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    March 2016 –  Volume XL –  Issue II

    Next Chapter Meeting March 20th @ Jerseys Sports Café at 10:30 a.m.

    Chapter Sgt-At-Arms Robb Rabell  

    ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.The only Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization in the State of Florida

    Legislative 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, MARCH 20th @ 10:30 a.m.


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



    20th of the month for editorial and Boardapproval


    Southwest Chapter NewsletterIssue date: March 2016



    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 at [email protected]

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

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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: Ed Lufkin

    [email protected] / 508-685-9220

     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



    President’s Message: 

    Hello Southwest ABATE. At the next Chaptermeeting on March 20th, nominations will be openedfor 2016/2017 Chapter officers. All positions areopen. If you have any interest in serving yourChapter for a year as an officer, please have someonenominate you. Nominations will be taken at theMarch, April and May meetings with the election

     being conducted at the June meeting. If you areinterested in a particular position and would likemore information about it, please contact the currentofficer or go to the State website. There you will find,in the State by-laws, a description of the duties foreach position.

    Please try to attend the March 20th Chapter meeting.There are two important issues that the Chapter willvote on. The details went out recently in an email. Ifyou didn’t get the email and have any questionsregarding the issues, please call me at 412-999-3397.

    At the February meeting, it was decided to offer anincentive to get new ads for this newsletter. Anymember who brings in an ad will have his/her annualdues paid next time by the Chapter. The ad rates arein here. Don’t be shy- get down to your favorite bar, bike shop, restaurant or whatever and ask them to runan ad. All they can do is say no and they just mightsay yes. Buying a new or used car or bike from adealer? When you finally agree on a price, tell him

    that you’ll take the deal if he runs a one-year ad!Why not?

    Ride free and remember- the only reason you havethe right to ride without a helmet is ABATE ofFlorida!


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     Jersey’s Sports Café, Fort Myers on February 21, 2016Called to Order at 10:40 am Sgt. at Arms - Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence, silenceall phones

    We have a guest, Mary, who is joining today. Welcome, Mary.It is great to have Diesel here again!

    Report on State meeting by Heidi:Doc stated that the State VP resigned due to personal reasonsand he is not appointing a new VP at this time because theelections are coming up soon.At the last State meeting, there was an incorrect motionregarding the dues, so the motion is not valid. Other chapters besides ours donated money to the State. The State has $8,000 per month in operating expenses, which includes the cost of ourlobbyist, but November is the last month of the lobbyist'scontract.Unfortunately, the money that was collected for the raffle ticketwas used for other purposes, so there is no money available for

    the drawing.The State Safety Director position was open and Doc appointedVictor Piorkowski to that position.There was no legislative report from the State due to computer problems.The vulnerable riders’ bill was passed in the House and it wentto the Justice Committee in the Senate. Senator Clemons hatesmotorcycle riders and want to remove motorcyclists from the bill.In March there will be two raffles, one for a motorcycle andanother for a firearm. The drawing will be at the October Statemeeting.The April State meeting will be in Brevard County.

    The October State meeting will no longer be at Spooks &Scoots. It will be held in Peace River and sponsored by PeaceRiver, Gators, West Coast, Estero and Southwest chapters(basically the 5 Star).State level nominations were made for President, VP, Secretary,Membership, Sergeant at Arms.

    President Moser:Question was asked to make sure everyone is receiving the e-mails sent out by Moe.At next month's meeting, we will open nominations for theBoard of Directors.

    VP Frankie Kennedy:There is nothing current on the Legislative site.Looking at the situation of Cape Coral vs. colors. This is just beginning and will be followed.Heidi Szolga gave the Treasurer's report, including the donationto the State.Frank Kennedy made a motion to accept, seconded by CharlieFisher, all agreed, motion carried.Motion to approve the minutes of last month's meeting made byJohn Lupo, seconded by Heidi Szolga, all approved, motioncarried.Secretary Hickman read a letter received from South West HogChapter regarding the Veteran Christmas Ride.

    The Southwest Chapter received a recognition from the Statregarding the highest percent of growth for the month ofDecember 2015. Congratulations to us!!We had one renewal and one new member for the month ofJanuary.We need a products person - will someone step up? We do nothave much left in the way of products.

    Old Business:Thoughts of moving meeting place to Six Bends. They arewilling to let us use their meeting room the 3rd Sunday of eachmonth, without a security deposit. However, they want ABATEto set up a booth at some of their Friday monthly events. Wewill vote on that next month.

    Motion made by Gwynne Hickman and seconded by FrankieKennedy to make Ed Lufkin our new MSAP Director. Allagreed. Congratulations and thank you, Ed!

    New Business:Advertising - we need to get more advertisers. The motion wasmade by Carl Nelson and seconded by John Lupo to pay theannual dues of any member who brings in a newadvertiser. Discussion was held, all approved, motioncarried. Any Life members who get an advertiser can give theirfreebie to another.

    By-Law changes:They need to get more money to keep the State officeopen, perhaps by raising the dues to $30 annual membershipand $600 Lifetime membership. The last vote was improperand needs to go back to the individual chapters for a vote. The

    choices are:1) Vote no on all options.2) Accept one of the amendments.

    Moe will send out an e-mail with the proposals":1) Leave annual amount at $20 and Life membership at $600and split remains the same.2) All membership money goes to the State and the localchapter get nothing. This could add $30,000 into the Statetreasury each year. Amendments can be held every 2 years,discussion was held.

    Good of the Order:

    There are a few rides coming up:Ft. Myers Beach VFW Poker RunSix Bends Harley Battle of the Bands beginning Fri., March25thHOG Easter Bunny Toy Run Mach 26thCordelia's Cure April 23rd.

    President Moser read some information from the PennsylvaniaABATE newsletter regarding preserving our rights.

    Motion to adjourn made by Robb Rabell, seconded by BigBird. All approved. Meeting adjourned 11:50 am.

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    Kim AdairKeith BakerBill Barber

    Darrell Barnett

    Denee BartelsKarl Bartling

    Karl Bartling, IIIJames Bogenrieder

    Scott BlinkChet Budz

    James Burkholder Nora Burkholder

    Don CampbellEllen CampsonFrances Cazes

    Wayne CerraJonathan ConantTerry Covington

    Audrey CranRick CranRob Cran

    Robert “Cruz” Crusan Jim 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 Hall

    Hans HolbergRodney Hollingsworth

    Misti HollingsworthHarry HooverJeff Hoover

    Jonathan HuntGeorge Huttman

    Susan “Red” Huttman Dan Jackson

    Cindy “C.J.” Jordan Frankie Kennedy

    Ed LaCombeJulio Lopez

    Mary Ann Rivera-Lopez“KD” Marlowe 

    Don Meredith Jr.Kenneth MillerJohn MitchellJay MonttetitMoe Moser

    Taylor MusburgerCarl Nelson

    Steve NewtonTami NewtonTerry Padilla

    Bob PennAsuncsion Peppers

    Richard PeppersKathleen Provenzano

    Rev. Thomas ProvenzanoFrank E. RhorerBill Robinson

    Janet RolfeTabitha Rossi

    Roland SalsberryBruce Scheiner

    Juergen Wolfgang SchmidtJencye SchmittJerry Schmitt

    Elsie SeifDoug 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 WhoHave Passed Away

     Jerry Barnett Maggie Cran

    Ginny D’Asti  John Kennedy

     Russell May

     Rev. Rea Means

     Jo 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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    Meet the Member Name: Robb Rabell

    ABATE member from 2005-2008 and

    2015 to current date.

    Age: ?

    Employer: Owner of Sun State General


    Riding motorcycles on and off since 1973

    Favorite food: Cuban Ropa Vieja (pulled

    roast beef)

    Favorite movie: Dirty Harry

    Favorite song: Don’t Stop Believing 

    Three things you’ll always find in my fridge: Milk,

    eggs and Cold Cuts

    Person (alive or not) I’d most like to have dinner with:

    Thomas Jefferson

    People might be surprised to know that I am a Constitutional Conservative, a

    Contractor by Profession, a shooter, a gun owner/enthusiast, a singer/musician, a

    father of 5 and a grandfather of 12. 

    If you would like to be on the cover of an upcoming newsletter, submit your favorite picture of you andyour bike along with answers to the profile questions. A random drawing will choose our next

    “cover girl” (or boy). Email all information to [email protected].

    Members Only Section 

    This is a space where members can provide life updates, any items for sale, anything that they are involved inand would like other members to be aware of, or anything in general with regard to our members. Should youwant to place something in this section, please email your information to [email protected]. All items placed in this section are at the discretion of the Southwest Chapter Board Members.

    Looking to Purchase:

    If anyone has an enclosed trailer for sale that will fit a Harley Road King, please contact Lynne at 239-770-5085


    I’m 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 I’m available,I’ll pick it up for you. This is for emergency situations only; please don’t 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, I’m open to lending itout. Thanks, Moe 

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    Membership Report

    For the month of February, we had two renewals and one new member.

    Memberships that will expire at the end of March are: Christopher Forman, Gwynne Hickman, CharlesLufkin, Chris Tantanella, Shelley Taylor, and Paul Taylor, Sr. Please remember to renew. We’ll be at the FortMyers Bike Night on Saturday, March 12 th or come to our Chapter Meeting on Sunday, March 20th at 10:30a.m. at Jersey’s Sports Café. 

    Each member should make an effort to sign up at least new one member per year –  we can double ourmembership that way!

    Safe riding everyone,Charlie FisherMembership Trustee

    Legislative Report

    The American Motorcycle Association has put out the information alert noted below. Also at this time, it seemthe stiffer penalty bill is faltering. Will provide updates as they become available.

    Frankie KennedyLegislative Representative

    On Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. (EST), the U.S. SenateCommittee on Environment and Public Works,chaired by U.S. Sen.  James Inhofe  (R-Okla.), willhold a hearing on “Oversight of the Renewable Fuel


    The Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements announced in November  by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency increasthe risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and all-terrain-vehicle owners by mandating the widespread availability of higheethanol fuel blends, such as E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume).

    The practical effect of the EPA’s action is that ethanol production will exceed the “blend wall.” That means more E15 and less E10 anE0 (fuel with no ethanol) on the market.Data from the federal Energy Information Administration shows demand for E0 rose from 3.4 percent in 2012 to nearly 7 percent in 2014Consumers want E0 for their motorcycles, ATVs, boats, lawn mowers and other equipment, because it does not pose the risk of enginand fuel system damage.

    Despite the increased demand, the EPA rule reduced the amount of E0 from 9.2 billion gallons to just 130 million in 2016

    Most importantly, the rule mentions the likelihood of misfueling only once. The rule states: “…in June of 2011, the EPA final izeregulations to prevent misfueling of vehicles, engines, and equipment not covered by the partial waiver decisions.” 

    This is the same misfueling mitigation plan that initially mandated a four-gallon minimum fuel purchase to address the concerns raiseby the AMA. Following our complaints, the regulation eventually was revised in 2013 to the current plan, yet it is still easily misunderstoodmisapplied or ignored by state governments and producers, distributors and vendors.

    Indeed, the EPA has made it illegal for motorcyclists and ATV users to use E15 fuel, and yet seems to have little interest in the misfuelinissue. It appears that the EPA does not consider the concerns of motorcyclists and ATV owners, despite knowing that none of theestimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use in the United States is approved to use E15 or higher ethanol blends.

    To view a live webcast of the hearing, go to

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    Dear Fellow ABATE Members,

     Naughty or Nice?Part Two

    Last month, we discussed our friend at Bike Night, who told us that he was “… back on the naughty list!” 

    During Bike Night, we offered him a piece of chocolate from our candy basket.

    He replied by saying something like, “ I don’t deserve it. I’m back on thenaughty list.” He must have been on the “outs” with someone. We joked for amoment about what he said and compared his statement to the fable on how 

    Santa Claus keeps a list of who’s naughty or nice. It seems that each year, your status with Santa can change! 

    Then, something was said about Jesus. And, that for one who has accepted Him into their heart, as Lord andSavior, there is  no naughty list! Hebrews 8:12-New International Version (NIV) says, “ For I will f orgivetheir wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  

    The updated Part Two message is that Jesus does keep “lists.” In Revelation 20:11-15 (NKJV), it reads,“Then I saw a great white throne and H im who sat on i t, fr om whose face the earth and the heaven f led

    away. And there was found no place for them.


    And I saw the dead, small and great, standi ng before God,and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of L ife. And the dead were

     judged according to their works, by the things which were wr itten in the books. The sea gave up the dead

    who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each

    one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of f ire. Th is is the second

    death. And anyone not found wri tten in the Book of L if e was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20: 12says, “ And I saw the dead, smal l and great, standi ng before God  ]  and books were opened. And anotherbook was opened, which is the Book of Lif e. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the

    things which were written in the books.”  

    Those written in the Book of Life are those who will enter the presence of God and will live with Himforever. Jesus says in Revelation 3:5 (NKJV), “ He who overcomes shal l be clothed in white garments, and

    I wil l not blot out his name fr om the Book of L if e; but I will confess his name before My Father and

    before His angels.”  

    Jesus paid the price, once and for all for the things we have done. All we need to do is receive Him into ourhearts. Can you receive what He has freely given us? Can you accept His grace?

    Please pray this prayer: "Dear God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, my heavenly Father, theGod of Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and have been separated from You. I ask forgiveness of my

    sins. 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. Place me in your Book of Life. All this, I ask, in the Name of Jesus. Amen." 

    Call us if you have prayed that prayer for the first time or if you wish to rededicate yourself to Him.

    Blessings,Tom and Kathy

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

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    ABATE of Florida, Inc.Southwest Chapter

    P.O. Box 60745 ▪ Fort Myers, FL 33906



    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 CongressDistrict

     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/Renewal –  Annual Membership Due $30.00

    Lifetime Membership $600.00

    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 membershcard, our bi-monthly Masterlink magazine, Chapter Newsletter, Chapter voting privileges and personal involvement in

    Statewide legislative actions and their freedom to ride.


    Dues Paid by Cash Check Money Order

    Mailed Date: Membership Card Make Checks Payable tABATE of Florida, Inc

    Southwest ChapterCopy of By Laws

    Membership Expiration

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