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The Riders had their first meeting of 2018 on February 6th and started the year off right by donating $5,000 to the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House. On-hand representing the FoPFH was Post 712’s own, Mr. Jim Bruder. Also present were Bill Melilli and his son, BJ. Bill and BJ own, The Gun Rack, in Belle Vernon, PA and partnered with the Riders to sponsor a gun raffle to raise money for the Pittsburgh Fisher House. The Riders and The Gun Rack each donated a gun, both Springfield .45 caliber, Model 1911 pistols, to be raffled off, with all proceeds being donated to the Fisher House. Thank you to Bill and BJ for your partnership and thank you Jim for the great work you do. And in keeping with Rider traditions of good food, good friends and camaraderie, the donation ceremony and meeting were followed by a catered meal presented by Joe and Dee from the Soldier’s Place Restaurant. Joe and Dee prepared homemade meatball hoagies that were simply delicious and were very reasonably priced. It was a great evening.

As of the writing of this article the first two days of Lent at the Legion have been completed. The Riders volunteered to support Ash Wednesday and the first Friday of Lent by working at the Post to help with the odd jobs of cleaning tables, taking out the trash, serving as the host/hostess and just generally being there to help. The reason we do this is that Post 712 and the Soldier’s Place Restaurant share the profits from Lent at the Legion, which aids greatly in the financial support of Post 712. A tremendous Thank you goes out to the Riders and friends who came out to support Lent at the Legion: Bill Allan, Donna Allan, Tom Bodner, John Caligiure, Loren Contreras, John Dillon, Susan Dillon, Mike Dudenas, Ron Dulak, Ed Harmon, Dave Harris, Kevin Jackson, Larry Jageman, Ken Lancaster, Rob Mansberry, Ann McCullough, Larry Murin, Lee Phillips, Margie Phillips, Melissa Stefanic, Bill Weikel and Beverly Weikel. And of course, having worked up an appetite with all of that volunteering, each night the Riders ended the evening by sitting down and enjoying a meal of fish or shrimp together. The meal was scrumptious and the camaraderie of doing our good deed of the day and being with friends is always great.

The Country lost another member of, The Greatest Generation, when on February 12th Mr. Thomas Oeler passed away. Mr. Oeler was the father of Riders Air Force Veteran Dan Oeler and the grandfather of Riders Active Duty Air Force Airman Tim Oeler. During WWII Mr. Oeler was assigned to the 826th Amphibian Tractor Battalion which saw action in the Pacific Theater including at the invasion and battle of Leyte and the Luzon battles and campaign under General Douglas McArthur. Something I did not know was that the invasion and battle of Luzon was the largest US campaign of the Pacific War and involved more US troops than any other invasion during WWII except of course for D-Day itself. Rest in Peace Sir.

I sometimes hear people mistakenly refer to the American Legion as a bar, a club or a restaurant. These people are wrong. The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic Veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the Nation’s largest wartime Veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

The ten clauses of the American Legion Preamble clearly define what the American Legion is and our belief’s. As one might expect from a 99-year old document, the wording is dated, though the mission is clear.

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:

1. To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

2. To maintain Law and Order.

3. To Foster and perpetuate a 100 percent Americanism (Americanism is the ideals of freedom, justice, individual rights and unfenced-in opportunities).

4. To preserve the memories and incidents of our Associations in the Great Wars (in all wars).

5. To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state and nation (To give back, to be an active member and to aid those Veterans and persons in our communities who are less fortunate).

6. To combat the autocracy of the classes and masses (in defense of democracy).

7. To make right the master of might (Our Veterans must be the masters of might as they have already stood in opposition to dictators and despots who have wanted to make their might the master of right).

8. To promote peace and good will on earth.

9. To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy.

10. To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness (to join together with our fellow Veterans, our Brothers and Sisters and celebrate our service to Nation and support one another in times of hardship, to be a Band of Brothers).

The wording is a little awkward for 2018, but the message is clear; make a difference in your community, be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

The Riders will conduct another gun raffle to be drawn on May 19th; Armed Forces Day. We will donate $1,000 of the proceeds to the Post 712 Veterans Fund. It is important that all groups within Post 712 and all individuals give back to Post 712 to ensure the Post remains an active and vibrant place for Veterans and Patriots to meet, greet and enjoy life.

You can check us out on our Facebook page, American Legion Riders Post 712.

The next Riders meeting

is at 1900 hours,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

See you there



Wreaths Across America Cleanup 1/20/18








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


Tue 3/6

7 PM



Riders News


    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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