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ICMS Member Receives the 2012 MRF Lifetime Achievement – Lifetime Membership Award. Taken from the MRF Reports: Lifetime membership in the MRF is granted for very significant contributions to the movement and/or for a lifetime of achievement and cannot be purchased; they are granted through nominations by MRF Board members and voted on by the Board of Directors. Chuc Coulter dedicated 27 years of service to the Idaho Coalition of Motorcycle Safety (ICMS) organization and to the motorcyclists of Idaho in various ICMS Board and Legislative positions. Additionally he served the MRF in many positions over many years including Sustaining State Motorcyclist Rights Organization Liaison to the Board (who could forget the memorable Chuc and Buck show at years of MOTM’s), Vice President, Treasurer, President, MRF -Pac Treasurer, MRF A & E Treasurer, and consistent legal advisor to the MRF. Editors Note: At the MRF Meeting of the Minds in Raleigh, NC; Chuc was the only award winner not present that received a standing ovation from the attendees. Lane Triplett, Chairman of the ICMS, accepted the award for Chuc in his absence. The Lifetime Achievement Award plaque was presented to Chuc by 8 members of the ICMS Board of Directors at his home in Boise, ID; Thanksgiving weekend where his family members were present to celebrate his accomplishments.
I DON'T CARE WHAT IT COSTS AS LONG AS IT'S FREE! I heard a protester utter these words a few months ago. He was talking about health care and anything else he could get without having to spend money on it. As long as he didn't have to buy it, to him there was no cost involved. Many of the men and women that ride motorcycles feel the same way about belonging to the MRF. As long as they don't have to pay dues, work at events for memberships or attend conferences to keep informed their freedom to ride is FREE! What are some of the costs of freedom? The biggest one is having a paid lobbyist and an office within a 10 minute walk from the Capitol. Another is putting on three conferences a year to keep you informed about what is going on around the country. You're reading another cost of freedom, this newsletter. The most difficult part of freedom is working together even when you don't totally agree on everything. Our MRF President, Hardtail once said, "We don't have to be walking down the street holding hands. We don't even have to be on the same sidewalk, but we should at least be walking in the same direction". The problem with the motorcycle rights movement is that most riders aren't even on the street! If motorcycle rights are so important then why have we done so poorly in convincing others of its benefits? If the benefits of riding free are so important than it should be an easy sell. Do riders really want decisions about what they ride, where they ride and how their ride looks and sounds decided for them? Should we have authoritarianism or freedom? The biggest threat to our freedom is not being out fought, its being out numbered. When there are more voices saying we are a social burden than motorcyclists to speak against it, we might as well start shopping for helmets. There is strength in numbers. Right now we need more members to fight for our rights and freedoms. Sign up a new member and keep strengthening this organization. Wayne If you would like to join the MRF you can at www.mrf.org
Table Of Contents Board Members................................... P 2 Calendar of Events............................... P 2 ICMS at KTVB Care Day........................ P 3 Winners of Quilt.................................. P 3 In Memoriam....................................... P 4 MRF Breaking News............................. P 5 STAR Article......................................... P 6 New ICMS Board Members................. P 7 ICMS News........................................... P 8 ICMS Membership Pay Online............ P 11 Cabin Fever/Sweetheart Ball............... P 12
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I.C.M.S. Board of Directors
2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
These are the people who are willing to give their time and energy to help protect your rights and Keep Idaho Free!
Cabin Fever Dance/Sweethearts Ball 02/16/2013
Justin "Kid" Crawford...................(208) 863-4280................... 2013-15
Vice-Chairman, Awareness Rally Coordinator, Newsletter Editor Distribution Coordinator Mark Neeley................................... (208) 860-0117................... 2012-14 Products Coordinator, Rodeo/Run Coordinator Judy Petersen................................. (208) 375-6117................... 2012-14 Treasurer, MRO/Club Liaison Larry "Stix" Platt. ....................... (208) 573-4191................... 2012-14 Rodeo/Run Coordinator Deven Sackett ............................. (208) 954-0531................... 2013-15 Boyd Rue......................................... (208) 941-1689................... 2011-13 Lane Triplett. ................................. (208) 336-0052................... 2011-13 Chairman Ellie Whaley. .................................. (208) 371-9828................... 2013-15
Wayne Wierson. ............................ (515) 290-6826......................2012-14
Government Relations Officer Kim Young...................................... (208) 343-7452................... 2013-15 Secretary, Co-Treasurer, Events Coordinator
Mike Weiss...................................... (208) 375-9172................... 2013
The Board meets the 1st Monday of every Month (provided it’s not a holiday) at 6:30 p.m. at Lindy’s Steak House, Boise (west of HP in front of Chinden & Cloverdale)
Members’ attendance is encouraged. Everyone is welcome! The following are Area Reps for I.C.M.S. and make this an effective statewide effort. Brenda Bolton........................ Twin Falls................ (208) 733-0151 R.F. Bonney............................Idaho Falls............... (208) 526-0135 Norman Burch.......................St. Maries................. (208) 245-5094 Terri Calkins.......................... Pocatello.................. (208) 478-4928 For more information on this publication or to submit a letter to the Editor please write to: P.O. Box 2732, Boise, Idaho 83701 or email Editor, Justin, at firstname.lastname@example.org Also visit us at... www.idahobikerrights.com
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ICMS Donates to KTVB Cares Day At the ICMS Can Dance on November 17th 2012 participants graciously donated enough non perishable food goods to fill a regular sized truck bed full of food. These non perishable food goods were taken to the KTVB Cares Day on December 8th 2012 and donated along with a $500.00 check from funds that were raised during the Can Dance. The ICMS Board of Directors would like to take the time to thank all of our members and non members that participated in the November Can Dance. Your participation helped supply food that feed thousands of not so fortunate Idahoans during the holiday seasons.
Quilt Raises Over $1000 For ICMS Over the last year, the Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety Board of Directors had been selling raffle tickets for a quilt that was donated by Debra Lindner of the Blue Canoe Restaurant, Guffey, ID, to raise money for the ICMS treasury. The quilt was raffled off on Saturday the 17th of November at the ICMS Annual Can Dance and Membership Meeting at Jumpin Janets in Boise, Idaho. Gorilla and Pepper Long from Boise Idaho were the lucky winners of this raffle. Gorilla and Pepper have been long time supporters of ICMS. The ICMS Board of Directors are happy that they received the quilt and hope they get many uses out of it.
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Tommy Lee Tomlin We are all deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend who loved the Lord and touched everyone! Tommy Lee Tomlin was born on January 27, 1943, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He entered into Heaven on October 18, 2012, after suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis for three years. Tom and his wife Bobbi were charter members of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) Chapter R Wheels R His. The R Wheels R His Chapter grew in numbers while Tom was the Road Captain for 20 years and Safety Officer in which he had safety meetings quite regularly. He loved the CMA and what it stands for. Tom helped the CMA in many ways. He along with Fritz and Bill built the large grill on wheels that CMA is currently using today. He supervised over the use of the grill during the CMA BBQ that was held after the ICMS Motorcycle Awareness Rally every year in May. Tom felt that it was a real joy to feed the hundreds of bikers after the Awareness Rally at the beginning of each riding season. The R Wheels R His Chapter would have many yard sale fund raisers. During these fund raisers, Tom would encourage everyone to donate by matching the dollar amount earned in the yard sales. These donations went toward the purchase of the utility trailer that the CMA uses today. The CMA, ICMS and the community will truly miss Tom, who made a difference in all our lives. There were 52 CMA members, 1 ICMS Board member, many family members and friends present at the funeral service. It was a great honor for Tom to have the Patriot Guard Riders with two rows of flags lining the church entrance. It was an emotional time to say our final good-byes to a wonderful friend who always had a smile on his face and was known to say he was "Just like Brand New".
Mike Kelly Mike Kelly passed away due to natural causes on Tuesday, December 4, in Hailey Idaho. Mike was the epitome of what an ICMS member is. His support of ICMS was legendary, especially in Blaine County. Since October, 1992, if you were a rider in Blaine County, not an ICMS member and you happened to run into Mike, you would become a member. Mike was instrumental in many fund raising events in support of ICMS, as well as many charitable efforts. Mike loved to ride and if you were on the road, it was not unusual to meet Mike there, no matter where you might find your ride taking you. Mike had a tradition of firing off a cannon in the middle of the night at bike runs. We are going to miss the middle of the night cannon blasts followed by shouts of â€œMore Powder, More Powderâ€? at the Fun Valley Biker Rally in Pine. 2 ICMS Board Members and 2 Members drove up to Hailey from Boise for Mikes Memorial Service where many friends and family shared stories and memories of Mike. Mike wanted to be buried in all 50 states, many friends and family volunteered to help make his last wish happen. Our love and condolences go out to Mary Kelly and family. Mike will be missed by a great number of riders and friends.
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12NR31 - MRF News Release - National Transportation Safety Board Drops Motorcyclists From "Top Ten" List FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14 November 2012 Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released there 2013 "Top Ten Most Wanted List" Wednesday, November 14th 2012 reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). The list is a collection of the NTSB's top safety priorities. Recommendations are made to governing bodies and industry. Typically the list reflects recent concerns of the NTSB, for instance in a year where there are a lot if motor coach crashes you could expect to see some recommendations to governing bodies to screen drivers better and to industry to make the buses safer. Most recently motorcyclists made an appearance on the list. In 2010 the NTSB took aim at motorcyclist safety and recommended that each and every State institute a mandatory State helmet law. Its important to note that the NTSB's recommendations are put into place 96% of the time. The MRF met with the staff and Members of the Safety Board aggressively over the following year to educate them on a comprehensive approach to motorcyclist safety. It worked, the following two years ('11, '12) the motorcyclist safety portion of the "Top Ten" was two fold. They recommended volunteer helmet use and just as importantly to them, a strong emphasis on crash prevention. This coming years list does not contain any motorcycle or motorcyclist recommendations what so ever. They have recognized the work that is being done at the National, State and Local levels is working. Motorcycle fatalities are still less than they were four years ago. They recognize the fact that proper education and awareness programs work. The NTSB realizes they have more pressing issues that they need to focus on, and that the motorcyclist safety is in good hands, the right hands, the motorcyclists of America's hands. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman "Safety areas are dropped from the list when meaningful progress has been made." Read the 2013 NTSB Top Ten list here:http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl.html The NTSB is an independent government agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families. Formed by Congress in 1926 their original charter was to investigate only airline and airplane accidents. In 1967 that charter was expanded to include; marine, pipeline, railroad and highway modes.
12NR32 - MRF News Release - Another Federal Government Agency Gets it Wrong, Again. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 30 November 2012
Another Federal Government Agency Gets it Wrong, Again
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on the motorcycle safety grants known as the Section 2010 motorcycle safety grant program. The program has been wildly successful at infusing much needed financial resources directly into the motorcycle safety community. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) was instrumental in getting the grant program set up and running. Currently the money, over $45 million over the past 6 years, can only be used for educational purposes. Those can be anything from paying instructors, buying new training bikes and equipment, to public education efforts such as “look twice” campaigns. What the GAO is suggesting is that congress change the language so that the monies can be used for other purposes, such as helmet use campaigns. The MRF does not agree with this. The original intent of congress with the grant program was to reduce fatalities through crash avoidance techniques, not through safer crashing, as the GAO believes we should. The GAO estimates are just that, a guess. The fact is that the GAO did not really do any new studies or research. They simply recycled the same tired talking points that are used by any number of government or quasi government groups. This isn’t the first time motorcyclists have been painted in a bad light, calling us a social burden on America’s health care system. The MRF disagrees with that. Critics and the uninformed believe that motorcyclists, helmeted or not, account for a super majority of health care costs, from trauma room to long-term care. The problem is that’s just not true. There are not a lot of studies on social burden, but more than enough to soundly and logically deflate the social burden myth around motorcyclists. The Journal of American Medicine, one of the most respected of all medical publications, published the findings of a 1988 study on the subject of the public costs of motorcycle related injury at a specific Seattle, WA hospital. The results clearly showed that of all costs to sort out a motorcycle injured patient, 63.4% of the bill was paid out with taxpayer dollars. That’s an astoundingly high cost, no question, but what the study goes on to say is that the public cost of any injury at that same Seattle treatment center was 67%, 3.6% higher. Statistical dead heat. There is also a little more to that story because the public cost of health care is about 45% currently, and was significantly less than that in the mid-eighties when the study was conducted. The facility used for the study was Harborview, a division of the University of Washington, and one of the largest and state-of-the art facilities in the Seattle region. Because of that the facility sees most of the worst-case scenarios routinely. A similar study done by the University of North Carolina also found that there was no statistical difference in public cost to treat motorcycle related injury over any other type of injury. It’s also important to keep things in perspective. Last year the public share of motorcycle related injuries were 0.001% of the entire public health care cost. The MRF will keep you updated on this issue.
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10 Steps to Winterizing Your Bike Whether you do it yourself or go to a shop for maintenance, there are a few things you need to take care of before you cover your bike for the winter months. Depending on how much you plan to ride during the winter (readers here range from “every time there is sunshine” to “the baby sleeps in the garage until spring”) you may have to adapt some of these tips, so you can access your bike easily and safely those sunny winter days you still feel like riding. 1- Clean your garage. If you are keeping your bike in the garage, you need to make room for it. While you are at it, put all your bikerelated stuff together in one area (double bonus: you can find it next spring and your live-in partner will appreciate the clean-up effort). 2- Change the Oil even if the oil is not due for a change. By products of combustion produce acids in the oil which will harm the inner metal surfaces. Add a new filter as well. 3- Use Fuel Stabilizer: Fill the tank with fresh fuel, and, if possible, add the fuel stabilizer to the tank right at the station to give it a few miles to run through the fuel system on your way home. 4- Battery Care: If you are not riding at all during the winter, the battery should be removed from the motorcycle when it’s in storage. A conventional battery should be checked for electrolyte levels. Add distilled water to any of the cells that are low and then charge the battery. Battery charging should be performed at least every two weeks using a charger that has an output of 10% of the battery ampere hour rating. You can also use a battery maintainer (which won't damage your battery like a trickle charger can). They have smart monitoring circuitry that charges the battery only when it needs it. So connect one to your battery and it will be fully charged and ready to fire up in the spring. 5- Spray chain lube: You should already be doing this during the riding season. Don’t forget to spray all pivot points (brake and clutch levers, kickstand, fold-up foot pegs, etc.) as well before storing your bike. That’ll keep rust from forming on the parts during the winter. 6- Exhaust and Mufflers: Exhausts/mufflers can rust fast when they are not used. Spray light oil into the muffler ends and drain holes. Lightly stick a plastic bag into the end of each muffler hole to keep moisture from getting inside the exhaust. Then cover each muffler with another plastic bag to keep outside moisture off. If you have ‘critter issues,’ a way to keep mice out of mufflers is to stuff the plastic bag with steel wool and then pushing the bag into the air intake and tailpipes. The bag keeps steel wool strands out of the engine. Use bright-colored caution tape as a reminder to remove it in the spring. 7- Check your tires with an air pressure gauge. Make sure each tire is properly inflated to the maximum recommend pressure. Some riders recommend placing a piece of cardboard, wood board, or carpet scrap under each tire to keep the rubber raised up from a freezing floor. 8- Service all fluids. You should follow your owner’s manual, but if you haven’t followed some of their indications during the year, this is a good time to catch up on maintenance. Test antifreeze and coolant. 9- Surface Preparation: Waxing and polishing the motorcycle might seem like a waste of time since you are putting it away and no one will see it. But wax is important because it will act as a barrier against rust and moisture during the winter months. 10- Cover it. If you are one of the riders in the above-mentioned category and enjoy riding “every time there is sunshine,” remember to wear warm gear (layers, heated gear, etc.); be aware of ice on the road; and remember drivers are probably not expecting motorcyclists in January. Souces: http://www.familyhandyman.com http://www.totalmotorcycle.com STAR http://www.idahostar.org
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Welcome New Board Members
ICMS would like to take the time to welcome our new members to the Board of Directors. Deven Sackett and Ellie Whaley were elected to the Board of Directors at the 2012 ICMS Can Dance last November. ICMS would also like to recognize returning members to the Board of Directors. Kim Young and Justin “KID” Crawford were reelected to the Board of Directors at the 2012 ICMS Can Dance last November. There is a vacant seat still available on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in helping the fight for your motorcycle rights feel free to contact any of the Board of Directors on Page 2 of this newsletter or you can call KID at (208) 863-4280. We would like to thank all of the Board of Directors for volunteering your time and energy to maintain the rights of bikers in the great State of Idaho. If it were not for your efforts we could very well be losing those rights that we have fought so hard to maintain.
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ICMS Pays For 10 MRF Memberships The Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety (ICMS) in an effort to help build the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) membership has decided to pay for 10 memberships in the MRF. The idea behind this is to get 10 new members in the MRF in hopes that when time comes for renewal those members will renew their membership to the MRF. The criteria for selection of ICMS members to receive MRF membership are that they have to be an ICMS member; they cannot already be a member of the MRF or a former member of the MRF. So, for those of you lucky ICMS members who were selected to receive an MRF membership, your membership card and MRF Reports (the MRF bimonthly information bulletin) will be sent to you in the mail! Enjoy your new membership with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation paid for by the Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety!
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MRF PRESIDENT NEW ICMS MEMBER The Board and members welcome Kirk “Hardtail” Willard as a member of ICMS. Hardtail is the President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). He is one busy leader. He is also a long-time member/leader of ABATE of Wisconsin. That he has chosen to give his financial support to the ICMS is quite impressive.
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THE ISSUE IS
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
If they made a law that we couldn’t wear helmets – we’d fight that too. The issue is Freedom of Choice. Idaho still has Freedom of Choice. Help keep it that way. Join ICMS today.
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WHY JOIN ICMS?
At a time when our democratic process stands ready to strip us as motorcyclists and citizens of our rights to ride free and unencumbered, the ICMS offers all motorcyclists the opportunity to join together and fight back. Whether the issue is mandatory helmet use, or discrimination against "lifestyle" choice, or our safety on Idahoâ€™s roads, the ICMS organization
is prepared to mobilize its strengths in the direction of best defense... and one of the ICMS's greatest strengths is in its membership. The ICMS believes the direction of best defense is through education; from educating its membership on the latest legislative battle to educating the legislators themselves on "the other half of the story;" to making motorists more aware of motorcyclists on our highways to training riders to ride safe. Joining the ICMS is making a commitment to defend your freedom with active involvement and financial support. As an ICMS member, you have the opportunity to attend monthly Board meetings, runs, rallies, and a host of other events throughout the state. The most active members are involved by joining committees, holding office, manning telephones, writing articles for the newsletter or doing any one of the million-and-one things that have to be done. ICMS members tend not to be passive. Some of the other benefits of membership include: membership card, sew-on patch, newsletters, and membership pin.
You Can Pay Your Membership Dues Online
The Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety is pleased to announce that you can now pay your membership dues online with a credit or debit card. Just go to www.idahobikerrights.com and click on the Learn More button under Join Us Today on the right hand side, click on the Pay Membership Here button, select how many Single or Couple Membership you want, fill out the credit card form and follow the instructions. Some members have already gone through this process and say that it is simple. It is completely compliant with secure site requirements. Credit and debit card information is only handled by the WePay credit processing center online.
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