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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS

Monthly Meeting

 

        

                                    

     The American Legion is preparing to celebrate its 100th Anniversary. This is a noteworthy and wonderful achievement. Congratulations American Legion! Though even as we cheer this grand news, we routinely hear about Veterans Organizations having to close their doors due to financial strife and we know Post 712 is not immune. The percentage of Veterans in the US continues to decrease and currently comprises a mere 7% of Americans. We will see more and more Veterans Organizations permanently closing their doors each year. This will happen.

     What is the Legion? Officially, the Legion is a 501(c) 19, tax exempt, non-profi t, Veterans Organization. Ultimately, the Legion is a fraternal and sororal organization for Veterans and Families where we may share the bond that binds us all together thru the solemn pride of Service to Nation.

     In addition to the Post 712 membership, there are about 82 Sons, about 71 ALA and about 44 Riders. In case you did not know, the Riders require membership in the Post, Sons or ALA prior to acceptance into the Riders. The Riders are comprised of about 28 Veterans, 8 Sons and 8 ALA members.

     The Riders want to thank Post 712 and the Veterans of Post 712 for their support over the years. Sometimes we may take this support for granted, so thank you for the use of the conference room for meetings; for use of the dining area and conference room for events; for allowing us to solicit donations on your property; for use of your basement to store our supplies; for use of your employees to support our activities; for handing out our applications; for use of your facilities to display our fund-raising flyers; for use of your address for mail and ultimately, for use of the Community believing we are one with the Veterans of Post 712. We appreciate everything Post 712 does for the Riders and all of the organizations in the building!

     On September 5th the Riders attended the Post 712 Meeting and presented Commander Lee Phillips with a donation check of $5,200. The Commander was appreciative and guaranteed the donation would be put to good use for the entire Legion Family of Post 712.

     These are tough times for Veterans Organizations, every month we hear of organizations closing their doors somewhere in Western Pennsylvania.

     The Wine and Dine Raffle, ongoing at Post 712; will go off on Tuesday, October 2nd. The raffle includes $195 in gift cards, 3 bottles of wine; a great nostalgic wine rack, gourmet food items and a 9-inch portable TV; just to name a few. Our next raffle will be the Warm and Cozy Raffle with tickets available from the Bartender for a donation of $5 and proceeds supporting Veterans through Post 712 and the Riders. Please jump in and buy a ticket to support Veterans.

     On September 4th the Sharing is Caring Foundation held their annual Boat Ride on the Gateway Clipper Fleet for Hospitalized Veterans. It was a great day on the water and the Vets had a wonderful time. Thank you Riders who volunteered as Chaperons for this great event: Tom Bodner, Ed Harmon, Dave Harris, Ann Jageman, Mark Smith and Pat Smith. Sharing is Caring and Caring is Ac􀆟 on to help those in need.

     On September 15th the Riders held a Club Ride to Fort Necessity. The 16 bikes rode about 120 miles round-trip taking curvy roads. It was a great day for a ride as the weather was sunny and Fort Necessity is a very interesting day-trip destination. The Riders ended the Ride at Post 712 where we supported the Sons of the American Legion All You Can Eat Dinner. The food was delicious. Nice job Sons.

     The Riders closed out September by visiting our Friends at Vector Security on September 25th for an old fashioned cookout and for the Riders to say, “Thank You” to Vector Security for all the great things they do to support Veterans and their continuing support of Post 712. It is a great partnership and their contributions are very much appreciated.

The next Riders meeting is Election Day, November 6th. Don’t forget to vote.

Charlie-Mike,

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2016-2017 Officers

President: John Dillon

Sr Vice President: Kevin Jackson

Vice President: Bill Allan

Secretary: Susan Dillon

Adjutant: LLoyd Ray

Chaplain: Mark Smith

Treasurer: Beverly Weikel

Deputy Treasurer: Bill Weikel

Sr Sgt. of Arms: Tom Bodner

Sgt. of Arms: Ed Harmon

Sr Road Captain: Dan Oehler

Road Captain: Ken Lancaster

Road Captain: Bob Stefanic

Road Captain: Dan Tillery

 

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    Anyone interested in becoming an American Legion Rider should talk to any member for sponsorship.  To join the Legion Riders you must meet a few basic requirements: 

  • Ø    You must have a motorcycle with valid insurance

  • Ø    You must be sponsored by a current member

                 and subsequently voted into the ALRs

  • Ø  You must already be a member in good standing with the American Legion, the Sons or the ALA (members from Posts that do not have their own Legion Riders program are welcomed to join the Legion Riders of Post 712)

  • Ø  And finally, you must pay your 2014 dues of $12. Mail check written out to "American Legion Riders Post 712" to the Post.

 

 
 

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