just received this from ABATE of California
It should be noted the AIM/NCOM is meeting this weekend in Denver
This is a letter that has been sent to the editor of Calif. ABATEs newspaper , the Bailing Wire. While this copy is unsigned the author is known to us . I believe this letter when published will be signed because we don't print any anonymous letters. Share this with any and all you may choose , this is what AIM/NCOM is about. I might add that the author is not a supporter of mine except when it comes to NCOM.
These are my personal opinions concerning what I felt happened at the local 25 meeting of 9/18/2008 and some of the issues involved. There were two main issues. Those issues were the firing of Don Blanscet and the merger of ABATE with NCOM without a vote of the full membership. I firmly believe the ABATE state board had every right to fire Don if that was their free choice. I do not believe the board had the legal right to merge ABATE with NCOM without a vote of the full membership and of each local. That vote should have been held without, what I felt was, a show of intimidation by non-member patch holders packing the meeting as was done at the local 25 meeting on 9/18/2008.
I sit at each meeting with ABATE member patch holders in our local every month and never once did I feel intimidated by them. This month our localâ€™s meeting was packed with Saxon, Legacy, and Vago club members who apparently had no reason for being here other than for the purpose of supporting Sarge against the local and to intimidate us. I would have had neither reason nor problem with Sarge appearing by himself or with a couple of non-member patch holders/others. I did have a problem with him showing up with twenty to thirty non local 25 patch holders at our localâ€™s September regular meeting to voice his side of what is becoming a rather divisive issue.As I said before I had no issue with the firing of Don. My impression of ABATE is that it is member driven and I perceive each ABATE local and ultimately the state organization that is comprised of these locals like a corporation where each of us is a voting member like a shareholder in a corporation. No company merges with another company or sells itself to another company without a vote of the shareholders. Boards are elected to run the company and make day-to-day decisions. But ownership and control is the purview of the stockholders. The board may recommend a favorable or unfavorable vote on an issue and put its arguments forward to the membership. But they usually do not have the right to vote on anything, for shareholders, that will significantly impact the shareholders positively or negatively.Am I offended about what I saw at last months meeting? Yes, I was and I still am. I do not think Sarge and the board had a right to speak for members on this merger issue and that locals and members should have been allowed to vote on this. I am told Local 52 voted to withhold all monies from the state organization and board until there was an agreeable solution to this issue and I personally concur with that course of action for local 25. Did we just give lip service to that oath we took at the beginning of each meeting or are we going to demand our right to decide for ourselves whether we want to be a part of an organization where we might end up no better than second class citizens being told what to do, instead of telling our officers what they should do. We as individual voting members control our own organization, but for how long? What if a majority of locals do not like what NCOM is doing? How do we vote not to support an action or a particular issue once we are under their control and have no more rights than a club? And how much of our money is going to be diverted to NCOM in the future for projects and issues that ABATE people would never support or are not important to us as ABATE members? Are we going to be allowed to choose our business members over those â€œrecommendedâ€ by NCOM or will our elected local officials be forced to recommend only NCOM people?In closing, I do not like having other people decide for me whether I should become part of a company/organization that I never sought to join by the state board taking away my right as a member/shareholder to decide my own fate through the vote process whether it is in the bylaws or not. This is a fundamentally wrong decision by the board that flies in the face of everything this country stands for and as such I am now offering a motion for every localâ€™s consideration. Vote to withhold any monies from going to the state organization of ABATE until this issue is resolved by a free and democratic vote.Please remember that if you as ABATE of California join NCOM you probably will not be joining as an equal partner, but rather as a subservient member of that organization subject to the will of clubs you did not ask to be associated with. All of our votes together will probably be counted as just one vote, and we lose control over our own destiny and money. Is that what you are supporting?
Problems between the National Coalition of Motorcyclists and Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (NCOM/AIM founded by Richard Lester) and ABATE of California go back approx. 18 years. We have alluded to to them in past posts as well as referencing questions regarding the dual/triple hats James "Doc" Reichenbach wears as President of ABATE of Florida, Lobbyist for ABATE of FLorida and Director on the Board of NCOM and questions of loyalties and conflicts of interest.
But then consider the following ABATE members also Serve NCOM (as currently listed here on the NCOM/AIM website)
Chris Dulas ABATE of Washington
Tiger Mike Revere ABATE of Oklahoma State Coordinator
Glen Fengstad Vice Chairman ABATE of Montana
Steve Lundwall CMT/ABATE of Tennessee
Ollie "Laddie" Elkins ABATE of Louisiana
James "Doc" Reichenbach II Chairman ABATE of Florida
Robert “Reb” Williams ABATE of Pennsylvania
“Shag” Meade ABATE of Virginia
Robert “Prospector” Boellner Vice President ABATE of New York
Dennis "Big D" Watson ABATE of New Mexico
Doc being listed as Chairman of the Board of Directors
Note listed as a member of the NCOM/AIM legislative task force is Senator Nancy Argenziano,
From Florida who if I remember correctly at one time had something to do with lobbyist oversight. Have to get back with you on that one.
So besides the fact that this just doesn't look all that pretty it does cause this little ol rube to wonder why NCOM would be interested in California now? Can anyone enlighten tell us how much help
James D. Reichenbach offered as President of Florida and Chairman of NCOM/AIM offered the Brothers in California when they were trying to raise money to continue Quig's Legacy and Finally beat California's Helmet law once and for all.
I mean like could there be any reason why he might not have wanted to do all that was possible to insure his fellow bikers in California won and came out on the other side stronger???
Aw hell, I'm just getting to damn cynical in my old age.Add to Technorati Favorites