Winner of the 2019 Senator Clarence Bell Memorial Scholarship
Winner of the 2019 Scholarship is Anthony Plumley of the Pike County Chapter
Here is the winning entry
By Anthony Plumley
I am an active six year junior member of ABATE of Pike County. I attend Kutztown University. I have a desire to become a forensic detective. I am majoring in Criminal Justice and my minor is in Forensic Science. The reason why I have chosen this path is to help solve crimes by using various tools, such as DNA analysis, psychological theories and profiling approaches.
At age eighteen I held the position of second sergeant of arms. I have assisted in several chapter events. I have helped in the preparation and clean up of many chicken barbeques and pancake breakfasts. I have cooked and served food. Anything that I am able to do to make our events successful, I volunteer to do. During the winter holiday season, I aid my chapter in putting up festive lights along the townís Main Street. Donating my time to warm the hearts of others warms mine.
When I was thirteen years old my mother would drag me off to her boring ABATE meeting. She would make me sit quietly and just listen. After a few years I was not only listening, I was participating. By the time I was sixteen I couldnít wait to get my driverís license because that meant I could get my motorcycle permit. After passing the Motorcycle Safety Program at the age of seventeen, I was in the wind every chance I got. After sitting through a bunch of those boring meetings I unknowingly learned a lot. Not only did I learn about riding, I learned about the compassion in the motorcycling community around me.
After reading the Between the Lines newsletter and hearing the concerns of ABATE members I too am worried about our membership. I understand our members are aging and there is a lack of participation from the younger age group. Most of this age group, age 18 through 25 are attending college, working or starting families and are struggling just to make ends meet. Because of this, attending meetings, donating time and even getting a chance to enjoy a ride means taking time away from what must be done. This is reality. I encourage ABATE members to take this into consideration when talking to younger people. Explain to them that you understand the struggles and that itís ok if we donít see you at meetings or events. Let them know becoming a member is greatly appreciated. Keep in touch with them from time to time. A text or short phone call to them goes a long way. One day, maybe sooner than later, you will see them at an event or they will show up at a meeting. Long term goals will make for a stronger organization in the long run.
I have a great time supporting ABATE and I am sure there will be many more opportunities to do so in the future. Without this organization I would not be who I am today. I am a wiser more outgoing person that I anticipated being at this age. Without the help of ABATE I might not be where I am right now. Therefore I want to thank you for taking your time to read this letter and to thank ABATE for everything they have done for me even though my journey is just beginning.