WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
We are NOT a motorcycle club!
We are a part of the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, members of the American Legion “Family” (Legionnaires, Sons and Auxiliary members) who have joined together to ride our motorcycles for fun and fellowship and to remember and dedicate our self to our original purpose. Service to Our Country.
Being a part of the American Legion, the Riders are committed to:
1. Mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs for them in our communities,
2. Advocating patriotism and honor,
3. Promoting strong national security, and
4. Continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
True to the Legion's grassroots tradition, each local Riders chapter manages its programs at the post level. Annually the Post 3 Riders are part of many projects and events.
American Legion Riders Post #3 Lincoln, NE
The requirements for membership are.
A. An individual must be a current member of one of the following:
1. An American Legion Post
2. An American Legion Auxiliary Unit
3. A Sons of the American Legion Squadron
B. Each individual shall in order to establish and maintain membership, own (name on title) a motorcycle of at least 350cc in size (no ATV's) that is licensed and insured as required by Nebraska state law.
C.Each individual must have paid the required dues and submitted any required documentation annually.
Dues and Documentation of Membership
a. Dues will be $20.00 per annual year. To remain a member annual dues will be required to be paid by April 1st, each year.
b. To insure accurate information on members is maintained, Members annually shall verify that the information contained on their original application is current and correct or provide any changes to the information at time of renewal of membership.
c. Persons joining the Chapter at any time during the year will be required to submit a completed Post 3 ALR application to verify they meet membership requirements and pay the annual dues for that year.
Membership qualification may be verified at any time by the Sergeant at Arms.
Commander: Jody Schmale
Vice-Commander: Jerry Hutchison
Chaplain: Terry King
Secretary/Membership: MiKe Streeter
Treasurer: Dave Dietz
Road Captain/Webmaster: William Smisek
Sergeant-at-Arms: Ray Gilbertson
Next Meeting Third Thursday of Every Month. 7:00 PM, Denton Legion Club
ALR Post 3 Meeting minutes
Denton American Legion Post 355, Denton, NE
1902 Call to order- By Commander
Present Colors and MIA Chair
Attention to Colors and Pledge of allegiance – by Commander
MIA Chair – By Chaplin Masek
Prayer – By Chaplin Masek
New Members- self introductions – none
Officers –self introductions
Members in Attendance – total 14 members present
Guests – introductions – none
Correspondence received for information or for action by membership
Commander – none to discuss.
Reports from officers
Commander – Schmale – nothing to report
Vice Commander - Hutchison – 34th annual Abate bike show February 14th through 16th theme Woodstock 2020. $13 a day to get in or a pass can be purchased for $20 in advance only not for sale during event.
Treasurer – Dietz – absent - report by Bruner
September 2019 report sent to all membership via e-mail on 10-15- 2019, Total for end of month $2915.98. Tonight $32 was collected for bunker fund at this meeting less $20 to server. Motion to approve report by Muggy second Stevens, motion approved.
Secretary Streeter- September meeting minutes were posted on the Post 3 ALR web page for all members review and membership notified via e-mail on 9-25 -2019. Call for additions, correction, revisions. None made or needed - Motion to approve minutes as posted by Stevens second by Bevard, motion approved.
Secretary Streeter – Reported on membership-2019 paid membership is 44
Sgt. at Arms Gilbertson – absent
Road Captain Smisek – Support for PGR mission on October 21, 2019 Commander will send out info to membership.
Commander - Sale of tickets for donated $50 Frontier Harley Davidson gift cards. Cost $1 per chance and anyone can purchase. Please get as many as you can sold by December meeting when the drawing will be held. To get tickets or to buy tickets contact the Commander.
Commander - Nominations committee to make officer nominations at the November meeting if interested or willing to become a Chapter officer contact Ray Paulson or Bruce Gubser. Please give helping out the ALR your consideration.
Commander- November 9th Lincoln Vets Parade we will participate details to follow. Ride order to follow when details have been provided to Commander.
Streeter- Veterans Day November 11th discounts and free events for veterans.
Ed Muggy – announced the 40 and 8 are selling raffle tickets to help train Nurses.
Commander - The preplanned ALR members Norfolk Barn roofing is on hold until more details are figured out.
Comments from Floor –
Commander - reported on Buddy Check again this month in Lincoln on October 22 at The Foundry 211 north 14th. Starts at 1900 over at 2100.
Streeter – difficulty in getting patches sew on vests. Midtown Military in Omaha and Shirley’s in Havelock area of Lincoln will do this for you.
Denton Legion flooring benefit November 9th, 1700 to 1930 band and dancing to follow.
December 17th will be our bell ringing at Hobby Lobby 48th and Van Dorn more details to follow.
Next meeting date and place – 11/21/2019 same times and place.
Closing Prayer- By Chaplin Masek
Retirement of Colors – By Commander
Meeting adjourned at: 1935
Respectfully submitted by Mike Streeter, Secretary October 18, 2019
AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS
Frustration vs. Commitment
I sometimes become frustrated as a member of the American
Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Riders. This may
be a shocking statement in a newsletter, but I feel I need to
be blatantly honest here. I want to give back to our veterans
(active duty or not) and their families, but then feel confined or
held back by other members’ lack of interest, lack of financial resources, limited
time to work on a project, or overcommitting myself to too many projects at one
But then, something happens. You attend a convention and hear about a project
that you can’t get out of your head. You read an article about something small
someone has done for a veteran or a group of active duty service persons. You
hear a family member say “Thank You” for honoring their hero. One little spark
reignites that passion and that drive again. I have those moments all the time. I
imagine several of you reading this may be able to relate.
One such moment happened just recently. We were standing a flag line for
a member’s dear friend. This veteran was a Vietnam vet who suffered from
the effects of Agent Orange. As we were at the cemetery, I noticed most of the
flags were hanging straight down and were still. After the volley of shots, the
playing of Taps was slightly delayed. When those haunting notes started, a slight
breeze came up and lifted a number of those flags till they were blowing in that
breeze. It was almost as though other departed veterans were saying “Don’t
worry, brothers and sister. We have him, and he’s in good hands.” I know this
may sound overly dramatic, but this was honestly how it felt to me at the time.
This summer, the ALR did a number of the usual activities --- poker runs,
parades, meetings, the State Fair, and funeral flag lines. But, we also had some
One was being a part of a flag line where no family was believed to be found (but
then had 10 of them attend the funeral because of social media and mainstream
media attention). Another was the flag line for the Blitz twins, who died at Pearl
Harbor. Our officers were interviewed for news reports on local TV channels.
Two members were a part of the “Centennial Ride”. This was a two-team ride
that started in Canada and Texas, meeting in Kansas. As the year winds down,
we are hoping to make a visit to the new Veterans Home in Kearney (around
Labor Day), and possibly make a fun dinner run.
Another new event I’m hoping to get members to take part in is “Buddy
Check” nights. Buddy Check events are, at their heart and soul, a suicide
prevention gathering. It’s a time and place for veterans and their families to meet
up, have some dinner, and make a connection with other veterans. It’s a way to
remember, especially if you don’t have any local biological family, that there is
another family here for you. Lincoln just started hosting Buddy Checks again.
They are at The Foundry (211 N 14th St), on the 22nd of EVERY MONTH, from
7 to 9pm. THERE IS NO COST TO VETERANS, unless you choose to have
an adult beverage.
While these gatherings started to combat veteran suicide, they are open to any
veteran. I have attended a few Buddy Checks in Seward and couldn’t believe
Lincoln didn’t have one. Members of another veteran-related group were also
in attendance and have found some funds for the first couple months. Buddy
Check events are to be standalone events, not directly affiliated with any one
group. Groups can donate funds to cover costs, but they are not allowed to
actively recruit members. They may only talk about their group if they are asked
I have been told the first Lincoln Buddy Check had 17 in attendance, which is
a really good start. I hope to have some Post 3 members there, along with ALR
members. Who knows? Maybe having a free Buddy Check dinner will light a
spark for you to help with an American Legion or ALA or ALR project.
As I said, sometimes I become frustrated being a member. Then I see how
important our organization is and I remember why my family have been
members for as long as they have been. I remember the young ladies I’ve met at
ALA Girls State and now ALA Girls Nation, and I want to ensure they continue
to learn about this country and the servicepersons who are willing to take their
last breath to protect their freedoms. Those same servicepersons whose voices I
heard during that recent flag line.
And then I’m ready for my next project. Where will your spark come from??
Commander, Post 3 American Legion Riders