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Lets do the Time Warp ---or, talk about stuff that ain't happened yet but will.
I'm gonna wait 'til January to do a big say-so on our Toy Run and Auction/Fundraiser. For now I'll just say that I'm sure that the weather will at least have been bearable and that EVERYONE'S hard work and support for our Auction to help Service families at Christmas were a uuuge success!
Back to real time. To all of our Region 9 Members--at our December 4th meeting we'll be voting for a damn-near full slate of Regional and Franklin Co. officers. Everyone PLEASE come out for this. Between black clouds coming on the political front and our goals to increase membership and activate other counties, we need your presence and input. Furthermore, whether long time member or relative "newbie", you just might have what it takes to help "drive the boat" and breathe some new life into an open office. The last call for nominations and voting are at this mtg., so c'mon out. Hmm.. if you don't show and participate, you'll have missed one of your biggest chances to change anything you don't like about how we do things!
To all of our departing officers, my Thanks to you for investing your time and efforts to help "The Fight"- and to help me settle in. Some of you are leaving REEEALLY big shoes to fill, and God knows I appreciate your offers to help break in your "replacements". Good Luck, enjoy all your new "spare time", and DON'T YA DARE TURN INTO STRANGERS !!! (happy face!)
Hope you're all enjoying this unreal Indian Summer we're having. Just make sure to keep your street smarts and safe riding habits on full blast. (oh yeah- it's just a jump to the left, a step to the right).................Later!
P.S.- a warm, safe, and Merry Christmas and Groovy New Years to ya ALL!!!
pursuant to directive via Chris W, it looks like I need to submit to Outspokin, etc., after all. Body of text follows.
Region 9 and Franklin Co. Officers elections will be held at the December 6th meeting; Eldorados‐High and Morse (just North of TJ's), crack of Noon.
The 30th annual Franklin Co./R.9 Toy Run will be Sat., Nov. 12. Assemble at Toys R Us, Hamilton & Groves Rd., Columbus, for escorted ride to the fire station. Group up at Noon, leave at 1:00.
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING will be our 2nd annual Fundraiser to Benefit Families of Active Duty Service Personnel at Christmas. Victory's, 543 S. High St., Columbus. (easy route from fire station!) This is for the best of causes (so bring some $$$ to donate!) Silent Auction, drawing, food available and big time Biker fun! From 2‐5. See ya there!!
Recently in a sociable setting I ran into a “young-ish” rider who proceeded to hit me with a bunch of questions about established riding practices. When talked turned to “...how should I ride…” (various scenarios), my simplest response was---“Ya know all of that stuff that other drivers do that really Pisses you off? Don’t do any of that stuff.” Try putting your “best foot (or wheel) forward” on the road. And, as one of my fellow Board members said, Don’t be a Dick towards other Road-Users. If they wanna drive irresponsibly, resist the urge to respond similarly. Give ‘em their space or ( if you can do so safely),show ‘em yer taillights as you cruise away. I know- it’s hard to keep your cool when someone’s F-d up driving almost smeared ya all over the road. (I’ve been known to lose it more than once myself.) But for many infractions, the “wrong” response can just make things worse or escalate to a point where you lose to their 5,000 lb. “weapon”(vehicle). Let’s make “Share the Road” more than just a slogan. Be the “Bigger Person” and practice it when you can. MAYBE your good example might get some cagers to re-think their own habits!!
Regional and County Officer Nominations continue at the 10/2 and 11/6 meetings, with voting on 11/6. I know that there’s some folks out there with the latent skills to fill an office. C’mon- step up, make yer pitch, and see what the members think of ya. If you’re interested, we’ll try and help you learn. New Blood sometimes makes for a better mix!
Plan Now to attend the Thirtieth Annual Franklin Co./ R.#9 Toy Run, November 12, followed by our Fundraiser Auction to benefit Active Service Personnel’s families at Christmas. Fliers elsewhere in this fine rag.
At the October meeting, we’re voting on where to move for the winter months. Nominate a suitable place—after you’ve checked with the management—and come out and vote. This is your best chance to avoid grumbling about our meeting location for the next six months! Thanks to Shakers for hosting us this Summer. ( NOTE-see the R. #9 website or check the opening part of this report in the next Outspokin’ for new info. If ya can’t make it to the vote.)
Thanks to all who sold tickets and made this year’s Bike Drawing a success! As well, Thanks to all who came out for and helped with the 9/11 15th Ann. Run! Your investment of time and $$ have gone to a GREAT cause! AND—Come out for the 1st ABATE/AMA night with the Columbus Blue Jackets (Pro Hockey), Oct. 15. ABATE gets a slice of the door $$. Flier elsewhere in here.
ThThThat’s All Folks!!
Whas Happnin'! Fractured bits 'n pieces this month. Our poker run,7/16, was won by Amy Wills with a 5-9 Straight. Congrats! (durned newbies-showin' up an' takin' prizes!)
Beautiful route (Thanks Kathy and J.R. for handling stuff!). Small,friendly group that had a pretty cool day! Region 10 is throwing their 9/11 Tenth Anniversary benefit on September 10, and they've asked us to help with manpower. Anyone who can step up, please contact myself or Chris Weil (R 10). Thanks in advance!
On the topic of volunteers...If you go to any local Bike Nights and ya' wanna help out us poor overworked officers, get hold of me and take a kit to spend part of your time telling folks about ABATE. Most places will allow you to set up a table and you can still have time to socialize etc. YER GONNA BE THERE ANYWAY! :>) ! Yeah, it's getting late in the season, but what the hell. Better yet, if a handful of you want to step up as a team for next year, we can split the load up and give you the "tools". (this also includes you faithful members that only keep in touch by reading this/ps-we miss yer faces at the meetings)
Speaking of membership (who wuz?), what say we throw a Good Old Fashioned Membership Contest, with some kind of swag for the top signer-uppers? Or maybe a challenge with another Region, with the loser buying the beer I MEAN "suitable refreshments". Bring your thoughts to a meeting, and us offiskers will be thinking 'bout it too!
Congrats an' a "slice of raisin pie" to Kolman Fuzy for stepping up as the new Interim State Legislative Director (AKA-the OTHER Most Important Guy in the Room!)! You'll do fine, and we'll ALL be willing to help if we can!
This season has taken it's toll on Ohio bikers. TOO MANY fatalities, injuries, and devastated families. For God's sake people- be careful. Develop and listen to that little voice that helps you anticipate and avoid calamity coming your way. Don't ride when you're wasted. Spread our message about Sharing the Road with family, friends, co-workers, and the general public.
"Nuff for now. Have a GREAT Indian Summer!!!
Thoughts from a Cranky Old Biker
WHY DIDN'T YOU COME TO JUNE JAM?
As you may be aware, as every year, we held our Umpteenth Annual June Jam/State Party this past 3rd weekend in June. The weather couldn't have been better. The bands were pretty darned good.Games, bike show, (ahem) adult contests,good eats, and a Great bunch of people havin' all kinds of a good time!! The usual faces. Some "old" faces we haven't seen for awhile! Faces from outta state. And new faces who played along with my antics without stringing me up! I didn't run into ANYBODY who said or looked like they weren't having a good time. God love each and every one of you who came and partied yer faces off!
All 200 of us.
This party is intended to be a chance for ALL of our members from around the state to have a good time while rubbin' elbows with their Brothers and Sisters. As importantly, it is supposed to be the primary fundraiser to keep our organization afloat and in the fight for the coming year. As I've said, I HATE talkin' about $$$. I'm a kid from the late 60's/70's. Ya know- partyin',rock and roll, and Non-Materialism. That only works when the "problem" takes care of itself.
This year, JJ went over $3,000 in the hole. This follows numerous other years that've had similar results. The June Jam Committee beat their brains- and themselves (prepping and working the event) silly- exceeding past performances in order to build a bigger and better party for ya'll. Next time ya see Mike Stock or any of his "crew", look em' in the eye, say Thanks, and buy em' a cold one. They did a Damn good job!
But...a bunch of ya'll didn't come. WHY? Over the years, we've asked repeatedly what you'd like to see to make this a better party. We've tried to listen and produce. But ya aren't coming. WHY? Too expensive? Where the Hell else are you gonna find "all this" for a lousy $25.00/person? Add in food, gas, and beer, and I'll bet some of you (including myself) could spend that much or more staying in town, eatin, and drinking at the bar. Not to mention riding home drunk- risking disaster or a DUI.
Is it because someone yelled at yer cousin's best friend umpteen years ago at JJ and yer continuing to furiously show yer support for them by boycotting the event- along with yer whole Region? Don't like the location? (Any party of this nature does better with a "fixed" place from year to year). Don't like the Bands, or the Vendors, or the color of the Emcee's socks? WHAT IS IT??? AND, we've given you all the chances to fix it if you don't like it.
I'm aware that some Regions throw Kick-Ass events. I've been there and been impressed. But just because you do a better job at home doesn't mean you can't attend a State Event and try to elevate it to the level of your parties. And while I'm on the Region Topic, here's more. I'm sure its tempting to think that your Local Crew is the be-all and end-all. DON'T FORGET- you are ALL part of a STATE organization, founded with a Purpose. I don't care if you don't like how "The State" does things and you feel you have a better way. Come up with a WORKABLE plan, Step Up, and help us fix it. Stayin' at home on yer own turf, possibly bitchin, doesn't fix anything. And if the State goes under due to lack of funds (it could happen), guess what? So does the Charter that makes your beloved Region/County chapter exist. (See how I brought the topic full circle there.)
I've heard on good authority that June Jam may be history. We can't keep losing money on an event intended to make us solvent. If so, I'm sure we all will rack our brains for sumpin' else to do as far as the Fundraising part goes. Ya don't tear something down without a plan to make it better. So it's probably too late for this event. The biggest thing I'm urging you to do is Participate. In both events and "the Cause". Remember Why ABATE throws events-to support the cause. Maybe our events don't have the glitz or the status that a lot of the PROMOTOR DRIVEN events have ( some of them permoter folks get to go ridin',partyin', and living GOOD with the proceeds.) And I'm not taking anything away from the many Fundraising events for legitimate causes. But our events are intended for one major thing. Keep in mind that ABATE,the MRF, and the AMA have made and CONTINUE to make the type of Riding you love possible. If ABATE goes away due to insolvency, so does a piece of our lifestyle. "The Man" will have won.
For those of you who've been keepin' the faith, I Thank You. And you know I'm not ranting at you. I'm sure some other folks will get righteously pissed at me. I'm to old to care about what my detractors say and I don't have the time. But MAYBE, just for a second, if any of this makes ya kinda look in the mirror, c'mon. It may be too late for June Jam, but there's still time for you to "find another gear" and help make this organization and OUR WAY OF LIFE Great again. Thanks for your patience. Blue Skies,Smooth Roads, Ride Safe
Roger Wright, priviledged to be R.9 Director
Hiya! Are ya'll having a safe and groovy riding season so far? Just don't forget to keep ABATE as part of your schedule.
The self-driving car issue is gonna happen in Columbus whether they get the Federal grant or not, according to a city department Deputy Director. Battelle and OSU both have teams working on the project. And," private sources" have come forward to pony up another $90 million towards the project along with the original $50 million from the Fed. grant. As I get more info, I'll pass it on.
A big thumbs up to Assistant Franklin Co. Co-ord. Glen Craig who attended an AMA workshop for Road Captains and shared the info with us at the May meeting. Part of the content can be found at the AMA website under Resources/Group Riding.
We've discussed having a Poker Run on July 16 to benefit our program to help out active-duty Service Personnel's families for Christmas. Pending membership feedback at our June meeting,I'll get some info to you prior to the date. Check abate.com/ohio/region9.
Large Thanks to Kolman Fuzy for handling the ABATE table at the Scioto Downs Bike Nights. Hopefully we can copy your move at other venues around town. (any volunteers?)
Don't forget our monthly meetings- 6/10,7/10,8/7, and 9/11. Shakers,crack of noon.
Happy Trails, Roger
P.s.- Hope everyone had Bigtime Biker Fun at June Jam. Thanks fer comin' out to play!
P.S.S.- Congrats to Pat and Melissa on gettin' hitched. Blue skies and smooth roads!
So ya rode in the rain.........(with good tires, no doo-daa's screwin' up, and able to see O.K.)...and here's whut ya get. All of Gods fresh water makes yer skin soft and cleans yer pores, it makes your hair soft and healthy, and your tires and motor run cooler (less friction,etc). The Bonus is that ya probably got to help celebrate May Motorcycle Awareness Month with us in Columbus this year! So the weather wuz lousy-SO WHAT! Us R.9ers got lucky- we were close to home. We LOVE all the out-of-towners who still cared enough about the cause to nut up and show anyway (btw-I truly hope you ALL made it home safe!). As I said-the fight for Bikers Rights and the pursuit of Motorcycle Safety are alive and well in Ohio-as testified to by those who made it to the Rally. The After Rally (sorry about the streets,folks) was a success as well,with around $360.00 generated to help the ABATE coffers. Big Thanks to all who came. As always-If you missed it, you reeeally missed it!
Now that the Rally is in the rear view, (all of) Our next mission- JUNE JAM! As in JUNEJAMJUNEJAMJUNEJAM!!!! If you've never been, you should. If ya haven't been for a few years, ya should c'mon back. For the money, it's the Best Kept Secret Ohio Bike Party that only needs YOU to make it eeeeven better! We're doing all we can to provide the venue, vendors, swap meets, and FUN. Flyers and more info elsewhere in this fine periodical. Sure-there's other trendier/bigger events-which serve to line some promoters pockets. THIS EVENT helps continue funding the fight for ALL OF US BIKERS' RIGHTS. See the difference? (duh)
We had a good May meeting. Smart City traffic (ie-robot cars), ethanol, the infernal EPA and other trending topics were discussed. (oh yeah- and also JUNE JAM!) We're trying to stay on top of the misc. current legislative issues, and encourage everyone to make themselves aware and write/call/e-mail/act accordingly!
And another thing. Our first meeting at Shakers was cool! Free Grub (Buford sez he's gonna grille next month!) and good staff made for a great first meeting there. Don't ferget their Friday Bike Night! Tell 'em ABATE sent ya!!!! I could go on 'bout the Wunnders of Life, but you're all tired of my crap. All for Now! Ride like Hell but BE SAFE-you can do both! Roger W.
P.S.- Shoutout to Woody- Ya done good for us, Brother. We'll try to keep to your standards. Best of luck and health to ya down the road!
How's your riding season goin' so far? I hope you took some time to go over your scoot to make sure it's OK and safe to roll after the winter "layoff". AND I hope you spent some time brushin' up on your Riding Skills after the winter "layoff". Yeah- I know-we've all been doing this since Tag was a pup, but it doesn't hurt (get it!!) to practice run some of the basic and emergency skills while you're gettin warmed up for the summer. Speaking of which, this rag should reach you in time for me to remind.....COME TO THE AWARENESS RALLY AND AFTER PARTY!!!! Celebrate part of what we're all about with your Brothers & Sisters from around the state (and points beyond!) While we're on State Events,plan NOW for June Jam (flyer somewhere in here) , June 17,18,&19. Lotsa new and cool stuff this year for the "best kept secret party" in Ohio. All thats missing to put it over the top is YOU. Oh yeah-bring yer friends (and maybe yer Aunt Gerty??!) Make sure and read the pages by Jim E,Ed S,Woody, and Mike S. to be on top of what else is goin' on.
In case ya hadn't noticed, R.9 is cruisin along and still in the fight for Bikers Rights! With the coming of Spring it's time for our semi-annual meeting place change. I DON'T KNOW WHERE YET 'CAUSE WE DON'T VOTE IT FOR 2 MORE DAYS FROM NOW. So-here's what I'm thinkin'. I'll have Tony, our web guy, post the info right after the vote at abate.com/ohio/region9/index.htm (R.9 website). That way ya' can find us.
'Nuff-I'm goin' for Dinner & a Beer!
Speaking of things that haven't happened yet..... Thanks to everyone who came to our Daytona North party. (I'm sure) that Big-Time-Biker-Fun was had by all, and ABATE sure appreciates the revenue. High 5 and a yuuuge Thanks to our Franklin Co./R.9 officers for making it happen and to Colombini's for hosting.
Thanks also to all of our State level folks who pulled together this year's seminar. All that good info helps us down the road with the Fight.
A big attaboy to J.R. Gantner, this year's recipient of the Gold Eagle/Region MVP award. Great job as our Legislative Guy extraordinaire, remodeling of the State Products trailer, and all around busy worker bee.
I'm looking forward to seeing ALL Ohio motorcyclists at the Awareness Rally, April 30. Don't forget the After Party. It'll be a chance to take a breather before heading home, rub elbows with your fellow members from all over, and to indulge in our Central Ohio hospitality.
We have a tie this month fer the Flying Donkey Butt Award. First, to the EPA for pushing ethanol regs that are bound to screw us over. And to the fine folks developing robot cars and "smart" (?) highways, which sounds like a bad joke, but we don't have the luxury of laughing. Both issues could become yet another way for "the man" to push us off the road. We gotta keep fighting or else.......
How 'bout this groovy Spring! Don't forget to give your machine a once over to make sure that it's road ready. Just as important, take it easy and brush up on your winterized riding skills. Let's start the season right by practicing your best safe riding habits.
'Nuff for now,
Hi Gang-Not much to say this month, but I won't let that stop me. YOU ARE INVITED to the original Daytona North Party (this also means you State Board). March 12,Columbini's Sports Bar (897 W.Broad). Non-members welcome. Hey MIA members-You've been here before and you know how fun it is-c'mon out!! The 88 Twin band, "biker games", and GOOD PARTY PALS (us). All proceeds go to ABATE, fer the Cause. Out of towners, we'll try to find you a couch or a floor (please party responsibly). Speaking of fundraising, I hate talkin' about money (my late 60's groove) BUT-sometimes ya gotta have it. Without $ for beer & cookies, ABATE goes under. It's that simple. See the C.O.B. article from February, and put on your thinking cap for ideas to help OURSELVES out. Go to the Seminar. Learn stuff and get a shot in the arm to boost up your ABATE mojo. Going to the EZRiders show? Stop by the our Booth, say Hi, and give the workers a Coffee Break. On March 15, VOTE-only you can help drive the boat when it comes to our Country's future-from local on up. READ THIS PAPER front to back-nothing scares the Straights more than an informed, diligent Biker. These two actions will keep you armed for the fight.
"nuff for now-I has spokin!
PS- Shoutout to Robin & Joe-Godspeed, and we'll still be here when you're done with yer stuff!
Hiya! Quite the weekend I had. First State Board meeting in over 20 years. First local meeting for new officers! Well done, Pat (Lytle-new Franklin Co. Coordinator). Trial by Fire. To start things, I'll continue to thank Kolman Fuzy for ALL of his years of wearing numerous hats as a R9 officer. HUGE shoes to fill. Also thanks to our members for allowing us new officers the shot at Driving the Boat this year. We have plans and goals already shaping up. 'Hope we can follow through.
Re the State Board; all the pertinent info can be found within this fine paper or on the state website-give 'em a spin. On March 12, Franklin Co. will be holding the 28th annual ORIGINAL Daytona North party. Speed Pool, dumb little Bike games, drawings, and the 88 Twin Band. Don’t sit home cryin' in yer beer cause you couldn't go to Florida-come party with us! Look for the astounding flyer for this elsewhere in this rag. AND stay tuned for the flyer for this years After Awareness Gathering. To be held at Victory's on S High-minutes from the Statehouse and easy freeway access after you stop by (this means YOU, outta towners!!) Gonna be good!
Back to those goals. Lots of legislative stuff coming this year (yeah-maybe another durned helmet law among them) and the only way we're gonna keep our Freedoms is with numbers. Non-soon-to-be-new members, come to a meeting or an event and check us out. Old members we haven't seen for a while-we miss you-come back to the Family so we can all get a big grin. Membership is a topic I will NOT stop commenting on (so ya might as well comply now-teehee!). We're also hoping to reach out to "counties in limbo" as well as undeveloped counties.
I also want to thank our incumbent, seasoned, and other new officers for stepping up. Your help, experience, and patience while we get comfy going forward is gonna be a great edge for us all.
O.K.-that’s enough for now. Just remember- you gotta Stand Up for Something (like Yourself) or yer gonna fall for anything.
Hello, Region Nine:
Well, good news for Diane T. and the editorial staff of the Outspokin, this will be the last severely tardy article you will have to endure from me. Your lucky day!
Back on November 14, Franklin County held the 29th annual Toy Run. The day was crisp but dry, and a good turn-out of approx. 300-400? MCs showed up for the ride to drop off toys at the Winchester Pike fire station. Thanks to all who showed up and helped out Christmas for those less fortunate. It was nice re-connecting with some old friends that I don’t get to see on a regular basis. Afterward, we retired to Classics Pizza on Rt. 256 for a silent auction and food and beverages. Thanks to Alex and the staff of Classics for accommodating us. A very special thank you to ALL who helped out on the silent auction, each and every one of you for your efforts. You know who you are!! Thanks.
At the December meeting, elections were held for Officer positions for 2016. New Officers are: Region Director-Roger Wright, Deputy Director-Cynthia Piper, and Sgt. at Arms-Joe Pickens. On the County side: Franklin County Coordinator-Pat Lytle, Deputy Coordinator-Glenn Craig. Remaining in place on Regional and County levels are: Kathy Gantner, Jr Gantner, Kim Chafin, Melissa Stevens, Chris Winchester and Tony Losego. In Pickaway County, Jeff Bowersock and Amanda Valero continue in place. Thanks to the new faces who have stepped up, and to those who continue to serve. A special thank you from me to all Office holders I have had the pleasure of serving with this past year(s). You have made my job so much easier and your dedication and willingness to go above and beyond are unequalled. The best group of Officers in the State, bar none.
The 2016 Daytona North Party has been scheduled for March 12, to be held at Colombinis. I am pretty sure the entertainment will be the 88 Twin Band. Watch the Outspokin for flyer and info.
Speaking of, thanks again to Mike and his staff for hosting our Winter meetings, and for the turkey burgers!
As we swing into the new year, lots of changes, but the one thing that doesn't change is the ever present need to be vigilant regarding the various threats to our motorcycling lifestyle. We always need to keep our eyes and ears open, and be ready to act to counter the next threat to our rights, wherever and whoever the source. Go out and recruit new members, and try to convince past members to rejoin the fight. We need all the eyes and ears we can muster.
Please come to a monthly meeting to get the latest info on issues we are facing, read the Outspokin, and go the State website and also Region 9 website, always plenty of good information there as well.
I leave the Region and Franklin and Pickaway Counties in the capable hands of the new regime and look forward to 2016.
As I write this, the weather forecast calls for temps in the 60s for Friday and Saturday, so going riding, yowsah!! That’s what I love about Ohio, you never know what Mother Nature is going to serve up weather-wise, spin the weather roulette wheel and see what comes up!! If you're out and about, be safe.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a safe New Year.
Ride Hard, Ride Safe, Ride Free
Hello, Region Nine:
Writing this article just as the weather is starting to crisp up, and starting to get into real November conditions. Still a lot of good riding to be had, just be aware of changing road conditions, wet leaves, horny deer and of course, butthead drivers.
Also, this is being written one week before the Franklin County Toy Run, so a report on that event will be forthcoming in next month's article.
As far as Officer Elections are concerned, here are the latest. Pat Lytle has accepted a nomination for Franklin County Coordinator, Glenn has accepted a nomination for deputy Franklin County (Glenn-I apologize, but your last name escapes me at this writing, and I need to get this written, so you are just Glenn in this article, sorry!), Roger Wright has accepted for Region 9 Director, Cynthia Piper has accepted for Region Deputy Director. There were no nominations for Region/County Secretary, and Chris Winchester deferred his decision on the Membership slot, also Kim Chafin accepted for Region Treasurer. I reconsidered, and I am now declining my nomination for Region 9 Director. Time for some new blood. These nominations are in addition to those posts already nominated and accepted-see last month's article. We will be accepting any nominations and voting at December meeting.
Speaking of which-please don't forget new Winter meeting location is at Colombini's Sports Lounge, 894 W. Broad St, 614-230-2980. Still first Sunday of the month, unless meetings are switched due to holidays (January 2016). Thanks to them for hosting and to the staff for accommodating us at the November meeting.
Nothing else much is going on as we barrel into the Holiday season, except for the November State Board Meeting, where some important Officer elections will be held and the rest of the Board business will be addressed for the rest of 2015. Reports to follow.
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Toy Run and Thanksgiving. Don't overeat LOL! (Is there such a thing at Thanksgiving?). Also, everyone have a great Christmas, and please don't forget to keep our fallen brothers and sisters in your hearts, and also our Veterans and those presently serving in all branches of the Military, who are keeping us all FREE!
Ride Hard, Ride Smart, Ride Free
Hello, Region Nine:
The Pickaway County Anniversary Run was a great run, as usual. Thanks to Jeff Bowersock for putting together an interesting run and a fun time, Those who attended enjoyed the ride and good weather. I want to thank those who came out, and I wish more of you would have come out to enjoy it.
About ten of us met for breakfast at Bob Evans on September 23rd before riding to the MOTM. After an enjoyable meal we departed at 8:00 for the trip. Thirteen ass pounding hours later, after a 150 detour around Chicago, we arrived in Milwaukee. It was a great ride, just incredibly long and physically demanding. Thanks to Robin Pickens for researching the route and leading the ride. The return trip was not as long and taxing because we shaved the 150 miles coming back. While in Milwaukee, we toured the Harley Davidson Plant, which was informative, partook of the local cuisine(BACON!!) and endured more construction and torn up roads than even here in Central Ohio. MOTM itself was inspiring and informative, although the breakout sessions are starting to become slightly threadbare and repititive. Still worth attending, though. Next year-Oklahome City. Should be interesting.
On the home front, Colombinis was selected as the winter meeting location. We'll be there starting next month. Also, as far as nominations for Officers are concerned, no nominations for Franklin County Coordinator and Secretary were put forth. In the Region nominations were accepted for Sgt. at Arms by Joe Pickens, Products by Melissa Stevens, Legislative by JR Gantner and Myself for Director. All other nominations were either declined or deferred to next meeting.
The Toy Run is scheduled for November 14th. Leaving Toys 'R" Us, dropping off toys at the Firehouse on Winchester Pike, then going to Classic Sports Bar 12983 Stonecreek Drive for after the Run silent auction. Food and drinks will be available through the venue. We decided to alter the format, due to the increasing logistical difficulties in putting on the after Run component. Come to November meeting for final details.
At the October meeting, there were no new members, no renewals and no pins awarded.
Thanks to the Oak Grove Tavern for hosting our Summer meetings. Dont forget, they will still be serving breakfast on Sat and Sun, so drop in and support em.
Ride Hard Ride Safe Ride Free
Hello, Region Nine:
Greetings from the land of heat and humidity-Florida, that is. I have a question about driving in the South-is tailgating a state law, a sport or a religion in the South? I had so many people riding my ass on the way down here I thought Dale Jr. was trying to bump draft me for the victory. Anyway, enough bitchin about the driving. As I am writing this article before the September meeting, I will be referring to things at that meeting in the past tense, even though they haven't happened yet.
At the meeting, as I stated in last month's article, nominations for the winter meeting location were started. These will be continued through the October meeting, with voting at the October meeting. We move to winter location in November. Also, at the meeting, nominations for Regional and County offices will have started. If you wish to step up, or if you want to nominate someone else, these nominations will continue through November. We all know the drill, here, so it should be cut and dried.
Also, since this is being written before the fact, the Pickaway County Anniversary Run was held on the 19th. There will be a wrap-up in next month's article. Also, a report on our trip to the MOTM will also be in that article. Looking forward to that trip, and the tour of the HD factory.
The other event on the horizon is the Franklin County Toy Run on November 14. The starting point will be the Toys 'R'Us store on Hamilton and Groves Roads. The fundraising component afterward has yet to be determined. It may be the same venue as last year, it may be at a different location. To be determined.
The Foundation Bike Raffle was held on August 29. A group from Region 9 rode up to Sandusky for the weekend, enjoying a good weekend at the campground, and the hospitality of Joe and Robin Pickens. A good time was had by all. Some bozo named 'not me' won the bike and trailer. Seriously, congrats to the winner, who was not present that night. If you want to find out his name, go to the State website, or wait till next month, or come to the September meeting. Thanks to all who bought tickets, to support safety and education and the ABATE Foundation. And thanks to those who rode up from the Region to help out at the drawing.
If possible, I will try to add details from the September meeting as an addendum to this article. If it is not doable, it will be on next article.
Ride Hard, Ride Smart, Ride Free
Hello, Region Nine:
I would like to thank the seventeen people who came to the Covered Bridge Run on August 8. The weather was gorgeous, the route was great (thanks Kathy G.), and the bridges were covered. LOL! Seriously, the bridges were really cool. Tom Bloomer took home the award for the best hand, with a full boat, and everyone seemed to enjoy the ride and the fellowship. So, thanks again to all who showed up.
As far as September is concerned, there is a lot going on. The MRF meeting of the Minds will be at the end of the month in Wisconsin and here in Region 9, the Pickaway County Anniversary Run will be on the 19th. A full report on both events will be forthcoming in next month's article. Also, in September, we start taking nominations for the winter meeting location and also for Region 9 officers. Also, at the State Board meeting, event sanctions are to be turned in. So there is a lot happening.
As of this writing, the ABATE Foundation Bike Raffle has not happened yet, but by the time you read this, it will be in the past. The winner's name will be revealed next month, along with a recap
The Franklin County Toy Run is rapidly approaching-always on the second Saturday in November. Planning has already begun, so start thinking about getting those donations for the auction. More info will be available at the September meeting, so please plan on attending.
There is plenty of great riding weather ahead, just remember that Autumn brings it's own unique set of hazards, such as slick roads and slick leaves in the roadway, so ramp up your alertness, and as always, watch out for butthead drivers.
At the August meeting, no pins were awarded, so any that were due will be caught up in September's meeting.
We are still at QFM's Bike Nights at Scioto Downs every Thursday, up until September 17th, when the motorcycle will be given away, so come on out and join us at the info table.. Thanks to Kristie Kemper for making our presence possible.
Well, that's about it for now-short and sweet. Till next month, see ya.
Ride Hard, Ride Smart, Ride Free
Hello, Region Nine:
Rain....Rain....Rain....F@#$%n Rain!!! If I wanted to be this wet, I would move to Seattle, at least the coffee would be better! After nineteen straight days of rain, we got a one day reprieve and then, you guessed it, more rain. Anyway the rain gear is getting a good workout (and also some motivation to get a second rain suit). The operative word of the day is precipitation. That was the word for June Jam, with rain hanging around for most of the weekend, with it finally clearing up on Saturday. The weather (or was it apathy?) kept most members away, with attendance around 112 or so. I for one had a great time, in spite of the spotty weather. Thanks to all the Region 9 campers who generously shared their grub and hospitality. A special thank you to all who worked a work shift. Extra thanks to Bill Balach for all his efforts and those of the June Jam committee as well. As for glitches, yeah there were a few. I for one was not happy with the quality of the T shirts offered this year, nor was I impressed with the vendors attitude. No selection, a ridiculous wait for my shirts, and it all seemed like one big goof to the guy. We need to look at this for next year. As for financials, an accounting will be had at the upcoming July Board meeting and presented next month.
I would like to apologize for missing the July Franklin County meeting and thank DD Kathy Gantner for filling in for me. Family business dictated a trip to Florida on short notice. Life sometimes gets in the way.
As I write this, AMA Vintage Days are happening. As this falls on a Board meeting weekend, I will not be able to attend, except possible on Sunday. We are doing field games again this year, and hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and let it happen. Full report next month. Also, the Wauseon Swap Meet will be the weekend of 7/17. I am going to try and ride up on Saturday to help out, and I'll let you know how that went next month as well.
As far as events go, we have Wetzell and the Easyrider's Rodeo coming at us on the state level; and on the regional level we have the Covered Bridge run on August 8th, and the Pickaway County Anniversary Run on September 19th. Come to the august meeting for more info, or look in the Outspokin for flyers.
I would like to take a moment to congratulate Diane and Lisa for the killer cover in July's Outspokin. Very eye-catching!!
I would also like to thank all the officers in Region 9 for all their assistance so far this year, especially Kathy Gantner and Kim Chafin.
Since I'm slinging out thank yous, a big one goes out to Kristie Kemper for inviting us to participate in the QFM Scioto Downs Bike Nights, every Thursday. We are getting mega exposure and some radio time, plus some product sales. Very cool, so thanks, Kristie. Come on out and have some fun every Thursday.
At the July meeting, Stephen Crabtree was awarded his 18 year pin, Leanna Thornton received her 6 year pin and Burgess Martin received his lifetime pin. I'm sorry I missed those. Thank you for your long term support!!
The only other thing I want to mention is the Franklin County Toy Run in November...yes, it's 4 months away, but we need to start thinking and planning NOW, so start thinking.
That’s about it for now, just remember to give yourself extra room to stop when riding in the rain, and watch out for slick road surfaces.
Ride Hard, Ride Smart, Ride Free
Hello, Region Nine:
Well, to say that the month of May was an ordinary month would be giant mis-characterization. Starting with the Awareness Rally and the After Rally Rally, which were held on perfect days,- the weather gods smiled upon us. Thanks to all who attended both functions. The most jarring occurence was the unexpected and untimely passing of Franklin County Co-ordinator Brian Nissely. Words cannot express how much Brian will be missed by his entire ABATE family, and by me personally.One hell of a man whose passing leaves a giant void in all our hearts. RIP, bro.
On May 30th., The Fallen Riders Run was held. Twenty riders took off from the Oak Grove Tavern and headed out on a nice day, headed for our ending point, Eldorado Sports and Spirits. The weather, however did not play nice, and we wound up slogging through a torrential downpour of epic proportions. We arrived at Eldorados throughly soaked to the bone, but still in good spirits Our hostess, Nebbie went above and beyond to put together a nice after run event, the band, Uncle Fester was rocking, and there was a special draw started at the bar. We merged our two draws, and she had some really nice silent auction items. Thanks to Nebbie and the staff for an outstanding effort. I wish we had more participants to justify their efforts. Please support this worthwhile establishment. It is located at N. High and Morse Roads, behind Tee Jay's. As of this writing, a final accounting of this run was not complete. Please check next month's article and the region website for this info.
The next big item is June Jam. Since this is being written before the Jam, a breakdown of the event will also be posted in the next article. I hope I saw everyone there, I'm sure we all had a great time.
ABATE will be at AMA Vintage Days, Wetzel and Wauseon. Please give some time to help man the trailer, if you can. It would be greatly appreciated. We were also at Ohio Bike Week. Info on this will be gleaned at the July State Board Meeting and passed on accordingly.
Raffle Bike tickets are still being sold, right up until the drawing date of August 29, at Margaritaville. Those of you selling tickets, please continue to push the sales. Lets sell all six thousand tickets. Remember, it all goes toward safety and education!
A recent developement concerning QFM Bike Night at Scioto Downs has ABATE setting up an information table every Thursday, thanks to Kristie Kemper inviting us to be there, This exposes ABATE to a wider audience that is not aware of us. Thanks to Kristie for the invite. We have generated some product sales, gotten some donations, and are out there in the public eye and also getting mentioned on the radio. These are all good things.
At the May meeting the following year pins were awarded: Pat Lytle-3 years, Melissa Stevens-3 years and Kathy Gantner-13 years. At the June meeting the following pins were given: Rita Stuckey-10 years, Dave Stuckey-13 years, Randy Paul-9 years and Taz-14 years. Also, Cynthia Piper and Monica Leach renewed their memberships, and Jeffery Ford, Thomas Heil and Kenny Huntsman joined. Thanks to all for your support!!
Well, I'm going to wrap this up, but at the risk of sounding maudlin, please do not take your time for granted, and ride it like you stole it!! Be safe.
Ride Hard, Ride Smart, Ride Free