Mass Abate June 2022

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NEWSLETTER


COUNTY REPRESENTITIVES BARNSTABLE COUNTY Lionel Souza barnstablerep@massmotorcycle.org

Chairman Rocco W Libertine chairman@massmotorcycle.org 413.768.8118

Director at Large Kevin Griffin directoratlarge@massmotorcycle.org

State Director Rocco W Libertine statedirector@massmotorcycle.org

Recording Secretary Bruce Arsenault secretary@massmotorcycle.org

Treasurer Elaine Griffin treasurer@massmotorcycle.org

Merchandise Manager Laurie Horn products@massmotorcycle.org

Vice Chairman OPEN

Business Manager OPEN

Safety & Education Manager OPEN

Director of Off-Road Riding OPEN

Director of Public Relations Dave Condon prdirector@massmotorcycle.org

Membership Manager

BERKSHIRE COUNTY Robbyn Kibler berkshirerep@massmotorcycle.org

ESSEX COUNTY Bill Mannell essexrep@massmotorcycle.org

FRANKLIN COUNTY Michael A Pierce franklinrep@massmotorcycle.org

HAMPDEN COUNTY Bruce Arsenault hampdenrep@massmotorcycle.org

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY Michael Richard hampshirerep@massmotorcycle.org

MIDDLESEX COUNTY Lee G Foresman middlesexrep@massmotorcycle.org

NORFOLK COUNTY Raymond C Pike lll norfolkrep@massmotorcycle.org

WORCESTER COUNTY Sandra J Crossman worcesterrep@massmotorcycle.org

Bruce Arsenault membershipmanager@massmotorcycle.org

Website Administrator OPEN

Newsletter Editor Deb Stoodley Dbethgray@gmail.com

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS Ex-Officio / Past Chairman Dave Condon

Ex-Officio / Past Chairman Kevin Griffin

MRF Representitive Dave Condon

District 3 Area Representitive Jonathan Owens district3arearep@massmotorcycle.org

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The main purpose of the association is to work toward continued freedom of the road by insuring that motorcyclist’s point of view is presented to our legislators and to promote motorcycle safety, rider education and public awareness. We are trying to alleviate the very real possibility of “Big Brother Government”. We encourage all our members to be informed registered voters. We write letters to our elected officials and stay aware of what is going on with motorcycle legislation, and other transportation issues. We welcome interested parties to any of our activities or to join our organization.

MAILING ADDRESS

Massachusetts Motorcycle Association

All articles and photo’s within the contents of this newsletter and our website are the property of Massachusetts Motorcycle Association You may not use them without the express written consent of the newsletter editor, webmaster or the association board.

P.O. BOX 378 Brimfield, MA 01010

HOTLINE Call the HOTLINE anytime for any info or to contact any officer

1-413-768-8118

Massachusetts Motorcycle Association encourages all members to submit letters, articles or cartoons they feel may be of interest to fellow MMA members. MMA supports the rights of ALL motorcyclists, Massachusetts Motorcycle Association does not endorse any products or services other than its own.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the individual contributors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the MMA board and it’s members. Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


From the

Well, I‘m Back ! After more than a decade of not so active support with the MMA, I have returned to take on a Director level role again. Perhaps some recall I filled a number of positions for the MMA starting in the late 90‘s into the late 2000‘s. This time I am managing much of the MMA‘s business relating mostly to insurance and finance obligations. It has been interesting to learn how the inner workings of the association have evolved over the years. It‘s also a whole lot easier to participate in Meetings now that we have Zoom. Of course there was internet and email back twenty plus years ago but technology has made managing an association much more efficient. It‘s a little more complicated but can be done from a home office. To those of you, who I am a new name and face, here is some background. I have been a motorcyclist in one form or another for over fifty years. I started as a youngster on lawn mower engine style Mini -Bikes then moving on to real Dirt Bikes, then up to UJM‘s and now I ride a classic American V-Twin. My day job is using a technical background working mostly in the Military Industrial Complex as a second tier manufacturer and supplier to the big names in the Defense business. I am also in the Real Estate business, licensed by the Commonwealth as a Sales Agent, and have been doing that since the last Bubble Burst. Here we go again ! (Maybe). I live on the South Shore near the Cape Cod Canal, making a home here for the better part of 30 years, with no plans to re-locate. Why am I back in a leadership role you may ask. Seeing the MMA go through productive times and some not so good times, it has been a significant part of mine and my family‘s life, I couldn‘t stand by and watch it come to an end. I felt it needed at least one more ―At Bat‖, so thanks to a few other dedicated people and the support of the Membership we are still here and not going away any time soon. The MMA is rebuilding again with your support along with recruiting some new blood we will continue to be an effective voice for the Motorcycling Community here in Massachusetts. It would be great to hear from you, reach out. ―If you Don‘t Stand for Something, You‘ll Fall for Anything‖ Kevin G. Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


1)… To initiate , endorse and sponsor educational programs such as rider safety, public awareness, legislative and affirmative action and, individual freedoms and rights. 2)… To create and promote a positive public image of motorcyclists and motorcycle groups and to dispel and disprove media hype, unfounded propaganda and the ―Hollywood‖ image. 3)… To encourage goodwill and mutual understanding among motorcyclists, law enforcement personnel and the general public. 4)… To serve as an information source on matters pertaining to current laws, pending legislation, personal rights, political inclinations of elected officials and their constituents, and voter awareness. 5)… To act as a central responsive agency to devise and coordinate recreational, legislative, educational, and charitable activities

MEMBERS PLEASE SUBMIT Articles..Pictures..District Information Pictures.. Run / Party / Shows This is YOUR publication. PLEASE SEND ALL INFORMATION TO

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DEB STOODLEY Editor Welcome to Volume 1 of the NEW Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Monthly Newsletter! I am so excited to introduce myself as the Editor of this new project and I hope it brings worlds of information and entertainment into your home each month. My name is Deb Stoodley and I have only been a part of the MMA for a few months now, but I already feel as though the members I have met are quickly becoming like family. I would like to share a little bit about the road that led me here. I spent most of my teenage and adult life riding on the backseat of a bike. Finally, at the age of 50, I decided to take a class and learn to ride my own. It wasn‘t easy, but with the encouragement of my husband Dan, I bought my first Harley 3 years ago and rapidly succumbed to the addiction of riding. Since then, I have bonded more completely with my friends who have been riding for years, and I have met so many more people within the biker community. I joined a ladies riding group called the Litas who have supported me along my journey with encouragement, riding tips and judgement free friendship – along with so many great trips and memories. The MMA was not new to me. I had been to Fall Roundup before, I had seen the telltale ―LOOK‖ signs around the state of MA and I had some friends who were members, but I never really understood what they did. Finally one night, I decided to do some research. When I realized that the MMA was there to help us stay safe and protected on the roads as well as to promote our acceptance as community members, I knew I wanted to do my part to help support the cause. I quickly accepted the role of Newsletter Editor as well as becoming an Area Representative for the MMA. I hope that sharing my story will motivate you to share yours with us too. We want to get to know you all. We encourage you all to share any stories you want with us, or submit photos you think we may enjoy. Who knows? Your pet dog in a side car could be our next cover photo! We all love to ride but we recognize there is so much more to everyone than our bikes, so tell us about your families, your pets, your hobbies, your best life hacks – anything! Of course, we want to see your bikes and your rides too. Chances are pretty good that if it‘s interesting to you, others will also enjoy it. Email any photos or articles or share any feedback you may have with me at Dbethgray@gmail.com Here are a few of mine… Ride safe! Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


This is my ride – until I win the Indian Raffle bike.

On August 21 of last year, I married my best friend, Dan. This is us riding away from our very intimate ceremony in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

This is me last Fall at the Fall Round Up in Winchendon, MA in my first ever Barrel Roll.

This is me at the annual ―Wacky Lackey Pig Roast‖ the first year I rode.

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Did you know that when you shop Amazon, whether using your computer or the mobile App, you could potentially be donating to the MMA?! Well, you can, by using Amazon smile! It is simple to sign up. You can set it up within your account and then whenever you shop, they send the MMA a percentage of all qualifying purchases. Here‘s a link to the smile program and a full explanation. https://smile.amazon.com/charity/smile/about?ref_=smi_se_rspo_laas_aas

Once you get there, you can sign up by clicking the yellow button at the top right of the page that says, ―Get Started‖. Please note that when you are choosing your charity, please know that we are listed as the Modified Motorcycle Association of Mass and it is listed as located in Billerica, MA.

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HELP WANTED The MMA is seeking a Media Manager to assist the organization in supporting and maintaining its‘ On-Line presence. Specific responsibilities would include posting time sensitive news items and association updates. Editing the association website using "PageMaker" as the embedded application platform and/or HTML. If you are interested in this role and can commit to an hour or two per week, the MMA is eager to hear from you. Some experience is preferred but we are willing to work with an enthusiastic applicant who is interested in Motorcycling and perhaps State and Local Government as it affects Motorcyclists. Please do not hesitate to reach out to discuss this opportunity. Contact us at: businessmanager@massmotorcycle.org Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Bedford - John Pecoral

M.Pecora@verizon.net

Bellingham – Kurt VanVloten

Kvanvloten@gmail.com

Erving – Mike Pierce

Mike33469@verizon.net

Marlborough – Lou Papile

Loujr@engraveablesma.com

Milford – Laurie Horne

products@massmotorcycle.org

Peabody – Kevin Raiche

93heritage@gmail.com

Royalston – Deb Stoodley

dbethgray@gmail.com

Shrewsbury – Rachel Ingham Southampton – Roy Lapan

Rachelingham63@gmail.com

Britbike74@aol.com

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Massachusetts Motorcycle Association State Membership ANNUAL DUES INFORMATION

Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Membership Dues & Renewal Fees Donation

Duration

Individual Membership

$25

12 Months

Family Membership

$35

12 Months

Individual Membership – Two Year

$45

24 Months

Family Membership – Two Year

$65

24 Months

Gold Card Business Sponsorship

$100

12 Months

Individual Life Member

$350

Life

Family Life Membership

$500

Life

Membership Type

SINGLE

FAMILY

…What are the membership rewards ?

MMA Members Receive… FREE $4,000.00 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Life Insurance Policy. Applications are sent bi-annually to current members with the option of purchasing additional coverage

A friendly entrance into the biker community When you join you receive your MMA patch, membership card, welcome letter and insurance.

https://mma.clubexpress.com/

Join the cause & become a member today ! Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


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Elaine Griffin TREASURER Despite the fact that Elaine Griffin is a new board member, she has been a very active MMA member since the late 1990‘s. Elaine was the co-publisher/editor of the MMA‘s former publication, The Update. She was also a contributing columnist. Some of you may remember Ms. G‘s Spot. Ms. Griffin was also the treasurer of the MMA‘s PAC for several years during the late ‗90‘s and early 2000‘s. She was a participant in the design and marketing of MMA ―merch‖ during this same timeline. And many of you may have met Elaine Griffin at events where she was selling raffle tickets and signing up new members, or perhaps know her from the Beast of the East as an attendee and a presenter.

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Rocco and Bruce set up at Throttle Rockers Destination Bike Night Week 1 - with Shovelhead at the Agawam Polish Club

The Mike's were at Cruise Night at the Bernardston Senior Center Monday night with the INDIAN raffle bike and tickets for sale. Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


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Dear SMRO‘s MRFA&E is reaching out to all State Motorcyclists‘ Rights Organizations (SMRO) requesting that they find a young activist in their organization worthy of a Young Activist Scholarship (YAS) recognition. The individual nominees are active in riding, motorcycle safety, education and rights, plus help your SMRO reach out to others. A YAS Winner receives expenses paid to the 2022 Meeting of the Minds Conference. There they will be introduced to SMRO leaders, attend workshops, even help with the conference, and take back a wealth of information to their state. Not only do the YAS winners receive group recognition, but they are also the future of motorcyclists‘ rights advocacy, rider safety and education. This is your SMRO‘s opportunity to recruit younger riders into your organization to recognize the your rider in your ranks who go the extra mile to help your organization. Young riders are the future holders of the Flame of Freedom needed to preserve rider education, our motorcycles and our lifestyle. There are a lot of great candidates for the YAS Award. Thank you for sending us your nomination as soon as possible. PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION https://mrfae.org/young-activist-scholarship/yas-application SUBMIT APPLICATION REGULAR MAIL: P.O. BOX 581 Big Lake, MN 55309 EMAIL: secretary@mrfae.org While you look at our website, please donate to the Young Activist Scholarship fund. Deborah Butitta Founding Chairman Motorcycle Riders Foundation Awareness and Education Inc. Massachusetts Motorcycle ABATE of ARKANSAS Association Does DoesNot Not Endorse EndorseAny AnyAdvertiser Advertiser or orProduct ProductIn InThis ThisPublication Publication


2020—Christopher Beals (ABATE of Arizona) Hailey Farmer (ABATE of Illinois)..2019— NONE..2018 – Jordyn Hanson (SD) & Andrew Nugent (SD)..2017 – Haley Wilson (NC)..2016 – None..2015 – Alyssa Eagan (CO), Luke Johnsen (CO), Holly Hurst (VA)..2014 – None.. 2013 – Tim McCall(WA)..2012 – Kevin Finnegan (CO) and Rachel Zell (CO)..2011 – Charity Stuart (AZ)..2010 – Katie Gross (MN), Jeremiah ―Sheepdog‖ Parent (ID) and Lorie Butler (SD)..2009 – Jonathan Propson (WI) and Ben Vincent (AR)..2008 – Jeramie Barrett (IA), Mike Salathe (SD), Matt Huls -(SD)..2007 – John Thomas ―J.T.‖ Boone – President, Raleigh Chapter, CBA/ABATE of NC. Sunrise ―Sonny‖ L. Pitsch – ABATE of Wisconsin, St. Croix Valley Riders. Molly Su ―Monsoon‖ Van Daele, District 15, ABATE of Iowa..2006 – Shawn Dickie of ABATE of Alaska, Aaron Meyer of ABATE of Indiana, Justin Crawford (The Kid) of ICMS (Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety) and David Duffy of ABATE of Iowa...2005 – Robert Cuthbertson of ABATE of California and Jennifer Lynn Basden of ABATE of South Carolina..2004 – Crystal Maney of CBA/ABATE of North Carolina Massachusetts Motorcycle ABATE of ARKANSAS Association Does DoesNot Not Endorse EndorseAny AnyAdvertiser Advertiser or orProduct ProductIn InThis ThisPublication Publication


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We had a great day on May 14th selling raffle tickets for the Indian motorcycle we are giving away and listening to live music - plus free ice cream for anyone on motorcycles!

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MASSACHUESTTS MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION members can list there motorcycle related parts, bikes, trailers for FREE. Motorcycle Related Items ONLY Please.

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History of the MRF 1985 in St. Louis, Missouri. There, the very founders of the motorcyclists’ rights movement in America gathered for a meeting of the minds. So, at a meeting of the minds of grassroots leaders, a new leader was born: The Motorcycle Riders Foundation. The first motorcyclists’ rights advocacy organization with a full-time legislative and political presence in our nation’s capital. The only Washington voice devoted exclusively to you, the street rider. And each year, the leaders of the nowworldwide community gather for motorcycling’s premier political leadership summit — named to commemorate the gathering at which we were founded: The MRF Meeting of the Minds.

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