Executive Director
Ed Schetter

PO Box 1658, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Executive Director@abate.com

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Ed Schetter,
Executive Director
ABATE of Ohio, Inc.

Executive Director’s Report
November 2017

    “Paralyze resistance with persistence”

    “I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good. That's just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you'd be surprised at how much fun you can have.”

    Two great quotes from Woody Hayes......

    As most of you know, I went to The Ohio State University (Yes Jim Rhodes I said The) and for inspiration you need to look no further than Coach Hayes. I have found over the years working in motorcycle rights that we win by many of the same methods. WE STAND AS A TEAM, WE DO SOMETHING WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT (not paid for) AND WE ARE WILLING TO WORK HARDER THAN THOSE WHO STAND AGAINST US.

    We take on lobbies that are well funded and have huge PAC funds. We dig in together and work at a grass roots level and fight to protect our rights as well as the rights of all motorcyclists in Ohio (even the ones that don’t belong to ABATE.)

    Where others would only complain about something being unfair, we sit down and figure out a way to make a change or prevent changes if need be. And we do it in a way that is fair to all motorcyclists in Ohio, no mater what they ride or how they ride.

    I would say when it comes to motorcycle rights and safety no one is prepared to work harder than we are. With those that I’ve met while involved in ABATE I can also say that there is no one more knowledgeable and passionate about motorcycling than those fighting for the cause.

    Our opponents know exactly what we will do when challenged. But we do it anyways and we win.

    Then on the weekends we take time to help the communities we live in or, just enjoying a ride in the great fall air.

    We will keep motorcycling moving forward here in the great state of Ohio, even when it only seems like 3 yards in a cloud of dust. It’s college football season and we are lucky to live in Big 10 country. GO Bucks.

        Enjoying the Ride,
                Ed Schetter
Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


Executive Director’s Report
October 2017

    Here it is October again. And with October comes Halloween, so it looks like I need to continue the custom of sorts of picking out this year’s costume to scare the powers that be. In a year where most elected officials are not up for re-election. I’m gonna have to make it something they will remember until next November.

  • Maybe a voting citizen that won’t be completely distracted by the polarizing statements of the media and those on social media. Someone that doesn’t lose their mind after ridiculous statements are made by the ultra-fringe of some political party which are repeated over and over and over again by the media. Someone who won’t be swayed by the lasted funny meme meant to enrage those on the opposite side of an issue. Someone that will keep an eye on the big picture, MAINTAINING OUR FREEDOMS.

  • I could go as the US Constitution. I could walk around and correct all the people misquoting The Constitution for their own gain or to prove a point. In my opinion, the only document more misquoted than The Constitution is The Bible and this is not the forum for that talk. That would be quite a site the document be misused correcting the people misusing it. Almost sounds like an old Schoolhouse Rock after school special.

  • In this day of groups trying to bring about change using methods that may cause shock and anger, but I doubt effect change of any kind. I could go as a planner whose organization has almost 40 years of experience making change at the grass roots level, has a statewide membership educated enough on the pertinent issues to cast and proper vote and has the backup and support of other like organizations in other states. (Honestly, this one would make my feel a little lazy)

  • How about a legislator that is not afraid of the media, respectful but doesn’t beg for coverage? One that knows how to reach across the aisle and get some work done. Because that is what his constituents expect them to do.

  • Finally, how about an independent, honest news source that……. reports the news. You remember accurate fact that a reader/viewer can use to make an educated decision.

        I know is seems like I’m being a little rough on the media, traditional and social. But in this day where being first appears to be more important than being accurate. And the politicians and media seem to have chosen up sides to forward their own agendas. Maybe this year it’s something media related to scare them.

            Enjoying the Ride,
                    Ed Schetter
    Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


  • Executive Director’s Report
    September 2017

        As most of you are reading this the kids are back in school, the college football season has kicked off (GO BUCKS) and plans are being set for Christmas Toy Run’s all around the state. Where has the year gone? It seems like only yesterday we were kicking off Motorcycle Awareness Month and Kolman and I were saddled up heading for Bikers in the Beltway. But now we are getting ready to head to Meeting of the Minds. This year it’s in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

        This is a great weekend for me. Some of the best motorcycle rights minds from around the country gather and plan on the direction for motorcycle rights and safety for the next year. This event is always a much needed recharge for me. If you have never been to a Meeting of the Minds, you need to make plans to attend one. Great opportunities are there to learn, as well as the great energy from being around some of the greats of motorcycle rights. You will see from the talent in attendance why we can take on organizations with huge PAC funds and still win.

        Which bring us to the subject of learning. I know Education and Safety is part of our reason for being. How to operate a motorcycle safely, I get it understand completely. Remind the public to Look Twice Save A Life, I get that too. Teach young adults learning to drive to watch out motorcycles, yep I’m still understanding.

        But, do we need to teach motorcyclist how to be bikers?

        I threw this idea out a few years back and let me explain why I ask that question again. For the last month I have see the ads and trailers on T.V. and social media for the upcoming seasons of fictional motorcycle shows, the style “Look inside of a Motorcycle club” and “reality” motorcycle shows. I have also in my travels seen the hats, T shirts, other swag and even tattoos (yes I said tattoos) sold to make money off of these programs. From some of the people I’ve talked to, they are learning how to be a biker from these shows. The general public thinking this way I have no problem with. The general public trying to understand us and understand why we do the things we do is part of the fun of being a biker. But I’m seeing people on two wheels imitate the stuff they see on the TV. What I haven’t seen stressed on these shows and maybe we need to teach is one simple thing. RESPECT. Respect your motorcycle, if you don’t you will end up with new scars or worse.

        Respect the roads and the other vehicles on them, more new scars or worse. Respect your limits, you know what yours are and live within them. Respect our traditions; take the time to learn not only what we do but why we do it. And lastly and possibly most important, respect other bikers. Failure to do so can also cause scars or worse. Do we need to start teaching these lessons? Or am I just getting old.

            Enjoying the Ride,
                    Ed Schetter
    Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.



    Executive Director’s Report
    August 2017

        Here we are in the dog days of summer. Hard to believe Labor Day is right around the corner and then the end of summer.

        For ABATE of Ohio 2 critical things happen at the September State Board of Director’s meeting:

    1.   Event Sanctioning. Get your events planned and on the schedule for next year. Plan early and get our events on people’s calendars ahead of all the other events that are put on every weekend. Get to a region or county meeting, volunteer and help make our events the best they can be. And remember this many times gives us the public visibility we need.


    2.   Nominations of Next year’s officers. A time to thank those who have served as an officer at any level. Also A time to welcome those stepping up and saying it’s my turn to take the reins as an officer. If you it’s time to step up and be an officer, get to region or county meeting and get your name on the ballot. Or go to the meeting and goat rope a friend you feel would be a benefit to the organization into being on the ballot. (don’t worry, getting goat roped happens to the best of us at one time or another)

        Nationwide only 3 percent of Americans belong to a freedom fighting organization (explains the 3% and III% logos people wear). This reminded me of how important a job we do here in ABATE. Only 1 out of 33 1/3 people (it’s tough if you’re the 1/3 person) are willing to stand up and defend the rights and freedoms of all motorcyclists. Many of the issues we fight or want to change may seem motorcycle related to most, but taking away any form of freedom might open them door on a bigger issue. Good thing most ABATE members I’ve run into are neither shy nor quiet. With this being the Year of the Member it’s a great time to get more people involved.

        The Meeting of the Minds is in Williamsburg, VA this year. The flyer is somewhere in this great magazine. Many of you attended your first one last year when we hosted. There is no better place to polish the skills needed to defend our rights.

        And finally, Have you bought a ticket or 5 on the ABATE of Ohio Foundation’s Raffle Bike (Free membership if you buy 5 at once). Make plans to be at Margaritaville in Sandusky on August 26th for the drawing. We will have a bike show and other events going on during the day leading up to the bike giveaway.

                Enjoying the Ride,
                    Ed Schetter
    Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.



    Executive Director’s Report
    July 2017

    “But when the final word is read
    Maybe something could be said
    For all the brothers of the road
    Just like you, we bear a heavy load
    Been through hell and back again
    If we don't lose we're bound to win”

                                        “Brothers of the Road”…The Allman Brothers Band

        As I have mentioned before these reports have to be in 30 days before you get the Outspokin’ in your mailbox. So this is about the busy may we are just finishing up.

        Started the month with the ABATE Awareness Rally. Well put on as usual and who doesn’t enjoy that escorted ride down 71. Thank you to all who took the time to get motorcycle awareness month proclamations. This is the kind of grass roots advocacy that keep ABATE of Ohio relevant in the local politics. Years ago we had to keep an eye on what the local powers that be were doing. Now, many times they call us asking for a way to resolve a motorcycle related issue. Thanks to all that attended.

        Then off to the NCOM Convention in Reno. A great time, other than my body clock was 3 hour off the whole time. Lots of great info and great contacts. It is really a recharge being around people with so many years of fighting the fight. Profiling was the big topic of conversation. But, as was pointed out, let’s not concentrate so hard on one issue that we miss something else we should have caught.

        Next, a quick 500 mile ride to Washington DC for Bikers Inside The Beltway. The MRF national motorcycle rights lobby day. Kolman and I were able to visit all 16 offices (2 Senator and 14 Representatives.) My feet still hurt from all the walking. We were able to meet with aides from the Offices of Sen. Robert Portman, Rep. Warren Davidson, Rep. Bob Gibbs (no appointment stopped to drop info and they had time to talk), Rep. William Johnson, Rep. James Jordan, Rep. Robert Latta, Rep. James Renacci, Rep. Timothy Ryan, Rep. Steven Stivers, Rep. Patrick Tiberi and Rep. Brad Wenstrup. If one of these is a legislator in your district, please take the time to contact them and thank them for taking the time to meet with a representative from ABATE of Ohio. The 6 items on the MRF agenda were discussed and reference material was left behind,

        A relaxing ride Labor Day weekend with the Region 14 Memorial Run. Always a nice 100 + mile ride through mostly farm country. A welcome break in the action.

        Off to Lansing to attend the ABATE of Michigan Freedom Rally. Congratulations to our brothers and sisters to the North on 5 year of riding with choice. How many of you can remember filling out and mailing in post cards in support of that fight?

        Not getting ready to pack and head to Indianapolis for Miracle Ride with ABATE of Indiana. I always feel like a 7 year old when the tires on my bike hit Indy Speedway. Always an enjoyable weekend, and it help the kids of Riley’s Children’s Hospital.

                Busy and Lovin’ It,,
                    Ed Schetter
    Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    June 2017

        Wow here it is half way through the year and I feel I need to highlight that 2017 is the Year of the Member. Let’s get our member numbers back up where they deserve to be for the big 40. Next year (2018) ABATE of Ohio will be 40 years old. That’s right anyone born after 1978 wasn’t even alive when Ohio had a mandatory Helmet Law. Almost 40 years of telling the government when something just isn’t right, educating riders on safe riding practices and trying to get people in cars to look for us and stop running over us. That stuff hurts (substitute any word you want for stuff.). And I would like to send out my personal thanks to all the members: past, present and future because you are the ones who make things happen for almost 4 decades possible. From handlebar heights, to color bans, to helmets, to discriminatory insurance practices, to parking issues, to saving the safety and education money we have all stood together and gotten things done. Over the years we’ve taken on a lot of challenges and found a way to come out on top. And this year with the BOGO on the $20 membership with the digital outspokin’ money shouldn’t be the issue that people don’t join.

        You know it almost makes me wonder what it would be like trying to start ABATE of Ohio in today’s atmosphere of political correctness, love of drama and general sense of I can’t change why even try. We are in an age when no one is wrong and everyone is a winner and gets a trophy just for trying. When a law gets passed that takes away our rights or threatens our way of life would we say, “Mr. Legislator I know you and your staff worked very hard on this bill and it takes away our freedoms. But I’m sure you know what’s best for us, and it’s a lot of trouble to fight it, So OK, but I am going to place a nasty emoji on Facebook later.” Or when ran into but a distracted driver busy counting their likes on social media, “I know you tried real hard to drive safe while updating everyone on what you had for lunch and clothes shopping you are about to do. And I am probably at fault because motorcycles are inherently dangerous. So you go on and get your clothes, I’ll wait here on the ambulance or HEARSE.” Or when a friend goes to leave for a ride drunk or riding very aggressively and dangerously, “he’s had a bad day at work and been under a lot of pressure recently. I don’t want to add to the problem.”

        Well thank God we are who we are. We are not politically correct, we surely don’t just lie down and take it and some time we have to look out for our brothers and sisters. Because: It’s not right Mr. Legislator. We will stand up and fight you on it or we will sit down and help you fix it, it’s you choice. And to the driver going to the store: Put the damn phone away and drive. I will work on awareness and safety. If you hurt a friend and I am going to work to see you get as much penalty as the law will allow because of your negligent behavior. And if that penalty isn’t enough, I’ll work to change the law to a tougher penalty. And to my brother/sister in the wind I care enough to step in. I would rather help you get home safely and be mad at me in the morning than visit you in the hospital or worse. And finally if it isn’t right I will work to fix it.

        Yea, I guess I’m not politically correct and I do care, but I can live with that. And I thank you, the members, for standing with me and getting the job done time and time again. I look forward to many many many years of standing together and preserving motorcycling here in Ohio and Nationwide.

        I look forward to seeing everyone at Freedom Rally. Remember no June Jam this year, come to the Freedom Rally and bring a friend.

               Enjoying the ride,
                    Ed Schetter
    Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    May 2017

        Here we are going into May and I hope to see everyone at the 2017 Awareness rally. Mike Stock and his assistants have been working hard on this event. Also join Roger and the rest of the fine folks of Region 9 at the After Rally Rally. After this Winter and Spring it will be nice to take a ride where I don’t have to wear a scuba suit. Let’s remind everyone to “Look Twice Save A Life” during May (Motorcycle Awareness Month) and the other 11 months of the year. Everyone come out and bring a friend that is not an ABATE of Ohio member (sign them up while you are there I heard somewhere that it is the Year of the Member and something about 2 for 1 memberships.) This will show them what we are about and will show the powers that be in Columbus and around the great State of Ohio the amount of influence we have. Might also remind some people to schedule some time during their busy day of texting while driving and cutting us off because whatever they have going on in their self important life is much more important than our safety to Look Twice.

        May also brings us Memorial Day. When we need to pause and give thanks to not only those that have given so much to protect our rights, but also their families that have also sacrificed so much in the absence of their loved ones. Thank you to all who gave all to protect our freedoms and their families.

        I was just following a car that I believed contained the parents of a U.S. Marine. It’s either that or they enjoyed collecting and displaying U.S. Marine Corp scarlet and gold bumper stickers on their car. One of them really struck a chord with me. It read, “You Only Have The Rights Someone Decided Were Worth Fighting For.” Wow, what a statement and so true. All the freedoms we have because someone laced up their boots and felt strongly enough to fight for them.

        Then it becomes our job as a motorcycle rights organization and proud Americans to stand up and make sure that they are not taken away by the same government that so many have served to protect it’s interests. We cannot allow our rights to be nibbled away at. Quite the contrary, we must defend the rights we have while expanding on them and regaining those which have been lost. Be ready when a call to action goes out. Some issues can be settled quickly and some take years of work. Let’s not lose focus rights, education and safety are the reasons we are here. Yes, your Rights and Safety are my business.

               Proud and grateful,
                    Ed Schetter
             Executive Director
                ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    April 2017

        The weathers getting warmer and I’m seeing more and more bikes one the road, mine included. Remember people in cars have gotten a little rusty on their ability to look for us. That is those that developed the skill in the first place. Give them a little more time and space to see you. Make sure your “LOOK TWICE SAVE A LIFE” sign is properly displayed. If you don’t have one or it needs replaced. I’m sure there is an order form in here or go to a meeting or see the web site. I really don’t want to spend time in the ER, Hospital or worse visiting my friends this year. I have also noticed in my riding around the state a lot of deer carcasses in the ditches off to the side of the roads. Deer season in 2016 did not bring in the expected harvest. SO, there are a lot more of those critters running around out there and Bambi doesn’t “LOOK TWICE”

        Seminar is this month, April 7-8. Come on out and learn a few thing and see some old friends.

        This brings us to May being Motorcycle Awareness Month. Let’s get out and get as many proclamations as possible this year. It puts us in contact with the local powers that be and that’s where grass roots advocacy starts. The Awareness rally happens on May 6th this year, I’m sure there is even more info in this great newsletter. Bring those proclamations to the State House. Let’s remind the Government and the people of this great state that ABATE is a force to be reckoned with. We have a lot of work to get done this year. This is open to anyone, so bring a friend. If they’re not an ABATE member, ask them why. We don’t mind fighting for their freedom too, but a little help couldn’t hurt. And stick around for the After Rally Rally and see what Roger and the fine folks of Region 9 have in store. Rain or shine I’ll see you there?

        As I’m sure you have heard by now 2017 has been made the “Year of the Member.” Because, without the membership we lose the ability to be effective. We need the numbers to be a force in Columbus. And events can’t happen without volunteers to put them on and others to attend them. A membership with the digital newsletter is only $20. This year there is a buy one get one free on the digital membership, that’s 2 for $20. Buy one for yourself and give one to a friend. Next year will be the 40th year for ABATE of Ohio. Let’s get out numbers up where they dhould be.

               Enjoying the Ride,,
                    Ed Schetter
             Proud Executive Director
                ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    March 2017

        Here it is March already, and spring is in the air. Easyriders bike show is over and people are packing up for Daytona Bike Week.

        Meetings I’ve attended over the last couple of months remind me how far we have come:

        In January we went to the Motorcycle Ohio Stakeholders Committee meeting at the Ohio Department of Public Safety. ABATE of Ohio and others with an interest motorcycle safety and education were in attendance. Many years ago when it came to ODPS we were not sitting at the table, we were waiting to hear what happened 2nd hand. There was a lot of good information discussed:
        • The fact that motorcycle fatalities have been up 2 years in a row both nationally and here in Ohio was something we knew was going to be brought up. It’s always a worry what the reaction of the powers that be are.

        • One topic that came up again and again, as it has over the last couple of years was the number of people in Ohio riding without proper licensing and training. This goes right along with push for legislation to limit the number of learners permits a person can receive in a specified amount of time. Both Pennsylvania and Michigan have passed this legislation. It will be interesting to see their statistics when they are finalized.

        • I was surprised that a couple of the organizations not only require a valid endorsement but ongoing safety training to participate in their rides. Is this something we need to look into?

        • Distracted driving was once again a hot topic. Is it time to bring our R.O.W. bill back?

        • The side-by three wheelers were brought up. We will be doing more this legislative cycle to distance them from motocycles and keep their statistics from effecting us.

        • Last year there were 6 animal involved fatalities involving motorcycles and there were 6000 less deer taken across the state during deer season. Keep an eye out for those extra critters this year.

        • ODOT will once again be the “Look Out For Motorcycles” message on their construction signs this year. The plan is to get the message out in April or earlier is the season start earlier due to warm weather.

        • Ohio’s Dead Red law goes into effect March 18th. This is for ALL vehicles not just motorcycles. You must come to a complete stop before proceeding and give right of way to any vehicle with the green light. We need to keep an extra eye out for this one. People will be turning because they think a light is malfunctioning due to THEIR impatience. They will be at fault if they cause an accident proceeding thru a working light. But that is little comfort if you are in the hospital emergency room or worse.

        Lots of good information exchanged at this meeting, lots of things to think about.

        Then it was off to ABATE of Michigan’s state seminar. It’s always good exchanging ideas with our brothers and sisters to the north. Their list of guests at their awards banquet included Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor Brian Cally. Lots of numbers were looked at because of the recent helmet law change up there. Remember to send ABATE of Michigan a big congrats on April 12th, that will give them 5 years as a helmet choice state.

        Yep, were come a long way. We are in the room instead of looking in and the Legislatures are coming to us. This does not give us a reason to let our guard down. EVER VIGILANT.

                   Enjoying the Ride,,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    February 2017

       It’s a solid start to the New Year.

        The holidays are over and a whole lotta stuff coming up and already on the schedule.

        We’ve got a meeting with ODPS and our friends at Motorcycle Ohio for the yearly kick off meeting later this month. We have a lat of statistics to look at. With it being 2 years in a row that there has been an increase in motorcycle fatalities both nationally and here in the great state of Ohio, I’m a little worried. We need to start the year off hard reminding people that education and awareness work. They are what pushed our statistics down year after year until the last 2. Keep an eye on your brothers and sisters on the road, if we don’t take care of ourselves, no one will. Keep an eye out for the distracted and amateur drivers that are all over our road ways. We need to get the crash and fatality statistics down this year. 3 years in a row up and the safetycrats will be dug in and calling for our freedoms.

        Then a week later off to ABATE of Michigan’s State Seminar. We get a lot of great information to be had from those fine people up North. Look at the way they do things and see how they address many of the same issues and challenges we have here in the Buckeye State. This is usually my personal rev up for the year. I learn a whole bunch from the experience level of some of their members.

        And speaking of seminars, ours is coming up April 7-8 in Akron. I’m sure there is a flyer for it somewhere in this great publication. I look forward to seeing everyone. This is our chance to get together learn some things and really set a direction for this year. Kohlman and the rest of the seminar committee have been working to cram as much information as possible into that weekend. And it gives us a chance to visit and swap stories with some people we don’t see as much as we’d like to. Sign up a new member and let’s get our numbers back up where they belong and drag them along. And be ready to contact your legislator when it’s time.

        I know this all seems like review and it is. But we are a grass roots motorcycle safety, education and rights organization and it’s what we do. When talking to the powers that be in Columbus and around this state I am told that we are one of the best at it. I feel that we are the best at it. I see some big fights coming up. I look forward to standing with you all.

        Finally for this article, we have the Easyriders Bike Show coming up in Columbus February 18-19. Come on out and volunteer a little time to work the booth. Also get your flyers together for this year and get them submitted. The more info we have out the better. And remember, our events are competing for an audience with more and more each and every year.

                   Ride Free, Ride Safe.,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    January 2017

        Here we are; a calendar hanging on the wall, a new legislature to work with, and a group of officers (and a few recycled ones) at all levels of ABATE. This is kind of a time to start anew if you will.

        With the seating of the 132nd general assembly here in the great State of Ohio comes a new set of goals and challenges. Maintaining and strengthening the relationships we have developed in the past. Developing new relationships with those who will stand with us in the future, these are necessary to increase our numbers and replace allies that are no longer in the legislature by their choice or by the choice of others. Working with other like minded organizations to further motorcycling here in the great state of Ohio and Nationwide.

        I travelled a lot in 2016. Everywhere I went and met with other freedom fighting bikers: DC, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Oklahoma, California and more, the message has been the same. Work together for a common good. It doesn’t matter how you ride: club, independent or lone wolf. It doesn’t matter what you ride: sport bike or cruiser; American, British, or metric. It matters that you ride.

        We also face the challenge of introducing new legislative action and reintroducing the bills we have not been able to get passed. Let’s hit the ground running from the beginning and see how far we can advance motorcycling with the 132nd assembly. We have a lot of other work to do (distracted driving, further description of a motorcycle, random roadside motorcycle specific checkpoints, ROW legislation, Anti-profiling legislation.) We have a lot of work to do.

        Thank you to all who stepped up and took a leadership roll for 2017 in ABATE of Ohio Inc. I look forward to working with all of you on our quest for freedom in motorcycling. We have the best and most dedicated membership of any organization I’ve ever worked with. Let’s spread the passion for motorcycling that we feel and increase the membership to the numbers we deserve.

        I look forward to seeing everyone at seminar in April (I’m sure there is more info in this Web site.....

                    Enjoying the Ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.



    Executive Director’s Report
    December 2016

        The election is over and it is the Christmas Season again. (I have no idea who won any of the offices, I’m writing this a week before the election)

        First I want to say that I am happy that I can now watch the Buckeyes play on Saturdays and see ads for beer, fast food, munchies and drugs that have a list of side effects so bad that I’m surprised anyone would use them instead of political ads (which I have also found have many negative side effects when watched for too long.) I should now be able to log on to social media without seeing a political rant about how bad someone sucks.

        Now back to the election. It is over. It is time to look at each other and say we must agree to disagree at time and work together to move this Great Country forward. This goes for States, Counties, Cities, Etc. also. This divisiveness has to end. It is time to put this negative thinking aside and do what we know how to do. We are freedom fighters and if we are going to fight to keep the rights we have and get back some of those we have lost we need to work with legislators that are willing to make hard decisions, set aside the wishes of special interest groups and do what is best for our country, state and the citizens that live here. We are also going to need people willing to stand up and tell government, “I am a tax payer, you work for me and I’m not happy with the job you are doing. Now get out there and make this country and state better. That is your job.” Not a bunch of people who will passively sit by, letting others fight for their rights, and hope for the best. This is not a liberal or conservative thing. Not a political party thing. This is an American and an Ohioan thing.

        I look forward to the seating of the next Ohio legislature and the opportunity to stand with my brothers and sisters and make this state an even better place for bikers to ride and enjoy. We know how to make change happen and it’s time to share that knowledge with others and have them join us in that quest.

        Take this special time of year and spend it with friends and family. These are the times to make memories that you cannot get back. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into ABATE, We would not be where we are without you. Let’s be ready for the New Year.

        By the way, I hear an ABATE of Ohio membership make an excellent Christmas gift (or any other holiday.)

                    HO, HO, HO
                    Enjoying the Ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    November 2016

        What a Meeting of the Minds.

        It started with a great ride to Oklahoma City. Seeing the beauty of the Fall time of year is always a reminder of why we fight the good fight for motorcycle rights and safety. Seeing the harvest going on here in Ohio and in Indiana, riding through Illinois and not worrying about the Chicago traffic (love the city but have slightly differing opinions about the drivers), the start of the Fall color change in the Ozarks in Missouri and Oklahoma all made for a great trip. I won’t even complain about Missouri’s MANDATORY helmet law or heading home chassed by thunderstorms.

        Great topics in general session, great break out sessions, southern hospitality and great people, real people. People you don’t have to spend half of your time explaining why we do what we do or why we are like we are. They love motorcycling, they’re bikers, they get it and they will defend our way of doing things, even when that means standing alone, which gives us huge strength standing in numbers and commands the respect that we get.

        The speakers were some of the best and brightest the motorcycle rights movement has to offer. I can see why the government pays attention the way it does with minds like this on our side.

        This year’s theme was building bridges. Not a discussion about civil engineering and weight carrying structures. But reminding us that we all have one thing in common and that is a love of motorcycling and the biker lifestyle. We all need to stand together as one, while many outside forces want to fragment us into smaller groups. It doesn’t matter how or what you ride, it matters that you ride. Whether you are in a club or ride as an independent, sport bike or cruiser, American made or metric, we all need to stand as one. With the current election going on and the negative way each candidate is advertising on both social and traditional medias, let’s not make this one more opportunity to divide us. We don’t all think the same and we need that diversity to examine things from all possible angles.

        It was announces next year is going to be in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. If you can go, mark your calendars. That should be a beautiful ride and get the recharge that’s needed every once in a while. Knowledge is our greatest weapon and allows the strong few to stand against the many.

        We are also coming up on elections in the Counties, Regions and at the State level. Thank you to all that have served as officers this and other years. And also thank you to those stepping up and running either for the first time or running again this year. Remember: don’t let the outcome of our elections cause a divide.

        Remember to vote, and cast an informed vote this month.

                    Enjoying the Ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    October 2016

        Here it is October already. Where has the Summer Season gone? It seems it was just last week that I was getting ready to go to DC for Bikes in the Beltway.

        This is the month of ghosts and goblins and all things scary. With the November election coming up, the voting booths could be as good as haunted houses. Just as the last couple of years I got to thinking about what to be for Halloween 2016. The usual question come to mind: What do the powers that be find frightening.     In the past I’ve thought about going as:

  • An educated voter. Someone that ignores the media (both social and traditional) and their need to convince us that there is a candidate we just can’t live without. One that is willing to set a little time aside and educate them selves on the candidate’s positions on important issues. A voter that does not follow straight party lines and votes how their heart, brain and soul tell them.

  • Someone who is aware of their rights and is willing to stand up to a government that is taking our rights a little at a time. One who holds the legislators to task when they make unfair and many times uneducated decisions. The kind of person that will organize at the grass roots level and teach other like thinking people not only their rights, but how to make change. (I would consider myself very lazy if this was the one I took.)

  • Maybe one of the founding fathers or the ghost of one of the founding fathers that built the great country would put a scare into them. One that would come back and say, “You really seem to have lost your way. We left you a road map behind to follow. It’s called the U.S. Constitution, read it and follow the route mapped out.”

  • Maybe I’ll go as the spirits of all those who have been killed or hurt in right of way violations due to distracted driving or people just not paying enough attention. Those spirits tormented by a slow to act and quick to take a plea deal justice system. The tormented souls wanting penalties turned up to the point that they make enough of a deterrent that the roads are safer.

  • How about an independent thinking legislator that votes as it will benefit their constituents instead of voting by a party loyalty. I will say on this subject it is refreshing to see the number of candidates coming forward from the private sector and not career politicians.

  •     But you know I think I’ve come up with a new idea for this year. I am going to go as a completely independent and neutral news source. The type that expects their reporters to report the news, not a tilted and bias version of the facts. The kind of a media outlet that will report the facts and let the people of this great nation make their own conclusions. The kind of reporting that lets a person think, not control how they think. No longer news that has been bought and paid for.

        Yeah, that should scare them. Happy Halloween.

                    Enjoying the Ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    September 2016

        Wow, here it is September already. Planning is started on Toy Runs and the other Fall activities. The Buckeyes will kick off their season while we are set up at the Easyriders Rodeo in Chillicothe (by the way any of you going stop by the booth and volunteer for a little while, it would be much appreciated.) Then it will be time to pack up and head for Meeting of the Minds in Oklahoma. This one really helps recharge the old batteries.

        I’m beginning to think the best about it being September is we are starting to see an end in sight to the political season. I have never seen it this goofy, as I touched on in my June article. To start with I am not endorsing any candidate. I don’t care who you vote for: the right or left side of the aisle, a third party candidate or Kermit the frog (yes, there is a puppet joke there but I’ll leave telling jokes to the comedians.) Do your research on their positions on the issues important to you. Do your research from credible sources. Then cast the educated vote your conscience tells you to. There is no such thing as a wasted vote that way.

        The goofiness I am talking about is the complete polarization of people today. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the passion for an issue (mine should be pretty clear based on where you are reading this.) But, the opinions of the far sides of the issues are causing such a divide fueled by the media. Both traditional and social medias are guilty of this. We have watched the discussion degenerate from:

                “I respect your opinion, now please listen to mine”

                To: “I cannot agree with you and here is why I feel like I do”

               To: “You are wrong and I’ll tell you why you are wrong’

                To: “You are stupid, and your side is stupid, and you live in a stupid house with a stupid dog” (no dogs were actually made stupid for the writing of this article)

        I have seen this happen in many blogs and forums. Not only with the motorcycle rights groups but many others. Dividing those that came together for a love of something and letting issues that have nothing to do with that thing break the group up into smaller groups. I once heard it said that, “Righteous indignation is so invigorating.” Yes it may feel good to stand up and make a very pointed statement that leaves no room to turn back or compromise. I have a feeling after this very; very negative election cycle is over there are going to be rifts in many organizations.

        Let’s make sure that it doesn’t create divide here. No, we are not going all agree on everything. We are not always going to be in a great big sunny kumbaya position. But we are all bikers with a passion for motorcycling. We can’t forget that and let other issues tear us apart. When we are fighting with each other we can’t fight with the enemy. We need to stand together as one, Brothers and Sisters standing strong.

        Remember: once this crazy election is over, there will be a new legislature seated and we have work to get done.

                    Enjoying the Ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    August 2016

        I was just sitting here thinking of how grateful I am for all the members of ABATE of Ohio that showed up, volunteered and helped make our June Jam a whole lotta fun. I know it’s the August issue, but my report needs sent in the end of Jun (or whenever Lisa tells me to get it done and turned in) so it can be in your mailbox in a timely manner and I’m really bad at trying to fake pre-dated comments. This is our state party and with your continued support it will keep getting better and better.

        And the more I think about it, the more grateful I am for all the members of ABATE of Ohio Inc. You are the strength of the organization. It’s very hard to be a grass roots motorcycle rights and safety organization with out all of you.

        You are the ones that show up and volunteer at events to raise awareness or raise money. Both seem to be in too short of supply.

        You are the one who attend the fundraisers so we can continue to exist and do the great things we do.

        You are the ones that write letters, make phone calls, and send emails when needed to help fix the issues we come across that are unfair and/ or just need our attention.

        You are the ones who maintain membership in ABATE of Ohio so we have the numbers we need to be a force in motorcycle rights and safety right here in the great state of Ohio.

        Be proud of all that we’ve achieved. And tell your friends that are not members that we still have work to do and could use their help.

        You are the one who buy the raffle tickets and support the ABATE of Ohio Foundation and all that they do for motorcycle safety and awareness.

        For those of you stepping up and taking or maintaining an office (yeah hard to believe it’s that time of year again.

        And this list could continue for the next 5 pages. So for all that you do for ABATE of Ohio, Thank You.

        Yeah, thank you, that about says it all.

                    Enjoying the Ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    July 2016

        I want to start by wishing everyone a great 4th of July and say Happy Birthday to this great country of ours. I like the stuff that goes BOOM almost as much as riding my bike. Exercise just as much caution as riding. Just like motorcycles, a lot of trips to the emergency room from things that go BOOM start with “Hey, watch this!!!”

        What a busy last month or so. I want to thank the crew that worked Margaritaville for Ohio Bike Week for the long hours over a long week on the parking lot and the deck (ya gotta have a fun, right?) Also Thank You to Mike and Kay Stock and all the volunteers at the June Jam. A job well done.

        As I mentioned last month as I was packing the bike for the trip. The MRF Bikers in the Beltway, what a day for motorcycle rights. 500 miles there, a day visiting or elected officials in D.C. and then 500 miles home. Ohio was one of 22 state represented this year. The offices of all 16 Representatives and both Senators (including House district 8 that is vacant were visited) I knocked on the door, someone answered and I asked them to put the information on the desk so whoever fills the office will have some quality reading material. I was great to see the halls filled with bikers from many different states. It didn’t matter how you ride or what you ride, only that you ride. Everyone was there with the same goals, Motorcycle Rights and Safety. And my hat (not to mention my Washington DC mandatory helmet) is off to the MRF for the organized ride in. I have know idea how we kept that many bikes together in DC traffic. Way to go. I will be making the trip again next year if anyone wants to join the trip.

        Then back in for a meeting with House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn. Thank you Representative Strahorn for coming up from Dayton and having dinner with me. It was an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss the issues important to the motorcycling community.

        Next, off to Lansing Michigan with Mike Stock for ABATE of Michigan’s Freedom Rally and lobby day. Great ride supporting a great cause. It sure is nice standing at the State House steps shouting “FREEDOM” instead of “HELMET LAWS SUCK” (even though the do still suck.) I again heard the phrase “welfare rider” used up there. It refers to a rider that rides with all the freedoms that other riders have fought for without supporting the cause in any way. It has nothing to do with income. It doesn’t matter what state you are from, all bikers need to stand together. Once the powers that be divide us, they are half way to winning. To Jim and Vince and the rest of the crew in that state up North, keep up the outstanding work. Hmmmm, a mid week rally and lobby day, just might be a formula worth borrowing.

        I just picked up the Raffle Bike for the weekend. Have you got your ticket yet? I am taking it to the Marion Area Harley Riders Association field meet and then off to June Jam. I know that I said Thank You earlier but due to the miracles of publishing I have to have this in prior to the event so you can get your newsletter on time. The Raffle Bike will also be at Wetzeland again his year. Stop out and see us.

        A busy but most enjoyable month.

                    Enjoying the Ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    June 2016

       Getting everything packed up and ready for the bike while taking the occasional break to write this report (I would hate to deny anyone opportunity to read my monthly rant.) This trip leads to a busy day walking the halls of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This is always a great opportunity to meet with aides from the different Legislators whose offices we visit. But I also am amazed by the diversity of people also stomping the halls and range of causes they are passionate about. This passion can result in a polarizing effect.

        Watching the media and their coverage of the candidates will push people’s buttons so they will tune in and either celebrate or scream. The candidates themselves aren’t helping the polarization of this great country. Social media is not helping calm the ripples by providing a resource for anyone to put out an opinion, no matter how crazy or hurtful it may seem, without having to defend that opinion in a face to face discussion. Most of these opinions tend to be negative in nature, anti the opposing view not pro the writer’s. I have run into many people that can give me multiple reasons not to vote for someone or against a cause or idea but can’t give me a reason to support their candidate or their cause. We have to do battle all the time against people who want to tell us what and how to ride with never having been on a motorcycle.

        I have watched this polarization divide this great country and have to ask myself if we are letting this polarization into the motorcycle rights and safety movement. It is no mystery that membership in State Motorcycle Rights Organizations and National Rights Organizations is on the decline. I have seen many speakers at various meeting and attendees at seminars and meetings I’ve attended stray from motorcycle rights and safety into various other causes. Is this lessening the diversity of our ranks and driving off potential members? We are a politically driven organization but not aligned with a single political party. We are not limited by the type of bike ridden, you don’t even have to own a motorcycle to be a member of ABATE. Although we frequently ride in groups we are not a club but we do represent both people that chose to ride with a club and independent riders.

        We need all the diversity we can get. If it has to so with motorcycling in Ohio, it involves us. I know it is easier and more comfortable to be around those that think just as we do. But we need that viewpoint diversity to keep our number up and look at thing from all angles. Could someone with a passion for motorcycling but differing views on other hot button topics have a key contact of idea to help us get some of our agenda passed or have a more efficient way to run ABATE?

        Yea let’s stick with motorcycle rights, safety and education. It’s what we do best. Let’s not lose our focus. Besides what would have happened if people would have been closed minded when a Deadhead car salesman showed up many many moons ago.

                    Enjoying the Ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    May 2016

        Here it is May once again. Seems to come around about this time every year. I guess it would be cliché to say that May is “Motorcycle Awareness Month.” The people reading this believe that for our safety, every month needs to be Motorcycle Awareness Month. Even with the milder winter we just went through (until April, welcome to Ohio weather) leaving more bike on the road, people need reminded to put down the social media on their phones and drive.

        A big thank you goes out to all that participated in the Awareness Rally (or come on down and join us, depending when you read this.) Also thanks need to be given to all the proclamations that were written in our behalf. If you heard one mentioned from someone local to you, please take the time and drop that person a thank you. Most whom write the proclamation are not bikers but want to help us raise awareness and save a few lives. There have already been too many trips to the hospital and some to the funeral home this year. Some I have been to have been in cars also when hit by an inattentive driver. And if they can’t see another car they sure aren’t looking for us.

        The first motorcycle fatality of the year happened on January 1st this year. With the warmer weather we are already ahead of last year’s accident and fatality totals. We need to do everything we can to make these numbers less than last year. Raising awareness and wanting the other guy to look for us is only the first step. Last year there were more fatalities with the motorcycle at fault than the other guy. This shows we need to improve our skills also. If you haven’t taken one before, take a training class. Motorcycle is very affordable and you may just learn a skill that will save your life or someone else’s life (for all of us that ride in groups.) If you know someone who has gone down and is getting ready to ride again, take up a collection and offer to pay for them to take a class. The $50 for a Motorcycle Ohio class isn’t that much. Besides shaking off the cob webs and getting your confidence back on a loaner bike and in a controlled environment sure beats letting your ego tell you “everything is just fine, I’m good as ever.” And finally if a brother or sister has one too many at a bike night, keep them off the bike. I’d rather that they are mad at me in the morning that a name in the paper. I know none of these are Earth shattering ideas but sometimes a reminder doesn’t hurt and we have to these crashes from happening. To many in Columbus the stats are just numbers and when they go up it is proof we as bikers can’t take care of ourselves and need a little government intervention. To me these are brothers and sisters with friends and families. And the government can place their efforts on fixing something else. We bikers are smart enough to take care of our selves.

        Finally, I have a quick note about social media. There was a post going around about a motorcycle curfew and some states. I saw many people share it from several different states. I did get a few e-mails about it. We contacted the MRF and they put out a statement saying it was a hoax. When it come to a motorcycle issue, check the facts and post the truth. The general public doesn’t know any better. “It has to be true, I read it online.” Where did you hear that? “Online.”

                    Ride Safe and Ride Again,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    April 2016

        My report this month is going to be on only one subject: SAFETY

        For many years in a row motorcycle fatalities have gone down, until 2015. This is a pretty incredible feat seeing how the number of motorcycles on the road keeps going up and up and up. But last year fatalities went up. There were three in my home county all of which happened very close to the route I take to work each and every day. 2 were killed by a drunk driver going left of center and the other was a right of way violation that killed the rider within a ¼ mile of his home. I always think about the fatalities as I see the reports monthly. We need to do everything possible to make the increase in fatalities seen in 2015 are the exception not the rule. To those that count, these are numbers. To those that ride, those numbers represent friends, family and someone’s company that will never be enjoyed again.

        Saturday April 30th is the Awareness Rally in Columbus. Get together your proclamations. We have always had well over 200 presented from all over the state. This year let’s set our Goal for between 300 and 400. When you ask for a proclamation, ask whatever official you are talking to if they would also put in a press release to the local paper, radio station, etc. Let’s get the word out to look out for us. All that running into us stuff hurts, and sometime much worse.

        The volunteers that put on the Awareness Classes for driver’s education classes, keep up the good work. Remind the young people to look for us, and hopefully they point us out to their parents as well.

        Place the Look Twice Save A Life sign back in your yard. Remember that it’s not just the sign that’s been growing dust over the winter. Most people’s riding skills as well as most driver’s look for motorcycle skills have been growing a little rust on them that needs cleaned up. There’s no shame in doing a little practicing before riding with friends again, we can all use a refresher. And speaking of refreshers, Motorcycle Ohio has basic and Experience rider classes available. If you are unendorsed, take that basic rider class and get your endorsement. That training might just save your life.

        Lets get those numbers moving in the right direction.

        Sorry if I seem to have a one track mind this month, I just came from sentencing for the drunk that killed the 2 friends of mine I mentioned earlier.

                    Ride Safe and Ride Again,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    March 2016

        I was just going over some notes and the folders from previous ABATE of Ohio State Seminars. Wow what a great bunch of guest speakers we’ve had over the years. ABATE of Florida and NCOM’s “Doc” Reichenbaugh (he was born in Wood County Ohio so he’s one of us), Imre Szauter of the AMA, “Hardtail” Willard and Jay Jackson from the MRF, ABATE Legal Service’s Rod Taylor, Jinx and Jim Rhodes from ABATE of Michigan, many of our legislators, and many of the Freedom Fighters from ABATE of Ohio Inc. I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone and I’m sorry but I have a hard time with reading my handwriting also.

        When “Doc” spoke it was at great length about “The Cause” and being in it for “The Cause.” By directing that passion we all have for motorcycling and the biker lifestyle, how much we can get accomplished. I feel this is the spirit we need to fire up and see how far we can take ABATE of Ohio this year.

        “Hardtail” speaking about how not all decisions or votes made by a board, be it County, Region or State, are not going to go the way you want. If every vote 100% to 0 all officer’s jobs would be easy. It’s the 55% to 45% one that cause officer’s sleepless nights thinking about the issue. And after the decision is made, we need to support that decision of the board because it was not made lightly. This is not the place to allow ourselves to become divided. Once we no longer stand together, our opposition advances and can take away rights and freedoms that we will have to fight for years to get them back, if we ever do. In the public eye we need to stand as one.

        Many of the issues talked about on our Legislative Agenda that have been changed here in Ohio. Handlebar heights have been raised. Motorcycle plates have been created for Purple Heart recipients and for Breast Cancer Awareness. We have had to stand up more than once and tell the state to leave our Motorcycle Safety and Education Fund alone. In 2012 we even watched Michigan become a helmet choice state after a fight of over 30 years. (Helmet laws still suck by the way) We have things pretty good here in Ohio but freedoms need defended and advanced.

        State Seminar is always the recharge I need. I’m sure there is more info in this newsletter if you want to attend this year’s event.

        Come on out and help us set the direction ABATE of Ohio will go this year. It’s been a mild Winter and Spring is coming early according to some rodent in Pennsylvania. We have been on the roads quite a bit this Winter but people still need reminded to look for us. And don’t get me started on distracted driving. After years of working on awareness campaigns, are we making a difference. Come on people log off Facebook and drive. “Just ran over a biker, status update.” My point is we still have work to do.

    LOOK TWICE SAVE A LIFE

                    Enjoying the ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    February 2016

       Here it is a new year and I just finished up with the first ABATE of Ohio BOD meeting of the year and ABATE of Michigan’s seminar. A great big congrats goes out to our brothers and sisters in that state up north for another job well done. For me these events marks the beginning of another year. And what a year it’s shaping up to be.

        We have ABATE of Ohio’s State Seminar March 18 and 19 at the Mohican Lodge. Woody, Robin and the rest of the crew have an outstanding even planned. Please come and join us. Your input and participation is necessary to help point ABATE of Ohio down the correct path. This will not be a day off sit and only listen to presenters speak. There will be an open forum where you the members of this great organization can present your views and help decide which way to go on differing issues, including legislative. And it isn’t all meetings there is plenty of fun time and brotherhood to be had. Come on its March; come to Mohican and hang out with freedom fighters and defenders of motorcycle rights from this and other states. You just might learn something, and you just might teach us something.

        Mike and Kay Stock and the crew are working on a fantastic June Jam. We will be back in Logan, Ohio again this year. I think riding in Ohio’s beautiful Hocking Hills is about as good as it gets. Throw in a bunch of good people, live music, bike games and camping. What more could you ask for? Much more on this to come, keep an eye on the web site and the Outspokin’ for more details as they develop. Legislatively we have one more year to get any legislation passed before we have to start over with a new Ohio Assembly.

        Not to mention all the regional events that are being worked on. Plus Easyrider Bike Show, Wetzelland, Chillicothe Rodeo (if you are at any of these events please stop by the ABATE booth and help out or just say hi) That’s a bunch of reasons to be proud to be a Biker and a Buckeye.

                    Enjoying the ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director ABATE of Ohio Inc.

        Bylaw Review Committee is still working hard. If there are any suggestions, please send them to me and they will be presented to committee.


    Executive Director’s Report
    January 2016

        Let me start out by wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

        2015 was a good year and ABATE of Ohio stands stronger because of all the hard work of members and officers.

       The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act has passed both the House and Senate and is off to the President’s desk for signature (It should be signed by the time you get this but this report was sent in in early December to give our hard working editors a chance to enjoy the holidays and spend time with friends and family.) This 5 year bill will give us the first highway bill that spans more than 2 years since 2005. I will not dwell on the 20 something extensions placed on the old highway bill as the can was kicked down the street to be someone else’s responsibility. Now the states can plan on longer term projects and we have to make sure that they are done is a way that is safe for motorcycles. There were some big victories in this bill so Thank You to all that took those that took the time to contact your Legislators and communicate the wishes of the motorcycling public. The Motorcycle Advisory Council was re-established to advise the U.S. DOT on infrastructure related subjects. Continuation of nation motorcycle safety grants have been continued as well as distracted driving grant programs. Within one year of passage of the FAST Bill the Secretary will provide the states with Share-The-Road language to help stress the importance of sharing the road with Motorcycles. It discontinues funding for the prejudicial motorcycle only check points. It also limits and establishes ownership of and access to the data stored on vehicle data recorders.

        Now on to 2016.............

       We here in the great state of Ohio are half way thru the legislative cycle. We have this year to get any bills passed before having to start over again. In 2015 motorcycle fatalities were up. What do we have to do that this doesn’t become a trend? Over 40% of the accidents and fatalities were unendorsed riders. What do we need to do to get these people the training and eventual endorsement that they obviously need, or are we going to give the safety-crats the “look at the numbers, they’re too dumb to take care of themselves” argument. What are we going to do with these 3 wheeled enclosed side-by vehicles that are being title and licensed as motorcycles? Is there anything else we need to add to our legislative agenda?

        We have a lot of work to do this year. March is our State Seminar and these questions along with other issues and many great presenters will be presented. If you are able, please attend. Have your opinion heard as we set the direction for ABATE of Ohio for 2015. (I’m sure there’s an ad in this great newsletter somewhere about it. You don’t need me to ramble on about it.)

       Let’s make 2016 a great year.

                    Enjoying the ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    December 2015

        I wake up this morning and check Facebook and am shocked at what I see. In a weekend where Friday there are terrorist attacks in Paris that will have effects felt all around the globe, I see mostly comments about Ronda Rousey's loss in the UFC. I have nothing against the UFC or Ronda Rousey, I have stood and enjoyed cold adult malted beverages while watching MMA, the UFC and Ronda Rousey with many of you who will read this. People and governments world- wide are afraid of what happens next. Governments will react or restore a feeling of safe and calm, and probably over react. When they over react is when we lose freedoms and liberties. Many will stand quietly by and let those freedoms slip away for the illusion of safety and getting those freedoms back takes a long, long time. The people and organizations committing these cowardly acts need to be punished. All I ask is that the governments are very calculating in what they do next and we as the voters, who hold their job security in our voting hands, hold them accountable for those decisions.

       Don't Be A Sheep.

        OK rant over and I'll put my soap box away......

        I posted the above on Facebook the morning after the November BOD meeting when I was putting off writing my Outspokin’ article that was already a few days late. Then I realized I had started my article.

       With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays quickly approaching. Take this time to spend with friends and family and let the batteries recharge. By the way, I hear an ABATE membership makes a great present.

                    Enjoying the ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Executive Director ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    November 2015

        Here I am with my head still spinning with all the information collected at The MRF’s Meeting of the Minds in Milwaukee. Congrats ABATE of Wisconsin on a job well done. As always the batteries are recharged and I’m ready to continue the mission here in the great state of Ohio. I was privileged to set in on some great sessions and learned a lot. The diversity of opinion and point of view is staggering. It really teaches us another way to look at an issue or solve a problem. Never limit the diversity of a board at any level in the wonderful organization. That person you think is a little “out there” may have the golden nugget that is the answer we have been looking for. I look forward to next year in Oklahoma City and anyone who can attend should, it’s a great experience.

        Now I decided to take an extra day and go to Milwaukee through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It made for a beautiful ride around Lake Michigan. Fall colors were starting to come out in force and as a bonus I found several great eating establishments. Including the Saloon on Calhoun with Bacon that some of us skipped lunch at the seminar and ate there. What a meal.

        I really didn’t start writing this to spend a bunch of time talking about my trip or my gastronomic adventures eating foods that would probably make my doctor yell at me, again. My mind started to wander and aren’t these adventures one of the reasons we all started riding in the first place?

        It is that time of year where we get to exercise our right to vote and help point this great state and country in a better direction. I wrote this because of the one thing that seemed to curse me the whole trip, 1200 miles and 5 states worth of political advertising. It didn’t matter where we were. It was on billboards, the radio, newspaper and television. It was all the same at all levels of government. No one would say, “Hello my name is ______________, I’m running for _____________, I’m qualified for the office and here is why I deserve your vote.”

        It all seemed to be, “I’m ___________, my opponent sucks and here is why you shouldn’t vote for him/her.” Now this is not a partisan rant, I believe all parties involved are guilty of using this strategy. As a people are we American’s so negative we can’t vote for a positive, only against a negative. I don’t think so. I think the politicians are afraid to make a statement they may be held accountable for. Something we can hold their feet to the fire and expect the results we were promised. We need someone who will say, “Hello my name is Ed Schetter, I stand for motorcycle rights, education and safety, and if I don’t follow through or this commitment, replace me and vote in someone who will live up to their commitments next election.” ( Don’t take that statement the wrong way, I AM NOT RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE. I will not endorse a candidate and feel if I used anyone’s name but my own someone would be offended or felt left out.)

        I guess I’m just a simple person. Tell me what you’re going to do. Then either do it or expect to be replaced by someone who will. Stop all the bickering and finger pointing and get some work done. We are all Americans and, for most part, Ohioans. We should have this and a desire to make our country/state a better place in common. Now let’s take a stand and get some work done.

        Do your homework, research the issues and candidates, ask questions and then cast an educated vote.

        It scares the hell of the powers that be when you do that.

                      Just my opinion,
                    Enjoying the ride,
                        Ed Schetter
      Proud Executive Director ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    October 2015

       Here it is October again already. The month of Halloween, ghosts, goblins and all kinds of scary things. Just as last year I got to thinking about what I’m going to dress up as this year. Made me ask myself a few questions. Did I want to go as something frightening? What do people find scary? What does the government and people who feel they run things find scary?

        Here we are looking at presidential candidates and the primaries for both parties. Debates and watching the media try and help us decide which candidate we can’t live without. Maybe I’ll go as an educated voter. Someone that doesn’t believe in a straight party line vote. Someone that will research the candidates and the issues. You know things like motorcycle safety, education and rights. Then will vote as their mind and soul tell them. Someone who holds their elected officials accountable to the job that they were elected to do.

        Maybe I’ll go as someone who is aware of their rights and is willing to fight a government that is nibbling away at them almost daily or anyone who makes an unfair and in most cases uneducated decisions that adversely affect bikers. Someone that will organize with like thinking people at the grass roots level and inform others not only of their rights but how to fight to protect them. When a legislator is a threat to personal freedom, organize to vote them out of office. When a business or individual discriminates or threatens our lifestyle lets others know about it and choose how to spend their money. That will hurt their job security or at least their income.

        Maybe I’ll go as one of the founding fathers that built this great country. I feel would they would seriously question the direction our great country it taking on many fronts. The kind that that would say, “What the #$&^% are you thinking?”

        Maybe I’ll go as the spirits of all those who have been killed or hurt in right of way violations due to distraction or just not paying enough attention. Those spirits tormented by a slow to act justice system. Yet we still can’t get the penalties for hurting or killing someone turned up to the point where the penalty serves as a deterrent.

        Maybe I’ll go as an independent thinking legislator that votes as it will benefit their constituents instead of voting by a party loyalty. I will say on this subject it is refreshing to see the number of candidates coming forward from the private sector and not career politicians.

        Yeah one of those might scare them

        Happy Halloween.

                      Ed Schetter
                Executive Director
              ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    September 2015

        Wow, where did this summer go. Here it is September already, the kids are back in school and soon we will be packing for Meeting of the Minds. It only seems like yesterday when we were riding to Columbus to proclaim “Motorcycle Awareness Month.” Some might argue that this summer wash washed away by all the rain we fought, like 5+ inches over June Jam weekend.

        I would like to thank all of the volunteers (sometimes wet and weary volunteers) that have helped put on a summer full of great events. From the county, to the regional events, to the Awareness Rally, Ohio Bike Week and June Jam, without help from all of you none of these would be possible.

        You know I’ve been writing this article for coming up on seven years now and sometimes it’s kinda hard to find something to rant, I mean talk, about. The Legislature is coming back from summer vacation where you had a chance to talk to your legislator as they were in their home territory for fairs, festivals or just to get the feel for what their home constituents want. They haven’t been full time in Columbus or Washington doing thing that I approve or in many cases disapprove of. This limits my material and this publication, either the printed newsletter or the online version doesn’t create news just to have something to talk about like some media outlets seem to do. No need to rant on this it’s not Motorcycle, Rights, Safety or Education.

        A good thing that has happened this summer is that the Federal Highway Bill has passed the US Senate with a bi-partisan majority. It has the language in it prohibiting federal funding on motorcycle only checkpoints. We already have assurances here in Ohio that any grant money received would be sent back but many of us do leave this great state. To this point Ohio has received none. Let’s put an end to this unfair practice. The highway bill also maintains funding for the Recreational Trails Program. Think of all the learning and practice that happens while enjoying a little 2 wheel off road time.

        I hope the bill can be passed through the House with very few changes. It would be grate to have a long term bill in place so local municipalities can plan to improve the road system we ride on everyday. Let your Representative know that 34 extensions is enough.

        I don’t know how to feel about this state of calm. I’m sure something get my blood flowing soon enough.

                 Enjoying the ride,
                      Ed Schetter
                Executive Director
              ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    August 2015

        Well I think it’s finally time to put the camping gear away from June Jam. Yeah, it might be dry by now. Not complaining but I don’t know that I can remember a June Jam with that much rain. A great big thank you goes out to all who showed up and the volunteers that help us pull off one heck of an event. For those of you that stayed home and were afraid of a little (or a lot of) liquid sunshine, you missed one great event. Harlow and Electrik Circus rocked and managed to scare away the rain when it was time to take the stage. Everyone there was there to have fun and celebrate the freedoms we have. How could you not have fun with Homer Simpson making an appearance and a biker slip and slide? Keep your eyes on the newsletter and the web site for info on next year’s state party. Bring all your friends. If we can have this much fun in the wet conditions we had this year, just imagine what we could do with a little bit of dry.

        It’s hard to believe that we are quickly burning through summer and quickly heading into September. 2 very important things happen the second Saturday of September at the State BOD meeting:

        1.) Event Sanctioning. Get your events at the Region and County levels planned, budgeted, a flyer approved and on the schedule for next year. Get this done early. Our events are up against more and more events/runs every year, even our events that have been around for many years. Get them on people’s calendars early. Get to a Region/County meeting and help volunteer and organize these events into the best they can be. We won the “On Road Event Organizer of the Year” at the AMA Night of Champions in 2015. These event raise our public visibility and show people we know what we are doing.

        2.) Nominations will start for our November BOD elections. A time to show our appreciation for all those that stepped up this year and were an officer at any level in ABATE of Ohio. Also time to decide it’s time to step up and be an officer next year or go to the bathroom at the wrong time during a meeting and have a “friend” volunteer you for the position. Get out to a State, Region or County meeting and get your name on the ballot. If you are nominating someone else, try doing it in a letter of recommendation and put a little shine on the person you are goat roping.

        Finally it’s that time to state talking about Meeting of the Minds. This year it’s in Milwaukee. Should be a great ride and there is no better place to polish you motorcycle rights and safety skills/knowledge. I hope to see a bunch of you there.

                 Enjoying the ride . . ,
                      Ed Schetter
                Executive Director
              ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    July 2015

        Let me start out by wishing a big happy birthday to this great country that we are blessed to call home. Also, a thank you to all who serve and have served to protect the freedoms we hold dear. Be careful with the things that go boom, a trip to the Emergency Room is no fun, and remember it’s about a whole lot more than fireworks and picnics.

        I was blessed by the opportunity to participate in events in three states in the month of June. I did a lot of riding, a little learning and had some memories that will last forever. And aren’t those some of the main reasons that we that we hold motorcycling so close to our hearts and fight to defend the lifestyle we enjoy so much.

        I started by playing hooky from the first weekend of Ohio Bike Week at Margaritaville in Sandusky. Thank you to The Original Margaritaville for the hospitality during OBW and we’ll see you in August for the ABATE of Ohio Foundation Bike Raffle, have you bought your ticket yet. (a shameless plug I know) I grabbed up some friends and went to Indianapolis to ride with Rod, Jay and the rest of our brothers and sisters to the west in the Miracle Ride for Riley Children’s Hospital. A lot of things hit me at this event. The honor of riding up front with the VIPs in this great event, a chance to do a lap around the Indy Speedway on my bike and to hear ABATE of Indiana recognized for the contribution their members) made were things I will not soon forget. It was a little bitter sweet with it being the first run after the passing of Doc Jones. Doc was a big part of the team and will continue to ride with us in spirit on many a Miracle Ride to come. I always love this run. No worries, no BS, just friend enjoying a day in the wind while helping out some needy kids and isn’t that what it’s all about?

        Then off to Lansing and ABATE of Michigan’s Freedom Rally. For the record HELMET LAWS STILL SUCK. A great event held on the steps of their State Capitol. Many speakers: freedom fighters, State Senators and Representatives, and the even gave a few minutes for Mike and I to put in our combined two cents worth. Now comes the part where I was reminded something. A heard someone use the phrase “Welfare Biker.” “Welfare Biker” that is a strong statement. Now you may ask yourself what does that mean? Don’t worry, I had to ask several years ago when I first heard it at a Freedom Rally. A welfare biker has nothing to do with source of income. It welfare biker enjoys all the freedoms that others have fought for without supporting those fighting in any way. No membership in a motorcycle rights organization, no letter or email or phone call to a politician when needed, no rides to help support the cause or raise awareness, no donations or raffle purchases, not even a simple “Thank You.” These riders are the ones perfectly happy letting someone else fight their battles and hope all goes well. We all know some of these people. They are frustrating to deal with at times. I for one am not going to let my freedoms be decided by luck, chance or hoping the government get it right, Because most of them don’t ride and have little if any first hand data on the subject. I’ll keep fighting.

        Back to OBW and Magaritaville, what a crowd. Lots of people enjoying the brotherhood of being a biker. I am afraid to say there were quite a few that need to see Mike Stock’s 3 R’s presentation and our need to police our own when it comes to have a few too many. And unfortunately, we saw the results. A celebration including red and blue flashing lights and consequences both short and long term that have yet to play out was the result of bad decisions.

        As soon as I send this article to the Outspokin’ Editor I’m off the the Marion Area Harley ride Association’s field meet. Then, off to June Jam and rocking and riding in Hocking hills. (alonther shameless plug) What a great June. Thank you to all the hard working volunteers from ABATE of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana that made it possible.

                 At least I’m still enjoying the ride……
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    June 2015

       I’m writing this article, at least a good part of it, from New York City. And what a week it’s been.

        To start with I decided to ride out for the MRF’s Bikes in the Beltway, the national lobby day for motorcycle rights at the nation’s capital. Ohio was one of 22 state represented on this day. On Wednesday I took the 500 mile ride out to Washington DC, checked into my hotel and met up with the crew from ABATE of Wisconsin. Plans were made over some cold beverages for the trip in in the morning. We were leaving at 6:30 in the morning to avoid the DC traffic and make sure we arrived on time. When we got into DC we had reserved special parking on the street directly between Capital Building and the Washington Monument, way to go Jeff Hennie and the MRF group. We were handed our folders with information on the issues that we are working on and sent off to see our Senators and Representatives. Now for those of you who haven’t been there lobbying, and I wasn’t one until this trip, the 3 Senate office buildings are on one side of the Capital Building and the 3 House office buildings are on the other side. I had 16 Representatives’ and 2 Senators’ offices to visit. So off I went and let me tell you if I’d have known the distance I was going to have to cover, this fat kid would not have decided it was a good time to break in new boots. A bit of polish would have been put on the comfy ones and that would have had to do. But even with sore feet all 18 offices were visited.

        I would like to thank Mike Davin, Legislative Correspondent to Rep. Robert Latta for taking the time to meet with us. They showed interest in the issues of 15% ethanol and the effect it has on engines other than tailpipe emissions, discriminatory motorcycle only check points and the correct definition of a motorcycle. If you live within Rep. Latta’s district please take the time to write a letter or send an e-mail thanking them for meeting with us.

        Next was my Friday ride up to New York City to have dinner with my sister. I guess I’m too used to Ohio driving and roads. First was the 2 ½ hours it took me to get out of DC, travelling all of 24 miles. Then I stop for gas and mention it to the attendant and am told I made good time. Then off through Delaware, New Jersey and into New York City. The 275 mile trip between DC and NYC took longer than the 500 mile trip to DC. While in New York, I did get a chance to practice some skills. My dodging of double parked cars and taxis had gotten little rusty but I’m happy to say no damage to me or the bike. I also got the opportunity the practice a skill that can only be used in congested traffic with uncaring drivers. The ability to upshift, downshift, use both brakes, clutch, throttle, horn and give a proper single finger salute all at the same time. I salute all of our brothers and sisters who ride in these conditions. My hat, or should I say doo rag, is off to you. We all enjoy riding, I am just not adjusted to riding in that manner. The concentration and awareness that are needed when so much is going on around you is a great to say the least.

        Then back to the Buckeye State. Obviously now I am no longer in NYC. A great trip but I must say it’s the first trip I’ve taken where I spent as much on tolls as fuel.

       See you all at June Jam.

                 Enjoying The Ride,
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director
                 ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    May 2015

       Thank you to all who attended the State Seminar this year. It was the largest one I’ve seen in many, many years. Thank you to Robin, Woody and all who helped put it on.

        The amount of experience and history in the room was unheard of. We had many Lifetime Achievement award winners in the crowd plus ABATE of Ohio’s own Hall of Fame member Gary Sellers. Motorcycle Rider’s Foundation VP and Executive Director of ABATE of Indiana was also in attendance. And who could have missed Jim Rhodes, Jinx and group from ABATE of Michigan. Anyone that had any questions about the history of motorcycle rights and the battles we have won in the past could asked them to the ones that were there and fought the good fight when that history was made. The traditions and why we do the things we do. Some of these people make me feel like a rookie.

        But just as important and maybe more were all the newer faces I saw. Those that may have just joined ABATE of Ohio or may have been a member for years and decided now is the time to get more involved. These are our future. New people willing to step up and be officers. New perspective and new ideas. Don’t ever discount these ideas, one of them may end up being the golden nugget we need to solve an age old problem. Besides that anyone who’s ever attended a State BOD meeting knows we’ve beaten the old ideas within an inch of their lives. Ah I remember my first State Seminar.

        An opportunity for the attendees to help set legislative agenda for this cycle. Woody asking which subjects we want to advance, or explaining why it may be time to back off, regroup and look at one of those new ideas that way help advance our cause or if there is an event we need to wait for to increase our chances for success.

        The Kim and Kay Treasurer break out session to train new treasurers and simplify paperwork for all treasurers. Yes, sometimes simple is better.

        Al Landis’s Key Note speech from the point of view of a 2 time Legislative Champion.

        A great silent auction to raise much needed money for the PAC fund. We have an election upcoming and we need to let those that support us know that we support them. Even a small donation can say a lot. And I ended up with a flying pink pig.

        A lot packed into one weekend. And a little time left over for social time.

        A great time was had and I look forward to seeing you all again at June Jam.

                 Enjoying The Ride,
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director
                 ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    April 2015

       Well spring is in the air and bikes are back on the roads in numbers again. I didn’t think things would ever thaw after how cold February was. First I want to remind everyone to be extra careful, the 4 wheeled public have had a few months to forget how to look for us.

        The Governor has given us the proclamation for May once again to be “Motorcycle Awareness Month” here in the great state of Ohio. We need to get out and round up as many proclamations as we can from all over the state. Cities, towns, villages, counties, townships, or any other municipal entity or division can be asked for one. I don’t care if you bring one from a town dump as long as they are reminding people to “LOOK TWICE, SAVE A LIFE.” I have also seen Police, Fire and other public works vehicles with the “Look Out For Motorcycles” magnets on the back as a reminder to people. The large banners are also very visible. For the last several years both number of accidents and the numbers deaths on motorcycles has been on a downward trend and we want to see this continue. Let’s show the powers that be throughout Ohio that awareness and training work and are a far better option the mechanical limits or mandatory protection.

        May 2nd is the State Motorcycle Awareness Rally. We need as many people as possible there this year. Not only to remind people we are on the road but to remind the government the numbers of vote we represent and have an effect on because there is some crazy stuff going on right now.

        If you are not familiar with the whole “Vision Zero” concept, read up on it. In a perfect world where there are zero fatalities related to on road transportation. This lofty goal achieved at any cost. Who knows at some point we of the motorcycling community in this “perfect world” of reduced speeds and soft fuzzy thing may be tagged as riding a vehicle that makes us vulnerable to injury and banned from using their perfect roads. We would only screw up their statistics because (everyone say it together now) “Motorcycles are dangerous.” If this Vision Zero along with Intelligent Transportation Systems doesn’t make for a no personal responsibility, let technology and safety features do all the work. Why should a driver have to be non-distracted and trained to operate a motor vehicle? And don’t get me started on the EPA, NHTSA and all the other multi letter government agencies.

        Now is the time. Join with your ABATE brothers and sisters. Our lifestyle is worth defending from those who wish to regulate without the knowledge of how it feels to ride. If a politician wants to see a lifestyle change, let’s help them get voted out of office and see how that effects THEIR lifestyle. To do this takes numbers.

        Is the illusion of safety worth giving up your personal freedoms and liberties?

                 Enjoying The Ride,
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director
                 ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    March 2015

        Spring is just around the corner. Starts the 20th, 21st or 22nd, depending on which calendar you happen to buy. Just another maybe left open for heated discussion over a couple of beverages of your choice at seminar.

        Barack Obama was an honor student, John F Kennedy was a middle of the road one, Ulysses S. Grant was a terrible one, and Abraham Lincoln attended little and was mostly self taught. Woodrow Wilson was introspective, Ronald Reagan was outgoing, and John Adams seemed to have a dislike for the human species. Franklin Roosevelt came from a famous family, Richard Nixon came from a blue collar family, and Bill Clinton’s family was led by a single mother. At 5’4” and under 100 lbs. James Madison was the smallest, at 6’4” Abraham Lincoln was the tallest and at over 330 lbs. William Howard Taft was the heaviest. James Buchanan was single, Grover Cleveland was married in the White House, Thomas Jefferson was a widow with a taste for the help, and Bill Clinton was well…..Bill Clinton.

        My point here is not to give a history lesson or to give out answers for trivial pursuit or for us to start a discussion or argument about a 2 big party system, probably determined by the number of beverages mentioned earlier. It is that there is great diversity within the Presidents of this United States. But they all shared a love for this country and passion that they rode all the way to the White House. Just as I like to see a great diversity within our ABATE officers and membership. It doesn’t matter what you ride: be it touring, cruiser or sport bike, be it American, European or metric, in a club or as an independent, it’s that you ride and are one of the proud few that are willing to stand up and defend the lifestyle we hold dear.

        This diversity is needed so we can examine issues that we may run into from as many differing points of view as possible. This may lead to some heated discussions and votes that are not unanimously voted on. Try and look at the issues from another’s point of view, it may give insight that you’ve never seen. I remember this coming up first hand when we were working on the handlebar height legislation. The powers that be wanted something that could be measured: height off the saddle, degrees the handle bars could be turned or who knows what else. We were offered a compromise that would allow unlimited height but would establish a minimum amount of rotation in the handle bars. This would have sold out the sport bikers for the cruisers and we can’t support anything that singles out one type of bike or biker. Once we let the powers that be divide us we are on our way to being defeated. We are all brothers and sisters in the wind.

        Embrace the diversity we have within our organization. It is one of our strengths. Let’s look to expand ABATE in membership and continue to increase the diversity in the great organization. Each new member could have that idea that’s the silver bullet we’ve been looking for on a multitude of issues. I look forward to achieving great things with this group. We have a new legislature to work with, let’s see what we can do to help them see things our way.

        Now on to the business part of my report:
        As Executive Director and Chair of the Bylaw Committee I need your help. You, the proud members and officers of ABATE of Ohio Inc. As is usually the case in a not for profit organization run by volunteers like ours money is tight. It’s not to an emergency level but the Board of Directors and Finance Committee are doing their job and examining all costs and incomes associated with keeping ABATE a functioning and growing State Motorcycle Rights Organization so it doesn’t get to that point. Many issues have come up in discussion. The two big ones seem entwined with each other. They are the cost of membership and the State Newsletter (The Outspokin.) The discussion has come down to three things. Knowing the way the economy has been and how tight money still is for some, here is where I need your input:

  • 1. The cost of membership has remained the same for over 10 years ($25 single/$40 couple.) Even though just about every cost associated with promoting our lifestyle has gone up. Is it time to raise the cost of membership?
  • 2. With the State Newsletter being available in a digital format to everyone online at www.abate.com is it time to make The Outspokin’ a subscription based magazine for those that still want a printed copy?
  • 3. If the option was given on the ABATE application to opt out of the State Newsletter would enough people choose that option to save some printing costs and maybe reduce the number of yearly issues to 10 from the 12 it currently is.

        No decisions have been made but it will be discussed again at the March Board of Director’s meeting.

        Please E-mail me you thoughts on this issue at Executive Director@abate.com. I look forward to your input and utilizing it in the upcoming decisions

                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director
                 ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


  • Executive Director’s Report
    January 2015

    Happy New Year.

        I can’t believe I just had to write 2015 at the top of this article. It’s a good thing I use a debit card otherwise I could put the wrong date on checks, how many of you remember writing checks for everything.

        We are heading into a new year, a new session for the Ohio General Assembly and new boards at all levels of ABATE of Ohio.

        Barack Obama was an honor student, John F Kennedy was a middle of the road one, Ulysses S. Grant was a terrible one, and Abraham Lincoln attended little and was mostly self taught. Woodrow Wilson was introspective, Ronald Reagan was outgoing, and John Adams seemed to have a dislike for the human species. Franklin Roosevelt came from a famous family, Richard Nixon came from a blue collar family, and Bill Clinton’s family was led by a single mother. At 5’4” and under 100 lbs. James Madison was the smallest, at 6’4” Abraham Lincoln was the tallest and at over 330 lbs. William Hoard Taft was the heaviest. James Buchanan was single, Grover Cleveland was married in the White House, Thomas Jefferson was a widow with a taste for the help, and Bill Clinton was well…..Bill Clinton.

        My point here is not to give a history lesson or to give out answers for trivial pursuit. It is that there is great diversity within the Presidents of this United States. But they all shared a love for this country and passion that they rode all the way to the White House. Just as I like to see a great diversity within our ABATE officers and membership. It doesn’t matter what you ride: be it touring, cruiser or sport bike, be it American, European or metric, in a club or as an independent, it’s that you ride and are one of the proud few that are willing to stand up and defend the lifestyle we hold dear.

        This diversity is needed so we can examine issues that we may run into from as many differing points of view as possible. This may lead to some heated discussions and votes that are not unanimously voted on. Try and look at the issues from another’s point of view, it may give insight that you’ve never seen. I remember this coming up first hand when we were working on the handlebar height legislation. The powers that be wanted something that could be measured: height off the saddle, degrees the handle bars could be turned or who knows what else. We were offered a compromise that would allow unlimited height but would establish a minimum amount of rotation in the handle bars. This would have sold out the sport bikers for the cruisers and we can’t support anything that singles out one type of bike or biker. Once we let the powers that be divide us we are on our way to being defeated. We are all brothers and sisters in the wind.

        Embrace the diversity we have within our organization. It is one of our strengths. Let’s look to expand ABATE in membership and continue to increase the diversity in the great organization. Each new member could have that idea that’s the silver bullet we’ve been looking for on a multitude of issues. I look forward to achieving great things with this group. We have a new legislature to work with, let’s see what we can do to help them see things our way.

                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director
                 ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    December 2014

        I can always tell when it’s coming up on the Thanksgiving then Christmas season (I know you are reading this in December but I need to have this article written in November to have time to have this great newsletter printed and in your mailbox by the first part of December. Therefore I can even talk about the OSU/State Up North game.) I always get the urge to overeat (by a lot) and start watching the weather for an opportunity to put a few miles on the bike. Yes, I got mine back today from getting the accident damage repaired. Got an opportunity to see the new accident report first hand and they collect a lot more info than the old ones.

        Here we are coming up on the end of another year, the end of another election cycle and the end of another legislative cycle. We’ve gotten a great deal of work done this year. We have also seen a turnaround in membership and are seeing an increase in membership numbers. Thank you all for your efforts.

        After watching the election results come in there were some big surprises and some races went the way we thought they would. Voter turnout was quite low to say the least. Our votes counted even more in this scenario. If you are not registered to vote, please do so. Our high percentage of registered voters in our membership helps strengthen our position when talking with the powers locally and in Columbus. I am encouraged to see Cliff Rosenberger chosen as Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. Many of you heard him speak at State Seminar a couple of years ago.

        We are going into a new legislative cycle. We have a fresh two years to get things started and passed in Columbus. This is a time for planning and deciding which bills we want to pursue. Come to Seminar we be deciding our legislative agenda there.

        Thanks again for a great year and have a safe and happy holidays. By the way, I hear an ABATE of Ohio, Inc. membership makes a great Christmas present.

                  Enjoying the ride,
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director
                 ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    November 2014

       Here we are in one of my favorite months of the year. Not because of the good riding weather or it being the end of the riding season. Not because of the beautiful fall colors. Maybe because of the OSU vs Michigan game. But, because this is the month where we get to do a job review on our elected officials and vote on whether or not they get to keep their job. A chance to support the legislators that have supported or cause and personal choice and freedom. And say goodbye to those we have deemed unworthy of continued service to us here in the great state of Ohio.

        One of the strengths of a grass roots organization like ABATE of Ohio Inc. is our right to vote. We are looked at for the number of votes we have and the number of votes we influence. That block of votes speaks volumes to our elected or want to be elected officials. We have worked to get our members registered to vote. We have discussed at length being an educated voter. Now is the time to cast those votes and make a difference.

        On the subject of elections, now is when we hold elections at the County, Region and State levels. Thank you to all who have helped with the cause as officers this year and welcome to those stepping up for next year.

                  Enjoying the ride,
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director
                 ABATE of Ohio, Inc.

        PS: Since I mentioned the OSU vs Michigan game….O H…


    Executive Director’s Report
    October 2014

       Here it is October already. The month of Halloween, ghosts, goblins and all kinds of scary things. Got me thinking about what I’m going to dress up as this year. Made me ask myself a few questions. Did I want to go as something frightening? What do people find scary? What does the government find scary? Yeah I’m going to as something that frightens our government.

        Maybe I’ll go as an educated voter. This is an election year and that might scare them. Someone that doesn’t believe in a straight party line vote. Someone that will research the candidates and the issues. You know things like motorcycle safety, education and rights. Then will vote as their mind tells them. Someone who holds their elected officials accountable to the job that they were elected to do.

        Maybe I’ll go as someone who is aware of their rights and is willing to fight a government that is nibbling away at them almost daily. Someone that will organize at the grass roots level and inform others not only of their rights but how to fight to protect them. And when a legislator is a threat to personal freedom, organize to vote them out of office. That will hurt their job security.

        Maybe I’ll go as one of the founding fathers that I feel would question the direction our great country it taking on many fronts. The kind that that would say, “What are you thinking?”

        Maybe I’ll go as the spirits of all those who have been killed or hurt in right of way violations due to distraction or just not paying enough attention. Yet we still can’t get the penalties for hurting or killing someone turned up to the point where the penalty serves as a deterrent.

        Maybe I’ll go as an independent thinking legislator that votes as it will benefit their constituents instead of voting by a party loyalty.

        Yeah, that might scare them ........

        Happy Halloween !!!

                  Enjoying the ride,
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director
                 ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    September 2014

       I’m sitting here on the eve of my birthday looking back on things as I tend to do on a birthday eve. Thinking about life and the choices we make. Choosing to stand up for what is right and defending what we love.

        I wrote about in a previous article the trip some friends and I took to Canada for the PD 13 rally. I found out after the ride home that my bike was sick for the last 500 miles of the ride. I heard some noises I didn’t like but she never faltered in her duty to get me home. Didn’t loose power, didn’t run hot, and just ran like a champion. Well I had to check her into a motorcycle hospital for some rest and recovery at the hand of the well trained staff (and she was still under warranty.) And you can anyone close to me, I was bumming bad. Many of you that saw me at the June Jam or Wetzelland asked about the dark blue bike I was riding as a loaner and where my usual orange bike was at. I am very grateful for that loaner bike and the miles I was able to put on it. And I hate driving my truck to an event in the summer. But, it’s just not the same as riding you own bike. Last week I got the call that all the work was done and I went and picked my bike up. She was happy, healthy and whole once again. It really sank into me the love and enjoyment we all have for throwing a leg over the saddle and riding the bike(s) we are used to. It also reminded me of why I joined ABATE many years ago to defend that feeling.

        That being said I was looking over the national crash statistics for the last few years and reading some of the less than positive reports that the safetycrats are making about the increase in motorcycle fatalities since 2005. Yes, there has been an increase in fatalities from 4576 in 2005 to a high of 5312 in 2008 back to 4612 in 2011. But if you look at all the motorcycle related numbers (creatively “borrowed” from the MRFs Jeff Hennie):

    Year RegistrationsFatalitiesFatalities/100,000 registered
    2005 6,227,146 4,576 73.48
    2006 6,678,958 4,837 72.43
    2007 7,138,476 5,174 72.48
    2008 7,706,464 5,312 68.39
    2009 7,883,446 4,469 56.69
    2010 8,212,267 4,518 55.01
    2011 8,437,502 4,612 54.66

        If you take into account the increase in registrations (which most articles I’ve read forget to mention) the ratio of fatalities to registered motorcycles shows a steady decline in numbers. This happen at the same time Michigan became a choice state in 2012. This seems particularly relevant in a time where not only the federal government is talking about helmet laws, but the UN is talking of world wide helmet usage. I would like to think that the safety and awareness programs, like our “Look Twice Save a Life” program (signs and T-shirts available at the ABATE of Ohio product trailer) have a lot to do with the ratio dropping. If you see your legislators after the November elections remind them of this. “Educate don’t Legislate” I believe is the old battle cry. They have a fair and equitable Highway Bill to pass, seeing that the current members of Congress kicked that can down the street so the Congress sworn in next year can handle it.

        News media can be just as bad. Report that a rider was or wasn’t wearing a helmet and not talk about the right of way violation that caused the accident in the first place. When you can make sure the whole truth is told. Give the people all the facts and let them make up their own minds.

        To choose how I want to ride and have others look for me on roads that I have the right to ride on and were paid for with my tax dollar. Is that too much to ask for?

                  Enjoying the ride,
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director
                 ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    August 2014

       Here we are in the dog days of summer. Hard to believe Labor Day is right around the corner and then the end of summer.

        For ABATE of Ohio,Inc., two critical things happen at the September State Board of Director’s meeting:

  • 1. Event Sanctioning. Get your events planned and on the schedule for next year. Plan early and get our events on people’s calendars ahead of all the other events that are put on every weekend. Get to a region or county meeting, volunteer and help make our events the best they can be. And remember this many times gives us the public visibility we need.
  • 2. Nominations of Next year’s officers. A time to thank those who have served as an officer at any level. Also A time to welcome those stepping up and saying it’s my turn to take the reins as an officer. If you it’s time to step up and be an officer, get to region or county meeting and get your name on the ballot. Or go to the meeting and goat rope a friend you feel would be a benefit to the organization into being on the ballot. (don’t worry, getting goat roped happens to the best of us at one time or another)

        I was reading a message from Hardtail with the MRF. He stated that nationwide only 2 percent of bikers belong to a freedom fighting organization. This reminded me of how important a job we do here in ABATE. Only 1 out of 50 people are willing to stand up and defend the rights and freedoms of all motorcyclists. Many of the issues we fight or want to change may seem motorcycle related to most, but taking away any form of freedom might open them door on a bigger issue. Good thing most ABATE members I’ve run into are neither shy nor quiet.

        The Meeting of the Minds is in Kansas City this year. The flyer is somewhere in this great magazine. Many of you attended your first one last year when we hosted. There is no better place to polish the skills needed to defend our rights.

                  Enjoying the ride,
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director, ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


  • Executive Director’s Report
    July 2014

        What a June.

        I’m going to start with my Thank Yous.

        Thank you to Jim Sprague and crew for making sure we were well represented at Ohio Bike Week. It sounds like all went off with a hitch or at least one big enough that the always capable volunteers could handle it. I hear sales of tickets on the ABATE of Ohio Foundation raffle bike were at an all time high. By the way did you get your yet, I hear they are going quickly.

        Thank you to Ruby, Carla, June Jam Committee, and all the volunteers who pulled off another spectacular June Jam. Great events, great entertainment and most of all great people, a special thank you to all those that didn’t show up and let us hog the enjoyment and camaraderie all to ourselves.

        The travels in June and the brothers and sisters in the wind have helped me shake off the last of the winter blahs. Yeah I get them too.

        First weekend of the month I rode to Indianapolis to meet up with Rod Taylor, Jay Jackson and the always friendly ABATE of Indiana people for the 21st Annual Miracle Ride for Riley Children’s Hospital. Thousands upon thousands of bikers show up and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Riley Children’s Hospital foundation. That’s right I said hundreds of thousands of dollars. The poker runs in and the Sunday parade both first class. And putting my bike on the track at Indy Speedway turns me into about an 8 year old kid. (Shhhh don’t tell Bushman about this, I was playing hooky from the first weekend of OBW.)

        Then the following Wednesday and off with Mike Stock to Lansing (in that state up North) to meet up the Vinces, Jim Rhodes and the rest of the ABATE of Michigan contingent for the Freedom Rally and Lobby Day. This dedicated group have repeatedly show that they are no one trick pony. After 35 years of fighting four helmet choice and finally winning, they have not let their guard down and are getting things done in Lansing. 300 miles in the rain to let the powers that be that we bikers stand together and support one another. Just for the record, HELMET LAWS still SUCK.

        And then off to PD 13. Which most of you may ask what is PD 13, I did when a friend called and asked if I wanted to ride to it. PD 13 is a motorcycle rally held every Friday the 13th in Port Dover Ontario of the north side of Lake Erie. I went to the web site, read about it and said sure I’m it. On the web site it said it has been held every Friday the 13th since 1981 and the first one was attended by about 25 people. And since I never heard of it, it must be a small rally in Canada. Jeremy, Doc and I saddled up to take a ride around the pond. Well to my surprise 150000 people show up to show me how wrong I could be and was just not in the know. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of well maintained older metric bikes the younger riders were operating up there. Harleys, metrics, European, sport bikes, antiques and any other bike you could think of.

        I guess my point to this ramble is this, no matter where we rode. Be it other states of even another country. Brothers and sisters were getting together to celebrate what bring us all together, a love of motorcycling. I saw no arguments, no attitudes and was treated with the utmost hospitality everywhere I went.

    Brotherhood, Yep, that about says it all!

                  Enjoying the ride,
                  Ed Schetter
                  Executive Director ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    June 2014

       First I want to thank all who showed up and rode with us on the 2014 Motorcycle Awareness Parade and Rally. The weather wasn’t prefect but it was a great run and we let people know we are on the road and “Look Twice Save A Life”. Also thank you to all you took the time to bring a proclamation from your local authorities. We collected over 180 of them and that will do a lot to raise motorcycle awareness all over the great state of Ohio.

       I have talked many times before about threats to our freedoms. This may be the biggest one I’ve seen since I started as an officer in ABATE of Ohio. We have talked about the CDC and their call for helmets, like we are a disease. We have talked about the UN and their call for helmets, like this will help end war, poverty or hunger. Now we have the administration asking to give permission for “the Secretary [of transportation] or the Secretary’s designee [to] engage in activities with States and State legislators to consider proposals related to motorcycle helmet use laws.”

       Luckily this has not been through either house of Congress. The timing is good The Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s Bikers Inside The Beltway National Lobby Day happened on May 15th and our opinion could be heard. We need to be ready for this threat on two fronts. First, get a hold of your Federal Representatives and Federal Senators and let them know we do not want this language in the transportation bill. Second, get a hold of our State Representatives and State Senators and let them know that we are against any change to Ohio’s helmet law. This is an election year, ask your candidates where they stand on the issue and vote the way you feel after your question is answered. My brothers and sisters that is grass roots and we do grass roots very, very Well.

       With this threat on the horizon, we will need to be even more careful this summer. If you see a brother or sister that has had too many cold adult beverages, get them a ride home and don’t let them ride. If you see someone riding recklessly, tell them to settle down before they hurt themselves or someone else. Have proper training, licensing and insurance. If we don’t take care of ourselves, the safetycrats will assume it’s their job to do it. Once more the argument will come forward that if we as bikers are too simple to take care of ourselves, they will pass laws to protect us.

        Let me be very clear on 2 things:
            1. I’m not anti helmet, I’m anti mandatory helmet laws
            2. HELMET LAWS SUCK

        I look forward to seeing you all at June Jam.

                Enjoying the ride (with choice),
                    Ed Schetter
                Executive Director ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    May 2014

        Here we are going into May and I hope to see everyone at the 2014 Awareness rally. After this Winter and Spring it will be nice to take a ride where I don’t have to wear a snowmobile or scuba suit. Let’s remind everyone to “Look Twice Save A Life” during May (Motorcycle Awareness Month) and the other 11 months of the year. Everyone come out and bring a friend that is not an ABATE of Ohio member. This will show them what we are about and will show the powers that be in Columbus and around the great State of Ohio the amount of influence we have.

        May also brings us Memorial Day. When we need to pause and give thanks to not only those that have give so much to protect our rights, but also their families that have also sacrificed so much in the absence of their loved ones. Thank you to all who served to protect our freedoms and their families.

        I was just following a car that I believed contained the parents of a U.S. Marine. It’s either that or they enjoyed collecting and displaying U.S. Marine Corp scarlet and gold bumper stickers on their car. One of them really struck a chord with me. It read, “You Only Have The Rights Someone Decided Were Worth Fighting For.” Wow, what a statement and so true. All the freedoms we have because someone laced up their boots to fight for them.

        Then is becomes our job as a motorcycle rights organization and proud Americans to stand up and make sure that they are not taken away by the same government that so many have served abroad to protect it’s interests. We cannot allow our rights to be nibbled away at. Quite the contrary, we must defend our rights while expanding them and regaining those which have been lost. Be ready when a call to action goes out. Some issues can be settled quickly and some take years of work. Let’s not lose focus rights, education and safety are the reasons we are here. Yes, your Rights and Safety are my business.

               Proud and grateful,
                    Ed Schetter
               Executive Director ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    April 2014

        Call to Action!!!!

       The time has come for action. Mike Stock and I will be attending 1st Hearing/Sponsor Testimony for H.B. 406. The tentative date for proponent testimony is March 11, so we need to do this now. I am asking you to contact all the charities that we have raised and are raising money for. Ask them for a letter of support for H.B. 406. Remind them that road guarding is a safety issue. They should want to ensure our safety while we do runs for their benefit. Also if you may want to contact any one that uses motorcycles as escorts and road guards for funerals. Please forward these letters of support to the State Office where we can use them to show public support for the Road Guarding Bill. Ride Safe. Ride Free.

                Enjoying the ride,
                    Ed Schetter
               Executive Director ABATE of Ohio Inc.


    Executive Director’s Report
    March 2014

        I want to start by thanking Kolman Fuzy and his group from region 9 for the help with the booth at the Easyriders bike show at the Columbus Convention Center. I was a little down with an injury and they stepped up and helped out in a big way.

        A little something happened while I was there I though I would share with you. I was in line for a piece of pizza and was wearing my T-shirt from ABATE of Michigan’s State Seminar. It reads “YOU RIDE FREE BECAUSE OF ME” very clearly on the back.
        The man in line behind me after a few minutes asked me “What’s that supposed to mean?”
        I turned around and asked if he was referring to me.
        He said just wanted to know what my t-shirt meant.
        I asked him if he was familiar with ABATE of Ohio and he replied “no”
        Well I gave him my best pizza line education on ABATE of Ohio and a history lesson of what we’ve done since 1978. By the end all he could say was “Thank You.”
        I gave him directions to the booth and told him we could use his help. Whether or not he joined I have no Idea.

        This got me to thinking of the time when I went to the Easyriders Bike Show and joined ABATE of Ohio. Don’t worry I’ll let Bummer do the reflecting on the old days. When I bought my first street legal bike capable of doing some travelling, a friend of mine who was older than me said that we were going to Columbus for the Bike Show and I was going to Join ABATE and the AMA. I was told that if I valued being a biker it was time for me to step up and defend my rights.

        As the number of motorcyclists continues to grow in the state of Ohio and many of these riders aren’t coming from families or groups that know the history of being a biker in Ohio. I was just reminded how much we need to educate today’s rider of who ABATE of Ohio is and why we are here. Over the last couple of years we have had more victories and are positioned to have even more (HB 406 but I’ll let Woody fill you in on the legislative side of things.) It should be easy to show the value of membership and bring our membership numbers up where they should be.

                Enjoying the ride,
                    Ed Schetter


    Executive Director’s Report
    February 2014

       Here it is February and I just got back from ABATE of Michigan’s seminar. A great big congrats goes out to our brothers and sisters in that state up north for another job well done. For me this event marks the beginning of another year and a great opportunity to recharge. And what a year it’s shaping up to be.

        We have ABATE of Ohio’s State Seminar the first Saturday in February at the Deer Creek Lodge in Mount Sterling. Come on out Friday night for the fun, games, camaraderie and fundraising. Woody and the rest of the Seminar Committee have an outstanding event planned. Please come and join us. Your input and participation is necessary to help point ABATE of Ohio down the correct path. This will not be a day to sit and only listen to presenters speak. There will be an open forum where you the member of this great organization can present your views and help decide which way to go on differing issues, including legislative. And it isn’t all meetings there is plenty of fun time and brotherhood to be had. Come on its February; come to Deer Creek Lodge hang out with freedom fighters and defenders of motorcycle rights from this and other states. You just might learn something, and you just might teach us something.

        A Couple years back I asked the question, “Is this the year?”

        And this year I ask is again......

        Is this the year for the ..... Road Guarding Bill?
       Is this the year all those people who’s rights and safety we’ve been protecting for year join ABATE and put our numbers back up where they deserve to be?
        Is this the year (Set your own goal here)?

        After helping make sure all bikers were welcome last year, we will be back at the Easyriders Bike Show in Columbus. Stop by the booth and say high and cash in all those year pin tickets you have in your wallet. While you’re there sign your friends up as members.

        Carla, Ruby and the crew are working on a fantastic June Jam. We will be back in Logan, Ohio again this year. I think riding in Ohio’s beautiful Hocking Hills is about as good as it gets. Throw in a bunch of good people, live music, bike games and camping. What more could you ask for? Remember this is our state fundraiser. Much more on this to come.

                Enjoying the ride,
                    Ed Schetter

        Note: The Bylaw review committee has been busy. Both the Constitution and Bylaws have been reviewed. The Policy and Procedure manual is being reviewed. This will move faster only one reading is needed instead of three. If you have any input please send it to me.


    Executive Director’s Report
    January 2014

       Well here it is the first of the year again. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and gave your favorite biker a membership to ABATE of Ohio for Christmas. Now is the time to shake off the holiday cheer and the New Year’s hangover and get to work. And, our job is protecting the rights and promoting the safety of the bikers in Ohio and around the country.

       One of our priorities for the New Year has to be getting more members into ABATE of Ohio. Not only to raise our membership numbers when we go to the Capital, but to make sure every part of motorcycling in Ohio is represented. It is our honored duty to fight for them all. For example, when the handlebar height law was changed it changed for all not just sport bikes or cruisers, clubs or independents, it was for all bikers. If you are reading this on www.ABATE.com or in the Outspokin’, are not a member, and feel we are not representing your particular facet of motorcycling, join and let your voice be heard. We are a member driven organization. We get our strength and direction from the membership. All are welcome. You don’t even have to own a motorcycle. We fight for all.

        Our Seminar for 2014 is quickly approaching. More info is available in this great newsletter or at ABATE.com. This is where we set the direction for the next year. It is open member and non members. I’m sure Wood and the Seminar Committee have a great event planned. If you are one of the officers new to the organization, this is a prime opportunity to network with others to gain the resources needed to fill your office effectively. If you are a current officer, a former officer or a member, come on out. It’s your years of experience that have gotten ABATE to where we are today and we can all learn from your experience. And by the way, we do take the time for a little socializing also. I look forward to seeing you all there.

        Lastly, Bylaw Committee is currently working on the policies and procedures part of the handbook. If you have any suggestions that will help ABATE run smoother drop me an e-mail.

                Enjoying the ride,
                    Ed Schetter
                   Executive Director
                   ABATE of Ohio Inc.



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