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Lobby Day Bus Routes
By The Legislative Committee of ABATE of Wisconsin

The ABATE of Wisconsin Legislative Committee has been working throughout the past year to make your participation in our January 23, 2018 Lobby Day as easy as possible and even better than last year's event. In the past six years we have trained an additional 180 people to be available to assist our membership in the process of grassroots lobbying (which is what it is called when a private citizen contacts a legislative body regarding a concern or issue.) When we say No Experience Necessary, we mean it. We believe that we have all the tools in place that will make it possible for any one of our members (or motorcycling non-members) to successfully participate in Lobby Day.

If you are wondering how the day goes, here is a short course of what we have in place to assist you.

Meeting Appointments: Many Regional Reps or Regional Legislative Officers have already made an appointment to meet with the legislators from your area. Contact your Regional Rep or Bus Leader (list follows here) to see if there is a meeting you may join or look at our web-based schedule at http://tinyurl.com/abate2018 .

If you need to make your own appointment call your legislators and tell them that you are part of ABATE Lobby Day. They may have another appointment already scheduled that you could sit in on. If not, ask them to please make an appointment for you. Your legislator's office staff can handle this for you, you do not need to speak directly to the legislator to make an appointment. If you are not comfortable speaking with your legislator, we will make every effort to have some attend with you. Please make every effort to make your appointments during a time that will allow you to be part of the large group photo scheduled for 12:30pm.

If you legislator is not available for appointments on January 23, accept an appointment with their office staff. This is not a problem. You can be assured that any information that you give to the office staff will be relayed to the legislator. It can be just as important to get to know the legislator's staff as meeting with the legislator personally.

>>>If you have made an appointment with your legislator(s) please let us know. Email the following information to Marlene at mailto:news@abatewis.org

• Your Name

• Legislator(s) Name

• Appointment Time

• Appointment Location (room number)

When you get to Madison on January 23, 2018

If you drive in on your own: Free parking and shuttle service is available from the C.C. Riders' Clubhouse located at 1325 Parkside Drive: turn off of East Washington at the corner of E Washington and Lien Road (Wendy's in on the corner) go one block to Parkside Dr, turn right, and the Clubhouse is at the end of the block.) We will be operating a shuttle from the Clubhouse to the Inn on the Park every half hour from 8am to 5pm. If you come in on one of our buses you will be dropped off right at Inn on the Park where the ABATE "Information Center" is located.

When you get to Inn on the Park follow the signs directing you to the location of the ABATE Information Center. At this location ABATE members will be set up to Sign you in for the day so you will be counted towards the total attendance

• Give the lead person for each legislative appointment a folder containing the information for the legislator

• Help you determine your legislative district if needed

• Answer any questions you may have and provide you with a map of the capitol building if you need one

• We will even have people available to attend your meetings with you if you don't have an experienced person to go with to make you more comfortable.

• Coffee, water and a light snack will be available at the Information Center, however you will be on your own for lunch. Inn on the Park has a restaurant available and many others are very close. Please plan lunch around the 12:30 group photo so you don't miss that.

Meeting with your Legislator(s)

Feel free to "dress like a biker", in fact we encourage the wearing of leather/denim and ABATE of Wisconsin Products ... but please, nothing offensive. Duck-tape is handy for temporarily covering offensive patches.

Remember that courtesy is appreciated at all times. You are trying to inform your legislator about ABATE of Wisconsin's issues, and he or she will appreciate your help. We also need to remember that we are there for motorcycle issues only. With the political environment in Wisconsin recently it is very likely that there may be other large groups at the Capitol for the day either protesting or supporting ideas outside of the motorcycle world. We ask that our members who are there for our Grassroots Biker Lobby Day stay focused with OUR issues and respect the right of others to be in town for issues of their own choosing.

You don't need to be "an expert". The folder we will have prepared for each legislator has fact sheets in it that present ABATE of Wisconsin's current motorcycle issues. (See Steve's column on page 1 for what this year's issues are.) If at any time you are asked a question that you don't know the answer to, simply state the fact that you do not know, but you can find out and get back to them. When you return to the Control Center someone there can help you with the question. If you are attending a meeting with a large group, there will be an experienced person with the group who can answer almost any question that comes up.

Bring along your camera and ask for a photo with your legislator.

After you meet with your legislators please return to the Information Center at Inn on the Park at that time we ask that you

• Complete a short "Exit Survey" to let us know if we need to change/improve anything and what your legislator may have said about our issues.

• When you turn in your survey you will receive an "I Lobbied in Madison" patch (first time attendees get one "free patch" a second patch may be purchased for $5 if you wish) as well as a 2017 rocker to go with the Lobby Day Patch.

• Thank your legislator and their staff for meeting with you. Everybody appreciates a complimentary letter -- and remembers it. We will have ABATE of Wisconsin postcards at the Control Center along with sample text and legislators' addresses for you to write a brief thank you note before you leave.

• If extending an invitation or requesting a meeting in the district (like attending one of your local ABATE meeting or events), suggest a time and date, or several dates, for the visit. Be flexible and accommodating.

To stay informed as the event gets closer we urge all of you to sign up for the ABATE of Wisconsin email alerts (go to http://www.abatewis.org to sign up) to get updates and/or follow ABATE of Wisconsin Inc on Facebook. Together we can make this year's Lobby Day a success for all of us. We hope to see many of you there!

ABATE of Wisconsin Lobby Day -- January 23, 2018

BUS ROUTES

Route 1 - Northwest Bus Leader - Andy Mathiassen 218-590-3075

4:30 am - SUPERIOR - City Parking lot at 1307 Banks Avenue

6:00 am - SPOONER - Municipal Parking Lot, Front Street

6:40 am - RICE LAKE - Cenex at Hwy 53 & Hwy 48

8:00 am - EAU CLAIRE - Signature Cycles, S8710 State Road 93 (4 miles south of Eau Claire)

**Note: Route 1 and Route 1B will meet at this location and arrange riders based on bus capacity

11:15 am - Arrive at Inn on the Park, Madison

Route 1B - Lower Northwest Bus Leader -- Shawna Hutton 715-456-8695
6:00 am - HUDSON - Uncle Mike's M Pour E Yum at exit 4 off I-94
8:00 am - EAU CLAIRE - Signature Cycles, S8710 State Road 93 (see note Route 1)
11:15 am - Arrive at Inn on the Park, Madison

Route 2 - West-Central Bus Leader - Dean Bartosh 414-416-2940
7:45 am - ONALASKA - Woodman's (please park at the south end of the building by the motels)
8:30 am - TOMAH -- Midwest Powersports Service, Winnebago Avenue & Hwy 12/16 just off I-94
9:10 am - LYNDON STATION - Skully's BP Truck Stop, I-94 & CTH HH
10:20 am - Arrive at Inn on the Park, Madison

Route 3 -- Southwest Bus Leader -- Jim "Sneaky" Skaife 608-778-5929
7:00 am - BRIDGEPORT - The Port Gas Station, 38773 US Hwy 18
7:45 am - LANCASTER - Shopko Parking Lot, 1625 US Hwy 61
8:20 am - PLATTEVILLE - Pioneer Lanes, 1185 US-151 BUS
8:55 am - MONTFORT - Tower Junction Bowling Alley, 254 State Road 18
10:15 am - Arrive at Inn on the Park

Route 4 - North-central Bus Leader -- Ron Zepplin 715-570-1600
8:30 am - MOSINEE - Hog Creek, 1303 Hwy 153 West (Corner of Hwy 153/Cty O)
9:20 am - PLOVER - Shooters, 5330 Harding Avenue (Exit 151 off I-39)
10:30 am - PORTAGE - North Side Kwik Trip, 2970 New Pinery Road
11:15 am - Arrive at Inn on the Park, Madison

Route 5 - Northeast Bus Leader - Bob Aprill 920-373-3668 rwapril@bayland.net

7:00 am - SHAWANO - The Light House, W6440 Gumaer Road

7:40 am - LENA -- Park and Ride Lot, 5775 Duame Road (junction of Hwy. 141 & Hwy. 22.

The address is Lena, but the location of the Park and Ride is commonly referred to as Stiles Junction)

8:15 am - GREEN BAY - Ashwaubenon Bowl, 2929 Allied Street
8:45 am - APPLETON - Park and Ride Lot off of Hwy 41 and Ballard Road
11:00 am - Arrive at Inn on the Park, Madison

Route 5B -- Steve Bauer 920-750-9928 slb4946@gmail.com
8:00 am -- MENASHA -- Lugnut Bar and Grill, N7475 WI-114 *Change from 2017 route*
8:20 am - NEENAH -- Lucky Dogz, 157 South Green Bay Road
8:55 am - FOND DU LAC - Open Road Harley Davidson, 24 South Rolling Meadows Drive
10:15 am - Arrive at Inn on the Park, Madison

Route 6 - East-central Bus Leader -- Dave Ebert 920-298-8568
7:20 am - MANITOWOC - Park and Ride Lot, Hwy 151 (near Holiday Inn, right off I-43)
8:00 am - SHEBOYGAN - Deer Trace Park and Ride Lot, Exit 123 on Hwy A (by Home Depot)
8:35 am - SAUKVILLE - Walmart Parking Lot, Hwy 33 east of I-43
9:15 am - ALLENTON - Park and Ride Lot 66-70, Hwy 33 & Hwy 41
9:45 am - HORICON - Marshfield Mart, 626 W. Washington Street
10:30 am - JOHNSON CREEK - Park and Ride Lot 28-01, I-94 & Hwy 26 (N. Watertown Street)
11:15 am - Arrive at Inn on the Park, Madison

Route 7 - Southeast Bus Leader -- Mike Mueller 414-305-5118
8:00 am - KENOSHA - Brat Stop, I-94 & Hwy 50 (12304 75th Street)
8:30 am - RACINE - Park and Ride Lot 51-20, I-94 & Hwy 20
9:00 am - CUDAHY - Park and Ride Lot 40-20, I-94 & College Avenue (Northeast lot)
9:30 am - WEST ALLIS - Park and Ride Lot 40-55, I-94 & S. 76th Street
10:00 am - PEWAUKEE - Park and Ride Lot 67-45, I-94 & Hwy G (Meadowbrook Road)
11:15 am - Arrive at Inn on the Park, Madison

CC Riders Clubhouse Shuttle

8am -- 5pm; shuttle runs every 30 minutes with the last one leaving the Capitol at 5pm


Legislative Committee. "Lobby Day Bus Routes." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter Jan. 2018.


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