ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.
BLACK CREEK CHAPTER
2008-2009 CHAPTER OFFICERS P R E S ID E N T ’ S M E S SA G E BY D ARRE L L M E ADOW S
President: Darrell Meadows As you know November’s meeting was cancelled because it conflicted with a memorial
service for VFW 8255’s Canteen Manager and a member of our Chapter, Gail Sapp. Gail
(904) 282-2023 firstname.lastname@example.org will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I appreciate all the members who came to the
memorial for such a fine lady. She, as Canteen Manager, was always ready to support our
Vice President: Kevin Eck events.
(904) 477-3352 email@example.com I have received numerous suggestions for poker runs to places other than bars. I think it’s
great we have so much support for these ideas. Now all we need is your bodies on bikes to
Secretary: Tom Nugent make it happen. It’s pretty sad when we have an event and most of the attendance is the
Board of Directors. Being a member of ABATE is more than money. It’s about camarade-
(904) 703-0827 firstname.lastname@example.org
rie among a group who enjoy the same lifestyle. Granted we cannot exist without the
“Bucks” to support motorcyclist’s rights in the state of Florida but neither can we make it as
Treasurer: Carole DeCelle a Chapter without participation from members. Times are hard I know but a tank of gas is
(904) 966-2043 email@example.com still far cheaper than a night on the town every weekend. Attend a meeting; make a run with
us; meet new members. Show support!
Assist. Treasurer: Dorothy Palmer “Bears 4 Bears” was successful this year. We collected over 2000 stuffed animals to give to
(904) 282-7641 firstname.lastname@example.org the Sheriff’s Department. This year we donated to VFW 8255 Ladies Auxiliary and Ameri-
can Legion Post 250 Auxiliary for their children’s Christmas party. Thank you VFW 1988,
AMVETS Post 86, Knuckle Draggers, Love2Ride consignment and other contributors for
Sgt. At Arms: Roy DeCelle
your support of this annual event. Everyone who can please support these caring establish-
(904) 966-2043 email@example.com ments.
Till next time, ride safe, ride hard and ride free. Support our Bike Nights at “Aerial’s” and
Assistant Sgt. At Arms: Joe Heidenblut (Bluto) “Big Dawgs’”.
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Membership: Sid Newberg
V I C E P R E S ID E N T ’ S M E S S A G E BY K EV IN ECK
(904) 291-8074 email@example.com
It’s Monday morning after another great “Bears 4 Bears” event. The crowd was small, 42
Legislative: Greg Marshall people 29 bikes, and the weather was less than desirable but still a great time was had. And
as for the bears we raised 2085 of them which will help make a lot of kids happy this year.
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December 13th is the Middleburg Christmas parade. I still have a few spots for bikes behind
the float. The cost is $10.00 per bike.
Road Captain: Roy Palmer
As always watch out for those who don‘t watch out for us.
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Products: Carol Newberg
(904) 291-8074 firstname.lastname@example.org Waste Not Want Not
Is a charity organization that collects food products from grocery stores and distrib-
PR/Com: Lynn Marshall utes them to food distribution organizations such as the City Rescue Mission, Hub-
(904) 966-7155 email@example.com bard House, and various churches who feed the poor and needy.
They have a continuing need for brown paper shopping bags. Please say “ paper”
Newsletter: Carol Meadows on your next trip to the store and bring the empty bags to the chapter meeting.
(904) 282-2023 firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks Tom
Chaplin: Tom Nugent
(904) 703-0827 email@example.com DON’T FORGET BLACK CREEK CHAPTER MONTHLY
Ombudsman: Donna Leslie C (904) 37605787 BODT MONDAY MEETING IS ON DECEMBER 15TH
REGULAR SUNDAY MEETING IS ON DECEMBER 21ST
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EDITORIAL POLICY of the
The Black Creek Chapter Board of Directors reserves the ABATE of Florida, Inc.
right to edit all material submitted for publication. Any Newsletter Black Creek Chapter!!!!
input must be submitted by the monthly Black Creek Board of Direc-
tors & Trustees meeting the Monday before the Chapter meeting.
Input may be sent email to Carol Meadows at:
email@example.com Happy Birthday
ABATE of Florida, Inc. is a 501C4 non-profit organization. Dona- To All In December
tions or contributions to ABATE of Florida, Inc. are not deductible for
Federal Income Tax purposes. ABATE of Florida, Inc. and the
Black Creek Chapter does not discriminate regardless of race, sex, SAFETY SIGNPOST (December 2008)
national origin, religion or club affiliation. Anyone 18 years of age or by Darrell Meadows
older riders and non-riders alike is welcome. We have no restriction
on the make of motorcycle you ride or the frequency . Thank you all for keeping our Chapter accident free. I have
been a member of this Chapter for over 10 years and we have-
n’t, to my knowledge, had an accident by a member due to
carelessness on a sanctioned run. That is really reflective of
BLACK CREEK CHAPTER practiced safety on the part of our Chapter Road Captains.
MONTHLY MEETINGS Recently Tom Nugent, our Road Captain, Vice President and I
FOR 2008 sat down and developed guidelines for safety for the Road Cap-
tain position. Since that time our recent runs have shown they
The day, time and place for our Chapter meeting is the last Sunday are effective. It’s a big responsibility on your shoulders to
of the month at 2:00 pm at the Middleburg VFW Post 8255 located navigate around the countryside as “Leader Of The Pack”
at 2296 Aster Ave. (The asterisk’s (**) denote a change from nor- followed by 30 to 40 bikes looking to you for leadership. As
mally scheduled dates due to holidays). your Chapter President and Safety Officer I thank you for
your attention to detail and safe riding habits. Recently we
Directions are south on Blanding Blvd./SR 21 to the stop light at CR had a large group and the “Cages” invaded our space on more
218, right on CR 218W past the Clay Hill/Middleburg Library, left on than one occasion by cutting in due to oncoming traffic. Our
Aster Ave. staggered formation and following distance wasn’t enough to
*December 21st deter them from trying to pass the pack. Be aware of the
“Invaders”. Watch your rear view mirrors and anticipate
their careless actions. If separated by a “Cage” from the
Please let Sid Newberg, Membership, know “Pack”, you become de facto Road Captain. Know all the
if you have a change of address, phone proper signals and responsibilities before you throw a leg over
the bike. As the old adage states, “The life you save may be
number, email etc. etc. etc….. So you can you own”. Guidelines will be provided to you upon request.
continue to get all of the benefits from Tom Nugent and I are ready to inform you of motorcycle
Our Chapter & State. safety and can answer any question you may have on that sub-
ject. Ask any member if you are a novice rider and have any
safety question. We were once in your shoes and no question
when it comes to your riding safety is stupid and should go
Goals and Purposes of ABATE unanswered. Educate yourselves on hand signals, riding dis-
tances, formation riding and passenger actions/reactions before
To print a newsletter to keep all bikers informed with regard you ride. Thank you and ride safe.
to legislative actions and events around the state and
throughout the country.
To become a powerful and viable political force in legislative Merry Christmas To All!!
matters concerning all motorcyclist’s rights. Don’t Forget What The Reason
To provide a lobbyist to represent ABATE of Florida, Inc. on
the state and national level.
For The Season Is!!!
To promote voter registration and motivate members to write Ride Safe & Enjoy The Holidays!!
To promote safe riding habits without infringing on the individ- STATE MEETINGS 2008
To educate the public about motorcycle awareness. December Southwest
NEW Legislative Info Center
ABATE OF FLORIDA MEMBERSHIP EXPIRATIONS
Legislative Web Changes
Signing up on the website. November
It is really a straightforward process to get signed up and the Tom Adams Bobbie Hannah
entire site is laid out to simply and easily navigate but here Lily Crews Kevin Crews
are some specific instructions to help your newer computer
users jump right in. December
Go to our main page Mike Aldridge Todd Anderson
http://www.abateflorida.com/ Ben Brackett Michele Evans
At the top in the choices on the left, click on the Chris Jerzak Cheryl Jerzak
new selection “Legislative Info Center”. April Morgan
Once you are in the new Legislative Info Center, at
Don’t forget to renew before/or by the last day
the top left, you cannot miss the SIGN UP NOW
message. of the month which your membership expires
or you will lose the benefits for the $4,000 life
Click on that and proceed with the sign up as
Tom & Nancy Nugent The Military Museum of North Florida
are the proud Grandparents of Honoring Those Who Served
Amelia Eileen Is now open.
Arriving at 4:51 am
The museum is located on U.S. Highway 17
Sunday, November 23, 2008 in Green Cove Springs, Florida
Weighing 10 pounds 3 ounces. in the Quonset hut.
Both Mom & baby are doing fine. Dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifices of American
Father is recovering & preparing citizens that served in the armed forces, the museum presents
for the next 21-22 years displays illustrating the experiences of our service men and
women through the years.
of mixed emotions.
All donations made to The Military Museum are tax
(Grandpa Tom is trying to figure deductible. If you have any artifacts of wars past that you
out how to put a baby seat on a Harley) would like to donate please contact
Herb Steigelman at (904) 282-3341.
Page 4 Chaplain’s Chatter November 2008: Will you miss Christmas?
By Tom Nugent
Only a few short weeks away is that holiday that most children look forward to with great expectation all year long. Yes, it isChristmas with all its
decorations and presents, parties with friends; but, some of you will miss it. Not because you will forget to look at you calen dar. Certainly not
because of all the advertisements telling you that stores are open until midnight on December 24 or the number of shopping days left. Neverthe-
less, you could miss it just as those in history missed it if your priorities and the clutter of your life hide it from your sig
The nation of Israel missed it even though they had been given notice 700 years earlier by the prophet Isaiah [Isaiah 7:14 (KJV) Therefore the Lord
himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.] They missed ti because they had
become complacent and self centered. They were too busy with their own lives to see Christmas.
King Herod missed it because of greed, so much greed that he committed murder to protect his wealth. [Matthew 2:16 (KJV) ThenHerod, when
he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem and in all the
coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.]
The Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish governing body in the land missed it. Even after three years of miracles and prophesy come topass they tried to
put Christmas to death. They missed it because of envy. [Mr 15:1 (KJV) And straightway in the morning the chief priests held aconsultation with
the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. Mr 15:3 (KJV)And the chief
priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. Mr 15:8 (KJV) And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he
had ever done unto them. But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? For he knew tha the chief priests
had delivered him for envy. But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.]
The Romans missed Christmas because they had many gods of their own. They had Apollo god of the sun, poetry, music, and oracles and Bona
Dea goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women. They had Bacchus god of wine and sensual pleasures; Ceres goddess of he harvest; Diana
goddess of the hunt, the moon, virginity, and childbirth; Fortuna goddess of fortune; Mars god of war; Minerva goddess of wisdomand war; Ops
goddess of plenty; and Venus goddess of love and beauty. They had plenty of gods to occupy their time and attention. All thing of the earth and
Only the shepherds saw Christmas. Not only did they see Christmas but they told their friends about it and shared with them tha which they were
told by the angles. [Luke 2:8-18 (KJV) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over th flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. Andthe angel said
unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born thisday in the city of
David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothe , lying in a man-
ger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highes, and on earth
peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one toanother, Let us
now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came wit haste, andh
found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was old them t
concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.]
Christmas is the greatest gift you will ever receive. You don’t deserve it. You can’t buy it. You can’t touch it or see it. It is the love of God made
man for your and my salvation. The closest we can come to Christmas is by sharing. By giving of ourselves and our blessing tothose who are
unable to give back to us we can demonstrate a little piece of Christmas. When you see that Red Kettle, drop in you loose chang Donate to food
drives that will help feed someone in need. Find a Bible based church spend a few minutes on your knees thanking God for all th you have and
when they pass that plate share so that others can see Christmas in you. Don’t miss Christmas this year!
God bless you all.
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"Most change in America doesn't come
from politicians. It comes from people
inventing things and creating. The tele-
phone, the telegraph, the computer, all
those things didn't come from government.
Our world is going to get better and better,
as long as we keep the politicians from
screwing it up."
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Black Creek Chapter
“Supported” Bike Nights
R Every Tuesday Nights
Y “Aerial’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant”
2710 Blanding Blvd. Middleburg
H Every Wednesday Nights
R “Buffalo’s Southwest Café”
I 6055 Youngerman Circle Jacksonville
S Every Thursday Nights
T “Big Dawgs’ Family Sports Restaurant”
M 1330 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park
Save A Life
O C T O B E R 2 0 08 B L A C K CR E EK C HA P T E R M E E T I N G M I N UT E S
1. Call to Order: (Sergeant-at-Arms)
Inform the membership that chapter meetings are business meetings. Order and self discipline is requested. Side conversations should be
held till after the meeting adjourns or taken outside. Turn off all cell phones or place them on vibrate.
b. Pledge of Allegiance
c. Opening Prayer:
2. President (Darrell):
a. Bike Tickets for the 2009 Bikeweek drawing are all issued out. Get your money back in ASAP.
b. Results of the Chapter Improvement Survey discussed
c. Encouraged all members to participate in the April Freedom Rights rally in Tallahassee
d. Question posed for the BoD meeting to do follow-up on why members do not renew
e. Reminded everyone of the Bears-4-Bears run on the 15th
f. Mike stepping down as Road Captain, Roy Palmer in nomination as an interim, confirmation vote passed.
g. Vice President (Kevin):
h. Everyone needs to Vote on or before the 4th of November
i. Lobbyist list of recommended candidates is available
j. Thanks to Sid Newberg, Roy Palmer and Big Roy DeCelle for stepping up to fill vacated positions
k. Bears-4-Bears needs your support.
March will be our Crohn’s run. Listen to Lynn’s PR/Communications report
a Secretary (Tom):
a. The September minutes were offered for reading.
Motion made by Roy Palmer to accept the minutes; the motion seconded by Carol Newberg and passed by the membership.
a Treasurer (Carole/Dorothy):
Reported Balance is up $11.00. from the previous month.
a A motion made by Roy Palmer and seconded by Herb Hilderbrand to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented. This
motion was accepted by the membership.
b Sergeant-at-Arms (Roy DeCelle):
a. Good safe ride this morning. Just the kind we want to have every time.
b. Check you closets and drawers and if you have one of the Security Shirts turn it in.
c. Discussions with VFW committees/members regarding the bike parking pad have resulted in approval of a 30’ X 15’ pad. Prices arebeing
VFW provided a storage space for our use for MSAP materials, Products and other chapter assets.
a Membership (Sid):
1 Current Total membership 153
2 Those expiring are listed in the Newsletter
3 News Letter (Carol):
4 Number _TBD_ mailed, __87__successful e-mailings [including advertisers].
5 Contact information for Sgt-at-Arms and Products is in the Newsletter.
10. Legislative Representative (Tim):
a. Presented the ABATE Lobbyist list of Candidate Recommendations
After 25+ years of MC Legislative work, Tim would like to take a rest if someone else would take over
a Ombudsman (Donna):
a. At home resting following a stay in the hospital for a leg infection
b. PR/Communications (Lynn):
Progress on contact with the Jaguars regarding support for the Crohn’s run.
a Submitted the request to the Jaguars for a player (David Garrard) or other support. Through personal contact we have requested3-5 mem-
bers of the Roar.
b A flyer is in development
Use of Amber Alert signs to promote MC Safety. Through personal contact we have been directed to the person who has control of hese t
signs. He appears to be receptive.
a Products (Carol Newberg):
a. If you have special requests or ideas for new products that you send them to her.
b. Researching State products specifically for women. Will develop a list of items we will purchase as inventory/display
c. Recommendation made to develop shirts in neon colors to make ABATE and MC Safety more visible
d. Vest patches available for $5.00; back patches for $25.00, T-shirts for $15
a. Safety Director (Darrell/Tom):
b. Scheduled a presentation at BJ’s Distribution Warehouse on Proctor Road for Thursday October 30 at 1015.
Made 2 MSAP presentations at Camp Blanding on Sunday, October 5 . Mike & Linda Seager, Roy and Carole DeCelle, Carol Meadows,
Greg Marshall & RJ Fenstermacher
d. Talk to your safety person at work. We will make presentations anywhere and the life we save may be yours
e. MC Safety Proclamation in May - DRAFT available
a. Date & location: Oct. 11 @ Spooks n’ Scoots
b. Delegates: Herb Hilderbrand & Jeff Harrison
c. Full minutes of the meeting will be in your Masterlink. Comments were made regarding overall participation of MC riders and thenumber
who are ABATE members (700,000+ riders less than 1% are ABATE members. That means each of us is doing the work for 100 riders. Get the
other 99 on-board as ABATE members.
Proposed bylaw change to establish Safety Director Trustee positions at the State and Chapter levels; and to require each chapte to implement an
MSAP has been sent to the State Board.
a Road Captain (Mike):
a. The morning ride was to Alachua Sports Pub. Food, service, pieces and timing of the run were are successful. We had _13_ bikeson the ride
b. Chapter Anniversary Celebration and Bears-4-Bears Run scheduled for Nov. 15th insurance has been approved production/distribution of fly-
ers can proceed. Knuckle Draggers will be a courtesy stop they will provide some refreshments
Thanks to all for your support but personal issues prevent me from continuing as full time RC
a Old Business:
a. Suggestion made to have a free food (Hot Dogs) membership/safety awareness event still under discussion. K -Mart, Tractor Supply OP
Power Sports & Power Gear, LOV2RIDE are all under consideration as possible locations; a plan outline and cost estimate are indevelopment;
volunteers to assist are always appreciated – See Kevin or Roy
b. Crohn’s/Colitis Fund Raiser scheduled for March 2009 Work on Budget and flyer needs to move forward in earnest.
c. 2008 Christmas Parade Dec 13th. Kevin proceeding but could use help work day to be announced. Cost is $20.00 to participate pl s standard
insurance of $125. Tide will be limited to 15 bikes, Riders are asked to donate $10 each to cover these costs.
d. Chapter Golf Outing. Mike Aldridge recommendation. Sparse response from membership. Recommendation made to change this to a P utt-
Putt tournament opening it up to more families – Contact Kevin or Brenda since this were her recommendation.
e. Thanksgiving Dinner at the November 23rd Chapter Meeting; the Chapter supplying the meat everyone bring a side dish to feed your family
plus one person.
f. New Business:
g. Bylaw that was submitted to the State Delegation was approved by the membership.
Roy P recommended that we again host a planning meeting for NE FL MC Organizations to establish an area event calendar. Kevin s ggested
we made this a bi-annual event.
i. Good of the Order.
a Next item on the list is the Bears-4-Bears in Nov.
Dan Reid of Putnam County Fairgrounds Swap Meet and a Black Creek member spoke on opportunities to generate funds for the chapte through
group participation at he Swap Meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Thanks for help with brown paper bags for
Waste Not, Want Not [WNWN]. Dan also commended us on the organization, efficiency and member participation
of our meetings.
An Evening of Sharing Tickets for special shipping night at the OP Mall are available for $10 each- see Tom this money goes directly to WNWN.
Participation: __27__ Members; __13 of 14___ BoD/Trustee Members; ____0____ Guests. Total:40
Meeting Start: _1410__ PM Meeting Conclusion: _1630_PM
And just for you blondes………………
A Blonde is watching the news with her husband when the newscaster says, "Two Brazilian men die in a skydiv-
The blonde starts crying to her husband, sobbing "That's horrible ! So many men dying that way!"
Confused, he says, "Yes dear, it is sad, but they were skydiving, and there is always that risk involved."
After a few minutes, the blonde, still sobbing, says, "How many is a Brazilian?"
C EN TRAL FLORID A REGION AL CH AP TER N EWS
FAKE FRIENDS/REAL FRIENDS
ABATE chapters working together, I thought I would share this
with all the chapter safety directors and to pass it on to your FAKE FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
board and members. This was written by Brenda Heck the Safety REAL FRIENDS: Are the reason you have no food.
Director from the Daytona Beach Chapter. A personal experience
FAKE FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. / Mrs.
that happened to her recently.
REAL FRIENDS: Call your parents DAD/MOM.
It was a day like any other, then in a split second it turned into a
day I'll never forget. You never know when you may be the one FAKE FRIENDS: Never seen you cry.
REAL FRIENDS: Cry with you.
that is called upon in someone's "Golden Hour" is the hour in
between the accident and hospital, and the life-saving techniques FAKE FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then
you can apply to help save a person's life. I left Walgreen's on give it back.
Seabreeze Blvd. heading south on Grandview when up ahead of REAL FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's
me in the intersection was a motorcycle vs. Car scenario, of yours.
course the motorcycle lost and the rider was lying in the street. I FAKE FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
pulled up to block traffic, grabbing my O2 bag in case I needed REAL FRIENDS: Could write a book about you with
it, grabbed a jacket that I just happened to be my ABATE of direct quotes from you.
Florida Inc. hoodie and my cell phone. The rider had already
taken his full face helmet off........ I know, wrong move, but it FAKE FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that is what the
happened before I got there. I held his head still & then grabbed crowd is doing.
the helmet and used the padding as a cushion for his neck. I 1st REAL FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds butt that left
started by asking him his name, what day it is, doe's he know you.
what happened and so on. I determined he had a good respiratory FAKE FRIENDS: Would knock on your front door.
function and then I looked for blood there was none. The Officer REAL FRIENDS: Walk right in and say 'I'M HOME!'.
first on the scene was glad that I was there acting as a First Re-
FAKE FRIENDS: Are for awhile.
sponder for information to be given to EVAC when they got
there. The sports bike he was riding was probably the cause for REAL FRIENDS: Are for life.
the broken pelvis and arm, but I'm pretty sure it was the elderly FAKE FRIENDS: Will talk bad to the person who talks
citizen pulling out in front of him that was the bigger culprit. The bad about you.
EVAC showed up and they took over and I made it home before REAL FRIENDS: Will knock the person out that talked
my milk got warm......just another day in the life of Brenda! See I bad about you.
do pay attention to those Seminars. Thank You for letting me If you were killed today, I'm sorry I wouldn't be able to
share. come to your funeral, because I'd be in jail for killing the
Thank you Brenda for sharing this with us and there are some person who did it.
important factors she spoke of. We as Safety Representatives and
directors can discuss at the chapter meeting and organize classes
on first aid from the American Red Cross and also other organi-
zation such as Accident Scene Management.
Chapter Annual Calendar
Month BoD Trustee Chapter Chapter or State Events Date Status Other Events
October 10/20/2008 10/26/2008 Spooks N Scoots 12-14
November 11/17/2008 11/23/2008 Anniversary Party & 11/15/2008 Chairperson: Mike
December 12/15/2008 12/21/2008 Christmas Parade Chairperson Kevin VNV/LV–Toy Run 13
January 1/19/2009 1/25/2009
February 2/16/2009 2/22/2009
March 3/23/2009 3/29/2009 Crohn’s Run 3/21/2009 Chairperson Mike Bike Week 2/29-3/9
April 4/20/2009 4/26/2009 Tall. Freedom Rally Apr 11-14 CC Fair 3-12
Safety Workshop Apr 19 VFW BBQ tbd
May 5/25/2009 5/31/2009
June 6/22/2009 6/28/2009 Starke Bikefest 12-14
July 7/21/2008 7/27/2008
August 8/18/2008 8/24/2008 Membership Drive Aug 9 Flashback 8/29-9/1
September 9/22/2008 9/28/2008 Flashback 8/29-9/1
I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line. Punny Puns
But, you didn't see me, put an extra $100.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.
I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk. 1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round
table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his
But, you didn't see me, playing Santa at the local mall. size from too much pi.
I saw you, change your mind about going into the restaurant. 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan
But, you didn't see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane island, but it turned t to be an optical Aleu-
3. She was only a whisky maker, but he loved
I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when I rode by. her still.
But, you didn't see me, riding behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from
the car window. algebra class because it was a weapon of
I saw you, frown at me when I smiled at your children. math disruption.
But, you didn't see me, when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless. 5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and
got a little behind in his work.
I saw you, stare at my long hair. 6. No matter how much you push the envelope,
But, you didn't see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love. it'll still be stationery.
I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather jackets and gloves. 7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and
was cited for littering.
But, you didn't see me, and my brothers donate our old ones to those that had none.
8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France
I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos. would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
But, you didn't see me cry as my children were born and have their name written 9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up
over and in my heart. in a tie.
I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere. 10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a
But, you didn't see me, going home to be with my family.
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
I saw you, complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be. 12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the
But, you didn't see me, when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane. hallway. One hat said to the other, "You stay
here, I'll go on a head."
I saw you, yelling at your kids in the car.
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting
But, you didn't see me, pat my child's hands, knowing he was safe behind me. bigger. Then it hit me.
I saw you, reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road. 14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center
But, you didn't see me, squeeze my wife's leg when she told me to take the next said "Keep off the Grass."
turn. 15. A small boy swallowed some coins and was
taken to a hospital. When is grandmother
I saw you, race down the road in the rain. telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said,
But, you didn't see me, get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go "No change yet."
on his date 16. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in
I saw you, run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time. motion.
But, you didn't see me, trying to turn right. 17. The short fortune-teller who escaped from
prison was a small medium at large.
I saw you, cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in. 18. The man who survived mustard gas and pep-
But, you didn't see me, leave the road. per spray is now a seasoned veteran.
I saw you, waiting impatiently for my friends to pass. 19. A backward poet writes inverse.
But, you didn't see me. I wasn't there. 20. In democracy it's your vote that counts. In
feudalism it's your count that votes.
I saw you, go home to your family. 21. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a
But, you didn't see me. taste of religion.
Because, I died that day you cut me off.
I was just a biker. A person with friends and a family.
But, you didn't see me.
EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE US, Support
RESPECT OUR RIGHTS
TO RIDE WHAT WE CHOOSE AND
TAKE A FEW EXTRA SECONDS Troops
TO BE SURE WE'RE NOT IN 'YOUR' WAY. &
LIVE TO RIDE .. . . RIDE TO LIVE Our
Page 12 FUEL CONSERVATION CONTINUES DE- providing transportation in terms of inno-
SPITE FALLING PRICES vative and non-traditional funding sources,
Prices at the pump have fallen to half the high innovative contractual processes, and
NCOM BIKER NEWS BYTES watermark of $4 per gallon, begging the ques- changing roles and responsibilities in-
by Bill Bish tion whether the driving and lifestyle changes volved in designing, constructing, operat-
people made in the past year to conserve gas ing, maintaining, financing, obtaining, and
GOVERNMENT SEIZES CLUB'S COLORS will stick. procuring highway facilities."
Dozens of Mongols Motorcycle Club mem-
bers were arrested under a federal racketeer- Americans drove 15 billion fewer miles this These innovative and non-traditional fund-
ing indictment in a multi-state sting operation past August than in August 2007, says the ing mechanisms have caused concern
on October 21, but even before a single case Federal Highway Administration, the largest among local and federal representatives in
has gone to trial federal prosecutors have one-month decline since figures have been the wake of the ongoing financial crisis,
succeeded in getting a court order stripping collected. An increasing number are using but such efforts appear to have the support
the club of their trademarked logo. Mongols public transportation. Car sales are at their of President-elect Barack Obama who has
members can no longer wear patches or other lowest national levels since 1991, and the fed- supported similar measures.
items bearing the club's insignia following eral government projects U.S. fuel consump-
what appears to be an unprecedented injunc- tion will decline this year by the largest amount A key component of Obama's agenda in-
tion barring members, their family and associ- since 1980. cludes providing $60 billion for infrastruc-
ates from wearing, licensing, selling or dis- ture projects with "a preference for pro-
tributing the logo. OPEC has cut its output in an attempt to stabi- jects which leverage private financing,
lize prices, but the global recession is pushing including public-private partnerships."
"If a Mongol is wearing a vest or jacket bear- down worldwide demand even further. Moreover, Senator Obama in March en-
ing the Mongols patch, that item is pursuant dorsed New York City Mayor Michael
to seizure based on this order," said Assistant Many drivers have said despite the recent de- Bloomberg's idea to charge a $9 toll on
U.S. Attorney Steven Welk. cline in gas prices, they have indefinitely cars and a $22 toll for trucks that enter
changed their habits such as running fewer downtown Manhattan during working
"This was an ingenious move to try and strip errands, combining trips, driving slower…and hours.
a club of its identity under the guise of civil riding more motorcycles instead of SUVs. PUSHING PARKING PROTECTIONS
asset forfeiture," said Richard M. Lester, Although sales of cruiser models have fallen
It used to be bad enough to find someone
founder of the National Coalition of Motorcy- with the unstable economy, small motorcycles sitting on your motorcycle, but with more
clists (NCOM), "but it sets an extremely dan- and scooters have posted record sales because
people riding bikes, and parking them, an
gerous precedent if allowed to stand. All the of their mileage ratings. increasing urban problem appears to be
government would have to do is show that a with drivers moving two-wheelers out of
few members were involved in criminal activ- And even though new motorcycle sales have
their way to make room to park in con-
ity and they could take away your name and flattened recently, sales have picked up in other gested downtown areas. To top it off, they
logo, and it could affect any organization areas, including clothing, merchandise and
seem to be wheeling them into No Parking
from ABATE to HOG to the Elks." other accessories, parts and service. Bike own- zones or onto sidewalks where it's illegal
ers who might have traded in their older motor-
Explaining the implications and ramifications cycles during better times are opting to keep
of the federal action, Sam Hochberg, Aid to them and put more money toward service and
Recognizing this troublesome trend, the
Injured Motorcyclists (AIM) Attorney for maintenance, reflecting a national trend.
city of Seattle, Washington recently en-
Oregon, said the reasoning behind the court acted an ordinance making it illegal to
order was "The government made a showing Whether Americans will continue to be more
move another person's vehicle without
to the federal judge that they have a substan- fuel conscious depends largely on the econ- their knowledge or consent. Ordinance
tial likelihood of prevailing on the merits of omy, because despite the price of gasoline
Number 122761 passed unanimously on
the criminal case, including the RICO charge, there's still a need to conserve money. August 4 to "prohibit a person from mov-
which is required to get this sort of order. If ing a motor vehicle not lawfully under his
the club loses on the criminal/RICO charges, MORE TOLL ROADS COMING or her control when the motor vehicle is
they could be subject to the civil forfeiture Federal transportation officials are lobbying
occupying a parking stall or space on City
laws -- the same laws that allow the govern- state governments to convert their freeways
ment to take away cars and houses from drug into toll roads, and expect the new administra-
dealers as 'instruments of the crime'. Here, the tion to continue supporting public private part-
In addition to a hefty fine, police also warn
government argued that the patch has value, nership (PPP) initiatives. The Federal Highway that "If you damage it, you'd be liable."
and since they think they'll ultimately be enti- Administration has announced the creation of a
tled to a civil forfeiture, they want to hold on new office to pursue more toll roads in the HONDA DEMONSTRATES V2V MO-
to that asset, the patch. That was the basis for future, and placed the new Office of Innovative
TORCYCLE SAFETY TECHNOLOGY
their legal argument, though publicly and to Program Delivery atop their organizational In its efforts to improve safety for every-
the press the ATF has admitted they're doing chart to emphasize its primary place within the
one, especially vulnerable road users,
this to break the back of the club." federal transportation department.
Honda's leading motorcycle to car commu-
nication system was recently demonstrated
According to Lester, who also helped to "The Director of Innovative Program Delivery
for the first time in Germany at the CAR 2
found the Confederations of Clubs across the provides advice, guidance, and research sup- CAR Communication Consortium. The
U.S. and Canada to help organized patch port related to tolling and pricing initiatives
Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) System gener-
holder clubs to fight for their legal rights, and administers tolling authorities," outgoing ates warnings to riders and drivers of other
NCOM will be working with the COCs to Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters wrote.
vehicles by continuous exchange of posi-
help overturn the patch seizure by hiring an "[The office also] promotes the development
tioning data from satellite GPS sources.
expert on trademark and civil liberties law. and use of techniques associated with This is particularly relevant as road users
approach intersections, alerting them to other New riders face the restrictions for one year Page 13
vehicles that are potentially on a collision before going onto an unrestricted license al-
course, allowing avoidance maneuvers. Re- lowing them to ride any motorcycle and fall
search data shows that the majority of acci- under the regular traffic laws. Photobucket Pictures
dents involving a motorcycle are caused by
perception failures and this system will re- POLICE ORGANIZATION CALLS FOR Kevin is doing this for the good of our
duce these failures. BIKE BAN, POWER LIMITS Chapter sooooo please don’t remove, add
The Association of Chief Police Officers or deface any of the pictures. Here's how
The majority of motorcycle accidents are (ACPO) in the U.K. has called for motorcy- to see them.
caused by the simple failure of other motor- cling to be banned from certain areas of the
After you have logged on to the Internet
ists to detect the presence of a motorcycle on country in evidence it submitted to the recent
the road until it is too late, or to correctly House of Commons Transport Select Com- type in the following address:
assess its distance and speed. V2V communi- mittee report, entitled "Ending the Scandal of www.photobucket.com
cation rapidly relays information in a simple Complacency: Road Safety beyond 2010".
and concise manner, which supports motorists On the top right hand side type in the fol-
and bikers' recognition processes. Information The ACPO submission said: "There is a need lowing:
including position, direction and vehicle dy- for radical thinking in respect of motorcycles, user name: blackcreekabate
namics coordinates is exchanged between including consideration of engine capability
vehicles. Motorcycle riders can safely receive and the creation of protection zones where all
warnings about vehicles near them on a Head- motorcycles other than those specifically When the page has finished loading, scroll
up Indicator Display, and can receive infor- permitted, would be prohibited." This appar- down to the pictures.
mation through an in-helmet audio system, ent call for power restrictions on motorcycles
neither requiring them to take their eyes off and their prohibition in some areas of the (Comment from Don Hann)
the road. Drivers can view information on the country flies in the face of substantial inde- When logging in to the web site the first
status of cars and motorcycles in their vicinity pendent evidence that there is no correlation time, click on "remember me" or
and receive warnings on, for example, their between a motorcycle's power output and its "remember this computer" or whatever it is
navigation system display. likelihood of being involved in an accident. and go to the pictures. When at the pic-
tures put the first page in your "favorites"
Honda's life-saving V2V System is interoper- A further inaccuracy presented to the commit- on your computer and from then on, when
able and facilitates communication with vehi- tee by ACPO is that, "Production machines
cles from 8 other manufacturers. are readily available for use on our roads with
you go to it there is no logging in and it
top speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour." starts you with the pictures.
TOUGHER NEW MOTORCYCLE LAWS
In fact there are no production bikes capable
of more than 200mph, even without the mo-
Finding the freedom of an open road on two-
wheels could be a little more difficult for torcycle industry's voluntary 186mph speed
some would-be Australian motorcycle enthu-
siasts next year, as Queensland authorities get
"That ACPO can present such nonsense
tougher on new riders. As with Europe, some
Australian legislators are looking to tighten brings into question its suitability as a source
of reliable information for the Transport
restrictions on novice riders of all ages. The
Committee," criticized the Telegraph newspa-
changes taking effect next July in Queensland
per, adding that the law enforcement organi-
include restricting new riders to less powerful
zation's testimony regarding motorcycles is
motorcycles and prohibit them from consum-
ing any alcohol while riding. "demonstrably unreliable."
Queensland's Premier Anna Bligh told Parlia- WEIRD NEWS: STUNT VIDEO BUSTS
ment that novice riders will have to carry "P"
plates, there will be a ban on pillion passen- A biker in England was brought down by the
Internet and his own video evidence was sen-
gers and there will be a zero-alcohol limit for
tenced for speeding and performing stunts on
all ages of learners.
his motorcycle. The 28-year old rider became
the talk of the British press for being arrested
In the past only new riders under the age of
twenty-five faced zero-alcohol restrictions, after he posted video footage of himself rid-
ing a motorcycle at more than 130 miles per
with those older allowed to have up to the
legal 0.05 limit. Also, the law that restricted hour as well as performing stunts on the
popular video site, YouTube.
new riders to motorcycles of 250cc engine
size will be expanded to an approved list that
Last year similar events took place in Spain
takes power-to-weight ratio into account.
when a group of riders videotaped and posted
"Given the significant increase in fatalities their speeding rides between two small towns.
They were also convicted by authorities who
from motorcycle crashes, it's clear that we
need to rethink our licensing system," Bligh used the footage posted on YouTube.
said, "The evidence that many older people
are starting to ride motorcycles and their inex-
perience is contributing to serious injuries and
fatalities, we can't ignore that."
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