MRF Receives Award of Excellence

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has been selected to receive the Government Relations Award of Excellence from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The announcement was made at the MRF 10th Annual BEST of the West regional conference held in Reno, Nevada, on April 9-11, 1999.

Steve Zimmer, Vice President of Government Relations, said "The MRF is pleased to receive the ASAE Certificate Award of Excellence in the Overall Program -Federal Legislative category. The MRF is honored to receive this peer-judged award from ASAE which has members from over 12,000 associations." The ASAE awards recipients in five categories for accomplishments at federal, state and local levels. The award categories are Overall Program, Single Issue, Single Program, Political Education/Public service, and the Internet. When making the announcement, Zimmer remarked that the MRF must share the credit for this award. "Winning this award is not the result of the work done by any one individual, but rather the coordinated, decade long, effort of MRF members and supporters around the country," Zimmer said.

This is the second time the ASAE has recognized the MRF's government relations program. In 1996, the MRF received the first Award of Excellence in Government Relations for Single Issue-Federal for our successful grass-roots effort to remove the penalties for states without helmet laws from the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). This year's award is for the overall government relations program spanning the past ten years. A review of the MRF's past accomplishments show excellence in all aspects of a comprehensive program. In its ten-year presence in the Nation's Capital the MRF has truly established itself as an effective lobbying organization. The MRF has a remarkable record of legislative accomplishments in the very diverse areas of concern to motorcyclists. These include personal liberty, highway safety, law enforcement and discrimination issues; health care discrimination, labor issues (OSHA), redirecting the actions/activities of regulatory agencies, technology development policies, highway access, and state and federal relationships (state's rights). A major reason behind the MRF's success has been the development of effective working relationships across a wide diversity of committees. The Senate committees included: 1) Appropriations, 2) Commerce, Science and Transportation, 3) Environment and Public Works, 4) Judiciary and 5) Labor and Human Resources. The diversity continues in the House committees on 1) Appropriations, 2) Commerce, 3) Education and the Workforce, 4) Judiciary, 5) Rules, 6) Science, 7) Transportation and Infrastructure, and 8) Ways and Means.

The ASAE is a Washington, DC based individual membership organization made up of 24,700 association executives across the United States and in 46 foreign countries. The ASAE will recognize fourteen associations at its annual Legislative Summit on June 14-15, 1999. The presentation will take place at the Awards Luncheon June 14. The ASAE Legislative Summit is a national conference associated with ASAE's Government Relations School held annually in Washington, DC. The three-day Summit and School hosts seminars and training sessions aimed at helping association executives enhance their organization's government relations program.

For further information contact Steve at 202-546-0983 or by e-mail at

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