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The July 2015 Newsletter of the Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida




    Lobby & Educate the Government & the General Public to Promote Motorcycling in a Safe & Positive Image

    JULU 2015 Volume XXXVI, Issue XIII




    WHO WE ARE We are a non-profit organization of motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life. We lobby and educate the government and the general public to promote motorcycling in a safe and positive image. We endeavor to enlist the cooperation and participation of all organizations and individuals that share a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of FREEDOM. We promote motorcycle safety, training, & political awareness. We ARE NOT A CLUB OR A GANG. We fund our work through toy runs, poker runs, campouts, and other motorcycle activities. We are your neighbors & friends who work, pay taxes, and get involved with our community. We serve and support our country and believe in freedom. We use all legal means to protect our rights without infringing on the rights of others.

    OUR GOALSTo become a powerful and viable political force in legislative matters concerning the motorcyclist.To promote the safe riding habits without infringing on individual freedoms.To motivate the bikers to write letters to their legislators before, during, and after the legislative session.To furnish our members with a newsletter to keep all bikers informed in regards to upcoming legislation.



    JULY 19 at Jerseys Sports Caf at 10:30am

    MEMBER MATERIAL DEADLINE : 20th of the Month for Editorial

    and Board Approval




    ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter

    PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906

    Disclaimer:The views expressed in this newsletter are not

    necessarily those of ABATE of Florida, Inc. and or the Southwest Chapter.

    This publication allows members to express their beliefs and opinions. ABATE of Florida, Inc. and

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

    newsletter. Please direct correspondence in reference to this

    publication to: Victor Piorkowski | (cell) 239-823-6159

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

    ABATE of Florida, Inc. 2010 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter

    All Rights ReservedABATE of Florida, Inc. and the Southwest Chapter

    do not condone drinking while riding or driving

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  • ABATE of Florida, Inc. |Southwest ChapterEXECUTIVE BOARD & TRUSTEES

    PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL

    President -Shayne [email protected] | 239.560.2565

    Vice President - Moe Moser412-999-3397 | [email protected]

    Secretary - Laurie Hanley239-898-5168 | [email protected]

    Treasurer - Heidi Szolga618-616-0870 | [email protected]

    Sergeant At Arms - Bob Rabell [email protected] | 239.458.3136

    Membership Trustee | Jim Philips 239-209-0016 | [email protected]

    Public Relations - Gwynne Hickman239.246.2025 | [email protected]

    Legislative Representative- Frank Kennedy239.693.7035 | [email protected]

    Safety Director - Victor Piorkowski 239-772-3320 | [email protected]

    Newsletter - Iva Sokolik [email protected]

    Webmaster - Taylor Musburger239.334.1620 | [email protected]

    Chapter Chaplain - Tom Provenzano 239.267.8641 | [email protected]

    HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MRO*Chapter Meetings held at Six Bends Harley-Davidson

    of Fort Myers 1st Sunday of each month*MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

    ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.2012 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter

    All Rights Reserved




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    The SWFL Chapter of LEATHERNECKSMotorcycle Club Intl., Inc.

    We WelcomeMarine Veterans, FMF Corpsmen

    And Active Duty Men and Women Marines

    If you love riding a motorcycle and want the Brotherhood/Sisterhood. That you had in the Corps,

    then we are what you want!For further information contact

    Rail Road at: 239-321-3298Or visit our website at:


    STATE OFFICE: ABATE OF Florida, Inc. PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (386) 943-9610 Fax: same Email:[email protected] PRESIDENT: JAMES"DOC" REICHENBACH PO Box 712, Silver Springs, FL 34489-0712 Phone: (352) 625-6353 Fax: same Email:[email protected] VICE PRESIDENT: DENNIS "MUDDER" RUDOI PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (407) 925-4307 Fax: (407) 699-9748 Email:[email protected] SECRETARY: SHELLY JOHNSTON PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (904) 405-4700 Fax:(386) 943-9610 Email:[email protected] TREASURER: PATTI NASRALLAH PO Box 16309, Temple Terrace, FL 33687-6309 Phone: (813) 695-9203 Fax: (813) 626-2306 Email:[email protected] SGT-AT-ARMS: TJ PAINTER PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (352) 303-8299 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email:[email protected] PR/COMMUNICATIONS: SARABETH KOHL PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (904) 591-4100 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email:[email protected]

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  • Presidents Message

    Hi Everyone! As your next Chapter President I plan big things to come. We all want the same thing; to get the word out for Motorcycle Safety and Awareness. With this in mind, our future is wide open. With the great group of board members behind me I believe this year will be even better than the last one. We did 36 events last year and I am hoping to do even more this year. I am very excited and am hoping everyone will join with me! Any ideas, concerns, or questions please dont hesitate to call me.

    Be Careful and Ride Safe,

    Shayne HanleySW Chapter PresidentAbate of Florida, Inc.





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    State Meeting, Lake County

  • July 2015

    Good Morning Freedom Fighters:

    LAWMAKERS START SESSION TO PASS BUDGETFlorida lawmakers convened at 1 p.m. Monday for a special session to pass a budget, with much of the controversy involving health-care issues. The special session could last through June 20, as lawmakers work to approve a budget before the fiscal year starts July 1. Much of the debate early in session, however, will focus on a Senate proposal to use federal Medicaid money to offer health insurance to 800,000 Floridians. The House and Gov. Rick Scott oppose the proposal. Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, said budget conference negotiations likely will start this weekend. The News Service will have full coverage later Monday.

    HOUSE READY TO VOTE ON TRIMMED-DOWN TAX CUTSThe House has positioned its dramatically streamlined tax-cut package for a vote on Friday. But it remains to be seen how the Senate, which has offered four individual tax-cut bills during the ongoing special legislative session, will handle the House proposal. Katie Betta, spokeswoman for Senate President Andy Gardner, would only say Thursday that the Senates Finance and Tax Committee is likely to meet the final week of the special session. The session started Monday and could last through June 20. The House tax-cut package (HB 33A), stripped down as lawmakers work to cover health-care costs in the overall budget, offers $273.2 million in savings for the upcoming fiscal year, with the number growing to $436 million the following year. The overall numbers are down from a $690 million plan (HB 7141) that had been proposed by the House during this springs regular legislative session and the $673 million in cuts requested by Gov. Rick Scott.

    SCOTT BACKS RECORDS EXEMPTION FOR MILITARY MEMBERSGov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a measure that provides a public-records exemption to help shield information about military-service members and military families. The measure (HB 185), sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, will allow current and past members of the U.S. armed forces, reserves or National Guard who have served since Sept. 11, 2001, along with their spouses and dependents, to request that home and personal information be exempt from state public records. The bill pointed to terrorist groups threatening service members and families. The Legislature finds that allowing continued public access to the identification and location information of current or former service members and their families jeopardizes the safety of service members, their spouses, and their dependents, the bill said. The Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, which advocates for open government, asked Scott to veto the proposal, pointing in part to unnecessary burdens for clerks, property appraisers and others government officials. (Disclosure: The News Service of Florida is a member of the First Amendment Foundation.) Scott on Tuesday also signed two other public-records exemption bills approved during this springs regular legislative session. One bill (HB 7) dealt with court records related to the settlement of claims on behalf of minors, while the other (HB 7061) dealt with records held by agencies investigating violations of the Florida RICO Act.

    PENALTY FOR REFUSING BREATH TEST UPHELDAn appeals court Friday upheld the constitutionality of a state law that allows criminal charges to be filed against suspected drunken drivers who refuse to take breath tests. The 18-page ruling by the 5th District Court of Appeal came in a Volusia County case that stemmed from the October 2013 arrest of William Williams on a suspicion of driving under the influence. A police officer asked Williams to take a breath test but did not have a warrant. Williams refused to take the test. The case centered, at least in part, on a law that applies to people who refuse to submit to breath tests after also refusing to submit to tests in earlier DUI cases, according to Fridays ruling. That law allows such people to be charged with first-degree misdemeanors. Williams, who had previously refused a breath test, entered a no-contest plea in the October 2013 arrest, with the caveat that he could appeal. The appeals-court ruling weighed whether the Florida law violates the U.S. Constitutions Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. The court focused on whether it is unconstitutional to file criminal charges when officers do not have warrants for breath tests. Here, balancing the states legitimate interest against the degree to which the breath-alcohol test would have intruded upon Williams privacy, we conclude that the warrantless test would have been reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,

    Legislative Report Submitted by Ken TEDDYBEAR Miller

  • said the ruling, written by Judge Jay Cohen and joined by judges Thomas Sawaya and Richard Orfinger. The state clearly has a legitimate interest in decreasing and prosecuting drunk driving.

    FROM THE AMAWASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has called for additional safety requirements for motorcycle helmets to reduce the use of novelty helmets that offer little protection in a crash. The DOT proposal includes standards for helmet thickness, compression ability and other features. Novelty helmets generally cover less head area and are made of less impact-resistant material compared to DOT certified helmets, according to the DOT.WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Motorcyclist fatalities appear to have dropped for the second straight year, according to preliminary 2014 data from the Governors Highway Safety Association. GHSA projects the final motorcyclist fatality total for 2014 will be 4,584 about 1.8 percent less than the 4,668 recorded in 2013. This will be the second straight year in which this number has decreased, and the third decrease since 1997.GHSA adjusts its numbers to account for underreporting. The report includes preliminary data from each state and the District of Columbia for the first nine months of 2014. Compared to the first nine months of 2013, motorcyclist fatalities decreased in 27 states, increased in 19 states, and remained the same in four states plus the District of Columbia, according to the report authored by Allan Willams, former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.WASHINGTON, D.C. The Black Box Privacy Protection Act, introduced by U.S. Reps. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would protect motorcyclists rights by requiring manufacturers to prominently disclose to consumers whether an event data recorder, commonly known as a black box, is installed on their motorcycles.The bill H.R. 2526 -- would clarify that the owner of the motorcycle owns the black box data and that the data may not be accessed without the permission of the owner. This bill also would require that manufacturers provide consumers with the option of controlling the recording function in automobiles or motorcycles that are equipped with black boxes, allowing owners could turn the recorder on or off.

    FROM THE MRFA quick, short recess week saw little congressional or regulatory action. On Friday, Obamas Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dealt what could be the beginning of the end for ethanol fuel growth. The EPA has been sitting on a proposal for a year and, half to lower ethanol requirements for oil refineries. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a law passed by Congress that mandates the amount of ethanol to be included in the nations fuel supply. Each year the RFS ticks up a little bit, until now.The EPA has proposed that levels be slashed in 2015 and 2016 to the tune of about four and five million gallons, respectively. The drop in production requirements has angered those in the ethanol production world, and delighted those who do not want more ethanol in the fuel stream. As for motorcyclists, the news is encouraging; the less ethanol being required will mean that the smaller amounts of ethanol will have to be spread thinner. This in theory, removes the need to increase the blend to E15 levels. The EPA knows that ethanol is unpopular and cites this as the main reason to lower production requirements. The market has spoken, and it is not in favor of ethanol. Starting this Monday the short-term highway bill countdown begins. The new extension expires July 31. Look for another extension this summer, unless someone finds $550 billion dollars lying around in the next 60 days.On June 4th the United States House of Representatives agreed to an amendment to the 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that struck a provision that would have overturned the U.S. Department of Transportation lobby ban. The measure was approved on the House floor reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. The Amendment offered by Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) along with Mr. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Mr. Ribble (R-WI), eliminates a provision in the 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations act that would have allowed the Secretary of Transportation to discuss motorcycle safety initiatives with state legislators. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation thanks Congressman Walberg, Sensenbrenner, and Ribble for their dedication to freedom and motorcycling.In 1998 Congress passed a law that made it illegal for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to lobby state legislatures on any issue. Prior to 1998, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), USDOT had spent tens of thousands of dollars traveling to states whenever a state debated changing their own state helmet law or any other law that USDOT deemed worthy to interfere on. Seeing this as a waste of taxpayer money, the congress prohibited anyone from USDOT to lobby states uninvited.Mr. Walberg had this to say, The federal government should not be in the business of lobbying state and local officials with federal money. He added, I believe the most effective way to reduce motorcycle injuries and fatalities is to prevent these crashes from occurring in the first place, Madam Chairperson, that means putting between the ears as opposed to simply on the head.I cannot think of a single issue where the federal government should waste resources lobbying a state entity for something that the state doesnt want, said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Motorcycle

  • Riders Foundation. He added With such limited, precious motorcycle safety funds, they need to be used in areas of safety that are proven, not for bureaucratic waste. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, which concerns motorcycle safety helmets. NHTSA proposes to modify the existing performance requirements of the standard by adding construction requirements. The reasoning behind this is to aid state and local law enforcement officers in enforcing FMVSS No. 218, allowing an officer to visually determine whether a helmet meets the safety standard. NHTSA is currently accepting public comments on this proposal, and will continue to do so until July 20, 2015. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation opposes NHTSAs proposal. The proposal fails to take into consideration the rapid pace of technological change in this area. By adopting arbitrary dimension and compression requirements, NHTSA will effectively be shutting out manufacturers who utilize technology to construct helmets which, while failing to meet NHTSAs construction requirements, may very well exceed their performance requirements. It is conceivable that, by the time the new proposals were adopted, they would already be obsolete. To compound that problem, if such a situation did ariseand it almost certainly willthe process of amending the safety standard is so long and complicated that it is not feasible to make periodic changes in order to include technological advancements in motorcycle helmet construction. FMVSS No. 218 should remain primarily a performance standard, not a construction standard. NHTSAs answer to this problem is to create a list of motorcycle helmets that will be exempt from the proposed construction requirements. The helmets on this list will comply with the performance requirements of FMVSS No. 218, but while they fail to meet its proposed construction requirements, they will nonetheless be deemed to have met the proposed safety standard. This confusing strategy ignores the fact that the law enforcement officer on the street will not have immediate access to such a list. At best, the officer would not know that the motorcyclists helmet meets FMVSS No. 218 until after the motorcyclist has been deprived of his or her liberty by being detained and subjected to an inspection of their helmet. At worst, the fact that the motorcyclists helmet meets the standard would not come to light until after the motorcyclist was forced to come to court.Finally, NHTSA has not fully taken into consideration the very nature of motorcycle helmet enforcement in the United States. Such enforcement is not done federally; it is done at the state and local level according to state laws which may or may not have adopted FMVSS No. 218. Not every state has adopted the federal safety standard. Many that have done so have also adopted alternative safety standards, while others require only that a helmet meet the performance requirements set out in FMVSS No. 218 and not the labeling requirements. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation believes that motorcycle helmet enforcement is a state issue and not a federal issue. This is evidenced by the fact that motorcycle helmet laws vary greatly from state to state. If a particular state is having an issue enforcing its own motorcycle helmet law, that problem is best addressed by that states elected officials. It does not make sense to address the enforcement of a state statute on the federal level, but that is what the proposed amendments to FMVSS NO. 218 attempt to do.As a member of the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI), the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) works with the ATFI on a regular basis to ensure that your right to ride is not infringed upon with heavy interstate tolling. Please take a few minutes to review this and respond. The MRF has learned that the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), which has jurisdiction over the Interstate Highway System, is considering expanding interstate tolling at its June 24th bill markup.Please take action by sending an email to your Senator if they sit on the EPW Committee. Add a sentence urging them to contact Chairman Inhofe directly about rejecting tolls!Over the past seventeen years, the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP) has served its purpose and demonstrated the unviability of tolling existing interstates. Six states have pursued tolls via the ISRRPP, and all failed primarily due to the widespread public outcry over tollings negative consequences, which in some cases even triggered legislative action to protect interstates from tolls. Pilot programs are meant to be temporary. Now approaching twenty years, the ISRRPP has run its course and should be repealed, not expanded or made more flexible. We all know that tolling existing interstates would have serious negative consequences. Businesses would face higher operating expenses and be forced to pass those costs on to consumers. Commuters and travelers would face steep cost increases, and hourly employees might have to work an extra hour per day just to pay the toll to and from work. Traffic diversion around tolls onto secondary routes would cause congestion, increased accidents, higher road wear and repair costs for local governments, and slower first response times. The cost to ride will be dramatically higher.Additionally, our Founding Fathers gave Congress the responsibility to regulate commerce; this now includes funding and maintaining the Interstate Highway System, and passing the buck to the states is an abdication of duty and violates the spirit of the U.S. Constitutions Commerce Clause. It may be politically expedient to frame it as a states rights issue, but this ignores the safety, equity, and interstate commerce implications. Most importantly, it will not solve the highway funding problem.Please join the MRF in urging the EPW Committee and its Chairman, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), to protect interstates

  • from the burden of new tolls.To learn more about ATFI and join the Alliance please visit

    OBAMATRADEIt has been a wild ride in Washington this week. A trade bill known as Fast Track or Obamatrade, which would grant Obama the power to negotiate trade deals with Pacific Rim countries without the approval of Congress, was defeated in the House in a rare Friday vote. Its defeat is a bit of a shock because of the unlikely allies aggressively pushing for passage. The bill is widely supported by House Republicans and President Obama, but its vilified by House Democrats because it would scrap a program that provides financial assistance to union workers who lose their jobs due to international trade. President Obama made a visit to Capitol Hill to lobby Democrats who were going to vote no on the trade measure. (A Hill visit by a president is the ultimate in presidential lobbying.) Politics do have strange bedfellows, but it doesnt get much stranger than this. It may be June 2015, but dont tell the GOP Presidential candidates, all 26 of them. They think its October 2016. The political fervor is palpable with all of the candidates that have announced formally or have exploratory committees. If you count the five candidates that are labeled potential GOP candidates, the number swells to 31 different choices. Most of the people you have never heard of and will likely fizzle out well before the primary.Its not much different for the Democrats. They have 11 official or exploratory and 16 that are labeled potential. Like the GOP field, many of the candidates will run out of money and or energy well before the primary. The primaries are sure to be bloody. This is a great time to find a candidate that you like and volunteer to help on their campaign.

    See you in the wind, TEDDYBEAR

  • Dear Fellow Abate Members... Doer or Hearer?

    How many times have we known, that we should have done something? Then, failed to do it and suffered the consequences

    Someone may have mentioned to us that we have a bald tire. We failed to heed the warning. Then, it blew out! Or, like us, we knew we should have kept an eye on the oil level. We didnt and we ruined the top end of an old Mitsubishi engine. VERY costly Or, a friend may mention that our marriage is on the decline and we fail to do something about it before it was

    too late. Too many of us are hearers and not doers.How many times have we heard from the wisdom of someone else or heard within ourselves to do something and never acted on it? How many times have we heard the Gospel message of our Lord, have been prompted by our minds, our conscience, or have felt Gods urging to make a movement towards Him and failed to do so?James 1:22-23 says, But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. - Amplified BibleGod has already made the first move. John 3:16-17 says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. NKJV Then, our response should be, We love Him, because He first loved us. - 1 John 4:19 - NKJVYou are invited to be the, partakers of the divine nature. - 2 Peter 1:4The news of the world does not provide a positive outlook. However, Gods good news never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. - Hebrews 13:8If you have never given yourself to God, please pray, Dear God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, my heavenly Father, the God of Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and have been separated from You. I am going to stop running from You. I ask forgiveness of my sins. I repent and accept this gift of repentance and I wish to be free in You. I confess with my mouth that your son Jesus is my savior and died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. I receive Jesus into my heart and ask Him to become the center of my life. I ask, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.If you prayed that prayer for the first time, and you mean it, and you really have accepted Him into your heart, please let us know.Blessings,Pastor Tom (SW ABATE Chaplain and Life Member and Estero River ABATE Life Member) and Pastor Kathy (SW ABATE Life Member)- - 239-267-8641 or email: [email protected]

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    GENERAL MEETING@ Crossroads, Cape Coral


    CALLED TO ORDER @ 10:13 amAnyone besides secretary taking notes? No.Please silence cell phones.Salute flag/Pledge & Moment of silence for the fallen

    Welcome guest and new members,GUEST SPEAKER:Theresa George, a representative for the SNIKWAH online clothing co. Based out of Naples, FL. Theresa and her assistant spoke and demistrated about the SNIKWAH, a line of shirts designed to support any outdoor enthusiast. A shirt was given to Victor to try out. He wore it a couple of weeks and had nothing but good things to say about it. He said the shirt did everything it promised. If anyone is interested in more information, you can go to their website (SNIKWAH.COM). Thank you Theresa for coming and speaking to us today.

    PRESIDENTS REPORT: VICTOR PIORKOWSKI1. Avon Park Volunteers are needed! After the State Meeting we went over to Avon and I took pictures so people could see how the town is layed out. We will pass on more information as we get it. A sign up sheet is in the newsletter this month for anyone interested.2. Freedom Rid to the Capital a vote was taken on whether or not to have the ride next year. With a yes vote, the ride will happen in February.3. Chapters must send delegates to State Meetings. If two meetings are missed without being excused, the chapter will lose its charter. A vote was taken and it will now cost $100 to get reinstated.4. Waco Abate of Florida, Inc. will not make a comment until the investigation is concluded.5. First Coast was reinstated and given $500 seed money to start over.6. MSAP We did 36 events this year with schools, safety booths, and other events.7. The next State Meeting will be August 8th, 2015 in Lake County.8. July 11th and 12th is the Abate of Florida, Inc. Leadership Seminars.


    SECRETARYS REPORT: LAURIE HANLEY1. Motion to accept June minutes as written made by Gwynne, and 2nd by Charlie.All in favor. AcceptedTREASURER REPORT: GWYNNE HICKMAN1. Motion to accept report as given by Frankie and 2nd by Charlie.All in favor. Accepted

    SARGEANT AT ARMS: SHAYNE HANLEY1. As always, we will be out at Mugs N Jugs the 4th Sunday of the month. Come out and join us.

    MEMBERSHIP: LYNNE DAVISAbsent / excusedReported by Victor:2 renewals 4 new memberships 3 life memberships

    LEGISLATIVE TRUSTEE: KEN TEDDY BEAR MILLER1. Report in the newsletter.


    OLD/NEW BUSINESSElections for Chapter Officiers was held. The results are as follows:President Shayne HanleyVice President Moe MoserSecretary Laurie HanleyTreasurer Heidi SzolgaSgt-At- Arms Robb RabellMembership Jim PhilipsLegislative Trustee Frank KennedySafety Education Victor Piorkowski

    Moe and Heidi had been excused from the meeting. With that said, Victor will stand in for Moe as VP and Gwynne will continue as treasurer until Moe and Heidi return at the end of July.

    Motion to Adjourn by Charlie and 2nd by FrankieAll in favorAdjourned 11:10am


    The Honorable Matt Caldwell, Chair, District 79T. Wayne Miller Jr. Building, 15191 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres Fl 33971.

    (239) 694-0161. HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Legislative Assistant: Charlotte Codie. District Assistant: Priscilla Bezerra.

    Tallahassee Office: 402 House Office Building, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32399. (850) 717-5079.

    The Honorable Lizbeth Benacquisto, Vice Chair, District 301926 Victoria Avenue, 2nd Floor, Fort Myers, Fl 33901

    (239) 338-2570. HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Legislative Assistant: Matthew Hunter, Dane Bennett, Tamara Holliday.

    Tallahassee Office: 330 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32399. (850)487-5030.

    The Honorable Garrett Richter, District 2332999 East Tamaimi Trail, Suite 203, Naples, Fl 34112.

    (239) 417-6205. HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Legislative Assistant: Becky Kokkinos, Michael Nachef, Sandra Mummert.

    Tallahassee Office: 404 Senate Office Building, 404 South Monroe Street. Tallahassee, Fl 32399. (850) 487-5023.

    The Honorable Dane Eagle, District 771039 SE 9th Place, Room 310, Cape Coral, Fl 33990.

    (239) 772-1291. HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Legislative Assistant: Paige Biagi. District Assistant: Kelsey Gorry.

    Tallahassee Office: 1302 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32399. (850) 717-5077.

    The Honorable Heather Fitzenhagen, District 782120 Main Street, Suite 208, Fort Myers, Fl 33901.

    (239) 533-2440. HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Legislative Assistant: Edward Metzger. District Assistant: Allison Hopkins.

    Tallahassee Office: 1302 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32399. (850) 717-5078.

    The Honorable Ray Rodrigues, District 76Alico Lake Commons, 17595 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 218, Fort Myers, Fl 33908.

    (239) 433-6501. HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Legislative Assistant: James Mullen. District Assistant: Jasmine Villanueva.

    Tallahassee Office: 1302 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32399. (850) 717-5076.Lee County Delegation Office: (239) 694-0161.

    T. Wayne Miller Building, 15191 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, Fl 33971.

    Lee County Manager: Roger DesjarlaisP.O. Box 398, Fort Myers, Fl 33902. Ph: (239) 533-2221.

    Email: HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Lee County Board of County Commissioners

    Dist. 4, Brian Hamman, Chairman. Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers, Fl 33901.

    Cape Coral Office: Lee County Government Center, 1039 S.E. 9th Place, 3rd Floor, Room 309, Cape Coral, Fl 33990. (Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers, Fl 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2226. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected].

    Dist. 5, Frank Mann, Vice Chairman.Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers, Fl 33901.

    (Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers, Fl 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2225. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Executive Assistant: Chris Berry.

    Dist. 1, John Manning.Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers, Fl 33901.

    Cape Coral Office: Lee County Government Center, 1039 S.E. 9th Place, 3rd Floor, Room 309, Cape Coral, Fl 33990. (Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers, Fl 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2224. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected].

    Executive Assistant: Stacey Rohland.

    Dist. 2, Cecil Pendergrass.Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers, Fl 33901.

    (Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers, Fl 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2227. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Executive Assistant: Christine Deramo.

    Dist. 3, Larry Kiker.Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Old St., Fort Myers, Fl 33901.

    (Mail to: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers, Fl 33902-0398.) Ph: (239) 533-2223. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Executive Assistant: Antionette Johnson.

    Office of Governor Rick ScottState of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0001.

    (850) 488-7146. HYPERLINK

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    Office of Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-CanteraState of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0001.

    (850) 488-4711. HYPERLINK Florida Senate web site: HYPERLINK

    Office of Senate President Andy Gardiner404 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32399-1100. (850) 487-5229.

    HYPERLINK Chief of Staff: Reynold Meyer.Florida House of Representatives web site: HYPERLINK

    Office of Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32399-1300.

    (850) 717-5051. HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected] [email protected]. Legislative Assistant: Ashley Guinn.

    White House web site: HYPERLINK Office of the President of the United States of America Barack ObamaThe White house, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20500.

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    United States Senate web site: HYPERLINK United States Senate President: Vice President Joe Biden

    United States Senate President Pro Tempore: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.437 Russell Senate Building, United States Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510.

    (202) 224-4242. HYPERLINK

    U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-FL 716 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

    (202) 224-5274 Contact: HYPERLINK Fort Myers Office: 2000 Main Street, Suite 801, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

    Phone: 239-334-7760. Fax: 239-334-7710.

    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, (R-FL)284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

    (202) 224-3041.Contact: HYPERLINK United States House of Representatives web site: HYPERLINK

    U.S. House Speaker: Rep. John Boehner, R, Oh-8Office of the Speaker, H-232, The Capitol, Washington, D.C. 20515.

    Ph: (202) 225-0600, (202) 225-6205. HYPERLINK

    U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R, FL-17Washington DC Office:221 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515

    (202) 225-5792, Fax: (202) 225-3132Punta Gorda Office: 226 Taylor Street, Suite 230, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

    (941) 575-9101, Fax: (941) 575-9103Contact Congressman Rooney: HYPERLINK

    U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson, R, Fl-19Washington DC Office: 1123 Longworth HOB, Washington, D.C. 2051

    (202) 225-2536.Cape Coral District Office:804 Nicholas Pkwy, East, Suite 1, Cape Coral, Fl. 33990

    (239) 573-5837.Contact Congressman Clawson:


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