Year after year, A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois hosts a state seminar aimed at educating, enlightening and energizing the membership of the state’s largest motorcycle rights organization. Sponsors enable the organization to concentrate on the nuts and bolts of putting on a great seminar without depleting much needed capital to run the daily workings of a rights organization. Hupy and Abraham was proud to be the largest contributing sponsor of this year’s state seminar, held January 15-17, at the Northfield Inn in Springfield.
How do you build upon previous successes, ensuring participation and satisfaction? A.B.A.T.E. does it by offering interesting workshops, presented by dynamic officers and members, who touch upon topics ranging from the workings of the organization to political action committees. Guest speakers at this year’s seminar included Congressmen Darin LaHood and Mike Bost, along with Senator Andy Manar.
Among the favorite workshops was “How to talk with your Legislator," presented by Elizabeth Ingram. She is a seasoned, grass-roots lobbyist and has traveled to Washington, D.C. several times on behalf of A.B.A.T.E. to speak to her federal representatives.
A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois has a Political Action Committee, and the effectiveness, rules and reasons for having a PAC were amply explained by Mike “Fireball” Straker.
Other workshops included instruction on leadership principles, public relations, helping on political campaigns, and chapter safety and education. The cornerstone of A.B.A.T.E.’s safety program is its “Motorcycle Awareness Program” which presents motorcycle awareness to new drivers. The program was developed with materials from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Illinois Department of Transportation, the Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program of Greater Illinois, and the Safety and Education Department of A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois. Students who take the awareness program are also furnished with information on rider education courses and the “Ride Smart” program, which teaches new riders how to make positive riding choices.