It is with great sadness that I must inform you that our "Auntie ABATE", Marlene Bautch has lost her battle with cancer.
Marlene helped guide the direction of ABATE of WI over the last twenty-five years by doing the jobs of Recording Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Office Manager alongside of six different Executive Directors and twelve elections. Until earlier this year she had attended over three hundred consecutive board of directors meetings acting as Secretary.
Marlene's work extended far beyond her elected and appointed positions within ABATE of WI Inc. She was a staunch supporter of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and presented at dozens of workshops hosted by the organization nationally. Several years ago she was awarded the MRF's highest honor, The Farmer Award, for her work towards the success of the national motorcyclists' rights movement.
As "Auntie ABATE", Marlene sought to offer common sense advice about ABATE of WI and our issues through the words of a sweet old Polish auntie. Her adherence to the rules and bylaws of the organization may have ruffled a few feathers along the way but it also encouraged many regional leaders to work together to grow and make ABATE of WI the legislative powerhouse it is today.
Marlene's support and knowledge of the organization helped everyone she worked with to maximize their already defective "volunteer gene". Her tireless efforts towards the success of ABATE of WI will be greatly missed. It's going to take a lot of effort to fill her shoes.
As more information becomes available from her family, ABATE of WI will be sharing it with our great extended family. We offer condolences to her husband Twit and ask that you respect his privacy at this time.
We will all miss you Marlene.
Dave "Chubby" Charlebois
ABATE of WI Inc.