December 2015 Newsletter
R US H MO RE
for the Forgotten
for the Forgotten
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MTG & CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, 7 PM
20th—BH ABATE Mtg,
Noon, Side Hack Saloon,
28—CMA Mtg, 6pm,
ABATE BOD Mtg, 7:30
31—New Year’s Eve
C HA PT ER
D ECE M BE R
Janet Olson—PR Rep
Phil McCollar — 484-0291
Kim Logsdon— 484-8667
Sgt at Arms
Legislative Research Chair
Auggie & Sunshine Minzlaff
Road Cptn— Nate Houchin—
Webmaster — Clay Weaver
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF
RUSHMORE CHAPTER OF
ABATE INC. OF SD
P.O. Box 1223,
429 Kansas City St., Suite #11,
Rapid City, SD 57709
A few words from your President:
There are many things happening with the chapter right now. Our ABATE
Rally planning committee is starting to line up this year’s event. Bill is spearheading it again this year, but he needs some help. Please contact me or any
other officer if you have a little time to spare.
We also have a new event that Sandy is heading up and will need some help.
It is called the Big Toy Ball. We will be selling raffle tickets for $125 dollars
each and limiting the sales to 300 tickets. The people who purchase these tickets also get into a Ball where the tickets will be drawn out one by one until
someone wins the toy of there choice. Sounds like fun right! Tickets are also
available for our Harley Davidson raffle bike . Mike Clark is in charge of the
raffle this year and will need help with selling tickets so checkout a book and
get them sold.
We have been getting a pretty good turnout for our monthly meetings if you
haven’t attended one for awhile stop in and check one out. I try to get through
all the business in 1 to 1.5 hours so it moves along pretty fast. We will be having our Christmas Potluck at the next meeting on Thursday, 12/10/15 Thursday , December 10th at 7:00. It is also a good time to see people you don’t see
all winter because it is to cold to be out riding. Speaking of which, we are
having a great winter so far, been riding almost every week at some point or
another. Get out and ride every chance you get. Merry Christmas and Happy
The 11-3-15 RU ABATE general membership meeting was called to order by Pres. Craig. Pledge of Allegiance was led by
Craig. Chaplain Auggie led chapter in prayer.
Roll call was taken. Karline, Mike, and Bill were excused. Ginny and Kim were absent. No guest speaker. The Oct. minutes had
no additions or corrections. Sandy motioned and Phil seconded to accept. Motion passed. Bills could not be paid as no representatives to do so.
Pres. Craig mentioned the article in the RC Journal on motorcycle deaths. Vice Pres. Hilary thanked everyone for volunteering
and attending the Halloween party.
Treasurer's report was none.
Sec. Barbie had bills for the Treasurer. Newsletters were shared.
State Rep. Sunshine also shared information on the article in the RC Journal on motorcycle deaths. Shared some MRF information.
LRC Rep. Ginny was absent.
Membership Sec. Karline was absent. Taking care of Mike!!
Sgt. at Arms Mike was absent. Hope you are healing up Mike. :o( :o)
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
PR Rep. Janet has a get well card for Mike. She brought treasurer items and handed them to Tina. Calendars are being worked
Road Captain Nate had nothing to report.
Products Manager Hilary has items on the table.
Web Page Master Clay--looks good.
MRF Rep. Jiggs shared information. Jeff Hennies has resigned as the lobbyist in Washington D.C. Another one is being sought.
Auggie reported on the MRF scholarship program. Sign up with him if you want a one year free membership.
Road Hazard Stewardess Barbie stated that there is a mix up in who is getting the phone calls. State Road Hazard Stewardess,
Darlene, is checking on this situation.
Back to Treasurer's report. Tina gave the dollar numbers from the information she was given. Phil motioned to accept and Jiggs
seconded. Motion passed.
AD HOC COMMITTEES
Membership Party information was shared by Craig. Need to meet with Shade Valley Campground. Bill needs help. Praying for
healing Bill. :o)
BHAB report by Barbie. Packets for the 17 care facilities will be passed out on Nov. 9th. Packets to be turned in by Nov. 28th to
Darlene. Shopping is Dec. 7th at 7pm at K Mart. Wrapping will be Dec. 8th out by Black Hills Harley at 7 pm. Hilary stated that
boxes are needed for the wrapping.
Big Toy Ball report was given by Sandy. A donation letter and poster were passed around. Volunteers are needed. Tickets are
printed. Event is at LaCroix Hall April 9th.
Bike Raffle report was given by BA. Mike needs help with the raffle.
Stapling calendars is Nov. 15th at 10am at Valley Sports Bar.
Elections--Sgt. at Arms Cheryl R. nomination declined. She nominated Bill Eidie which he accepted. Hilary nominated Tina M.
for Treasurer. She accepted. Jiggs nominated Nate H. for Vice President. No decision at this time. Jiggs nominated Mike C. for
State Rep. He is not present to give his decision. Jiggs motioned that nominations be closed till next meeting. Phil seconded.
Motion passed. Budget meeting is Dec. 3rd at 6:30 pm before the board meeting. MEMBERS OF THE MONTH are Twlya Fritz
and Dee Dee Tucker. Thank you for volunteering for the Halloween party.
AFFILIATES OF THE MONTH are Mangy Moose and Fischer Beverage. Thank you for supporting ABATE.
Shoulda Coulda is $80.00. First name drawn is Jerald Smith, but sorry, not here. Second name drawn is Maggie Palmer, but
sorry, not here. Third name drawn is Tina McCollar and she is present to accept. Congrats Tina. Shoulda Coulda will be $20.00
for Dec. meeting. 50/50 of $54.00 was won by Wayne L. Congrats Wayne. Chance for a chance on the bike tickets went to Sue
and Auggie. Congrats.
Stephanie Dannen has flyers for The Real Estate Group which are an affiliate. Stapling calendar is Nov. 15th. Dec. 10th is the
RU ABATE general membership meeting with a Christmas potluck with the meeting. Dec. 7th is BHAB shopping. Dec. 8th is
BHAB wrapping. Legislative Days is Jan. 16-18. Heartland Steam is April 1-3 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Thanks to Rohde for providing the pork and beef. We also had yummy potatoes, salad, homemade pickles, pizza, cookies, and
the famous Sturgis crack. It was so g-o-o-d. Thanks to all who provided.
There being no further business or discussions, Phil motioned to adjourn with Rohde right behind him. All were in favor.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! Be safe!
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
GOD bless you all. Submitted by Barbie :o)
Vice President’s Report
BLACK HILLS AREA BIKERS
Monday, Dec. 7th
Tuesday, Dec. 8th
2880 N Plaza Drive
Federal Highway Bill
The U.S. Senate approved the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act
by an 83-16 vote within a few hours of the U.S. House voting 359-65 in favor of the
highway bill compromise - one day before the current funding extension was set to
expire. It now heads to the President’s desk for signing. Indications are that he will
sign it; giving us the first highway bill spanning longer than two years since 2005.
The 5-year bill is a $305 billion dollar fully funded reauthorization of federal highway and transit programs.
Re-establishing the Motorcycle Advisory Council to advise the U.S. Department of
Transportation on motorcycling infrastructure issues Continuation of the funding of
motorcycle safety grants
Funding distracted driving grant programs
Language titled Share-The-Road Model Language that requires the Secretary within
1 year of passage of the FAST Act to provide to the states model Share the Road
language on the importance of sharing the road safely with motorcyclists
Stops Motorcycle Checkpoint federal grant funding for any program to check helmet
usage or to create checkpoints that specifically target motorcycle operators or motorcycle passengers
Limitations and owner definition on data retrieval from vehicle event data recorders
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to thank our former lobbyist, Jeff
Hennie, for the tremendous effort he put into the positive measures of this highway
bill. Additionally, the MRF would like to recognize in appreciation our membership
who worked tirelessly for several years in Washington D.C. and back in their home
states to further this important bill.
IT’S NOT WHAT
Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, MRF President
BIKE RAFFLE TICKETS MAKE EXCELLENT
STOCKING STUFFERS FOR CHRISTMAS!
GET YOURS TODAY, CALL MIKE AT 430-1669
$20 EACH OR 6 FOR $100!
I am very sad to report that Jeff Hennie has resigned from the MRF. Many of you may
not realize what an awesome part of the MRF he was, he deserves our never ending
gratitude. Jeff has been an instrumental role over the years in fighting for your rights
as a motorcyclist on such issues such as blocking efforts by NHTSB to bring federal
legislation for a helmet law, stopping funding for motorcycle only checkpoints, promoting motorcycle education and training to federal legislators and so many more efforts that I couldn’t possibly have enough room here to mention them all. Jeff and his
wife are now traveling the US in their RV so if they make their way to our area, please
make sure to thank him for his many years of service.
Legislative Days are coming in January and it is important that if your schedule allows,
you attend. This is the one time per year we have a chance to come out in a large presence and let our legislators know we are paying attention to what they say and do and
that we will support those who support our causes.
Meeting of Minds is coming to Sioux Fall in the early spring, April 1-2, 2016. A lot of
volunteers will be needed so if you can spare some time, please step up.
715 Mountain View Rd, Rapid City
State Rep’s Report
BIKE RAFFLE TICKETS MAKE
STUFFERS FOR CHRISTMAS!
GET YOURS TODAY, CALL MIKE AT 430-1669
$20 EACH OR 6 FOR $100!
The meeting was called to order with all
Reps present and/or subs approved. Some
officers were excused with Susan Lettau acting as secretary and Wayne Lettau filling in
for John Steele as Legislative Officer. Karline Clark, the Membership Secretary, was
excused but we were advised that the new
membership cards were only 70 cents per
card . There was a question about whether
the new cards would last for three years
should chapters choose to go the three year
membership route. I said yes, and also said
that the new card fit much better into my
wallet and I thought it would certainly last
Our project on vertical license plates is being
worked on but is on hold for now
The maps we have been doing have been
very popular and we are expecting another
influx of money from Public Safety to do
them another year.
The Freedom Fighters Memorial has been
tabled until January.
The BIG item on the schedule is planning
and preparing for Heartland Steam in April.
At this point, committees are forming
(mostly in the Eastern part of the state where
the meetings will be held), but that doesn't
mean they won't need a lot of help from us!
Plan to attend and plan to volunteer when
you get there! Each chapter is asked to decorate and donate a centerpiece for the Saturday
night banquet - let's come up with something
great! Also we need silent and live auction
items and, hopefully, some financial backers
to help with expenses.
Last, but not least, is the upcoming Legislative days January 14 - 16,2016. We need to
decide if we are going to contribute financially to support this, as well as decide, personally if we are going to be there to support
this effort. It is a fun and very informative
time to get to know your Legislators and
your fellow ABATE activists!
There is still also going to be a May Awareness Run to Pierre, including the Poker Run
for $10 per hand or three hands for $20. If
you can't go - give your money to someone
who is going and let them buy your hands. It
goes to support ABATE and IMPAC!
Rushmore ABATE State Rep.
NO REPORT AVAILABLE
AT TIME OF PUBLICATION
The Fort Meade ByWay
Here is a summary of the information available about
the new byway east of Sturgis:
Will connect Hwy 79 and 34 to I-90 at exit 37.
This will be wide and scenic roadway.
This roadway will provide improved access for
Veterans needing to visit Ft. Meade, motorcyclists
during the Sturgis Rally, students at Sturgis
Brown High School and truck drivers.
The road is being funded partially by county funds
and partially by private funds.
The road is expected to be finished by July 25,2016
This will NOT be a paved road way. It will be a
gravel road treated with magnesium chloride and
water to make the surface harder and more compact than a normal gravel road.
The estimated total cost of the road will be $2.6
No taxes will be increased to pay for the road.
I woke up early this morning and the Lord laid this
on my heart to write for this month:
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 says, "Two are better than one;
because they have a good reward for their labor. For
if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to
him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not
another to help him up. Again, if two lie together,
then they have heat: but how can one be warm
We all seem to be struggling with health issues or
other struggles of one sort or another. Instead of
bickering lets come alongside each other and bolster
each other up. That way we can help each other get
through these struggles. Keep each other in your
prayers and help each other get through these most
difficult times together.
Lets spend less time trying to amass riches and toys
on this earth and more time helping each other. Remember there are no U-Hauls hooked to the back of
the hearse. We came into the world with nothing and
we leave that same way and no one gets out of this
world alive. The only thing you can take to heaven is
Lets all stick together and help each other get to
heaven in the end.
And while we are still here let’s ride safe and ride
In His service,
Auggie and Sunshine.
BIKE RAFFLE TICKETS
GET YOURS TODAY,
CALL MIKE AT 430-1669
$20 EACH OR 6 FOR $100!
V.I.P. supporter of A.B.A.T.E.!
January $20 – WINNER: Tammy Pistulka
February $20 - 3 absentee names drawn: Steve Pistulka, Paula Fiedler, Mark Salmen.
March $40 – 3 absentee names drawn: Cory Goeringer, Bob Anderson, Steve Nudd.
April $60 – 3 absentee names drawn: Ken Barker, Tony Palli, Randy Corbin.
May $80 – 3 absentee names drawn: Perry Tobin Sr, Willie Haas, Brian Cook.
June $100 – absentee name Melvin Trent and WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER: Tina McCollar
July $20 - 3 absentee names drawn: Darlene Gilby, Jeremy Klabunde, Nancy Stangland.
August – NO MEETING
September $40 – 3 absentee names drawn: Bob Walker, David Williams, Brad Horst
October $60 – 3 absentee names drawn: David Ziebarth, Travis Thompson, Pam Phillips
November $80 – absentee names: Jerald Smith, Maggie Palmer, and Tina McCollar WINS AGAIN!
December $20 - WILL YOUR NAME BE HERE, OR WILL YOU BE AT THE MEETING TO COLLECT?
I deposited $460 on November 12, 2015 and then sent a check for $200 to SD ABATE for those memberships.
We currently have 42 affiliates and 378 members. 3 new members: Catie & Matt Johnson, and Scott Robertson.
7 renewing members: thank you for your continued support of ABATE.
0 new affiliates: 4 renewing affiliates: Country Inn at Three Forks, Moe’s Bar & Grill, Stephanie Dannen with the Real Estate
Group, The Road Hog Saloon
69 addresses sent to Western Mailers for the December newsletter.
Memberships expiring in NOVEMBER 2015: Robert Brewbaker
Memberships expiring in DECEMBER 2015: Travis Adamson, Bob Anderson, Dustin Atchley, Jim & Tamara Bechard, Frank
& Rose Dupris, Douglas Gruenwald, Mike Guidliano, Dennis McCarthy, Kevin & Leslie Morris, William Sabers, Roland Usera
Memberships expiring in JANUARY 2016: Jeri Jo Antes, Kerrena Arguello, Darlene Gilby, Mike Letcher, Dennis Smith
Affiliate sponsorships expiring in NOVEMBER 2015: Black Hills Power Sports, Blue Lantern Lounge, Kelly’s Sport Lounge,
Rice Honda Suzuki, Rosco’s, Sally O’Mally’s Pub & Casino, Shep & Debs Bar, Stoneville Saloon, Thrash’s Living Art
Affiliate sponsorships expiring in DECEMBER 2015: Country Corner, Eagles Lodge #3555, Knuckle Saloon, Loud American
Roadhouse, Spizzirri Press, Time Out Lounge, Valley Sports Bar
Affiliate sponsorships expiring in JANUARY 2016: Dave Davis Agency, Inc., J Bar at the Flying J
Your membership secretary,
WISHES TO TAKE THIS TIME TO WISH YOU AND YOURS A VERY
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND
A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We look forward to your continuing business in the coming year!
SUPPORT OUR AFFILIATES LIKE THEY SUPPORT US!
Visit one of these businesses today! (continued)
Rapid City, SD
12300 W Hwy 44
Karaoke on Fridays
Piedmont, SD (605)
3200 CAMBELL ST.
(605) 380 – 3494
6008 Eastside Dr.
Black Hawk SD
at the Flying J Truck Plaza
Rapid City SD
Rapid City, SD
I want to thank everyone for the well wishes, prayers and the card after my surgery. It was much appreciated. I am doing well and on
This year’s bike raffle is off to a good start. But seems to have slowed down a bit.
We have 830 tickets signed out and being sold. We have had a total of 5 books turned back in. There are still plenty to sign out and
sell. We had 1 book returned since the last report and $180.00 has been deposited into the Rushmore Abate account.
If you have not got a book of tickets to sell yet, please contact me and I will make arrangements to get them to you. You can call or
text me at 605-430-1669.
If you have books of tickets already sold please turn them into me as soon as possible so we can get the money deposited and checks
cleared for those folks that paid with a check. I will meet you some place to pick them up if you wish.
I want to thank Hilary for stepping up and selling tickets at BH Harley on November 7th. She sold 10 tickets that day. If any of you
have ideas on where we can show the bike and sell tickets please let me know and we can look into it.
Of the tickets that have been turned back in for deposit we have had 3- 6 for 100’s and 1 ticket sold with the square. I am sure we
have some chance on a chance that have been sold but those books have not been turned in yet.
Leading the most tickets sold at this point- First place Mike Clark, Second place John Basham, third place Auggie. These are only
the tickets that have been turned in for deposit so far.
That’s it for now. Please get out there and SELL SELL SELL. I would like to see us give the bike away in March again. I think we
can do it if we get enough people involved with the ticket sales.
Michael Clark (Pugsly)
PO BOX 1223
RAPID CITY SD 57709