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 June 16, 2019
Denton American Legion Post 355, Denton, NE
Present Colors and MIA Chair
Attention to Colors and Pledge of allegiance – by Commander
MIA Chair – By Chaplin Glen Masek
Prayer – By Chaplin Glen Masek
New Members- self introductions – none
Officers –self introductions- none
Members in Attendance – 19 total members present
Guests – introductions –none
Correspondence received for information or for action by membership
Commander – received an e-mail from Timberlake SE ALR representative who has been asked by new State Commander to be State ALR rep.
E-mail on the Robert Swanson award - there are four in the running, winner will be announced at state Convention.
Reports from officers
Commander – Schmale – ride to Norfolk for WWII Pearl Harbor vet buried in Bloomfield. Thanks to the two who went to represent us at this event.
Commander - thanks to the 9 ALR members who did the flag line at the Denton Car Show.
Vice Commander - Hutchison – none
Treasurer – Dietz –.
May 2019 report sent to all membership via e-mail on June 18, 2019, Total for end of month $2589.98. Tonight $61was collected for bunker fund at this meeting less $20 to server. Motion to approve report by Rick Simmons second by Hank Bruner, motion approved.
Secretary Streeter- May meeting minutes were posted on the Post 3 ALR web page for all members review and membership notified via e-mail on 5-30-2019. Call for additions, correction, revisions. Motion to approve minutes by Rick Simmons second by John Stevens, motion approved.
Secretary Streeter – Reported on membership-2019 paid membership is 43.
Sgt. at Arms Gilbertson – none
Road Captain Smisek – Official Fun Rides committee (Hutchison, Streeter, Gubser and Paulson) were asked to help with poker run planning. Commander designated that they do so.
Rides Committee member Bruce Gubser brought up the proposed ride to the Vets Home in Kearney. This was discussed and it was proposed to do it on September 2 in conjunction with the State Fair Vets Parade. More info to follow. Committee (Hutchison, Streeter, Gubser and Paulson) will work on it.
Commander – Seward 4th of July need a head count to reserve space for our involvement a ride order to follow.
Need participation for the Dale Quick Funeral on Monday June 24th 1000 ride order to follow for this event.
Scheels flag exchange at 1300 to 1600 on June 28th. A ride order will follow for this event.
Comments from Floor –
Commander - As we have participated in the Wilber, DeWitt, Beatrice, Milford, Ceresco and Nebraska City parades Commander will check into them to see if our involvement is requested.
Chaplin Masek – reported there was a good turn out in Ashland for blessing of the bikes.
Next meeting date and place –July 18th same times and place.
Closing Prayer- By Chaplin Masek
Retirement of Colors – By Commander
Meeting adjourned at: 1935
Respectfully submitted by Mike Streeter Secretary June 27, 2019
AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS
Round round get around, I get
around, Yeah, Get around round
round I get around, I get around….
Thank you, Beach Boys, for those great lyrics to a great
summer song. Summer has started and with it a big riding
season for the American Legion Riders. Spring got off to a
rocky start after several accidents around the state put motorcycle riders on edge
about safety. I am hoping you have been watching for our 2 (and 3) wheeled
members and friends. Always remember to look twice.
The Lincoln Chapter of the American Legion Riders are continuing to roll on
with our usual activities of Parades, Poker Runs, and Flag Lines.
Flag Lines are an unusual honor for us. Or, at least I feel they are. People
come to thank us every time we do one, but we don’t do it for the thanks or the
attention. I hope most or all the members see it as a way to thank a veteran one
last time for the service they gave the country --- no matter the amount of time
in uniform --- and for their family to know that their loved one’s service hasn’t
been forgotten or diminished in its importance. I am thankful for every one of
our members who help stand in that line when we are asked to do it.
In April, we had the special honor of escorting Bruce Moore’s remains, along
with his family, to his final resting spot in the Omaha National Cemetery. Bruce’s
story was covered by local television news when his ashes were discovered in
an abandoned house. After a little work, his family was located in Lincoln;
and his remains returned to them. But, the story didn’t end there because those
who were involved, including a Lincoln ALR member, continued working to
make sure a spot was found for Bruce among his fellow veterans in the Omaha
The day of his dedication was warm and sunny with a nice breeze. The Post
3 Honor Guard was there to do their duty, and the Lincoln ALR was joined by
members of the Benson and Papillion ALR Chapters --- as well as a group of
AMVet riders. The family was so grateful for the turnout and the support.
Please know that the Lincoln Chapter of the ALR is here to stand a flag line
when we are asked. There may not be many there, depending on the day and time
of the services, but if we can make it, we’ll be there. If you know of a veteran
or the family of a veteran who would like the ALR to have a flag line at their
services, please feel free to contact me at (402) 817-8422 or proudnavysister75@
Luckily, not all of our activities are sad or somber ones. As I said, the group
will be doing a number of parades this summer and a few poker runs. Our
Chapter’s poker run is being moved to September this year to see if we can thin
out the number of other rides we are competing against to get folks to ride. Our
Poker Run will be Saturday, September 7th.
We also help support veterans and the community in monetary ways. For
example, we alternate supporting one Cornhusker Boys State or one Cornhusker
Girls State citizen each year. We help support a cash fund for veterans in
emergency need, which the Post oversees for us.
The Chapter is also helping support sunscreen and lip balm kits for our service
personnel overseas. A fellow ALR member and Mary Kay rep is collecting
funds to purchase these kits. Our Chapter just voted to sponsor 4 kits. The
kits will be purchased through Mary Kay and then shipped/distributed by the
North Carolina USO to areas needing them. Each kit is $30. The ALR Mary
Kay Rep is then covering the sales tax and shipping for every kit sponsored;
and, in addition, is MATCHING EVERY KIT SPONSORED. This means that
while the Lincoln ALR Chapter is sponsoring 4 kits, 8 will actually be going. If
you would like to help sponsor a kit, contact me through the cell phone number
above or at the email above. That number does accept text messages as well.
Nebraska ALR Chapters will also be busy this year hosting not 1 --- but 2 ---
Romps within the borders of Nebraska. The annual State Romp will be in July,
and the Regional Romp will be held June 6-9. Both events will be held in the
panhandle of the state.
As I have more things to get around and around to, just want to close this
article out with one last image. Most of you probably don’t know that I have
finished 5 Half Marathons, four of them being the Lincoln Nebraska National
Guard Half Marathon.
This year, I was sent a video clip of the very start of the runners being started.
My pace group starts about 30-45 minutes after these runners start. In this clip,
I saw National Guard members who carry “ruck sacks” start out. These are full
40lb packs that they carry the entire route, in full ACU (Army Combat Uniform)
– including boots. Then I saw the first group of regular runners move to the
Start Line. A National Guard Chaplain said a quick prayer, and the National
Anthem was played. Everyone who could see at that Start Line stood still and
either saluted or had their hand on their heart. From my point of view (in the
back), it was the same thing. Everyone stood still, no one talked, and no one took
a knee. It was a beautiful sight on a warm May morning.
Have a Great (Safe) Summer!!!.