Monthly Letter to the membership


Where has the year gone? Seems like we just finished L&L 2022. Time has a way of getting away from us. The older we get, the faster it goes.

So, let’s look at the OSAL program for 2022. We had a well-attended L&L where each chapter was given the new OSAL/A.B.A.T.E. pamphlets, a supply of wristbands, and some stickers. The annual Safety Award was given to Tobey Wingard from Chinkcalamoose for his contribution to motorcycle safety and awareness. I was invited to and presented a district-wide seminar for District 3, which was well attended. Had meetings with PennDOT, attended seminars at the county Traffic and Safety Center, exchanged dialogue and emails with the Department of Education about possible certification of the curriculum we use. Supplied a list of driver's education teachers throughout PA. Posted in newsletters the different ways to reach out to venues to present the program. Reached out to school contacts about their comments on the evaluation reports they sent back to me about the presentations being done throughout the state. Appealed to the Grand Board for funding to have another 20,000 pamphlets printed for distribution. I have likely overlooked some items I tried to give all the chapters to attempt to get the OSAL program up and running. These things are by no means an effort to get kudos for a job well done because we still only have less than 6 chapters presenting throughout the state. There is no doubt we can do better, but it takes someone who wants to make a difference in the chapter. It should be every chapter's goal to come to the 2023 L&L Seminar or send a member to it with one objective, which is getting the program started. I have not tallied all the numbers from the evaluation and presenter's reports yet, but I feel certain we did not reach more than 1,200 students during the first semester of the 2022-2023 school year. To say I am disappointed is a huge understatement. I know and believe what this program means to A.B.A.T.E. and the future of our awareness program, but if there are not more people willing to at least try doing this, the future looks bleak.

Now let’s peek into 2023. First, we will have mostly new line officers in the organization. The L&L Seminar this year will focus on the actual presentation, not sure of the logistics of how this will be accomplished, as I am not sure who will be in attendance. One thing that I am almost certain of is that there will only be one format used to present the program, and that format will be the new post covid video that was built by Adam Gill, myself, and Dick Freeburn, no other PowerPoint or slide programs will be allowed. At the November board meeting, I will be asking the board to approve this move. The main reason I am requesting this is that after talking with teachers, administrators, and suggestions from others, the consensus is that it should be a uniform curriculum. I wanted to do this a couple of years ago, but covid got in the way.

Well, there you have a recap of 2022, and a peek in 2023. I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’m about tired out, recovering from surgery, and trying to type with one hand is exhausting. Until next month, remember, “Look Twice, Save A Life”

Be happy, stay healthy, ride safe.