April 2011 News Letter

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Hello Region 20 members, family and friends.

Special thanks to all of the new members and guests that have attended our local meetings.  For the month of April Genesee and Shiawassee meetings were combined.   Guest included”   Walter Castro. On to the Awareness news...

As of the beginning of April the Awareness team has taught nearly 400 students.  It is amazing that the team only consists of 3 members:  Mike “”Kritter” Poage, Eric Wallace and Jo “JoMamma” Bruce.  Newly announced instructor is Papa T.  Thank you Papa T for stepping up to the task.  If you are interested in being an instructor see Mike.  Any help is appreciated.  Region 20’s Awareness Team is actively preparing for our Annual Awareness Party and Ride this month.  I will update you on all of the happenings in next month’s issue of the rider.  When you are paying your dues for membership remember to “check” the box indicating your financial support for the State Awareness Program.  By doing so you are allocating an extra $5.00 to help offset the program’s cost.   This is a great opportunity to help.  On to the Legislative Report.

Our Legislative officers of Genesee and Shiawassee are encouraging you to contact your local legislators.  Contact information is available on the state website.  If you have any questions please call Marty for Genesee and Bus for Shiawassee.  Both of our Legislative officers continue to do a great job updating us on the happenings in Lansing as we continue the fight to “Ride with a Choice” in 2011.  A great opportunity to meet you area representatives is at the “Pizza and Pop” luncheon on May 18th in Lansing.  If you are interested and would like to carpool to the event contact Marty or Bus.  Groups will be leaving from both counties.  Don’t forget to put June 8th (Helmet Protest) on your calendar.   All Abate members are encouraged to attend our annual rally. Make yourself visible.  Strength is in numbers. Check out the State Legislative Officer Jim Rhodes section in the front of this mag for moreinformation.  On to the Cares and Concerns Report….

Happy birthday and anniversary to all Region 20 members and friends.   Bless all of those that are having difficulties.  May you find strength in our prayers and thoughts.   On to the RC report…

Members of the Month for April are (G) Terry “BooBoo” Goyette and (S) Stephen Kuch.  Both members are active participants in the growth of Region 20.  Boo Boo is your Sgt. of Arms for (G) and coordinator for the area Swap Meets. Stephen is your webmaster.  Many thanks for all that they do.  Through their efforts we are stronger as a region.  Randy would like to thank everyone that have signed up to help at the Awareness Party through buying event tickets, gathering door prizes and preparing food.  Your help is essential in raising the monies that are necessary to support the purchase of our “Look Twice Save a Life” billboard on I-75.  If you didn’t attend April’s meeting you missed the news that Region 20 has purchased a new grill to be used at region events.  Huge cooking surface “nearly 65 hamburgers can be cooked at any giving time”.  This will decreased the wait time for feeding our members at our annual events.  Many thanks to Robin “Bubbles” Goyette for locating the grill and following through with fundraisers that made it possible.  And many thanks to all of the individuals who purchased tickets for the raffles used to raise the necessary monies and to Larry Hodges who replenished the gift basket that we raffled off for a second time.  As always Region 20 members come through and support the cause.  We have scheduled a pool tournament with the Iron Wheels in Shiawassee County.  This is a great time.  The event will be held May 21st.  If you are interested in attending the event call Randy or attend May’s meeting in either county.  It is a great time for Region 20 to “CELEBRATE” our success at the 11th Annual Bikin for Burns event held the prior weekend.  Speaking of “Bikin for Burns”, it is hard to believe that the 11th Annual Bikin for Burns is just around the corner.  The past few months the B4B committee has been working hard to ensure a successful ride/party. DON’T FORGET THIS YEAR BIKIN FOR BURNS DATE HAS BEEN MOVED TO MAY 14TH.  This is the WEEKEND AFTER MOTHER’S DAY.  ONE WEEK LATER THAN OUR NORMALLY SCHEDULED EVENT, this year only.  Our 2012 Bikin for Burns event will be back on schedule next year.  The change in the date for 2011 was due to a scheduling conflict with the Shriner’s Circus Park.  As always the event is a great time.  Please plan on attending.  If you are able to help the day of the event, give Randy a call or come to one of our local meetings in May.  Sigh up sheets are available.  Region 20 and Terry “The Hickory Bar and Grill” in Corunna, Michigan “location of our Shiawassee meeting” will be arranging a Bike Night.  Please plan on supporting Terry as he has Region 20.  More information will be available soon.  Randy would like to extend a special thanks to all of the individuals that helped out at the Birch Run Swap meet in April.  It was a “huge” success. 

Members attending April’s meeting announced the following during open discussion:

         Axemen will be hosting ride on June 11th.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bikin for Burns fund.  As a flyer becomes available we will post it on our website.  Support those who support us.

         May 21st the VFW post at 4087 Lapeer Rd. will be collecting donations for soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital.  Please support the men and women who has given the sacrifice to ensur our freedom and liberties.

         Robin announced that a medical ID bracelet is now available with a USB drive that you can download personnel contact information and medical history.  The device is available at Walgreens

         Aileen mentioned that she is actively preparing for a Blessing of the Bikes on May 15th proceeds benefit the Reading and Literacy.  See Aileen for further information if you are interested in attending.

 

Well   it’s time to close…As always, if you haven’t attended a meeting lately, please do...we host two meetings a month; one in Shiawassee the 1st Sunday of the month at the Hickory Lounge in Corunna and Genesee the 1st Monday of the month at Kimberly’s Pub.  If you can’t attend due to personal obligations, we understand...we know you are here in spirit…. Check out our website at: http://www.abatemichregion20.com

Be Safe,

Georgia