May 2016 Region 5 Newsletter

May 9th, 2016

Welcome to the May edition of the Region 5 newsletter.

Hamilton County Take-A-Kid-Fishin'-Day'

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Take-A-Kid-Fishin-Day will be held at McDogs Lakeside Saloon located at 3611 Bevis Ln, Cincinnati, OH 45251 on May 21st.

Take A Kid Fishin Day Flier

Bill proposes trail closure

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) introduced H.R. 2733, the Nevada Native Nations Land Act, which would transfer thousands of acres in Nevada from the management of the Bureau of Land Management to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This transfer would make the land off-limits to off-highway-vehicle riders in parts of the BLM-managed Hungry Valley Recreation Area (popularly known as Moon Rocks) northeast of Reno.

This bill is to be considered on the House floor soon. We need your help to stop H.R. 2733 in its tracks. A prewritten e-mail is available for you to send to your representative immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information.

Click here to "TAKE ACTION".

Bill restricts availability of unsafe fuel

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

U.S. Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Cedric Richmond (D-La.) introduced H.R. 5180, the "Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act of 2016" today. The American Motorcyclist Association supports this bill.

The bipartisan legislation would cap mandated ethanol content in the nation's fuel supply at 9.7 percent and institute a provision that automatically reverts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's annual Renewable Volume Obligations to the previous year's percentage if the EPA misses its Nov. 30 deadline. And, finally, the bill would ensure commercially available cellulosic and advanced ethanol has a place under the 9.7 percent cap.

In other words, the bill would stop the federal government from forcing E15 fuel (15 percent ethanol by volume) into the market. Capping the ethanol mandate helps ensure the availability of safe fuels like E10 and a continuing place in the market for ethanol-free gasoline (E0) for older motorcycles. This is important, because the last RVO rule issued by the EPA decreased the E0 supply to just 130 million gallons from 9.2 billion gallons in 2016, despite the fact that the demand for E0 doubled.

Tell your representative to support H.R. 5180. Send a prewritten message by clicking the "Take Action" link.

Click here to "TAKE ACTION".

Motorcycle Riders Foundation(MRF) Appoints Megan Ekstrom as Vice-President of Governmental Affairs & Public Relations

Information from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation(MRF)

Today, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation announced the hiring of Megan Ekstrom as Vice-President of Governmental Affairs & Public Relations effective immediately. Ekstrom comes to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) from the International Fragrance Association where she served as the head of government affairs.

"After a rigorous search process with a number of promising candidates, Megan established herself as the clear leader. Her professional background includes work in both the public and private sectors, as well as a unique skill set that will deliver value in continuing to develop the MRF as a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle," said Kirk 'Hardtail' Willard, President of the MRF Board of Directors.

A native of Arizona, Megan has resided in Washington, DC for almost 15 years, getting her start working in Congress as well as several prominent government and public affairs firms whose clients included national trade associations and other transportation related clients. For the last 4 years Megan directed the advocacy program and activities for the International Fragrance Association advising them on legislative and regulatory activity for issues affecting the environment, international trade and transport as well as occupational health and safety. Complimenting her Capitol Hill and policy background. Megan is also active with a number of influential organizations in Washington, DC including Women in Government Relations. Last year Megan was also nominated for an Excellence in Advocacy Award.

"We are excited to put Megan's energy and passion for advocacy and building out a Washington presence to use for the MRF and its members. Her past experience and skill set will be extremely beneficial to the MRF as she overseas our relationships with key government officials, agencies and allied trade associations," said Willard.

Bikers Inside the Beltway is Around the Corner

Information from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation(MRF)

In less than a week, riders from around the country will be traveling to Washington D.C. for Bikers Inside the Beltway on May 12, 2016. This will be the 8th Annual Michael "Boz" Kerr Bikers Inside The Beltway, National Lobby Day. Free motorcycle parking has been secured by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation just steps from the U.S. Capitol Building. An event prep session has been planned for the evening before lobby day. Please plan on attending to receive your lobbying packets, review material in packets, and prepare for the day ahead.

If you have not already contacted the MRF Office and are planning on attending, have not registered and will need lobby packets before Wednesday prep session, please contact the office 202.546.0983.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 - Event Prep Session - 7pm - 9pm
The Governor House Inn
6650 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: (703) 532-8900

The Prep Session will be an opportunity to review and discuss the talking points, to get all attendees up to speed and on the same page. It will also be a good opportunity for new attendees to get information and have any questions they may have answered. Please plan on attending.

Thursday May 12, 2016 - Bikers Inside The Beltway
7am Sharp
Kickstands up at 7am. A group ride will be lead by ABATE of Wisconsin. For ease of entering the boulevard as a group, the Motorcycles will gather in the parking lot of the Best Western Falls Church (across the street from The Governor House Inn)
Best Western Falls Church - 6633 Arlington Blvd - Falls Church, VA 22042

8am - 5pm
The MRF has secured free parking from 8am until 5pm just steps from the U.S. Capitol and the House and Senate office buildings. The exact location of the parking is on 3rd street SW and NW between Madison and Jefferson drives. A map can be found HERE.

3pm - ???
An informal debrief session will held at the American Legion - Kenneth H Nash Post #8, beginning at 3pm
Address: 224 D St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 543-9163

We look forward to seeing everyone next week - Ride With The Leaders™

Monthly Meeting Info

Locations and times for the next county meetings

Next meeting for Clinton County is 11AM, June 12th at American Legion Post 49 in Wilmington, Ohio.

Next meeting for Butler-Clermont-Hamilton counties is 11AM, June 5th at The Train Stop in Foster, Ohio. Meeting held in the lower level or outside upper level, weather permitting.