Arlington ABATE Chapter Minutes
Meeting opened 12:15 PM
Pledge and Prayer
Presentation of Lifetime Membership to Bob Eaton
Secretary Report: Motion to accept as published. Second. Passed Unanimously with one Abstention.
Treasurers Report: Was approved. MRF - PAID $200.00 for annual membership. All taxes and Charter fees are paid.
Products: Current inventory has not changed. Currently in need of Chapter patches. Will utilize remaining Biker Ball shirts, no new shirts will be purchased.
Membership: 79 members currently. 20 expired or to expire.
Legislative Report: Rick reported on Legislation Day. Good turn out despite Covid restrictions. Representative Drew Springer and showed support for our initiatives. Said he will back us. Representative Birdwell will be a key player in regards to the issue of our Safety Fund. Representative Chris Turner is interested in looking at the definition for motorcycles.
HB 1837 was filed. It refers to Motorcycle Profiling.
Chapter Representative Report: At the state meeting in early February, Chapter dates were discussed.
Arlington: Bluebonnet Run April 17
Bikers Ball May 1
Next State meeting held April 3 hosted by Lake Cities.
The organization has donated 200.00$ to the Motorcycle Riders Foundations CQ Exchange program. It’s a digital program designed for motorcyclists to take action on issues. Push a button and a regenerated letter is sent to your legislators. This program will benefit not only Federal issues but will allow the State MRO’s to do the same.
The State organization is considered an offer by a member to change our current domain to his companies Bluehost domain. The proposal includes a 200.00$ one time start up fee. They have said at no cost. Chapter websites can be included. The State has agreed to it. It is up to the Chapters to decide if they will join as well.
Security Report: All is secure.
Website: Robert and Michelle have worked on a seamless hand off as Robert’s work schedule has him out of town for 28 days on and 28 days off.
Robert is investigating the possibility of a Chapter app.
May Nay has mentioned the use of hashtags as well.
Old Business: Discussed Bluebonnet Run. Fliers on webpage and are being distributed.
Discussed Bikers Ball info on website and fliers. Fliers being distributed as well.
Discussed the Bikers Giving Back program. Adopt a Bear was discussed. Bearpup provided a donation request letter.
New Business: Robert requested we consider an activity to benefit VFW 6111. A proposal is forthcoming. Discussed ideas on membership expansion and retention.
Discussed the Chili Cook Off March 19 & 20th. Chapter motioned and passed to pay 250.00$ to be a sponsor, which includes a campsite, Shirt advertising as well as a cooking spot if requested. Proposal to be presented next meeting.
Meeting Closed: 1:20 PM.