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Volume 36 May—June 2022 Issue 06

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GATOR ALLEY BOARD AND OFFICIALS

2021-2022

EXECUTIVE BOARD email address

PRESIDENT (Temp) Roger Janes 239-776-1108 [email protected]
VP/SPECIAL EVENTS Roger Janes 239-450-9939 [email protected]
Lynn Corr 239-596-3925 [email protected]
SECRETARY Denise Russo
TREASURER 239-398-7145 [email protected]
ELECTED BOARD 239-826-6684 [email protected]
LEGISLATIVE 239-450-9940 [email protected]
STATE DELEGATE 1 Darrin Brooks
STATE DELEGATE 2 Amedea Cairo 239-231-0972 [email protected]
ALT STATE DELEGATE 1 [email protected]
ALT STATE DELEGATE 2 Fred Corr 239-218-5582 [email protected]
239-298-1034
MEMBERSHIP Jude Stevens 239-348-8382 [email protected]
NEWSLETTER/AD EXEC Trudi Steel [email protected]
Deb Pignatiello 239-778-4372
PRODUCTS Rusty Crans 239-580-7493 [email protected]
QUARTERMASTER Norm Hansen
Brad Pedigo 239-404-7006
SGT AT ARMS
P R COMMUNUCATIONS LauraJo
OPEN
WEBMASTER

CHAPLAIN APPOINTED OFFICIALS 973-670-1066 [email protected]

CHAPTER HISTORIAN Jerry Mason 239-825-2307 [email protected]
SAFETY DIRECTOR Tammie Hansen & 239-450-9940 [email protected]
239-404-1279 [email protected]
ELECTIONS/SUNSHINE Jude Stevens
Fred Corr

Margo Pedigo

RESCUE TEAM

CAN YOU HELP A FELLOW
CHAPTER MEMBER IN NEED??

Roger Janes 239-776-1108

Jim Kalvin 239-280-6054

Exp 10/19 Scott Pignatiello 239-298-0924

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GATOR ALLEY MEETINGS
VFW: 800 Neffs Way, Naples, FL
Board & Chapter Meetings
May 22, 2022
June 26, 2022
Board Mtg10 am; Chapter Mtg 11 am
PUBLICATION DEADLINE

The deadline for all submissions is the 15th of the month prior to publication, including
Advertising. Board and official reports are due no later than the 6:00 pm on Tuesday
following the meeting prior to publication. All members are asked to submit anything
they have that would be of interest to their fellow members such as stories
and/or pictures.

To fight for the freedom of the road and the freedom of choice for the motorcycle riders of Florida.
To become a powerful and viable political force in Florida by encouraging riders to register to vote and to communicate

with their Legislators.
To promote safe riding habits and to promote driver awareness without infringing on the rights of the individual.
To work toward educating our Legislators on mFloortiodrac’yscmleoistosurceyscsleortihdeeyrsa. re able to make the right decisions regarding

To publish a newsletter to keep members of ABATE of Florida, Inc. informed.

The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of ABATE of Florida, Inc.
nor those of Gator Alley Chapter. This publication allows members the Freedom of Ex-
pression of their own beliefs and opinions. ABATE of Florida, Inc. and Gator Alley Chap-
ter accepts no responsibility for the comments or opinions contained in this publication.

“ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. DOES NOT CONDONE DRINKING AND RIDING. DONATIONS TO ABATE OF
FLORIDA, INC. ARE NOT DEDUCTIBLE FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL
REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER
SERVICES BY CALLING TOLLFREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSE-
MENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. WWW.800HELPFLA.COM 1-800-435-7352”

This publication is the Bi-Monthly Newsletter of:

ABATE of FLORIDA, Inc.
GATOPR.OA.LBLoExY10C3H9A5PTER

Naples, FL 34101
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2022 GATOR ALLEY EVENTS

MONTH EVENT DATE CHAIRPERSON

January 2022 Swamp to the City January 2 LauraJo Smith

June 2022 Elections June Meeting Margo Fuoco
July 2022 Preservation Run TBD Marty Martino
Margo Fuoco
September 2022 Birthday Party Sept 24

October 2022 Memorial Tribute TBD ????
November 2022 Can you Help?
Run & Gobble TBD
February 2022 ABATE of Florida, Inc.
February 2022 ABATE OF FLORIDA EVENTS 2022 ABATE of Florida, Inc.

April 2022 State Meeting in Feb 13 Treasure Coast
May 2022 Tallahassee Feb 14 5 Star Chapters
June 2022 April 9
Ride to the Capitol! Ocala, FL
State Meeting

5 Star Party May 14

State Meeting June 11

August 2022 State Meeting August 13 Ocala, FL
October 2022 Lake Co.
December 2022 State Meeting October 8
Gator Alley!!
March 2022 State Meeting December 10
June 2022 LauraJo Smith
NON ABATE EVENTS 2022 NCOM

Swamp Buggy Races March 12

NCOM –Nashville, TN June 17-18

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ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2020-2022

STATE OFFICE:ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.
ADDRESS:PO BOX 614, Cantonment, FL 32533-0614
PHONE: (386)943-9610 FAX: (850)361-1118 EMAIL: [email protected]

BRANDY WESTERFIELD
PRESIDENT:JAMES “ DOC” REICHENBACH

EMAIL: [email protected]
VICE PRESIDENT: DARRIN “SCRIBE” BROOKS

EMAIL: [email protected]
SECRETARY: LYNN CORR

EMAIL: [email protected]
TREASURER: DEBORAH HAMBY

EMAIL: [email protected]
SGT-AT-ARMS: DENNIS “MUDDER” RUDOI

EMAIL: [email protected]
PR/COMMUNICATIONS: BILL BIRD

EMAIL: [email protected]
MASTERLINK EDITOR: BRANDY WESTERFIELD

EMAIL: [email protected]
MEMBERSHIP:LAURIE HANLEY

EMAIL: [email protected]
SAFETY PROGRAM DIRECTOR:VICTOR PIORKOWSKI

EMAIL: [email protected]
LEGISLATIVE TRUSTEE: DARRIN “SCRIBE” BROOKS

EMAIL: [email protected]
PRODUCTS TRUSTEE: SHANE HANLEY

EMAIL: [email protected]

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Hey everyone. Rog here. Been a hard month. I love ya all, and please give
your loved ones hugs and tell them you love them. Life is precious. Up-
coming events are the 5 Star party in Ft. Myers on May 14. Sun Sports Cy-
cle. Corner of Colonial and Veronica Shoemaker in Ft Myers. Please come
and support our 5 Chapters in our area. Also we are having a Chili cookoff
at Gator Crossroads on the May 29th,and flyer to be done soon. Preserva-
tion Run is in July, flyer to be coming soon. Date to be determined. Thank
you Marty for stepping up and chairing that. Birthday Party is September
24th at the VFW this year, with man and Woman of the year to be an-
nounced. State meeting is December 10th and Gator Alley is hosting it.
Will be at the Comfort Inn at 951 and Beck Blvd. Just past the Crack-
er Barrel. Flyer to come soon.

Ride safe and have fun. Also, rainy season is almost here. Check your rubber!
Rog

NOMINATIONS FOR GATOR ALLEY BOARD
Thank you to all of those who attended the April meeting and participated in the 1st Round of Nomina-
tions for our 2022-2033 Gator Alley Board.
Here are the results:
PRESIDENT: Roger Janes, Undecided MEMBERSHIP: Trudi Steel, Accept
Rusty Crans, Accept NEWSLETTER: Deb Pignatiello, Accept
VICE PRESIDENT: NONE QUARTERMASTER: Norm Hansen, Accept
SECRETARY: Lynn Corr, Undecided PR/COMMUNICATIONS: LauraJo Smith, Accept
TREASURER: Denise Russo, Accept SAFETY DIRECTOR: Fred Corr, Accept
SGT. AT ARMS: Jon "Rambo" Reinbold, Undecided PRODUCTS: George Smith, Respectfully Decline
George Smith, Respectfully Decline Rusty Crans, Accept
LEGISLATIVE: Fred Corr, Respectfully Decline
Darrin Brooks, Respectful Decline
STATE DELEGATES: Fred Corr, Accept ALT. STATE DELEGATES: Deb Pignatiello,
Roger Janes, Accept Respectfully Decline
Denise Russo, Accept Dave Lindsey, Accept
APPOINTEES:
Chaplain: Jerry Mason Historian: Tammie Hansen & Debi Reinbold
Sunshine/Elections: Margo Fuoco Pedigo Newsletter Assistant: Everyone As Needed.

Round Two of Nominations will be at the May Chapter meeting. If you have any interest in a position,
contact a current BOD member and find out what the requirements are of you for this year long position.
If you cannot make next month's meeting and want to uphold or decline a nomination, please contact
me in written form.
We will be having nominations for Man and Woman of the Year on the final election day. Please think of
who you feel is most deserving of this award as it is our privilege to honor those who continually make
Gator Alley a successful organization.
Respectfully Submitted by: Margo Fuoco Pedigo Elections Chairperson

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Southwest Florida Legislative Representatives Directory

Governor Ron DeSantis, Rep Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez, Rep

The Capital, 402 South Monroe Street The Capital, 402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
(850) 717-9337 (850) 717-9337

FEDERAL
Sen. Marco Rubio www.rubio.senate.gov
Sen. Rick Scott www.rickscott.senate.gov
Rep. Mario Diaz Balart www.mariodiazbalart.house.gov

STATE
Sen. Kathleen Passidomo www.flsenate.gov/senators/s28
Rep. Bob Rommel www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4634
Rep. Lauren Melo www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?
MemberId=4784&LegislativeTermId=89
Rep. David Borrero www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?
MemberId=4794&LegislativeTermId=89

Collier County Commissioners

Andy Solis = https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/divisions-a-e/board-of-county-
commissioners/andy-solis

Burt Saunders = https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/divisions-a-e/board-of-county-
commissioners/burt-l-saunders

Penny Taylor = https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/divisions-a-e/board-of-county-
commissioners/penny-taylor

Rick LoCastro = https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/divisions-a-e/board-of-county-

William McDaniel = https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/divisions-a-e/board-of-county-
commissioners/william-l-mcdaniel-jr

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Chapter Minutes - March/April

GATOR ALLEY MONTHLY CHAPTER MEETING
3/26/22

Pledge and Moment of Silence
President / VP (Roger Janes) – For now, Roger will step up with the duties of the President. “A Big
Thank You” was echoed from the members. Welcome to guest and new members.
Secretary (Lynn Corr) – Entertain a motion to accept minutes from Facebook. Motion by Norm, se-
conded by Debi. All in favor
Treasurer (Denise Russo) – Money in the bank, Gun tickets are available.
SGT Arms (Brad Pedigo) – Rambo stepping in for Brad, everyone please sign in.
Legislative (Darrin Brooks) – Session is over and none of our bills were heard. It’s sad because
when ABATE does get the money and use it for Safety and Awareness, motorcycle deaths go down.
Politicians are famous for “telling us what we want to hear, then doesn’t even acknowledge any leg-
islation for motorcyclist”. We need to contact our local officials and let them know how they can help
get our bills heard and passed. It seems like they just don’t care. Darrin will not be running as Legis-
lative Trustee next year because of State obligations.
Delegates Report (Fred Corr, Amadea Cairo) – April 9th is the next Delegate meeting in Mel-
bourne.
Membership (Trudi Steele) – Doug White 16 yrs., Tammy Hansen 10 yrs., Cadillac 26 yrs., Mark
Kirkuk 34 yrs.
Newsletter (Deb Pignatiello) – Talked about current ads and the cost of the newsletter.
Website – Need volunteer
PR Comm - Facebook (LauraJo Smith) – 7800 people reached on Facebook, 1900 engaged, Frizz
announcement reached 3000 people, 1000 clicked to read, Hand signal info saw 2400 views, 15
new followers.
Quartermaster (Norm) – Vests are in Storage
Products (Rusty Crans) – If you need Life products let me know. We have GA patches.
Safety (Fred Corr) – Talked about hand signals. In honor of Frizz, Fred went over the SEE pro-
gram again. Search, evaluate, execute. See Report in Newsletter.
Sunshine Report (Margo) – See report in Newsletter. Smitty has passed. Happy Birthday to Roger.
Old Business – 5 Star Party May 14th. See Flyer. GA is donating water.
New Business – Birthday Party 9/24 6-10pm at the VFW. Will be a Potluck. Chili Cook-off May 29th
at Gator Cross Roads. See Flyer in newsletter and Facebook.
Good to the Order – Swamp Buggy volunteers worked their butts off! Thank you to them. Frizz’
celebration on the 16th. There is a Run then a Memorial. Donations and Raffle will be at the Cele-
bration. Members passed the hat for Jude. Thank to all that donated.
Motion to Adjourn: Motion by Rusty, Rick seconded.

Respectfully submitted
Lynn Corr

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GATOR ALLEY MONTHLY CHAPTER MEETING
4/24/22

Pledge and Moment of Silence

President – VP (Roger Janes) – Welcome guest, and a new member
Secretary (Lynn Corr) – Entertain a motion to accept minutes from Facebook. Motion made by Norm,
and seconded by LauraJo.
Treasurer (Denise Russo) – Bank Account, Gun Tickets. Request was made by Lynn for more tickets
from the State Office.
SGT Arms (Brad Pedigo) – Rambo stepped in. Please sign in.
Legislative (Darrin Brooks) – Special Session taking place. Nothing to do with motorcycles.

Delegates Report (Fred Corr, Amadea Cairo) – Next Meeting in Ocala, June 11th. Read report – talk
about upcoming election. Tabled vote til next month. Talked about those running for Lobbyist. Margo
suggested a new applicant should shadow Doc before becoming a full time Lobbyist.
Membership (Trudi Steele) – Darrin 18yrs, Paul Evans 20yrs, Margo 22yrs, Rusty and Kelly 13yrs,
Dave Lindsay 13yrs, Rambo and Debi 18yrs, Rick and Tina 20yrs, LauraJo 17yrs, Trudi 17yrs.
Newsletter (Deb Pignatiello) – Talked about ads. Reminded everyone about reports.
Website – New member will be updating our website.
PR Comm - Facebook (LauraJo Smith) – Facebook, 1093 page likes, reached 3764 people, 8 new
followers. May Proclamation 5/10 – need a list of attendees. Several volunteered.
Quartermaster (Norm) – Items are back from the Memorial.
Products (Rusty Crans) – products available. Talked about items that we will take to 5 Star.
Safety (Fred Corr) – read report
Sunshine Report (Margo) – 2 good items. Welcome to Trudi’s grand daughter. Congrats to LauraJo
grandson scholarship to Iowa.
Old Business – 5 Star Party May 14th. Chili Cook off May 29th – paperwork still needed. Sept Birthday
Party will be here at the VFW. Voted to do the Man and Woman of the year during elections.
New Business – Preservation Run. Marty volunteered to chair. Roger will be co-chair. NOMINA-
TIONS:
President – Roger undecided, Rusty accepted VP: no one nominated
Secretary – Lynn undecided Treasurer – Denise accepted
Sgt Arms – Rambo undecided, George declined Legislative – Fred declined, Darrin de-
clined
State Delegate – Fred accepted, Roger accepted Alt Delegate – Denise accepted, Dave L accept-
ed
Membership – Trudi accepted Newsletter – Deb accepted
Qrtmaster – Norm accepted Products – George declined, Rusty accepted
PR/Facebook – LauraJo accepted Safety – Fred accepted
Appointed: Chaplain Jerry, Sunshine Margo, Historian Tammy, Debi undecided
Good to the Order – Frizz’s Memorial went very well. Raised money for the
family. Jerry Mason talked about CMA event, donation was made and also
pass the hat. Darrin talked about the event at his work. Will let us know the
date for June.
50/50 – donated to CMA
Motion to Adjourn: Motion by Trudi, seconded by Fred.
12:25pm
Respectfully submitted by Lynn Corr

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SUNSHINE REPORT — March/April

MARCH

Jude Stevens, daughters Barbara and Bethany, grandchildren Aiden and Autumn, a Sympathy
card for the loss of our beloved President, Friend and Brother, Frizz, after his fatal accident on his mo-
torcycle after a trip to Bike Week in Daytona. The void left behind for all of those who loved him is long
and deep and will forever be a heartache that will never completely heal. May we all keep his colorful life
memories in our souls and smile when we share those stories with one another. His white head of curls
and Santa like beard will always be his signature look, and we will all get a little heart twinge when we
see his "look-a-likes" walking about the earth. See the details of his Celebration of Life event on the flyer
on social media and please contact event organizers with any questions, concerns or donations. Our

love and support goes out to the family and may Jude know that all of us are here for her.
Norm Hansen, a Get Well card for his latest stint in the hospital dealing with health issues, but was able
to attend today's meeting. It's a slow journey to better health, but he's working at it one day at a time.
Feel better, Norm!
Tressa Johnson, a Get Well card for her slip and fall that broke two fingers on her left hand, but we all
know that won't stop Tressa from living life to the fullest. Bones will heal and Tressa's bright smile will
always be treasured by all of us that know and love her. XO
FACEBOOK:
Dave "Lockdown" Rich, a Get Well FB post for his emergency gallbladder surgery. He went in strong,
but came out stronger and was able to attend Ginny's (Lady Harley) President's award convention in
Texas this past weekend. Support your local gun shop owned by these two lovely patriots, and keep
freedom alive!
SPECIAL MENTION:
We lost a former Gator Alley foundation member and past President, James H. Smith aka "Smitty" this
month from complications from his MS. The following is the message from his longtime friend and for-
mer Gator Alley Legislative Warrior Chris Caglioti: For the record:
James H. Smith "Smitty" passed peacefully in his sleep at the home of his caretaker in Alabama on Saturday
March 12 2022 as a result of progressive complications of MS. Smitty served the US Army in Vietnam, was a
past board member and president of Gator Alley. Smitty always did things his way in his time with a lovable
cantankerous flair. He was a passionate classic rock aficionado and could quote J Giles dialog like a pro. You
always knew you were in for a good debate when he would square up and say to you, "Hey, lemme ask you
something..." Godspeed brother. May Smitty Rest In Peace and Fly High with his brothers and sisters that
were there to greet him at the gate.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Brad Pedigo for getting his captain's license so that he can continue do-
ing what he loves best: Goin' fast and tellin' stories. Make your reservations at Captain Mitch's Airboat
Tours and request Captain Brad for an entertainingly wild ride!

As always, there are members that struggle in silence so please be kind and say a prayer for all of us
during these times of uncertainty and unrest. May we all be strong for each other and accept help when
we need it.

Why couldn't the computer take it's hat off?
Because caps lock was on.
Respectfully Submitted by:
Margo Fuoco Pedigo

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April

While we know that we have members that are unwell and doing their best
every day, they choose to keep it private. Please just pray for each and every
member as we are all going through something.
HOWEVER~ I get to report some happy news!!
Trudi and Roy Steel, a big CONGRATULATIONS on the newest addition to
their growing family, grandbaby Maeve Heather, on April 18th. Mom Katie is
doing great and once again, Trudi is one very happy grandma!
LauraJo Smith, a super CONGRATULATIONS for her grandson Cole, signing
a scholarship contract to play football at BriarCliff Iowa college. The children
are our future, and we can only hope that they succeed in all of their stepping
stones into adulthood!
SIDE NOTE OF BUMMER NEWS:
Roy and Trudi Steel went down the day of the April meeting after hitting some
spilled gasoline from a truck in front of them. Luckily, they are both okay other
than road rash, Roy's shoulder and Trudi's elbow and right foot. Good Samari-
tans stepped in to help, and a "coulda been worse" situation ended up okay.
Happy, hopeful healing and bunches of love hugs! XO
Happiest of Mother's Day to all of GA's Moms, G-Mas, Step Moms, Critter
Moms and Aunties that step in as Moms once in a while. You are Appreciated
and Loved beyond words! XOXO
What do you call a zombie who writes music?
A decomposer.
Respectfully Submitted by:
Margo Fuoco Pedigo

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Safety 4/2022
It seems today we don’t offer much more of hand signals except the most familiar ones such as the low wave all riders

like to share and my favorite the “raised finger salute” but here’s some more appropriate hand signals courtesy of
Motorcycle Safety Foundations guide to group riding:
Please stay safe out there, sincerely
Your Gator Alley safety director, Fred Corr

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N My only words this issue are to Jude and her family:
E
W RIP Frizz
S You will be deeply missed by your Gator Alley family

May your memories of him bring you peace.

L With Heartfelt condolences,
E Deb Pignatiello

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Hi all! M
E
Please welcome new members Bo Howell and Kathy Sitarek! M
Those members up for renewal are Richard Wedge, Shirley Newton, Dave Pappas, John Wiggen, B
Dale Wolfkill and Marty Martino. E
R
See below the beneficiary portion for the accidental death & dismemberment insurance you get S
as part of your Abate membership. if you haven’t filled one out recently, please fill it out and H
send to state or snap a pic and send it to me so we can get it to the state office. Also, if any info I
has changed, address, phone numbers etc., you can email those to me as well. (form also availa- P
ble on last page of newsletter
at the bottom of the page if it
is easier for you to print that
page instead of this one).

Thanks and hope to see you all
soon! Trudi Steel

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CHAPTER ELECTIONS BEING
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April 2022 Legislative Report
Hey Everyone,
Well, as you all know the regular legislative session ended pretty much status quo for motorcyclists. It is
true that the legislators would not even give our Vulnerable Road Users bill or Safety money request bill
a fighting chance to be heard in any committee. It is also true that no bills that would affect or restrict
our rights and freedoms as motorcyclists even made it to the bill introduction process.
Our lobbyist, Doc, is most effective at getting any possible thought of an anti-motorcyclists bill from
even getting enough traction to even make it to a possible bill. So again, we ended the session with all
of our liberties and freedoms still intact.
Gov. DeSantis did call for a Special Session to deal with the maps for Congressional redistricting that
happens every 10 years. Every time it is a big fight and lawsuits as one side or the other feels they did-
n’t get everything they wanted. This year the vote went right along party lines and the final Congres-
sional districts map were approved by both the House and Senate. As of this writing it is waiting for the
Governor to sign it into law and then the lawsuits will start.
The legislators also took on the issue of the Disney Reedy Creek Improvement District that has been
around since Disney started building in Florida. It basically gave Disney special rules to build and oper-
ate Walt Disney World. Special rules that do not apply to any other business in Florida.
The reason for the new legislative interest in the Reedy Creek Improvement District, stems from Dis-
ney’s CEO deciding to publicly denounce and attack the Parental Rights in Education Bill which the un-
educated called the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill even though the bill does not even mention the word gay, but
don’t confuse them with the facts, their minds are made up.
The part that Disney and others had issue with was this; “Classroom instruction by school personnel or
third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in
a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with
state standards.” So in normal reasoning, if you are against something with such a conviction that you
are willing make such a strong and public stand. It must clearly mean that you are very much in favor of
the action. Thus Disney and those that strongly oppose this bill are strongly in favor of schools giving
instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity to kindergarten through
grade 3 little kids.
The special session passed the bill that will do away with the “Special Im-
provement districts”. This new law does not take effect until June 2023, so
there is plenty of time for Disney and Florida to come together and possibly
work out an agreement.
Until next time,
Ride Safe and check out the ABATE of Florida YouTube Channel.
Scribe

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It is with great sadness I write this edition of the Gator Newsletter. We have lost a
real friend and comrade of ABATE. When our chapter was in danger of having to
close a year or so ago because we had no president, John "Frizz" Stevens
stepped up because of his love for us and the organization. Despite his having
served in that capacity and many other offices before, he made himself available
for us. I know he was loved by many of us because of the number of times he was
selected as "Man of the Year".
I remember after the February meeting mentioning to him something about park-
ing next to his bike. He said he had been working on it as he was going to Daytona for the first time in
a number of years and seemed excited, well as excited as Frizz would get! We never know when it
will be our last ride, but I know Frizz is now riding with the angels because of his love for Jesus Christ.
He loved Jesus and accepted Him as his Savior.
We read in Matthew 24: 36, when discussing the return of Jesus; "No one knows about the day or
hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father". The same goes for when we
will be called to heaven, so we must always be prepared. We never know when it will be our Last
Ride. Are you ready?
Jerry Mason, Chaplain
Gator Alley ABATE

BEEN TO A NEW CIGAR SHOP, LEATHER OUTLET,
BAR/RESTAURANT?

ANY MOTORCYCLE RELATED RETAILER?
WE NEED NEW ADVERTISERS!!

We have lost a few, so we need to win a few. Please
help support Gator Alley and ask at places you
frequent if they would like to advertise in our
newsletter.
LET’S FIND SOME
NEW ADVERTISERS!!

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DELEGATE’S REPORT

ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.
Saturday, April 9, 2022
State Delegate Meeting – Melbourne

PRESIDENTS REPORT: Doc – Meeting commenced – 2:05PM - Intro of Bill Sauer from
AIL insurance who discussed new terms of policies. No longer a requirement to send back
cards. You are automatically covered once original application is completed and received by
State. Central FL credit union – Looking for members but they must be part of a non profit.
Abate of Fla will hopefully be the choice and these persons will join a chapter or be at large
VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Darrin – Excused
SECRETARY’S REPORT: Lynn – Entertain a motion to accept minutes as they are in your
packet. Unanimously approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Debbie – Entertain a motion to accept the treasurer’s report as
they are in your packet. Majority approved, 1 disapproved. Reminder about submitting 2
checks with your treasury report. One for sales tax, one for the 20%
STATE OFFICE REPORT: Brandy – Getting calls from some presidents noting delegates
not bringing back info. State will now be emailing the chapter board members Delegate Pack-
ets. Gun tickets still available. Looked into possible free printing by Staples. This is a grant
that may be offered.
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS REPORT: Mudder – Be Safe
MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Laurie - thanked all for cards she received
January Highest %: Treasure Coast Most New Members: Estero River
February - Highest %: Treasure Coast, Most New Members: Forest & Daytona
Everyone (membership persons) are doing a great job.
PR/COMMUNICATIONS REPORT: Bill – submitted proclamation request to State, likely
available in May
WEBSITE REPORT/ Masterlink: Brandy – Some chapters have problems with old pages
unable to update on website.
SAFETY DIRECTOR REPORT: Need new director
PRODUCTS TRUSTEE REPORT: Shayne (Velcro) – always have products, ready to deal!

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LEGISLATIVE REPORT: Darrin – no report, Excused
LOBBYIST: Doc – No requested bills were heard. Doc will be meeting with State CFO to
determine where our money goes. We had support but the chairman refused to allow bills to
be heard. Doc feels money may be misappropriated. Doc will also be meeting with the state
secretary of transportation and highway safety. M/C clubs asked Doc to look into profiling
bill, Doc asked them to support Abate of Fla if they want our help. May be happening soon,
but they have to testify if they want a change.
LEGAL COUNSEL: Jerry T- will be at June meeting.
NCOM UPDATE: Doc – June 17th, 18th in Nashville. Award to be presented to David Allan
Cole.
TALAHASSEE 2023: Falls on Easter weekend, suggested alternatives, delegation voted for
first week of April
STATE PARTY: Velcro – Raised $2500, hoped others can do the same. No confirmed loca-
tion yet.
OLD BUSINESS: discussion of voting process for new state officers, if you vote your chap-
ters preferences, should be no problem.
NEW BUSINESS: Nominations as follows:
Pres: Martha Gulf coast – accepted, Griz – Lake County – accepted, Doc – Accepted.
VP: Darrin – accepted. Lynn – secretary – accepted. Treasury – Deb – accepted.
Membership – Laurie – accepted. PR – Bill Bird – accepted, Bridgette/Forrest – accepted,
SOA – Charlie – accepted. Products – Shane - accepted. Legislation – Darrin – Accepted
(previously). Masterlink – Brandy- accepted. Legal – Jerry T (by proxy). Lobbyist – Doc –
re-applying. Carol from Gulf Coast Applying.
GOOD TO THE ORDER: multiple events being held by chapters. Candidate spoke about
what they would do as elected officials.
Motion to Adjourn Southeast, Seconded by Lake
4PM
Respectfully Submitted by Fred Corr

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10%
Discount
to Gator

Alley
Members

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EXP 10/22

Membership subject to approval of ABATE of FL, Inc.
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Can also mail to:
Gator Alley

P.O. Box 10395
Naples, FL 34101

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