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
August 15, 2019
Denton American Legion Post 355, Denton, NE
1900 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 present
Officers –self introductions- not done
Members in Attendance – total 13 members present
Guests – introductions – none
Correspondence received for information or for action by membership
Commander – Commander received request from Gretna ALR for assistance with the 2019 Military Vehicle Preservation escort of 50 vehicles from Bellevue bridge to Omaha VA Home starts at 8/25/2019 1000 stage at American Hero’s Park.
Commander received information on the Labor Day Parade at State Fair ride order to follow.
Commander advised the State ALR Romp is September 20 through 22 additional details to follow when received.
Reports from officers
Commander – Schmale – nothing
Vice Commander - Hutchison – nothing
Treasurer – Dietz –.
July 2019 report sent to all membership via e-mail on August 9, 2019, Total for end of month $2535.98. Tonight $43 was collected for bunker fund at this meeting less $20 to server. Motion to approve report by Rick Stromer second by Rick Simmons, motion approved.
Secretary Streeter- July meeting minutes were posted on the Post 3 ALR web page for all members review and membership notified via e-mail on 7-23-2019. Call for additions, correction, revisions. None made or needed - Motion to approve minutes as posted by Bruce Gubser second by Roger Hanseling, motion approved.
Secretary Streeter – Reported on membership-2019 paid membership is 44
Sgt. at Arms Gilbertson – Absent
Road Captain Smisek – Nothing
Poker run route confirmed. We will do a poker chip run with someone at each stop. Smisek will do Seward, Gubser will do Crete, Dietz will do Valparaiso. Commander has supplies, poker chips and bags used to draw chips at stops; Streeter and Hutchison will do registration at Frontier. We will do a 50/50 drawing, Bug targets, may have other drawing(s) and raffles if donations can be found. If you have any items for raffle bring to Commander or Streeter. Commander will not be a poker run has conflicted with another Legion event.
Streeter - CVMA Central Nebraska Vets Home Car and Bike Show – 9/8/2019 1000 to 1530 Kearney. View details on CVMA web page.
Also – the Remembrance Run hosted by Post #112 Elkhorn is on September 21st - start at 0930 location is Spaz Cycle Elkhorn. - Run to benefit “A Soldier’s Child Foundation”. Details on Nebraska ALR face book page.
Comments from Floor –
Bruce Gubser reported on American Legion Highway run Bevard and himself represented Nebraska alone with 15 other Nebraska riders. Went from Spencer Ne where they meet South Dakota riders and then made 10 stops in Nebraska along Hwy 281 taking all day to get to Red Cloud. They both also went with Kansas group to end of run in Kansas where they met the ALR group from Texas and Oklahoma.
Buddy Check again this month in Lincoln on August 22 at The Foundry 211 north 14th. starts at 1900 over at 2100.
Next meeting date and place – 9/19/2019 same times and place.
Closing Prayer- By Chaplin Masek
Retirement of Colors – By Commander
Meeting adjourned at:1945
Respectfully submitted by Mike Streeter, Post 3 ALR Secretary 8/16/2019
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