Charles Umbenhauer

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Charles Umbenhauer

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Between the Lines September 2018 issue

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As I write this the Legislature is on their summer break.  So rather than concentrate on legislative issues I am going to dedicate this month’s article to the Ride to Gettysburg and our friend Representative Harry Readshaw. 

There are not many organizations or legislators that can proudly proclaim having a successful event year after year but that is exactly what we have accomplished over the past seventeen years and now looking at our eighteenth consecutive year.

As someone that grew up relatively close to Gettysburg Battlefield I can fondly remember many visits in my younger years to the various monuments and storefronts in Gettysburg.  Like most small boys Little Round Top was my favorite visiting place.  So when I read about Representative Harry Readshaw and his Gettysburg Monument Project I felt that this would be something that ABATE of PA would be interested in taking an active part in restoring and maintaining the PA monuments throughout the battlefield. 

Over the years we have had many legislators along with a Congressman and many motorcycle clubs take part in this unique ride which always begins on Commonwealth Avenue behind the main capitol.  This ride always has a large group of police escorted riders that make this one of the safest and most enjoyable rides you may ever participate in. 

We have a unique opportunity this year to bring our total contribution level to the $200,000 mark.  I am hoping that chapters will step up and make a financial contribution and also purchase the gun raffle tickets which have been supplied to each chapter president.  With your help and being blessed with good weather on Saturday, September 22 we should be able to reach our goal.  To date we have raised $187,278 over the past 17 years.  That means we have to raise about $13,000 to surpass our goal. 

If you have never been on this ride you will experience a real rush of pride once we are lined up to start the ride with the God Bless America Motorcycle Color Guard leading the way down Route 15 to Battlefield Harley Davidson.  This years parade marshal is former House Representative Teresa Forcier leading her group of AMA Motor Maids. 

A few years ago our dear friend Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll rode with us up until her untimely passing.  I know that she is still with us in spirit.  Also a few years ago we lost Jen LeVan of Battlefield HD another big supporter of this ride as well as everything Gettysburg. 

Let’s get together and do this ride in memory of our many good friends and members that have passed on. 

We start to register around 10 AM and the ride pulls out promptly at 1:00 PM after a short riders meeting and the presentation of chapter certificates recognizing those that have made the commitment for a successful ride. 

At the conclusion of the ride everyone gets a chicken dinner and we will do the drawing for the pistol and you can also take some time to go over to the dealership and check out some of the nice bikes on display.  The cost is still only $10 per rider and or passenger and you get a commemorate pin to proudly wear on your riding gear. 

Harry and I thank you in advance for your continued support of the project and your participation in the ride.