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Between the Lines October 2017 issue

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Get Involved

So, it’s the end of September. Beginning of Fall (or Mabon, Lughnasadh, the Autumnal Equinox) just happened a few days ago so now prime riding season is at hand. Leaves are changing and there are, sure to be, a ton of foliage rides going on. This means there will be a lot more riders that you will come across. Does your Chapter have enough introductory packets for you to hand out? Do you take advantage of handing those packets out to increase your Chapters Membership? It’s really easy to Get Involved.

We all run into other “motorcycle enthusiasts” every time we are out, every time we pass them on the road, every time we sit next to them at the bar, and every charity event or bike night we go to but how many of you ask that one simple question? “Are you an ABATE Member?” Two months ago this article was about “What to Talk About” and we hit on a ton of icebreakers. If you haven’t read it yet, pick it up while you are on the “loo” and check it out. If you are telling yourself “I can’t talk to people…” than you should try to Get More Involved to make yourself feel more comfortable talking about your Organization.

Well, Chapter and District elections are coming up in November. What better way can you Get Involved? As I have mentioned before, my Chapter got me involved a couple months after I joined and I got elected to Chapter Membership. Look at me now! There are members, in your Chapter, that have the same fire. Hell, you might even be one of them or you know someone that has it. Yes, all of your Officers are volunteers and the positions really aren’t that demanding. They can be, if you want them to be, but it is what you make of it. If you think you might want a position, think about what you have to offer to your Chapter or District but, even though the position isn’t that tough, you still need to be prepared to do the job.

It was mentioned, at the last Board meeting, to try to get Members who may be a little more technically savvy into Officer positions. I kind of agree but if you have one key person, in one key office, they will make a huge difference with communication and promotion of your Chapter. YOU may be that person who should Get Involved. We are thinking of getting a Marketing Guru involved in the Chapter strictly for promotional reasons. So there’s an idea! If you know someone who will fit a position that satisfies one of your Chapter’s needs, why not recruit them. According to the C.O.P.s, they must be a member in good standing for at least 30 days before they can be elected to an office so Get Them Involved now. Think about who will be your Chapter’s next “rock star”.

Basically, there is no time like the present to Get Involved. If you sit at your meeting and aren’t happy with the way things are going, Get Involved. If you don’t attend your meetings than try to Get More Involved. If your chapter or District have an event going on and you know the same people do everything, maybe it’s time to Get involved. You will be amazed at the influence this will have on new Members or potential members. If they see the overwhelming support given, at meetings or events, they will sincerely want to Get Involved.

The future of ABATE is totally in your hands. So while you are enjoying the beautiful scenery that our wonderful Commonwealth provides, think about the freedoms we all enjoy because of YOUR involvement in this great Organization. Again, anything we can do to help, we are always here. Peace and Ride Safe.