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    December 2015Volume XXXIXIssue IX

    Next Meeting December 13th@ Jerseys Sports Caf at 10:30 a.m.

    Join us on our Veterans Christmas RideSee Back Page for Details

    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

    ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.The only Motorcycle Rights Organization in the State of FloridaLegislative News MSAP Instructors Community Service

    ABATE: American Bikers Aimed Towards Education

    We lobby and educate the Government and the general public to promote motorcycling in a safe and positive image.

    ABATE of Florida, Inc. 2010 ABATE of Florida, Inc., Southwest Chapter. All rights reserved. ABATE of Florida, Inc.and the Southwest Chapter do not condone drinking while riding or driving.
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    We are a non-profit organization ofmotorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life.We lobby and educate the government and the

    general public to promote motorcycling in asafe and positive image. We endeavor to enlistthe cooperation and participation of allorganizations and individuals that share asimilar interest in preserving our Americantradition of FREEDOM. We promotemotorcycle safety, training and politicalawareness. We ARE NOT A CLUB ORGANG. We fund our work through toy runs,poker runs, campouts and other motorcycleactivities. We are your neighbors and friendswho work, pay taxes and get involved with ourcommunity. We serve and support our countryand believe in freedom. We use all legal meansto protect our rights without infringing on therights of others.


    To become a powerful and viable politicalforce in legislative matters concerning the

    motorcyclist;To promote safe riding habits withoutinfringing on individual freedoms;To motivate bikers to write letters to theirlegislators before, during and after thelegislative session; andTo furnish our members with a newsletter tokeep all bikers informed in regard to upcominglegislation.


    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13TH@ 10:30 a.m


    13971 N. Cleveland Ave.Fort Myers, FL(corner of 41 and Pondella)



    20thof the month for editorial and Boardapproval


    Southwest Chapter NewsletterIssue date: December 2015



    Fort Myers, FL

    DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of ABATE of Florida, Inc. and/or the

    Southwest Chapter. The publication allows members to express their beliefs and opinions. ABATE of Florida, Inc., and the

    Southwest Chapter accept no responsibility for the comments, opinions, or views contained in this newsletter.

    Please direct correspondence in reference to this publication to: Heidi Szolga, Southwest Chapter, P.O. Box 60745, Fort

    Myers, FL 33906-6745 or email [email protected].

    Donations to ABATE of Florida, Inc. are not deductible for Federal Tax Purposes.

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]
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    ABATE of Florida, Inc./Southwest ChapterEXECUTIVE BOARD & TRUSTEES

    PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL

    President: Moe [email protected] / 412-999-3397

    Vice President: Frankie [email protected] / 239-693-7035

    Secretary: Gwynne [email protected] / 239-246-2025

    Treasurer: Heidi [email protected] / 618-616-0870

    Sergeant-At-Arms: Robb [email protected] / 239-458-3136

    Membership Trustee: Charlie [email protected] / 239-772-3972

    Public Relations: Gwynne [email protected] / 239-246-2025

    Legislative Representative: Frankie [email protected] / 239-693-7035

    Safety Director:

    Newsletter: Heidi [email protected] / 618-616-0870

    Webmasters: Taylor [email protected] / 360-298-1921 and

    Ed Lufkin, [email protected] / 508-685-9220

    Chapter Chaplain: Tom [email protected]


    Chapter Rep: Moe MoserChapter Rep: Carl Nelson



    Presidents Message:

    Hello Southwest Chapter:

    I hope that everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. Despitethe worlds troubles, most of us should be able to findmany things for which we are thankful.

    Our Chapters signature event, the Veterans Christmas

    Ride, is Sunday, December 20. Im asking all chaptermembers to do their part in making this a successfulevent. Heres what you can do:

    * go on the ride - bring a Christmas stocking filled withsmall gifts - socks, shave cream, magazines, etc., ormake a cash contribution at the registration

    * invite a non-member friend to come along to see whatour Chapter is about

    * show up at 9:00 am and offer to help* take pictures - those working the event wont have time

    to think about photos and wed like to have them forthe January newsletter

    * consider asking friends, relatives, employers, etc. ifthey would like to make a contribution to the Ride

    * if you cant attend, consider making a contribution -any Chapter officer can accept your donation or youcan use the Chapter mailing address

    The details of the event are on our Chapter website,Chapter Facebook page and the last page of thisnewsletter. Remember - these men and women whoserved our country look forward every year to our arrival

    and for some, this is the only Christmas visit they willget. Please participate in whatever way you can.

    If I dont see you before then, I want to wish you a MerryChristmas and a Happy New Year filled with good thingsfor you and your loved ones.

    Thanks, Moe
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    Jerseys Sports Caf, Fort Myers on November 15, 2015

    CALLED TO ORDER AT 10:32 a.m.

    Salute flag, Pledge of Allegiance, Moment ofsilence for fallen.

    Silence cell phones.Sgt-At-Arms account of members present16members, 2 new and 4 visitors

    Presidents Report Moe Moser

    1. Welcome to two new members, Tim and Jim anda few visitors. Glad to have everyone here.2. Announcement of President, Secretary andSafety Educator resigning. No direct word ofresignation of Newsletter Editor and Productsofficer as of yet, but believe they are as well.3. Advised as to personal reasons for resignationsand that requests for some have been made totransfer to Estero Chapter.4. Due to resignation of Pres., VP is to assumeduties of President. Motion to accept Moe asPresident made by Ed and 2ndby Gwynne. Motioncarries.

    Secretarys ReportMotion to accept minutes as written by secretary

    and noted in newsletter made by Carl and 2nd

    byFrankie. Motion carries.

    Treasurers Report Heidi SzolgaMotion to accept last report as read by Gwynne and2ndby Robb. Motion carries.

    Sgt. At ArmsRobb Rabbell1. Thank you out to everyone who joined PeaceRiver for their toy ride on November 1st. It was abig success.

    2. Volunteers needed to help with security, parkingand getting groups out in timely fashion atVeterans Ride.

    Legislative ReportFrankie Kennedy1. Report will be in the newsletter.

    Membership ReportCharlie Fisher1. Nothing to report at this time.

    Old Business:1. Veterans ride fundraising is still in full swing.We have some big donations that we should know

    about by weeks end that should put us at our goal.Albeit no response from any VFWs to date, whichis disappointing. We have reached out to manygroups to join our riding and it looks verypromising. Looking at a vendor to serve breakfastduring the registration. Discussed pros and cons ofsame. Question was raised about Sun Sports beingopen during registration and whether we need toprovide trash cans. Discussed coffee and donuts forregistration volunteers. Discussion of water beingavailable during registration. Discussion ofmaps/route for ride. Discussed getting logistics ofthe staggered start.

    New Business:1. President is allowed to appoint board membersand be voted in by Chapter. Frankie has agreed totake Vice President position. Motion from floor toaccept Frankie as Vice President made by Carl and2ndby Ed. Motion carries. Gwynne has agreed totake Secretary position. Motion from floor to

    accept Gwynne as Secretary made by Carl and 2nd

    by Robb. Motion carries.2. Ed Lufkin has agreed to assist Taylor asWebmaster to keep our website and Facebook pageup to date.3. With losing Victor as MSAP we will want tolook into getting another member to take over. Edis certified and is considering this role.4. Discussions held regarding Fort Myers BikeNight last night. Advised many people were there,stopped by the tent and inquired. All in all a good

    night.5. It is reminded that meeting next month is oneweek early due to date of rideemail reminderswill go out to the Chapter members accordingly.5. Motion to adjourn made by Robb, 2ndby Charlie.Motion carries.

    Meeting adjourned 11:17 a.m.

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    Kim AdairKeith BakerBill Barber

    Darrell BarnettDenee BartelsKarl Bartling

    Karl Bartling, IIIJames Bogenrieder

    Scott BlinkChet Budz

    James BurkholderNora Burkholder

    Don CampbellEllen CampsonFrances CazesWayne Cerra

    Jonathan Conant

    Terry CovingtonAudrey Cran

    Rick CranRob Cran

    Robert Cruz CrusanJim CrystalDan Curry

    Biffle DavisLynne Davis

    Mary Dicenzo-PorterAl Diagiaco

    Frank DisommaCindy DoakRandy Eck

    Marius EspeletaJeffery FielderHarry Foster

    Leather FosterBrian Galvin

    Sonny Gartrell

    Steven GoldsteinLynnda GrayLarry Gullin

    Bob HallHans Holberg

    Rodney Hollingsworth

    Misti HollingsworthHarry HooverJeff Hoover

    Jonathan HuntGeorge Huttman

    Susan Red HuttmanDan Jackson

    Cindy C.J. JordanFrankie Kennedy

    Ed LaCombeJulio Lopez

    Mary Ann Rivera-LopezKD Marlowe

    Don Meredith Jr.Kenneth MillerJohn MitchellJay MonttetitMoe Moser

    Taylor MusburgerCarl Nelson

    Steve NewtonTami Newton

    Terry PadillaBob Penn

    Asuncsion PeppersRichard Peppers

    Victor PiorkowskiKathleen Provenzano

    Rev. Thomas ProvenzanoFrank E. RhorerBill Robinson

    Janet RolfeTabitha Rossi

    Roland SalsberryBruce Scheiner

    Juergen Wolfgang SchmidtJencye Schmitt

    Jerry SchmittElsie Seif

    Doug SepanakRobert SimonKelly SmithRoger Smith

    Randall SpiveyRichard StergulzSandy Stergulz

    Grandpa StewardLynda Stewart

    Russell SullivanScott TurnerRuth Vorys

    Teresa WebsterD. Payton WellsMichael Wieland

    Jama WyattSteve Wyatt

    L if e Members Who

    Have Passed Away

    Jerry Barnett

    Maggie CranGinny DAsti

    John Kennedy

    Russell May

    Rev. Rea MeansJo Ann Miller

    Jim Mozeleski

    To become a Life Member contact the Membership Trustee on Page 3

    Southwest Chapter Products

    Chapter Patch Large (Members Only) $25.00Chapter Patch Small - $7.00

    Chapter Flag - $25.00

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    Chaplains Message

    The Bullhorn People are Back!

    What About the Bullhorns at Bike Nights? - Redux

    Dear Fellow ABATE Members,

    Late last year, we had heard stories about the bullhorn people at Bike Nights.Finally, at the Bike Night last January, we were able to experience the bullhorns, forourselves. Here it is, the start of another Bike Night season, and the bullhornpeople are back!

    This time, in addition to their activities at least one-half block away, they came within several feet of our outreachvenue, spewing out their message with bullhorns.

    Last January, several of our motorcycling friends and family at Bike Night came to us and asked, What about thebullhorns? This time and last time, there were many complaints and concerns expressed about what seemed like avery confrontational way of presenting a salvation message, with what was described as judgment, condemnationand name calling. How should we respond, again?

    To prepare our hearts for a response, lets look at some scripture.

    John 12:44-49 44 Then Jesus cried out, Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one whosent me. 45The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come in to the world as a li ght, so tha

    no one who beli eves in me should stay in dark ness. 47 If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not

    judge that person. For I did not come to judge the wor ld, but to save the wor ld. 48There is a judge for the one who

    rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken wil l condemn them at the last day. 49 For

    did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.(NIV)

    At this point, while we are alive in this world, it appears that Jesus does not judge or condemn us . In fact, the

    scriptures tell us in Matthew 7 (NKJV) Judge not, that you be not judged.2

    For wi th what j udgment you judge, youwil l be judged; and with the measure you use, it wil l be measured back to you. 3And why do you look at the speck

    in your brothers eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, Let me

    remove the speck from your eye; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5Hypocrite! F ir st remove the plank f rom

    your own eye, and then you wi ll see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye.

    God clearly knows His own word when the scriptures tell us that, All have sinned and fallen short of the glory ofGod. (Romans 3:23) The word, All means us, you, the Pope, and the bullhorn people. He clearly knows thecondition of the world, right now. He clearly knew the condition of the world when Adam and Eve committed thefirst sin of the human race.

    Most of us can recite John 3:16 and 17 where the scriptures say, 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only

    begotten Son, that whosoever beli eveth in him should not per ish, but have ever lasting li fe.17 For God sent not hisSon into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.(KJV)

    There are many scriptures that tell us of judgment and condemnation, as we pass from here into eternity. It will bebased upon the personal decision we make for Him. But, at this point, we suggest that we should concentrate on thelove, peace, and compassionthat God is showing us and offering to us, now.

    How do we respond? Respond in kindness, the same way Jesus would. Gently, ask them about the love, peace, andcompassion of our Lord. Ask if they would like to see your motorcycle. Ask them if they ride. Ask them if there isanything personal going on in their lives (finances, sickness, family issues, etc) that YOU could ask Gods

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    intervention in! If you dont like their response(s), we suggest that you dont take it personally, just walk away,knowing that God will take of it. Pray for them!

    Jesus the Biker

    He was a lot like you and me. The government didn't like Him. The church thought he was weird. His friends

    were few. What friends He had, denied Him. He was persecuted by hypocrites. He hung around people like you

    and me, not the goody-two-shoes Pharisees.

    Yes, if Jesus were on this earth in the flesh He would be next to you on his Harley telling you He loved you......

    enough to die for you. (Author unknown, taken from: iew/445631/jesus---would


    Please pray " Dear God, the God of Abraham, I saac, and Jacob, my heavenly Father, the God of Jesus, I confessthat I am a sinner and have been separated fr om You. I am going to stop running from You . I ask forgiveness o

    my sins. I repent and accept thi s gif t of repentance and I wish to be fr ee in You. I confess with my mouth that your

    son Jesus is my savior and died for me. I beli eve in my heart that You raised H im fr om the dead. I receive Jesus

    in to my heart and ask H im to become the center of my li fe. I ask, in the Name of Jesus. Amen."

    If you prayed that prayer for the first time, and you mean it, you really have accepted Him into your heart, please let

    us know.


    Pastor Tom (SW ABATE Chaplain and Life Member and Estero River ABATE Life Member) and Pastor Kathy (SWABATE Life Member) 239-267-8641 or email:[email protected]

    Fathoms Restaurant & Bar located at 5785

    Cape Harbour Drive in Cape Coral holds a bike

    night every Tuesday with live music from 6:00

    pm to 10:00 pm. If you arrive early, their happy

    hour is from 2pm to 6pm.

    As you know, we have our ABATE Safety booth

    there on the first Tuesday of every month.

    If you are out and about, please stop by and

    see us and enjoy some great music![email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]://[email protected]://
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    ABATE of Florida, Inc.Southwest Chapter

    P.O. Box 60745 Fort Myers, FL



    Mailing Address:

    City State Zip Code + Four

    Phone: (Include Area Code):

    May we use your phone number for our phone tree? YES NO

    Email Address:

    Are you a registered Voter? YES NO

    Please list your voting districts from your Voter Registration Card:

    FL House FL Senate US Congress District

    Name of Chapter you wish to join: Southwest Chapter

    If you are a member of more than one chapter, please designate your home chapter

    Select ONE of the following:New/RenewalAnnual Membership Due $20.00

    Lifetime Membership $150.00

    Transfer Membership to:

    Change of Address:

    Signature: Date:

    Sponsored by Chapter Member:

    Memberships are open to anyone 18 years of age or older. All members receive with their paid membership a

    membership card, our bi-monthly Masterlink magazine, Chapter Newsletter, Chapter voting privileges and personalinvolvement in Statewide legislative actions and their freedom to ride.


    Dues Paid by Cash Check Money Order

    Mailed Date: Membership Card Make Checks Payable to:ABATE of Florida, Inc.

    Southwest ChapterCopy of By Laws

    Membership Expiration

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    Membership Trustee Report

    GOOD NEWS!!!We had two new members sign up in September: Marjorie Fisher and Michele Temple. Wealso had five new members sign up in October: Gary Bedwell, Don Tupper, Timothy Schulte, Gary Howd andPamela Heideker. We also had one renewal in October: Larry Patitucci. In November we had four newmembers sign up: Sandy Stone, Tim Heitz, Jim Cranden and Cindy Sheahan. We also had two renewals inNovember: Ed Lufkin and John Lupo.

    Now for the bad news. The following Membershipsrecently expired:

    And the following Memberships are about toexpire:


    Charles CarothersMarcella CarothersMichael DesfossesMike FahmlanderLeon Veilleux


    James DavisJason Romeo

    John Romeo


    Fran LupoDaniel MeleRoger MillerRoger Smith, Sr.Iva SokolikSteven Swegert


    Wendy Mangina

    December: January:

    Lauren Castrovinci Robert CocoRichard Leon Tom DanicarteBob Paczkowski Jack Duncan

    Crystal HarrisJohn PerroneJames PhillipsDavid Rice

    If your membership has recently lapsed, please consider renewing. Remember, membership in ABATE is thesingle most effective way for motorcyclists to have their voices heard in Tallahassee. We need you!

    We have begun the process of sending out reminder cards to Members before their membership expires.However, you can always complete the Membership Application form on Page 8 of the Newsletter and return itto me with payment. You may also contact any of the officers listed on Page 3 of the Newsletter for help withyour renewal or with any new applications for those who would like to join.

    Ride Safe!

    Charlie Fisher, Membership Trustee

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    DECEMBER, 2015Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat

    1Fathoms Bike


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    Gator Alley

    CC Bike NightBOD Mtg. 139:30/GeneralMtg. 10:30Jerseys Caf

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    27 28 29 30 New Years Eve31
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    JANUARY, 2016Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat

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    Fathoms BikeNight

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    Ft. MyersBike Night

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    1710:30 amGeneral Mtg.Location TDB

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    Members Only Section

    Welcome to the newest addition to our Newsletter! This is a space where members can provide life updates,any items for sale, anything that they are involved in and would like other members to be aware of, oranything in general with regard to our members. Should you want to place something in this section, pleaseemail your information [email protected] items placed in this section are at the discretion of theSouthwest Chapter Board Members.

    For Sale:

    "Member selling 2011 Roadglide UltraFLTRU. 10,600 miles. New tires, battery,and 10k service done. Includes hard baginserts, bike cover, headsets, luggage rack.Like new condition. $17,500. John at708204 8483 or jkolar0317@yahoo.

    For sale:

    800 Watt Generator: The Chapter has a small generator that is no longer needed. When onsale, it sells at Harbor Freight for $100 plus tax. Ours has been run only 1/2 hour so is in

    perfect condition. Its available to a chapter member for $80 (no tax). See or call Moe(412-999-3397) if interested.


    Im inviting all chapter members to put my number (412-999-3397) into their cell phones. I own a truck and an openutility trailer. If you have a breakdown or other emergency with your motorcycle, you can call me and if Im available,Ill pick it up for you. This is for emergency situations only; please dont call and ask me to take your bike to Haus ofTrikes for an oil change (lol). Also, if you need the use of a trailer to take your bike somewhere, Im open to lending itout. Thanks, Moe

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]
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    Legislative Report by rankie Kennedy

    As we are currently not in session, there isnt a lot going on at the State level. However, heres someinformation on whats happening nationally to be aware of.

    Safeguard motorcycle provisions in much-needed highway billTell Conference Committee now!

    Take Action

    The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 is being considered by a conference committee

    to reconcile the House and Senate versions. The federal Highway Bill includes good news for on- and off-highway


    Now is the time to make sure the provisions favorable to motorcyclists remain in the final bill.

    Amendments and other provisions passed by the House and/or the Senate and supported by the American

    Motorcyclist Association include:

    Continued funding for the Recreational Trails Program which provides funding to states for maintaining,

    improving and expanding off-highway recreational opportunities

    A prohibition against using federal funds for motorcycle-only checkpoints Reestablishing a Motorcycle Advisory Council to coordinate with and counsel the U.S. Department of

    Transportation administrator on infrastructure concerns of particular interest to motorcyclists

    Authorization for a study to be performed by the National Academies of Science on ways to prevent motorcycle


    Funding of highway safety grants that include programs to reduce distracted driving, including language that

    make it easier for states to successfully qualify for and receive the money.

    To ensure these amendments are included, urge your lawmaker today to keep these amendments as part of the six-

    year highway bill.

    Now, more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help us protectour riding freedoms. More members means more clout against the opponents of motorcycling, and your support

    will help the AMA fight for your rights on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join, go to
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    ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.Southwest Chapter

    P.O. Box 60745 Fort Myers, FL 33906




    $ 55.00$ 85.00$145.00$200.00

    $ 80.00$135.00$245.00$375.00

    Please submit all artwork in PDF or JPEG format.Email advertisement artwork/information and/or questions [email protected] advertising MUST be approved by ABATE of Florida, Inc., Southwest Chapter.

    Forward this completed form and payment to above P.O. Box.Checks payable to Southwest Chapter

    Business Name:


    Business Contact: Business Phone:

    Cell Phone: Email:


    Print Name: Ad Start Date:

    Duration of Ad: Ad Renewal Date:

    Date Payment Received: Form of Payment:


    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]
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