ABATE of Michigan Region 20

September 2010 News Letter

September Newsletter - ABATE Region 20

Genesee and Shiawasee Counties

Legislative Officers-Marte Merrell and Mark Berger

Well, well, September is already here and a fine howdy do to Region 20, friends, family and fellow ABATE Members!  We had 4 new members and 1 guest this month at our combined  meeting:  Thumper, Vicky Richret, Sharise Monan and Sam Hutchinson.  Our guest was Aubrey Barker.  “Thanks for giving a shit to all new members and guests!!” 

Members of the month for Genesee County was BooBoo (Terry).  Members of the month for Shiawasee County was Bus (Mark Berger). 

Secretary and Treasurer Reports were read and accepted. 

As for the Awareness report for August from “Kritter” - Mike Poage, there are 7 classes left to teach for this month.  Any Safety Awareness inquiries or if you want to become an instructor, call Mike (Kritter) 810-423-8711.

Chief Road Captain, Larry (Guard Dog) Scott, no report at this meeting.

Chief Area Coordinator for Genesee County, Gerri Lynne (Mama Bear) no report at this meeting.

As for the LO Report, Marte was not available, but Bus (Mark) and Randy were.  Jim Rhodes sent an email to Randy to remind everyone to get with the people running for office who support ABATE and help them out on their campaigns.  They can use help with phone calls, etc.  And a CONGRATULATIONS to Paula Zelenko!!  Legislative Officer for Genesee County is Marte and Legislative Officer for Shiawasee County is Mark-Bus (517-455-1611), bergermark48@yahoo.com.

As for cares and concerns:  Happy Birthday and Anniversary to everyone for September!!!!  We had lots of surgeries going on and hope everyone is doing OK recovering!!  We are cheering you on, rah, rah, sisk, coomba, OK, I regress. 

As for products, remember Amanda and cupcake are selling tickets for $1 to win a shirt at the October meeting. 

Region 20 is going to do another round of care packages for Thanksgiving.  So, if you have any family or close friends oversees, please let one of the officers know so we can make sure to get them a care package!!!!  The recipients need toiletry items, no aerosols, powder drink mix for water, old magazines (not X rated), foot powder, jerky, razors, writing materials for letters, etc.

Once again it is time for the RAVE RUN!!  The 5th Annual Shiawasee County driven event for R.A.V.E. (Relief After Violent Encounters).  This organization just loves the support and give out A LOT of great door prizes.  That is happening on September 18th, at the Hickory Lounge.  Registration is 11am to 1pm, all vehicles welcome (2 and 4 wheeled).  Only $10 per person-includes one Poker Hand (additional poker hands $5).  An 88 mile run with last vehicle in at 6pm.  We hope to see you at the event.  Contact Zip for info: 989-723-7953 or Randy.

At the Davison Fire Department, in early August, the smoke house that Bikin' for Burns helped them acquire was on display.  There was a wonderful article in the Davison Index about B4B and ABATE.  The smokehouse was awesome and even had a tornado simulator.  A great tool for kids to learn from and adults too!!!  Thanks to Region 20 and all the people who support our event, we helped the Davison Fire Department upgrade from a lower version of the smokehouse to the one that was $63,000. 

End of the Year Party  was at Randy and Georgia's on August 28.  It was a fabulous time, so for those of you that missed it, hope to see you next year.  We had bike games, great music by an awesome DJ.  The girls did cat calls at the construction workers next door.  And with the theme Cowboys and Indians, I think we even burned someone at the stake. 

And before our next meeting is our 11th Annual Fall Color Tour on Saturday, October 2 a 65 mile ride.  The event starts at Top End Cycle on Dort Highway.  $10 per person with the proceeds going to Region 20.  Registration is 10am-Noon with the ride ending at Shiatown Park.  Hot dogs, caramel apples, 50/50, doorprizes, etc. Remember this is our fundraiser.  Check the website for more info. 

Saturday, October 23 is our Halloween Party.  We are selling 100 tickets to the ADULT ONLY event at the American Legion Hall in Swartz Creek.  B.Y.O.B, please.  Looking to have attendees bring a dish to pass as well, please, if you can. Tickets are $10 per person, so see Randy or Aileen (Sassy 810-919-5078) for tickets. 

Oh, yah, the day after the party, Sunday, October 24, is the swap meet in Birch Run.  We are looking for volunteers to sign up.  Sign up sheets have been started at the September meeting and will be at the next meeting.

The first Saturday in December is Region 20's Xmas party.  Oh, Gosh, it is just around the corner.  Better not pout, you better not cry, cause Santa is watching. 

January, you know what that means---SEMINAR!!! Woo Hoo!!!  Gotta love Seminar with all the free classes and all you can learn.  That is a great time to nextwork with other ABATE people from other regions.  The only thing it will cost you is the price of a room and a lunch/dinner ticket (if you want to do that).  Might want to look at a room. 

Just a reminder, Region 20 elections are coming up.  If you have anyone in mind for a position (RC, secretary, treasurer, etc.), feel free to nominate someone. 

50/50 this month was won by Ron.  Way to go!!!

If you have any comments, questions or concerns regarding Region 20, please talk to Randy Wilson at randy6984@aol.com or 810-533-6456.  Visit our website at:  www.abatemichregion20.com.  Webmaster: Stephen.  Contact him at abate.of.michigan.region20@gmail.com.

Sassy’s Second!!  Remember to try and see things from the other person's perspective, it just might change yours.