ABATE of Michigan Inc.
P.O. Box 99
Constantine, Mi. 49042
Phone: 269 435-2058
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ABATE of Michigan
Fighting for the rights of all motorcyclists since 1976
Hope all is well with everyone. It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about the Seminar. Rooms are going fast so reserve yours soon. It’s always a good wintertime break to start dreaming of riding again if you don’t ride year-round. Good sessions and information is given plus entertainment. You also get to vote for board members if you have been a member for 30 days before January 14th, 2022. Member of the year awards are given, and other recognition.
So based on the government’s current long range transportation plans, the end of the combustible engine is on the horizon. New York and California want all new vehicles electric by 2035. There is no discussion on the how motorcycles will fit into all this or when gasoline will no longer be available. I just read that Ford plans on their vehicles being 50% electric by 2030. That will be here fast. That may reduce the availability of gasoline. It remains to be seen how this will affect us all. Of course, we are not included in future autonomous vehicle plans either.
There are two proposed by-law proposals and will be voted on at the Seminar. They are: By-law proposal number 1, Article V. Board of Directors, # 1. Change to: Board of Directors shall not consist of more than 20 members. Add Line 4. All Board members shall be assigned 2-3 committees by the President or Vice President.
By-law number proposal 2, Article IV. Add Line 6. Five-year membership fee shall be $110 for one person or $210 dual membership for two people living at the same address. Only one newsletter will be mailed to dual member’s address. The member can elect to not have the newsletter mailed to them in lieu of reading it on the ABATE website. Dues shall be non- refundable.
Last year the membership approved a by-law that would require a $5.00 yearly fee to get the Michigan Rider. Like everything else the price of paper and printing is going up. We have nearly 500 Life members at present. It costs approximately $10 a year to produce and mail the Rider out to each individual member who receives it. This fee addition was not taken lightly. Unfortunately, for Life Members we have to charge this small yearly fee. I will implement this around February of 2022. I will send out a yearly reminder notice for those that want the Rider mailed to them. You also have the option of reading the Rider online for free.
There is a severe shortage of motorcycle coaches. Vince said that there are half as many coaches today as there was 2 years ago. If you are looking for a well-paying part time job and can commit to a minimum of two weekends a year, check with Vince, or call me at 269-435-2058 for more information.
Joy has small, about 12"X 14” Awareness Signs available for a good price if you need a small sign and don’t have the room for a big sign.
As I said a couple months ago, I now have the ability to take credit cards either by phone, or remotely at events with a scanner attached to the ABATE phone. I have finally figured out all this high-tech stuff works. I can take anything other than State Products with this system. It gives you another option to pay for memberships, bike raffle tickets, or Field Meet tickets. There is a 2.6% fee if you use a credit card.
We can always use regional donations to help with cost of the Seminar. We can also use auction items. Field Meet tickets, along with Bike Raffle tickets will be available at the Seminar.
Eric Laubenstein became a Life Member. Awareness donations came from John Soucek, Terry Naerebout, Gail Fowler, Allan Fowler, Region 7, and Region 7 Chizzies. Thanks to all who went the extra mile who donated or became a Life Member. Any donations your Region makes to the State for anything will give you credit if its received before Dec31st.
I want to thank Pam Loren and Karen Sheridan of Region 7 for devoting the last 15 years of their lives to teaching Motorcycle Awareness in the classrooms. Because of their dedication they have made the world a safer place for motorcyclist's. You are both very special people. Thanks again!