Brian Magness


STATE MEMBERSHIP ADVISER
Brian Magness
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STATE MEMBERSHIP ADVISER'S REPORT
Between the Lines January 2020 issue

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New Decade

WOW, 2020! It is amazing that some of us have made it this far. It is very sobering to think about those that have not. One way to keep them in our memories is to think about what they have done for our organization. Maybe they were a member who showed up and helped or maybe they were the one that changed the way your Chapter operates and were huge in the organization. Either way, carry on their devotion and be a part of your Chapter.

Let’s all try to start this new decade with a re-invigorated passion for A.B.A.T.E. of PA.  One way to help us keep you in the loop is to make sure your contact information is correct at the State.  If you aren’t getting this newsletter than your address isn’t correct (and I guess you won’t be reading this). If you are not getting your renewal notices then we do not have your correct information.  Double-check and make sure we have a current email address.  It will be very rare that we would call you but try to make sure your phone numbers up to date.  It is really simple to update your info.  Give it to your Membership Officer and they will send it to State when they send in their monthly report.  OFFICERS, make sure your information is correct in ‘Between the Lines’. If it is not, try to get it corrected as soon as you can.

Another thing amazing, currently, is that some people are still not “online”. It may not be that you do not have internet but that your area service is bad. Although this is a very small percentage of our membership, we still try to do things as if we are in the Stone Age. We have to start doing things or change our means and methods to the Digital Age. Try to get your Chapter moving in that direction. Propose ideas on how to make things run more efficiently using the tools you use every day. It could be something as simple as having a printed sign-in sheet for your meetings. Maybe, have your previous meeting minutes emailed to your Chapter Members so everyone can see what is going on in your Chapter, even those members who do not make meetings. Maybe they will start getting more involved.  When you think of something innovative share it with other Chapters. This can make the organization even stronger. Hopefully, there are some fresh, modern changes coming from the State level as well.

Most Chapters already do this but I would like to encourage you to join some form of social media, like Facebook.  It is a very effective way to keep the lines of communication open.  It also has immediate notification and an immediate return and it’s FREE.  If you are worried about the Government spying on you then use an assumed profile name but you really need to get connected.  Y2K was a long time ago and Big Brother was supposed to happen back in 1984.  If you do have a Facebook account, think about how you are using it. Are you keeping it strictly for business or has it become a battleground?

We all know what year A.B.A.T.E. of PA was formed. We know what year the helmet modification bill was passed.  Let’s make 2020 a year to remember by bringing our Chapters, and State, to the modern age. We all look for ways to make our jobs and our lives more efficient and easier to manage. Let’s apply some of that thinking to our organization.

Happy New Year, Peace and Ride Safe.

at’s where the numbers are since the November edition of Between the Lines. This relates to the numbers from Statewide Membership totals for the beginning of November. As you might be able to tell, as an organization, we depend on numbers and the support from those numbers. We all need to figure out what creates the upswings and what triggers the downswings. So, here’s the rundown.

November total, at the time this report was generated, is (5703). From Oct. to Nov. our numbers are down by (108)!!

Districts that gained (1)           
Chapters that gained (15)

Districts that lost (7)           
Chapters that lost (25)

Districts that remained unchanged (0)           
Chapters that remained unchanged (7)

Numbers Are In…

UP… That’s where the numbers are since the December edition of Between the Lines. This relates to the numbers from Statewide Membership totals for the beginning of December. As you might be able to tell, as an organization, we depend on numbers and the support from those numbers. We all need to figure out what creates the upswings and what triggers the downswings. So, here’s the rundown.

December total, at the time this report was generated, is (5730). From Nov. to Dec. our numbers are UP by (27)!!

Keep yourselves advised on where your Chapter is. Maybe it’ll motivate some growth, maybe it’ll spark some competition or maybe it will reinvigorate your energy for ABATE of PA and for what we stand for.

Peace, Ride Safe and PLAN ON going to the L&L!

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