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President's Reports

June 2017

Hello to my fellow ABATE members! As I sit and write this it is the middle of May and it is an exciting time for us here in Arizona. High Country Chapter has just finished their “WILD IN THE WEEDS” event and from what I have been told it was a great time and a huge success. I had looked forward to attending for months but was taken ill a couple days before and could not attend.

Our Lobbyist and his Associate are preparing to leave for Washington DC to attend Bikers Inside the Beltway where they will meet with as many of our Congressmen and Senators or their aides as possible. They will be working hand in hand with our MRF State Rep. Dale “Animal” Dedrick.

The Arizona State Legislature session is over and we have had many positives come out of this year’s session. I will not get into detail as our Lobbyist Mike Infanzon has covered this in great detail already. I would like to congratulate Mike Infanzon on the Amazing job he has been doing on all of our behalf. I have received several compliments from various others groups on his professional approach and his positive representation of the motorcycling community. Good Job Mike!!!

The first weekend in June is when our East Valley Chapter hosts their “Annual Spaghetti Feed”. It is happening on Saturday June 3rd from 6 to 9PM at the Fraternal Order of Eagles hall in Mesa! The address is 1712 W Broadway in Mesa which is 1 block East of Dobson. They will be providing an ALL YOU CAN EAT Spaghetti dinner with hand rolled meatballs, garlic bread, salad AND desserts all for only $10 for adults and $5 for kids. There will also be a 50/50 etc. so come out and support our East Valley Chapter and eat your fill.

June is also the month when my favorite event of the year happens. Too Broke for Sturgis! This year is the 26th Annual Fundraiser for ABATE of Arizona. The Too Broke Committee has been hard at work from almost the minute that last year’s event closed, working on making this year the greatest TBFS (Too Broke for Sturgis) yet! I know many folks look forward to this event every year and really enjoy all the games, music, vendors, food, camaraderie and the great riding in the area, but it is much more than that. This is the only major fund raising event that ABATE of Arizona puts on at the State level. ALL the proceeds from this wonderful weekend go towards continuing the fight for “Freedom of the Road”. This event helps pay for the publication of our newsletter “The Masterlink”, it helps fund delegations to participate in conferences with other motorcycle rights activists from around the country.

TBFS also allows ABATE of Arizona to support the efforts of the American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) on a national level, and much more than I can list here. So when you attend TBFS not only are you having a GREAT weekend, you are helping to make sure that ALL motorcyclists will continue to enjoy the freedoms that we are so blessed to be enjoying now. I encourage all who believe in the Freedom of the Road to join ABATE of Arizona if you have not done so yet. Even if you cannot attend your local meetings it is important that we expand our membership. The politicians who try to limit our freedoms see the strength in our numbers and the feel the pressure when we send out a call to action and their email addresses are flooded and the phone lines are screaming. It is by showing as a united front that we will be heard.

As you ride up to beautiful Mormon Lake Lodge and Campground, please be watchful for the wildlife up in the Coconino Forest. There are Elk and Deer throughout the area and many other creatures especially near dawn and dusk. Enjoy the trip but ride safe.

I look forward to meeting with as many of my fellow motorcycle enthusiasts as possible. I have had the pleasure of working the registration booth the last couple of years and will try to spend as much time as I can there again this year. Be sure and say hello if I am there when you are registering.

If you have never been to Mormon Lake Lodge and Campground please check out their website to see all of the features that they offer. They have a wonderful facility and support our efforts to support motorcycle rights. They have also been a business member for many years.

Until next month!


Jim Butsback
State President
ABATE of Arizona