Vol. 3, No. 10
A Brotherhood Aiming Toward Education March 2012 Dedicated to Freedom of Choice
Be wary of E15 gas in your bike? blend. boat engine is like metal in a microwave. when it comes to the 15 percent blend
Controversial ethanol gas blend needs
In an opinion editorial to the Hill newspa- The United States Coast Guard warned when used in a motorcycle engine.
more study in small engines per, Rep. Sensenbrenner (WI) had this to that E15 in marine engines increases the In fact, the Motorcycle Industry Council
say, “Many claims by E15’s supporters are risk of fires and explosions.” has said that the blend could be harmful to
FROM THE MRF questionable. And, “The EPA dismisses these con- motorcycles. The EPA went so far as to
For instance, ethanol’s proponents argue cerns ‘from stakeholders within the gov- say that motorcycles are prohibited from
On Feb. 7, the U.S. House of Represen- that ethanol is cheaper. But this claim ig- ernment, no less’ because these engines using the new blend altogether.
tatives Committee on Science, Space and nores the fact that E15 lowers fuel effi- are not included in EPA’s E15 waiver, but Until further comprehensive study such
Technology passed HR 3199 - a bill that ciency. EPA is willfully ignoring inevitable issues as required by this legislation is conducted,
would require a comprehensive study of Since ethanol’s energy content is just 70 with misfueling and lack of availability of we must issue caution when using the new
the scientific and technical research on the percent of the energy content of gasoline, fuel with lower ethanol content. At a Sci- blend.
implications of fuel with more than 10 per- American drivers will be forced to make ence Committee hearing last year, we ex- The MRF will keep you updated on this
cent ethanol. more trips to the pump, largely negating amined the EPA’s E15 decision, and wit- and every other issue effecting motorcy-
Essentially, this bill would slow down the any savings from E15.” nesses testified that the agency cannot clists from Washington, D.C.
fast tracking of the fuel blend that is 15 Sensenbrenner added, “As bad as E15 is prevent misfueling.”
percent or more ethanol. for our cars, it is downright dangerous in We at the MRF are all for reducing our (Join the MRF on their Facebook page at
The Administration made it legal at the small gasoline-based engines like those in dependence on foreign oil and keeping the www.facebook.com/bikers.rights)
end of 2010 for fuel suppliers to sell the our lawnmowers, boats and ATVs. E15 in a planet healthy, but the facts are not all in
SMILE Weird News: Motorcyclists fined
for wearing DOT-approved helmets
COMPILED/EDITED BY BILL BISH helmets in the world, with certifications
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) from the U.S. Department of Transporta-
tion which subjects helmets to higher stan-
In a strange twist, motorcycle riders in dards of testing, police are issuing tickets
Mumbai, India are being hassled by law to safety-conscious riders for wearing “un-
enforcement for wearing DOT-approved approved helmets”.
helmets because, in an effort to curb the In typical bureaucratic fashion, authori-
use of cheap helmets, the police commis- ties have reportedly forwarded an applica-
sioner recently issued an order stating that tion for recognizing DOT-certified helmets
all motorcyclists must wear helmets with to the transport department “which is the
an ISI marking to certify that they are ap- competent authority to make an appropri-
proved by the Bureau of Indian Standards. ate decision.”
So, despite wearing some of the finest
Helpful websites to bookmark:
ABATE of Oklahoma
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
Oklahoma Rider Education Program
Oklahoma Confederation of Clubs
Paul Brinker of Tulsa, left, is now Lifetime Member #003 of ABATE of Oklahoma after the recent SMILE in Join the MRF on Facebook!
Oklahoma City. Lifetime membership is the highest honor given by ABATE of Oklahoma. Brinker has been www.facebook.com/bikers.rights
with ABATE for 33 years, a founding member of Tulsa Chapter, and he is also the former State Safety Officer.
ABATE of Oklahoma is for ALL motorcyclists, regardless of make, model, and origin of their motorcycle
2 ◆ March 2012 Biker Journal ABATE of Oklahoma
(A spirit of familiarity and trust existing between friends)
Love and VTwins
BY SHAWN SCOTT - CMEJAM this past summer getting used to the bike,
Contributing Writer taking the riders safety course, and look-
ing for partners in crime. After being intro-
There seems to be a lot of pressure on duced to social networking sites for riders
March 2012 motorcycles go out at 10 a.m. All proceeds to
benefit the Southwest Regional Training the romantic notion of setting aside a “Val- she made new friends. Through these
➤ 4 - Oklahoma COC bi-monthly meeting, Center for CCI enabling them to provide entines” day to provide that big gesture to “meet and rides”, she found the CVMA,
American Legion #073, Del City service and hearing dogs free of charge to your love interest. Those without such a Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association,
➤ 5 - 21st Annual A.B.A.T.E. Biker Legislative wounded warriors and civilians.
Day, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Oklahoma
sidekick are in two camps: depressed or and found her home.
➤ 28 - 4th Annual Tornado Run, Chisholm ambivalent. When she locked her keys in her car,
State Capitol, in the House of Representatives Trail 412 A.B.A.T.E. Chapter of Enid is gearing
Chamber on the fourth floor, 2600 N. Lincoln I offer a third alternative: a motorcycle she called her oldest friends ,who couldn’t
up for the 4th Annual Tornado Run. There will
Blvd., Oklahoma City. See more info on page can be the catalyst for an even bigger love come help her. One call to her CVMA fam-
be door prizes, bike games and people
12 of this issue. games. While it is still in the planning stages,
affair. An affair of the heart that begins ily and not only did she get a ride to pick
➤ 24 - 7th Annual Guard Dog Central Chapter you are guaranteed to have a good time. with discovery, moves on to challenge, her up and bring her home that night, she
Poker Run, sponsored by the Oklahoma Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Enid works its way towards achievement and got a ride back the next morning (spare
Guard Dogs and American Legion Post 73. Moose Lodge, 302 E. Purdue in Enid. finishes up with satisfaction of the relation- keys in hand!). She was just floored at how
Ride starts at American Legion Post 73, 5000 ship we can have with ourselves. I have far out of their way these new friends would
SE 24th St. in Del City. Call 405-642-7907. May 2012 often said, tongue-in-cheek, that a guy go for her. During a snowstorm that hit
➤ 5 - South Central Chapter Poker Run, (rain
April 2012 date May 12). More into TBA
would have to be pretty special to displace the Pac NW hard this past month, she lost
➤ 13 - Northwest 69 Chapter Waynoka the love and affection I put into my Harley. power and her generator went out. She
➤ 5 - Northwest 69 Chapter 1st Annual
Snake Hunt, Biker Rodeo (14th), Waynoka, I have a long-time friend who actually called old friends who could not come to
Gander Run, in memory of Bob Drake. Poker
Okla. Contact NW 69 Chapter (See page 8) Run to fund the Bob Drake Memorial brought this sarcastic comment to a dif- help. One call to her CVMA family, and
for more info. Scholarship program. More info TBA ferent light. she had two generators and a volunteer
➤ 13 - 15 - Three Rivers Chapter Swap Meet ➤ 6 - Oklahoma COC bi-monthly meeting, Meet Linda. A decade ago she was re- come out in 2 feet of snow to fix her ailing
& Tattoo Contest, Muskogee Fairgounds. location TBA cently discharged from the army, married, unit.
Contact Three Rivers Chapter (See page 8) For more Oklahoma motorcycle events, check and in college. Without getting too detailed Our last conversation was a complete 180
for more info. out www.lets-ride.com/event/oklahoma.htm. the snapshot I offer is one of a person who from the Linda who was so lost last year.
➤ 21 - Tails & Trails Roll of Thunder, ride To submit events to the Biker Journal, e-mail from all outsiders looking in should have Instead of lamenting this Valentine’s Day
starts at Sehorn Yamaha, 2555 N. Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for April been the most confident and happy per- that she failed at marriage and romantic
Street in Shawnee. Reg. at 9 a.m. issue is March 1. son. She is beautiful, smart, has opportu- love, she is rejoicing at the love she feels
nities laid before her, with a very hand- for these people and the love she knows
some funny husband. We just can’t judge they feel for her.
everyone’s insides by their outside appear- She has the confidence to try, to seek
ances. out what makes her happy and continue to
After years of struggle, she realized that be a giving heart. Watching her emerge
You may have received this compli- We continue to strive towards motor- she needed to end the marriage and get from the cocoon as a biker queen butterfly
mentary issue of the ABATE of Okla- cycle safety awareness and implemen- her life back under her. As many can re- has given me a lot to think about.
homa Biker Journal via your local mo- tation of antidiscrimination laws late to, the failure of the marriage weighed Imagine, she couldn’t count on her old-
torcycle shop or favorite stomping in the State of Oklahoma (and heavily on her. It is a tough place to find est friends, her soon-to-be ex husband, and
ground. If so, we are nationwide). In addition, yourself; knowing you can’t go back, and even her blood family, but she had no idea
pleased to of- ABATE members continue to completely at a loss as to how to move for- the support she would find from her biker
fer this free is- support local communities ward. Her self-esteem was in shambles family. They showed her how much she
sue to you in throughout the State of Okla- ted to
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cific Northwest. Despite the constant rain understand. Your local Motorcycle Rights
ing motorcycling a safe, the growth of the sport by becoming a and cold, she put 4500 miles on her bike Organization needs you. Share the love.
pleasant sport. member today.
Visit the A.B.A.T.E.
We participate in legislative activities, Not only will you make a difference in
which promote the sport of motorcycling. your community, but also you will have
While one of our goals is to keep hel- a great time doing so. You will find a
State Website at
met use a freedom of choice for the mo- membership form in this newspaper.
torcyclist, we are not against helmets If you have any questions, please con-
and many of our members wear them. tact any of the Chapters listed. If you
Again, we feel it should be freedom of are currently a member of ABATE, Thank
choice. You! www.abateofoklahoma.org
ABATE of Oklahoma Biker Journal March 2012 ◆ 3
ABATE/COIR Bun Burner 1000
BY JIM MCKINNEY To prepare for the event, Riding Okla- speeds and long-distance riding have little signed, long rides will mean riding across
3 Rivers ABATE State Representative homa will feature a series of tips in the in common. In fact high speeds and long areas you might not consider prime riding
ABATE of Oklahoma Biker Journal deal- distances can be a deadly combination. A spots. To some riders U.S. 50 across Ne-
The word is out and plans are being made ing with preparation. Topics will include steady rider can book more miles, enjoy vada is a beautiful ride. To a canyon carver
for the upcoming ABATE/COIR Bun mental, physical, mechanical preparation more mountain vistas and ride more twisty it can be a long, hot boring, dull highway to
Burner 1000. and tips on having a safe and rewarding trip. miles than a canyon carver bent on making hell. For times like this, carrying your fa-
This event is sponsored by ABATE of This week’s topic is mental preparation, the best times across a mountain pass. vorite music can prove invaluable. Some
Oklahoma and the Coalition of Indepen- or wrapping your head around a 1000 mile Besides the obvious, high speeds affect other tricks of the trade are to stock a sup-
dent Riders. We believe this will promote a journey in 24 hours when you are accus- fuel mileage, which means more time ply of tart candies that you can munch on
working relationship between both organi- tomed to 300-500 mile rides. wasted looking for gas, and the fatigue while riding. A sour lemon drop will shock
zations and help to publicize both. Addi- It is exciting and a little scary for some caused by fighting the effects of pushing a your senses and keep you going another
tional sponsors are invited to contact Jim at folks to think just how far 1000 miles actu- motorcycle through the wind, plus riding 20 miles!
email@example.com. ally is. In a straight line, 1000 miles would much beyond the flow of traffic will land Learn how to stop to go faster. On the
The initial route is determined and total be from Tulsa to Williams, AZ or from Tulsa you a hefty speeding ticket. While you are surface this tip may not make sense, but
mileage is 1,032 miles from start to finish. to Pittsburg, PA, so the need for prepara- on the side of the road having a spirited the successful long distance rider uses this
Riders can start at any of the following tion is important. discussion with a Police officer about your strategy to their advantage. Since each rider
locations: Woodward, Altus, Lawton, Below is information taken from the IBA 10/10ths riding style, the turtle-like rider is different, no one can predict a comfort-
Ardmore, Muskogee, Pryor, Claremore, Archives of Wisdom and I would like to on the Honda 250 will wave as he sets him- able speed average for every rider. What
Tulsa, Ponca City, Oklahoma City, or Enid. thank Michael Kneebone for allowing me self up for the next set of corners. is important is to know what speed your
Since there are several chapters in close to reprint this information and revise it for More people are drinking highly internal riding clock runs by and when your
proximity to each other we may decide to this article. caffeinated and energy drinks. Leave the speed falls below that average, take time
combine them in order to provide a single If the longest ride you have ever taken is energy drinks, coffee supply, and drugs at out and get some serious rest. Wasting time
stop in their area. The areas under consid- 300 miles in a day, don’t plan to complete home. If you need No-Doze, a Monster, or on coffee stops or milling about gas sta-
eration for combining stops are COD and the Bun Burner 1000 without some prepa- other drugs to stay alert (the Iron Butt tions is time that could be better spent in a
Heartland (OKC area), Lakes and Rogers ration. Planning your ride will make it an Association includes coffee and colas on comfortable room sleeping or even better,
(northeast of Tulsa), and Mangum and experience that you will always remember this hot list), it’s time to stop and get some
South Central (Southwestern OK). and cherish. serious rest.
The tentative event date is Sept. 20, 2012. Forget what you’ve been told; high No matter how well the routes are de- See RIDING OKLAHOMA, page 10
NCOM Biker Newsbytes
cycle or bicycle due to the vehicle’s size or
weight, shall have the right to proceed sub-
ject to the rules applicable after making a
stop at a stop sign as required by section
11-1204 of this code.”
The law applies only to municipalities
with a population of less than two million,
COMPILED/EDITED BY BILL BISH so the city of Chicago is exempted.
Similar so-called “dead red” laws have
Illinois motorcyclists can run been enacted in Minnesota (2002), Ten-
nessee (2003), Arkansas (2005), Idaho
red lights (2006), Wisconsin (2006), North Carolina
IMotorcyclists in Illinois will no longer be (2007), South Carolina (2008), Missouri
stuck indefinitely at stoplights, as effective (2008), Oklahoma (2010), Kansas (2011)
January 1st the Land of Lincoln joined and Virginia (2011). In Texas and Califor-
eleven other states that allow riders to pro- nia, state law requires stoplights to be fit- REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9AM
ceed through malfunctioning red lights. ted with sensors that detect motorcycles. ENID MOOSE LODGE, 302 EAST PURDUE,
Sensors that trigger light changes often
Dirty secret about gas pumps ENID, OKLAHOMA 73701
aren’t sensitive enough to detect motor-
cycles, which prompted the Illinois legisla- Gas pump handles top a recent study of
ture to pass HB S860, suppor ted by filthy surfaces, so just when you thought
$20 PER PERSON, PRE-REGISTRATION BY APRIL 15TH
ABATE of Illinois, which allows motor- filling up couldn’t hurt any more, medical
GETS A 2ND HAND
cycles stopped at a red light to go through researchers have announced another rea-
the light if it doesn’t turn green after a “rea- son to avoid touching the gas pump: EXTRA CARD AVAILABLE FOR $1
sonable” amount of time. GERMS!
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the Gas pump handles turned out to be the FIRST BIKE OUT @ 9AM ~~ LAST BIKE OUT @ 11AM
bill, claiming it “endangers our motorists” filthiest surface that Americans encounter
because it allows the motorcyclist to deter- on the way to work, according to a study LAST BIKE IN @ 3PM ~~ GAMES TO START @ 4PM
mine how long is “reasonable,” but both released on October 25, 2011 by Kimberly-
the House and Senate voted to override Clark Professional, a unit of personal hy-
the veto and the original bill became law. giene giant Kimberly-Clark Corp.
The new law, as now on the books, states: A team of hygienists swabbed hundreds
“After stopping, the driver of a motorcycle of surfaces around six U.S. cities to see
or bicycle facing a steady red signal which what ever yday objects are breeding
fails to change to a green signal within a grounds for the worst bacteria and viruses.
reasonable period of time because of a sig- The top offenders, following gas pumps,
nal malfunction or because the signal has were handles on public mailboxes, escala-
failed to detect the arrival of the motor- tor rails and ATM buttons.
4 ◆ March 2012 Biker Journal ABATE of Oklahoma
Chisholm Trail 412 has a lot to SMILE about
BY ANITA MCMULLEN done for the program. ability consistent with the goals of ABATE There are certain criteria to meet in or-
Secretary, Chisholm Trail 412 Chapter Mike Scholten (Sergeant at Arms) was of Oklahoma incorporating leadership, in- der to qualify and Legislative Day is one of
awarded the Above and Beyond (member) tegrity, honesty and responsibility in all the events you must attend and it is com-
From the awards to the Soggy Bottom by 2R. President Frank Dods was given the listed events, while promoting good broth- ing up on March 5, 2012.
Boys, Chisholm Trail 412 ABATE Chap- President of the Year Cup. Road Captains, erhood and or sisterhood, within ABATE After the awards the bar was open and
ter works hard and plays just as hard. Brian Wilson, Frank Stogner, Darril of Oklahoma and the general motorcycling the karaoke began. There is a tradition for
There was evidence of both at the SMILE (Rowdy) McIntosh and Mike”Soxks” community. the 412 men to do their version of the
in Oklahoma City on Jan. 14. Branham were given plaques to show the Chisholm Trail 412 members receiving Soggy Bottom Boys. This started at the
The New Comer award was given to appreciation by the chapter for keeping us the spur this year are Mike and Shawna State Party 2010 and is done whenever and
Chris McMullen (Sergeant at Arms) and safe. Scholten, Soxks and Kat Branham, Skip wherever there is karaoke. Steve Fallis
Kat and Soxks (Road Captain). This award The ABATE of Oklahoma Freedom Moon, Frank Stogner and Sharon Stone- even entertained us with a little dance. A
was given for being new to the chapter and Fighter patch and spur recognizes the Hussman. great time was had by all and we are look-
stepping up to do what needs to be done. knowledge and skill of an ABATE member Chisholm Trail 412 has 14 members that ing forward to a fun year.
Kenny Anderson walked away with the who has achieved a level of knowledge and have earned their spur.
Above & Beyond Award for all the things
he does, such as cooking for our fish fry
and providing transportation wherever it is
needed. Skip Moon was given the Share
the Road award for all the things he has
STATE OFFICERS & CONTACTS
ABATE OF OKLAHOMA, INC.
State Office “Soggy Bottom Boys?”
P.O. Box 23616
Oklahoma City, OK 73123
World Wide Web - www.abateofoklahoma.org
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Garry Canaday 580-763-3846 To Three Sands Chapter: Senator David Myers was a hero and mal award Saturday night but are long over-
firstname.lastname@example.org friend to the Children’s Home. As a public due for a special mention and thanks. I’ve
On behalf of the Marland Chirldren’s
TREASURER servant, he was dedicated to the cause of been attending ABATE functions for about
Home I would like to thank you for your
Franklin L. Kastl, III
generous gift of $250 made in memory of giving our children the opportunity to have three years now and I’ve noticed this same
11109 S. Hudson Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137 a safe home and a bright future. bunch of 6 or 7 very dedicated ladies.
Senator David Myers.
SECRETARY As a result of his strength and conviction These gals are always scurrying around
Brook Bullock 405-740-7075 to our cause, we are able to continue pro- and taking care of a million small details.
SGT. AT ARMS
A.B.A.T.E. viding care to children in need.
We will be forever grateful to his service
These are the gals who make the emer-
gency runs to Wal-Mart, the ones who set-
Jack “Shooter” Shelley
STATE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
of OKLAHOMA and love for our children.
Thank you again for your generous sup-
up the hospitality room, keep it clean and
Elly “ICE” Criner Sustaining Memberships port of this home and the children who They set out a lunch fit for a king – ample
302 E. College, Blackwell, OK 74631 live here. high-quality food, arranged in an attractive
email@example.com ❏ Double Diamond and efficient fashion.
- Ellen R. Martin, Chief Executive Officer
MRF LIAISON & ❏ Diamond They oversee and re-stock the vendor
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Oklahoma COC (2/2012) tables. They are the invisible crew who
Carol King 408-390-4535 Skip Moon (12/2012)
More reason to SMILE clean up after the parties. And the list goes
TulsaVicRider@aol.com Lakes Area Chapter (02/2012) I just returned home from the 2012 on and on.
POLITICAL DIRECTOR SMILE – a weekend jam-packed with broth- As I watched some of them scurrying
John Pierce P/F 918-859-6171 ❏ Gold erhood and fellowship, ABATE business around setting up the Saturday lunch buf-
firstname.lastname@example.org Chisholm Trail #412 (12/2012) updates, and first class educational semi- fet, literally running back and forth, I no-
LEGAL ADVISORS: Three Sands Chapter (12/2012) nars. ticed they all had flushed faces and sheen
Holly Hefton 405-239-7711 ❏ Silver I’m sure that most everyone who at- of moisture on their brow.
email@example.com Frank Kastl (07/2012) tended would agree with me that the en- In spite of the stress and pressure they
Johnathan M. Sutton 918-747-9977 Brook Bullock (02/2012)
tire meeting was well-planned and perfectly all had a look of happiness and content-
firstname.lastname@example.org executed. I had a wonderful time and am ment.
EVENTS COORDINATOR ❏ Bronze completely exhausted today. In short, these women are an invaluable
Garth “Fuzzy” Hoard Debbi Green (1/2012) At the Saturday night banquet a lot of precision work team and I am so proud of
SC.OK.ABATE@gmail.com Brook Bullock (2/2012) people who have given so much to ABATE their commitment to ABATE.
BIKER JOURNAL EDITOR Jeffrey Johnson (2/2012) were recognized and thanked. Many well- Thank you ladies so much for once again
Barbara Vice email@example.com AOK Screenprinting (10/2012) deser ved trophies and plaques were making my SMILE experience so enjoy-
129 E Broadway, Drumright OK 74030 Coalition of Independent Riders handed out. able.
918-232-8709 (C.O.I.R.) (02/2012) There is one group that didn’t get a for- - Frank Kastl
ABATE of Oklahoma Biker Journal March 2012 ◆ 5
BY CHAPLAIN STICK (MONTE KEINER)
Life and Control
Family, friends, or feelings or fear can ily would like to thank all of their ABATE through this difficult time.
State Chaplain, ABATE of Oklahoma lead us and control us. family for the overwhelming support in this I am asking for your help with Joyful Be-
To take control of your life you don’t fol- time of grief. Let’s keep them in our prayers ginnings and In Remembrance.
From as young as we can remember low a road or path; you set out and make Let me know about the good stuff as well
someone is always telling us what to do your own. as the sad. When you have a new child,
with what appears to be control of our lives. And to control your life you have to be grandbaby, a wedding, the return of a sol-
As we grow in life there are rules and firm enough to stick to your convictions to dier from overseas or any joyful beginning
someone telling us what we should do. If lead, or you can let friends and family and please let me know.
it’s not parents, it’s teachers, ordinances things like stress, drama, and things in life When we lose a brother or sister it is
for cities and states, counties, judges. control you. From the small to the large never an easy thing for those left behind, I
Midlife we find that the control is not things in life they all add up and can control am here and willing to help any way I can.
guidelines for us to live in, but rather bound- us if we let them. There are a lot of miles of pavement in
aries that we have to stay within, because Remember there’s a big difference be- Oklahoma and even with modern technol-
someone controls our every movement. tween CONTROL and CONTROLLING. ogy information doesn’t always reach
And as we travel along in our lives we see Having control is a must that we have, those who need it.
control but we can control how we travel but to BE controlling is not what we or any- In Remembrance is one way we can make
those boundaries and what we do between one needs or wants. sure that all brothers and sisters know
them, but there are all kinds of people, Joyful Beginnings about the passing of another brother or
places and things that we can control about sister.
Nothing has been reported this month.
our own destiny or we can let them control Please send me an e-mail at
Remember, it’s more than just babies that
us. make for a joyful beginning. ABATEchaplainStick@yahoo.com.
Great leaders in all walks of life take con- If you need me just call me on the cell
trol and lead their and sometimes others’ In Remembrance 214-206-7949.
Sunset Chapter member Christopher
Stick With It
If I don’t answer right away leave a mes-
A great leader in life can be leading his Crawford, son of Ernie and Denise Titus, sage or text – I stop and check messages
life with his family or a large group of like- also members of Sunset Chapter, passed every time I pull my bike off the road.
minded people. away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. The Titus fam-
Note to Chapter Secretaries
Submit your chapter meeting minutes by the 1st of every month to the Biker Journal firstname.lastname@example.org
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Travelin’ with 2R
BY GARRY “2R” CANADAY Major Pain was our last guest speaker of session on ABATE of Oklahoma Board efforts above and beyond what is expected
State Coordinator, ABATE of Oklahoma the day. He brought us up to speed on the Members. of them. John Pierce, our Legislative
2nd Annual Ride for Safety, hosted by the Biker Journal editor Barbara Vice shared Coordinator, and Mike “MkNasty”
ABATE of Oklahoma enjoyed a huge 90th Troop Command. Last year’s run was with us how to be better writers, Scholten were the ver y deser ving
success with this year’s SMILE (State a perfect demonstration on how a poker photographers and ad salesmen. recipients of this year’s Coordinators
Motorcyclists Improving Legislative run can be held without every stop being a I think I should have paid more attention Award.
Effectiveness). Brook “X Man” Bullock is bar. in her class! J. P. had another seminar about T. W. Shannon won this year’s SMILE
to be congratulated for chairing a Instead of drawing cards you answer how those that wish us to have to wear Award, which is presented each year to
successful event. three multiple-choice safety questions, lumps of plastic on our heads use statistics the person who promotes motorcycle
Ever y second weekend in Januar y right out of the MSF book. If you answer to promote their agenda in “Lies, Damn safety and awareness the most in
ABATE of OK plays host to the state’s correctly you get another door prize ticket. lies, and Politics!” Lastly we had a Oklahoma.
motorcyclists, this year at the Biltmore in The highest honor ABATE of OK can
Oklahoma City. bestow upon an individual is Life
Friday afternoon the Road Rambler girls Membership. It is not for sale, and can only
made everyone welcome in the hospitality be earned. One must be a member in good
room. That night the presidents of all 13 standing for at least 15 years, have served
ABATE chapters and the executive as an officer and demonstrate integrity at
of ficers of ABATE of OK enjoyed a the highest level.
productive roundtable discussion, and I look All executive board members as well as
forward to working toward making those previously named Life Members vote on
ideas a reality for ABATE. the recipients. Not more than one a year
Our focus at this year’s SMILE was will ever be awarded and those that are
retaining memberships. Around 40% of must receive a 2/3 vote of approval.
our members don’t renew each year – I’m Mr. Safety Paul Brinker was honored as
not sure why. John Pierce presented a Life Member #003. He is a 33-year
seminar called “Gaining and Retaining.” If member of ABATE from the Tulsa chapter.
your organization hasn’t heard this, you He served the chapter as President and
would be well served to ask J.P. to present served the State as Safety Officer.
it to your group. Many others were honored that night
During lunch, we were blessed with and all were deser ving. Without them
three great speakers: Lt. Governor Todd Oklahoma would not be as fun or as safe a
“Double D” Lamb, Commissioner Michael place to ride my motorcycle.
“Tall Guy” Thompson and Major “Pain” Saturday night wrapped up with live and
Ken “Feedsack” Mitchell. It is fun having silent auctions, fine hospitality and more
folks like this as members of ABATE; we than a bit of karaoke.
get to give them road names. Texas ABATE State Coordinator had a
“Double D” is a great friend of ABATE very special award for yours truly. Not only
and received the SMILE award last year, did D honor us with attending our shindig
and has been a member since the 2010 but I was awarded a Life Membership in
SMILE when he and his wife joined our ABATE of Texas!
ranks. The Brotherhood so many of us enjoy,
Lt. Gov. Lamb hit it out of the park when the freedom we fight so hard for, and the
he mentioned our sports teams expect to lifestyle we love, was overflowing Saturday
beat Texas, but in the job market Texas is This approach to a poker run came about membership roundtable – an open forum night. So many dedicated Freedom
beating us. He didn’t know ABATE of because far too many of our troops were for anyone to ask anything and brainstorm. Fighters from all over this state and Texas
Texas State Coordinator Dewayne Leeth coming home from their tour of duty and The only part of the SMILE that we ask came together for a common goal: to
was in the room, and had brought with him buying a bike and getting hurt. The 2nd anyone to pay for is the Banquet Dinner. It promote and defend motorcyclist freedom,
half a dozen Texans. Annual Ride for safety will be bigger and is is a reasonable $20. safety and awareness through education
They gave him a bit of a hard time, but set for May 19 at Shawnee Motorsports. The pork loin dinner was by far the best and legislation to make Oklahoma the best
he rallied us with the idea that Oklahoma After lunch we had a number of banquet meal I’ve had to date. ABATE of place to ride!
needs to beat Texas in the jobs market. informative and educational seminars. Oklahoma presented their annual awards, This event is scheduled in January with
Michael “Tall Guy” Thompson is Wayne Weirson from Idaho shared his 3R’s and many chapters elected to present their a purpose. The single most important
Commissioner of the Oklahoma presentation about the responsibilities of awards, too. event for ABATE of OK is our day at the
Department of Public Safety. He oversees riding sober. Sharon Stone-Hussman flew The President’s Cup is awarded annually Capitol. Legislative Day is Monday, March
funds raised by Gunner’s Law that we in from Iowa to help our very own Laura by the State Executive Board to the 5, and we will meet in the House
passed in 2010 that adds a $3 fee to “Chiquita” Dodds present ABATE of OK’s Chapter President who best exhibits “Ask Chambers, where your Representative
motorcycle registration, to be used for own Share the Road program. not what ABATE can do for you, but what votes bills into law.
motorcycle safety and awareness. Rick Boland rode up from Texas to you can do for ABATE!” This year’s winner We have been granted access and will
The motorcycle safety advisory council present his 5 Steps to Freedom seminar. is Frank “Cupcake” Dodds, President of present T.W. Shannon the SMILE award
makes recommendations to Tall Guy. One Rick teaches folks the importance of Chisholm Trail 412 in Enid. inside the House Chambers.
of the things I like best about the man is getting involved in the election process at Barbara “Baby Ribs” Vice was recognized If you ride or you love somebody who
his directness. I imagine his experience in the local level. for her excellence in publishing the Biker rides, make every effort to be at the Capitol
the OK National Guard as a Colonel helps Tiger Mike had a session “Tiger Talk” Journal. on March 5. We need your voice to be
with that somewhat. Also, he is a lifelong that shared some of our history in the I always select a state elected/appointed heard so that we can make Oklahoma the
motorcyclist. great Sooner state. Brook and Stick led a member and a chapter member for their best place to ride! Photos/Allen South
8 ◆ March 2012 Biker Journal ABATE of Oklahoma
Chapter Meetings Adjourned elected as follows: 1 President and 3 Sec- with 25 due to expire in January, 47 in Feb-
Meeting called to order by President JD retary in odd years and 2 VP and 4 Trea- ruary and we gained 10 new members in
at 2:00 p.m., Jan. 28. Thirteen members surer in even years. Motion was seconded the membership drive Debbie Green did.
present including new member John Kastl. by 1R; motion carried unanimously. Ap- Treasurer’s report was read with discus-
Prayer request and prayer given by Tryke pointed positions terms of office tabled until sion on the maturity of the building CD and
Mike. Pledge of Allegiance led by 1R. next meeting. discussion of Tax Exemption paperwork
Jewel gave the treasurer report includ- A motion was made by Carolyn that all needing to be checked into. The State re-
ing the good news that all debt is now paid Chapter funds be maintained in a Feder- port was bypassed as it was to be held in
off and the outstanding loan will be paid ally Insured Financial Institution in the OKC Oklahoma City at S.M.I.L.E.
this month. Reading of the secretary’s metro area. Motion seconded by Henry Under old news, Jack Hamilton had Party
report/minutes was waived by Jerry; sec- and carried unanimously. Protocol regard- on the Plains t-shirts for those who had
onded by Jewel. Jerry gave us the mem- ing 50/50 fund raising was discussed and preordered and hadn’t picked them up
bership report. There were 2 new mem- was decided 2 members not related would from Dawn Canaday. New news brought Woodward.
bers and 3 renewals bringing our member- be present for all 50/50 fund raisers. A us to information on S.M.I.L.E. at Oklahoma I have been asked by Duanna Adams to
ship to 40. Jerry is making plans to set up motion was made by Jewel to create a mer- City and its lineup of seminars and speak- mention that once again this year, the lu-
at various bike nights for recruiting, if in- chandise coordinator position to be ap- ers. minaries are being sold for the Relay For
terested in helping with this please get with pointed. Motion seconded by Jerry; mo- Feb. 25 is our Annual Chili Cook-Off, to Life, these luminaries have the name of
Jerry. tion carried. JD appointed Henry to the be held at the Woodward Moose Lodge whoever you may have had in your life with
Old business: Everyone is encouraged position. again this year. Raffle tickets are being sold cancer placed on them, they are placed
to attend the SMILE and reminded that Upcoming events: Legislative Day 3/5/ again this year with our prizes being a $500 around the track at the Woodward High
there are only a few available seats left for 12 in the House Chambers. MDA fund gift certificate for Butch’s Guns, digital cam- School Football Field and are lit up during
the banquet. A discussion was held regard- raiser to send children to camp coming era, ladies and mens watches from the survivors lap. This money ALL goes to
ing fund raising for the VFW and the 2012 soon; Tryke Mike has info if interested. Meade’s, and our $100 from ABATE the American Cancer Society to help fund
proposed budget. Budget tabled until next 1R won the 50/50 which he donated back NW69. These tickets are $5. T-shirt de- research and those who need help in their
meeting. to the Chapter signs were voted in and a decision to mix fight against cancer. These luminary bags
New business: Discussed our chapter Meeting adjourned and all who could both long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts only cost $5 apiece and if you are inter-
commitments for the SMILE regarding our enjoyed refreshments, relaxation and ca- for our order was passed. ested please contact Duanna down at Bud-
booth, refreshments, silent auction, etc. A maraderie at the Mexican restaurant. March 17 is the VMC Spaghetti Cook- dies, or Taz if you can’t catch Duanna. Then,
discussion was held regarding the By-Laws Cindy Barnes, Secretary Off, I will have a flyer and more informa- go down and check out the festivities the
concerning terms of office. After discus- Northwest 69 Chapter tion in March’s news for those who would day of the Relay for Life, everyone that is
sion a motion was made by Romper that January’s meeting was held Jan. 8 at the like to participate.
the 4 elected positions, 1 President, 2 Vice Woodward Moose Lodge. Membership February’s NW69 meeting will be held See CHAPTER MEETINGS, next page
President, 3 Secretary and 4 Treasurer be report showed us at 252 active members Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA DISTRICT
PO Box 96113, Oklahoma City, OK 73143
Meets 2nd Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @Skyline Address Meets 2nd Thursday, 7:30 p.m. @ VFW Hall,
Hwy. 81 North
President: Keith McMullen “Sandbagger”
Restaurant-1631 S. E. 15th Street 405-826-1000
http://www.CODABATE.org Chapter Rep: Arlene Urias
Phone: 405-596-1072 E-mail: ArleneUrias@hotmail.com
President: Tiger Mike Revere 405-795-8119
Alt State Rep: Mark “Bus” Buskirk Who’s who in THREE RIVERS CHAPTER
Phone: 405-824-2488 Oklahoma PO Box 472, Muskogee, OK 74402
Primary Rep: Monte “Stick” Keiner
ABATE Chapters, Meets 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
@ Cowboys BBQ, 401 N. York, Muskogee
Phone: 214-206-7949 when they meet, President: Jim McKinney
Email: email@example.com and how to reach them Phone: (918)758-7507
Vice President: Justin Hall
CHISHOLM TRAIL 412 CHAPTER E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 3841, Enid, OK 73702 E-mail: email@example.com NW #69 CHAPTER Secretary: Jennifer ‘Rickman’ Pofahl
Meets 2nd Sunday, 2 p.m., Moose Lodge Chapter Rep. - Tryke Mike - 405-408-4446 P. O. Box 2783, Woodward, OK 73802
302 E. Purdue, Enid E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Meetgs 2nd Sunday (call for location) THREE SANDS CHAPTER
President: Frank Dods 580-977-4951 President: Steve Stewart PO Box 81, Ponca City, OK 74602
LAKES AREA CHAPTER 13 Meetings: Call for location & time.
E-mail: email@example.com Chapter Rep: JoAnn White
110 N. Whitaker St. Pryor, OK 74361 President: Charles Criner - 580-363-0321
Chapter Rep: Gary Bradley 405-278-1682 Meets 3rd Friday, 7 p.m. @ American Legion on ROGERS COUNTY CHAPTER
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org West Hwy. 20, Pryor, OK 74361 1312 E. S. Hickory St., Claremore, OK 74017
President: Brian Witt 918-864-0557 Meets 3rd Friday, 7:30 p.m. @ VFW - 1717 W. TULSA CHAPTER
GREAT PLAINS CHAPTER Chapter Rep: Kirk Crowell Dupont PO Box 582078, Tulsa, OK 74158-2078
Western Sizzler, Altus, Oklahoma Email: email@example.com President: Scott Barton Fax: 918-835-8352
Meets 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., call for location State Rep: Kirk Crowell 918-637-3577 Meets last Thursday of month, 7 p.m. @ Akdar
President: Matthew Holmes (Matt Man) firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: Scottsfunhouse@aol.com Shrine Temple, 2808 S. Sheridan
E-mail: email@example.com http://rogerscountyabate.4t.com http://www.abateoftulsa.com
LAWTON DISTRICT #3 CHAPTER
1332 NW Cherry Ave, Lawton, OK 73507 President: Jack King 918-746-4903
Chapter Rep: Ilka Heiskell SOUTH CENTRAL CHAPTER
Meets 3rd Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Chapter Rep: John Pierce 918-859-6171
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 1582, Lone Grove, OK 73443 E-mail: email@example.com
@ VFW on E. Gore Blvd.
405-202-3180 Meets 3rd Saturday, 9 a.m.
E-mail: MMCSTASH@yahoo.com Alternate Rep: Carol King 918-746-4903
VFW Hall, 529 S. Washington E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
President: John Hall
HEARTLAND CHAPTER Ardmore, OK Chapter info line 918-949-4204
Vice-President: Paul Champagne
Oklahoma City 73159 President: Eric Gage
2nd Sunday at 2 p.m. Email:email@example.com
Chapter Rep: David Apel
at VFW Hall at 4605 S. Penn
Secretary: Cathy Champagne
President: John Sanders (JD) 405-615-4945 SUNSET CHAPTER [Please submit changes or corrections to
PO Box 1152, El Reno, OK 73036 firstname.lastname@example.org]
ABATE of Oklahoma Biker Journal March 2012 ◆ 9
Chapter Meetings (continued from page 8)
there really puts their heart into it, so it’s a to take the reins and do the membership there will be people bringing food for to table until concerns could be addressed.
sight to see. director position. This is very important lunch on Saturday. Arlene asked about Mike Treadway seconded and was passed.
Okay, I do believe that is all my news for that we get the right person because they where did the money our chapter raises Budget for 2012 –Louise: Membership
now. Take care my friends, and take care will be calling members and keeping a go to in the past? Vickie answered it usu- cannot suppor t State obligations and
of those you care for- record of who is expired. ally goes to charity. monthly expenses. We need more mem-
Tammy Open Forum was held as an open discus- Old Business: Arlene asked if any bers! Will present full budget at Feb meet-
Rogers County Chapter sion to get ideas and to find out what awards would be presented at the SMILE? ing.
There were a total of 14 members present people’s perspective is about ABATE. Sandbagger answered no not at this time. Discussion of Merchandise Plans for the
Jan. 20, 2012. One guest, Dr. Jim of Three Ideas regarding what we should do this She suggested that we needed to present Chapter - State merchandise has been more
Rivers Chapter. year as a group were discussed and what them. She asked Sandbagger if she could hassle than profitable for us. Callie Catcher
Treasurer report given by Sherry Larue. events we would like to do as a group. Next help get them ready? He accepted her motioned that the chapter no longer main-
Secretary Report was passed as there was meeting is Feb. 17, 2012 help. tain inventory of State merchandise. Sec-
not a meeting in December. South Central Chapter Small Town Weekend update: Denise onded by Jim Wriggler and passed.
Scott gave report on the SMILE. Legisla- Meeting called to order at 9:10 am on Jan. met with them and wanted to know if we Discussion and Suggestions for Event and
tive breakfast March 5. He also presented 21. still wanted to participate? She told us we other Chairpersons: Callie Catcher agreed
the Rockers from 2011 Breakfast to the The Pledge of Allegiance was followed would probably be set up at the pavilions to contact Jake Kennedy, Toy Run Coordi-
three participants, Charlie, Eddie, and by a prayer. right off of Country Club. Went on to tell nator, and Chrissy Kennedy, Membership
Jimmy. Scott asked the membership if they There were 19 in attendance including 1 us if any cooking was done at any of the Coordinator, and inquire about their involve-
are agreeable to him continuing as the state guest. Three members renewed their pavilions then we would need to have a ment and desire to continue as coordinators.
rep or was anyone interested in doing this. memberships and we signed up one new net around the entire area. She will get These positions will not be reassigned with-
Scott believes the President should be in- member. more info and have it for the chapter at out input from Jake and Chrissy’s willing-
volved and wants to continue going to the Reading of previous minutes was waived. the next meeting. ness to continue in these positions.
State Board meeting but will take anyone Treasurer’s report was given and accepted. Carry the Flame: Racket explained the Committee Reports
to a meeting who might be interested in State rep’s report was given by Pres. Eric purpose behind Carry the Flame. Money Swap Meet – Jennifer Pofahl, Chairper-
this position. This position is an appointed Gage. raised goes to help children that have son: On track with band, building, and food
position and is not voted upon.0 In new business, the chapter accepted been affected by the death of a parent, already committed. Vendors are being con-
Dr Jim, President of Three Rivers Phillip Rose and Dee Light in the new disfigurement, or simply coping with the tacted.
ABATE, and the COIR Chair member. membership retaining positions, Wayne deployment of a parent. Camp Purple is Gunners Run - Callie Catcher: June 9th
Spoke on the Bun Burner Ride. Will be a and Debbie Miller for our State Reps. for set up for these children. Asked if we State meeting will be held at Cowboys BBQ
round robin. $75 per rider but if we get 2012 and James Brantley as our Chaplain. were willing to help support Carry the and we are planning on the same route.
sponsors we might be able to drop that Committees for our chapter Poker Run Flame? There is a lot of work involved and Calendar of Events – a full calendar is
price. The money will go to state to build and fundraising were created and staffed. we need everyone’s help. Suggestion was posted on the Yahoo! Group: March 5th
up their general fund. Discussion followed about various made to contact some other chapters to Legislative Day, April 15th Swap Meet, June
Talked on the COIR. This is an arm of fundraising ideas and what had previously see if they would like to be involved as 9th Gunner Run
the US Defenders program. The COIR is a worked/failed. well. Charolette Underwood moved to adjourn
support group and helps fund the US de- Eric suggested some ideas for increas- 50/50 drawing was won by Denise. She the meeting at 8:20 pm. It was seconded by
fenders. This is a one-time donation of $25 ing chapter visibility and membership and won $12.50. Tina Tech’s name was drawn Charlie Williams and was passed.
lifetime. You get a patch and information others contributed their thoughts. for the pill. She was absent so money rolls Three Sands Chapter
packet. Three members signed up for the Billy Stone brought info that the local Vo- over for next month. Sorry Tina! Call to order by Charles at 2 p.m. on Jan.
COIR. Tech School is working on starting an MC Bones told us about the VFW selling tick- 8, with 30 in attendance.
In old business, Charlie has Toys for Tots safety course on site. He’ll keep in contact ets for a motorcycle. It will be given away Invocation was given by Roy with prayer
Certificates as a thank you for participat- with those responsible to see if and how at the state meeting in June. He has tick- requests Niece of NW 69 Deb, Mudflap’s
ing. Booger John, Charlie McCaskey, Tim we will be able to help. ets. The cost is $10 each. dad, Tommy’s Dad, and Soldiers in the States
and Debbie Clark Sherry LaRue, Tony The President reminded everyone that Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m. and abroad.
Spade, Jimmy & Karen Bingham. the date of the Legislative Breakfast has Respectfully submitted, Nancy Salsman, Flag salute lead by Sarge, 50/50 by Deb
There was a motion to keep Toy Run at changed to Secretary Introduction of Guest: Nick “Nasty Nick”
the same time and Place. We will need to Monday, Mar. 5 and participation is en- Three Rivers Chapter charter President
have what we want on the flyers turned in couraged. The meeting was called to order at 7:02 Reading of the minutes waived by Scooter,
by May 1 to get the flyers by August. The Eric Gage won the 50/50 drawing. pm on Jan. 17 by Troy Underwood, SA. 2nd Dawn
team that will work with the Casino will be Meeting adjourned at 10:55 am. We gave the Pledge of Allegiance and a Treasure report Tenpoint. Accept report
Marie as Chair, Charlie, Richard, & Sherry. Sunset Chapter prayer was given. The presiding officer, Sarge, 2nd Staz
We have two COC patches left. One Meeting was called to order Jan. 12 by Jim McKinney, welcomed everyone who Membership report ICE: 168 active mem-
needs to go to Tony Spade. Again Scott President Keith “Sandbagger” McMullen. attended the meeting. bers, 105 expired, 5 new, 2 renewed. Ac-
reminded them that if for any reason you Secretary’s Report: Minutes were left at Minutes of the previous meeting and the cept report Tinkle, 2nd Staz.
leave ABATE and do not renew, the COC home so will have them in the newsletter Treasurer’s report were approved. Merchandise Report Cactus: Accept
patch must be turned back in. and copies at next meeting. Racket made Charlie Willie gave the MRF report and Sarge, 2nd ICE.
In new business, the Scholarship Appli- motion to bring them to next meeting. discussed Bikers & Beltway on May 17. State Rep report emailed out after SMILE.
cation Committee reported there are 8 Treasurer’s Report: Motion made by State Representatives Report – Jim Old Business:
Schools. Need volunteers to go into the Larry to accept report. McKinney detailed fund disbursement, Christmas party Dawn: more people &
schools. Motion to get new signs. Eddie Chapter Rep.: Arlene told us state meet- State will be adjusting their budget in 6 kids than last year ran out of tables, picked
will bring Bill Ritchie a copy of our poster ing would be held on Saturday at the months according to membership. Share the photo journalist, had a dirty Santa for
and his wife can make them. Chris makes SMILE. the road needs volunteers, contact Jim for adults, and Santa Claus for the kids.
a motion to change app to Oklahoma law Web master report: Nancy will have info, Legislative day changed to March 5. New Business:
instead of generic as last year’s, agreed by Facebook page up and running shortly. Next state meeting is Feb. 11. Nominations for Road Captain & St Rep.:
a vote of the members. VP Report: Larry talked about meeting Membership Report - Chrissy Kennedy Road Captain Andy Huddleston, State Rep
VFW report from Bill Ritchie: Working with GP Chapter about doing a combined was not in attendance. Shannon Hampton. Close nominations Staz,
on helping give us a donation for the schol- run again, but maybe do it in the spring. Unfinished Business - November meet- 2nd Scooter. Motion to accept positions by
arship fund. Will get our flyers out to the We would like to invite other chapters to ing minutes need to be approved but were acclimation Staz, 2nd Sarge.
VFW members. Have moved the Decem- ride with us. Sandbagger suggested maybe tabled. Merchandise fund for sale/revolving ac-
ber Gala to the Mardi Gras Fest to Feb 25. we could end up at Boiling Springs since Merchandise Report for end of 2011 count: motion to appropriate $$$ by Shan-
$30 for a couple. Chris mentioned to do a we have already paid for that. Larry will needs to be filed. non, 2nd Scooter.
Bike Show for the VFW as a fundraiser. talk to GP reps and get back to us. New Business Casino Day & raffle-raffle pay off at end
This was a heated discussion and it was President’s Report: SMILE is this week- SMILE Update: Great Success! of the casino day; Chaired by Chaz, Co-chair
suggested that if we want to support the end at the Biltmore. There will be seven Callie 501 c4 - Incorporate Three Rivers Shari.
VFW we need to start attending the Steak attending. Question was asked if the chap- ABATE of Oklahoma? Discussed pros and Bull Run-Aug 25th; chaired Roy & Sarge,
night before our meeting. $15 a plate and ter wanted to pay for the banquet meals cons. Membership was in agreement with co-chair Danny
you need to preorder by Wednesday be- for those going? Racket made the motion a few concerns, i.e.: Liability and obtain-
fore the Friday night. We need someone ing a Lawyer. Bernie Williams motioned See CHAPTER MEETINGS, page 12
not to pay. Motion carried. Denise told us
10 ◆ March 2012 Biker Journal ABATE of Oklahoma
of Oklahoma BY HUBERT “HOOBEE” REED -T is for Tires and Wheels. Check your
Make Check or Money Order Payable to:ABATE of Oklahoma, Inc., State Safety Education Officer air pressure from cold tires, tread, cracks,
and mail to: Dawn Canaday, P.O. Box 91, Billings, OK 74630 dents, loose spokes, bearings, and brakes.
or email order to: email@example.com Greetings, my ABATE brother and sis- -C is for Controls. Check levers, switches,
Please include: Name, full address and phone number. ters! I am Hubert “HOOBEE” Reed, your cables, hoses, and throttle.
new State Safety Education Officer. -L is for Lights and Electrics. Check for
• Look Twice - $12
I would like to start off my first news ar- proper working condition for your bike.
ticle by telling a little bit about myself. I cur-
rently live in Altus, Okla.
and work on Altus AFB as
-O is for Oil and Other Fluids(coolant,
hydraulic fluid, fuel).
Check for levels and leaks.
• Spaghetti Straps - $12 • Long Sleeves - $18 a Water Fuels Mainte- -C is for Chassis. Check
nance technician. My main your suspension and drive
job is fire suppression test- components (chain, belt or
I have been a Motor- -S is for Stands. Check
cycle Safety Foundation your side stand and center
• Look Twice - $30
(MSF) Instructor/rider stand.
coach for 12 wonderful A pre-inspection should
• State Patch (Small) - $5 • S.M.I.L.E. - $5
years; it has been my
pride and joy teaching
motorcycle safety to new
and old riders. I am cur-
not take more than a few
minutes to perform.
maintenance goes beyond
Rockers $3 each or 2/$5 • 20th Anniversary - $5 • Gunner $5 rently able to instruct all a pre-ride inspection.
• S.Y.L.A. $20 (Sponsorship) • C.O.C. - $5 MSF street safety courses, Regular maintenance is
• 7x7 State Backpatch - $25 the BRC, BRC2 (old ERC), as important for your mo-
MRC, and ACE.s. torcycle as routine check-
I am a member of the
“HOOBEE” ups by your doctor are for
• Men’s Reflective Caps - $15 • Women’s Caps - $15
Great Plains Chapter, serv-
ing as Vice-President and safety officer for
Wear and tear is normal with use, and rou-
tine maintenance will help prevent more
Now that I have given you a picture of costly corrective maintenance that occurs
• Black Beanie - $8 • Fleece Headbands - $7 myself, let’s talk about proper pre-ride in- when there is improper attention given to
• Fluorescent Green or Orange Ball Caps - $15 spection. the routine checks.
A pre-ride inspection of your motorcycle Remember too, the schedule for regular
should be as routine and automatic as upkeep for your motorcycle parts and con-
checking the weather before heading out trols is contained in your motorcycle
for the day. It will ensure proper trouble- owner’s manual.
free riding and provide confidence that your A mechanical failure caused by neglect
• Blankets - $10 • Bibs - $7 • Newborn hats - $5 motorcycle will respond properly. in an automobile may only be an inconve-
• Onesies - $7 • 3pc set - $20 • 2 pc set - $15 The MSF has a convenient reminder de- nience, but the same failure on your mo-
veloped to help stop you from forgetting torcycle may result in having to leave your
any critical components; it is called a T- motorcycle parked on the side of the road.
CLOCS, and it should be checked before Until next month, ride safe my family. God
every ride. bless and love you all.
• Booty Shorts - $10 • Pink Scarves - $10
• State/Chapter Pins - $5 • Vinyl Car Decals - $2
• Vinyl ABATE Wording .50 • Black Car Tag - $5
• Cleaning Cloths - $3
Riding Oklahoma (continued from page 3)
taking a walk to stretch tired and sore -Indecision. Can’t decide to stop for gas
muscles and get some oxygen pumping or continue? Can’t decide what turn to take?
Fleece Headbands: Were $7, NOW $5 (Only pink and 9 black left)
back into your brain.
Know when to stop. As soon as you are
tempted to close an eye, even “for just a
second”, find the nearest safe place to pull
These are all a result of fatigue.
Rain, excessive heat, or a host of other
conditions can put you in such a bad men-
tal state that riding is no longer fun (if you
Fleece Scarves: Were $10, NOW $8 (Only pink left) over and take nap! are concentrating on being miserable, you
Black Beanies: Were $8, NOW $6 (Only 3 left) Other symptoms to watch for: are not concentrating on the road). This
-Inability to maintain a desired speed. If can lead to any number is disasters and it is
you find yourself slowing down and con- time to stop.
stantly having to speed back up, you are
ready to fall asleep! For next month’s tips, we will review
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Chapter Minutes (continued from page 3)
Kay County Fair; chaired Staz $1000 Poker run is State membership drive Allegiance led by Sgt-at-Arms, John he has agreed to head the 2012 Tulsa Toy
State Party-as it gets closer chapter will remind people during Autumn gathering. Pierce, followed by a Prayer of Invocation Run.
pick what event they would like to do. Post cards send to expired members. Ride led by Jerry Roberson of the CMA. The Legislative Report was given by John
Autumn Gathering-Nov 5th; chaired out to talk face to face to get members back. Welcoming remarks by Jack. The read- P. He informed the membership that there
Tinman & Chaz River Road Rally - May 17-20. ing of the minutes was waived. is a freshman representative from the
Toy Run-Nov 24th; chaired by Dawn Up-coming events: The treasurer’s report was given by John Skiatook area has introduced a bill that
Christmas Party-Dec 15th; chaired by Legislative breakfast March 5th P for Chris P. The current balance in the would require motorcyclists who choose
Dawn. ALR 1st & 3rd Friday Hamburger nights bank is $——, with all but one of the bills to ride without a helmet, to carry $20,000
Fund raisers: ALR 2nd & 4th Saturday breakfast June- from the Toy Run paid. in health insurance. John is looking for-
Candle Sales: Spring line 4 weeks to sale Sept or for scheduled events The State report was given by John P. ward to meeting this new legislator and
profit 40%. Motion to do spring candle sales 50/50: $53, $26.50 to Danny Largent and Franklin. John reported that at the amicably discussing this bill.
Cactus 2nd Dawn, chaired by Amy. Motion to adjourn Tinkle 2nd Sarge Board meeting, which was held on the Sat- Additionally, the “Share the Road” pro-
Cookbook: Committee Scooter, Brenda, Next meeting Saturday Feb 12th 2pm urday morning of the SMILE, a budget was gram is getting close to getting the state
and Dawn. Deadline of April 1st. American Legion Ponca City. approved and is in place. This is the first grant.
Flea Market: by Shannon, 2nd Tom. Tulsa Chapter time ABATE of Oklahoma has had one. Legislative Day will be Monday, March
Membership drive: in spring- think about Commissioner of the Dept. of Public Safety 5. We will meet in the House Chamber.
The meeting was called to order at 7:02
this for next meeting or March meeting. pm on Jan. 26, with the Pledge of Michael Thompson was a speaker at the Arrangements will be made with a hotel in
SMILE. Jack spoke briefly with him, and OKC for attendees to stay at Sunday night,
possibly the Biltmore. There is a CoC meet-
ing on Sunday, the 4th in Del City, so folks
A.B.A.T.E. of Oklahoma could go there and then check in.
Carol K gave a brief MRF report.
A brief Safety Repor t was given by
Toy Run – James
The 2011 Tulsa Toy Run collected 33,700
toys that were distributed to 21,650 Green
Country kids. We are already planning the
2012 Toy Run; the t-shirt design has al-
ready been approved.
A motion was made by Rita T. and sec-
onded by Lyndon to donate $1,000 from
the Toy Run proceeds to the state. John
will bring a check to the next state board
Regarding the 501(c) 3, after some dis-
cussion the chapter will move forward in
filing it for separate charitable arm.
S.M.I.L.E. - Jack
At the SMILE, chapters are encouraged
to present awards to those deserving. Jack
informed the membership that Tulsa Chap-
ter awarded James Clark the “Outstanding
Member” award for all his hard work in
making the Toy Run happen. Dona Harrold
will receive an “Outstanding Member”
award when she returns to Oklahoma for
her contributions to the success of the Toy
The chapter also awarded John the “Out-
standing Motorcycle Rights Mentor
Award.” He also received the
“Coordinator’s Trophy” from Garry.
Paul Brinker received Life Membership
#3. Rita T. won the $1,000 from the Thou-
sand Dollar Poker Run.
Looking ahead 2012 – Jack
With Franklin’s assistance, we are work-
ing on a strategic plan. This is a roadmap of
how we plan to proceed and the goals for
the next 3 or so years.
At future meetings, Jack will be showing
several presentations. Among these will
be Jerry Palladino’s Ride Like a Pro, and
Wayne Wierson’s “3Rs,” about drinking a
Franklin brought up the urgency for
membership, and encouraged everyone to
get involved in growing the chapter. There
was a short discussion on how/where to
The next meeting will be Feb. 23rd, 7pm
at the AKDAR Shrine, 28th and S Sheridan,
in the round room downstairs.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:53p.
Submitted by Carol S. King, Secretary