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Hello Region 20 members, family and friends.

 November’s meeting for Genesee we had 40 attendees no new members or guests (special “hi” to George Burton, nice to see ya!!).  Shiawassee’s meeting had 25 attendees.  Welcome new members and guests. On to the news…….

The Awareness Team is striving towards accomplishing the task at hand:  exceeding the number of students taught in 2010.  As Mike told the membership in November’s meeting, they are working hard to accomplish just that!!!  As many of you know Eric Wallace has been a big part of the Awareness Team.  Volunteering an immense amount of time, unfortunately for us, Eric will be moving to Florida.  Lucky Eric!!!!  We know have a destination on our “road trip”.  Seriously, he has helped to teach the record setting amount of students.  Jo Mamma has agreed to step up (thank you Jo!!!!!!)!and help Mike, more help is needed.  If you are interested in being an Awareness Instructor, talk to Mike.  Visit his classes and get involved.

Our legislative officers: Marty- Genesee and Mark “The Bus” Shiawassee, is continuing to enforce the importance of calling your local representatives and senators.  Encourage them to vote yes.  We are so close to attaining our god given right as Americans to “Ride with a Choice”.  Let’s make 2011 the year!!!!!  Also, please let Mark and Marty know that you appreciate their efforts.  Remember this is a volunteer organization.  The time that Mark and Marty spend is enormous.  It is because of their dedication to “Freedom Fighting”..that month after month they help to guide the membership related to our legislative needs.  Thank you!!!!On to the Products report!!

Region 20 would like to announce that Audrey will be taking over for Amanda as Genesee Products Officer.  Amanda has decided to step down.  We thank Amanda for her time and dedication.  Being a Products Officer is not an easy job.  Thank you Amanda for giving a shit!!!  On a good note, Audrey is looking forward to her new role.  She will be at the meetings and events with region product.  New products have arrived and they are “cool as shit”!!!  Tom and Julie have done an awesome job designing our new “duds”.  The new artwork is unique and “eye catching”.  Thank you Audrey for stepping up, you will do a great job!!!

It is important at this time to acknowledge our members that are experiencing periods of “trials and tribulations”.  Please hold in your thoughts all of our members and friends of Abate that may be experiencing a difficult time.  Especially at this time, as we approach the holidays.  Remember those individuals and make every attempt to touch base.  On to the RC Report!!!

Randy would like to thank all of the members that have participated in our region events and donated their time for the “cause”.  Region 20 is stronger than ever.  We definitely have fun and we are able to impact our community needs.  Be proud of being a Region 20 member.

Our member of the month for November (G) is Eric Wallace and our (S) member is Stephen Kuch.  Eric and Stephen are recognized for going “above and beyond” the call of duty as a region member.  Both actively work our events and Eric serves as our “Co-Region Awareness Director and Stephen “our fearless Webmaster”.  Thank you both for your time and dedication.  You Rock!!! 

Don’t’ forget our Christmas Party will be held on 12-4-11 at 2pm at the Utility Workers Union Hall corner of Maple/Center Rd. Make sure you have given us the name of your child/children that will be attending, if under 16..so Santa is prepared.  No surprises!!!!lol…Bring a dish to pass.  The region will be providing the meat…(Where’s the beef..lol)..I hope everyone is able to attend.  This is a great get together!!!  It is fun to watch all of the parents and grandparents in their role..chasing the little ones!!! 

Don’t forget to reserve your room for the seminar in January 13-15 2012.  Rooms are being filled quickly.  Attend a future meeting between now and then to find out our “secret plan” for our seminar theme..it is awesome!!!!  or call one of the officer’s if you are unable to attend the meetings but plan on going to the seminar. 

November is a special month for region 20.  It’s elections time!!!!  and the results are!!!!!!!!!!!!  Randy will continue to serve as your RC.  Randy wants to thank everyone for their continued support with him as RC.  He wants to personally thank everyone for making him feel wanted and supported.  He truly wanted to take a break this year.  I do believe the first time in Region 20 history where the Region 20 RC wanted to step down and the membership wouldn’t allow it.  Marty and Bus will serve as LO for 2012.  Secretary for Shiawassee is Becka (you will do a great job!!)  Aileen will be resuming the duties as secretary and newsletter for Genesee.  I am going to take a “rest”….I have truly enjoyed the various officer positions.  I am not going anywhere. Lorenda as well stepped down.  We thank her for her time she spent as Shiawassee’s secretary. Treasurer will be decided in 12/11.  Special thank you to the officer’s of 2011, who has dedicated their time to the success of Region 20.  You are amazing!!  Member of the Year will be announced at December’s meeting as well.

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

Signing off for now…

Be safe and enjoy your holidays!!!!!

Georgia