Public Relations May Newsletter Article
By Kari Kempka
Ladies and gentlemen, we have arrived! Spring is
FINALLY here! Ok ... so technically spring
starts in March but come on, do you remember
March, or April for that matter? Sure a few nice
days but I remember lots of warm blankets and
turning the heated seats on in my car! But May?
That's OUR month and in more ways than one!
First, because we get to finally get out on the
bikes take in the warmer air and feel that freedom
we didn't get to feel all winter. Being
cooped up is bad enough but a cooped up biker? We
don't do well with that at all! Secondly,
it's our month because Governor Walker said
so! Each year, Walker signs a proclamation that
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in the State of
Wisconsin! That opens up the opportunity to raise
awareness through rallies and other activities
that remind drivers that motorcycles are back on
the streets and they should watch for us!
That's why the awareness rallies are so
important! We make people in cages see us now and
I mean really see us with bright colored signs and
large numbers lining the streets! The hope then is
that they keep the visual of a bunch of bikers in
their heads while out driving somewhere where they
would come in contact with a motorcycle ... that serves as a reminder to watch out for us.
So ... who's ready to grab a sign and
start the awareness? I'll be doing my part
in Ozaukee and Washington Counties and I am so
excited! Last year, we held our rally in
April ... in the snow ... so a month later
is a nice change (especially in the weather). But
even while I was freezing my chaps off, I
couldn't help but smile! To see the streets
lined with ABATE signs, biker's young and
old; male and female, family and friends, and even
small kids was worth every shiver. Not to mention
the honks that we receive, the waves and people
stopping to give us a thumbs up or a great job!
Talk about a sense of accomplishment!
Will you be taking part in an awareness rally?
There is definitely no shortage of available
rallies this month. No matter where you live you
can find an awareness rally close or hop on the
bike and visit another region to share their
rally ... after all, we're all one big
happy family and it's always great to see
folks from around the state! If you need help
finding a rally, contact your local region rep who
can steer you in the right direction!
Happy May everyone! I plan on getting out to as
many events and activities as possible this month
and all summer long and spread the word about
ABATE of WI, Motorcycle awareness and the awesome
people that I share the road with. I hope you will
do the same. I am always here to help if I can!
Kempka, Kari. "Public Relations May Newsletter Article." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter May. 2017.