Contact State of Michigan ABATE Awareness Officer: E-Mail

December 2016



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ABATE Awareness Donation

Your donation will go toward classroom & printed materials to help increase public awareness and safety of all motorcyclist.

ABATE OF MICHIGAN would like to Thank You in advance for your kind consideration
and donation.


Awareness is not a seasonal issue regarding the safety and life changing affects an accident can have on family, friends and fellow ABATE members. Some of us like to ride in bad weather, good weather, cold weather and whatever weather suits your fancy. Awareness helps and makes our riding a motorcycle more pleasurable when we can make the public more aware of motorcycles on the road. Every little bit of information we can spread through the community is a plus on our side.

We have just been through a historic election and regardless of who you supported, please be considerate of the new president we have and let’s move on as a united non-profit organization that cares and represents and respects the opinion of fellow ABATE members. At the RC’s and Board meeting, we had an opportunity to discuss some new changes to the by-laws and issues that need to be addressed by the membership and if you need to know what they were, ask your RC. He can explain them to you personally. One of my issues is having a representative in each region to help awareness be more prevalent (throughout the State) in each region. You don’t have to teach classes but you really need to help your RC and region be more active regarding signs, bracelets, and key chains and helping spread the word regarding motorcycle awareness any way you can. Please step up and let me help you get the word out. I don’t care how you go about doing it, just be part of awareness so that roads will be safer for all fellow ABATE members State wide. Prior to the January seminar I would appreciate each region getting in touch with me and letting me know what you will need for the next riding season. It takes a lot of ordering and time consuming energy to get everything I will need in January. So please, each region let me know who I am going to deal with and we can make saving lives our top priority everywhere. In each organization you will have someone who has a different opinion that you have. Please be considerate and don’t try to persuade your fellow members to argue or get upset regarding what direction of agenda that the current leadership has. The holiday season is coming up. Enjoy everyday with your fellow ABATE members and respect the leadership that is trying to make ABATE a wonderful part of your life to enjoy and be a part of. Always remember when you are out having a good time or going to parties, everything you do represents ABATE when you have your gear on. So please, enjoy your holidays your way and always be aware of your actions. It represents all of us!


State Awareness Director,

Hot Rod

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for not writing an update and welcome to you last month because I went on a much needed vacation. I know most of us like to plan on going on a run, being with your loved one or just riding somewhere so you can get away. As I traveled, I did get a chance to see some “Look Twice” for motorcycles signs through my route in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee – not a lot, but some!

            Our awareness work in Michigan is beginning to get more motorists aware of bikers who see our signs and pay attention to the media about who is and who is not wearing a helmet. Vince was upset and rightly so when he saw the statics which were so outdated he probably had to take a blood pressure pill. Our right of choice is constantly attacked and I just don’t understand why we are targeted because we love our freedom to be an American and enjoy our way of life as we see it, follow the rules and laws, pay our taxes and enjoy choosing whether we need a helmet or not.

There have been a lot of events that have taken place since I wrote my last article. One of those good times was an awareness picnic we had at Woods Farm. We had two nights to enjoy company with food, music, a fire pit and games. The event was fun and well attended. The ride with Senator Gary Peters was a good time to get to know him and his ideas regarding awareness. He is defiantly an advocate for bikers. There was the unfortunate accident for State Rep. Pete Pastalia. I wrote a letter to his wife and sent condolences from ABATE. Yesterday we had the opportunity to ride with a wounded warrior. Foundation 14 Veteran Motorcycle Modification Fund had a tremendous gathering for a young man who lost his leg and had his motorcycle modified by the Tecumseh Harley Davidson dealership so he could enjoy all the good times like we have on our bikes. He is an ABATE Region 14 member.

I have the opportunity to put stickers on 7 tankers crisscrossing Michigan with the “Look Twice Save a Life Motorcycles are Everywhere” stickers. The Hinlin Trucking Company in Whitmore Lake Michigan is willing to put them on because of Matt Sperry, a Region 14 ABATE member who contacted the owner and he agreed to put them on.

Region 20 honored Denise and I at their meeting on Monday October 3rd by giving us a beautiful wood engraved memorial for our loss and it is absolutely awesome. Thank you to General and all your members who are so very caring bikers. There is nothing that warms your heart more than our friends and fellow ABATE members who are aware of what each of us are doing and what is going on. Whether it is a good time or a bad time, please, everyone make your ABATE friends aware of what’s going on so we can be there for you just like everyone has been for me.

Looking forward to seeing all of the RC’s and Board Members on October 22 at the Lansing Directors meeting. If anyone needs anything, call me prior and I will bring it.

Hot Rod

State Awareness Director

AWARENESS (noun): Knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. Concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development.

Are you really aware of who, what and where your interest in ABATE really is? And to what level you are willing to commit to? It is a reality that some individuals like to participate in events but don’t want to put the time or effort into making things better, like volunteering which is what we are a big part of. Putting on classes, helping sell signs, getting more involved with all the other regions. Do you really have a concern about the helmet laws being repealed? All the hard work being done by a select few is not going to cut-it. I really don’t know what the answer is to get members to realize that laws against bikers, insurance premiums, licensing, restrictions could very easily get enacted, but because ABATE works hard to prevent laws become enacted against us every little bit you could do would go a long way to help keep us free from all the restrictions and costs that would come with them. I realize just how much I enjoy riding since the loss of my son. It is a good release for me and Denise. We truly enjoy being ourselves. The outpouring of love, care and concern that was shown to us from the ABATE Family was more that I can put down on pen and paper. I couldn’t possibly tell everyone how much it meant to us to have friends who dress like us, act like us, socialize like us, and ride like us. The gatherings and events are a good and wonderful way to help cope with our awful situation. Thanks to all ABATE members who really care. Just imagine if we were restricted or told we couldn’t do events or ride where we wanted to go. Imagine having motorcycle check stops and being treated like outlaws. Are you really informed with legislation trying to be passed or do you just let someone else do the volunteering and hard work? Yes you will have to go out of your way heaven-forbid! There are so many ABATE members I have met that are very intelligent and are well informed on issues. We sure could use your help however you decide to do it - PLEASE. To all of the Awareness Coordinators who are teaching classes, the RC’s who are selling signs in their Region, to Vince for making awareness more of an issue trying to save lives, to all the Directors on the Board, the Appointees and everyone that has something to do with trying to save lives, you have made my involvement with ABATE a real pleasure. Please everyone, do something to make a difference. I truly appreciate having ABATE a part of my life. Do you really have an interest in our particular situation? Are you well aware? You can be!!!

P.S. WOW! Did you get a chance yet to see the traveling “Look Twice Save A Life” sign on the G.W. Hawk Trucking Company Trailers?  Oh my goodness! They are awesome exposure for bikers. My special thanks goes out to Jinx and Pat for their hard work with Region 13 to get this awesome opportunity to save lives. Great, great job Jinx, Pat and Region 13. You have done a great service to ABATE and everyone who rides. Thank you so much.

Hot Rod,

State Awareness Director

Just got back from the Freedom Rally and was glad to see all the ABATE Brothers and Sisters that were there. The one thing that impressed me the most was seeing all the Officers and Board of Director members present. Their commitment to ABATE of MI is just outstanding. Vince, you always do your part just like a leader should do. Butch, Herb, Tim, Jim, Eric, Mimi and especially Gerry Spomer, who rode all the way from the U.P. - you guys / gal show what it takes to lead fellow bikers and really mean it - Thank You! Brothers and Sisters don’t think for one minute I’m blowin' smoke up their tail pipes. I have been in leadership position most of my adult life and I appreciate what they do.

Lately there have been too many accidents and deaths to fellow bikers and it is very upsetting to me since it’s my responsibility to get the word out to “LOOK TWICE AND SAVE A LIFE.” I am sorry if I can’t get the help of the media. I tried e-mails and phone calls but they don’t seem to think that awareness is an important issue. They would rather talk about the helmet repeal law and we are all dying because we aren’t wearing a helmet.

In America we are constantly being attacked by the Federal Government who want to tell us how to do everything from which way to walk to how you should enjoy your freedom. Bikers are always asked to do something for an organization; fire hall, family who fell on hard times, American Legion Riders protecting soldiers who came home in a coffin to protecting our freedoms, to help a community with a fundraiser. Yet we can’t get our Legislators to create a fund to help get out the AWARENESS PROGRAM so more of us can ride without fear. ABATE members are the most generous people I’ve ever met. We may not have a lot to give but we give something from the heart which is priceless!

When I’m teaching classes I hear these 14 and 15 year olds ask about ABATE and say to me how much their family members have heard about ABATE and I really enjoy that! I heard from the club called Iron Coffins and said how much they appreciated what awareness means to them.

Lil John from the COC thank you for all you do. We are all on the same page and when little issues regarding bikers get erased then sooner or later there will be no pages to turn.

Eric, hope all is well for your medical issue and look forward to seeing you soon.

I will work as hard as I can to promote awareness and like I said at the Freedom Rally, please do all you can by talking to anyone who will listen, “LOOK TWICE AND SAVE A LIFE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE!”

State Awareness Director,

Hot Rod



ABATE of Michigan, Inc. is committed to making the general public aware of motorcycles on the roads in Michigan.  One of the ways to achieve a lower accident/fatality rate is to  educate the new driver.  Driver Education instructors are inviting ABATE Awareness Instructors into their classrooms to teach their students important factors on how to prevent accidents involving motorcycles. By making the general public aware of motorcycles on the road, accidents and fatalities will be reduced.


 LOOK TWICE -  SAVE A LIFE – Motorcycles are Everywhere

For more information call: Hot Rod 734 587 2087