We are a nonprofit organization that promotes, practices and teaches motorcycle safety and awareness. We provide many different things to our membership throughout the year; entertainment and community service projects along with numerous rides and runs all over our fine state of Arkansas.

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State Chairman: Rick Vermeulen


Member of: District 7
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Positions held: I rode with CMA from 2003-2006 and served as Road Captain for 1 year. Joined the Silent Bonez fall of 2006-2017. I first served as Chaplain for 2 years, then President for 8 years and treasurer for 1 year. 2017 became the ABATE of Arkansas District # 7 President.
Comments: I have always found a way to bring up ABATE by going to different activities such as rallies, poker runs, weekend rides, etc. Whether it be the ignorant bills such as air bags on motorcycle, or the big issues like helmet laws, people will talk about them. From there, its all about what ABATE stands for to the advantages of being a member. Such as the life insurance, discounts on life flight, and the fact that we can change how law makers and the public in general see motorcyclists. The people we meet at various activities that we attend are all potential members. They don’t have to ride. They just have to care about someone that does, and their rights. Remember, the people you get to join ABATE don’t have to be in your home district; but that they still join. Everyone who joins will benefit everyone who rides by protecting all of our rights and keeps us riding free. ALWAYS keep in mind, if ABATE no longer exists in Arkansas, who will fight for our rights like the choice whether or not to wear a helmet.

State Co-Chairman: Chuck Vaughn


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State Secretary: Sherry Wewers


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State Treasurer: Gaylene Vermeulen


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Comments: I had a brief introduction to motorcycles in my teens. It was natural for me to interact with motorcyclists and get back on my own bike when Rick bought one in 2003. I'm currently our district's communications officer and the state's treasurer.

State Sgt. @ Arms: Butch Murphy


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