Brian Magness




So, it’s the end of September. Fall is here (or Mabon, Lughnasadh, the Autumnal Equinox) so now is prime riding season. Leaves are about to change 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 a “venue”, and every charity event or bike night we go to but how many of you ask that one simple question? “Are you an A.B.A.T.E. Member?” There have been articles named “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…” then you should try to Get More Involved to make yourself feel more comfortable talking about your Organization.

Chapter and District elections are coming up in November. What better way for you to Get Involved? You can still be nominated for a position through October, by the way. 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 that fire. 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. Read the C.O.P.’s that are online at ABATEPA.ORG and know what your responsibilities will be. Again, they ain’t that tough.

It was mentioned, a while ago at a Board meeting, to try to get Members who may be a little more technically savvy into Officer positions. I totally 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 whom 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, then try to Get More Involved. If your chapter or District has 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 A.B.A.T.E. 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.

Brian Magness
State Membership Officer