The April state meeting and run to the Capitol have been over for two weeks. I waited to write this letter until session was over but they are still playing with the budget. With a full house at the American Legion for the state meeting it was a wonderful sight to see. The run to the Capitol went off without a hitch and I think the Police had a great time riding their Harley along with us. The Abate turnout was over two and a half times the size of last year. As soon as the legislature adjourns there will be a complete legislative report sent to the chapters.
May 9-11 the National Coalition of Motorcyclists will be having their annual convention in Orlando. Some of you have volunteered to help at the convention and it is greatly appreciated. We'd like as many of our members to show up at the convention as possible. One of the seminars will be our motorcycle safety program given by Abate of Florida and another seminar will be women in motorcycling. Also at the banquet saturday night Billy Bird will receive an award for his contributions to Abate of Florida.
Our next state meeting will be in St Augustine hosted by Vintage Chapter. We hope we will see you there. In the mean time ride "Safe and Free".
James "Doc" Reichenbach II