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March Newsletter - ABATE Region 20

Genesee and Shiawasee Counties

Legislative Officers-Marte Merrell and Mark Berger

Hello to all Region 20, friends, family and fellow ABATE Members.  We had 4 guests this month at Genesee’s meeting:  Tamar Desmond, Kim Ackley, Rhonda Fisher and the ever so popular Gary Slawter from Region 4.  There were 4 new members/guests at Shiawasee this month: . Halsey Pierson, Betsy Hicks, Joe Hicks, Chris Wright, Sarah Browning.  As for attendance, 38 attendees at Genesee:  Thanks for giving a shit!!! 

Members of the month:  For Genesee County:  Mama Bear—for taking the ball and running with the Chief Area Coordinator position!!!  Member of the month for Shiawasee County is Stephen Kuch our wonderful Master of Webbery.

Secretary and Treasurer Reports were read and accepted. 

Mike Poage gave a report on Awareness.  The team has already taught 208 students and has Carmen Ainsworth left to go!!  Saturday, April 10, 2010 is Region 20’s Awareness Party with good attendance, will pay for our Awareness Billboard!!  Everyone is welcome to attend this VERY important event and soak Randy with water balloons!!  For tickets, talk to Holly and Mack McCracken 248-770-2478 (Holly) and 313-590-1001 (Mack), only $10 per person.  A free event is the Awareness Ride on Saturday, April 24, 2010!!  Mike is putting together a project to make big billboards to put in people’s yards. If you are interested in having a billboard or helping creat them, get a hold of Kritter/Mike.  Wanna have influence, Wanna have fun, Wanna point out how important awareness is????  Call Mike (Kritter) 810-423-8711, and be a Safety Awareness instructor!!! 

Chief Road Captain, no report at this meeting.

Chief Area Coordinator for Genesee County, Gerri Lynne (Mama Bear) was getting people signed up to work the Birch Run Swap meet!!  A great place to work and get paid in fun!!!  We will have a booth at this one, for Awareness, etc.

Legislative Officer for Genesee County, Marte talked about the Pizza and Pop event at the Capital Building on March 2nd (tomorrow).  She contacted 5 representatives and got a response from Woodrow Stanley.  You go Girl!!!  Woodrow showed interest in coming to a Region 20 meeting, so he may attend the April 5th combined meeting. If Woodrow attends it will be a want we want to know Q&A session.  Please remember to be respectful and not be pissy.  Marte will know for sure if he will attend by April 1st.  Marte will post it on the Forum on the ABATE of Mi website on April 2nd if Woodrow will be at the meeting!!!  Reminder about the forum, please don’t talk about specific people.  Other organizations paid their money and can see everything out there. 

Legislative Officer for Shiawasee County is Mark-Bus (517-455-1611), bergermark48@yahoo.com, so feel free to give him a shout if you need information or have ideas to share.  Pizza and Pop was held in Lansing with about 90 staff attending. What a great job.  June 9th is the Capital Helmet law day. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW.

As for cares and concerns and products:  Nothing to report this month at Genesee, but I am sure Shaggy and Roz say Happy Birthday and Anniversary to everyone for March!!!   Gary Slawter’s Benefit party was Saturday, March 6th at Kimberly’s Pub.  A big Thanks for Giving a Shit to Bruce for letting us party!!  A big Thanks to all the lovely ladies who helped put on the party, bake sale, auction, etc.: Emie, Mama Bear, and all the rest!!!  We raised a nice amount for Gary so for those who participated:  Thanks for Giving a Shit!!!  Boo Boo is having a rough time with the knee surgery and has a long road to go, 1 year recovery.  Boo Boo if you are reading this, we all are thinking about you!!  Get well soon. Everyone feel free to email or call Boo Boo!! 

Biking for Burns (B4B) Meetings have started, next meeting is on March 8 at the Side Car Café at Hill and Torrey Roads, Flint, 6:30pm.    There will be three fire departments at the meeting, Swartz Creek, Durand and Grand Blanc, giving us their information.  We have sign up sheets for security, registration, etc.  Resolutions and insurance are done.  Perani’s shouldn’t an issue.   We are going to be selling the Bike Raffle tickets at B4B.  This is our 10th anniversary so we need to think BIG and out of the BOX.  Any ideas, bring them!!!  Woo Hoo!!!

Chuck Beals wanted to say thanks to the new officers for doing such a great job!!!

Chairperson, Randy for the State Field Meet at Oil City has two great bands booked.  We have Keith Jennings who does sound for B4B out there as well.  We need vendors!!! The deal of a year to vendors – FREE with a purchase of an ABATE membership to one of the three who would be allowed per vendor!!!  For vendor information Randy at 810-833-6456.  Dogs will be allowed this year, for a small fee of $25 to have your cuddly little or big loved one be with you for the weekend.  –Well, ok, some might not be so cuddly---Dogs that is!!!  He he.  Dogs must have an armband on their collar, must be leased as well.  There will not be a doggie do do control person, so please clean up after your own pet(s). 

We spent $55.92 on a very special honorary Region 20 member.  There is a very special 19 year old male who is the son of a couple of our members who loves ABATE, especially Region 20.  He is wearing out his Region 20 Hoodie, so we bought him a vest, ABATE Region 20 patch and Biking for Burns patches.  Well, this young man loves the vest and wears it everyday.  Thanks for Giving a Shit guys!!!  That is what we are all about!!!! 

The biggest fundraiser for ABATE is HERE and proceeds go to ABATE of MI. Please try and sell some of the State Raffle Tickets for the 2010 ElectraGlide motorcycle.  The bike will be given away at the Sturgis Toy Run on September 11, 2010.  See Mike (Kritter) for tickets.  The person who sells the most tickets will receive a gift from Mac and Holly.  Money will be collected in August.  We were the 3rd highest donator this year, let’s beat that for this year!!! 

Randy wanted to say Thanks for Giving a Shit to all Region 20 members who contributed to the packages for “our” family in the armed forces.  There were 2 HUGE care packages went overseas and was a very emotional experience for Randy.  Randy had 5 people in the Post Office clap for his and our efforts.  Santa John’s son received a package with a wonderful letter written by Georgia for Region 20 and cried!!  Thank you to Zip for the spark of this idea and we will be doing this again in 2011, so let’s all try and put some things aside during the upcoming holiday season for “our” family members overseas. 

50/50 this month at Genesee was won by Ron and he gave $20 to Gary Slawter.

BOTH Meetings for April will be combined into one at Kimberly’s Pub on Monday, April 5th at 7pm. 

If you have any comments or concerns regarding Region 20, contact Randy Wilson at randy6984@aol.com or 810-533-6456.  Our FABULOUS website that has classified ads is www.abatemichregion20.com.  Our Master of webbery is Stephen, you can contact him at abate.of.michigan.region20@gmail.com.

And now for Sassy’s Second!!  Look Twice, Save a Life!!!  Now is the time to start reminding people of this.  Been seeing bikes on the road the last few days!!!  Be safe out there, Guys/Gals!!

--Aileen//Sassy!!