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ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. THE ONLY MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE NEWS • MSAP INSTRUCTORS • COMMUNITY SERVICE Lobby & Educate the Government & the General Public to Promote Motorcycling in a Safe & Positive Image SEPTEMBER 2015 Volume XXXVI, Issue XV ABATE OF FLORIDA, I nc. SOUTHWEST CHAPTER NEXT MEETING : SEPTEMBER 20 AT JERSEYS SPORT CAFÉ AT 10:30AM HAPPY 35 BIRTHDAY ABATE OF FLORIDA, SOUTHWEST CHAPTER

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Page 1: Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida September 2015

ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.THE ONLY MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA

LEGISLATIVE NEWS • MSAP INSTRUCTORS • COMMUNITY SERVICE

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

SEPTEMBER 2015 Volume XXXVI, Issue XV

ABATE OF FLORIDA, Inc. SOUTHWEST CHAPTER

NEXT MEETING : SEPTEMBER 20 AT JERSEYS SPORT CAFÉ AT 10:30AM

HAPPY 35 BIRTHDAY ABATE OF FLORIDA, SOUTHWEST CHAPTER

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ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.MISSION STATEMENT

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.

SOUTHWEST CHAPTER MEETING SCHEDULE

OUR NEXT CHAPTER MEETING WILL BE HELD

SEPTEMBER 20 at Jerseys Sports Café at 10:30am

MEMBER MATERIAL DEADLINE : 25th of the Month for Editorial

and Board Approval

NEW ADVERTISERS OR AD DEADLINE:15th of the month

IDENTIFICATION STATEMENTSOUTHWEST CHAPTER NEWSLETTER;

ISSUE DATE: SEPTMBER 2015 PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY

ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter

PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906http://southwest.abateflorida.com

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: Shayne Hanley | (cell) 239-560-2565

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 Chapter

PO BOX 60745 • Fort Myers, FL 33906southwest.abateflorida.com

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONSEE PAGE 4 FOR MEMBERSHIP TRUSTEE INFORMATION

Name (Please Print Legibly): __________________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City State Zip Code + Four

Phone: (Include Area Code) _______________________ Email Address: __________________________________

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

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 ___________________________________________________________

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 $20.00

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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

personal involvement in Statewide legislative actions and their freedom to ride

SOUTHWEST CHAPTER

CHAPTER USE

Dues Paid by Cash Check Money Order

Mailed Date: Membership Card _________________________

Copy of By Laws _________________________

Membership Expiration _________________________

Make Checks Payable to:

ABATE of Florida, Inc.

Southwest Chapter

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

PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906-6748Southwest.abateflorida.com

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 - Robb Rabell [email protected] | 239.458.3136

Membership Trustee | Victor Piorkowski 239-772-3320 | [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 Jerseys Sport Cafe

of Fort Myers 3rd Sunday of each month*MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

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

• All Rights Reserved

SOUTHWEST CHAPTER PRODUCTS

CHAPTER PATCH LARGE (MEMBERS ONLY) $25.00

CHAPTER PATCH SMALL $7.00

CHAPTER FLAG $25.00

CHAPTER SHIRTS & MORE ARE AVAILABLE ~ SEE PRODUCTS TRUSTEE FOR INVENTORY

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN!!

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: www.leathernecks-swfl.com

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ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC BOARD OF DIRECTORS (as of 6/12/14)

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]

MASTERLINK EDITOR:  C/O STATE OFFICE  PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520   Phone: (386) 943-9610 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email: [email protected]     MEMBERSHIP:   GRACE LORD  PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520   Phone: (904) 504-6362 Fax: (386) 943-9610  Email: [email protected]     SAFETY PROGRAM (MSAP) DIRECTOR:  JOHN MASSOTH   PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520   Phone: (954) 650-1420 FAX: (561) 333-6773 Email: [email protected]     LEGISLATIVE TRUSTEE:  DARRIN "SCRIBE" BROOKS PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520  Phone: (239) 398-7145    Email: [email protected]     PRODUCTS TRUSTEE:  STEVE "CARETAKER" KNEE   PO Box 4372, Milton, FL 32572-4372   Phone: (850)529-4446 Fax: (386) 943-9610  Email: [email protected]     LEGAL COUNSEL:  LARRY CROW 1247 S. Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Phone: (727) 945-1112 Fax: (727) 945-9224  Email: [email protected]     WEBMASTER (appointed):   Email:[email protected]

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President’s Message

Hello Everyone!

These past couple of months has sure taught me a lot. As the song goes: Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign comes to mind. As we are all working together and getting involved it makes it easier every day.

Getting involved is important for all of us especially with our Veteran’s Ride and Bike Night’s coming up. The more the merrier, in my book, will get our message out there.

Don’t forget, October is the Avon Park Event! There will be music, food, biker games, and even things for the kiddo’s. It is gearing up to be a great event for bikers and families!

Anyone who would like to help out and volunteer, just sign up, information for all this will be in our newsletter. As always, if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns please call or email me.

Be Careful and Ride Safe,

Shayne HanleySW Chapter PresidentAbate of Florida, Inc.

OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE SEPTEMBER 20TH,

10:30AM AT JERSEYS SPORTS CAFÉ, 13971 N CLEVELAND AVE, FT. MYERS ON THE CORNER OF

PONDELLA AND 41

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Vice-President’s MessageGreetings Southwest Chapter. Here are some random thoughts from a random mind:

Plans are under way for our Veterans Christmas Ride. A committee has been formed and we’re hopeful of making this a very successful event. Save the date – Sunday December 20th. If you’re interested in serving on the committee or helping out the day of the ride, please contact me.Been a while since you’ve been to a Chapter meeting? Please come to our next meeting on Sunday, September 20th starting at 10:30 a.m. at Jersey’s Sports Café (Pondella and 41). This is your Chapter. Your officers put in many hours for the Chapter and seeing a good meeting turnout makes it all worthwhile. Another random thought: I own a 6x10 open trailer with a wheel chock. If any Chapter member needs the use of a trailer to move a motorcycle (or anything else), I am willing to lend it out. Just don’t ask to use my truck! There will be no charge but of course, a 12-pack of Budweiser cans is always a nice gesture. (Note: Trailer takes a 2” ball and has a four-flat plug for the lights.)

Ride Free – Ride Safely,Moe

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SOUTHWEST CHAPTER

LIFE MEMBERSKeith Baker

Darrell BarnettJerry BarnettDenee Bartels

Scott BlinkChet Budz

James Burkholder Nora Burkholder

Don Campbell Frances Cazes Wayne Cerra

Jonathan ConantTerry Covington

Audrey CranMaggie Cran

Rick CranRob Cran

Robert “Cruz” CrusanJim CrystalDan Curry

Ginny D’AstiBiffle Davis Lynne Davis

Mary Dicenzo-PorterAl Diagiaco

Frank DisommaCindy DoakRandy Eck

Marius EspeletaBrian Galvin

Sonny GartrellSteven Goldstein

Lynnda Gray Larry Gullia

Bob HallRodney Hollingsworth

Misti HollingsworthHarry Hoover

Jeff Hoover Jonathan Hunt

George HuttmanSusan “Red” Huttman

Dan Jackson Cindy “CJ” Jordan Frankie Kennedy

John KennedyEd LaCombe Julio Lopez

Mary Ann Rivera-Lopez“KD” Marlowe

Russell May Rev.Rea Means

Don Meredith Jr . Jo Ann Miller

Kenneth MillerJohn MitchellMoe Moser

Jim Mozeleski Taylor Musburger

Carl NelsonTerry Padilla

Bob PennAsuncsion Peppers

Richard Peppers Victor Piorkowski

Kathleen Provenzano Rev. Thomas Provenzano

Bill Robinson

Janet Rolfe Tabitha Rossi

Roland SalsberryJencye Schmitt Jerry Schmitt

Bruce Scheiner Juergen Wolfgang Schitzer

Jencye Schmitt Jerry Schmitt

Elsie SeifDoug SepanakRobert Simon

Kelly SmithRandall Spivey

Richard Stergulz Sandy Stergulz

Grandpa Stewart Lynda Stewart

Russell SullivanScott TurnerRuth Vorys

Teresa WebsterD. Payton Wells

Michael WielandJama Wyatt Steve Wyatt

Karl Bartling IIIKarl BartlingRoger Smith

Frank E. RhorerBill BarberKim Adair

Jeffery FielderJay Montpetit

To become a Life Member Contact Membership Trustee

See information on Page 4

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VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

Support Your Chapter @ Events

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Cape Harbour6-10 pm

General Meeting @ Jerseys Sports

Café at 10:30am

Happy 35 Birthday Abate of Florida

Southwest Chapter

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AVON PARKEVENT

AVON PARKEVENT

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SPOOK ‘N SCOOTS

SPOOK ‘N SCOOTS

SPOOK ‘N SCOOTS

State Meeting Cape Coral Bike Night

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Legislative Report .... by Frank Kennedy

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS DOCTOR-PATIENT GUN LAW

By JIM SAUNDERSTHE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 28, 2015.......... For the second time in little more than a year, a federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a controversial Florida law that restricts doctors from asking questions and recording information about pa-tients' gun ownership.The 2-1 decision by a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates and a defeat for medical groups that argued, at least in part, that the law infringed on doctors' First Amendment rights.The appeals court last July also upheld the 2011 law but issued a revised ruling Tuesday. After last year's decision, medical groups continued challenging the law, including asking for a rehearing before the entire Atlanta-based appeals court.Dubbed the "docs vs. glocks" law, the measure includes a series of restrictions on doctors and other health providers. As an example, it seeks to prevent physicians from entering information about gun ownership into medical records if the physicians know the information is not "relevant" to patients' medical care or safety or to the safety of other people.As another example, the law says doctors should refrain from asking about gun ownership by patients or family members un-less the doctors believe in "good faith" that the information is relevant to medical care or safety. Also, the law seeks to prevent doctors from discriminating against patients or "harassing" them because of owning firearms.A federal district judge in 2012 sided with opponents of the law and issued an injunction against it. But the appeals court last July and again Tuesday overturned the injunction."The purpose of the act, as we read it, is not to protect patient privacy by shielding patients from any and all discussion about firearms with their physicians; the act merely requires physicians to refrain from broaching a concededly sensitive topic when they lack any good-faith belief that such information is relevant to the medical care or safety of their patients or others,'' said the majority opinion, written by Judge Gerald Tjoflat and joined by Judge L. Scott Coogler.But Judge Charles Wilson wrote a lengthy dissent arguing that the law violates the First Amendment rights of physicians."Simply put, the act is a gag order that prevents doctors from even asking the first question in a conversation about firearms,'' Wilson wrote. "The act prohibits or significantly chills doctors from expressing their views and providing information to pa-tients about one topic and one topic only, firearms."The Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott approved the law after hearing accounts of doctors unnecessarily asking questions about gun ownership or even refusing to continue providing care if such questions were not answered.In Tuesday's majority opinion, Tjoflat repeatedly pointed to instances in which doctors can continue justify asking about fire-arms, such as in the case of a patient considered at risk of suicide."Thus, a physician may make inquiries as to the firearms-ownership status of any or all patients, so long as he or she does so with the good-faith belief --- based on the specifics of the patient's case --- that the inquiry is relevant to the patient's medical care or safety, or the safety of others,'' the majority opinion said. "If, for example, the physician seeks firearm information to suit a personal agenda unrelated to medical care or safety, he or she would not be making a 'good-faith' inquiry, and so the act plainly directs him to refrain from inquiring."But Wilson's dissent raised questions about whether the law stemmed from anecdotal incidents. He also argued that doctors should have the right to ask questions about guns in addressing the well-being of patients."There is nothing to suggest that the doctors' inquiries or messages regarding firearms were not genuinely believed to be in the patients' best medical interest when given,'' Wilson wrote. "But there is evidence in the legislative history to suggest that the harassment provision (of the law) is designed to prevent these conversations from taking place in the future. That is certainly the result it will achieve. Doctors will largely cease inquiring into and counseling on the topic of firearms, lest they be accused of crossing the line between providing life-saving preventive medical information and promoting an anti-firearm political agenda."

SPECIAL SESSION IN OCTOBER FOR SENATE REDISTRICTINGJuly 28, 2015

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Florida lawmakers will hold a special session in October to redraw Senate districts, Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli announced Tuesday afternoon. The special session is scheduled from Oct. 19 through Nov. 6 and stems from a Senate agreement with voting-rights groups that have challenged the constitutionality of the Senate districts. Lawmakers also are scheduled to hold a special session starting Aug. 10 to redraw congressional districts. The News Service will have a full report later Tuesday.

ABATE of Florida, Inc. is looking for families who have lost a family member or friend in a motorcycle crash that was the fault of another vehicle. The majority of people who kill or seriously injure a motorcyclist get a failure to yield, running a red light or some other minor traffic citation. It is time for the voice’s of those that have suffered this terrible loss to be heard up in Tallahas-see. It is time to address this problem before more loved ones are lost.ABATE of Florida, Inc. is Florida’s largest Motorcycle Rights Organization. We have Chapters all across the State of Florida made up of men and women who love riding and who want to promote motorcycle safety and motorcycle awareness to the general public. ABATE of Florida, Inc. is contacted many times each year by people who have suffered a loss and feel that a great injustice was done when the driver of the other vehicle only gets a small ticket. A recent example, I was contacted by a mother who lost her 21-year-old daughter while riding home one evening. Her daughter was wearing a full face helmet, armored rid-ing jacket and gear. The person who killed her turned left, running a red light, crossing several lanes of traffic before killing her daughter. The person was only given a ticket for running a red light.We are not just talking about motorcycles. We need to protect all the vulnerable road users on Florida roadways. Bicyclist, pedestrians, road construction workers, and all the others who have a legal right to travel on or near roadways. If you know someone who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of another vehicle driver’s negligence, please contact ABATE of Florida, Inc. and tell us your story.Sometimes the legislative / legal system needs a reminder that there is a problem. We are asking for your help to put a face and a story to the cold statistics. Your story can help to change the law to help protect other vulnerable road users so that more families do not have to suffer a needless loss.If you would like to share your story and help us show the legislators that the vulnerable rod users need help, contact ABATE of Florida, Inc. at this email address [email protected] you,Darrin “Scribe” Brook, State Legislative Trustee, ABATE of Florida, Inc.

Dear Fellow Abate Members... When the Name of God is Never Mentioned

In the Book of Esther, do you know the Name of God is never mentioned?This is something we never realized, until it was brought to our attention with a Bible Handbook that we purchased, while waiting several extra hours at JFK, as the result of a cancelled flight (sometimes, we wonder why God would allow a cancelled flight, rather than just making everything seem to go so perfectly. Well, we guess it was to possibly inspire us with the theme of this newsletter).

Back to the original point... Even though the Name of God is never mentioned, the Book of Esther clearly shows how God protected and insulated the Jewish people from being

decimated. Even though God disciplines these people, He never deserts them. Further, the Book of Esther ends with the defeat of Israel’s enemies and a subsequent celebration!How many times do we sit in the company of other bikers, friends, family, or with fellow workers, and during the ensuing conversations, the Name of God is never mentioned? Or, if it is mentioned, it is not in an endearing way? Does that mean God is not with us? Does it mean that He does not hear us? Does it mean that He does not care for us? Of course not!If you grew up where there was a good father figure in your home, you then observed several things:

1. He provided for you.2. He disciplined you.3. He may have allowed you to go through some tough times to allow maturing and personal growth.

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4. He was always there when needed.5. He loved you, no matter what!

Even if God is never in the conversation and if you have deliberately left Him out, if you reach out: My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.- Philippians 4:19 I will never leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:8 and Joshua 1:5 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16 I am with you always. – Matthew 28:29

So, the next time you have a conversation and the name of God is left out, please remember He is still there with love for you and the others you are with.

He’s always there. So, just allow Him to enter fully into your life with the following prayer: “Dear God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Jesus, my heavenly Father, I confess that I am a sinner and have been separated from You. I ask forgiveness of my sins. I repent and accept this gift of repentance. 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.”2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”If you prayed that prayer for the first time 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]

Bully Ride

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REED’S MOTEL102 US Hwy 27 S, Avon Park, FL 33825863-657-2749www.reedsmotelfl.com2 doubles $59.99 per night plus tax1.5 miles from downtown

OAK TREE INN700 US Hwy 27 S, Avon Park, FL 33825863-453-3165www.oaktreeinn.biz2 doubles $65 per night plus tax1.6 miles from downtown

ECONO LODGE2511 US Hwy 27 S, Avon Park, FL 33825863-453-20002 doubles $67 per night plus tax3.3 miles from downtown

LAKE GLENADA RV PARK (full hookups)2525 US Hwy 27 S, Avon Park, FL 33825863-453-7007$35 per night plus tax3.6 miles from downtown

HUNNEWELLS’S COTTAGES ON LAKE BRENTWOOD2060 US Hwy 27 N, Avon Park, FL 33825863-453-4358 www.hunnewellscottages.com2 doubles $64.99 OR $74.99 per night plus tax3.4 miles from downtown

QUALITY INN6525 US Hwy 27 S, Avon Park, FL 33870863-385-45002 doubles $55 OR $65 per night plus tax5.4 miles from downtown

AVON PARK AUTUMN BIKEFEST OCT 2-4, 2015 AREA ACCOMMODATIONS

MOOSE LODGE (Tents & RV’s, no hookups)1318 W Bell St Avon Park, FL 33825Call Grizz 352-742-7754 $10 per person per nite, genera-tors welcome, Community fire, Tiki Bar, Lodge has ONE show-er, & bathrooms, plus portolets, Lodge will serve brkfst, lunch & dinner & will have bands after 9pm 1.6 miles from downtown

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ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. SOUTHWEST CHAPTER

GENERAL MEETING 8/16/2015

CALLED TO ORDER @ 10:35 am

Anyone besides secretary taking notes? No.Please silence cell phones.Salute flag/Pledge & Moment of silence for the fallen

Welcome guest and new members,Today we have a guest speaker, Jerry Doviak, whom is running for District 3 councilman in Cape Coral.Thank you for Jerry for speaking with us today.

PRESIDENTS REPORT: SHAYNE HANLEY1. I’m still looking for a membership and products person. Anyone interested contact me.2. We are going to put a column in the newsletter for members to sell items. Anyone interested in listing items must have ads to the secretary by the 25th of the month. Any ads after that date will go in the following newsletter. My goal is to have the newsletter out by the first of the month.3. Our Veterans Ride. The Vice President will be in charge, so I will hand it over to Moe at this time.

VICE PRESIDENT: MOE MOSER 1. Thank you for the privilege to be your Vice President.2. The first thing I want to do is form a committee for the Veterans Ride. Anyone interested in joining; sign up.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: LAURIE HANLEY1. Motion to accept July’s minutes as written made by Frankie, and 2nd by Gwynne. All in favor. Accepted

TREASURER REPORT: HEIDI SZOLGA1. Motion to accept report as given by Gwynne and 2nd by Jim.All in favor. Accepted.Anyone interested in seeing the report can come up to look at it after the meeting.

SERGEANT AT ARMS: ROBB RABELL1. Discussed the importance of volunteering. We need to support our members.

MEMBERSHIP: VICTOR PIORKOWSKINone at this time

LEGISLATIVE TRUSTEE: FRANK KENNEDY1. Report in the newsletter.

SAFETY: VICTOR PIORKOWSKI1. Got two schools so far (1st four classes at N. Ft. Myers High School and two days at Ft. Myers High School).2. Will also being doing a presentation at the next Meeting of the Minds.

DELEGATE: VICTOR PIORKOWSKIState Meeting-1. Don’t plan events on State Meeting dates.2. Putnam County closed their chapter.3. Need to boost membership.4. There are New Corporation Forms.5. At Avon Park, there is free camping for anyone working 6hrs or more. After the town shuts down, music and food will continue at the campground.6. Our website is still being worked on.7. Redistricting is going on up at the capitol.8. Doc Reichenbach, our lobbyist will be working on a stiffer penalty bill during the next secession.

OLD/NEW BUSINESSQ – Are we going to be having a booth at Cape Harbor?A – We are working on a game plan. Would really like people to take turns running a booth. We need to share in the responsibility. We could also possibly do 50-50 tickets at Fathoms. Also, our thought is maybe only doing one Tuesday night instead of every Tuesday.1. We still have tickets for the Abate Of Florida, Inc. $10,000 cash drawing. If anyone wants any tickets, get a hold of Shayne or Heidi by phone or email and we will get them to you.2. Avon Park – still looking for volunteers. Sign-up sheet in the newsletter. 3. We won’t be at Mug n Jugs this month. We will be attending the Bully Ride. It is something that Laurie and I are passionate about so we will be showing our support. Hopefully we will see many of you there.

Motion to Adjourn by Victor and 2nd by CharlieAll in favorAdjourned 12:02pm

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FLORIDA’S LEE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION

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 “http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor” www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor.

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Delegation Continued

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

(850) 488-4711. HYPERLINK “http://www.flgov.com/email-the-lt-governor” www.flgov.com/email-the-lt-governor. Florida Senate web site: HYPERLINK “http://www.flsenate.gov” www.flsenate.gov.

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

HYPERLINK “http://www.flsenate.gov/Offices/President” www.flsenate.gov/Offices/President. Chief of Staff: Reynold Meyer.Florida House of Representatives web site: HYPERLINK “http://www.myfloridahouse.gov” www.myfloridahouse.gov.

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 “http://www.whitehouse.gov” www.whitehouse.gov. Office of the President of the United States of America Barack ObamaThe White house, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20500.

Comments: (202) 456-1111. Switchboard: (202) 456-1414.NOTE: You can write to President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden at the above address. Due to the volume of correspondence the Whitehouse does not

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United States Senate web site: HYPERLINK “http://www.senate.gov” www.senate.gov. 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 “http://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact” www.leahy.senate.gov/contact.

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

(202) 224-5274 Contact: HYPERLINK “http://www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill” www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill. 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 “http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact” www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact. United States House of Representatives web site: HYPERLINK “http://www.house.gov” www.house.gov

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 “http://www.speaker.gov/contact” www.speaker.gov/contact.

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 “https://rooney.house.gov/contact” https://rooney.house.gov/contact.

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:

HYPERLINK “https://clawson.house.gov/contact” https://clawson.house.gov/contact.

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