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 the METRO Chapter - "What we are a part of" 

Metro Chapter Meetings: Second Tuesdays of each month - 7 p.m. - Coon Rapids VFW - 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd Upcoming Meetings: June 11, July 9 and August 13.


Metro Chapter Recurring Fundraisers: Taco Night - Casa Rio Restaurant - 201 Jackson Street - Anoka - 4 to 8 p.m. Upcoming Taco Nights (Second Monday each month) - June 10, July 8 and August 12. Sunday Brunch - Route 47 Pub and Grub - 7820 University Ave NE - Fridley - 8 a.m. to Noon - Next Date TBD


To keep up with Metro Chapter doings, make sure to frequently check out our Facebook Page at  


Let me start by introducing myself.  My name is Rob Benjamin and I am the new Chapter Rep for the Metro Chapter. Most people call me Shadow. How did I get the name Shadow you ask? Ask me and I will tell you as it is a fun story. I started riding in '89 and had to stop for a bit. I started riding again when I married my sweetheart in 2015. Together we have 5 kids and 3 grandkids. Rider safety and awareness are issues that are near and dear to me and I keep trying to find different ways to get the word out. Joining ABATE was the first step. Being elected as the Chapter Rep was the next step. My wife and I joined Metro Chapter in 2023 and we love it.


At the time of writing this our MetroMorial Day event has not yet happened. We feel that we have put together a fun event and I will give a full review in the July issue of the Road Noise including pictures. 


Even before our MetroMorial Day event has happened, we are already working on our fall event. Our fall event will be family-friendly and will include something NEW for a Metro Chapter event - a fall run/ride. This will be our first ride event in many years and it is sure to be a planning and learning experience. We will have more information at the July BOD meeting.


Quite a few of the Metro Chapter attended ABATE U and it was an experience that can be overwhelming if you have never been there before, like it was for me. Networking, having fun, networking, sleep, morning classes, BOD and more networking. I forgot to mention eating and having a beer or two or three lol. It definitely is an experience that everyone should check out.  


Until next month, be ready to read my next installment to find out "WHAT THE SHADOW KNOWS"

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