05-13-2003

03NR15 - Karen Bolin Takes Charge As New MRF President

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Bolin
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May 13, 2003

03NR15 - Karen Bolin Takes Charge As New MRF President

The Board of Directors of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is proud to announce its election of Karen Bolin as the new MRF President, effective immediately. Karen will complete the current two-year term held by Buck Kittredge, which will expire in September of 2004.

Karen has been actively involved in the motorcyclists' rights movement on the state and national levels since 1990. She has served as the MRF Secretary since 1999. Karen spent seven years as the State Legislative Affairs Officer for ABATE of Washington, and has served the past several years as Vice President of Government Relations for the Washington Roadriders Association (WRRA). In the 2000 legislative session in Washington State, the WRRA not only brought legislation that has been signed to protect motorcycle rider education, but was the first in the nation to be actively involved and see success with vehicular assault statutes directly benefiting motorcyclists. In addition to being a sustaining member of the MRF, Karen is currently a member of the WRRA, ABATE of Washington, BMWMOA, Washington State BMW Riders, and IronButt Association.

"I would like to congratulate Karen on being elected President of the MRF," said Chuc Coulter, MRF Vice President, who has been serving as Interim MRF President for the past few weeks. "During this tough time getting through the loss of Buck, I have had to do some soul searching and find that I am not able to commit to what I feel is necessary to finish out Buck's term. Karen can and will be able to do that, and she has what it takes to keep the MRF moving in a positive direction." Chuc will continue his term as MRF Vice President.

"We have a job to do," emphasizes Karen Bolin. "The MRF will indeed carry on with the level of excellence expected by every member, and in partnership with the voices of the roads we ride, the SMROs. The challenges we face on the national level are complex, but our goals are not. I, and the entire MRF Board of Directors, remain committed to the strength of the MRF's mission, and to the freedoms that Buck cherished."

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