Motorcycle Rights should be Fun
Fun is important to leaders, members, press, legislators
and their staff. If you and your SMRO are not having fun then
you are not reaching your full potential.
Lobbying the statehouse is fun. Recently a scavenger
hunt was conducted at the statehouse. New and old members seemed
to enjoy playing the game or helping others play. The fun flowed
beyond our members to the press covering opening day. Legislators
and their staffs were involved as well and infected by the moment.
The fun began before the early morning gathering
in the statehouse lobby. The weather gods smiled upon us with
warm weather for comfortable ride to the capitol from all parts
of our state. The lobby was filled with dozens of bikers by
nine o’clock; the media was also present but few others
were in the lobby. Bikers lined up to get patches and handouts
caught the interest of curious reporters.
Our participating members searched for many items
related to lobbying or influencing legislators for unknown prizes.
Some of the items of interest included the business cards of
key members of the legislature and those of the media covering
the event. The purpose of obtaining business cards was multifunctional.
One of the purposes was to increase interaction especially of
our first time attendees; another purpose was to obtain the
contact information every constituent needs. Our members had
fun and the legislators and their staffs got to see more constituents.
The media was swarmed by bikers early in the day and quickly
ran out of cards. This effort seemed to show the media present
a broader spectrum of our members and organization.
While everyone was busy walking the halls of legislator
offices Reb worked S 1027; our members already know S 1027 allows
motorcyclists to treat broken traffic sensors and their red
lights as stop signs. I am sure you have all been stuck at a
broken signal at least once.
Reb is a great example of what just one dedicated member
can do when armed with an idea and the desire to make a difference.
ABATE has recently received a lot of positive
press from S 1027 from Savannah to Charlotte. Subscriptions
to the ezine and memberships both seem to be spiking. Make an
effort to get more of your friends involved. Talk it up at your
local biker hangout and help us find some more team members.
While you explain all the great reasons to join don’t
forget the most important reason named fun. If you doubt the
power of fun just look at the speed our largest chapter continues
Fun can help you gain free press. Forget about
buying ads in your local or state papers; make the news instead.
Remember no ones likes a boring story including the reporter.
Don’t be afraid to be creative and make some biker theater
of your own to convey a thought or idea. Remember sacred cows
make the best hamburgers.
Watch out for spoilers and never take yourself
so serious you become boring and lose the advantageous and contagious
edge of fun.
After the work at the state capitol we gathered
at the Flying Saucer for lunch and brotherhood. Cathy sewed
on the newly earned legislative warrior day patches while others
scored the scavenger hunt collections. Many donated prizes were
given to all participants; no one went away empty handed.
If you are curious about what the many items of
this scavenger hunt were then be sure to attend our next event. If
the curiosity has gotten the best of you ask someone who was
there or several. Everyone has their own unique experience and
take of the event. The only way to really understand the power
of fun is to experience it yourself.
ABATE of SC State Coordinator