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 26, 2019
I. Meeting Called to Order
A. At 11:12 a.m.
B. Prayer led by George Guild
C. Pledge of Allegiance led by Steve Bouton
D. Recognized Sergeant At Arms – Steve Bouton
E. Chapters and their two voting delegates:
1. Bastrop Area: Harvey Thornhill and Diane Vernon
2. Bossier Parish: Harry Watson and Harry Cobb
3. GNO: Dennis Melancon and Glenn McGovern
4. Lake Bistineau: Absent
5. Morehouse Parish: Absent
6. Natchitoches Parish: Absent
7. North Central: Penny Farrar
8. Northeast: JJ Gregory and BeBe Martin
9. Northwest: Don Hiers and Susy Hiers
10. Rapides Parish: Lori “ Trouble” Splawn and Lynn Stoneman
11. St. Landry Parish: Jerome Tauzin and Georgia Tauzin
12. St. Mary Parish: Donald Marin and Nancy Alleman
13. St. Tammany Parish: Sue Stoltz and Mike Jambois
14. Tangipahoa Parish: Malcom Berbirot and Mel Stoltz
15. Teche Area: Ed Oubre and Debbie Oubre
16. Washington Parish: Jeremy Jenkins and Carol Jenkins
17. Webster Parish: Nick Dyson and Ethan Jeffers
18. Lake D’arbonne: Elizabeth Almond and Nike Barber
F. Additions to Agenda:
i. Suspend Agenda:
1. Lake D’arbonne has submitted a charter petition
a. Sue Stoltz made a motion to accept the Lake D’arbonne petition for charter 2nd by Nancy Alleman. Motion carried.
2. “Trouble” stated that the Rapides Chapter voted to close. Brick stated that there wasn’t a quorum vote, but there were
members who wanted to keep it open. “Trouble” and Lynn Stoneman stepped down as officers. Greg Shone has
agreed to step up as interim chapter president. Barbara Sikes will send out letters to all chapter members for members to
decide what they want to do with the chapter. Discussion tabled until next state meeting.
G. President’s Opening Statement – Rick Lindsey “Welcome everyone, thanks for coming. And thanks to the AMVETS”
II. Vice Presidents Opening Statement – Bob Walton: Nothing to report
A. Reading of the minutes. Every chapter was given copies of the minutes with time to read them. Dennis Melancon made a
motion to accept the minutes. 2nd Mel Stoltz. Motion carried
B. Treasurer’s Report. Report was presented by Jacque Lindsey. Sue Stoltz makes a motion to accept the treasurer’s report 2nd by
Jerome Tauzin. Motion carries
C. State Store Report. Stacey Conly stated that as of December the state store had $737.29. She also reported that they will not
be ordering any more products and everything in the state store is on sale.
D. Membership Report. Barbara Sikes reported that
a. for the months of November and December: New members 10, Renew 17, Lifers 3 for a total of 1,088 members.
b. Barbara stated that the membership renewal computers are starting to run slow. Diane Vernon made a motion to purchase a
real laptop for membership renewal coordinator, not over $1000.00. 2nd Penny Farrar. Motion carried
E. Webmaster Report. Brick stated that we have not paid the webmaster since her contract expired in May. Domain was renewed
in November 2018.Webmaster has continued to do work on the website without being paid. Harry Watson makes a motion to
pay the webmaster back pay of $500 for work done on the website. 2nd Mike Jambois. Motion carries. Brick will get a
proposal from current webmaster for state board to vote on renewing contract.
F. Legislative Report:
a. Brick stated that in his opinion, all areas of the state need to be covered by co-directors or assistants, people who will work
together as a committee with Glenn McGovern leading them as our Legislative Director. We need to make sure we are on
the same page across the state. Harry Watson for southern region and Rusty Wirth for northern region have volunteered.
b. Glenn McGovern
i. reports on the status of the 3 bills we approved in November:
1. All Road Users Act got a Representative to pick it up, and a Senator to support it.
2. No Legislators have picked up the Helmet Law or the Profiling Bill
ii. Glenn showed the signs that will be put up at motorcycle fatality sites.
iii. We need to be better organized to get things done. Return the Advocate Questionnaire to Glynn so he can set up a
G. Public Relations Report. Dennis Melancon a member is working on a newsletter to get word out about A.B.A.T.E.
H. Share the Road Program Report. Harry Watson reported that new S.T.R. brochures have been printed. He also reported that he
was contacted by a teacher to sit in N.W. Louisiana Safety Coalition Committee. He will be presenting S.T.R. program to
drivers ed teachers. New A.B.A.T.E. trifolds have been ordered under budget.
I. Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) Report.
a. It’s time for our annual Sustaining Membership payment and Freedom Fighter Donation. Dennis Melancon a motion to
approve our annual Sustaining Membership paying of $100 and a Freedom Fighter donation of $.50 per member, around
$600. 2nd Penny Farrar
b. The MRF announced that the Motorcycle Profiling Resolution (S.Res.154) passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous consent
on December 11, 2018. This act by the Senate is very important, as it recognizes that profiling of motorcyclists because of
our mode of transportation or choice of attire is unacceptable. Each state will need to submit their own proposal to make it
effective in their state.
J. NCOM Report. Brick reported that the Region 5 meeting haws not been rescheduled at this time. NCOM Convention is
scheduled for May 10-12, 2019 in Orlando, FL
K. COC Report. Next C.O.C. meeting is January 27, 2019. President’s meeting is 1:00 p.m.
L. Advocacy Report. Glen McGovern showed a video presentation of body cam footage of an officer discussing issued ticket with
offender where a motorist killed a motorcyclist. St. Tammany and N.O. Chapters wrote lots of letters, trying to get tougher
penalty than misdemeanor charges.
Break for incoming poker run
M. Growth Coordinator Report. Everyone knows that’s on the Chapter Presidents
N. State Rally Report. Brick proposed a family gathering, invite clubs: just a get-together after May State meeting. Think about
this to discuss at next meeting. Send Brick ideas.
O. Historian Report: Melinda couldn’t make it. She has information and is putting a book together. Send her any info you have.
P. Mid-South Mile Report. Brick reported the next MSM will be hosted by ABATE of LA and will be held in Shreveport
October 25-27, 2019. Have secured Wyndham Garden Hotel. As the hosting state, we are responsible for the cost of lunch for
the entire attendees on Saturday October 26, 2019 and both nights of the Hospitality Room. An event has been created by
MSM committee on April 27, 2019, which will be a crawfish boil at Bayou Thunder in Shreveport, to help offset the cost.
Member of MSM Committee from all 6 member states will be present. Harry Watson asks each chapter to donate silent auction
items, preferably Louisiana style stuff. Harry is also working to get sponsors to help cover costs.
Q. Meeting of the Minds Report. Meeting of the Minds is in Bloomington, Minnesota September 19-22, 2019. Bikers in the
Beltway is in Arlington, Virginia May 21, 2019. We need to attend both.We will discuss this later.
R. Chapter Reports. (Number of members and checking account balance to date)
1. Bastrop Area: 54 and $400
2. Bossier Parish: 135 and $400
3. GNO: 107 and $400
4. Lake Bistineau: absent
5. Morehouse Parish: absent
6. Natchitoches Parish: absent
7. North Central: 39 and $146.19
8. Northeast: 81 and $400
9. Northwest: 70 and $400
10. Rapides Parish: 166 and $400
11. St. Landry Parish: 10 and $400
12. St. Mary Parish: 24 and $400
13. St. Tammany Parish: 95 and $400
14. Tangipahoa Parish: 31 and $400
15. Teche Area: 21 and $400
16. Washington Parish: 16 and $400
17. Webster Parish: 46 and $400
18. Lake D’arbonne 14 and $0
A. COC Meeting will be January 27, 2019 at the Family of Grace Church, 4200 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria. 1 p.m.
V. Old Business
a. In November, it was approved to spend $750 for new trifolds. Were able to get 4,000 trifolds for $700
b. We discussed in November to look at ordering additional yard signs and large signs from Share the Road account. JJ Greggory
made a motion to spend $1700 for 500 yard signs. 2nd Harry Watson. Motion carried. JJ Greggory makes a motion to spend
$559.43 from the share the road account for 36 large signs. 2nd Diane Vernon. Motion carries
c. Lynn Stoneman proposes that for 2 months, with a possible extension for 3 months for a restructuring period for Rapides
Chapter and that a quorum could be met with 10 people so elections can be held. Sue Stoltz makes a motion to allow Rapides
Chapter 2 months to restructure the chapter, with a minimum of 10 members present to make quorum. 2nd JJ Gregory. Motion
VI. New Business
a. We need a new MRF Rep. Dennis Melancon has volunteered to be the MRF Representative.
VII. Other Business
VIII. Open Floor Discussion
A. “Dopey” reminds members that they should wait to be recognized before speaking during the meetings.
B. Vietnam Vets Memorial Wall being placed in Alexandria: taking donations
C. AMVETS put making lunches on hold because they were losing money. Took a show of hands to see how many people will eat
at next meeting.
D. Harry Watson stated that March 23, 2019 there will be a benefit for St. Jude at Bayou Daiquiri in Shreveport.
Next Meeting: March 30, 2019 at AMVETS post 7, 3409 England Dr, Alexandria, LA. at 11 a.m.
Motion to adjourn was made by Sue Stoltz. Motion seconded by Nancy Alleman and carried.