Deputy Director Report
By John Reblin
Did you make your resolution for the New Year?
Many people on New Year's make some sort of
promise to make a change, something personal or
changing a habit of some sort, usually to the
better: you know, setting a personal goal.
New Year's Eve for me was a quiet day and
evening puttering around, doing some chores. Along
with my lovely bride, we were home most of the day
and the evening getting to bed at a reasonable
hour. While working in the garage the local
channel was running Apollo 13 for I think most of
the day. I saw the last hour of one showing,
remembered how much I enjoyed the movie and stayed
tune for another running watching the whole movie,
while working on my tractor.
I, like many of you grew up during the moon race,
and remember the landing on the moon. I got up
during the night and listened to Walter Cronkite
and others talk about the landing, the dangers and
the pride of the country. I also remember the
explosion Apollo 13 had on the way to the moon and
the world watching. The goal of NASA, getting the
astronauts of Apollo 13 back safely. The awe and
achievement felt by Americans, as we put a man on
the moon "we can do anything" was felt by many.
Facing the possible failure of getting 3 men back
safely loomed large, failure was not an option.
Watching this movie to me made perfect sense on
New Year's Eve. It was the story of setting
goals: getting to the moon and back safely. Going
to the moon was a 10-year effort, starting with
small vehicle launches, getting a person up and
back, then to orbit the earth. Making a larger
vehicle, adding more people into the capsule. And
then starting the actual mission to the moon. All
planned steps, weighing risk to accomplishment to
achieve a goal. Same with getting the Apollo 13
team back, it was all small steps. They needed to
access the damage, work on correcting the
situation, and get them back alive.
Isn't that what we all do on New Year's Day:
set goals that we attempt to make? Whether it is
losing weight, quitting smoking, or earning more
money whatever your resolution is, you need to
accomplish this in steps. You are not going to
lose the weight overnight. It is a pound here,
half a pound there. Quitting smoking, it is a
minute or an hour at a time resisting the urge,
finding other things to do. Changing your
financial picture, also is small steps to achieve
your goals. Will you fail? Maybe. But think of
these as small setbacks and try again. Hopefully
with support you achieve your goals.
It is the same within ABATE of Wisconsin: we set
goals, some are pretty lofty, and we obtain those
goals in small steps. The goals set by ABATE of
Wisconsin are taken up by different groups,
Financial, Legislative, Highway Safety along all
the other committees are working hard to achieve
the primary goal of defending your right to ride
free. We all look for help within and outside of
this organization to achieve these goals. Working
together all making small steps we work at
obtaining the organizations goals.
February 10-11-12 we are working with those in our
organization who, along with others will help
achieve those goals. I am talking about Officers
Training. We are bringing in members from across
the state to show them how "we" do
things in the organization, sharing ideas,
knowledge and hopefully setting the thought within
some of the attendees of being our future
leadership. Some good ideas and challenges have
come from Officer's Training from our
members. These training sessions are crafting the
future of this organization.
Outside of ABATE of WI - Secretary Gottlieb has
stepped down from the Department of
Transportation. Depending on who you listen to the
story varies. The new Secretary is David Ross and
I do not know much about him except he is mindful
of dollars spent, "I look forward to hitting the
ground running and continuing to serve as a strong
taxpayer advocate for Governor Walker in this new
role" was quoted in an on-line article. Talking
with Steve Panten our Legislative Committee Chair,
we hope to set up a meeting with him soon to
introduce ourselves and ABATE of WI to him.
I hope to see you at Officers Training.
Reblin, John. "Deputy Director Report." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter Feb. 2017.