As you can imagine there are a number of rides scheduled for this week. There’s a ride to the traveling 9/11 Memorial on San Diego Bay, Day of Remembrance Fundraiser at Applebee’s and 3 different rides this coming weekend. How about getting out there and riding in one of them! There’s a list down the right side of this page of the ones coming up next and a full listing with details on our Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/alr146/events/
On a similar note, if you are going to join one of the rides, go to the events page on our web site and indicate that you’re going. That gives the ride captain a rough idea of how many to expect.
We’re riders! And riders have to ride! Let’s go kill some bugs!
After a tremendous amount of discussion by the members present at the August Monthly meeting, the membership voted unanimously to move the monthly meetings back to Saturdays beginning with the October meeting, scheduled for October 26th. At the direction of the members present at the meeting last Thursday night, meetings will be on the 4th Saturday of each month at the VANC Building. Meetings will begin promptly at 0900 and will be no more than 1 hour in duration. Following each monthly meeting there will be a lunch ride – KSU at 1000. The September meeting will be on Thursday evening, 9/26 at 1830 located at the VANC Building.
2013 Meetings at the VANC Building as follows
- Thursday, September 26 at 1830
- Saturday, October 26 at 0900 – Lunch ride to follow
- Saturday, November 23 is the Toys For Tots Benefit
- Saturday, December 28 at 0900 – Lunch ride to follow
We have a very important meeting on Thursday night at 1830 at the VANC Building.
Highest on the list of topics to discuss is to re-visit the change to Thursday nights for our monthly meeting. If it’s not working for the majority of our members we need to find a new time that will.
We’ll also be getting an update on the November 23rd Toys For Tots benefit ride. For this program to work we will need everyone’s participation on some level. Chairman Zigler will be giving an update and a rundown of where help will be needed.
Additionally, we’ll be discussing monthly chapter ride concepts, the structure of the monthly meeting agenda, fundraising for the chapter and new member recruitment.
Please make every effort to join us on Thursday evening. VANC Building. 1830.
This week you can go with Frenchie on Wednesday morning to the Veteran’s Without Family Service at Riverside National Cemetery . . . or . . . you can attend the Meet & Greet that the VANC Riders are having at the VANC Building on Saturday at 11:30 . . . or . . . you can ride with me to Post 149 (Escondido) on Sunday for their monthly “The Forty and Eight Steak & Eggs Breakfast”.
The weatherman says it’s going to be in the high 70’s all week on the coast, and in the low 80’s on Sunday. GET OUT AND RIDE, DAMMIT!
You’ll notice that I made a change on the dates of the August and October monthly meetings. Sorry for the confusion. I thought they were on the 4th Thursday of every month but was corrected. They are actually on the last Thursday of every month.
On that subject, if having the meetings on Thursday evenings isn’t working for you, and judging from the poor attendance at the last meeting a number of people are unable to make Thursday evening work, there is something you can do about it. Come to the next meeting, on Thursday, August 29th at 6:30 pm at the VANC Building, and express your opinion. The schedule for the monthly meetings will be an agenda topic and we will be discussing the future meeting schedule and format.
Come to the next meeting and let your opinion be heard . . . and voted on!
If you are looking for another rewarding experience you might consider joining Frenchie for his rides to the Riverside National Cemetery to participate in the Veterans Without Family Buriel Services. This is a PGR Event and Frenchie frequently officiates as we render honors to those American Heroes brought to Riverside National Cemetery during the previous week without receiving their honors. Frenchie doesn’t go every week but, when he does, he meets at the Old Grove Shell Station at 0700 for a 0730 KSU. His next scheduled ride to RNC is on August 21st. If you are interested in going, get in touch with Frenchie and find out his schdule for upcoming services.
Also, the Rosecrans National Cemetery has similar services each Thursday. These tend to be a little shorter as, in most cases, the buriels have already taken place.
Information on both these weekly ceremonies can be found at: http://www.socalpgr.org/mission/missionpreview1.php
We are getting more opportunities to ride and I, for one, took advantage of 2 last week.
The first ride was on Friday to Welcome Home several crew members of mine sweepers that have been deployed for 9 months. Frenchie, Kevin and several PGR members met by the airport at 0830. It seems that these are always delayed and this was again the case for this mission. The delay gave us time to visit the brand new USO facility at San Diego Airport and I encourage each of you to stop in and tour this wonderful facility. Additionally, if you have the time, you should consider volunteering to work a few shifts at one of the 2 San Diego USO facilities. Great opportunity that will warm your heart. Information is available at http://www.usosandiego.org
On Sunday, Chris “Wildhog” Hughes and I rode down to the “Spirit of 45 Day” Celebration at the new Veterans Museum and Memorial Center on the grounds of the Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego. Chris and I got to meet a large number of WWII Veterans, as well as many active duty military in attendance. We were the only Legion Riders in attendance and we got a lot of attention! We ended up getting recruited to supervise the Sea Cadets and the Boy Scouts in the unfurling of a HUGE 30’x60′ American Flag. We were very honored to be chosen for this duty.
I sure hope that we see more of the Riders on these upcoming rides. Chris is doing a great job and I know we all want to ride more . . . right? Check the column to the right and come out and RIDE!
Nearly 100 guests convened at the Elks Lodge in Oceanside to participate in the American Legion Law & Order Awards including several Carlsbad city councilpersons, Oceanside Mayor Jim Woods, Carlsbad Police Chief Gary Morrison, Carlsbad Fire Chief Kevin Crawford and several high ranking officials from the California Highway Patrol, San Diego County Sheriff, Oceanside Fire Department, Oceanside Police Department, Carlsbad Fire Department and Carlsbad Police Department.
The luncheon was opened by the Oceanside Fire Department Color Guard followed by a wonderful hot lunch served by the great people at the Elks Lodge. Following lunch 7 individuals received medals for Merit, Heroism and Valor. This year’s awards were presented by the American Legion Post 146 and the Oceanside Elks.
Next year’s awards are scheduled for Saturday, March 15. Location to be announced.
As Chairman of the Law & Order Committee I’d like to thank all of the members of the American Legion that attended, as well as the many members of the American Legion Riders. Special thanks to Tammy Nielsen, Margie Ernst, Jim Zigler and Frenchie for their support, assistance and participation.
We’re going to try something new to keep you informed of upcoming rides, events and information. We’re going to try and put out this weekly newsletter and blog. Hopefully it will help out those members that are having problems with the Facebook page.
So . . . Let’s give it a try!