Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

ABATE of Oklahoma - NW# 69 Chapter

Written by  April 30, 2004

ABATE is an acronym for A Brotherhood Aiming Toward Education. According to the state web site, ABATE is a motorcyclists’ rights organization dedicated to preserving individual freedom and promoting safety. ABATE is not a club, but is a non-profit organization which supports rider training as well as safety and educational programs. ABATE welcomes all riders regardless of the make of their motorcycles. There is no probationary period for new members. The organization becomes involved in the political process to support legislation favorable to motorcyclists and protecting their rights. Many states have ABATE organizations or similar organization such as Missouri’s Freedom Of Road Riders (FORR).

When in Waynoka, I was pleased to have the opportunity to talk with Red Goodner, the President of NW #69 Chapter. I have seen Red many times through the years at various locations from Waynoka to Sturgis and always enjoy visiting with him.

CC: How many members are in your chapter and where do they come from?

Red: We have about 110 members, mostly from northwestern Oklahoma, but we are spread around near and far since the chapter was started in 1988.

CC: Where and when are your meetings held?

Red: We meet on the second Sunday of each month. During the winter we generally meet in Woodward, but during the warmer months you may find us anywhere within about an 80-mile radius of there.

CC: How much are your annual dues and how is the money divided between the local and state organizations?

Red: It’s $20 with $10 going to the state fund, $5 to the newsletter, and $5 to the local chapter.

CC: I always enjoy participating in your annual rodeo held during the Snake Hunt weekend. How many usually attend this event?

Red: Unofficially between 700 and 800.

CC: I know you share proceeds from this event with the local EMT’s. What other fund-raisers do you have and what organizations benefit?

Red: We have two overnight poker runs each year. We have various raffles, chili cookoffs, foosball and dart competitions, and the like. The charities that benefit include Red Cross, a veterans’ hospital, CMA missionaries, Special Olympics, and a group that assists disabled children. This weekend we are selling raffle tickets with the winner to receive a free paint job provided by Special FX from Ashland, Kansas.

CC: How is your chapter involved in the legislative effort?

Red: Being 200 miles from the state capitol somewhat limits our participating in large numbers there. However, we do have the best state rep you could ever have. Chris Combs is on top of the game and he plays it well. He made the trip to Washington and rarely misses anything that has to do with the state or local level. We are very blessed.

CC: Thanks for the info. I’ll see you at the rodeo grounds.

Anyone interested in more information about the chapter can use the following contact information:

ABATE of Oklahoma
NW #69 Chapter
PO Box 302
Laverne, OK 73848

President: Red Goodner (580) 921-5632

Chapter Rep: Chris Coombs (405) 377-8163

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