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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.

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