Riders Foundation (MRF)
BEAST of the EAST
Motorcyclists' Right Conference - Charlotte, NC 4-22-06
For the first time in the MRF's twenty year history,
the BEAST of the EAST motorcyclists' rights conference was held in North
Carolina. This regional conference is usually held in the northeast.
This year, the MRF honored CBA/ABATE
of NC by allowing us to host the BEAST.
This year, 123 riders from 15 states attended. The following states
The BEAST was a great time. We all learned more about growing our state
organizations and lobbying our elected officials. We received updated
information on federal and state legislation from around the country,
and we had a great time enjoying friendship with our activist peers
from many states.
Special thanks goes out to Carol Downs, Peggy Burns, Sarah Muckenhoupt,
and many others for doing a great job organizing the BEAST.
Thanks also goes to the Charlotte
CBA for sponsoring the hospitality suite and also to the NC
Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs for providing security for the
bikes ALL WEEKEND LONG !!! You all are greatly appreciated.
The next MRF regional conference will be the BEST
of the WEST on June 17, 2006 in Prescott, Arizona.
Below is the agenda from the BEAST along with a few photos.
Friday, April 21, 2006
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Meet The Board hosted by MRF President, Karen Bolin
and SMRO introductions
Saturday, April 22, 2006
8:00 AM – 11:45 AM - General Session - Legislative Update –
Karen Bolin, MRF President
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM - Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1-A: Holding Successful Meetings, Bruce Downs - ABATE of CO
Breakout 1-B: Planning a Trip To DC, Deb Knox CBA of NC Information
Breakout 1-C: FARS Data - How Accurate Is It? Teri Stobbs - Massachusetts
Breakout 1-D: Motorcycle Specific Legislation - What is Happening Where?
Imre Szauter, AMA
2:45 - 4:15 PM - Breakout Sessions
Breakout 2-A: Motorist Awareness Programs, Bruce Downs - ABATE of CO
Breakout 2-B: Motorcycle Accidents - Who's Responsible and How Do We
Change It?, Lou Petrucci - Rhode Island Motorcycle Association
Breakout 2-C: Recruiting and Maintaining Members, Gary Slawter - MRF
BOD Member/ABATE of Michigan
Breakout 2-D: A Brainbus Tour of the MRF, Carol Simpson, MRF BOD Member/CMT/ABATE
5:30 - 6:00 PM - Cocktails - Review of Silent Auction Items
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Dinner banquet and Auction
Sunday, April 23, 2006
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Worship Services by His Laboring Few Biker Ministry
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Blessing of the Bikes