AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS
Several months ago on January 29th 2012 a new member of the American Legion family joined our post. We are the American Legion Riders Chapter 238. Our Director, Jim Burgess is well known to you all. Our members come from the Legion, Auxiliary, and Sons. We have submitted our Bylaws and they were approved. We received our charter with 19 charter members on March 28th 2012. You can see it hanging on the wall in the hall.
Since we were formed we have had several rides, including riding in the Independence Day Parade on the 4th of July. What a thrill it was to be there with all of the flags flying and over 50 motor cycles, from various local groups, roaring down the parade route. Thank you to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 238 for inviting us to the parade. We are looking forward to next years Parade with great enthusiasm
The American Legion Riders had a very successful raffle of two baskets after the Parade on the 4th of July. We also have a new game to play at the bar. It is Bar Bingo. Cards cost $1.00 the prizes range from $4.00 to $150.00 you can play all day long. Ask your bartender for a card!
Tom Reed, Secretary
American Legion Riders Chapter 238
Today over 425 American Legion Riders programs, organized by chapters, districts, or departments, support Americanism and Children and Youth programs in virtually every state in the nation, and more are organizing each month. One of the fastest-growing and most highly visible of the many programs offered by The American Legion, The American Legion Riders are a very diverse group, and so are the programs that they support. What do American Legion Riders do? The activities are far too many to mention in this space, but here are a few examples:
American Legion Riders chapters and districts, nationally, have become some of the most generous donors for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund, raising as much as $5,000 or more in a single event.
Legion Riders participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder".
Legion Riders sponsor or participate in local and national charity events in support of the sponsoring American Legion Post.
Legion Riders ride to raise money for such organizations as local VA Hospitals, Battered Women and Children's Center, Varied Children and Youth programs, a School for Blind Children, Veterans Relief, Needy families and many, many others.
Legion Riders founded a national movement called “Patriot Guard” (www.patriotguard.org) that honors and protects the sanctity of military funerals and memorial services.
Legion Riders have formed special motorcycle Honor Guards and ceremonial teams highlighting the special bonds formed in military service and the motorcycling community.
Legion Riders have also begun to teach motorcycle and driver safety in the community and in schools in cooperation with ABATE and other national motorcycling organizations.
Remember: American Legion Riders are a very dedicated group of Legion Family members. When your Post or district sponsors a new Riders organization, you create a win/win situation for your post, district, and Department!
Click on http://www.legion.org for online details.