Opening Day of the NC Legislature
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
On Wednesday, January 26, 2005 over 200 bikers from North Carolina and as far away as Albany, New York converged on Raleigh, North Carolina for the opening of the 2005-2006 legislative session. The purpose of this lobby day was for North Carolina bikers to show their elected officials that they care enough about the future of motorcycling to take the day off from work and travel to Raleigh in freezing January temperatures to voice their opinion. Legislative packets were made by volunteers of North Carolina BikePAC. Biker constituents personally delivered the packets to their legislators on the first day of session to show we are serious about getting our legislation passed.
The event was sponsored by North Carolina BikePAC and Full Throttle Magazine of North Carolina. Mark and Molly Infield from Full Throttle along with BikePAC members sponsored a tent and a catered traditional North Carolina barbecue lunch for the legislators, their assistants, and their families. Sutton's Catering reported that 575 plates of barbecue were provided to the attendees. North Carolina bikers would like to thank Mark and Molly for their unwavering support of bikers' rights. North Carolina bikers would not be making the same impact without the support of Full Throttle Magazine.
In attendance were members from all 18 chapters of CBA/ABATE of NC, the CMA (Wide Turn Ministries), NC BikePAC, NC Retreads, Vietnam Vets MC, NC Vulcan's Group, Titans MC, Rolling Thunder, as well as several other independent riders and clubs. We would like to thank Walt and Mary Le Couteur of Wide Turn Ministries for providing coffee for the riders.
Larry Moyer from Albany, New York flew in the night
before to be on hand for this event and flew back to NY after the event
ended. For those of you who don't know Larry, he and his wife "Tee"
were run over by a hit-and-run car driver while traveling through NC
in 2003. Tee instantly died from her injuries and Larry suffered debilitating
injuries that will effect him for the rest of his life. Larry will be
back to North Carolina in the coming months during the prosecution of
the hit-and-run driver. For those of you bikers who think it will never
happen to you and that bikers rights are for someone else, you need
to sit down and talk to Larry. He will explain to you in heart-breaking
detail why getting involved in bikers rights is critical. Having Larry
fly in from New York to support this event was an uplifting experience
for all of the bikers who were fortunate enough to talk to him.
NC BikePAC and the CBA's Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program (MSAP) were both featured under the tent. Several riders became new BikePAC members and the donations to BikePAC were greatly appreciated. US Rider Magazine (formerly Dixie Rider) made a generous donation to the CBA's MSAP and Full Throttle Magazine of North Carolina matched thier donation and pledged continued support of the MSAP. The focus of this program is to teach high school drivers education students to share the road with motorcycles. US Rider and Full Throttle's donation to furthering this program is greatly appreciated. This program WILL SAVE BIKERS' LIVES in North Carolina. Please get involved with this program. Special thanks goes out to Gail and Larry Rumler, Sherry Hand, Cat, and Jim and Peg Burns for manning the MSAP and BikePAC booths the entire day.
CBA Life Member Bruce Harris was interviewed by a reporter and had a nice segment on the Raleigh evening news. Bruce represented us well and we thank him for articulating our legislative agenda so passionately and professionally.
Sam Nobles and Deb Knox started planning this event
over 8 months ago. Their preparation and hard work was evident by the
appreciation shown by the legislators and the fun had by the bikers
who attended. This is the type of event that motivates us all to continue
the fight for equality and freedom.
Below are over 100 pictures of North Carolina's most dedicated Legislative Warriors.