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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 May Genesee and Shiawassee:  guests included June and Tamara. On to the Awareness news...

As of the beginning of May the Awareness team has taught nearly 683 students.  What a continuous climb from last month.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to reach a goal of 2500.  Not that this is a challenge or anything…lol.. I am still amazed that the team only consists of 4 members:  Mike “”Kritter” Poage, Eric Wallace, Jo “JoMamma” Bruce and newly announced instructor Papa T.  As a reminder, if you are interested in being an instructor see Mike.  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks to everyone who attended the Awareness Party and Ride this month or donated to the cause.  Both events were a huge success.  Enough monies were raised to purchase our billboard “LOOK TWICE SAFE A LIFE” on I-75.   The billboard will be displayed on I-75 near Carpenter Rd. The Awareness Ride was awesome.  Nearly 100 bikes participated.  And believe me..we got the motorists attention and even a “fellow” police officer.  You will have to ask Bubbles for the “nitty gritty information”. Don’t forget, when you are paying your dues for your membership  don’t forget 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.  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. Groups will be leaving from the Capital Coney Island (Flint) at 10am sharp…and will meet up with our fellow riders at the Burger King in Perry, Michigan at I-69 and M-52 leaving at 11:00am sharp. Check out the State Legislative Officer Jim Rhodes section in the front of this mag for more information.  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 and or colonoscopy’s..ouch.  What a pain in the a_ _. Right Robin and BOO BOO..how funny.  I gues a couple that has a colonoscopy together stays together..????? Lol..sorry had to do it!!!!May you find strength in our prayers and thoughts.   On to the RC report…

Members of the Month for May are (G) Shannon Conklin and (S) Becka.  Both members are active participants in the growth of Region 20.  Shannon helped out at the Awareness Party by purchasing the “sub” and other “fixins”.  Becka  participated in our “balloon toss”. Many thanks for all that they do.  Through their efforts we are stronger as a region.  Mike would again like to thank everyone that helped out at the Awareness Party/Awareness Ride through buying event tickets, gathering door prizes, preparing food and riding in the event YOU MADE THE EVENT SUCCESSFUL.  Your help is essential in us raising the monies that were necessary to support the purchase of our “Look Twice Save a Life” billboard on I-75.  We have scheduled a pool tournament with the Iron Wheels in Shiawassee County. The event will be held May 21st. I will fill you in on all of the happenings in the next edition of the rider. It is a great time for Region 20 to “CELEBRATE” our success at the 11th Annual Bikin for Burns event.  Speaking of “Bikin for Burns”, it is hard to believe that the 11th Annual Bikin for Burns is on our doorstep.  As I write this newsletter we are 4 days from the event. And of course it is calling for a 40% chance of thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday high 70-74.  Just won’t be the event without a challenge.  Right????  Oh well we have been through worse.  May be we will get a break and the 70-74 degree weather will be sunshine instead of rain.  What the hell, we deserve it!!!!!  Many thanks to the B4B committee which has been working hard to ensure a successful ride/party and to all of those “unsung “heroes that will work the day of the event.   It would not be successful without your support.  Terry “The Hickory Bar and Grill” in Corunna, Michigan “location of our Shiawassee meeting” has scheduled a Bike Night on June 13th (Monday).  Please plan on supporting Terry as he has Region 20. If you haven’t purchased your State Field Meet ticket yet and it is passed June the 1st you will have to pay at the gate. Please plan on attending.  This is a great event to network with other region members and visit friends or be introduced to other members in various regions.    I am betting on Region 20 to sweep the trophy’s as in the past.  Many thanks to Holly and Mac who is distributing the tickets, you are awesome.

Members attending May’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.  Flyers are on our website.  Support those who support us.

 

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