State Coordinator

tom bogacki

Tom Bogacki


Monthly Letter to the membership

Welcome to another month and almost 2022 riding season. We look outside and the days are getting longer and the weather is warming, and before long we can feel the wind in our faces and the miles passing us by. If you are like me this has been a long and cold winter, and cabin fever is starting to set in, so what better time to get those bikes serviced and ready to go.

In this article I want to congratulate all the winners of the State Pool Tournament and I want to thank Ray Kline from the Jacks Mountain Chapter for chairing the State Pool Tournament Committee and hosting this year’s event. I am sorry I missed this year’s tournament due to a family commitment; it would have been nice to catch up with everyone. If someone is interested in hosting next years State Pool Tournament and would like to chair the State Pool Tournament committee please reach out to me by August and we can discuss it.

The State Party at Hazen is just around the corner and Scott Minich and the Hazen committee are working hard at putting the final touches on the planning. If anyone is interested in working a 4-hour shift on security please reach out to Tiny on State Security or Scott Minich for details, please don’t wait until the last minute. Speaking of last-minute lets get those pre-sale Hazen tickets sold and returned to Scott Minich, or if you’re purchasing your tickets online let’s get them purchased as soon as possible because we want to make this years’ Hazen the biggest and best year ever.

I had mentioned in my last article that the state is planning to possibly having a Rights Rally this year at the Capital in either May or beginning of June. As of right now State Legislative Coordinator Scott Crum is in the planning stage and as of this article I don’t have any details to pass on to you, hopefully in next months article which will be after the Grand Board meeting in March I will have more to report.

I am pleased to say that our new Between the Lines editor Koury Barr is up and running and she has put a request out to all chapters to do their part and get monthly articles submitted to her no later than the 8th of each month. Your monthly article is a way to communicate with members in your chapter that don’t attend regular monthly meetings, it’s also a way to get a better turnout at your chapter events so do your part and submit your monthly articles on time each month.

Richard Freeburn is working on getting information to me and the board on the possibility of getting a discount rate from insurance companies for A.B.A.T.E. of PA members. I am going to give Richard some time at the Grand Board meeting to present his findings and hopefully in next months’ article I can report something on this.

As of this article I have nothing to report to you on the PA Motorcycle Safety Program. At the Grand Board meeting I am hoping to hear from the A.B.A.T.E. of PA Motorcycle Safety Program Oversite Committee on where we are moving on this and have more to you next month.

With the weather changing and riding season just around the corner it’s time to start meeting people and getting them interested in joining A.B.A.T.E. of PA. Only with a strong membership can our voices be heard in Harrisburg on issues that affect motorcyclists in Pennsylvania. We are 46 chapters statewide and when it comes to issues affecting motorcyclists in PA we should be united as one A.B.A.T.E. of PA because the Legislator sees us as this and that is how we get movement on our bills.

Well I am running out of things to write about this month. As you get out on those bikes this coming Spring, please be careful riding, the roadways are still covered with winter grim and can be unsafe in spots until PennDot and mother nature get them cleaned off which could take until the end of April. Until next month take care.