CBA Strategic Planning & Slider Gilmore
Photos and article by FastFred Ruddock, March 31, 2007
CBA/ABATE of NC held a Strategic Planning
Meeting and Slider Gilmore's Accident Scene Management on
the same day. Cliff, Missy, and I attended this double header
event. Randy Norris the President of CBA did a fine job
teaching everyone about strategic planning. Many important
topics were covered including the new budgeting process
CBA has adopted. ABATE of SC has recently also begun to
adopt a similar practice.
Following the strategic planning Slider Gilmore
presented his workshop on accident scene management. This
workshop by SLider is a must see for every biker. I have
seen him present this workshop more than once but I still
learn new things each time. ABATE of SC would be wise to
invite him to a large gathering in the future.
The ride to the meeting was interesting. I
rode lidless through Charlotte before dark on my way to
Greensboro. Cliff and Missy met me there about an hour after
my arrival. In the morning we rode to Asheboro to attend
the meeting again I rode lidless in spite of the North Carolina
helmet law. After the day's workshops many of us rode to
Stagebrush to share brotherhood and spend some more time
with Slider. We had some interesting conversations. Mike
Hodges wore his famous leather hat and although we passed
several cops neither of us were stopped or ticketed.
After eating I was planning to take back roads
to Columbia but Cliff and Missy convinced me to ride to
Charlotte instead. This turned out to be a wise decision.
We rode to a local biker watering hole where we spoke with
local bikers and left some ABATE newsletters. It was interesting
many of the local bikers did not know about NC's new helmet
bill currently in committee. The next morning I got up early
to ride to Columbia to meet with Ralph and Bad Bob. However
my final drive belt broke before I could even move my bike.
Jeff Coleman saved the day and took me back to Charleston.
Thank you Jeff!