MEETING MINUTES
DATE 1-27-19
TIME 1:57pm
LOCATION Diemonds
MEMBER INFO 50 Members present – 93 active members

ABOUT ABATE CWC
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Email Jim @ jimwanda@bellsouth.net if you want something to be added to the website. Website address is WWW.ABATECWC.com

OPEN DISCUSSION
The State party happens in June and usually takes place in the Low Country area. Low country has asked to have the party in the midlands this year since we would get more participation if it takes place here. The location chosen has a camp ground and cabins are available as well. Low Country and a few other chapters are not happy with the campground. Low Country has sponsored the party for the past few years. If Low Country ABATE is not participating this year, the ABATE Chapters in the Midlands would most likely have to provide breakfast and dinner, take care of the costs, and come up with bike games. Are we willing to take everything on?

There is a new form of sponsorship called Pledge of Brotherhood to help the organization with expenditures. It asks for a minimum of $100.00 or other ways to participate. We can become a State Sponsor. All members agreed to do two state sponsorships of 50.00, one will be CWC and one is Chevy’s Sportsbar, a new state sponsor. We have filled our Pledge of Brotherhood for 2019.

CWC will file with the State for the ability to do non-exempt raffles legally. If you don’t file, you can do raffles but cash prizes over $950.00 are not allowed. You can get a donated prize that does not exceed $950 to raffle. Since CWC wants to do larger raffles to exceed $1,000.00, we need to register with the state.

May awareness coming up. Tony put up a sign-up sheet for those who want to participate. Help will be needed with parking and the meeting at Chevy’s afterwards. South Carolina ABATE BOD will provide the money for police escort, permits for banner, but monies needed for anything else would have to come from donation. Marty from Chevy’s has agreed to provide food for the meeting afterwards.

There is a section in the ABATE magazine for memorials. Anyone wanting to put in a memorial for a fallen rider or for a person who means a lot to a chapter who passed away, it can be done here.

If we want to tweet on the abate CWC site, we need a new tweeter account. Anything that is posted will come up on the abate CWC web site.

ABATE’s sponsors have decreased. Many places have closed down. Ralph is looking for somebody to seek new sponsors at the state level.

A big push is currently underway to convince all members to agree to receive the ABATE newsletter electronically. This would save a lot of money for ABATE at the state level.

ABATE CWC tied with ABATE Ace Basin for the most members present during Lobby Day. ABATE CWC won the coin toss and will have the trophy on display for the first 6 months of the year. ABATE Ace Basin will have the trophy for the last 6 months. Both Chapters will get a luncheon provided by the McGrath Law Group. The luncheon can be anything that members decide as long as it is within the budget provided. Members decided to ride somewhere for the luncheon. Place to be determined. More at the next meeting.

Election for ABATE CWC’s Coordinator took place. Members wrote the name of who they felt would represent ABATE CWC well, and would take on all the responsibilities the coordinator has to uphold. Denise Gagne Stamps and Brett Railing were the 2 nominees. The Coordinator will be selected at the next meeting.

Members can provide anonymous comments and/or concerns regarding the chapter in a box provided. The ABATE Coordinator will review and address at the following meeting.

Members passed the hat to help Danika with her cause. She will be diving in the freezing waters of Lake Murray on Saturday February 9th to raise money for the Special Olympics. All members are welcome to go and cheer her on. Details in the events section below.

Members can register to compete in a Soap Box Derby race on April 27th. See Tonya Padgett for details.

ABATE SC will have a table at Suck Bang Blow during Spring Bike Week in Myrtle Beach this year. Ralph is trying to organize a ride for anyone who is interested in riding as a group.

EVENTS
Polar Plunge: Saturday February 9th at 12pm at the SCE&G Lake Murray Park Beach (the beach by the dam)

Chili Cook Off: Saturday February 16th at Diemonds from 1pm to 4pm. Sharlyn will be there at 12:30 for those who wish to drop off their chili early.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week: Friday May 10th through Sunday May 19th

State Party: Typically Friday June 7th through Sunday June 8th. Location to be determined

ACTION ITEMS