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President's Reports

December 2017

It is hard to believe that we are already coming to the end of the year 2017! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! I also hope that we all remembered those who are less fortunate than us at this time of year; it always gladdens my heart to see the generosity of those in the motorcycling community when it comes to help those in need. There are toy runs and food drives being held from one side of this great state to the other and motorcyclists always seem to be in the middle of the crowd working hard to help their fellow man.

I would like to take the time to personally invite All ABATE members along with their families to our Family Friendly Holiday Social! (That’s a mouthful) It is going to be on Saturday December 2nd, 2017. It will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge which is the same location as last year and it is also where the East Valley Chapter holds their meetings. The Eagles Lodge is located at 1712 W Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202.

There will be a Chili Cook Off so dust of your old family recipe and cook up a big batch and you may just go home a winner with bragging rights for the next year!! It is $5 to enter the cook off and $5 to taste/judge. All the proceeds go to the winner of the judges voting. So bring your family and friends the more who enter/taste/judge and more for the winner to take home!

There will also be raffle prizes! We will have a 50/50 and everybody’s favorite KARAOKE!! Start practicing and exercising those vocal chords and come out and have a great time with your fellow ABATE members and their families and friends! I look forward to seeing you there. Last year was the first time for this event and everyone had such a good time it looks like it will continue for many years.

At this time of year as we all go about planning our Holiday Celebrations and the hustle and bustle of shopping and dealing with the kids and grandkids and family and out of town visitors, or maybe traveling to see loved ones etc., please take time to slow down and take a breath enjoy all that we have.

Also at this time of year those around us are dealing with the hustle and stress of the Holidays as well and they might not be as attentive and vigilant as they normally would be so we need take it upon ourselves to be extra careful out there when riding our motorcycles or driving our cages etc.

At this time of year most of us are attending many different events such as holiday parties, toy runs for less fortunate kids and various food drives to name a few. Whether you are attending with your Chapter members or with another group or your family members, we would love to know who and or what events you are supporting. Please take a few photos and write a short article about the event or charity along with the group or club sponsoring the event. Send those in to the Masterlink. Not only do folks like to see their pictures in the paper but the added publicity may help the event to grow. When I was elected I made a goal for myself to attend at least one Chapter meeting of each of the Chapter in Arizona. I knew that as a Chapter Coordinator as well as just a member, that we never saw a State Officer at any of our meetings. Well before I was elected I did not fully understand how difficult it can be to make those meetings. Well I finally made a meeting for the last Chapter on my list. Mike Infanzon and I rode out to attend the monthly Chapter meeting of our Yuma Chapter. We took the afternoon off so we could ride out and make the meeting which is held at 6 PM on the second Tuesday of the month. I left home about 1:15. I was coming from Tucson and Mike from Phoenix. We met in Gila Bend around 3 PM and had a short meeting before heading out. We got to Yuma a little after 5 PM in plenty of time.

I want to thank all of the members of our Yuma Chapter for the hospitality they showed us. It was good to see everyone, many that I have known for years and some that I was happy to meet for the first time. It was a good meeting that included Chapter elections and congratulations to the new officers and my thanks to the past officers for all they do for ABATE.

We got back on the road and we stopped and fueled up along the way, we separated at Gila Bend and I went on to Tucson, getting home just after midnight. It was over 435 miles but a great ride and well worth the effort.

Once again I want to thank all the members of ABATE of Arizona for allowing me to serve and represent you. I also wish to thank all the newly elected officers in all the Chapters around the state for all that you do. We are a volunteer organization and it is because of folks like you that we can have the impact that we have. I wish to thank the outgoing officers around that state for the time that they dedicated and all the hard work it takes. As I finally come to a close I wish to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday season no matter how you choose to celebrate, may you and all those you love and care about be happy and healthy. Happy New Year to all!!!

Until Next Year! RIDE FREE!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona

November 2017

Wow what an amazing last month or so this has been for ABATE of Arizona. I was privileged to attend the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s annual conference “MEETING OF THE MINDS” which was held in Williamsburg, VA with some of the most dedicated and hard working volunteers from ABATE of Arizona along with motorcycle rights activists from around the country. It was a very educational conference and being together with all these folks from around the country and hearing about all the great work being done on behalf of motorcyclist has helped to reinvigorate me and some of the other folks who attended from Arizona. There were seven members in the group representing ABATE of Arizona along with a couple representing the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona. Arizona made a strong showing and it was very gratifying to see that we are getting noticed on a national level for all the work we are doing on your behalf here in Arizona.

I would like to congratulate the Virginia Bikers Association and the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists for hosting this great event and to all of their members for volunteering and making this a most memorable conference.

As many of you may already know, ABATE of Arizona has agreed to join with ABATE of Colorado, ABATE of Utah and the Nevada Soldiers for Jesus MC to host the 34th Annual “MEETING OF THE MINDS”. This event will be held in Denver, CO. next September 20th thru 23, 2018, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. We have agreed to work with these other organizations in order to bring this very important conference to the western part of the country so that more motorcyclists in the western states could participate. With Denver close enough to ride to and if participants share accommodations, the cost to attend this event will be much more reasonable. I ask all members of ABATE of Arizona to mark your calendars and plan on attending the MOTM next year. As one of the host organizations we will also need volunteers to work this event and to help with planning and organization. Look for more information after the first of the year.

You will also notice that our Chapters have been very busy as of late. They have been working hard hosting events and runs and promoting ABATE around the state. The East Valley Chapter held their Annual HARD ASS RUN which was a tremendous success. They covered hundreds of miles of our beautiful state and everyone had a great time. I am sure that our editor will include many photos in the Masterlink.

Phoenix/Shadow Mountain Chapter had their MOON MULLINS RUN which was a fun event held at night and great ride by the dark of the moon. I hope many of you got to attend these rides. Again I am sure many photos will be shared. Our Northern Chapters also have events coming up as I write this. Yavapai Chapter of ABATE of Arizona is hosting the MOTORHEAD SWAP MEET to be held on October 14th in Prescott Valley. This will have been held by the time the Masterlink comes out but I hope it was as success. Yavapai Chapter has been working hard since they reestablished their Chapter.

High Country Chapter up in the Payson/Star Valley area had their 12th Annual CHILI COOK-OFF scheduled for October 21st! This event has been successful for that Chapter and I know everyone looks forward to it. Again I hope that they had a great turn out and everyone had a good time. I am sure we will see photos of the winners and those who attended.

Southern Arizona Chapter will be doing their Road-Clean up after their October meeting. They have been doing this for years and it shows the community that we support them through community service. SAC is also having a raffle to raise funds for their various motorcycle awareness projects and charities.

And our YUMA chapter is hosting a run on Saturday October 28th. This is Virginia’s Memorial Charity Run to raise funds to benefit Hospice of Yuma. It is the honor of ABATE of Arizona, Yuma Chapter member Virginia who was an Officer and valuable member of our organization who recently passed away. If you could attend and support this event, thank you. Please keep Virginia and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Wow like I said, it has been an amazing month or so, and that isn’t even all of it. This past month we had our annual membership meeting on October 8th at the Arizona American Italian Club where our state office is located. This was held in conjunction with the state Board of Directors meeting. In keeping with the Board’s process of rotating meeting locations to let the membership participate, it was held after the Phoenix/Shadow Mountain meeting. Because of this, the Board of Directors voted to hold the membership meeting on the same day. Because of this the elections for State Officers, which is held at the annual membership meeting, was moved up from November when it has been traditionally held, to October.

The results of the election have been published on the web-site and on our state face book page. I am sure that they are also in this edition of the Masterlink. I wish to thank the membership of ABATE of Arizona for showing their confidence in me by re-electing me. I look to forward to continuing to serve you. I am excited by all that I see happening with ABATE of Arizona and the motorcycling community here in Arizona.

Until next month!! RIDE FREE!!

Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona