It was heartening to see all chapters at the February state meeting. We had members there who I had not seen for a very long time and it was good to see everyone. I would like to send our condolences to the state Sergeant at Arms on the loss of his father. We especially want to thank Forest Chapter for the excellent way they handled the logistics of the state meeting.
At the meeting we had some good discussions and the most important one is the ride to the Capitol. This year we must have a large showing. We want our legislation to pass and we need to show our legislators that we believe in what we are doing. They need to know from us that one death is one too many and the people who are killing us need to be held accountable. Every week there are articles in the newspapers, on the web, and on television that tell us that another person has died by a careless driver. It must stop and it is our duty as fellow human beings to save these lives.
We also discussed having an Abate Cruise for our members, families and friends. I have contacted a travel agency and they are looking for deals for us. If any one would like to go please tell your chapter so we can see how many rooms we will need and remember it is two people to a room. I was told that if enough people go that some cruises have a party for the group going. This would be an excellent way for our members to get to know each other from all parts of the state. If enough people wish to go I will have someone take names and information to get a complete count.
I also want to remind all chapters that state products cannot be sent out to vendors to make copies for your chapter. All vendors who want to make state products must go through the state board of directors. If that happens we will file suit for infringement on our property.
Again the ride to the Capitol will be the most important ride you will go on this year. If you can make it show up and support the cause of saving your brothers and sisters lives and from serious injury.
James "Doc" Reichenbach II