[Elist] ABATE Local 6 Report, June 2011

John Del Santo mcbwaycool at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 11 19:54:08 PET 2011

On the first Sunday of the month we had the ABATE local 6 meeting in Kate Sessions Park in San Diego overlooking beautiful Mission Bay.  We had a good showing of members,  and quite a few visitors……Wow ! can you imagine if ALL of our members showed up for the next meeting!  C’mon Down !
President Steve Martin ran a good timely meeting, Legislative Officer John Del Santo shared current news on the Month of May showing of the “Share the Road With Motorcycles” messages that were posted on the Changeable Message Signs over the freeways and highways.  The CHP also appeared on local TV news stations explaining what the intent of the signs were.  Good Publicity.  We reported on NHTSA’S change to the FMVSS 218  helmet sticker rule…..They found another way to waste money.
The nationwide rate on motorcycle fatalities went down again this year…Good News !  All of our CMSP training and ‘Share the Road’ publicity seems to be accomplishing our goal.   California is doing even better than the nationwide numbers.   When the US saw a 16 percent decrease from 2008 to 2009, California saw a 29 percent decrease.  For the 9 months of 2010, California is showing a 15 percent decrease in motorcyclist fatalities compared to the same period in 2009.
Douglas Findlay, our PAC REP reported on our campaign worker efforts, and the fact that Toni Atkins, the Assembly Whip, shows that she is solidly on our side because of our previous efforts for her friend Denise Ducheny and the campaign work that we did for Toni. 
Our Membership Coordinator Doc Robinson made a good report,  Patty Wilber who is our Recording Secretary updated us on upcoming rides and events, and Safety Officer John Del Santo gave a good safety report.  Our regular Sign Language Interpreter, Amy, was away this week,  so Fran stood in for her.  Our Treasurer Michael Decker updated us on our Bucks in the Bank. 
 We received Liasion reports from Local 11,  the HOG locals,  2 of our American Legion Rider Chapters,  the Confederation of Clubs,  the ‘Repeal Machine’,   the CMSP,  and the Brothers of the Third Wheel.
Check out our Website at www.abatelocal6.org ,  our ‘Webbie’ Joe Tatro has done a dynamite job there.  We will meet again on the first Sunday of July at Noon….Hope to see you there ! 

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