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ISSUE 12
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Featured Article
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BIKERS IN NEED
Open on Friday nites at 6pm, the BIN
calendar
will again be open for your enjoyment.
Located at 6580 Babcock, Palm Bay, Bear
contents
Look back on the history
of the Toy Run!
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for the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you know
classified
a family who could use a Thanksgiving
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also accepting gift cards for Turkey’s and
meal, stop by and let Ellen know. They are
perishable items. Please bring a can or
wish list for shriners
two of food if you can spare it.
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safety
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November/December 2011
Issue 12
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president’s report
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editor’s notes
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out and
about
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public
relations
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biker sunday
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minutes
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30 year toy run
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padre’s pulpit
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patriot’s day
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and Ellen are looking for families in need
our new safety
banner
COVER:
Pictured here are Phil Sabelli, current Recorder and Past Potentate of the AZAN
Shriners Center and his long time friend, Megan. This wonderful photo was taken
by Megan’s mother at last year’s Christmas Party.
At 2 months old, she made her first trip to the hospital. They said she would never
walk. She’s 11 years old now and walking. Megan has a brother and sister that are
not afflicted by her ailment. She and her mother fly to Montreal twice a year for her
treatments and sometimes surgeries. She has had countless surgeries. The AZAN
Shriners provide all their needs; transportation, housing, food. Megan lives with her
family in Rockledge.
As membership in the Shriners fraternity grew in the early 1900’s, so did the call for
establishing an official charity. In 1919, the Imperial Potentate-elect pitched the
idea of establishing a hospital to provide free care for children with orthopaedic
problems. This committee concluded that there should not just be one hospital;
there should be a heath care system. The first hospital opened in Shreveport, LA in
1922. Today here are 23 Shriners hospitals in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The local AZAN Shrine cares for 426 Brevard children. ◊
born to be wild run
Newsletter Deadline is the First Tuesday of Each Month
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ALL DONATIONS TO ABATE OF FLORIDA INC. ARE NOT DEDUCTIBLE FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES
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ABATE BREVARD COUNT Y CHAPTER
NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2011
president’s report
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Biker Sunday 20
Happy holidays to
all and may God bless you and
your family. The Toy Run plans are
in full swing. Shirts, pins, patches
are ordered. All the event activities are looking good. A car has
been donated for the Cage Bash.
The Big Daddy Band will be headlining again in a big way. Gus the
Shrine Camel will be there again
giving out kisses. If you can find
it in your heart to donate a little
something to help care for “GUS”
or help Azan Shrine with their
transportation Fund I know they
need the help. Club Village is being organized by Padre Tim and
the Spirit Riders and we expect
the village will grow this year, so
support your local clubs by going
by for a visit. We are also selling
Golf Ball Drop tickets again this
year so please come to the next
membership or Toy Run Planning
meeting to buy some as x-mas
gift stocking stuffers or pick up
at least ten of them to help us sell
them. They are only $5 each and
someone will win $500.
Now to move on to ABATE business; it seems as though there are
always grumblings throughout
our organization. Some of them
are negative that have a negative
affect on all of us that are brought
on by personal feelings that
should be talked out by the people involved. Not drug out into
the social media to feed rumor
mills and drag our cause
mi
down. There is a process
do
that
th should be followed. If
a member has a complaint
about
the State Board, they
a
should
present it to their
s
chapter
BOD (Board Of
c
Directors)
for discussion
D
and
action if needed. If
a
the chapter BOD feels action is needed, then the
chapter BOD will send a request
for action from the State BOD. At
this point the Chapter will wait
for an answer to come back from
the State BOD through the chapter representatives that attend
the State meetings every other
month.
Now this is where I am having a
problem with our state BOD. Our
chapter has sent many requests
for action from our state BOD
with either no response or unacceptable action from them. I feel
no need to bring them all up but
there are a couple of them I am
passionate about and I also have
the backing of my BOD and Chapter.
#1. We as a chapter have suggested that the State BOD be a
leader in the nation and organize
a safety Run/Event on “National
Motorcycle Safety & Awareness
Day” that all of our chapters can
have the choice to get involved
with statewide. Is this not part
of our cause/goal/mission as a
not-for-profit motorcycle safety
awareness & MRO organization?
I understand that as a organization we are failing to raise enough
money to fund our cause and our
membership efforts are sagging.
To this I say use the event for fund
raising and membership recruiting.
#2. I have been told through email that the state will no longer
bring safety awareness products
to the bimonthly meetings. Our
chapter sent a formal complaint
to the State BOD through our
chapter reps. and their answer
was that all chapters would have
to make arrangements of their
own to travel to Deland where
the state office is to pick up these
products. For the life of me this
does not make any sense at all. All
chapters are required to send representatives to bimonthly state
meetings that are held throughout our long state. Each chapter
bears the expense of gas and hotel if required. Since 30 something
chapters and the state BOD are
meeting bimonthly, wouldn’t you
think that this is the opportune
time to pass out safety products.
So the State says it costs money
to bring these products. I say it
costs money to do business when
you are a corporation so spend it.
If the state needs to levy a transportation fee to the chapters to
do business then I say “DO BUSINESS”! The state does not need to
rent a semi trailer to bring all the
products. Just bring the products
that are previously pre-ordered
and no more. If the safety director
can’t do the job then find someone that can. Don’t lug them all
into the meeting, have a “diveyout” session after the meeting at
the truck or trailer that brought
them. Again this is simply doing
business, no more.
Now I don’t want anyone to get
the wrong idea about my opinion.
Our state BOD works hard, they
are also passionate about what
they do on a volunteer basis just
as I volunteer. I am just bringing to
your attention what’s going on if
you are not making it to our chapter meetings to witness for yourself. I always say that if you do not
get involved in your organization
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NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2011
ABATE BREVARD COUNT Y CHAPTER
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ABATE BREVARD COUNT Y CHAPTER
NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2011
ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.
With the past Patriot’s Day Celebrations, a lot of emotions
upon emotions, surfaced. I saw a lot of patriotism and
love. We need all we can get. It was wonderful to see the
level of participation.
BREVARD
U L L E T I N
ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.
BREVARD COUNTY CHAPTER
P.O. BOX 237582 • COCOA, FL 32932-7582
Chapter Web Site:
http://brevard.abateflorida.com//
The Brevard Bulletin is the official publication of ABATE
of Fl, Inc. Brevard County Chapter and accepts no responsibility for the comments or opinions contained in this
publication.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EXECUTIVE BOARD
PRESIDENT
Mike Pope
639-1776
VICE PRESIDENT
Mike Bowden
302-4796
SECRETARY
Jonell Pope
639-1776
TREASURER
Linda Lockart
615-4296
CHAPTER TRUSTEES
SGT-AT-ARMS
Greg Hooper
794-7215
MEMBERSHIP
Jonell Pope
639-1776
Vacant
EVENTS COOR
PR/COMM
Suz Skinkle
266-6418
Charlotte Henry
794-7215
PRODUCTS
SAFETY
Suz Skinkle
266-6418
FAX
855-576-9263
ROAD CAPTAIN
Howard Hoepfner
917-2927
STATE REPS
Mike Bowden
302-4796
Theresa Clifton
452-9792
LEGISLATIVE
Mike Bowden
302-4796
NEWSLETTER
Earleen Kiker
474-6421
WEBSITE
Theresa Clifton
302-4824
ASSISTANTS
CHAPLIN
Tim Howze
508-4908
Carmine Dibiase
631-7344
ASST NEWSLTR
Jonell Pope
639-1776
PHOTOS
Miserable George
633-6422
NOTARY
Linda Lockart
615-4296
CONTACT INFO
CHAPTER FAX
321-632-5980
CHAPTER E-MAIL
[email protected]
WEBSITE
http://brevard.abateflorida.com
WEB E-MAIL
[email protected]
NEWSLETTER
[email protected]
ASST NEWSLETTER
[email protected]
editor’s notes
IDENTIFICATION/DISCLAIMER STATEMENT
THE BREVARD BULLETIN PUBLISHED BI-MONTHLY
We must remember that all we have is each other. Times are
ver y stressful.
All you snowbirds coming back to sunny Florida, welcome back .
If you have a trailer or lif t, step up and volunteer to help out
that poor smuck . We need someone from Nor th Brevard and
someone from South Brevard.
All the excitement in this issue is the upcoming 30th Annual
Toy Run. Once again, I would like to ask those that are newly
back in town, to volunteer some of your time to the Toy Run
planning. Our meeting times are going to be changing soon to
ever y Tuesday. We could sure use the help.
I sure hope you guys enjoy the new layout. I had a lot of fun
doing it and learned a lot. And a special thank you to M iserable
George. Don’t k now what I would do without his most excellent
photography. Thanks George◊
Earleen
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NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2011
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Secretary’s Report for
September 6, 2011
minutes
President’s Report: Mike Pope
The president called the meeting to
order at 7:50 p.m. at the American
Legion Post 22, we had a prayer by
Chaplain, Pledge of Allegiance and
moment of silence for our deceased
brothers and sisters and our service
men and women now serving. Welcome to the several new members
and guests in attendance tonight, we
had 21 members and guests present.
He reminded us not to forget to sign
in and buy 50/50 tickets; the money
goes to the chapter. He hoped
everyone enjoyed their meals, next
month they will have Shepherd’s
Pie with corn, green beans and
salad. Come early and enjoy a meal
at the Legion. Mike sited a story of
a motorcyclist that was killed in a
routine traffic stop over the weekend. We understand that the police
did not have their emergency lights
on and he encouraged everyone to
write to their legislators to express
their opinion on this matter. He also
talked with the press from channel
13 regarding the stiffer penalties bill
and trying to make awareness of this
effort that ABATE is trying to push
through.
w,
and deaths; it has been slow,
e
thank goodness. She spoke
on the events coming up
g
and is getting out spreading
the news about watching
e
for motorcycles. She will be
o
getting one more chance to
restock for the Toy Run.
Legislative Rep.: Mike
Bowden
Nothing to report.
State Delegate: Theresa
and Mike Bowden
Theresa reports on the
Photo by Mis
erable Georg
August state meete 1995 • Doe
remember w
s anyone
ho this hand
ing. She reminded us
some young
man is?
she has the ticket for
memthe money drawing being done at
bership data base and
Bike Week. Theresa brought up the
all reports on it. The data base runs
suggestion that they did to State
in Microsoft, so it would need to be
requesting they get involved with
compatible. Please keep an ear out
Can U See Me Now Run. Doc will be
and let her know if you know of one,
consulting with their Safety person
either free or cheap!!
and will bet back with us. Read the
Masterlink for the full minutes from
Newsletter Trustee: Earleen Kiker
the meeting. She reminded us that
Earleen reminded everyone to please
the Tallahassee Run next year will be
take pictures and submit to her for
in February, please make a note. The
the newsletter.
next State meeting will be in OctoPR Comm. Trustee: Suz Skinkle
ber, it is Spooks N Scoots. All were
encouraged to attend.
She as put out press releases regardChaplain Report: Carmine DiBiase/
Tim Howze
ing Toy Run. Thunder Roads wants to
start printing her press releases.
Products Trustee: Charlotte Henry Absent
The minutes were published and
available on the back table. Jonell
asked if there were any corrections
to changes to the previous minutes.
If not REQUEST MOTION: Accept
minutes as printed in the Chapter
Newsletter. MOTION PASSED.
Padre spoke about Biker Sunday last
year his sermon was about calling
out at the last moment of life to ask
forgiveness. He encouraged us to
be prepared for life after death. He
wants us to treat him like the sign
that points you in the right direction.
He is always here for every one of us
and always has an empty seat next
to him in church for us to join him.
Make God an active part of life.
Treasurer: Linda Lockart
Membership Trustee: Jonell Pope
Finance report presented. REQUEST
MOTION: Accept finance report.
MOTION PASSED.
For August we had 1 new member
and 2 renewals. We will be losing 3
people, check your cards, make sure
you are not one of them. Current
membership status is 321. Make sure
you check the expired member list
which will be in the next newsletter. She made a request for a laptop
PC that a member would be willing
to donate to the Chapter to put the
Vice President: Mike Bowden
He also reminded us of the above
issues also.
Secretary: Jonell Pope
Sergeant-at-Arms: Greg Hooper Absent
Safety/Education Directors: Suz
Skinkle
Suz spoke on the recent accidents
Chapter t-shirts are here if anybody is
interested.
Web Site Coord: Theresa Clifton
It is up to date and she has links to
different web sites. She encouraged everybody to check out http://
squawkmonkey.com/ and http://
www.dealchicken.com/space-coastfl for interesting deals and ideas.
Road Captains: Howard Hoepfner
“Duck” – Absent Excused
Events Coordinator: Vacant
Last call for 50/50 announced.
Photographer: Miserable George Absent
Old Business:
Reminded of Toy Run meetings 2nd
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minutes
continued from page 6
Tuesday of every month at Grandpa’s
Steak house at 6:30. All encouraged
to attend and get involved. Pick
up some letters and get donations
and spread the fliers around town
for advertising. Mike questioned if
anything further had been done regarding State appointing a chaplain
for all chapters. Padre explained the
purpose of this position. Padre will
compose a letter that we would like
to encourage everyone to send out
to all chapters. Padre volunteered
to coordinate Club Village again this
year; he will attend a meeting to
discuss further.
Legion Post 22, we had a prayer by
Chaplain, Pledge of Allegiance and
moment of silence for our deceased
brothers and sisters and our service
men and women now serving. Welcome to the several new members
and guests in attendance tonight,
we had 22 members present. He
reminded us not to forget to sign
New Business:
The minutes were e-mailed and are
available on the back table. Jonell
asked if there were any corrections
to changes to the previous minutes.
If not REQUEST MOTION: Accept
minutes as printed in the Chapter
Newsletter. MOTION PASSED.
Patches saw somebody with a shirt
on that said Hand Up and Drive, she
is part of a group and Patches will
try to get her to come to a meeting to share her information. Mike
welcomed anybody knowing of a
speaker that would be of interest
to the membership; invite them to
attend a meeting. Let Mike know so
he can coordinate this.
Good of the Order:
Several motorcycle runs and events
were also announced by various
people. Run fliers and information
were available on the back table for
pick up and on the web site. Fliers will also appear in the Chapter
newsletter.
50/50 drawn, Straw won.
The next Board Meeting will be held
on October 4, 2011 at 6:30 PM. It will
be held at the American Legion and
any member is welcome to attend.
Next Chapter Meeting: October 4,
2011 at 7:30 PM, American Legion
Post 22.
Meeting adjourned at 9:12 PM
Secretary’s Report for
October 4, 2011
President’s Report: Mike Pope
The president called the meeting to
order at 7:36 p.m. at the American
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in and buy 50/50 tickets; the money
goes to the chapter.
Bowden
Theresa reported on the next meeting, this weekend, is Spooks and
Scoots. All encouraged to attend.
Mike P. requested that our delegates
report our objection to State not
bringing safety items to the State
meetings. Mike P. also reminded
them of bringing up the Can U C Me
Now run and wanting their support.
Vice President: Mike Bowden
Chaplain Report: Carmine DiBiase/
Tim Howze -Absent
He has nothing to report.
Membership Trustee: Jonell Pope
Secretary: Jonell Pope
For September we had 1 new
member and 1 renewal. We will be
losing 11 people, check your cards,
make sure you are not one of them.
Current membership status is at
322 which is more than last month!!
Make sure you check the expired
member list which will be in the next
newsletter. Also remember we are
looking for a used laptop PC to use
for ABATE with the membership data
base. Please let her know.
Treasurer: Linda Lockart
Finance report presented. REQUEST
MOTION: Accept finance report. MOTION PASSED.
Sergeant-at-Arms: Greg Hooper
-Absent
Safety/Education Directors: Suz
Skinkle
Newsletter Trustee: Earleen Kiker
-Absent
Jonell reported the deadline for the
newsletter articles is the 15th . Please
send her pictures also!
She reported on the safety booths
she has had and also on any downed
biker. Scott from Saints corrected a
rumor of a member of the Wolfpack
going down, it was not true. She has
updated State on her booths for the
rest of the year. She reported we cannot put our information in the lobby
of City of Cocoa, due to space restrictions. She reported that State Safety
will not be bringing safety awareness
items to State meetings anymore;
the Chapters have to arrange for
pickup in Deland.
Mike P. requested ideas for the front
page of the next newsletter, everybody agreed the advertisement for
the Toy Run.
Legislative Rep.: Mike Bowden
Products Trustee: Charlotte Henry
She has the new chapter t-shirts, all
encouraged to purchase one, they
are a good price. She has in denim
color, tanks and t-shirts available.
She has the old ones also. See Charlotte after the meeting.
Mike deferred report to Suz with
reports from State. There are other
events going on around the State,
like our past Diamond Dave hearings. All encouraged to attend these
if you have the time, check the State
web site for the times and dates.
State Delegate: Theresa and Mike
ABATE BREVARD COUNT Y CHAPTER
PR Comm. Trustee: Suz Skinkle
Suz reported 202 ABATE chapters
on our Facebook page linked into
our activities. She has updated State
with all the PR information. She will
be going up to Daytona with ROAR
and
Southern Biker to promote the Toy
Run.
Web Site Coord: Theresa Clifton
She reported the web site is updated
continued on page 25
NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2011
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article barely touches on the past
30 years. Very little of the information has been confirmed,
but I am hoping that this gets the ball rolling to find more
information on dates, locations, etc. If you have any info
please contact me at [email protected]
On December 6th, 1981 fourteen bikes joined together at the
JM Fields Plaza, now known as the Home Depot Plaza, on
Merritt Island. The newly chartered ABATE Brevard County
Chapter along with the AZAN Shriners, gathered together to
bring joy and comfort to the kids in the Shriners Hospital for
Children in Tampa. The sparkle in their eyes year after year
has been the driving force that continues today.
Photo b
yM
iserable
George
1993
Earleen • Toy Run
• Merrit
t S qua
re Mall
2002 • Merritt Squa
re Mall
With the help of Big Mike (Johnson), past president of ABATE Brevard County Chapter and Big Bend Chapter,
Leo Cornelison and Phil Sabelli from the AZAN Shriners Center, Big Dick (King), Miserable George and Straw
Lewis from ABATE Brevard County, we managed to find a little history of the Toy Run.
At least the first 3 toy runs went to an orphanage in Melbourne. Later the Shriners were contacted. The first
time we ended at the Shrine on Eau Gallie, we had a sit down meal in the hall. The next year, with the Shrine,
we partnered with the Orlando ABATE chapter. That year we made arrangements for Malcolm Forbes and
Elizabeth Taylor to attend. Elizabeth got sick and did not make it. That was the first year with a giant turnout.
That was also before the Toy Run turned into a fund raiser.
There were fourteen bikes the first year, thirty five bikes the next year, and now we have thousands. In the
beginning, bologna sandwiches were served. About five years after the Toy Run started, the Shriners started
serving hotdogs and beverages to honor those that participated. The crowds grew over the years, and now we
have thousands of them too.
The Toy Run has become a major event. Ending at the old Shrine office on Wickham Road in Melbourne in
’81, then moving our end point at the AZAN Center and now we end at
Wickham Park. The volume of bikers has increased so much over the
years; we now fill the Merritt Square Mall parking lot at the beginning and
the parking lot at Brevard Community College at the end. Crowds line the
street all the way.
95
able George 19
Photo by Miser
ne
#1, Melbour
Pineda Inn, US
Held on the first Sundays in December, it has been bitter cold,
sweltering hot, rainy, foggy and absolutely beautiful. The bikers dress
themselves and their bikes for the fun. Children and adults wander
through the lines and lines of bikes and Santas. The local restaurants
NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2011
continued on page 20
ABATE BREVARD COUNT Y CHAPTER
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The ABATE
Brevard County
Chapter is in
need of a lap
top computer
to maintain a
membership
data base.
If you or
someone you
know can help
out in this
endeavour please
contact Jonell at
639-1776
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Brevard County Chapter Expire List
10/11
ANGEVINE, PAUL
BAILLOT, ROSE
CARROLL, GEORGE
DECKER, ROSS
DOUBEK , ROBIN
DOUBEK , BRYAN
HOWZE, TIM
LANZA BRIGANTE, TESS
LORT, BARBARA
MITCHELL, IMPERIAL SIR GEORGE
TROT TER, LISA
11/11
SAWICKI, GARY
HANNUM, DONALD
HANSEN, CHERYL
HEADLEY, ROBERT T.
KIMBRO, MICHELLE LEE
KOROLOVICH, RICHARD W
KOURY, RICK
MERZ, PAUL
WAGNER, LYLE
12/11
ANANIA, TONY
BAIRD, ALEC
BIGGS, MICHAEL
BROUGHTON, GARRY
BROWN, BILL
BURTON, ZACHARY
CARNES, JIM
CARNES, PATSY
CARROLL, FAYE
CLARY, JOHN
COBB, REECE L.
CONNOR, BILL
CORNELISON, LEO
DE HAVEN, BILL
DEIBLER, DANE
DESIMONE, NICHOLAS
DIXON, BLUE
DOUCE T, RUSSELL
EDGINTON, JOHN
FREUND, LON
GIZELBACH, CAROL
GLAAB, ART
GRANT, BILL
HAMPTON, CARLTON
ABATE BREVARD COUNT Y CHAPTER
HOGAN, JACK
IANNACI, TOM
KING-ALIBI’S, DAVID
KOROLOVICH, MARY
MARCHEGGIANI, JOE
MARTINOT, CHRISTINE
MAR VASO, MIKE
MC CARTHY, JIM
MC COMBS, JOHN
MC DONNELL, RON
MC NEILL, DAVID
MORISSE T TE, SCOT T
MIHALIK , KURT
NELSON, SCOT T
PARRISH, STEVE
POKLUDA, WILLIAM
POLLARD, LEE
PROC TOR, DEAN
RICHARDS, ROBERT
ROBIN, ERIC Y
SANDS, GREGORY D.
SAT TERTHWAITE, CURTIS
SELMON, GARY
SHIVERS, DENNY
STOLTZ, ANTHONY
STONE, TOM
SWEENEY, PATRICK
TURNER, JERRY
WALKER, DAR WIN
WEINER, ANDREW
WERDENBERG, AUGUST
WHIDBY, PAUL
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padre’s pulpit
REDIRECT
God is aware of and concerned with every aspect of our
being … physical, mental, emotional, financial, and perhaps most important of all spiritual. God wants us to be
spiritually fit and the best way to do that is to walk with
Him and with His Word as we travel over the hills and
valleys of life.
The problem, though, for most of us is that we get
diverted by more worldly things and lose sight of the
presence of God in our lives. I recently went to a website
to look up some information. When I pressed a certain
icon, a dialogue box popped up to tell me I was being
“redirected” to another website.
I thought about the spiritual application of that and realized that when the matters of the world cloud my vision,
I need to redirect my thoughts to focus on what God is
telling me in each situation I face in life. For example:
When I feel all alone, I should redirect myself to Hebrews
13:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
When I am fearful, I should redirect myself to Isaiah
41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God.”
When I feel weak, I should redirect myself to Philippians
4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
When I am torn between following the ways of the world
of the ways of the Lord, I should redirect myself to Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not
on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge
him, and he will make your paths straight.”
When I feel lost, I should redirect myself to Matthew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock
and the door will be opened to you. For, everyone who asks
receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the
door will be opened.”
When I feel inadequate in knowing God’s will for my
life, I need to redirect myself to Psalm 86:11 “Teach me
your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an
undivided heart.”
When I am tempted by the world, I should redirect
myself to 1 Peter 5:8 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your
enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking
for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith,
because you know that your brothers throughout the world
are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Post these and use them in times of trial and I assure you
He will not let you down!
May you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving!
God Bless you! ◊
Padre
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hen the
Pennsylvania field or when
ed.
Pentagon was broadsided.
ide
id
e
Meeting up on the east sside
of Merritt Square Mall, more
than 100 bikes showed for a
o r tor
t
10 year obser vance escor
patriot’s day
ast
ed ride to the Space Coast
Stadium.
The Rock ledge Fire Sta-h
tion 1 was k ind enough
to display their 9/11
ar tifac t. I had no idea
a piece of metal could
be so moving.
do
v er
The AVE T Projec t raised
over
Girl
om
m i ng
$400 to fund their upcoming
Scouts
Scouts.
retreat. A large par t of their
They offered all of us cold
work revolves around their
bottled water. You go girls!!
Your life was changed on Septem-
reintegration retreats that “…
We had a great crowd from
ber 11, 2001. There weren’t many
provide veterans an oppor-
Brevard County ABATE. Suz
that were not touched in some
tunity to decompress, relax,
set up a safety booth that was
manner when planes attacked the
and reconnec t, both to each
well attended.
Twin Towers, when heroes saved
other and to the par ts of their
There were many events that
the lives of many while sac-
lives they once
enjoyed,” K im
Sunday. I hope you attended
Co
o ne says.
Cone
at least one. We can never
The ““powers
forget the Alamo, Pearl Harbor
that
h att be” had
or the Twin Towers. ◊
rificing
ng their
t heir
h e own in a
par ing
park
fo r us. The
for
SUPPORT
ba
bathrooms
we
were
YOUR LOCAL
o
open,
b the
but
ADVERTISERS.
s
snack
stands
didn’t
open until
THEY SUPPORT
THIS NEWSLETTER.
noon. Thank goodness for the
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FIVE REASONS TO JOIN ABATE
3. Insurance discount for motorcycle association affiliation.
1. FREE $4,000 loss of life insurance policy.
4. Up to date legislative info through newsletters and e-mails.
2. Personal motorcycle rights lobbyist.
5. Weekly e-mails on motorcycle events.
5-12
1-12
1-12
9-12
7-11
10-11
1-12
1-12
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what a hoot
On August 28, 2011,
the 9 th Annual Born
to be Wild Run was
held. Ever yone met
up at Malabar Moe’s
to sign in and see a
wonder ful assor tment of raptors.
Great crowd, but a
little small compared
to past years.
Once again, we can
probably blame the
economy.
The first stop on the
run was Florida Forever down on 441.
The nex t stop was
Diamond Back Jacks
off of Sarno Rd.
Af ter stopping at
Jacks, ever yone
headed to American
Legion Post 81 on
Harbor City Blvd. for some
great food. The Legion Riders ser ved a most wonderful dinner. Direc tor Crabby
Frank and Assistant Direc tor
Ozzie did a wonder ful job of
organizing the end run. Doc
Holiday was on a roll playing the per fec t mood music.
A total of $1756 was raised
in this endeavor. The Hospital would like to thank GatorDon for putting so much
effor t in the organization of
this event.
The Wildlife facility operates on donations only from
members and the general
public. They receive NO
state or federal funding. You
can find out more about the
sanc tuar y by visiting http://
w w w.floridawildlifehospital.
org. ◊
FAC TS:
◊ Non-profit organization dedicated to Florida’s wildlife in
need.
◊ In an average year, over
3,500 animals will be admitted.
◊ Injuries are due to being hit
by cars, mono filament line
and fishing hooks, cat and
dog attacks, and habitat
destruc tion
◊ Open 365 days a year
◊ Native Florida wildlife and
migrator y birds
◊ Some of the animals that
we aid include pelicans,
gannets, herons, songbirds,
raccoons, otters, and tur tles,
Sandhill crane, the gopher
tor toise, and the wood
stork .
MISSION:
◊ To aid sick , injured, and
abandoned wildlife and
return them to their place in
the ecosystem.
we dedicate ourselves to Florida’s treasure...our wildlife.
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november
1 Chapter Meeting
Chapter Meeting
@ 7:30pm
American Legion Post 22
241 Peachtree S., Cocoa, FL
Dinner starts at 6pm
8 10
Toy Run Planning Meeting
@ 6:30pm
Grandpa’s Steakhouse, Cocoa, FL
calendar
6 @ 7:30pm
American Legion Post 22
241 Peachtree S., Cocoa, FL
Dinner starts at 6pm
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ABATE State Meeting
Sponsored by the Treasure Coast Chapter
Tropical Inn Resort, Palm Bay, FL
see page 17 for more details
Music and Motorcycles
2pm to 9pm
Main Street Zephyrhills, 5224 7th Street
http://www.mainstreetzephyrhills.org/
Phone: 813-780-1414
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Independence ABATE Christmas Party
Contact the Chapter for further info
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Special Riders for Special Olympics
from 9am to 5pm
American Legion Post 189
807 Louisiana Ave., Sebastian
Contact Jim Finochi @ 772-581-0837
Organized By: The Sebastian Lion’s Club/ American Legion Riders
Post 189 and Supported by ABATE of Florida,Inc/Treasure Coast
Chapter
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Toy Run Planning Meeting
@ 6:30pm
Grandpa’s Steakhouse, Cocoa, FL
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14th Annual Critter Run
First Bike out at 10am
Central Brevard Humane Society
1020 Cox Rd, Cocoa, FL
Contact 321-302-4828
22
Toy Run Planning Meeting
@ 6:30pm
Grandpa’s Steakhouse, Cocoa, FL
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Toy Run Planning Meeting
classified
photo by Suz
FOR SALE: Singer Model 111, with large tabletop. Walking Foot
Commercial. New Clutch, New Timing Belt. Unit is completely
gone through by Don’s Sewing Center. Asking $700 but will
haggle. Ask for Bear 631-6715. Leave Message.
@ 6:30pm
Grandpa’s Steakhouse, Cocoa, FL
december
4 30th Annual Toy Run
Merritt Square Mall, Merritt Island, FL
Line up starts at 8am. Kickstands up at noon
Ends at Wickham Park, Melbourne, FL
Contact 321-480-3619
Proceeds benefit the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and
local charities.
NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2011
Geoff Bodine’s Honda
of Melbourne
790 South Apollo Boulevard Melbourne FL 32901
Phone: (321) 345-4256 Fax: (321) 345-4255
10%
DISCOUNT FOR
ABATE MEMBERS
show your membership card
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Needs for Children at Shriners Hospitals
Pull tabs from aluminum cans
Campbell’s Soup labels
General Mills Box Tops for Education
Blu Ray DVDs (G, PG, PG13)
Xbox 360 games
Nintendo DSi
Nintendo Disc games
Gift Cards to Target, Wal-Mart,
Subway, McDonalds, Chick-fil-A,
GameStop
Recordable CDs
Batteries (all sizes)
Radio/alarm clocks
Clock radios with CD players
CD Boom boxes
FOR INFANTS
Pacifiers
Baby bottles and sippy cups
Rattles
Infant music CDs
Infant clothing (must be new)
Fisher Price tape players
Fisher Price Aquarium
PJs (scrub type)
Disposable cameras
SCHOOL AGE
Construction Paper
School supplies
Markers and crayons
Play Doha
Baby dolls and Barbies
Super Hero toys
Various school supplies
TEEN ITEMS
Make up, cologne, hair accessories,
etc
Portable headphones
Portable CD players
Teen board games
Large white T-shirts
T-Shirt paint
Decks of cards, Uno and others
Hair dryers
Flat irons
Nail polish
Model cars, including glue and paint.
Teen craft kits (bead art, latch hook,
jewelry kits)
Tote bags
PERSONAL GROOMING ITEMS
Large sized deodorant
Shampoo and conditioner
Body wash
Lotion
Toothbrushes
and paste
Socks
Pillow cases
Blankets
ABATE Chapters Help Build House for
Wounded U.S. Veteran
St. Augustine, FL, August 25, 2011 – ABATE of Florida, Inc. Vintage Chapter
members showed up in force last weekend to help build a new house for
one of America’s heroes. The home is being donated to Cpl. Tyler Southern and his wife by local businessmen in conjunction with Homes For
OurTroops organization.
In 2010, Cpl. Southern, U.S. Marine Corps, lost both of his legs above the
knees and his right arm above the elbow after stepping on a road side
bomb while serving in Afghanistan.
Members of Vintage Chapter ABATE showed up and worked diligently
alongside other local volunteers under the blazing sun to complete the
shell of the new house in just three days. Chapter President John Massoth
said the experience was very humbling. The designs for the new house
were done by ABATE of Florida, Inc. Duval Chapter member Linda Purvis of
Northeast Florida Design, Inc.
This is another example of ABATE chapters pulling together for a common
goal and to honor and help one of our military veterans that have sacrificed a part of themselves so that we may enjoy our freedoms. KUDOS to
all involved.
Mike Wewer , Public Relations Trustee,
Duval County Chapter, 904-233-0507
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Please take note that the sarcasm is very high. That’s because I saw stupid everywhere
during the 9-11 run and need to remind all that I want to come home safe. And everyone
knows you can’t fix stupid but we can try.
TOP TEN WAYS TO STAY SAFE ON A GROUP RUN
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It’s not necessary to text, talk
with or e-mail the person beside
you. I’m sure whatever it is can
wait until you get where you are going.
I am in front of you and want you to pay
attention.
safety
I don’t need your hand signals. I
know where I am going, I can see
at least 20 bikes ahead of you and I
would much rather you keep your hands
on the bars.
A few times a year, we ride as a group.
Examples include the 9-11 ride and the
upcoming Toy Run. That group can vary
from 3 to 3000 and more. I would love to
take this opportunity to refresh everyone’s memory about the safety of those
around us.
9
8
7
Don’t throw candy. I’m the sidecar
or trike behind you with a whole lot
more width. Not only are you not
paying attention, you are putting the kids
at risk.
Try to keep your speed consistent
with others. Weaving, speeding up
or slowing down out of boredom or
whatever would make you do something
that dangerous, makes you look stupid
and scares the people around you.
6
Keep your spacing consistent. If
you are chewing on my back fender
and I have to slow down, where are
you going to go? If you are so far back
from the bike in front, why are you riding
in a group?
5
4
Keep everything on your bike
secure. You decorate with
flags, trees, ornaments, stuffed
animals....I don’t want to run over or
dodge them in a close crowd.
There is nothing cute about
bumping the bike in front of you. It
puts all of us in danger and makes
you look like an idiot. We are riding for
the joy of it. We have licensed, and in
some cases, very expensive vehicles.
We are not bumper cars.
3
If you think laying on the horn
the whole trip is fun, find another
group to ride with. A few beep
beeps to the crowd is great, but one
long beeeeep? Please, have respect for
those that are stuck with you for the next
30 miles.
2
Yes, there will be beer, but
remember buzz riding is the same
as drunk riding, know your limits.
Ride sober.
NUMBER ONE WAY TO STAY SAFE
ON A GROUP RUN!!!
1
LOOK TWICE FOR THE OTHER
GUY!!! Be aware of those around
you, and where they are at. Look for
tthem as they will be looking for you.
T
This
is our 30th year of the Toy
Run and we want this to be our
largest and bestest yet!!! Tell as
many folks as you can and help
post and promote the run!!! Cut
tthese rules out, make copies and
give them to someone you love.
g
Also remember this is the 30th
A
yyear of the space shuttle. As we
ssay God Speed to the space pro gram, we also say God Speed to
g
our Toy Run for years to come.
o
I wish to thank Earleen. She
helped coauthor this. We had fun
ccoming up with a twist on Letterman’s Top 10 list. ◊
Suz Skinkle
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14th Annual
CRITTER
RUN
to benefit the Central Brevard Humane Society
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Join us for a great ride and good time while
helping the homeless animals.
CASH Prizes for Best, Worst and Mystery hands!
Starting Point:
Central Brevard Humane Society Shelter
1020 Cox Road, Cocoa
(321) 636-3343
First Bike Out: 10 a.m.
Last Bike Out: 11:30 a.m.
$7 per hand or (2) for $10
Pet Food & Supplies Appreciated!
lcome
e
W
s
e
l
c
i
All Veh r Friends!
ou
Bring Y
Silent
Aucti
s
on
Last Bike in 4 pm
rize 50/5
P
r
0
Dog & Bone
Doo
Drawing
9 Stone St.
BIG DADDY BAND
Scavenge
Cocoa Village
Myrt Tharpe Square
r Hunt
1pm till ??
For Details Contact: Theresa at (321) 302-4828 or Sally at (321) 749-6661
Supported by:
ABATE of Florida
Brevard Chapter
Sally’s Bargain Barn
and Motorcycle Shop
in Cocoa
All proceeds benefit homeless animals in our community!
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Committee did not agree with Nelson, and a few stated that
there had already been a state-funded audit which revealed
the appropriated funds “were spent in a manner pursuant with
the contract”. Additionally, ABATE of Florida State President
James “Doc” Reichenbach, II testified that the specific vendor
in question was a Florida-based minority vendor, one recommended to ABATE by the FL Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles.
Court Date Set for Killer of
Motorcycle Passenger
Estero, FL - October 10, 2011 – Friday August 26, 2011 Doug
McGill was riding his Yamaha motorcycle with his friend Janine
Becker on the back. They stopped for the red traffic light after
arriving at an intersection near the Coconut Point Mall. Stephen Alexander Brown pulled up behind them as the traffic
light was changing from red to green, but instead of stopping,
reports say he accelerated his Pontiac Grand Prix straight into
the rear of McGill’s bike. After both were thrown from the bike,
McGill was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Janine Becker was pronounced dead at Gulf Coast
Hospital.
Next, Senate Minority Leader Maria Sachs (D-District 30) again
questioned what triggered this interest in ABATE and the
request for the additional audit. She’d heard there is a “disgruntled other organization” that is unhappy with ABATE and
that since there was no proven evidence of misappropriation
of state funds there is no need to spend additional state money
by investigating this matter further.
Brown was cited for careless driving and driving a vehicle in an
unsafe condition or with defective equipment. Since Janine
Becker was killed in the crash, Brown will be required to appear
before the Lee County Court on October 20, 2011. As of now,
he only faces $267 in related fines. The Judge assigned to this
case, the Honorable H. Andrew Swett, has the ability to impose
additional penalties. However, even though it appears Brown
was fully at fault in this fatal crash, he will not see any jail time
for killing a motorcyclist. The current laws don’t call for incarceration in negligent driving cases such as this. Brown did get
arrested for Possession of Marijuana back in June 2011; maybe
that will send him to jail since killing a biker won’t.
ABATE of Florida’s Estero River Chapter will be at the October
20, 2011 8:15 am hearing, hoping for justice to be served in the
killing of their chapter’s member. Contact Estero River Chapter
President Mark Williams at 239-825-5848 or [email protected]
for additional information.
FL Joint Legislative Auditing
Committee Not Interested In 2nd
Audit
Tallahassee, FL, October 5, 2011 – An Orlando, FL TV station
publicly insinuated there were improprieties when there were
none. A small group of motorcyclists with questionable motives babbled nonsense, and still they failed to get anyone riled
up. Finally, after a Florida Joint Legislative Auditing Committee
hearing Monday the truth was known to all once again; ABATE
OF FLORIDA, INC. WAS IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE STATE
CONTRACT and DID NOTHING WRONG.
Florida State Representative Bryan Nelson (R- Apopka) called
for the committee to audit ABATE of Florida regarding how we
allocated the state funds for our Motorcycle Safety Awareness
Program. He also asked why a specific vendor received a volume of the business from this contract, clearly trying to imply
numerous improprieties. However, the other members of the
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Besides Rep. Nelson, the only other person present to testify in
favor of spending additional state money by having a 2nd audit
was “R.C.” Conroy. R.C. spoke of the 2004 Bill CS/CS/SB 682 as if
it were current law. In fact, this Bill failed in committee over six
years ago. Other interesting statements offered by R.C. included that Bikers of Lesser Tolerance’s (BOLT) purpose & mission is
to “give up a little bit of safety to maintain your rights” as well as
to “take various municipalities to court”. Besides his antagonistic statments, R.C. did not speak of any organization of which
he is involved that educates the public to become more aware
of the motorcycles sharing Florida’s roadways. Nor did he offer
any method to improve motorcycle safety awareness in any
way.
Representative Ken Roberson (R-Port Charlotte) further commented that in his area of Florida, ABATE of Florida is the organization that is promoting motorcycle safety.
Senator Evelyn Lynn (R-District 7) noted that it appears ABATE is
interested in the greater safety of the motorcyclists. After hearing R.C. speak, Representative Nelson immediately withdrew
his request for a second audit of ABATE of Florida, Inc.
A copy of the entire section of this hearing regarding ABATE of
Florida is available on our website with this Press Release. ◊
---ABATE of Florida, Inc. is Florida’s largest Motorcyclists’ Rights
Organization, and one of the top four largest nationwide.
ABATE of Florida members come from all walks of life and
include many elected officials. Our missions are to educate the
public about motorcycle awareness and continuing to fight in
Tallahassee for the rights of every motorcyclist and the public
in general. To aid in these ends, we have an exclusive lobbyist and have founded the Motorcycle Safety and Awareness
Program, both with the intentions to help make the roads safer
for everyone. ◊
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HAVE YOU BEEN STUCK ON THE
SIDE OF THE ROAD?
Help that poor smuck who…
 Forgot to get gas
 Had a flat tire
 Blew his engine
Be a Volunteer!
DO YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO CALL?
5-13
Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut
that connects the handlebars to the saddle.
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open for breakfast and the mall opens its doors for those last
minute shoppers. The local Walgreen’s has a display of bungee
cords and teddy bears right up front for those procrastinators.
The first entry fee in 1981 was a stuffed animal or toy. In 2011,
the entry fee is a stuffed animal or toy. Those that choose can just
donate $10 at the gate.
The charities, that the Toy Run has helped over the years is
remarkable. From the beginning, the Shriners and ABATE have
shared their wealth with others. The Marine Corps’s Toys for Tots,
local families, West Palm Beach Amara Shriners Center, Orlando’s
Bahia Center and along with those we have this year, the Central
Brevard Sharing Center, 4 The Kids of Brevard, Melbourne Light
Parade and Cocoa Police Department.
We hope, as an organization, to continue this tradition and this
story. ◊
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Photo by Miserable George
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NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2011
out and about
e
photos by Miserable Georg
Spooks and Scoots
Ya know, I’m a guy who hardly if ever wins anything!
Very frustrating, ya know? BUT, at the Warlock’s Chili
Cook-off on Sept. 3, I actually took second place!!
Nice crowd there, lots of chili to taste, a good time all
around. Later in the month, we attended a memorial service for a departed friend, Eve Farrari. Huge
motorcycle column to the chapel, 77 bikes. God rest
your soul Eve, we’ll miss you.
Sat., Oct.1 was a busy day. Big birthday bash for JJ at
the Saints MC clubhouse...good friends, good food,
and a nice day. Later that night, it was over to Capt.
J’s to sign in for the AFMC Strip Bar Run. Again, good
weather, good run, BUT, did I win anything...? NO!!
BUT, I stopped in to Bizarro’s Restaurant for a bite,
and the owner treated me...a tasty Greek Gyro...no
charge! Thanks!!
The following week-end, Oct. 7-9, was Spooks ‘N
Scoots, over near Dade City, one I always look forward to. Beautiful camp grounds, nice crowd, good
weather...?NOT!!! The sun was out when I got there,
but by 4PM, it was pouring. Jeepers, that mess they
called a
“tropical cyclone” rolled in and
dumped on us! We got the southern portion of it,
but it was still a nagging drizzle for the rest of the
week-end!! Sunday morning, I had to pack up WET
camping gear, (in the rain), something I HATE to do!!
But, we did get two decent magazine presentations...
watch for it in THUNDER ROADS, probably the Nov.
issue. Also BIKER, next year sometime.
Next, came one of my all-time favorites...Willies
Tropical Tattoo Ol’ Skool Chopper Show in Holly
Hill. Perfect weather, huge crowd, babes all over
the place, porn stars, celebrities, bikes...the kind I
like, met some old friends too. Two more magazine
pieces(I hope!!) Well, that about wraps it up for now.
WHEW!!! Ride safe. Don’t forget the Warlocks Open
house on Mondays & Wed. for football at Station 23...
do it!! ◊
Miserable George
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public relations
photo by Duck He recently replaced the wooden
pole on Diamond Dave’s marker with a metal
one. Thanks Duck.
HOHOHO, its Toy RUN time!!! Been busy, busy, busy, getting
ads sold for the tee shirt and we have it filled already!! Now we
are filling up the car for the cage bash. I did my very first public
relations promotion and it was for the toy run in Daytona at
ROAR, a women’s bike builder and bike store. Southernbikers invited me to set up a booth of posters and last year’s toy
run shirts to help promote the run. Southernbikers has also
donated 1/4 page ad in their magazine for us. This month
over 3,000 magazines went out. Our ad is beside the Daytona
Biketoberfest page, so it will be well seen. We had a great time.
Mary went with me to help. We gave away last year’s toy run
shirts for donations to the run. I’m doing my best to plaster the
area in toy run posters and flyers. ◊
Suz
ADVISORY
Trike vs. Motorcycle Endorsements in Florida
September 20, 2011 - There has been some confusion expressed lately regarding Florida trike only vs. motorcycle endorsements. After confirming with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, it
has been learned that you may legally operate a trike with just a motorcycle endorsement. However, if you
only ride a trike and cannot physically operate a two wheeled motorcycle, you must get the Florida trike
endorsement. You may not ride a two wheel motorcycle with a trike endorsement.
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she has received.
Road Captains: Howard Hoepfner
“Duck”
He has nothing to report at this time.
Events Coordinator: Vacant
Last call for 50/50 announced.
Photographer: Miserable George
-Absent
minutes
Old Business:
Mary K. spoke about her having to
have back surgery and Patches and
Suz will be helping her
out with Christmas families. She is
looking for families that are in need
of help for Christmas;
please contact her at 631-6715. The
deadline is November 19 and delivery is December 17th .
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on the back table for pick up and on
the web site. Fliers will also appear in
the Chapter newsletter.
Mike P. reminded everyone that the
Cocoa Motorcycle Rider’s Club is
open off of Dixon in Cocoa in Byrd
Plaza 12-2 seven days a week.
50/50 drawn, Gary Barton won.
The next Board Meeting will be held
on November 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM. It
will be held at the American Legion
and any member is welcome to attend.
Next Chapter Meeting: November 1,
2011 at 7:30 PM, American Legion
Post 22.
then you have no room to complain.
So get involved and let our State BOD
know how you feel about what’s happening and what you expect in the
future.
Another stern reminder from your
BOD; June is chapter elections and
we need people to step up and replace us. Many of us are ready to
move on so you will have to find replacements.
Ride Safe & Ride Often ◊
Mike Pope
Meeting adjourned at 8:44 PM ◊
Please help Mary out wherever you
can.
New Business:
Tonight the Legion served us Shepherd’s Pie, next month they will have
Crispy baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and vegetable. Mike
P. encouraged all to come early and
have a bite to eat and support them.
Good of the Order:
Robert spoke about Bikers In Need
(BIN), which is being run by Bear
from Independence Chapter. They
are providing food to bikers in need.
They are looking for donations of any
kind.
The address will be posted in the
next newsletter, check for it and help
them out. Garren spoke about what
AVET has to offer and about some
events coming up. Several other motorcycle runs and events were also
announced by various people. Run
fliers and information were available
If you are not receiving your
newsletter in elec tronic format
you are really missing out.
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September 30, 2011
WFTV Channel 9 News
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —
A Lake County civic leader was sentenced to 10 years and four months in prison
Friday morning for driving drunk and killing a motorcycle rider.
Former assistant public defender Bruce Duncan pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter.
On October 17, 2009, Duncan ran over 61-year-old Steve Muller in Sorrento.
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Troopers said they found a half-empty bottle of vodka in Duncan’s truck.
“So let this be a lesson to everybody out there. I don’t care who you think you are,
doctor, lawyer, politician, you drink, you drive, you’re going to jail,” said the victim’s
brother Thomas Muller.
During Duncan’s sentencing hearing 10 days ago, several well-known Lake County
business and political leaders spoke out on his behalf, asking for a lighter sentence. ◊
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biker sunday
O Oc tober 23, 2011, the 8 th Annual Biker SunOn
day
da was held at the Rock ledge Church of Nazarene.
re
There
was a five minute video sponsored by
T
the
Teen M ission from nor th Merritt Island
t
about
their Motorc ycle Sunday Schools. The
a
missionaries
teach games, singing, phonics
m
and
lessons from the Bible to improvised rural
a
communities that can only be reached by
motorc ycles.
Dance
orge • Interpretive
e Ge
photos by Miserabl
Our Carmine Dibiase introduced Padre Tim, who made a great entrance with his bride
Mar y on his brand new Harley, riding down
the aisle and right up on stage. Nex t came another pastor on his scooter and to top it off
another pastor rode up on stage on a 50cc
minibike. What a show.
Hot coffee and donuts were offered before
the ser vice and af ter ward hot dogs, hamburgers, sides, sodas and desser ts.
There was live music, and Amazing Grace
was per formed by a group from the Warlocks. Bear from I ndependence testified
to his recover y. There was an interpretive
dance per formed by the church’s teens.
That ’s where I lost it folks. I cried it was so
moving.
Biker Sunday
Services
At last count there were approximately 400
guests,
129 bikes and 3 scooters along with
gu
several
cages. I counted 15 groups, clubs, asse
sociations
and organizations represented.
so
Sure
Su hope you were there. I f you missed it you
missed
a hear t lif ting experience.
m
The
Rock ledge Church of Nazarene is located
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at
a 651 Barnes Blvd. Their number is 321-6364600.
There worship ser vices are Sunday 9:30
4
Traditional,
11:00 Contemporar y and 6 in
T
the
evening. Please visit them. They are ver y
t
biker friendly. ◊
inibike
r on his restored m
Ken “Pops” Stanife
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