11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 3409 England Dr. Alexandria, LA 71303
A.B.A.T.E. of Louisiana, Inc.
Minutes of State Board Meeting
January 13, 2018
I. Meeting Called To Order At 11:17 a.m.
a. Moment of silence for the loss of family members of Elias Sapp and Gale Sheets
b. Prayer led by Jim Lindsey
c. Recognized Sergeant at Arms – Elias “Sarg” Sapp
d. Chapters and their two voting delegates:
I.A.i.1) Bastrop Area: Don Shivers and Diane Vernon
I.A.i.2) Bossier Parish: Harry Watson and Harry Cobb
I.A.i.3) GNO: Dennis Melancon and Clarita Wilson
I.A.i.4) Lake Bistineau: Ron Hudson and David Abshire
I.A.i.5) Morehouse Parish: Jennifer Jones and Heather Rice
I.A.i.6) Natchitoches Parish: Charlene “Michelle” Brown and Mike Menou
I.A.i.7) North East: Marc Jolly and J.J. Gregory
I.A.i.8) North Central: Cecil Crawford and Roger Farrar
I.A.i.9) Northwest: Zanita Phillips and Jim Lindsey
I.A.i.10) Rapides Parish: Lori Splawn and Lynn Stoneman
I.A.i.11) St. Landry Parish: Georgia Tauzin and Jerome Tauzin
I.A.i.12) St. Mary Parish: (excused absence)
I.A.i.13) St. Tammany Parish: Sue Stoltz and Michael Jambois
I.A.i.14) Tangipahoa Parish: Carl Hursky and Malcolm Barberot
I.A.i.15) Teche Area: Walter “Swamp” Derouen
I.A.i.16) Union Parish: Donnie Brown and Elizabeth Haughton
I.A.i.17) Washington Parish: Joe McDaniel
I.A.i.18) Webster Parish: Terry Wilson
a. President's Opening Statement – Rick “Brick” Lindsey welcomed everyone and
recognized all new state and chapter officers. Also recognized “Swamp” from the C.O.C.
and Mr. “Pyro” Grey. “Brick” thanked the AMVET center for use of their building for our
b. Vice President's Opening Statement – Bob Walton mentioned that the Traveling Wall will
be in Franklinton, LA (Washington Parish) on May 15-18, 2018. The Washington
Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. plans to set up a tent for this event.
a. Reading of minutes- The minutes were distributed to the membership. Diane Vernon made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Marc Jolly seconded the motion. Motion carried.
b. Treasurer's Report- Report was presented by Jacque Lindsey. Jim Lindsey made a motion to accept the report as presented. Motion was seconded by Cecil Crawford. Motion carried.
c. State Store Report - Stacey “Snoopy” Conly reported the current balance of the State Store account to the membership. She also mentioned that “Vote Like A Biker” shirts are available, If anyone wants to wear them on Legislative Day. Chapter shirts have to be pre-ordered, since they are a personalized item. “Brick” also mentioned that there are 200 yard signs and 12 large signs available. Tri-folds will be ordered when the State Officer photo is updated.
d. Membership Report – “Brick” thanked Barbara for everything she does, and told her we are glad she is feeling better. Barbara Sikes reported that for November to December there were 39 new members, 28 renewals, and 5 lifetime members bringing total to 1241 members. She scrubbed the membership of expired members. The total membership number is down.
e. Webmaster Report - “Brick” Lindsey reported that new officers list and photos for all chapters need to go to the webmaster for the A.B.A.T.E. of Louisiana, Inc. website.
f. Legislative Report –
1. Cecil Crawford made a motion that we only approve up to three (3) bills a year to present to our legislators. “Michelle” Brown seconded. Motion carried.
2. Donnie Brown proposed the following Legislative Agenda for us to work on this year:
f.2.a. Freedom of Choice (helmets)
f.2.b. Motorcycle Profiling
f.2.c. Create fines/ penalties for Right-of-Way violations
Glenn McGovern made a motion to accept the Legislative Agenda as proposed. Cecil
Crawford seconded. Motion carried.
3. Donnie Brown discussed the need for us to start working on our legislative agenda earlier. Roger Farrar made a motion to address our legislative agenda at the September state board meeting. Michael Jambois seconded. Motion carried.
4. Lori Splawn discussed and passed out examples of baskets and cups she had been creating to pass out to legislators in recognition of A.B.A.T.E. Cost to make baskets would be $12.50 each. Cost to make cups $5.00 each. “Michelle” Brown suggested we come up with a budget for Lori to work with. There are 151 legislators. Jim Lindsey asked if we should give baskets/ cups to the legislative assistants. Sid Grice asked how many legislative assistants are there. After discussion, Jim Lindsey made a motion to allow a budget of $2000.00 to make 1 basket for each legislative assistant motion seconded by Roger Farrar. Motion carried.
g. Public Relations Report - Dennis Melancon reported that several chapters made local news for participating in toy runs, getting our name “out there”.
h. Share the Road Program - “Brick” stated that Clint Furguson has been on the road working since October, and we need to entertain selecting a replacement for the Share the Road Coordinator while Clint is working. Harry Delaune volunteered to be the point of contact. Donnie Brown suggested we have someone from North Louisiana area. Harry said he's qualified to train new instructors. “Michelle” Brown suggested we set up a date after state board meetings for training twice a year. Harry described what the Share the Road program is for the benefit of new members. Discussion was tabled for next meeting.
i. Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) – Cecil Crawford stated that we were no longer
sustaining members of the MRF. The State Treasurer informed the board that the $100.00 check was mailed at the beginning of the week to renew our sustaining membership. Jim Lindsey made a motion that we continue to donate to the MRF Freedom Fighter program with a minimum of $600.00 or $0.50 a member. Marc Jolly seconded. Motion carried. Donnie Brown stated that starting in this year, Louisiana had 2 Representatives co-sponsor legislation regarding modifying motorcycles. Louisiana has no sponsors for motorcycle profiling bills. Donnie suggests going to MRF.org to sign up for Call to Action notifications on the federal level. Anything passed at the federal level helps us at the state level. Meeting of the Minds will be in Denver September 20-23, 2018. Bikers in the Beltway will be May 15, 2018. Donnie Brown discussed Noise Ordinance is being worked on at the national level. We need to start working on the state level. “Swamp” suggested we educate members about being respectful when “racking pipes”, such as don't do it in residential areas, school zones etc. As the Commander of the C.O.C. , “Swamp” has asked A.B.A.T.E. to discuss noise ordinance at the next C.O.C. meeting. Let him know if anyone is having a noise ordinance issue. Glenn McGovern has also asked to be informed of noise ordinance issues.
j. NCOM Report - “Brick” Lindsey stated that the NCOM 33rd Annual meeting will be May 8- 13, 2018 in Mobile, AL. As a potential District 5 Director, he will be attending all week.
k. COC – The next C.O.C. meeting is on January 28, 2018 at the Family of Grace Church in Alexandria, LA. President's meeting starts at 12 p.m. and the regular meeting starts at 1 p.m.
l. Advocacy Report – Glenn McGovern reports that there was a success in St. Tammany Washington Parishes, as the D. A. has agreed to prosecute in cases of biker related accidents. Close relationships with D.A.s help when bikers are injured in wrecks that are other peoples fault. “Swamp” reported that in Leesville bikers are being targeted when pulled over by having an extra $100.00 charge being put on tickets because of club affiliation.
m. Growth Coordinator - “Brick” reminded that all chapter presidents are growth coordinators.
n. State Rally - “Brick” entertained a discussion to change date of rally due to schedule conflict. Discussion tabled to “old business” later in the meeting.
o. Historian. - Donnie Brown received original document from the State President given to him
by former Pelican State Vice President, Peckerwood, for Pelican State to be included in the
history of A.B.A.T.E. of Louisiana, Inc. He also discussed a great leader of motorcycle rights
from Texas named “Sputnik” who formed the TMRA, and attained broad political support.
p. Mid-South Mile – There will be a committee meeting in February. The Mid-South Mile will be in Oklahoma in October.
q. Meeting of the Minds – Advanced training September 20-23, 2018
Break for 20 minutes.
r. Chapter Reports: (number of members and checking balance to date)
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1. Bastrop Area: 48 and $400
220.127.116.11.2. Bossier Parish: 120 and $400
18.104.22.168.3. GNO: 105 and $400
22.214.171.124.4. Lake Bistineau: 47 and $364
126.96.36.199.5. Morehouse Parish: 54 and $400
188.8.131.52.6. Natchitoches Parish: 29 and $400
184.108.40.206.7. North Central: 64 and $438.02
220.127.116.11.8. Northeast: 133 and $400
18.104.22.168.9. Northwest: 78 and $400
22.214.171.124.10. Rapides Parish: 214 and $400
126.96.36.199.11. St. Landry Parish: 12 and $400
188.8.131.52.12. St. Mary Parish: Absent
184.108.40.206.13. St. Tammany Parish: 96 and $400
220.127.116.11.14. Tangipahoa Parish: 17 and $400
18.104.22.168.15. Teche Area: 31 and $41
22.214.171.124.16. Union Parish: 44 and $400
126.96.36.199.17. Washington Parish: 20 and $400
188.8.131.52.18. Webster Parish: 51 and $400
a. C.O.C. Meeting held at the Family of Grace Church, 4200 MacArthur Dr., Alexandria on January 28, 2018
IV. Old Business:
a. State Rally Committee Report – Discussed changing the date due to schedule conflicts. Sue Stoltz made a motion to change to dates of the State Rally to July 13-15, 2018. Joe McDaniel seconded. Motion carried. “Swamp” asked if we could change the date of our state board meetings to the last Saturday of the month to coincide with the weekend of the C.O.C. meetings, to make it easier for bikers to attend both meetings. “Brick” tabled the discussion for the next meeting.
b. Policies and Procedures Committee Report – Bob Walton stated that it is still being worked on; nothing new to report.
c. Freedom Fighter point sheet turn-in: Get them to Gale Sheets
V. New Business:
a. New Chapter Officer Letters: Get them to Gale Sheets
b. Facebook State Board Group created. It's for State Board members and Chapter officers only. State board meeting minutes will start being posted there prior to State Board meetings.
VI. Other Business:
VII. Open Floor Discussion
a. Snoopy said the Vote Like A Biker t-shirts are available for $10 each, to wear to the state capitol. Order them soon. Chapter t-shirts are personalized and you need to let her know if you want one so she can order them. They are $15 each.
b. Discussion about ordering more tri-folds. They can be ordered after the state officer picture is updated, and after changing contact information. Marc Jolly made a motion to order 1500 new tri-folds, with $1000 to be used from the Share the Road program. J.J. Gregory seconded. Motion carried.
c. Webster Parish A.B.A.T.E. will be in the Mardi Gras parade in Minden on January 27, 2018. Starts at 5 p.m.
Next Meeting: March 10, 2018, 11a.m. at AMVETS post 7, 3409 England Dr, Alexandria, LA
Motion to adjourn was made by J.J. Gregory. Motion seconded and carried.