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Between the Lines June 2021 issue

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How Much Are Dues?

The single most FAQ (frequently asked question) we get when trying to sign up a new member is “how much are dues?” and we all give the standard monetary response without blinking an eye but, have you ever really thought about it? So what are ‘dues’? Two definitions come to mind; 1) “a regular fee or charge payable at specific intervals, especially to a group or organization” and 2) “to earn respect, position or a right by hard work, sacrifice or experience”. There are an endless number of ABATE members who have certainly ‘paid their dues’ but what are we asking a new member for, specifically? Do we really just want them to sign-up, say thank you and move on about our day OR are we looking for our next Chapter “Rock Star” who will step right up and be another positive Member?

How do you feel when you sign up a new member? Feels GREAT. How does it feel when you tell your Coordinator or Membership Officer that you just signed up some new Members? Feels pretty good. What are your personal expectations of those new Members for the benefit of your Chapter? ……………uhhhh.  I, personally, see a lot of potential in everyone I sign up. Do I get let down sometimes? Sure, but for the most part everyone who has asked the question of “how much are dues” already has an interest in doing a good thing and being a part of a Great core of people. Sometimes, recruits do not even know that they have a lot to offer. When talking to them, get them excited and tell them about how YOU feel as a Member. Their mind will start coming up with their own expectations of what they want to get out of being a Member.

What are your expectations as a Member? Have you ever asked yourself? Do you just want to be a ‘card-carrying’ member or do you want to really step-up and be involved? Do you have ideas for your Chapter, District or State that would make the organization better? As a member you have the power, and the right, to have your own expectations and to question whether they are being met just like the organization has their ‘dues’ they are requesting from you. Understand that your officers have “earned respect, position or a right by hard work, sacrifice or experience”. We are all just volunteers and MANY are doing an outstanding job. If you can confirm that they are not, bring it up, talk about it as adults and use the power of the legislative process of our great democracy to change. Either way, pay your ‘dues’.

So, what other “dues” is A.B.A.T.E. of PA asking from you? Our forefathers spent their time and ‘paid their dues’ to come up with some very simple things we can adhere to for the success of this organization. If you have ever read the back of the yellow card, you signed, it is spelled out pretty clearly that as a Member you agree to certain expectations.

1.     “Uphold my Chapter and its officers and to participate and/or ride in A.B.A.T.E. functions...”

a.     Self-explanatory but I think this gets forgotten every now and then.

2.     “Abide by Corporate Operating Procedures and Governing Regulations.”

a.     Yep, we all get it but there are still some officers out there who don’t. That topic is for another article.

3.     “Maintain my conduct as a member and a biker in A.B.A.T.E. so as not to create bad will, negative publicity, or trouble for the organization.”

a.     Basically, be who you are but think about your actions. Through this you will fulfill definition number 2.

4.     “I accept the inherent risks involved in motorcycling and voluntarily assume the risk involved...”

a.     That’s right, we bad! We are also safe and educators of this.

5.     “I understand that by signing my name to this application, I am seeking membership into a brotherhood. Toward that end, I will follow the meaning of that word.”

a.     I have nothing to add.

These are ‘dues’ we have all accepted as Members. These should be “payable” to our Brothers and Sisters every day.

How much are YOUR dues?

Peace and ride safe and enjoy this beautiful Commonwealth we live in!


Numbers Are In…

Hard to tell!!! Numbers are down a bit but not that bad. That is where the numbers are since the May edition of Between the Lines. This relates to the numbers from Statewide Membership totals for the beginning of May. 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.

May total, at the time this report was generated, is (5260). From Apr. to May our numbers are Down by (-15).

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.

·       Contact expired members. 

o      Use the phone. Emails very often get overlooked or forgotten about.

o      Remind them that they are due to renew. With these current events people may be finding it hard to remember to renew their membership. Hell, I find it hard to remember what day it is.

o      Ask why they aren't renewing. There may be an issue going on within the Chapter that is keeping them away. Bring up that your leadership has changed, if it did, and bring up new ideas that you are bringing to the Chapter.

·       Get the word out.

o      We haven't been able to go out, so we need to reach people some other way. Only thing we have going for us is social media. Figure out a way to endorse and promote.

o      Word of mouth is a good thing. Find people to spread it to.

·       Remember what we stand for.

o      When we are at our weakest, that is when our enemies will strike. If our numbers don't rise lawmakers could very easily violate our rights and we won't be able to fight back.

o      We must stay strong.

·       Don't wait. We need help now.