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American Legion Riders FL Chapter 163



 
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Next Meeting Jul 2nd 2014

7:00PM at American Legion Post 163
MONTHLY MEETINGS

Our meetings are at 7:00 pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the Post.

Weekly meetup Ride

Open Meet up for breakfast 8am - 11am.
Kick Stands up 10am

From Post 163 the 1st three Saturdays
Our Meatshoot on the 4th Saturday the ride will be Sunday from the "Freedom Cafe" (Eau Gallie & Wickham)


The weekly Meat Shoot on the 4th Saturday of every month is put on by the Legion Riders so come on out and play for some steaks.

 

Our last Riding event

2nd Annual Big Chill Ride and Scavenger Hunt, Feb 23rd 2014

 

Registration $10/bike or car; $5/passanger

Registration 9:30 till KSU at 11:30,
first bike in 3pm., last in by 5pm
.

 

Past Riding event

SPRING THUNDER RUN "Poker Run" May 11th 2013

Registration $10/bike or car; $5/passanger

$250 Best Hand $50 Worst Hand

Past Riding event

BIG CHILL RIDE "SCAVENGER HUNT" FEB 9th 2013

Registration $10.00 & $5.00 for rider.
Ride is open to all riders
! Car or Bike.

Registration 9:30 till KSU at 11:30,
first bike in 3pm., last in by 5pm
.
$5 Bagger Steak & Cheese Sandwiches or 
$3 Fatboy Hotdogs,
both with Kickstand fries or Tire Onion Rings.

50/50, Raffles (tickets $1ea, 12 for $10)
Drawing 6pm. MUSIC, GAMES ! FUN !
You don't have to be present to win!

Breakfast 8-11 available.

 


The way the Scavenger Hunt works is, at registration you will receive a list of items you will need to get a photo of (along with you and or your ride). When you return with your photos (Polaroid, digital or cellphone pic's), once verified you will receive playing cards for a POKER HAND, Winning hand Wins. Extra challenges for additional cards and hands will be available.

 
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OUR CHAPTERS BEGINNING

    At the Post 163 Legion meeting on 5/12/2011 a motion was made to charter a Legion Riders Chapter at the post 163. The members present voted and the motion passed unanimously.  

    Our Legion Rider organizational meeting was on 6/16/2011 and the qualified members adopted by-laws and voted in officers to officially begin our "Legion Rider FL Chapter 163" 12 members signed up the 1st night.

    Our next meeting on 7/6/2011 was our first full meeting, we signed up 4 more members closing our "Charter membership" with 16 members.

    As of mid October, just four months in, we currently stand at 22 members. We have our uniform/Vest Patches and T-Shirts. Our Chapter has participated in the 12th District Meet & Greet at Post 117, we rode in a Wounded Worrier escort and we road in a Fallen Soldier escort,  we held a successful raffle for a 40in Flat Panel TV and made donations to "Avante' of Melbourne" (an assisted living center) for their Veterans activities (we stopped in to meet a few of them and are planning some activities to thank them for their service) and we collected and donated some clothing and furniture to the VA for distribution to homeless Veterans and are planning on collecting more on a continuous basis.  

   When one year passed, we have about 33 members - Elections were held and we have the same officers. Several new rides, things moving along well. Our Saturday morning rides have picked up with at least 6 bikes 3 out of the last 4 weeks.

   January 2013, 38 members and still growing. Last year our riders collected over $20,000 worth of goods for the homeless veterans in our area. We totaled over 1800 hours of service and over 19,000 miles. I want to thank everyone for your support. Looking forward to your first "Fundraiser" Feb 9th. It's been a in planning for a wile.

    June 2013, over 50 members now and still growing, elections were held with a few changes in our officers.  Our 9 Feb "Big Chill Scavenger Hunt" was a fun fundraiser and our 11 May "Spring Thunder Run" (Mystery Poker Run) with outside vendors and band was a blast. Maybe next we will have a simple "FUN RUN"
There have been several rides and escorts, supporting veterans & other local Legion Rider Chapters we've participated in. We are still collecting donations for homeless veterans.

    January 2014, 64 members, our own office and plans for the future. Second Annual "Big Chill Scavenger Hunt" coming up.. Trying out a Steak Shoot for a weekday evening (will see how that works out). The Avante' Vet's asked us for a Hooters lunch so we go there every few months and Bike Show happening soon for them. Busy Busy Busy. Lots happening, lots to look forward too.

    June 2014, (is almost upon us)

OUR PURPOSE

To participate in parades and other ceremonies that are in keeping with the Aims and Purposes of the American Legion. To promote motorcycle safety programs and to provide a social atmosphere for American Legion members who share the same interest. To use our Association to promote and support programs of the American Legion through service to our Community, State and Nation.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Any current member of the American Legion, Auxiliary of the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, and the spouse of said member, shall be eligible for membership.

The member or their spouse must own a street legal motorcycle of at least 350cc (21.4 CI) in size.

The members of The Legion Posts which do not sponsor American Legion Rider Chapters are permitted to join a post with a chapter, provided they met that Chapters membership requirements.

for more information you can e-mail me, the Legion Rider Director at alr@legionpost163.com.

The Beginning of the American Legion Riders

In the fall of 1993 Chuck (Tramp) Dare shared a dream with then Post Commander (Polka) Bill Kaledas at the American Legion Post 396 in Garden City, Michigan. The idea came about to start a motorcycle association that would operate within the American Legion. The idea was to provide an atmosphere whereas Post, Auxiliary and S.A.L. members, who shared an enthusiasm for motorcycles, could come together. It was meant to be a family oriented group.

Not knowing how to start this group up, and stay within the scope of the American Legion, a letter was written to then Department Adjutant Hubert Hess. In his November 19th, 1993 reply he stated that it "Sounds like a great idea". In this letter, and follow-up phone conversations, he gave us instructions on how to manage this program at our Post. He also provided us information on how to get approval for the use of the American Legion Emblem. We then sought to get this program recognized through our Post Membership. The idea was brought up at our Post meeting to have our Post sponsor the group to be known as the "American Legion Riders". It was passed by our members and thus became the birth of the first American Legion Riders group.

We started with just a small group. Within a few months we grew to nineteen members. We worked on developing a set of by-laws to help us to provide structure to our group. We designed an emblem for the American Legion Riders. This emblem, contained within its design, the emblem of the American Legion. Working closely with our Department Adjutant we were able to gain approval, by the national headquarters of the American Legion, to have our emblem manufactured for our group. This emblem is worn today by Legion Rider groups throughout the country and can be purchased directly through the American Legion National Emblem Sales. Examples of the patch can be viewed on our website: http://americanlegionriders.net

Another important decision we made, with concurrence of our Department Adjutant, was to not require members that wanted to become Legion Riders to transfer to our Post. Our Post sponsored the American Legion Rider group, but not all of our members belong to our Post. We felt that if we required members to transfer to our Post that this would cause a lot of hard feelings in other Post near our own community. What we soon found out was that our membership grew, not from current Legion members, but many joined the American Legion to become members of the American Legion Riders. A very conservative estimate would say that over half of our current membership joined the American Legion to enable them to join the Riders.

Right after starting we proceeded to get down to "business". Our objective was to support the aims and purposes of the American Legion, through service to our Community, State and Nation. We did such things as putting on a "Bingo" at the VA Hospital, putting on fundraisers for local charities, participating in motorcycle "runs" to raise money for charity and participation in ceremonies and parades. We did have some Post members who thought, in the beginning, that we would be just a bunch of "Bikers". After seeing the kinds of things we did, we gained a lot of respect in both the American Legion community as well as our own community.

In 1996 we had an article published about the American Legion Riders in the American Legion National publication of the "Dispatch". An article in the American Legion Magazine soon followed up this article and again in May 2002. In about 1996 "Tramp" moved to Texas, where he did a great job of promoting the Legion Rider program there. Today, there are groups of American Legion Riders throughout the country.

Where we are today

As the membership of the American Legion Riders is a very diverse group, so are the programs that they are involved in. By allowing each American Legion Rider Chapter to give their members the ability to manage their program at the Post level, the program has been allowed to grow. Today there exist Legion Rider programs in several states, and many more starting. The types of things that these groups are doing are far too many to mention in this article, but here are a few examples:

1) Participation in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as "Rolling Thunder".
2) Sponsoring or participating in local Charity events and providing Community Service.
3) Raising 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.
4) Sponsoring or participating in motorcycle "Runs" to benefit numerous charities, including charities for underprivileged children and medical research, just to name a few.
5) Participation in memorial ceremonies and community parades.
6) One group is spearheading an effort to erect a "Veterans Memorial Park" in the center of their Downtown area.

 

 

  


         


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This web site was donated, built and is maintained by Mike Torpey for post 163.