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
Last Meeting Minutes
ALR Post 3 Meeting agenda
November 15, 2018
Denton American Legion Post 355, Denton, NE
1800 -meet and greet –Dinner furnished to members at their cost by Host.
1859 Call to order- By Commander Schmale
Present Colors and MIA Chair
Attention to Colors and Pledge of allegiance – by Commander Schmale
MIA Chair –by Chaplin King
Prayer – by Chaplin King
New Members- self introductions – none
Officers –self introductions
Members in Attendance – self Introductions – 17 total members present
Guests – introductions – none
Correspondence received for information or for action by membership
Reports from officers
Commander – Schmale
Commander advised that our part of the Salvation Army Bell ringing is on December 13th 1200 to 1600 at Hobby Lobby 48th and Van Dorn St, Lincoln Signup sheet available shifts are 1200 to 1400 and 1400 to 1600, additional info will be sent out via E-Mail Volunteers needed.
Vice Commander - Hutchison –
Reminded members to be careful when riding in this cold weather.
ABATE Show 2-15, 16 and 17 2019 more info to follow. Discussed joining forces with Omaha Post 1 ALR. Tabled until December meeting so Commander can contact them.
Treasurer – Dietz –
October 2018 report sent to all membership on November 12, 2018, Total for end of October 2018 $2933.33, Collected for bunker fund at this meeting was $50. Motion to approve report by John Stevens second by Terry King, motion approved.
October meeting minutes were posted on the Post 3 ALR web page for all members review and membership notified via e-mail on 10-25-2018. Call for additions, correction, revisions. None needed, motion to approve by Rick Simmons minutes by second by Ray Gilbertson, motion approved.
Secretary Streeter –
Reported on membership- 2018 paid membership is at 46. 2019 paid membership is 16. Notices via-e-mail will be sent to all who have not paid 2019 membership in December as a reminder.
Sgt. At Arms Gilbertson - nothing
Road Captain Smisek – absent
Years of service recognition will check on getting these and report back to membership. After several attempts to contact Legion Flag and Emblem sales for info on an official Rocker saying “Serving ALR Since YEAR”, no additional info on this can be presented as they are unable to accommodate us. Do we want to explore getting gone made locally? Yes - will check to see if there is a local vendor for a rocker.
Commander - Nominations for 2019 officers. Please step up and volunteer to serve the group in 2019.
Nominations made -
Commander – Jody Schmale
Vice Commander- Jerry Hutchinson
Treasurer- Dave Dietz
Secretary – Mike Streeter
Sgt. at Arms – Ray Gilbertson
Road Captain – William Smizek
Treasurer Dietz –
James L. Kirk memorial do we want to send anything to his memorial? Approved $100 for this memorial motion by Streeter second by Ray Gilbertson motion approved.
Discussion on mother of members Gary and Jody Schmale passing away. Rick Simmons made a motion to pay $150 to a nursing school, on behalf of Janelle Schmale second by Streeter, motion approved.
Discussed partnering with Apple bees to do a breakfast, like we did several years ago we would supply the labor they do the cooking, split profits 50/50. Tabled until January meeting.
Streeter- suggested we support a veteran or veterans during this Holiday season – discussed. Rick Simmons made a motion to donate $500 to Hero’s into Homes administered by Marine Corps League second by Ray Gilbertson, discussion held - motion approved. $288.25 will come from Annual fund remainder from the bunker fund.
Comments from Floor –
Commander Schmale – A new ALR Chapter was started in Bennington Ne. that makes the number 42 ALR chapters in Nebraska.
Ed Muggy – discussed a raffle by 40-8 for Nursing Scholarships. Tickets are $1 each and this will fund scholarships. Elks has a $10 raffle for the ELKs scholarships. Tickets may be purchased from Ed.
Next meeting date and place –
Next meeting 12-20-2018 Christmas celebration, guests invited please RSVP to Commander Schmale by 12-13-2018, for a head count on participation all attending should bring salads or desserts. Our host Post 355 will provide meat and potatoes. A short meeting starts at 1800 followed by food and festivities.
Commanders raffle drawing- none
Closing Prayer- By Chaplin King
Retirement of Colors – By Commander Schmale
Meeting adjourned at: 1954
Respectfully submitted by Mike Streeter Secretary November 18, 2018
AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS
Baby, It’s Too Cold Outside to
Fall is officially here, and Winter has already been sneaking
it’s icy fingers around the corner. I just saw my neighbors
had their Christmas tree up already. T he American Legion
Riders of Chapter 3 – Lincoln have tucked in their babies for
the winter, except for a couple crazy guys who will ride ANYTIME.
Our group was busy through a lot of the Summer, but Winter still has things
for us to do. Our December meeting will bring election of officers to serve in
2019. If called upon, we will still stand a Flag Line, but our ranks will be fewer
in number. We trade parades for planning our annual Poker Run.
There has been talk of moving our Poker Run to a different time in the
summer. June is a super busy time where there can be 3 or more Poker Runs in a
weekend. It makes it tough to get people to come support our causes. Members
are encouraged to give solid suggestions on when they feel this event should
happen. We are also open to suggestions on raffle prizes. Sometimes, you do
something for so long you miss opportunities to do something new that can
make your event better.
ALR members also need to send in their membership dues for 2019. Dues
are now $20 for the year, in addition to the Legion, Auxiliary, or SAL dues that
should be paid FIRST. The first requirement of being a Rider is being a part of
the Legion Family. Watch your email for the membership form and send it in as
soon as you can.
The Department of Nebraska ALR family has gotten bigger. Statewide, we
are up to 42 chapters. The newest one to get its charter is sponsored by Benson
American Legion Post 112. I wish them success and love to see we are still
expanding and gaining a presence in our communities.
For those of you wondering how our showing of the movie “Sgt Stubby: An
American Hero” went, I have a disappointing report. The first showing had about
20 viewers, and the second had less than 10. The Edgewood Theatre was great
to work with, and I appreciate all the help I got from them and the production
company (Fun Academy Productions). I know that the movie will be available
on DVD, just in time for Christmas. Copies of the movie can be pre-ordered on
funacademystudios.com, then go to the “Shop” tab. Movies can be purchased
on Blu-Ray or DVD, in addition to other miscellaneous merchandise. I know
I’ll be getting some copies for family and friends. Maybe consider getting a
copy for a school library to expose younger kids to a view of World War I that
not many get.
To wrap up for the year, I want to thank everyone for all their help this year
and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. To quote an
episode of M*A*S*H that I just watched, “Happy New Year. Let’s hope the new
one is better than the last.”