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President's Reports

May 2017

Greetings to all my Brothers & Sisters of ABATE of Arizona.

May is upon us as this issue comes out. May is a busy month with celebrations including Cinco de Mayo, Mothers Day, the traditional May 1st spring festival, many graduations and weddings. May is also the month that we celebrate our Moms! Mothers Day is May 14th. I would like to express ABATE’s best wishes to all of the Mothers out there in our ranks. I hope all of our Mothers have a very special Mother’s Day!

The month of May is also very significant because it is also the month that we honor our Veterans! It is the month we observe Memorial Day! Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our great Nation. Many of our members are veterans and we thank those veterans for their service. We also have several members who are still serving. Please keep these brave men and women in our thoughts and prayers. Without these brave men & women we would not be able to enjoy all the freedoms we enjoy today.

May is also Motorcycle Awareness Month, throughout this great country of ours organizations and municipalities are issuing proclamations and holding events to increase awareness of motorcycles on our nation’s roads and highways. Our own Governor Doug Ducey has signed a Proclamation declaring May 2017 as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month! It is important that all of us help to spread the word and ask everyone to “Look Twice for Motorcycle”! As always if you attend any of the many events being held please take some photos and share them with us.“

This year the message to “Look Out for Motorcycles” really hits home. We just lost a very special member of our community due to a right of way violation. Steven Jay “Stubby” Teunissen was taken from us on March 30th, 2017. He was a long time member of ABATE and served as Coordinator of the East Valley Chapter, a H.O.G. member and also was a member of the MRF. I wish to extend our sincerest condolences to his wife Linda and to the entire family. I was privileged to attend the Celebration of Life for Stubby, along with many other ABATE members. The stories that were shared and the number of folks who came out really showed the man that he was. RIDE FREE Brother! The first weekend in May is also when our High Country Chapter up in the Payson area, hosts “WILD IN THE WEEDS”! This year is the 13th year that this event is being held. The dates are May 5th, 6th & 7th. It is being held at Punkin Center Bar & Grill, which is located at mile post 262 on Hwy 188 in Tonto Basin, Arizona. Weekend Admission for this event is $15 single/$ 25 couple for ABATE members, and $25/$35 for non-members. It also includes FREE camping for both RVs and Tents! This is the first year that I will be able to attend this event and I am really looking forward going. I hope to see many of you there. Please come out and support HIGH COUNTRY CHAPTER The month of May is also the month that the MRF hosts Bikers inside the Beltway. This is a day when motorcycle rights activists from around the country gather in Washington DC to meet with our Congressmen and Senators to discuss issues important to all of us who ride. Our Lobbyist Mike Infanzon will be attending. And I am trying to adjust my schedule so it allows me to attend also. Please everyone contact your Congress men and Senators Flake & McCain and let them know that even if you are not able to attend this event that these issues are important to you.

I look forward to seeing ALL of you at Too Broke for Sturgis in June!! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please sign up and volunteer a few hours to help make this year the best yet. Our committee has been hard at work and it is now almost time for the big show to begin! Start making your plans and checking your camping gear, come on out and “Party in the Pines!” up at Mormon Lake with your closest friends who you will meet when you get there!

Until next month!


Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona