Be wary of gas in your bike by jennyyingdi


									       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
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

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                                                                                                                     Motorcycle Riders Foundation
                                                                                                                   Oklahoma Rider Education Program
                                                                                                                    Oklahoma Confederation of Clubs
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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      
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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (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                                                                                                         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                                                                                                                              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
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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.

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      While one of our goals is to keep hel- a great time doing so. You will find a

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    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
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ABATE of Oklahoma                                                                     Biker Journal                                                                      March 2012       ◆    3

                                                      Riding Oklahoma!
               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!                                 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

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                    STATE COORDINATOR
                                                                                                 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-
                                                              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
                                                      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
                ❏ 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
                     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-
                    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.
                           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-
                                                    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
                     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        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

                                                                  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.                                                             
   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
                                                                                                    tick Wit
                                                                                                   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-

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                                                       Travelin’ with 2R
                                                                                            Still SMILEing
                           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-
Heartland Chapter
  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

    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                                                                                                                            Chapter Rep: Arlene Urias
    Phone: 405-596-1072                                                                                                                                E-mail:
    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:                                                   and how to reach them                                        Phone: (918)758-7507
                                                                                                                                                       Vice President: Justin Hall
    CHISHOLM TRAIL 412 CHAPTER                                                                                                               
    PO Box 3841, Enid, OK 73702                     E-mail:             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:                   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:                                                               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:                 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:                  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)                            E-mail:                    Shrine Temple, 2808 S. Sheridan
                                                    LAWTON DISTRICT #3 CHAPTER
    580-649-0314 or
                                                    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:                                                                 P.O. Box 1582, Lone Grove, OK 73443               E-mail:
                                                    @ VFW on E. Gore Blvd.
    405-202-3180                                                                                     Meets 3rd Saturday, 9 a.m.
                                                    E-mail:                                                                         Alternate Rep: Carol King 918-746-4903
                                                                                                     VFW Hall, 529 S. Washington                       E-mail:
                                                    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.                                                                   
                                                    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          ]
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

          ABATE                                                                                                     HOOBEE’s
                                                                                                                     SAFETY STOP
                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:                                 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
                                                                                   ing.                                                                  driveshaft).
                                                                                     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.
                                                                                                                                                           Remember, routine
                                                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                   the chapter.
                                                                                                                                         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

                   Baby Items
                                                                                   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?

           Winter Specials
         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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                     Shipping/Handling                $                            oncoming traffic.                                 1000.
                     Total                            $

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                                                                                    of Oklahoma, Inc., its officers, board members and general members for
                  ❑ Diamond                 $1,000 per year                         any personal or property loss or damage which may occur as a result of my
                                                                                    participation in ABATE functions. I understand that ABATE cannot and will
   You will have your name listed in the newsletter as a sustaining member of       not assume responsibility for my safety, and that if I participate in any
 ABATE of Oklahoma, receive a certificate suitable for framing and also know that   ABATE sponsored activity, ride or event, I do so voluntarily, assuming all
       we will continue to be here in the fight for your riding freedoms.           risks and I release and hold ABATE harmless for any personal injury or prop-
                                                                                    erty loss which may result there from.

                 Please make checks payable to:
                                                                                                  Member’s Signatures:
                ABATE of Oklahoma and mail to:
                    c/o Franklin L. Kastl, III                                      FULL: ________________________________________
                     11109 S. Hudson Ave.
                        Tulsa, OK 74137                                             FULL: ________________________________________
12   ◆   March 2012                                                               Biker Journal                                                                ABATE of Oklahoma

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
                                                                                                                                                Old Business
                                                                                                                                                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.
                                                                                                                                                New Business
                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                Open Forum
                                                                                                                                                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

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