Ken White, ALR DoC Safety Officer
has add 2 new safety articles on the ALR DoC website. 

 Read them in the ALR DoC Safety folder on the Document page
or click on the links below.

"Distracted Drivers"

"Lane Splitting General Guidelines"

 


From: 12/31/2016 7:00 pm
Thru: 01/01/2017 1:00 am

          Yesterday 80+ Area 5 riders made their annual visit to veterans and their spouses living in the California Veteran’s Home in Barstow. They provided all kinds of useful everyday items, plus keepsake books that were made up of drawings by elementary age students, thanking them for their service.

          This was a fantastic and well received event ... but in no way is this a unique occurrence for our Riders.  Many of our Chapters that do these types of events all the time, without any fanfare or recognition. American Legion Riders do it for the love of our Veterans and their families!  

       

          The Quality of Life for our Retirees and their Families falls under the 2nd Pillar of the American Legion, so this is what we do! Quite a few of the veterans who are living in these facilities do not have much in the way of support from friends or family, so these visits really do have a significant impact on them.

 

One of the biggest fears that people have - being forgotten

WE CANNOT LET THEM BE FORGOTTEN

So what can you, or your Chapter do to increase our veteran's quality of life?

  • Make the visit personal for the veteran!  Focus on them - this should not just be a photo op, or PR event.  
  • Contact a veteran’s home, or the CALVET, and arrange a visit. It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate.
  • Patriotic and functional gifts are always appreciated.  My home Chapter recently did a veteran home visit.  Prior to going they hit up a couple local military recruiters who graciously gave up some service specific gedunk, and the riders passed these out during their visit. The vets love that stuff.
  • Partner with your home post, Auxiliary and SAL!  By including your whole post, you are able to create that esprit de corp between all the post program, plus you're able to better utilize all your available resources!  
  • Spread the visits out over the year, not just during the holidays. This has to be a year round effort.
  • Contact senior living communities in your area. Keep in mind that not all veterans are living in VA homes. In fact, most are living in other senior living communities. The administration of these facilities should know who their veterans are. Get with them and arrange a visit, a BBQ or maybe take them to the nearest Legion for lunch or dinner.
  • Contact your area military recruiters. They are always looking for ways to get their new recruits involved prior to them going to boot camp. The vets love talking with the young troops about their experiences.
  • Get with a local school and arrange for the students to visit. Our students need to hear some of the stories these veterans have to tell! They can only learn so much from a textbook; we are quickly losing a great generation, and we need to pass their stories down!

Keep doing the outstanding things that you do!  American Legion Riders Rock!

 

Randy Brenneman 

ALRDOC State VP

vicepresident@alrdoc.com


From: 01/20/2017 8:00 am
Thru: 01/22/2017 4:00 pm

Area 5 President´s Meeting Weekend is the first meeting of all Area 5 Riders to coordinate 2017. All Riders and their families are invited to a fun weekend in Chula Vista. Host Chapter is 434. We will have Burgers & Dogs followed by Live Entertainment on Friday night. Saturday starts with a continental breakfast, then the Area 5 Meeting, Vendors will be here all day, Local ride in the afternoon, ending the evening with a Riders dinner and entertainment that night. Sunday SAL 434 will be serving their famous RED SOS breakfast. Door prizes and 50/50 on saturday. San Diego offers alot of fun activities while you are here including the Midway Museum and Balboa Park. Contact information is on the flyer.

Focus on Members and Membership

 

          As you may recall, soon after the April Convention we placed our members as one of the four primary focal points of the ALR Department of California. Mick published this exerpt as part of his 2016-2017 Strategic Focus Plan:

“Focus is a hard thing to maintain. Focus on the mission. Focus on the Legion Family. Focus on the Chapter. Focus on the member. It is not an easy task, but it can be done if you do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed.

Focus on the member. Without the individual there is no Chapter. Without the Chapter there is no Department. We need to keep our members happy. When was the last time you called a member who has stopped attending meetings? Not sent an email or text message, but dialed their phone number and engaged in human interaction? When was the last time you tried to work with a disgruntled member to fix their issues? You do not need to coddle them, but actually sit down and see if the problem lies with the Chapter or the individual. It’s always easier to blame the individual, but that does not make the group right just because they claim to be. Remember, there are three sides to every story, your side, their side, and the truth.“

 Participation

          One of the more common issues I hear is lack of participation from the membership. There is considerable frustration being expressed by those who feel that there are only a very small handful of people doing the majority of the work.

          Everyone of us has joined the ALR for our own specific reasons. For some, it is the opportunity to ride with others that we can identify with (Veteran or those of a service oriented and patriotic group). For others, it may just be a social activity, and an excuse to ride with a group. But we all knew (or should have) what the American Legion family was about when we joined. It is incombant for all of us to look at the stengths and talents of our members, and empower them to become engaged in chapter activities and projects. Utilize their passions, and encourage them to take an active role within the chapter.

Recruiting strategy

           The common thought process is to recruit quantity when we go on membership drives; the more the better. But is that really the right mindset? To bring in as many as you can, and then hope they will become productive?   For some yes, for others … maybe not.

           But there is also the quality over quantity philosophy. Recruit those who you know will contribute immediately. The more active a post, the more quality members it will attract.

            It is up to each District or Chapter to make that determination on their own, and to develop their own membership recruiting methodology. The ALR DOC leadership and Membership Committee is there as a resource to help our Districts and Chapters succeed, and assist them in providing the tools needed in their efforts to recruit new members.

            Lastly, what demographics are you targeting when recruiting members? Most Chapters are being faced with an aging membership base, and when you look at the latest market research being done by the motorcycle industry, the fastest growing demographics of riders are lady riders, and sport bike riders. And as our younger vets (who ride) are separating from the military, what are they looking for? Research shows that they typically ride sports bikes, and are looking for service oriented ride organizations that have other young vets where they can be active.

           Is your District/Chapter accommodating to these young vets? If not, why? These vets and their families are our future! If we're not changing to meet the future, then we can't expect to be around for much longer.

           I encourage each District/Chapter to contact the ALRDOC Membership Committee, and see if they can help develop strategies that will help engage the entire membership base, and help bring in the new members that will eventually move into ALR leadership positions.

 

Respectfully, 

Randy Brenneman

ALR DOC VP

vicepresident@alrdoc.org


From: 01/27/2017 8:00 pm
Thru: 01/29/2017 1:00 pm

 

As a part of the opening ceremony we are looking for 250-300 motorcycles to take part in a parade into the grounds (i.e. similar to a “mini” rolling thunder).  Once we are set, we will do a flag line to show honor to our homeless veterans in North San Diego County. 

 

If anyone wants more information they can contact Ken White at: alrdocsafety@gmail.com or 760-532-1797

ALR DoC Convention Rooms for April 21-23, 2017

 

1) Best Western San Benito Inn (HOST 27 blocked rooms)
660 San Felipe Rd. $145.+ tax
Hollister, CA 95023 Ph.831-637-9248

2)Hollister Inn www.hollisterinn.com
152 San Felipe Rd. $99.00 + tax
Hollister,CA 95023 Ph. 831-637-1641
10% off online registration Promo code:7777

3) Cinderella Motel (Bargain motel no blocked rooms)
110 San Felipe Rd $59 + tax Single
Hollister,CA $70 + tax Double
Ph:831-637-5761

4)Weibe Motel (Bargain motel no blocked rooms)
1271 San Felipe Road $88.00 + tax
Hollister,CA ph: 831-637-5801 www.wiebemotel.com

5) Casa De Fruta Inn Motel
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy. $129+ tax and up
Hollister,CA 95023 ph: 408-842-9316 / 800-548-3813
offers AARP & AAA discounts www.casadefruta.com

6) Casa De Fruta RV Park
full hook up sites starting at $42.00+ tax and up

OUT OF THE AREA (approx. 15 miles)

1)Hilton Garden Inn $159.00 +tax
6070 Monterey Rd ph:408-840-7000
Gilroy,CA 95020

2) Quality Inn & Suites $129 +tax Single
8430 Murray Ave. $139.00 +tax Double
Gilroy, CA 95020 ph: 408-847-5500

3) MOTEL 6 (American Legion Riders Convention)
6110 Monerery Rd 1st> call:1-800-466-8356 group sales
Gilroy,CA 95020 code# M002500238 2nd>call local Ph: 408-842-6061 to confirm reservation

4) SUPER 8 ( No Blocked Rooms)
8435 San Ysidro Ave Giloy,CA 95020 Ph: 408-848-4108

5) Best Western Plus Forrest Park
375 Leavesley Road, Gilroy Ca. 95020 Ph:408-848-5144
20 blocked rooms


03/04/2017
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Chapter 365’s 4th annual poker run named in honor of our late chapter president, Darryl Malone.

All proceeds go to veterans and veteran charities.

 

A handcrafted route along roads you didn’t know exist!

Your entrance fee includes a delicious lunch.

Live Music*

Vendors*

High/low hands, extra card, extra hand available*

50/50 and raffles*

 

More information to follow, save the date!

 

*All the usual biker stuff, only better…

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From: 01/20/2017 8:00 am
Thru: 01/22/2017 4:00 pm

Area 5 President´s Meeting Weekend is the first meeting of all Area 5 Riders to coordinate 2017. All Riders and their families are invited to a fun weekend in Chula Vista. Host Chapter is 434. We will have Burgers & Dogs followed by Live Entertainment on Friday night. Saturday starts with a continental breakfast, then the Area 5 Meeting, Vendors will be here all day, Local ride in the afternoon, ending the evening with a Riders dinner and entertainment that night. Sunday SAL 434 will be serving their famous RED SOS breakfast. Door prizes and 50/50 on saturday. San Diego offers alot of fun activities while you are here including the Midway Museum and Balboa Park. Contact information is on the flyer.


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From: 01/27/2017 8:00 pm
Thru: 01/29/2017 1:00 pm

 

As a part of the opening ceremony we are looking for 250-300 motorcycles to take part in a parade into the grounds (i.e. similar to a “mini” rolling thunder).  Once we are set, we will do a flag line to show honor to our homeless veterans in North San Diego County. 

 

If anyone wants more information they can contact Ken White at: alrdocsafety@gmail.com or 760-532-1797


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03/04/2017
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Chapter 365’s 4th annual poker run named in honor of our late chapter president, Darryl Malone.

All proceeds go to veterans and veteran charities.

 

A handcrafted route along roads you didn’t know exist!

Your entrance fee includes a delicious lunch.

Live Music*

Vendors*

High/low hands, extra card, extra hand available*

50/50 and raffles*

 

More information to follow, save the date!

 

*All the usual biker stuff, only better…


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