Between the Lines September 2020 issue



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Boy is this summer one of the best we have had in such a long time, that was before COVID-19 pandemic had to screw it up. Over the course of the last month we have seen the Governor put the bar’s and restaurants back to 25% capacity along with other restrictions added on to the Commonwealth. This is affecting a lot of our chapters and districts in regard to holding monthly meetings. The Executive board has been meeting and your Chapter President along with District Reps should have received information from us with instructions on how to properly go about changing your meeting location and how to hold nominations and elections this coming fall. All chapters and districts are required to hold nominations and elections, we need to think out of the box, but we also need to do it in accordance with the COP’s set-forth by ABATE of PA and Roberts Rules of Order. If you have questions, please ask you Chapter President or District Rep. You will also see the instructions coming out in this edition of Between the Lines.  If your Chapter Executive board or District Rep can’t answer your questions, please give one of us on the Executive board a call and we will answer your questions.

I would like to report that it looks like PennDot is moving forward with the Motorcycle Safety Program. They are now looking for bids from vendors and hopefully will have a program in place very soon. Myself I will say that even if they do get a vendor, we can pretty much say 2020 is a wash. This is just another thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has screwed up this year.

As of this writing I can say I am not sure how we will be holding the remainder of the state board meetings for the rest of the year, it all depends on what the Governor’s office has to say regarding face-to-face meetings. We may have to continue holding Zoom meeting which so far seems to be working, I can say this is something we all don’t like but, in these times, it is something we must live with.

Our State Secretary Tracy Liddington has stepped down, I want to thank Tracy for all that she did over the course of the past 1 1⁄2, as for now our State Office Manager Carol (Popcorn) Umbenhauer will be handling the State Secretary duties for the remainder of the year and hopefully we have someone step forward and be elected in the fall. If you’re interested in seeking a state position, make sure that you are nominated by your chapter and the Chapter Secretary forwards a copy of the minutes into the state office showing you were nominated.

I want to take the time to make everyone aware that our own Charles Umbenhauer will be inducted into the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame in Indianapolis at the Meeting of the Minds in September. Along with myself and the membership of ABATE of PA I want congratulate you Charles on this great honor it is well deserved.

Last thing I want to add into this article is I want to thank those chapters and districts that have made donations to the state in our time of need. At the July board meeting Assistant State Coordinator Kevin Snyder laid out our financial concerns to the Executive Board and District Reps. With not having the State Party at Hazen that left us very short financially and lord knows how long this pandemic is going to last. If for some reason we are forced to cancel Hazen next year we as an organization will be broke by September of 2021. We are counting on chapters and districts that can donate to please do so. I know that each chapter is being forced to cancel events due to COVID-19 and some are not in the position to donate and others that are financially healthy we are reaching out to you we really could use the help.  If an induvial ABATE of PA member would like to donate, we will accept that to, every cent counts and some of you have already sent in contributions. As of August 12 the following District and Chapters have donated to ABATE of PA

District 4 $ 500

Endless Mt $1000

Jacks Mt $1000

Indiana $ 563(10% of their treasury – nice idea)

We have had thirteen individuals donate funds to the treasury for amounts beginning at $40 up to and including $250 totaling $1480 so far. 

Well I think I have covered everything that I wanted to cover this month, I hope everyone continues to enjoy this great summer, and hopefully we see things start to change and the COVID-19 pandemic begins to lose its grip and  see things start to go back to the way it was and we can start getting together once again as an organization.  Until next month enjoy the nice weather and the wind in your face.