Brian Magness



Monthly Letter to the membership

Tis the Season,

This is a reprint article I usually put out at this time of year. It’s a pretty good read. Before we get into that, I want to let you all know that you should expect GREAT things this year. We have a lot of new Membership Officers Statewide!! This will account for a lot of new enthusiasm, maybe the break of some pre-existing cynicisms or bad habits and, hopefully, the beginning of things moving more towards the 21st Century. Welcome to all new and returning M.O.s!!! Please give them your support!!!


“So, finally here, for most of you. Time to dust it off, get the chrome polished, put some new fuel in it, and get in the wind. You think I’m talking about the bikes. I’m talking about your dedication to the organization. Some of us never put it in the garage and ride it all year long but it’s common, for most, to take that much needed break when the weather gets bad.


So, why dust it off? Stuff accumulates, over time, and some of it just needs to go. This is typical when we let things just sit. We are not out as much as we are over the warmer months and maybe we have accumulated a little unnecessary “dust”. We do not have as many functions, fund-raisers, or charity events and maybe we do not get together as much as we usually do. Sure, we still go to meetings but maybe we are not in the mood to put up with anyone’s drama. That is “dust” that needs to be gone. Keep your reason for being a member free of that excess crap.


How about getting it polished. Now is the time you are going to be running with and meeting new motorcycle enthusiasts who may not be ABATE members. Don’t you want to shine and look good for the sake of the organization? Get that 0000 steel wool out and refresh yourself on what our mission statement is. Be proud to tell people about what your Chapter does and how much you do for your community. Make sure that sunshine bounces back in people’s faces when you are talking about your particular Membership experiences. Brush up on the meanings of our core values. Be knowledgeable about our accomplishments and what our upcoming goals are that we need their help to be passed.


Put some new fuel in. All of our dedication can, and will, slack off at some time. It is time to give it some gas. Sure, a nice leisurely Sunday ride is special but holy hell, when you decide it is time to “light the candles” it feels awesome especially when you are with Brothers and Sisters you trust. Your dedication for this organization should be the same. When you get just one new member to join, just because of what you said to them or because you showed excitement for your Chapter, you will have a want and a need to keep the throttle pegged. Cannot do it without fuel. If you feel something missing in your engine or you might not be getting as much mileage as you used to, what do you do? You find the issue and fix it. This is what we are asking you to do. This time of year is a good time to kick off a Chapter Membership Drive also. You are going to see many new, or familiar, faces so why not spread the word and get them to your meeting. Top off the tank.


Now it is time to get in the wind. Knees in the breeze. Therapy. Some of you have had PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) for way too long. Again, not talking about the bike. Your dedication may have been just sitting there. What fun is that? Yeh, just being a member of this great organization feels incredible but wouldn’t it feel so much better if you were doing something with it? When you wake up in the morning, you look outside, see the sunshine and the birds chirping, and you make the call to say “I’m riding today”. Isn’t that one of the best feelings? Relate that to your position in this organization. Get out there and Ride! Show every person you pass on the road, and give the peace sign to, that you ARE A PROUD Member of ABATE of PA and you will stand for and make our mission a success.


Everyone, have a great riding season and try to get our numbers back where they belong. Remember, we are the best when it comes to our legislative accomplishments. Be proud. Peace and Ride Safe.”


Brian Magness