Between the Lines November 2019 issue



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Here we are another month down and the train continues to run down the tracks. On September 21, 2019, we held the grand board meeting at the Center Hall American Legion. A lot of business was conducted at this meeting and I feel we got a lot accomplished. As we all know Charlies Umbenhauer will be retiring on December 31, 2019. At the September meeting Charlies gave a presentation on 5 lobbyist firms that he reached out to and had interviews with. Charlies reviewed these firms and made a recommendation to the executive board prior to the September meeting. At the meeting after presenting all firms to the whole board the executive board asked that a motion be made to hire the firm of S.R. Wojdak & Associates to replace Charlies after December 31, 2019. Wojdak and Associates out of all the other firms are better familiar with the inner working of ABATE of PA and will serve us well. The whole board approved the hiring of Wojdak and Associates and they will be taking over the lobbying work for ABATE of PA on January 1, 2020. I want to thank Charles and Tom Detrick for all their hard work on finding a new lobbyist.

Also at the September meeting I asked all the Presidents to please take it back to their chapters and see if there was anyone interested in taking on the State Treasurer position. If you are interested contact me today.  In the interim basis Peggy Snyder will assume the position of Treasurer, now I meant to make it official with board approval in September but with everything going on I forgot to bring it up under new business. At the November meeting, I will ask for board approval to appoint Peggy to the position.

I want to thank Dominic Witherite from the Jefferson County Chapter for stepping forward and assuming the chairman role on the newly formed youth committee. Dominic gave an impressive report at the meeting, Dominic keep up the great work, the youth are our future.

I would like to thank the Westmoreland Chapter for inviting both myself and my wife Bev to attend their meeting on September 28. It was great to get out and see some of the members which I knew and those I got to meet for the first time. It was also my pleasure to assist with any issues that the chapter was having. For any member, chapter, or district that are having trouble contacting me through email please send your emails to address or feel free to contact me through my phone number which is 814-603-1485. For some reason, I have lost access to my state coordinator email address. I will get my Communication Director Dean Stephen’s hot on finding out what the problem is.

The state pool tournament has been scheduled for February in Fall Creek, PA at the F.O.E Eagles # 965. Ben Steele President of the Jefferson County Chapter has stepped forward to take on the role of State Pool Tournament Chairman, so any questions please forward them to Ben.

John Kruger and the L&L committee met before the Grand Board meeting and they are well on their way to making changes to the seminar to make it bigger and better. I encourage each chapter to start getting your reservations into the state and to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

November is chapter and district elections please make sure you are voting for the right people to run your chapter or district this coming year, because voting for the wrong people could take your chapter or district in the wrong direction. We want to see each of you grow which makes the organization grow.

Well I believed that I have covered everything that I wanted to cover this month, enjoy the remainder of the riding season, enjoy the fall colors because old man winter will be here before you know it, and Happy Thanksgiving to all.