of our community. This was
done in three hours, folks!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
See you in the wind
Phone (360) 642-4489
Cell (360) 244-3281
Fax (360) 642-4490
[email protected]
Rat City
Meets: 2nd Tues @ 7 PM 6 PM Social
The White Center Pizza & Spaghetti House
10231 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146
Contact: Chad Mall 206-240-0262
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1140
Long Beach, WA 98631
Spanaway Chapter
Grays Harbor
Meets: 2nd Tuesday @ 7 PM
Uncle Sam’s Bar & Grill
16003 Pacific Avenue
Spanaway, WA
Meets: Second Sunday 10:00 AM
American Legion Hall
112 1st Street
Aberdeen WA 98520
Wow another a month has passed and here I am again
. The Spanaway Chapter has been hard at work
Hi, everybody,
Well we hade our election for Grays Harbor. We now recruiting new members, collecting for the 1st Toasty
have a new coordinator Don Florek. DeputyCoordinator Toes Sock Drive.(which we plan on making an annual
Mike Cowan, Sgt. at Arms is still Mark Revel, event with a run , the brain child of Locksmith Les)
Secretary Cliff Knutson, and Treasurer Joni Cowan. We now have 3 novelty patches for sale and are
I just wanted to thank them all for stepping up & into waiting approval on a new shirt design for our chapter.
these spots. I also want to thank Lyle Coyle, Dutch
Phillips, Ron Fryer, & Lenny Pletsch for being there Billy D has been hard at work making things
for Grays Harbor with their support and advice. I will happen!!! Thank You Billy..
need more I’m sure. With that being said I hope to see Also a special thank you to Operation Home Front for
many of you at Black Thursday. Some of us will be their generous donation to the Tacoma Toy Run, and to
there. We are putting our heads together on the Flat Eddie And Heidi Dolan who made that happen and all
Mattress Run and also bringing back the Tri-Chapter their hard work.
Run in Brooklyn and much more.
Thank you to the Tacoma chapter for starting the
So heres to movin’ forward G.H.C.
Womens Shelter Run at Uncle Sams ,great turn out .
Don
We are having a Chili Cook-off on the 19 th of
January 2013 , inviting all chapters and challenging
South King County
them to participate. All proceeds go to State
Spring Opener Fund, Hope to see you all there!!!
Meets 1st Mon. @ 7 PM
BB Magraws
440 16th. Street NE
Auburn, WA. 98002
Sincerely,Dolly
The holidays are now over and the rainy season is in
full affect. A big thanks to every member that donated
a toy, coat, pair of socks or even a smile this holiday
season, because of this you have brought smiles to
many homes across the pacific northwest. If you are not
out enjoying the rain on your bike then keep the tenders
on the batteries and some premium in the tank. Enjoy
the few breaks in the weather when you can, and enjoy Friends,
the beauties of Washington state.
January brings a new year, a fresh start, and a new
riding season. it also brings on black Thursday the
17Th and the SKCC blues me or lose me on the 28Th.
If you have never been to a black Thursday event i
highly suggest you go and make a appearance. it is a
great event, a educating event and a chance for you to
make a difference in your community. Hopefully we
see you all there!
Sam Walker
SKCC coordinator
North Olympic Chapter
Meets: 3rd Tuesday @ 7 PM
Las Palomas
1085 E. Washington St.
Sequim, WA 98382
If and when E15 (15% ethanol) is introduced to Washington
State and E10 is no longer supplied, we can quit worrying
about helmets, profiling and motorcycle safety. We won’t
need helmets because we won’t have motorcycles to ride. We
will be off the road. E15 is a big deal and the manufacturers
and after-market shops and suppliers as well as ABATE had
better step up and address a looming catastrophe. I for one
do not need or want to buy another motorcycle that might
possibly run on E15.
Respectfully submitted
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Tacoma Chapter
North Kitsap County Chapter
lstWed.-7:OOPM in the Atrium
Silverdale All Star Lanes & Restaurant
10710 Silverdale Way
Silverdale 98383.
Hi Abate friends,
N.K.Chapter had their Annual Toy Run to benefit the
Children of Harrison Medical Center and again it was a
huge success. (see photo) Thanks to all the businesses
and their patrons who supported our efforts to collect
these toys! Not only do these toys help the children
at the Silverdale Medical Center, they will also help at
Mason County Medical Center. A very special THANK
YOU goes to all the N.K. chapter members who gave
their time and hard efforts to make this happen.
Black Thursday is just around the corner, so mark your
calendars. One bill effecting all us motorcyclists is the
‘RED LIGHT BILL.’ ABATE members have been
asked to gather their videos showing different red lights
not being trigger by our motorcycles. The more we can
show our legislators the problem the better.
Now that the Holidays are over and we’re sitting
around reflecting on 2012 why not come join N.K.
Chapter for their annual “After Holiday Party.” Feb
2, 2013 8:30 p.m. at ‘OUR PLACE,’ 9322 Silverdale
Way Northwest, Silverdale, WA 98383. LIVE MUSIC.
Come and join us for the “After Holiday Party” and a
great time. Guests are welcome.
Sue, N.K.Abate
Meets 1st Wednesday - 7:00PM
VFW Post #969
3510 McKinley Ave. Tacoma
It’s hard to believe it’s 2013 already. Man doses time
fly. We had a great turnout for the 32nd annual Toy
Run that benefited the YWCA in Tacoma. The sun
even came out for a bit. Santa (Lyle) did a great job
with the kids and toys as always and the moms were
overjoyed with the supplies they received. Thanks to
everyone that donated and to all that came on the ride.
January 1st is our Start The Year Off Right Ride that
will begin at The “Y” Sports Bar and Grill at 9:00 am
for breakfast with kickstands up at 11;00 am. Come
join us.
We have a lot going on in January.
The helmet law seminar January 6th at the Poodle Dog
in Fife. 9am to 5pm.
The BOD January 12th at the VFW in Tacoma
11:00am till ???
ABATE Meet and Greet January 16th at the Governor
Hotel in Olympia 5pm to 9pm
Black Thursday January 17th at the State Capital in
Olympia 8am to 5pm.
A special thanks to Donnie Landsman for all his hard
work.
After all that it’s time for me to put the old Road King
and Rachel’s bike up on the lift and do some much
needed maintenance for the upcoming year.
Looking forward to all the great runs coming up in
2013 and look forward to seeing all of you out there.
That’s it for now.
Ride Safe
Donnie Ahola
Tacoma ABATE Coordinator
[email protected]
January 2013 Page 14
Tri-Cities Chapter
Meets: 2nd Thursday at 6:30 PM
American Legion Post #34
1029 W. Sylvester
Pasco, WA
As we come into the New Year, we are quickly
approaching The ABATE of Washington annual ‘Black
Thursday’ event. On January 17th. Several TriCities
Chapter Members will be attending the event to speak
to our 3 Senators and 6 Representatives, regarding
Motorcycle issues.
Issues such as the Red Light Bill and the repeal/
modification of the helmet law top the list. We are
hoping to have as many riders and members from all
over the State as possible in attendance to help us in our
plight to protect our rights and freedoms as riders. ALL
are welcome.
We are working on group transportation such as a
bus or van. We will be going thru Toppenish, Yakima
and Ellensburg. For more info, please contact us at
<[email protected]> The sooner the better
because arrangements must be made in advance.
See the Black Thursday flyer in this issue for more info.
ABATE of TriCities has many great rides and events
coming up in 2013. All will be posted in this newsletter
and on our chapter website, www.tccabate.com.
At our last meeting on December 8th, we held a special
Awards Ceremony and gave out certificates to our
special members that worked so hard for our Chapter
during the past year. These members participated in
our many events, served on committees, helped plan
activities and have been invaluable to our chapter.
They are, as follows, Jim Crume, Joni Hamann, Tim
Landsman, Frank Katz, Dennis Czer, Jeff Wood, Rose
Byrum, Wayne Coppersmith, Steve Reno, Kathy Orr,
Cristi Osbourne, Frankie Krueger, Cari Roy, Bob Still,
Tony & Chatty Salomone, Penny Smith, John Piatt,
Beverly Saurez, Donald Haistan, Jamie Davidson, and
Jim Ezell.
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the
ABATE of Washington, TriCities Chapter. We could
not have had the many successes and progress without
your dedication and support.
Our First Annual TCC Christmas Party at the Long
Branch was fantastic. We have to thank Beverly &
Benny Saurez of the Long Branch, the 50 Calibers,
the Lady Calibers, and all ABATE of TriCities chapter
members who provided all of the delicious food! It was
quite a feast and was enjoyed by all. After dinner we
danced it off with the Vaughn Jensen Band. What a
great time!
Reminder that the TriCities Chapter recently voted to
change the General meeting time and place to 6:30pm,
second Thursday of the month, at the American Legion
Post #34, 1029 W. Sylvester, in Pasco, WA.
It’s a great facility, open to all ages, with a kitchen
and no host bar to support the Social Hour prior to
the meeting.We are having a Mexican theme potluck
dinner.at the next meeting on January 10th. Wishing
you all a wonderful and Safe 2013. Happy New Year
to All !
Respectfully Submitted,
Catherine ‘Chatty’ Salomone, TCC Secretary
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Contact your legislator to make an appointment.
To find your Legislators: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx
For Legislative Agenda information contact:
Donnie “Mr. Breeze” Landsman
[email protected] (425) 495-7000
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Copyright 2012-2013 ABATE of Washington BLACK THURSDAY
ABATE Legislative and Black Thursday Event Calendar
Orientations, Seminars, Legislative Day, Legislator Reception
Make your plans to participate, attend and Reserve your rooms now!
** (Special prefered pricing until January 7, 2013)
Reserve your rooms early at the Governor Hotel – Reservation phone (877-352-7701)
Let them know you are with the ABATE of Washington group.
*Special room rate $79.00 + 10.7% Tax (or Prevailing Tax rate) = $87.45 (2 occupants)
Additional occupants each ($5.00 + 10.7% or (Prevailing Tax rate) = $5.54)
Breakfast included with Room Check-in: 3:00 pm Check-out: 12 noon.
After January 7th regular room rate may apply ($120 to $130 plus tax)
We need your help. The earlier you reserve rooms the better we can plan.
DATES TO REMEMBER
January 6, 2013
HELMET LAW Seminar- (9 AM to 5 PM)
Poodle Dog Restaurant, 1522 54th Ave E. - Fife, WA 98424
For more information – Irish McKinney - Phone 206-242-4601 - Email [email protected]
January 7, 2013
GOVERNOR HOTEL - Room reservation cut-off for Special preferred pricing.
January 16, 2013
ABATE Meet and Greet – Review of 2013 Legislative Issues (5pm to 9pm)
- Governor Hotel, 621 South Capital Way, Olympia, WA 98501
For more information – Mick Gillispie – Phone 253-845-7998 – Email [email protected]
January 17, 2013 BLACK THURSDAY
* Complimentary Breakfast for Governor Hotel Guests (6am to 10am)
* State Capital- Columbia Room, ABATE Legislative Headquarters- (8am to 5pm)
Pick-up packets for Senators and Representatives
COC Ride In KSU 10:00 AM
Meet at Hawks Prarie Restaurant Exit 111 off I-5
8306 Quinault Drive Northeast Lacey, WA 98516
(Corner of Marvin)
* Visit ABATE’s Hospitality Room at Governors Hotel - Governor Suite (2pm till 4pm)
LEGISLATOR RECEPTION – Governors Inn
Featuring:
Taco Thursday and Cocktail meet and great with Legislators and Government Officials
(4pm to 8pm)
January 2013 Page 17
Pacific County Chapter
1st Sunday 10:00 AM
Hunter’s Inn - Naselle
I trust your turkey day went well and by the time you
read this the fat man will of been around too.
I hope Santa put somethine nice under your tree instead
of what the neighbors dog put under mine.
As you know the Toy Runs are over and a new year is
upon us.
I'd like to thank all who helped with the Care Bear
Program this year.
That said, I hope to see you at Black Thursday as there
is lots to do again this year.
Just a reminder to check out your ride and get it ready
to ride.
Lennie
Scott Robinson of Columbia Gorge Chapter, with
Donnie (Mr.Breeze) Landsman, speaking to Curtis
King, co-chair on the Senate Transportation Committee.
Also pictured are ABATE members Joni Hamann, Kim
LaVergne, and Sasan Garant
Tri Cities Coordinator Jim Crume & Deputy Coordiantor; Tim Landsman meeting with Curtis King
at legislative seminar hosted by Independance Chapter & State LAO, Donnie ( Breeze) Landsman.
January 2013 Page 18
Chaplin’s Report
Ranger Ric
Brothers and Sisters,
With the New year upon us, I look forward to seeing
you all at the BOD meeting in a couple of days and
at Black Thursday. I would like to again relate our
commitment to ABATE as a whole. We have several
Brothers all over the state that are willing to help you
with whatever you need please give me a call and I
can forward you to the person closest to you if Rod
or myself can not make it. Here is a starter list for road
side emergencies if you wish to be on this list contact
Ron Fryer, this is not a Christian Crusader thing we
are just getting the ball rolling. The more are willing to
help the less impact on all of us. Ron can we run this list
in every edition of the newsletter somewhere?
Ranger Ric
Pastor Jerry
Steve Reno
Mike Ryan
Pastor Red
Bob Hutson
North Eastern Wa.
509-775-2124
Spokane. Wa
509-521-6914
Walla Walla, Wa. *509-301-3169
Snohomish *
425-210-1957
Tacoma/South Sound 253-279-576
NW Oregon *503-298-3470*
We look forward to the swap meets and of course
the Spring Opener and helping out wherever we can.
Weddings, Renewal of Vows,Dedications, Baptisms
and Funerals, even if you need to have an trailer or an
empty pickup. If you are in the NE Washington side
we can set you up overnight and even provide tools for
some repairs. We have helped many of you over the
past 30 years and look forward to being of service for
another 30+.
God has called us to be of service, In Romans 12 :1-2
it says;
1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies
of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable
service.
2. And do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you
may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect
will of God.
Being a living sacrifice is what we desire to do and that
would be our reasonable service, nothing extraordinary
just reasonable.
In Micah 6:8 it says 8 He has shown you, O man, what*/
is /*good; And what does the LORD require of you, But
to do Justly, To Love Mercy and to walk Humbly with
your God?
We look forward to being involved at Black Thursday
and we want to challenge everyone to come out and be
apart of this government, we have had some amazing
things happen when we come together in one voice and
tell our leaders what we want. Be a part Jan. 17th, 2013
God Bless you, RR
-because of God’s Grace,
Ranger Ric
Assistant Pastor G.O.N.W./C.C.M.
ABATE State Chaplain
Washington State
Micah 6:8
Dinner Bell
C.C.M. Elder
ABATE Assistant State Chaplain
Washington State
Brother Jerry
C.C.M. Pastor
Galatians 6:9
1 Corinthians 13
Revelations 12:11
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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS OFFICER REPORT understanding of motorcycling to the general public,
It is that time of the year when we set our appointments
with our legislators and head to Olympia for BLACK
THURSDAY, January 17th, 2013. This single day event
is the cornerstone of A.B.A.T.E. It is your responsibility
to make the appointments and get face-to-face with
your legislators.
and to legally remove from power or authority people
who are prejudiced against motorcyclists or intent on
restricting our Freedom of the Road.”
We really need to get back to this basic purpose.
Enough said,
Donnie ‘Mr. Breeze’ Landsman
This year, the legislative team has worked to not only
design an agenda to make it easier to get our message to [email protected]
the legislators but we have also come up with convenient 425-495-7000
accommodations only 6 blocks from the Capitol.
To help prepare you for your meeting with your
Representatives and Senators, a primer packet was BLACK THURSDAY
published 2 months ago. This should be in your hands CAPITOL INFORMATION – Where to Stay and where
already, but if not, then ask your Chapter LAO for a to meet January 17th 2013
copy or visit the ABATE-WA.org website.
Event:
On January 6th, the Rat City Chapter is hosting an allWe are meeting in the COLUMBIA ROOM on the
day seminar at which you can learn about the helmet law
bottom floor of the Capital Building. The event starts,
and the many reasons it should be your choice whether
and packets will be available at here setting up at 8:00
to wear a helmet or not. This seminar will go into the
am. We will have guest speakers and photo opportunity
depths of the relationship between the State law and
between 10am and Noon on the Capitol Steps. The
the Federal regulation it references. We will discuss
event last all day, so make your appointments at a
Court rulings, NHTSA testing and the Constitutionality
time convenient for you to meet your legislator. If
of the issue. I encourage everyone that can make it to
you have never made an appointment to speak with
the Poodle Dog Restaurant to attend. It is important
you District Legislators, a ‘How-to’ page can be found
that we all learn about the issues that surround helmet
in this issue of the Freedom magazine. Make sure
repeal and are able to share the information with our
you e-mail [email protected] once you have
legislators with a unified message. See the Black
scheduled your appointments. We maintain a master
Thursday Calendar page in this issue to find out more
lsit of all appointments so that we can make sure that
about how to attend.
the legislators are seen on schedule.
There is no mistaking that we all need to be on the
Hotel:
same page when we speak to our legislators. They
have questions that need to be answered and we need to This year, we have made arrangements for a group
be able to answer them with confidence. Last session rate at the Governors Inn on 6 blocks from the Capitol.
(2010-2011) we had success in passing 3 bills into When you call in to reserve your room let them know
law. We have effectively testified and killed bad bills you are with ABATE. More information can be found
and passed good bills. We have credibility with our on the Black Thursday Calendar in this issue of the
legislators and we have demonstrated sound strategy. Freedom magazine.
This year, we have some new Representatives and
Senators that are not going to know who or what we
are. These are your elected officials. What we need to TEN TIPS ON HOW TO VISIT WITH
do from now until we have restored all of our Rights is YOUR LEGISLATOR
to show up and be heard.
1.
Get to know him or her beforehand.
“It is the primary purpose of this organization to Do a little research at the library or online. Dig up
keep its membership informed of what the legislative their biography or resume and learn about their family
representatives are doing and keep the representatives life, schooling, career, interests and associations. Find
informed as to our membership’s wishes.
Our out what legislative committees they sit on. Discover
aims are towards education and preservation of the common bonds.
needs of motorcyclists, to create a better image and
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2.
Make an appointment.
Always send a letter of thanks to your legislator
after a personal meeting. Thank him or her for any
commitments made and press again for commitments
as yet “unmade.” Restate your position on the issue.
Send any materials promised.
Legislators will be at different offices during different
times of the year. For state legislators, during the
legislative session (early January - April) they are in
their Olympia offices in the beginning of the week and
their district offices at the end of the week. From end 10.
Meet again!
of session to December it’s best to meet them in their
Your initial meeting should only be the beginning of
districts (home) office..
a long-term working relationship. Continue to meet
3.
Present your issues(s) briefly and persuasively. with him or her on a regular basis to provide the
As you are talking about a particular legislative critical information only you can provide. Get on your
proposal, have the bill or bill number with you. State legislator’s mailing lists and keep up-to-date on his or
your position on the issue clearly and support your her actions.
position with facts. Have some background material
with you to leave with the legislator. This information HOW TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENTS
will be in the packet prepared by ABATE of Washington
ABATE of Washington Legislative day is nearly here!
Legislative Committee.
It is the responsibility of the members to arrange an
4.
Be polite.
appointment with their Representatives and Senators
Be calm, reasonable and respectful. Be politely firm. to present the Legislative Packet and the agenda of the
Threats or open antagonism are never helpful and are motorcycle community!
This years’ focus is:
often counterproductive.
REPEAL OF THE HELMET LAW, Removing
5.
Be accurate.
requirements for helmet use.
If you’re asked a question that you don’t know the
THE RED LIGHT BILL, Allowing motorcycles to
answer to, don’t guess. Tell your legislator you’ll provide
stop and proceed through traffic control signals under
that information later...and do so. Giving a legislator
certain conditions.
misinformation will only erode your credibility.
Follow these simple steps and contact your legislator
6.
Use personal examples.
today.
If the issue to which you speak directly relates to To find you legislators contact, go to:
your life, your job or any firsthand experience, make LEG.WA.ORG and click on ‘FIND YOUR
sure your legislator hears your story. This is YOUR LEGISLATOR’.
legislator and will be interested in what is happening to
How to Make an Offer You Legislator Can’t Refuse
a constituent.
7.
Try to secure a specific response.
•Make the call and get an appointment.
If they have not already offered it, politely ask for your It is as easy as 1-2-3-4
legislator’s position on the issue in question. Make
whatever other requests of him or her you desire, e.g.
1. Introduce yourself, your position and organization:
speak to his or her colleagues to generate support for
“Hi, my name is __________ and I am a member of
the issue, or talk to the Majority Leader or Speaker of
the House to urge passage. You will not always obtain a ABATE of Washington from the _______________
Chapter. Our Chapter has constituents in your district.”
firm answer, but you should try.
2. State your reason for calling:
8.
Don’t ignore the legislator’s staff.
“ABATE of Washington is having our legislative day,
Legislative aides strongly influence a legislator’s vote on January 17th and we would like to set an appointment
on specific issues by “filtering” the information he or with Rep./Sen. _______________. Before we set a
she receives and by giving direct advice. Get to know time, can we make sure that an appointment has not
the legislator’s staff and communicate with them often. already been setup already?”
9.
Follow up.
3. Confirm the appointment:
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“Thank you for checking, can we confirm the time for
meeting?”
4. Thank them and close the call.
“Thank you for making our legislative day possible.
We look forward to seeing Rep./Sen. _________ on
January 17th at xx:xx.”
Each year, ABATE choses a few
hot issues.
At the October BOD meeting, the legislative agenda
was selected to have 2 primary issues:
•
Providing legislative relief for malfunctioning
signals and;
•
Helmet law modification/repeal.
MALFUNCTIONING RED-LIGHTS
There are a lot of traffic signals that will not activate
with a motorcycle. We need to have an immediate
remedy available when stuck at a malfunctioning
signal. Making a bigger effort to get relief through
legislation will not only reduce our aggravation on
the road, but also serves to establish respect of our
legislators and government agencies. Ironically,
Washington State was the first to offer up this type
of legislation. Idaho used the very language found
in the original Washington bill and passed it into law
6 weeks from introduction. To date, approximately
13 States have created law that allows motorcyclist
to proceed through lights that do not detect their
presence. There has been no data that suggests any
type of negative impact from this type of legislation.
What this all comes down to is an increase in
the respect level of the government for bikers in
general. Let’s make the effort to help ourselves and
possibly get more help us on things we need. Report
malfunctioning lights to [email protected]
HELMET LAW MODIFICATION/REPEAL
Earlier this year, Michigan legislators passed
legislation to allow Freedom of Choice, thus becoming
the 31st State to have some level of helmetless travel.
The helmet issue has been in question in Washington
State for 20 years. ABATE has stayed to the task to
bring the issue forward in every legislative session
since the mandatory helmet law was put in place.
January 2013 Page 22
No matter the method that we have employed, the
choice has not been restored to the Washington State
motorcycle community.
At best, the law is based upon theories and disputable
statistics. At worst, the law has been found to be
unconstitutional vague. The ongoing infringement
on 14th Amendment, and by extension, Article 1,
section 7 of the Washington State Constitution should
be enough for legislators to remove the mandatory
requirement.
We all need to take time to familiarize ourselves on all
of the issues having to do with the helmet law, and we
need to all be on the same page when speaking with
our legislators.
A good tool to accomplish the first part is to read and
memorize the issues that are in the 2013 BLACK
THURSDAY PRIMER PACKET.
Another good method to understanding why we want
to Repeal the helmet law is to attend the upcoming
LEGISLATIVE PREPARATION SESSION-HELMET
REPEAL (will be January 6th, at the Poodle Dog in
Fife, WA). See the Black Thursday Calendar for more
information.
Once you know why the helmet law needs to be
repealed, you will be empowered to educate your
legislators how and why they need to vote!
SHARROWS; Forcing Traffic Violations
I received the following letter from a non-ABATE
member. I think it is a true issue as it is another of
those laws that is in place that make the law abiding
citizen into a law breaker. The letter is correct in
pointing out that RCW 46.61.608(2) does not allow
for motorcyclist to overtake another vehicle in the
same lane of travel. As you can see from the attached
picture, these so called ‘Sharrow’ lanes are actually
part of the lane of travel and not separated. Since
the center lane is not a passing lane, the law abiding
citizen could be trapped behind a bicycle just as we
are at malfunctioning lights.
This letter is a great example of a citizen who has
taken time to do his own research, has presented the
issue in an understandable manner and has offered a
solution to the problem.
I have redacted portions of the letter for
privacy reasons.
RCW 46.04.670 – Operating
motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic
(2) The operator of a motorcycle shall
not overtake and pass in the same lane
occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
I did further research and found that the
following RCW 46.04.670 confirms that
bicycles are indeed considered vehicles,
and for the purposes of the entirety of
RCW 46.61, Golf Carts are also.
RCW 46.04.670 - Vehicle.
“Vehicle” includes every device capable of being
moved upon a public highway and in, upon, or
by which any persons or property is or may be
transported or drawn upon a public highway,
including bicycles. “Vehicle” does not include power
wheelchairs or devices other than bicycles moved
by human or animal power or used exclusively upon
stationary rails or tracks. Mopeds are not considered
vehicles or motor vehicles for the purposes of chapter
46.70 RCW. Bicycles are not considered vehicles
for the purposes of chapter 46.12, 46.16A, or 46.70
RCW or RCW 82.12.045. Electric personal assistive
mobility devices are not considered vehicles or
motor vehicles for the purposes of chapter 46.12,
46.16A, 46.29, 46.37, or 46.70 RCW. A golf cart is
not considered a vehicle, except for the purposes of
chapter 46.61 RCW.
This name of the person who sent this email has been
removed.
As I ride around the Puget Sound, I started
noticing more and more of these “sharrows” popping
up on roads. They piqued my curiosity. What was the
premise of them? …but as I read the laws that permit
vehicles to overtake bicycles travelling on roadways
(RCW 46.61.110), we, motorcyclists, are bound to
RCWs that do not allow us the same benefits afforded
to cars, pick-ups, buses and trucks. We have to remind
ourselves of the pleasantries associated with RCW
46.61.608(2). A motorcycle, when driven on a road
lined for traffic is not permitted to overtake a vehicle
travelling in the same lane. In many streets through the
urban area, where on-street parking is permitted, you
have a “fat” lane. Bicyclists hug the right side of the
road, but if I’m riding a two lane street, legally, I’m
not allowed to pass if I’m presented a double yellow
line. However, a Metro bus can per RCW 46.61.110.
To me, it felt like there was a little glitch that needed
correcting inside the RCWs.
I confronted the City of Seattle which had
been melting these (that’s how they are installed) at
various locations throughout the City, and I became
alarmed with a municipality installing traffic control
features advocating law breaking. …motorcycles
overtaking bicycles in the same lane. While no sane
cop should pull someone over for such actions, you
and I both have been pulled over for just riding a
motorcycle. The City, in its response to me, pushed
the complaint to WSDOT, which doesn’t install
“sharrows.”
I brought the issue up to the WSDOT
“bicycle and pedestrian coordinator/policy” person.
He hushed my complaint by stating that a motorcyclist
should simply change lanes to overtake a bicyclist. Do
most cars change lanes to pass a bicycle? At most they
straddle the line!
In a recent [redacte] bulletin, an image shows crews
installing sharrows on a stretch of [roadway]…where
a double line is present. Because my issue is now
falling on deaf ears [redacted], I’m coming to you with
a request. I would like see an amendment to RCW
46.61.608(2) permitting an exception to motorcyclists
wishing to overtake bicycles in the same lane.While I
don’t think this is not nearly as important as the signal
detection issue, I do feel that this is an issue that needs
to get addressed.
January 2013 Page 23
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January 2013 Page 27
Hot Links
ABATE of Washington
WA State Legislature
www.abate-wa.org
www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/ses.htm
WA State R.C.W.
www.search.leg.wa.gov/pub/textsearch/default.as
American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)
www.amadirectlink.com
Biker Friendly Bar www.BikerFriendlyBar.com
Central Washington Chapter Cowlitz County ABATE
www.cowlitzabate.org
East Pierce County Chapter
Kittitas Chapter
www.cwc-abate.com
www.abate-epcc.org
www.kittitasabate.org
Kitsap Chapter
www.kitsap.abate-wa.org
Mason County
www.abate-wa-masonco.org
North Kitsap Chapter
www.abate-wa.org/northkitsap
North Snohomish
www.northsnohomishcountyabate.com
Olympia Chapter
www.olympiaabate.org
Rat City Chapter
http://ratcityabate.com
Renton ABATE www.rentonabate.cjb.net
Sky Valley Chapter
www. skyvalleyabate.com
Sno- King Chapter www.Snoking-abate.org
South King County Chapter www. abate-wa-skcc.org
Tacoma Chapter www.tacomaabate.org
Thomas - Info on Federal Bills
http://thomas.loc.gov
Christian Crusaders www.goccm.org
Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF)
www.mrf.org
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)
www.aimncom.com
DOL-WMSP Board Minutes
www.wa.gov/dol/drivers/wmspmin.htm
Museum of Motorcycling www.micapeak.com/VME
BC Coalition of Motorcyclists www.bccom-bc.com
Olympia Toy Run Coalition www.olytoyrun.com
Love Leathers Outpost Sons of Liberty Riders
www.lovesoutpost.com
http://sonsoflibertyriders.com
Washington Road Riders Assn.
www. [email protected]
www.abate-wa.org
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Policies for the ABATE Newsletter
The deadline for submissions to the ABATE
Newsletter is the 15th of the month prior to
publication.
Chapter reports must be submitted by the Chapter
Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator or a person
authorized by the Chapter Coordinator in writing.
Chapter announcements and flyers are free with the
following restrictions:
Chapters are limited to one full page ad per month
If the event is during the first week of the month,
then a full page ad is allowed in the previous
month’s issue.
If the event is not in the first week of the month, the
full page ad is limited to the issue published in the
month of the event.
Chapters may place ¼ page ads for up to two
months prior to the event except for the issue that
the full page ad is inserted. Chapters may not have
a ¼ page ad and a full page ad for the same event
in the same issue. Full page ads may be allowed
if there is space available in months prior to the
month of the event at the sole discretion of the
Newsletter Team.
All flyers submitted for publication for Chapter
events must have “ABATE of Washington” and
the Chapter name at the top of the flyer. Use of
the ABATE logo is optional. Any flyers submitted
without this information will not be considered
Chapter events and will be subject to policies
contained in these rules. This may require payment
before the flyer can be published.
Charities with 501 (c) (3) status must submit a copy
of their IRS status letter to the Newsletter Team
before their ad can be published. All events must be
motorcycle related. There is no charge for charities
to place ads under these conditions on a space
available basis. If there is no space available, the
charity has the option to pay for the ad at current
published rates.
No other discounts or free ads will be allowed.
Commissions: Any ABATE member or Chapter
may earn 10% on any ads sold for the newsletter.
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Rides and Events
Jan 6 (Westside) Legislative Seminar
Fife, WA (see page 29)
Jan 17 Black Thursday
Olympia (see page 16-17)
Jan 17 Free Chili Dogs All Day
NW Harley Davidson, Olympia
(See page 8)
Jan 19 Chili Feed Cook Off
Spanaway (See page 19)
Jan 26 Blues Me or Lose Me
(See page 20)
Feb 2 After Holiday Party
North Kitsap (see page 9)
If you would like your event listed here, email the
information to [email protected] before the 15th of
the month prior to the event.
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