ABATE of Michigan
Fighting for the rights of all motorcyclists since 1976
January 6, 2019
From President Vince Consiglio
May - Motorcycle Awareness Month. There is so much that needs to be done and it’s just very difficult to keep a positive attitude when you work as hard as you can to make an organization better and bigger and yet some members are not cooperative, want to complain and just be a downer. BUT they will not prevent me from doing the best I can in my Awareness Director position because I do care about saving motorcyclist lives whatever obstacles I encounter.
By the time we get the Michigan Rider, there will be an injustice served by the County Prosecutor in Jackson MI., regarding the tragic loss of two outstanding Region 18 Members – Brother Danny and Sister Kathy Yensch. The sentencing is May 20th and I know it’s never too late to do something! You can write a letter to: Victim’s Rights, 312 South Jackson St., Jackson MI. 49201. The letter should be addressed to Honorable R. Darryl Mazur. Case tracking #2018004109. The minor penalties given to the person causing death is just a misdemeanor. I’m asking you to write to him and let’s do our part and let these Prosecutors know that these penalties should be stricter and harsher. After all, that is our new mission statement!
Me, Denise, George and Barb are going to Tim Walberg’s birthday party April 12th in Jackson to support him and all his hard work regarding profiling against motorcyclists. He is a true champion for ABATE and the MRF.
On March 29th, 8 members from Region 14 attended the EPA Meeting in Ypsilanti MI, regarding the E15 ethanol mix in gasoline and your President Vince spoke on behalf of our organization as did Jinx about the destruction this can do to your engine and warranty so please do not put this in your gas tank!
After the Board Meeting on Sunday, April 7th, George, Sally and I stopped at the Shiawassee Sports Center and met with the Siren M/C motorcycle club and had a very productive meeting regarding teaching classes in Region 10 area. Kim Maclennan was contacted about them and hopefully a relationship will emerge by working together and continue to spread the word about AWARENESS.
Regarding the large billboard on I-75 in Region 20 area, I have decided to get into negotiations with the owner of this particular billboard to continue to get exposure in that particular spot. It is very noticeable when traveling on I-75 and we can’t count on the State to do their part. So just like everything else, we have to do it ourselves.
There was a meeting in Lansing on April 4th with the MSAT (Motorcycle Safety Action Team) and we discovered that the firm who was contacted to do the study from the House Bill 4306 monies, have come up with the slogan “Hard to See” instead of “Look Twice Save A Life Motorcycles are Everywhere” even though the bill STATES “Look Twice Save A Life Motorcycles Are Everywhere”. Go figure!
Please try to get a copy of your Thunder Roads magazine and The Rider Report. They have some great sponsors and information about fun events to go to. They are on our side and I appreciate what they do for ABATE.
I’m totally stoked about the Field Meet this year and getting to meet “Hollywood” from Insane Throttle and the Black Dragon coming all the way from Georgia to showcase ABATE and let the nation see what it is we do. I’m very thankful for their participation! Usually when they get invites to go to activities they charge a fee. They are now members and they will not be charging us. So let’s make them and their crew feel like guests. We appreciate what they are doing – it matters to our organization!
May the road rise to meet you and the wind always be at your back,
Hot Rod Beaton
State Awareness Director
Contact State of Michigan ABATE Awareness Officer:
Rod "Hot Rod" Beaton
Phone: 734 587-2087
ABATE of Michigan Inc.
P.O. Box 99
Constantine, Mi. 49042
Phone: 269 435-2058