Randy Kibler, Region Zero Director
I hope you all are prepared for the riding season. For some there is no riding season, it's all year on road and off.
I'm beyond fed up with the idiots on their phones while operating vehicles. Unfortunately, the phone is only one part of distracted driving. Individuals are dicking around with their radios, putting on makeup, eating food, and playing with their digital watches which are linked to their phones. Ever see someone with an apple watch? Might as well just stare at your phone for how distracting they are. Such a waste of money and technology.
How about all of these self-entitled fools that enjoy pulling out in front of you? Happens to me on a daily basis and it's infuriating! It's no wonder road rage incidents are happening more frequently. Or at least that is what the media tells us. We've been working with our politicians on a Right of Way bill to help with that. It's not the solution, but it's a step in the right direction.
Besides making laws and restrictions, a great resource is our VOICE. Not the ignorant voice after a night of partying, but the educated voice of reason. When someone is doing wrong it is on us to correct it. As my friend always says, "No one is beyond an ass whopping." Some of these people could use one. So please, next time you see someone on their phone or doing something else distracting while driving DO SOMETHING about it instead of complaining. Take care all and be the voice of righteousness.
Keith Roller, Deputy Director
My wife, Elizabeth, will be attending Bikers Inside the Beltway 5/15-5/17. She has agreed to share her experiences in this space for the April newsletter.
Lion Man, Legislative Director 330.718.3066
With riding season upon us, depending on the weather and your stamina, May is motorcycle awareness month. Even with the media notifications and our attempts to remind motorists that we are back out on the roads, do not count on them seeing you. Here in Region Zero, with the very mild end of winter/beginning of Spring, we have had near record setting accidents and homicides involving motorcyclists already. Please take care of yourself and your families by riding defensively, being alert, watching for those not watching for us, and riding sober!
I have begun to reach out to the legislators in Region Zero to run my initial ideas past them regarding the anti-profiling legislation. To see where we are at by the time of our meeting just come on in and listen!
Have you ever been stopped at a red traffic signal waiting for the green light, and it never comes? What do you do? Come find out what Ohio law says you can do!
With all the recent accidents, re-introducing the Right of Way Bill has been discussed. Come and hear some of the pros and cons of this action!
And if you can't attend the meeting, Happy Mother's Day to all the Mother's (both Male and Female) out there!
TA Brown, Road Captain 330.727.8286
Finally, it is May, and the weather is slowly but surely turning in our favor to get some wind in our face and blow the cobwebs of winter hibernation off our trusty iron steeds.
The month of May also ushers in the official motorcycle riding season along with the marking of our annual motorcycle awareness rally at the Ohio State House on May 6. This is a huge opportunity for you as an ABATE member to bring awareness to the motoring public that we are out on the roads also and to "LOOK TWICE, SAVE A LIFE". The rally at the State House provides an opportunity for the State Representatives and Senators to know that ABATE of OHIO is active and willing to discuss any and all bills and amendments which impact our ability to ride safely with freedom from over regulations or any restrictions that adversely impact our motorcycling community.
Several runs and activities are scheduled for May too. Check the Mahoning Valley Motorcycle Cooperative or the Abate Region Zero website for those events. On May 26-28 is the Motorcycle Memorial Foundation ceremony weekend in Hopedale, Ohio. This year Region Zero will be honoring one of our own, Bummer, during the ceremony on Saturday the 27 starting at 11:30 am. Primitive on site camping is available for the weekend. More information is available @motorcyclistmemorialfoundation.com. I will be going down Friday to Steubenville overnight prior to the ceremony and should anyone want to do that, text myself or post inquiries on Region Zero's Facebook page and hotel info will be passed on.
Begin making plans for our Region's first run of the year to be held June 10 at the Yellow Dog Saloon. Come out to ride the run or just to support your Region and get a good meal and maybe an auction prize or two. Remember, this run is one-third of our annual fundraising efforts to support our region and charitable causes. Also, if you would like to donate anything toward the Chinese auction, contact one of the officers.
Until next month, Ride Hard, Ride Safe
Barb Tittle, Treasurer
Barb will give her report at the meeting.
Donna Sam, Membership 330.540.6210
If you're reading this in the mail from the Post Office, by now you have seen the “contact cards” that we have available to all members. I've included some in this snail mail. All you have to do is put your name and phone on them, and when someone says "ABATE ... What's that?" and you give them your contact info and invite them to the next meeting. It's a great ice breaker and contact maker. I'll be anxious to see how they work for you, as long as you work them and share them.
If you get this in email form, come to the next meeting, or just contact me and I'll mail some to you (yes, it's true, I know where you live).
May Meeting ... May monthly meeting will be on May 13, 1 pm at the Thirsty Frog
Check Facebook if you have it, Check the Region Web page if you don't. OR, Call any officer and have a chat. We'll also email out flyers.
June meeting…. Usually, it's the 3rd Saturday of the month, sometimes it's the 4th Saturday.
BIKER TO BIKER BUSINESS
Full Potential Tutor Services 330.651.7944 ... call or text Dana Kibler Teacher/Professional Tutor
Gross Plumbing in Ravenna ... 216.214.4377 ... AJ and Denise Rich-Gross ... Owner and Lifetime member of ABATE ...
Sewer & Drain Cleaning, High pressure water jetting, T.V. Sewer inspection
The Financial Concept Group ... www.thefinancialconceptgroup.com ... Jeff Cook ... Helping you take control of your life. ... www.jeffcook.juiceplus.com
(Thanks for reading all the way to the end)