Your Chapter Mileage is Important to Us
Rob Carrier (Safety Officer)
Friday July 27, 2018 7:50 am
RECORDING YOUR MILEAGE FOR YOUR CHAPTER
We have a lot of new Chapter Presidents and riders who might not know, but the American Legion Riders Department of California (ALR DOC) has a place to record all your mileage ridden during the year. Whether you ride in a group or by yourself to support a Veteran’s Funeral, Honor Flight, Veterans Event, Fun Raisers aka Poker Runs, Memorial Day, Parades or even going to another Post for a Meeting, Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.
Last year, the American Legion Riders recorded a whopping 1,099,050 miles. My challenge to Area VPs, individual Chapter Presidents and Riders, is to get involved and get those numbers reported. We are currently sitting at 95,304 miles for the year so far. So get your miles logged, whether you ride 500 miles or 10,000 miles, we want to know.
The statistics don’t lie, out of 89 Chapters on the ALR DOC Website (dated 7/26/2018), only 31 Chapters so far this year are recording mileage. We need to do a better job in this area. We are missing over half of our Chapters contributing to our overall total mileage for the year.
Why should you care? Your mileage is very importance because it shows how involved the American Legion Riders are within each of our communities across the state and the different types of Veteran Activities we support. Our ALR DOC President reports these numbers to the State of California American Legion Convention every year. It shows the American Legion how the Riders support their Parent Chapters by being involved in Community Events which reflects on them.
Who is authorized to log in mileage on the ALR DOC Site? Each chapter has three Point of Contacts authorized to enter information on the ALR DOC Website (http://alrdoc.org/home.php). If you need help, ask your President at the next meeting, who these 3 people are or just look it up on our website listed above. Normally, the President, Vice President and Treasurer…but could be other people like the Ride Captain or Secretary. If you are one of the 3 people and having issues logging in, contact the Webmaster for help. Just make sure you are listed as POC for your Chapter. Some Chapters have elected new Officers, but haven't changed their POC on the site or listed their new Officers yet.
How do I count the mileage during a ride?
- From a common starting point (typically your Post) to the event
- Mileage ridden during the event
- Mileage back to common point (typically your Post)
- No matter how many bikes/riders go on the ride, mileage is only counted for ONE bike/rider (i.e. 10 riders go on a 100-mile ride for a fund raiser, you only record 100 miles)
- “Pop-up” rides, Rides of Opportunity and “Social” rides are not to be included in the mileage.
By only counting one rider, larger Chapters and smaller Chapters are put on a much better playing field at the end of the year. So, get out there and start recording some miles.
Is there a ALR form to fill out to record my mileage?
No, every Chapter has their own way to recording mileage, from submitting a monthly form (locally made) to an appointed person, such as the Ride Captain or Secretary or listing completed rides at the next monthly meeting to one of the POCs.
For more Information on what rides count towards mileage, log onto the ALR DOC Website, click on Resources, then click on Safety and then ALR Cup Rules.
Every President or Point of Contact should be actively involved in recording these miles for their Chapter. If you are having problems, email any State Officer for the American Legion Riders for help. As the Safety Officer and the POC for this program, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you within 24 hours of receiving your email.
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