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Sonja Mauk


Public Relation Officers are key links between A.B.A.T.E. of PA and the media. You are encouraged to establish personal contacts with a variety of media contacts. PR Officers are urged to print out current press releases in our Media Center and send them to their local weekly newspapers, radio & TV stations and reprint them in Chapter newsletters. Permission is hereby granted for re-publication of ABATE material in its entirety without alteration, modification, additions or deletions.

Monthly Letter to the membership


As we are a third of the way into 2022, I want to recognize the new officers and thank them for stepping up and dedicating their time to A.B.A.T.E. of PA. Without the dedication of all the volunteers, this organization would not exist. The COP’s outline each position’s duties, but there are other ways to get tools needed to succeed. One such way was the L&L.

The L&L gives you access to the majority of the tools and information needed to fulfill your officer position. The State Officers worked hard on their seminars for the L&L. They do this to give you the necessary tools to put in your officer toolbox. Networking is another plus to attending the L&L. I hope you enjoyed the L&L and if you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to your State Officers. The success of any position comes with what you put into it. It can be a thankless job, as well as a rewarding job depending on your level of commitment.

I requested all chapters have a 2022 officer photo taken at your February meeting. Due to so many having officers not present at their February meeting (due to covid), I am extending the deadline to include month of March. Please send it to:  NO LATER THAN April 1st !

Include your chapter name and the name of the officers, from left to right, whom are in the photo. I will also put this request on the State Facebook Group page. Please review the photos and make sure they are in focus and faces are recognizable. Do not take with a window behind you! The photos will be published in an upcoming edition of BTL. If your chapter has not had an officer photo taken by your March meeting, please take action on this matter. If your chapter or officers aren’t a member of the state Facebook group, then it’s time to get on board. The Facebook group name is: A.B.A.T.E. of PA.  THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!!!

I would like to remind everyone that we are all volunteers. Too many members are quick to complain about an officer doing something wrong. How often do you acknowledge the good that an officer does? If you aren’t happy with how an officer does his/her job OR you think you can do it better...then you have some options…run for that position, properly communicate your concerns or quit complaining. Social Media IS NOT the place to bash an officer, or even a member, of your organization. The negative talk can be seen by more people than you can imagine, which can put a bad taste in their mouths for your chapter or the organization itself….AND it doesn’t accomplish anything!

Good luck to all of the officers and chapters. I hope everyone has a successful year.

Sonja Mauk, State PR Officer