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CBA / ABATE of NC, Gaston County NC Chapter of the Year: 2007, 2010, 2012 & 2013
Message from the President Hello to Everyone, here it is June already and man is it hot!!! Remember to drink
plenty of water if you are out riding or outside working. Beer does not hydrate, only
water does. You will dehydrate very quickly before you know it. So I urge you to keep
water on hand during this heat wave we are going through. Hopefully it will break
soon and cool off some.
I want to thank everyone who braved the heat and participated in our Freedom Ride on the 13th.
We had a great turnout and raised money for two great organizations, Biker Down Lifted Up and
The Potters House. Potters House also provided our wonderful meal for the general meeting. The ride
ended at the Homestead where a good time was had by all. Again thanks to all who participated.
On another note, if you read the online version of the June newsletter, you noticed an article by Jill
Stillwell. Her article is titled 'A Member's Opinion'. This article was very dir and to the point and hits
the nail on the head. To everyone who can complain about the way things are run in our organization,
you need to use that energy to step up and volunteer your help and your ideas so that together we can
make the CBA an organization that we all are proud of being members of. I encourage everyone to
read every word and take them to heart, because every word is true. To reinforce To what this article
says, we need everyone's help to be the best we can be. Thanks for the article Jill.
Well enough of me for now. Remember keep the shiny side up during your wind therapy. Thanks
for your time.
Allen Head, Gaston County CBA President
And Proud of It
Allen Head 704-860-6862
1st Vice President Cathy “Gabby” Mintz
704 868-4688 [email protected]
2nd Vice President
“Magic Mike” Dixon 704-641-3590
CBA Events Coordinators Rhonda Ham 704-861-2391 Ladonn Dixon 980-522-7471
Donna Barnett 704 287-4309
Treasurer Roy “Pete” McGinnis
704 616-7152 [email protected]
Kevin “Chappy” Pitts 980-429-6877
MSAP Robert Ham 704 861-5735
Master Sergeant at Arms Robert “Capt. K” Ham
Sergeant at Arms John Crawford
Barry “Bulldawg” Scruggs Sloan Richard
CBA Products Coordinator Lori Scruggs
[email protected] 704-704-868-6741
CBA Newsletter Editor &
Gaston Homestead Events: Rhonda Ham 704.861.2391
1st Vice President
Hello everyone, and Happy 4th of July to all! Enjoy your freedom and take a moment to
thank all those that are responsible for it.
Hog Happening was a HUGE success, thanks to all that helped with the CBA table and
the bike games. We may not of accomplished gaining alot of members, we did talk to lot's of
potential people on joining us. Got the word out about who we are and what our mission is. Made a little money for Hog Happening with our participations in the bike games and we sold quite a few
of our new shirts and all the yard signs we had on hand. The most part of it all beside being HOTTER than Haiti's, was we had fun, and
worked as a team to get it done. One of the funniest moments was when I started receiving calls that our GC CBA banner and pole was
coming down the main drag of Lincolnton...I was sent a picture of it..I couldn't help but laugh! You just had to be there and know the
whole story of why our banner was being carried from the other end of town square to where we were set up at. Great directions given is
why, HUH Magic Mike? The way I saw it was dedication in getting that banner to us. Thank you David Penley, Melissa Holder and the
kids for seeing to it that we got our banner. OH and not to mention I also had a complaint that the post and picture to MY face book page
was offensive.. BUT By no means was this in any way trying to make fun or make it appear to be a cross or disrespectful...it was just Gas-
ton Co.CBA banner simply being carried down the street at Hog Happening.
Our Freedom/Fund Run was a huge success. Recipient's were Biker Down Lifted Up Foothills Chapter and the Potter's House received
approximately $500.00 each. Thank you all that came out to support these two great organizations. If you worked a stop, helped at the
Homestead, got a door prize or anything to of helped in anyway, it was and as always very much appreciated. A shout out to new member Chris Shope, for cooking those Boston butts. Food was great. And Mischa, for always taking care of us on the deserts.
Another great mention that just show's the character of member's and friends that we have~ was the donation that was raised for my
good friend, Mollie Arndt that is fighting ovarian cancer. Their is a weekend rally and poker run planned by some of her closest friends
July 31-Aug.2nd. Check for flier on the Area Event's for Motorcycle Rider's Facebook page, where anyone can post their events. I hope to
see some of us their to show her some much needed love and support.
Another Western District event is in the works for Sept .12th to help promote biker awareness at the Geneva Riverside motel (which by
the way if you are a CBA member you will get reduced rates to stay in Lake Lure for "Birdman" Steve Melton that was killed in a motor-
cycle accident in Spartanburg, SC. on Valentine's Day. A poker run, music and more are being planned. Monies raised will benefit's Ste-
ve's family. Gaston will have a vendor spot there with our products and membership's available.. stay tuned for more information on this.
If your interested in participating in the ride up contact Magic Mike or myself or Lori Scruggs for helping with our table.
Please join me in congratulating our new CBA product's person Lori Scruggs. We appreciate her accepting this position, and if you have any suggestions or comment's about products please see her.
If you visit one of our sponsors, please let them know that you are a CBA member. Unless you are wearing your vest, the sponsors do
not always know that you are a CBA member. They support us so we need to make sure that we support them as well. Remember that we
have business cards that can be left with the sponsors when you visit them. They are at the Homestead. Just ask for some when you are
there. Please save your receipts when visiting Sponsors for a surprise in the fall. Keep watching the newsletter for more information.
Don't forget out State CBA meeting is July 18th and 19th at the Dance Hall Daze in Kernersville NC. If you haven't been to a State
meeting it's time to join in and learn more of what we do.. Thanks!
Yall ride safe ya here~
1st VP GCCBA Western District Coordinator
Sponsor Chair Person
Cindy Marshall, Exe. Dir./CSAC
704-824-3698 PO Box 322 Lowell, NC 28098
3908 E. Franklin Blvd.
July Trisha Garcia
Ronald & Lynne
Jason & Michelle Sturm
Jesse & Kimberly Turner
Tim & Mary McGinnis
Jason & Corrine Beck
June Sylvia Jo Murphy
James & Debbie Helton
James ―Gene‖ Clark
Jeff & Dana Gore
May Jay "Hollywood"
Brett & Christy Crane
Richard & Denise Welch
Randolph "Monk" Temple
April William Trautman
Joshua & Shanna Dunn
Terri ―Crash‖ Riding
James & Christine Loudon
Robert & Sherry Ward
Batman & Dusty Couto
Chris & Wanda Baucom
March Terry Deal
Dennis & Dianne Walden
Jacqueline K. Deaton
David & Michelle Spooner
Gary & Pennie Thrower
- March 2015
Memberships can be
renewed via PayPal us-
ing the CBA’s
mBy mailing it to :
Gaston County CBA,
PO Box 22, Lowell, NC
28098; or at the Gaston
267 Stowe Rd.,
Gastonia, NC 28056.
If you would like to
(& in color), please let
This will save the chap-
a year in copying and
Postage has gone up
so if you can
PLEASE get your
Ok Folks… Please Pay Attention…. If your name appears in RED… You are either over your 61 day grace period
for remaining a current member or on the verge of being in that category. We strive to retain members and wish for
support of all! This organization is all about the rights of bikers in the entire state, not just our county. But we can not
make changes without continual support of our members!!! In my opinion the extra life insurance is a blessing in its
self. Too many have been involved in accidents with nothing there to assist …. I know we don’t want to think about
it… but we are all only human… and it could happen to ANYONE!!!!
210 Hwy 161 N. Clover, SC 29710
Happy 4th of July
CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR GASTON COUNTY CBA
GASTON COUNTY HOMESTEAD AND AREA EVENTS
7/4/15 – Gaston CBA Helmet Law Protest Ride – Ends at the Gaston County Homestead with a July 4th Celebration ~ See Flyer Online
7/6/15 - Officers Meeting
7/8/15 – Gaston CBA Bike Night – Rock House – Angel Incident 7/9/15 - CBA General Meeting - food by Ray’s Smoke House
7/15/15 – Gaston CBA Bike Night – Rock House – DJ Kevin Brown
7/18/15 – SG Poker Run for Kelly (medical expenses) See Flyer 7/18/15 – 7/19/15 – State CBA Meeting
7/22/15 – Gaston CBA Bike Night – Rock House – Blacktop Burnouts
7/25/15— Remember Click Ride - See Flyer 7/29/15 – Gaston CBA Bike Night – Rock House – DJ Lisa
7/31/15 - Mollie Arndt Ride - See Flyer
9/12/15 – Steve Melton Ride and Motorcycle Awareness – Lake Lure – Geneva Hotel
9/2515 – 9/27/15 – Creekside Rally … See online flyer
Gaston County Homestead is open on
Friday & Saturday Nights
Biker Church @ Carolina Thunder on Sundays @ 11am.
All area events welcome on our online newsletter…
please send to [email protected]
2nd Vice President As the hot summer moves along more and more riders are taking to the roads at night for that cool night Carolina wind
therapy, along with that comes the dangers of wildlife and of course the guys who enjoy the wildlife in our bars, always
be aware of the dangers we face as bikers on every trip everytime , it causes me great grief to hear of a fallen brother or
sister and I pray for them each time I hear about it, with that said id like to welcome [RAINBOW] to the biker world she
started riding about 6 weeks ago and has already earned her road crew patch through our great organization, so welcome
girl to the most exciting way of life that you can ever want. Bike Nights are sultry and the pavement is really hot but the fun never stops every Wednesday night at the Rock House, with bands bike games and of course some special events , make sure to
come out and enjoy the fun with us each and every Wednesday Night rain or shine, everyone has a lot going on this time of year and as
an organization we still want to put on our quarterly rides talking about another trip up to the Dragon in the yhird quarter anyone inter-
ested please contact me and lets plan another wonderful trip like we had in the early part of the year. Also don’t forget the rides that our
own president heads up through South Carolina each and every month , get up with Allen Head and get in on one of the what we call
kickstand rides it’s a good time and always a safe ride, we would like congratulate all our winners for the bike games each week and of
course the end of the month bike show ,till next month shiney side up and keep reaching for the stars
2nd VP - In charge of the fun Shit!
Dice Roll to Benefit
July 18th, 2015
Kelly is a member of the Southern Gentlemen M/C and is in need of an Operation
on his shoulder so he can ride again. He would appreciate your help on this Dice
Run to be able to use the proceeds to help pay some of the medical bills. Kelly has
a lot of friends in this community that we hope will help out.
Start at Tony’s Bar off Wilkerson Blvd near Belmont. First bike out at 12:00 and
last bike out at 2:00. All the stops will be given out at Tony’s.
$200 High Hand
$100 Low Hand
Fish Plate with hand
$8.00 per plate without hand
Just FYI from the State Constitution of CBA
Theft Information Reward
The Board of Directors of CBA is authorized to
offer a $500 reward to anyone giving information
leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone
stealing or receiving a motorcycle belonging to a
member of Concerned Bikers Association/
A.B.A.T.E. of NC, Inc.
Gaston County CBA Meeting Minutes
June 11, 2015
Meeting was held at the Gaston County Homestead with the Meeting being called to order by Robert Ham, Open-ing Prayer led by “Dawg” Knox and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Robert Ham.
President – Gabby spoke in Allen’s absence due to work. Gabby recognized new members and visitors and thanked Gas-tonia’s Potter’s House for the food tonight. Guest Speaker: Jennifer Benton is the Staff Resident Advocate at the Emerald House for the King’s Daughters Ministry 501C3 non-profit organiza-
tion. The King’s Daughters Ministry is a voluntarily residential program that provides counseling, education and daily life skills to hurting
and troubled women. The ministry is always looking for volunteers, donations, and partnerships. More information can be found on their
CBA, Homestead and Other Area Events – Melissa, Gabby, Mike and others announced and discussed the upcoming events and they are listed in the events calendar here in the newsletter. Newsletter Editor/Lodge Committee Spokesperson – Rhonda asked everyone to please return borrowed koozies to the lodge or drop some off if you have extras that can be donated. Anyone can submit articles of motorcycle interest for the news-letter. Just remember to site your source and include a link if possible. Items for the newsletter are due to Rhonda by the 15th of each month ([email protected]). Secretary – Motion made and approved to accept the May minutes as printed in the June newsletter. We have 311 members (285 renewals, 26 Life, and 24 juniors). Please sign in each time you come to the lodge. Please remember to contact Donna if you have changes to your contact information ([email protected]). You can save the chapter up to $25/year by receiving the newsletter online. New member packets are available – please see/contact Donna if you need one. Renewals are posted at the Homestead. Memberships: single - $25, couple - $35 Treasurer – Pete read monthly treasurer report. Motion made and passed to approve report. Copies of the treasurer’s report are always available and the books are always open to anyone who wants to see them. Please contact Pete with any ques-tions/concerns about the reports. 1st Vice-President & Western District Coordinator – Gabby discussed sponsorships and protocol for obtaining them. Con-tracts have to be signed and a business card from the sponsor is needed for the newsletter, website, and facebook. Please see Gabby, Donna, Robert or Allen if you know of someone who may be interested in becoming a sponsor of the CBA. Hog Hap-pening in Lincolnton was 6/5 and 6/6 and was successful. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and worked the Biker Games and the CBA products table. The Steve Melton (Bird) Poker Run 9/12/15 – Lake Lure, Geneva Hotel will also be a western dis-trict event. Volunteers are needed for the CBA table on Saturday, September 12th. CBA members will get a reduced hotel rate @ the Geneva (ask for Marsha). Please let Gabby know if you would like to help. Please get info to Gabby if you would like it posted on the CBA’s Facebook Page and/or the Area Events for Motorcycle Riders Page. The deadline for having your name on the Gaston County Toy Run shirts this year is mid-November and is a $100 donation. 2nd Vice-President – Mike is currently looking for people to be Road Guards (minimum of 10) for rides and will ask that they all go through the MSAP program with Robert. The training is to ensure that everyone is on the same “page”. Road Crew Patches will be available to anyone who completes three group rides as a rider or passenger. You must sign-in at the beginning of the ride. Patches were awarded to: Bulldawg and Lori Scruggs, Jim Yates, Allen and Julie Head, Lewis Cox, T-Mac McGinnis, Dawg Knox, Rainbow Michelle Lineberger-Hall and Melissa Holder. Everyone who rides at least 500 miles a month between April and the November meeting will be given a big party. If you are interested, please have an officer log your miles each month. Bike Nights at Rock House are going well. The winners of the “biker games” each week win a t-shirt of their choice. The bike show is the last Wednesday of each month. Remember they are held rain or shine. The next Overnight Excursion is tenta-tively scheduled for August 14-15 for 2 nights at the Dragon again. Please watch for more information. The Homestead will be
getting Karaoke equipment and DJ Buddy Love will be assisting with the set-up of the equipment. The Steve Melton Ride will be a day ride. Watch for more details. membership fee after years of consecutive membership. Legislative Coordinator – Not in attendance and no information sent for the meeting. Master Sergeant at Arms – Robert thanked all current Sergeants for their assistance and work. MSAP – Robert Ham stated MSAP is doing great but needs volunteers to teach. Please contact Robert if you are interested in becoming a MSAP instructor. You do not have to be a CBA member in order to teach MSAP classes. As of July 1st state fund-ing for the Driver’s Education program in the school system will end. Please contact state legislators regarding this situation. Funding for two years has been approved by state legislators but this doesn’t address long-term funding. Robert stated that the tri-fold brochures for MSAP that can be placed at churches and other locations for parents and teens is printed. A generic tri-fold brochure with Jeff Reif’s name will be done for the Steve Melton (Bird) Poker Run in the fall because riders from all over the state will be there. Jeff will then be able to give them the contact information for where they live in N.C. Other areas are very interested in the MSAP program and York County will be paying approximately $3000 for a new MSAP DVD to be made. Products – New shirts are in and cost $15 each (There are both men’s and women’s shirts). Lori Scruggs has volunteered to become the new Products Manager.
Old Business – The CBA coloring book is almost complete pending a few more page changes/updates. New Business – Copies of the following constitutional changes from the April state meeting were given to members at the meeting and read by Donna
Existing: Article I MEMBERSHIP: #5 Lifetime membership will be available to members after five consecutive years of membership have been completed. (Current lifetime membership fees are as stated in Section 1 of the By-Laws.) Proposed: Article I MEMBERSHIP: #5 Lifetime membership will be available to members after the first five years of membership have been paid. (Current lifetime membership fees are as stated in Section 1 of the By-Laws.) Votes: In Favor 21, Opposed 1 (all 5 officer votes at the state meeting will be in favor of this Proposed Change)
Existing: BY-LAWS Section 1 Membership fees #2 A) Lifetime membership will cost five times the current Proposed: BY-LAWS Section 1 Membership fees #2 A) Lifetime membership will cost five times the current member-ship fee after the first five years of membership have been paid. Votes: In Favor 22, Opposed 0 (all 5 officer votes at the state meeting will be in favor of this Proposed Change) Existing: Article IX Constitutional Changes #1 Any proposed change to the Constitution or its By-Laws shall be pre-sented in written form to the Constitution Committee Chairperson. Proposed: Article IX Constitutional Changes #1 Any proposed change to the Constitution shall be presented in written form to the Constitution Committee Chairperson. Votes: In Favor 23, Opposed 0 (all 5 officer votes at the state meeting will be in favor of this Proposed Change) The first two proposed changes will allow members to become lifetime members of the CBA without having to first complete five consecutive years of membership. Members would have to have 5 paid years of membership and then could pay for life-time membership. The third proposed change will allow the Executive Council (all officers at the state meetings) to make By-Law changes without having the members vote on them. This is to help improve the process for making constitutional chang-es when By-Law changes may be necessary for constitutional changes to also take place.
Gabby asked for donations for Mollie Arndt as part of a fundraiser for her for medical expenses. $110 was raised. The
following will be on the shirts for this fundraiser: Gaston County CBA members and friends
Motion was made and passed to make a $100 donation for the “Jace Man Run” in August.
Julie Head, Lori Scruggs, Tina Long and Karen Slininger volunteered to look through old newsletters for any motions that
were passed and to look at the by-laws of other chapters and groups to start developing some for our chapter.
Melissa Holder resigned as CBA Events Coordinator. Rhonda Ham volunteered to take over until Melissa is ready to
Collect as many receipts as possible from as many differ-
ent sponsors as possible from now until the September gen-eral meeting. There is a surprise for that evening. Older newsletters had $50 quarterly ads available. This will be discussed at the next officer’s meeting.
Motion to Adjourn – Made and Passed Closing Prayer – Lewis Cox Respectfully submitted, Donna Barnett, Secretary
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Notice to ALL CBA Members!!!
We have had a dramatic drop in the participation of
members for events at the Gaston County Home-
stead. This is the home of the Gaston County CBA.
although it is a separate entity of the CBA. In order
to continue with the Homestead, we need everyone,
members or not to come down and enjoy what we
have to offer and support what is going on. Without
y’alls support the Homestead may not exist for the
CBA members meetings much longer!!! That would
be SAD, but a seriously true fact!