ABATE of Northern Nevada held its annual July Run and Rodeo this year at the Lions Park in Battle Mountain. We had vendors, kid’s games, bike show, poker run and rodeo games. The Outhouse Prophets Rock-N-Roll band performed free to the public Saturday evening. It was disappointing that the event wasn’t better attended. Even with the free rock-n-roll band attendance was low during the two day event. Our auction once again saved our butts and we sold enough to pay expenses. We will discuss at our next meeting what we can do to improve attendance in the future. We need to decide if we should hold the event in Battle Mountain again next year or move it to a new location or take it back to Taylor Canyon. Special thanks to Gabbee Rea, Andy Stewart and Crystie Minson for all the work organizing the event. Thank you to our Battle Mountain member, Scott Norman who spread new gravel and bladed the rodeo area, roped off the motorcycle parking area and participated in all the setup and clean-up of the park. Also, thanks to Gary Mack and Miles Eklund for all the help during the event and clean-up Sunday morning.
All pleadings for Nevada’s helmet Class M Class Action Lawsuit have been completed and filed. The case is ready for oral argument and decision by the judge. The judge will set a hearing or issue an order. The judge that originally dismissed the suit is no longer on the case and a new judge is now reviewing it. The committee that filed this Class Action Lawsuit has designed it in a fashion that any group can file a similar lawsuit in their area. The committee is willing to assist anyone who is interested in filing a similar suit. Bolt of Sacramento California issued a similar lawsuit on the 4th of July. The central question in legal terms; is it objectively reasonable for officers to issue helmet tickets when they have no knowledge or training on the actual standard?
I did attend the MRF- Motorcycle Riders Foundation, Best of the West Conference June 6-8th in Frisco Colorado. Had a great trip out, stayed with old friend Pete in Salt Lake the first night then took back roads out of Park City to Frisco Colorado. Met up with ABATE member and friend Miles Eklund in Frisco. Here are a few of the seminars that were presented.
- Washington DC Legislative Update by Jeff Hennie
- Motorcycle Only Check Points and the Fourth Amendment by Matt Danielson
- How to get your legislator’s attention by John Pierce
- Developing a Training Class by Don Gunn
- Sustaining Member Motorcycle Club Meeting by Ray Fitzgerald
Miles and I left Frisco Sunday under ominous thunderheads that pounded us with rain before we were able to get our rain gear on. I was challenged with mechanical gremlins about 50 miles out of Frisco but we both make it back home safe. I am sad to report that MRF will no longer be holding the annual Best of The West or Beast of The East conferences. The Meeting of The Minds will still be held every year in the central states. I encourage everyone to make this an annual run; you can find the date and location on the MRF website.
Our ABATE monthly meetings have poor attendance, please put them on your calendars and try to attend. They are held 6:00 p.m. the second Thursday each month at Ruby Mountain Pizza in Spring Creek. Internal membership conflict is not helping, no one person has anymore ownership of ABATE or Christmas for Kids than any other member. Our individual responsibility is to help with the success of these organizations.
ABATE Website Upgrade: New ABATE member Gary Mack is working with Roger Leeper in upgrading our ABATE website.
ABATE/Christmas for Kids – Discuss election date for new officers.
All Membership Dues will be due on the same date, May 1st every year starting May 1st 2015.
You will receive reminders to pay your dues, after a couple of reminders if your dues are not paid your membership will expire and you will be removed from the ABATE membership list. None members will no longer receive ABATE correspondence regarding MRF updates, runs, events, Presidents Message, State or National activities.
Monthly Meetings: 6:00 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Ruby Mountain Pizza in Spring Creek next to ACE Hardware. Please try to attend, it’s concerning when only a couple people show up.
John Bland – President, ABATE of Northern NV and MRF State Rep.