American Legion Riders FL Chapter 163
Nov 6th 2013
7:00PM at American Legion Post 163
meetings are at 7:00 pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the Post.
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)
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
SPRING THUNDER RUN "Poker Run" May 11th
Registration $10/bike or car; $5/passanger
$250 Best Hand $50 Worst Hand
BIG CHILL RIDE "SCAVENGER HUNT" FEB 9th
$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.
Bagger Steak & Cheese Sandwiches or
$3 Fatboy Hotdogs,
both with Kickstand fries or Tire Onion Rings.
50/50, Raffles (tickets $1ea, 12 for $10)
GAMES ! FUN !
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
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.
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
One year has 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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beginning of the American Legion
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
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
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.