Region 9 Director
Hello, Region 9:
Finally, the time we all wait for has arrived, and we can enjoy riding without having to layer up like we were going on an Arctic expedition. All we have to do now is dodge the raindrops, potholes and inattentive drivers as we enjoy our motorcycles and the open road. At this writing, the Awareness Rally is two days away, so a recap will be in next month's article.
With riding season fully upon us, there are various Bike Nights and events springing up, all of which give us an opportunity to get out and mingle with other riders, especially those that may ride other brands besides a Harley. Already we have been at events at Buckeye City, Moto Ohio and Independent Motorsports. I would like to thank them for including Abate in their planning. We will continue to be at Buckeye City on the last Saturday of the month through August, and starting on the second of May, we will be at QFM's Bike Nights at the Ugly Mug in Canal Winchester, every Thursday for the next eighteen weeks. Also, Abate will have been at the AMA Bike Night on May 18, and a new event, a Bike Blessing in Delaware on May 11.
Also regionally we are continuing to work on the region gun raffle and the T shirt. Come to a meeting for more details. Meetings are now being held at the Oak Grove Tavern on the first Sunday of the month at noon. See you there. Once again I would like to thank El Dorado for hosting our Winter meetings.
Please do not forget about the Bike raffle on August 24 at Margaritaville. Tix are $10/6 for $50. Giveaway also includes a trailer, and if the winner is at the venue the night of the drawing, Margaritaville will pay the taxes.
Also, Abate memberships this year are $20 a person which includes a free ticket on the raffle bike.
See you at meetings, events and out on the open road.
Ride hard Ride Smart Ride Free
Hello, Region 9:
First of all, I would like to thank those of you who attended the Daytona North Party and Chili cook-off. A special thank you to everyone who assisted in making the event go smoothly. I will not name individual names for fear of omitting someone, but you all know who you are, and I just want to let you know I appreciated all your efforts. As far as attendance is concerned, we could have used more people. Maybe the weather had something to do with it, or maybe other factors kept people away, but while I was happy with those who came, I'm greedy, and I would have liked to have seen more bodies. A huge thank you to VFW Post 9857 for hosting and to Uncle Fester for the music. Big thank yous to TJ Johnson and Bill Balach for your assistance with the flyer for this event!!
Next on the horizon for the region is the After Rally Rally on May 4th. This will happen immediately after the Awareness Rally concludes at the Statehouse, and will be held at Victorys on South High St, less than a mile south of the Capitol. I know some of you will be in a hurry to get back to you hometowns, but I invite all participants in the Awareness Rally to join Region 9 for some good food, good beverages and some fellowship before you ride back to your homes.
At the March meeting, I forgot to bring up the summer meeting place issue, so we posted on the Region website and on social media, asking membership to consider the location for the summer meetings. Nominations will be taken and the vote will be held at the April meeting, and the results will be posted on the website and on Facebook, and in the Outspokin. I apologize for forgetting about this at the March meeting, but it completely slipped my mind when I put together the agenda for the meeting.
Now that the weather is breaking, obviously we are going to be back out on the roads, so participation in the Awareness Rally should be a no-brainer. I would like to see a good turnout for this event, so we can send a serious message to motorists to "Look Twice and Save A Life", or at least put down ALL of your distractions and at least look ONCE to see us. Also, with the warmer weather, various bike nights and MC related rides and activities will be happening. By the time this is read, we will have been at open houses at Independent Motorsports. Moto Ohio, and Buckeye City Motorsports, with more to follow. Thanks to those organizations for including Abate in these events. These types of activities enable Abate to be visible in the riding community and to get the message about motorcycle rights and safety issues out there. We will continue to be a presence at as many of these events as possible. See you out there!
Please reference my legislative article in this issue to get caught up on those issues, and please continue to focus on increasing our membership numbers. Organizing inactive counties in our region remains a high priority item as well.
Please do not forget about our new membership cost-$20 a year with a free $10 ticket on this year's raffle bike, and about the raffle bike and trailer drawing in August. See any Abate officer to get your tickets, or if you know of anybody who needs a ticket(s), have them get in touch with me or the State Office and we will get them tickets somehow.
Ride Hard Ride Smart Ride Free
Region 9 Director
Hello, Region 9:
Time to write another article, which means we are that much closer to official riding season. After a blast from the Polar Vortex, which plunged us into sub zero temps and wind chills, the next week we had temps in the 50s, so there were MCs out on the roads. Here in the region, preparations are being made for the Daytona North Party and chili cook-off, March 9th. at the VFW Post#9857, 2330 Stelzer Rd. Entertainment will be provided by Uncle Fester. Dust off your best chili recipe, and plan on being there.
At the State Seminar, the Region 9 Golden Eagle was awarded to Cindy Balach. Cindy will be forever remembered and missed.
The May Awareness Rally is also coming at us rapidly-May 4, 2019. It is a rain or shine event, so plan on being there to help us kick off May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Ohio. We all know the importance of motorcycle awareness for our safety, so bring out your riding friends and help promote the fight against distracted drivers and driving.The After Rally Party will be at Victorys on S. High St. again, hosted by Region 9. Please come to that, as well.
At the February meeting, Tim and Patti Horetski and Teresa Shively were awarded year pins for their support of Abate. Also, Abate has a new membership fee this year-$20 with a free ticket on the Abate Foundation Raffle Bike. The bike is a 2019 Street Glide, and a trailer will also be given away.The MC will be raffled off in August at Margaritaville, Tickets will be available from now until then from various officers and at various events, right up until the drawing. So, renew you membership, get a free ticket, and purchase additional tickets as well. Proceeds will go to fund the Foundation's Safety and Education efforts, so let's hit this hard.
As usual, now is the time to get that motorcycle ready for the upcoming season, get all that maintenance done, and maybe think about taking a refresher course through Motorcycle Ohio, and also to steer those first time riders to take the beginning rider's course. Proper training just might save their ass and it is never too late to refresh your skills, no matter how long you have been in the saddle. Motorcycle Ohio has been booking classes, since January, so get booked, sooner rather than later.
Membership is an important topic this year-we need to sign up more members, and also, RETAIN the ones we have. Please get out there and sign up as many new members as you can.
Ride Hard, Ride Smart,Ride Free
Hello, Region Nine:
Welcome to 2019! I would like to take time to thank all the Region Nine Officers who served last year, especially Roger Wright and Cynthia Piper. All of you did a great job, and you deserve our thanks for stepping up to contribute to the organization and the cause. At the December meeting the results of the election were as follows:
Region 9 Director - Kolman Fuzy, Deputy Director - Kim Chafin, Secretary - Kim Chafin, Treasurer - Jim Elgin, Sgt at Arms-Joe Pickens, Legislative Director - J.R. Gantner, Webmaster - Dave Domres, Social Media -Teresa Chafin Shively, Products - Sue Nissely. On the Franklin County level,the results were: County Coordinator-Jim Elgin, Deputy County Cordinator - Glenn Craig, all other positions same as Regional Officers. I would like to thank all those individuals who have chosen to lead the Region and Franklin County in the coming year and I am looking forward to working with all of you moving forward.
The first item on the list will be the Daytona North Party and Chili Cookoff, March 9, 2019. The site has yet to be determined. Roger had laid the groundwork for this event, and it now falls to Franklin Co. Coordinator Jim Elgin to pick the location and finalize the plans. A flyer should be in this month's Outspokin.
A huge topic in 2019 will be membership. We MUST increase our membership numbers, the very existence of Abate depends on it. Rest assured, this will discussed both on the State and Regional levels. We ALL need to get out and recruit new members!
As soon as TJ Johnson assigns me a Region Nine email address, you can reach me there. Till then, you can contact me at my firstname.lastname@example.org email address or at: 614-332-0198. Any questions, comments or concerns can be directed to either of those places.
At the December meeting, Tom Onstott received his 22 year pin. thanks for your continued support, Tom!
Looking forward to the challenges of 2019. It should be an interesting year.
Ride Hard Ride Safe Ride Free
Region Nine Director Elect