Friday November 03, 2017 12:55 pm
CONVENTION UPDATE: As of the last Convention meeting, here are a few items that you need to know.
- Parking has been resolved, Motorcycle parking will be directly behind the Wyndham Hotel on the corner of N. Myers St. & Pier View Way.
- The Host Hotel is Holiday Inn registration & credentials will be set up there for early check in.
- At the site of convention Junior Seau Recreation Center Beer & Wine will be sold. This is a CASH ONLY bar. Tickets will be sold for beer & wine consumption. YOU are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets.
- Transportation to and from Hotels will be provided by Erika from SOS. Make sure you get a card with her number and donations are encouraged. Erika provides rides to our service men & women through your donations.
- Chapter assistance, in order to make this a great convention we all need to pitch... (Read more)
Tuesday April 03, 2018 7:39 pm
I wanted to share some suggestions and ideas on how to organize and effectively carry out a membership campaign at the Chapter level. But keep in mind; perspective Riders must first become members of their parent organization. So your recruiting strategy should ensure you’re not only bringing in quality Riders, but quality Veterans, Auxiliary and Sons too.
To be successful, every Chapter needs a strong and effective membership campaign.
Sounds easy enough … but how do you actually go about developing one?
- Recruiting new Riders, reinstating former Riders, or retaining existing Riders is a matter of selling and enforcing the positive aspects of why they need to be members! To do a good job of selling, you must know the product—in this case, the American Legion, its programs and objectives. Questions will be asked and must be answered.
Sunday March 04, 2018 10:50 am
As Riders, we have done a great job in remembering and honoring the veterans from past conflicts, but are we doing all that we can for the current generation of Veterans?
In the Constitution of the American Legion, the last of the two purposes of the Legion say “to cement the ties and comradeship born of service; and to consecrate the efforts of its members to mutual helpfulness and service to their country.”
We all are aware that when the Vietnam War ended 43 years ago, veterans were not welcomed home or given the support they needed. Since then we have vowed “Never Again” would we allow veterans to return home from our nations conflicts without welcoming them home, and doing everything we can to help them adjust back into civilian life.
Flash-forward to now, and we have vets who have returned (and are still returning) home... (Read more)
Friday January 26, 2018 8:16 am
Good morning Riders!
I wanted to share a quick snapshot of where the ALR DoC is sitting in regards to membership.
Gary Teicher, our Membership Officer, has been collecting basic membership information since last convention, and has been taken directly from your online rosters, which should be getting updated monthly.
This is a simple line graph that shows overall ALR DoC membership, and is broken down further by each of our programs (Veterans, SAL and Aux).
As you can see, we peaked in overall membership growth in the Oct-Nov time frame with 2,165 Riders, and as of the January membership report, we are sitting at total department membership of 2,115 Riders, with an overall Department wide membership growth of 4.9%.
A good percentage of our Chapters have had positive membership growth since last convention, with Chapters 521 (Elverta) and 739... (Read more)
Monday December 18, 2017 1:11 pm
Monday October 30, 2017 6:06 pm
Monday October 02, 2017 11:25 pm
Sunday October 01, 2017 7:46 am
Flu Season is here! Veterans protect yourselves and get a NO COST flu shot!
The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost. Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2018.
Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination. The Group ID is: VAFLU
In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record.
VA is... (Read more)
Friday September 22, 2017 1:26 pm
Homeless Veterans Outreach Program (HVOP)
I cannot over emphasis that our individual members and Chapters are the ground roots for this program, and the most important element in making this program successful. Our Riders are who will be making the vast majority of initial contact with the homeless veteran’s, and have the greatest chance of making a difference in their lives.
We are not here to recreate the wheel and start yet another program, but the ALR DoC HVOP is envisioned to assist local agencies such as the VA, non-profit groups, local governments, and so on. Our role would best serve our homeless veteran target groups by lending assistance to already up and running groups. Boots on the ground so to speak. But we need to be able to reach out to these veterans and work on getting them into one of these already established programs.
... (Read more)
Wednesday August 09, 2017 10:39 am
Have you ever wondered how the VA came up with the combined rating that it gave you? Have you ever noticed that 1 + 1 does not equal 2 with the VA? One of the most common complaints we get from veterans is ‘How in the word did the VA get the combined rating that they did with all the ratings I have?’
When it comes to service connected compensation claims, the VA takes the view that it should not add whole numbers together to get your rating but, instead, the VA takes percentages of percentages. It is as if the VA says if you are 10% disabled then you are 90% healthy. Therefore, the next rating is not added but is used to take a percentage of the ‘healthy’ 90%. So for a... (Read more)
Thursday July 27, 2017 9:36 pm
This is a ride in Area 5 to promote the brother & sisterhood among Chapters & Posts. A Rider purchases a Passport book and then attends the other chapter events, meeting or Post and gets their book stamped, then before convention turn in your book to the Area 5 VP team and a drawing is held. 50% of the money made will be donated to a Veterans Cause. Contact Area 5 VP Rey Ruiz, or Asst Area 5 VP's Gene Hobdy, Ray Ficek or Ron Huff for more information.
The ALR Area 5 Passport Run will run from 7/27/2017 to 4/1/2018
Wednesday July 05, 2017 6:10 pm
On September 4th your brothers-in-leather of Chapter 31 will be departing on an epic ride across the country to raise money for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC). Funds are desperately needed to complete Phase Two of the cemetery, allowing for in-ground burials.
Please visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EpicRide2017/ or the website at www.EpicRide2017.org to learn more and find out the ways you can support the effort.
We are offering two ways to help: Direct donations to the Cemetery Foundation and/or contributions to a GoFundMe account to help the riders and the road crew cover their expenses. Every donation makes a difference.
We also ask that you share this post (or copy and paste) on as many of your Facebook friends’ pages as possible. ... (Read more)
Monday June 26, 2017 7:07 pm
The mission of the Epic Ride for Dignity and Remembrance is to raise money for the continued development of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC). In particular, it is to fund a robust Phase Two which will include in-ground burial for those Veterans who desire it or whose faith or culture requires it.
After a quarter century of planning, designing, lobbying, determination and hard work; the CCCVC opened in October of 2016 on the property of the former Ft. Ord, to the acclaim and relief of Veterans and their families along the Central Coast. Many families who had been holding their loved ones’ cremated remains in other locations began the transfer and inurnment of their family members. As many as five or six Veterans every day have been brought to their final resting place in the newly constructed columbaria there.
Now the time has come to provide this vital... (Read more)
Friday February 10, 2017 7:06 am
Thursday February 23, 2017 6:13 am
I read an interesting article this morning on what some of the younger generation are looking for with regards to choice of motorcycle styles.
The article was on the Revzilla site (the link to the article is at the bottom of this e-mail), and says that the Scramblers and retro style bikes are gaining a significant amount of popularity with the younger generation of bikers. They use the term hipster millenials, but I think this really reaches further than that particular demographic.
I know that my 22 year old son (who is in the SAL, and is definitely not a hipster millennial) has no interest in the bigger cruisers, and is looking... (Read more)
Friday February 10, 2017 6:58 am
Thursday May 18, 2017 6:50 am
The American Legion Riders of Post 83 Merced, held a Motorcycle Safety Training Day to allow riders to enjoy the day riding several motorcycle training courses at no cost to the riders.
The next training is Sat May 27, 2017....no flyer, we post on our FB Page. American Legion Riders Post 83 Merced. It is pin to the top. We invited Area 3 Vice President Ralph M. To attend if he wanted. This training is for Post 83 only at this time. I think it is something other ALRs could do. We have lots of small videos posted on FB if you scroll down to last Saturday showing the courses. Eventually I would like to help others set this up if interested.
Area 3 - Chapter 83
Monday May 01, 2017 7:41 pm
Services for Bob Too Tall are as follows:
Address: Miller Jones mortuary
1501 W. Florida Hemet 92546
Viewing: Monday May 8th 4 - 8pm
all are welcomed.
Funeral:. Tuesday. May 9th at 9:30 am with escort to RNC immediately following funeral.
Graveside service: RNC at noon
I, Mama Dee, would like to request to my brothers and sisters of ALR, to ride with me in escorting Bob's thunder ride to rest.
Thank you for all your condolences, thoughts, and prayers.
Friday February 03, 2017 6:39 pm
Sunday January 22, 2017 9:50 pm
Wednesday January 18, 2017 6:12 pm
Friday December 02, 2016 9:46 pm
Saturday September 24, 2016 3:30 pm
California is the first state in the nation to legalize lanesplitting, a controversial practice by motorcyclists that advocates say decreases the likelihood of a fatal accident.
Gov.... (Read more)
Sunday November 20, 2016 11:59 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!
... (Read more)
Wednesday October 26, 2016 12:56 pm
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... (Read more)
Monday November 14, 2016 4:47 pm
Tuesday October 25, 2016 10:20 am
Monday October 24, 2016 3:22 pm
Riders - I have just received notice from National of a few things I need to share with you.
1- I have been re-appointed to the ALR National Advisory Committee, representing our region.
2 - Because there has been an increase in the number of Committee members, it was decided to "reorganize" and re-assign Departments to each member. As a result, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho and Montana will no longer be in my region.
3 - I will shortly be sending a separate e-mail to those of you on my contact list from the foregoing departments, advising you of the your new representative on the National Advisory Committee and contact info. However, because of Legion protocol, I can no longer be addressing ALR questions from these four departments -- you will have to contact your new Committee rep directly.
4 -... (Read more)
Saturday September 24, 2016 3:24 pm
Editorial from the Simi Valley Acorn
The number of registered motorcyclists in California continues to grow at a steady pace, and anybody who’s ever driven a street bike, a sport bike or a cruiser knows the flat-out thrill that goes along with it. Revving up and hitting the open road brings an utter exhilaration that’s hard to describe.
Problem is, much of the motorcycling that’s done in Southern California occurs on crowded freeways where riders can feel claustrophobic. It can be dangerously hot on the asphalt, too, and riders want to get through the whole mess as quickly as possible.
Stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, our intrepid two-wheel pilots often try to scoot around it, but they can’t unless they resort to the practice known as lane-splitting.
Wednesday September 07, 2016 3:00 pm
The American Legion Riders have done it again.
For the third straight year The American Legion Legacy Run has raised more than $1 million in scholarship money for the children of fallen military personnel and disabled veterans.
The 11th annual charity motorcycle ride, sponsored by USAA, raised... (Read more)
Sunday July 10, 2016 12:03 pm
As we move into this year there are Posts looking to form Chapters and there are Chapters looking to grow. You need to ask yourself what kind of member you want. Does the member support The American Legion? Will the member attend meetings and events of both their parent organization and the Chapter? Is the potential member volatile when things do not go their way? Do they talk bad about other members when that person is not around? These are but a few of the things you need to look at before accepting a new member.
A common complaint among Chapters is the same people volunteer to do the same jobs over and over. That is because you do not recruit active members or you overwhelm new members when they join and burn them out. I understand this is a volunteer organization, but as soon as... (Read more)
Tuesday November 24, 2015 8:57 am
New Veteran Designation
Effective November 12, 2015, eligible veterans have the opportunity to add the word “VETERAN” to the front of their DL/ID card to indicate that they have served in the U.S. Military. It can also play a critical role in enabling access to certain privileges, benefits, or compensation associated with being a veteran without having to carry and produce a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
To apply for the veteran designation on your DL/ID card, you will need to:
Obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form (VSD-001) which will be issued by the County Veteran Service Office. This form is not available from DMV.
Bring the completed VSD-001 to a DMV field office. For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.... (Read more)
Wednesday January 13, 2016 12:35 pm
I would like to introduce the new ALR DOC Safety Officer: Ken 'Grumpy' White
Ken is a 30 year US Navy veteran. He joined the Navy in 1981 as an Operations Specialist and spent 21 of his 30 years on sea duty. He has completed 13 deployments, 5 of which were combat deployments.
Ken has been riding since he was 12 years old and has always been safety minded. Using the principals of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, he has helped develop a safe rider program for ALR 149.
Ken has been a member of the American Legion since 2010 and has been a Rider for the same period. He has held both Treasurer and Ride Coordinator positions in ALR 149.
Monday April 25, 2016 3:51 pm
Three Department of California American Legion Riders will head out May 10 from Oxnard, Calif., and attempt to do something only a handful of other motorcycle enthusiasts have done: travel 1,500 miles in 24 hours on the back of a motorcycle. And in doing so, they’ll also benefit a critical American Legion program.
Mick Sobczak, James Adames and Ronnie Womble will depart Oxnard at 2 a.m. May 10 and spend the next day riding through Arizona and New Mexico before ending up at the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas. Sobczak, president of the Department of California Legion Riders and a member of J. B. Clark Post 149 in Escondido, said – according to the Iron Butt Association – only 3,673 other individuals throughout the world... (Read more)
Wednesday June 29, 2016 8:02 am
As we come upon the Independence Day celebrations on July 4th, we must keep our heads in the game. There will be many celebrations at local, city and regional levels that will involve many of us in parades, fun and (for some) long rides. Here are some tips to help keep you on two wheels:
1) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! It will be HOT where we are riding and we will need to keep ourselves filled with fluids. Caffeinated drinks like coffee and sodas are NOT good for staying hydrated. Water, water with electrolytes and other non-caffeinated drinks will help.
2) If you are in a parade, try to stay IN FRONT of the horses…enough said.
3) Alcohol is NEVER a good idea when riding. It will be even a worse idea on a holiday such as this. If you drink, get a ride from someone…
4) Watch for those... (Read more)
Friday September 25, 2015 9:24 am
Thursday April 07, 2016 11:00 am
The ALR DOC website (alrdoc.org) has a new Activity Log page under the "Chapters" menu.
See what other Chapters are doing and let everyone know what your Chapter is doing.
To add an Activity for your Chapter all you have to do is TAP on the "Add Chapter Activity" on the Activity Log page. Fill in the form and your Activity will be added to the "Activity Log" in real time.
Friday September 25, 2015 4:20 pm
There will be a Celebration of life for Wayne Cloukey on Saturday August 29th at 1pm Post 593. Wayne was a long time member of Post 593 and one of the founding Fathers of the ALR District 28th Riders.
All those wishing to attend this Celebration of life for Wayne are welcome and if you want to make a donation of your time or other wise please contact Dan Clay or Mike Cabael at Post 593 (831) 663-3531.
HE will be missed by all of us. .........Rick Martin, Past Commander
Tuesday September 29, 2015 7:48 pm
Constant communication can prevent new members from becoming idle and re-engage those people who have become inactive. How can we re-engage these once excited but now disengaged members? Below are some ideas and steps to reach out.
Create a buddy system
Unfortunately many people won't have friends who notice when they do not attend meetings and events. To avoid overlooking people, assign members to stay in contact with each other. If one member is missing, the other should call to find out if they just took a week off or if they need help. Too often you hear someone say, “Remember Joe? I wonder what happened to him.”
Form Membership Teams
Membership Teams are charged with overseeing and tracking member involvement. Members of the team... (Read more)
Tuesday September 29, 2015 7:44 pm
Last week I wrote about the “Just Ask” approach. I talked about having Membership pamphlets with you at all times. Whether you are a Legionnaire, SAL, or Auxiliary, you should carry all 3 membership forms. Remember, they need to join our parent organization before they may consider joining the American Legion Riders. When talking to prospective members, remember this, we are a Veteran’s Service Organization, not a riding club. We are members of the American Legion family whose primary mission is to serve veterans. That fact is lost to many in our organization. Not everyone you meet will want to become a Rider, but that does not mean you should stop there. Talk to them about the great things the American... (Read more)
Tuesday September 29, 2015 7:42 pm
The best ways to get new members is to “Just Ask” and have an application in your wallet or close by so they can fill it out and join the Legion, SAL or Auxiliary at that time. Also, as you know, the more members that "Just Ask" the more prospective members you will get. Take a look at last year. How many members signed up a new member? One, three, five? Another thing to do is get out of your Post, building, or club room and get involved in the community, show them what you/we are about, let them know what you/we do for veterans. Place a booth at the local store with your bikes and your Legion cap on, have... (Read more)
Tuesday September 29, 2015 7:36 pm
WASHINGTON — Sun., March 8, marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the ground war in Vietnam with the deployment of 3,500 Marines. By war’s end on April 30, 1975, nearly 3 million service men and women fought in the conflict that would take the lives of more than 58,000 Americans.
Of those who served during the Vietnam War, 258 were awarded the Medal of Honor. More than six out of 10 award recipients made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives while performing the courageous acts for which they were later honored. American military advisers had been involved in South Vietnam since the 1950s.
The Postal Service will honor these brave Americans by dedicating the Limited Edition Vietnam War Medal of Honor Prestige Folio Forever stamps on Memorial Day, May 25. The 1... (Read more)
Tuesday September 29, 2015 7:32 pm
American Legion Riders,
It has come to my attention that a few of you have incorrectly interpreted the adopted 60 day extension to the implementation of the Uniform Manual to the compliance with the adoption of our revised ALR By-laws. This is incorrect.
To clarify, AL Resolution 15-004 went into effect on March 15, 2015; ALR By-law revision, containing AL Resolution 15-004, went into effect on April 18, 2015. Compliance with the ALR By-laws is mandatory at this time and has nothing to do with the Uniform Manual that was adopted.
It is up to the ALR Chapter Presidents to ensure that all AL Riders in their Chapter are currently in compliance with ALR DOC By-laws. Action by the Chapter to suspend those members who are out of... (Read more)
Tuesday September 29, 2015 7:25 pm
I hope everyone had a great Easter and Passover. It was nice to have a weekend off as we gear up for a heavy season of events which support veterans causes.
I have started to compress some files due to servers not accepting larger amounts of data and the weekly email being returned as undeliverable. JPEG and PNG files which are too large will now be attached as a zip file to accommodate these servers and ensure everyone is aware of your events.
Please send me fliers for your events in .pdf format so they can be included in these emails.... (Read more)
Tuesday September 29, 2015 7:19 pm
Legion Riders FAQ
For more specific questions about the formation and conduct of the Legion Riders in your state, or the proper wear of the Riders' emblem, or about your chapter's constitution and bylaws, contact your department headquarters for guidance.
For questions of a more general nature contact the National ALR Advisory Committee member regional representative on The American Legion Riders Advisory Committee to Internal Affairs.
Q. Does The American Legion officially recognize The American Legion Riders program?
A. Yes. The National Executive Committee officially adopted The American Legion Riders (ALR) as a national program governed by Resolution 35 (October 2007) and Resolution 32 (May 2011).
Q. Is there a national constitution and bylaws for ALR?
A. No. However, a suggested constitution and bylaws template is available online here for... (Read more)
Tuesday September 29, 2015 7:16 pm
THE AMERICAN LEGION
DATE:April 3, 2015
MEMO TO:Department Commanders
National Executive Committeemen
National Vice Commanders
FROM:Dan Wheeler, National Adjutant
SUBJECT:AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS© PROGRAM RECOMMENDATIONS
Re: Resolution No. 35: “American Legion Riders as a National Program” and Resolution No. 32: “Amend Resolution 35: “American Legion Riders as a National Program.”
The National American Legion Riders Advisory Committee, meeting in Indianapolis March 5-6, 2015, recommended to the national headquarters that additional program guidance be provided to the departments and posts regarding the subject resolutions.
1. Patch wear and uniformity of ALR clothing and apparel.
The American Legion has long held the position that patch wear is an intensely personal statement by our members, similar in tradition... (Read more)
Tuesday September 29, 2015 7:13 pm
WHEREAS the American Legion Department of California, in convention assembled in Palm Springs, California, June 22-24, 2007 authorized the establishment of The American Legion Riders Department of California as an official program of The American Legion Department of California, and
WHEREAS the Department of California American Legion Riders has quickly reached a membership of nearly 2000, and
WHEREAS the growth and scope of the Department of California American Legion Riders directly impacts the reputation, good order and name of the Department of California American Legion, and
WHEREAS from time to time programs of the Department of California require direction and oversight by the Department of... (Read more)
Tuesday September 29, 2015 6:44 pm
Tuesday September 29, 2015 6:30 pm
I am sending this out tonight because I have been playing Army this week and will not be home until late tomorrow night. I apologize if I did not return an email or missed an event listing.
ALR 262 (Fontana) held their first Bike Rodeo today, which supported Operation Comfort Warrior, and they want to thank Chapter's 200, 255, 328, 574, 595, 716 and 852 for attending. You can also post your events on the ALR DOC Area 5 Facebook page to help get the word out and improve attendance. [https://www.facebook.com/groups/AREA5ADMIN/ ]
Please send me fliers for your events in .pdf format so they can be included in these emails. If the Chapters do not know about your... (Read more)